I test road a 17" Jamis Cross Country 2.0, which was good really...
Then, the 17" Giant Rincon....
Prefer the nimbleness, but almost wish it was an 18" like the Treks..
I Bought this bike Today!!!
Why? Highest Components offered at this Value, Equal ride to others given size and components.
Here's the details...
Yesterday I searched the forum and I'll summerize some of the general opinions I gathered.
The Giant Boulder SE was prefered over the Trek 3700
The Giant Rincon was more or less equal to the Trek 4300 that costs much more...
On paper the Rincon's derailleur components spec'ed highest in this price range.
Here's what I learned today though...
The Giant's brakes are Tektro V which the spec's didn't specify.
The Rincon I saw when I tested the Boulder SE was actually an 04'...
...the 05's alloy tubes are improved...
--kinda triangular, one flatter side on the outside top and botton, the other sides kind of in an arch.
--where they mold to the steering tube is flared without needing doubling braces, ... really beautiful.
The Rincon was on sale $40 from MSRP at a LBS (Performance Bike).
Performance Bike has a 10% coupon code in the Affiliated Sponser section of this forum...
--The LBS honored the coupon!!
if I bought today. (they weren't sure if it was web only or not)
I bought a cycle computer for $25 (on sale for 50%) which they installed for free.
Oh, and a water bottle and bracket...
I also spent $20 for the Mebership discount card,
I'll get 10% of todays purchases (about $30 bucks) in store coupons...
For under $300, I feel I got the most bike (quality and value) , which equal the Trek 4300 that I cant afford.
Msrp/sale: $330/ $290
fork: SR Suntour XC60 75mm, w/preload Adjust
shifters: Shimano EF29
f. derailleur: Shimano Acera (level 3)
r. derailleur: Shimano Alivio (level 4)
brakes: Alloy Direct Pull Cantilever !! Tektro V !!
brake levers: Shimano EF-29
cassette: Shimano HG50 11-30 8-spdT
chain: KMC Z72
cranks: TruVative ISO Flow 22/32/42T
bb: TH BB7420
rims: Alex CR18 36H Double Wall
fork: RST Gila T5 80mm, w/preload adjust -- this is better
shifters: Shimano EF29
f. derailleur: Shimano C050 (level 1) this is the tourney group
r. derailleur: Shimano Alivio
brakes: Tektro V
brake levers: alloy levers
cassette: SRAM 850 11-32, 8 speed
crankset: SR 42/34/24