Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Tried out...

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Tried out...

    One of my friends has a giant boulder, and i road it around for awhile and it seemed pretty nice, and i look online at the price and its like 240 dollars...what would be better on a bike in the 300 dollar range like the hardrock sport, and some of the treks. i mean it seems nice already, what would be better on the more expensive bikes.

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    anyone?

  3. #3
    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
    My Bikes
    Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
    Posts
    7,965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
    "Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ic, i guess that makes sence. so pretty much your paying for a nicer frame and maybe paying for the better brand name.

  5. #5
    Mad bike riding scientist cyccommute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
    Posts
    15,600
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    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.
    Normally I'd agree but when you look at the specs for the individual bikes, there are some major differences. (Specialized, Trek, Giant)

    For the extra $100 of the Hardrock Sport, you get a better fork (100mm travel vs 75mm and 63mm), better gearing (42/32/22 vs 48/38/28 and an 11-34 cassette vs a 13-32), a better handlebar, an alloy stem and slightly better wheels.

    If you actually want to ride off-road, the lower gearing is worth the extra cost alone. I don't think there's going to be that much difference between the weights of the bikes but at least the Hardrock has less steel bits than the other two and that's a start towards a lighter bike.

    Even though the Hardrock is the more expensive of the trio, I think it's a better value.
    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

  6. #6
    Flatland hack Flak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Nowhere near the mountains :/
    Posts
    3,230
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you like the Giants, have you considered going up 1 level in thier lineup to the Rincon?

    I have a soft spot for rincons, owned an early 90's incarnation, and i have never seen a bike take as much beating as that bike did and come back for more. I treated it like crap and it just never quit. Giant make good bikes.

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yes, i had a giant mountain bike for my first mountain bike, but without front suspension...moving onto second and i think i might want another.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •