Old 01-22-19, 09:05 PM
Clark W. Griswold
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
It's easy to be negative. I think it is cool.

Note that I didn't say I would own it or that I would like to ride it across Mongolia.

It makes more sense than building a trekking bike using an overpriced, botique bike with an cleverly unpronounceable name.

That thing is actually exactly what you want when out in the middle of nowhere. Parts are readily available at almost any LBS. If the frame breaks on the way to Mt. Kilamanjaro then replace it with some other crappy aluminum frame available locally and be on your way.

Perhaps a $3000 frame only Chumba Terlingua? Throw in a Lauf Grit fork for who knows how much more money. No worries if your Enve's break - Amazon prime can overnight carbon wheels to Uzbekistan.

That Giant is the F150 of Trekking bikes. Beat the crap out of it, throw it in the garbage when done and beat the crap out of the next frame.

The problem is an F150 uses generally reliable durable parts, that Giant doesn't so much. It uses cheap parts but the quality is low. Yes you can probably find cheap parts most anywhere I would rather have parts I know are going to be reliable in the first place.

Sure carbon and fancy stuff like that isn't maybe as reliable but I am talking less about that. Give me a bike spec'd with Deore or 105 the quality workhorse gruppos something that is reasonably priced but reliable. Give me a decent chromoly steel frame and remove suspension that can easily go bad (especially the cheaper stuff) and give me space for some wider wheels and boom, you have the makings of a good touring bike like an F-150. Steel I can repair in Uzbekistan possibly, aluminum or ti or carbon, probably not.

Having seen a lot of similar Giants even ones of slightly higher quality, I can say I wouldn't want a Giant with me on an adventure. I certainly wouldn't want to spend way more than the bike is worth in accessories. They have a long way to go before they have a bike that I wouldn't want underneath me in Mt. Kil. or really anywhere. There are tons of non-boutique bikes that I would consider reasonable for touring, Fuji Touring, Jamis Aurora, Surly LHT, Older Trek 520s (pre aluminum fork), Dawes Galaxy Cromo, Novara Randonee(though they are Co-Op now not sure if they make the same model) and others I haven't mentioned. Plus there are tons of old steel MTBs that would make good touring bike candidates or some nice cheap frames like the New Albion Privateer (which I built into a hybrid that could be toured on quite easily)
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