NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Almost nothing. The Giant is a good entry level bike.
I think that the differences between most brands at this price point boil down to the color and the fit. The forks that are on a Specialized vs. a Trek are about the same. The Shimano components vs. the Sram are nearly the same.
The only significant difference is the frame geometry. You really need to test ride them as each manufacturer feels their geometry is optimum. But, since we are all built differently, one manuf. bike will feel better to you than me.
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