It's the fight in the man
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Churton Park, Wellington, NZ
Bikes: Pace RC200 F2 (British Built!)
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It's always risky taking a leap of faith when buying a bike you haven't ridden before. I bought my Kona from Canada on the internet without riding it, and luckily it fits me like a glove.
With the Giant, see if your LBS are prepaired to upgrade your components by swapping bits over and adjusting the cost. Could be worth a try?
Other than that, the brands you mentioned are all very good, it's just if they fit, I guess.
Let us know how you get on!
Making New Zealand a safer place :)