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Old 12-13-10, 11:29 PM   #1
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Opinions on Specialized VS. Giant bikes?

I want to buy a bike that I can comfortably cruise along the beach with, and also ride on the streets, and over curbs and bumps, etc. I was looking at bikes with shocks.

I have been looking at both Specialized and Giant bikes.

What are your thoughts on the quality differences between these? Any reason to get one over the other?

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Old 12-14-10, 12:07 AM   #2
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Both companies make a wide range of bikes from entry level to high end. Both companies pretty much use the same Chinese production company to produce their frames so there really isn't a whole lot of difference in quality. The biggest difference would be the geometry of the bicycle frame which dictates the fit of the bicycle. Some companies have models that fit certain folks better than others. Go with whatever fits you best. Then consider the quality of the components on the bikes and the price. Go test ride a bunch of bikes, write down what models you rode and then come back to this forum so we can do a comparison.

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Old 12-14-10, 04:53 AM   #3
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I prefer Giant over Specialized, but that has more to do with personal choice than anything else. Both companies build decent bikes across the price spectrum. Pick the one that works the best for you.

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I prefer Giant as well. They always seem , TO ME , to be about the best bike for the money .
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Comparing equivalent products there is really no difference at all. The Taiwanese-made frames are better than Chinese made ones. Do Giant or Specialized still manufacture in China?
I would select based on your local dealer.
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Comparing equivalent products there is really no difference at all. The Taiwanese-made frames are better than Chinese made ones.
Any factual evidence?

In all likelihood, Giant being one of the largest bike makers for other companies probably manufactured bikes for Specialized. Select whichever you fit better or colour that you fancy.
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Giant is a Taiwan based company with manufacturing facilities in taiwan, china and the netherlands. They claim to be the largest manufacturer of bikes in the world. At some point Giant has made bikes for about every US bike company. This year giant is not making Specialized but did make most of their bikes the two prior years.
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There is not a great deal of difference between any of the big companies.

I ride Giants because My LBS is a giant dealer and I get a good deal from them and I like the bikes.

I also like a few other makes but it is the shop that sells themselves to me.

So first find the LBS that will treat you right and see what they say.
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It is the Cypress model from Giant. Thanks
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There is not a great deal of difference between any of the big companies.

I ride Giants because My LBS is a giant dealer and I get a good deal from them and I like the bikes.

I also like a few other makes but it is the shop that sells themselves to me.

So first find the LBS that will treat you right and see what they say.
That's what I think too.

Shop for a bike shop first. You'll know when you find the right one because they'll ask the "right" questions and act like they really care about you. Once you find the right shop, buy a brand that they sell and you'll never go wrong.

Bike manufacturers make, or sub contract, the frame. Then they buy all of the components, even the ones with their name on them, from somebody else. They all buy from the same companies so, at a price point, the bikes are quite similar. If you ever have an issue, however, you'll need to work through the dealer who sold you the bike. Wouldn't you rather deal with somebody with whom you've already established a rappoir?
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Maybe Merida another big Taiwanese company that many Brands go to to,
is making Specialized bikes, If Giant is not .

Price point is King.. if you shop at a specific price point, there will be little difference between brands

as all will equip the frame with parts made to hit that target price point.
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Giant recalled some of their midrange production from China back to Taiwan due to quality issues. The Chinese are learning fast how to do good, large-scale production but the Taiwanese have been doing it for decades.

Specialized is part owned by Merida who produce most of the frames. I dont know if any of the other "Big Five" Taiwanese frame producers do work for Specialized. I challenge anyone to look at a frame or ride it and say which manufacturer produced it.
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It is the Cypress model from Giant. Thanks
I believe it is.

I have 3 Giants but they are all from the early 90's and the Cypress was an entry level model back then. I currently have an Excursion (city/tour bike) and two Iguanas (rigid MTB) all are steel frames.

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Price is really the main indicator of a bicycle's quality now, the name-brand usually doesn't mean anything anymore.

There might be differences in frame construction (of the same type of material, that is) but all the other parts are made at nameless commodity factories in China anyway.
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Maybe Merida another big Taiwanese company that many Brands go to to,
is making Specialized bikes, If Giant is not .

Considering Merida owns most of Specialized that's probably a pretty astute observation
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