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Old 06-05-07, 06:58 AM
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Giant Rhythm Aus (give it a chance)

Now, I have my flameproof suit on even thinking about this but give it a chance....

I'm not gettin my question answered anywhere else so I'll try this. The reason why I am considering this is because I can get it dirt cheap and it has a reasonable spec list. I'm sponsored for road and XC mtb and am missing the fun of a 20" after years off from it. OK, sec list and pics...



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size 20.5 (top tube)
users
colours Red
frame Dirt Jump - Full Cr-mo w/butted head tube
drive train 3 Piece Cr-mo 175mm cranks, 33T chain ring, 12T cog
pedals VP Alloy Platform
wheels 48 spoke alloy hubs cassette rear & Sun Rhyno lite rims
tyres Kenda K-Rad 20 x 2.125/1.95
brakes Tektro U-Brakes
bar Digital 2. 7.25" Rise. Cr-mo
stem Alloy ahead
saddle Velo BMX with 8mm steel rails
extra SST Gyro

Now there are a few standouts, like the 100% 4130 frame, cassette, sealed bearings and rhynolite rims and general OK other parts. If I got it, what should I look at changing (assuming I will break it quickly. I weigh 140 and am hard on equipment)? I plan to use it for some basic flatland and street. I know a DK signal or whatever blah blah would be better for flatland but I want a bit of versatility and like a long top tube on all my bikes (not sure if it carries over to this) plus it looks OK and feels smooth stock. Oh, and what are odyssey jpegs like? Cause I can get these for next to nothin too and will be needin a set for any flatland stuff that I want to do.

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Old 06-05-07, 07:27 AM
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According to those specs, it sounds like a decent beginner bike. But Giant really isn't a big fish in the BMX game. I'm sure they make a bunch of bikes, & I know they do stunt shows across the US, but other than that, I couldn't tell you anything about Giants BMX program. Well, except that they sponer a couple of riders as well. Never seen them in a bike shop either.
So that's probably the response you're gonna see. Sounds decent, never seen one. But as you say, you can get it dirt cheap, so that does make it a bit more favorable.
And Ody jpegs are just fine.
None of this stuff will be the prime flatland set-up, but for just messing around with street riding & basic flat, you'll be fine.
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Old 06-05-07, 07:30 AM
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i see alot of kids riding giants around here. how much can you get it for? (AUD)
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Old 06-05-07, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by bmx2478
i see a lot of kids riding giants around here. how much can you get it for? (AUD)
Shouldn't tell you, but lets just say somewhere under 300 AUD. Become fast in a sprint, fast on knobbies or both and get sponsored by a bike shop. Helps if you work in it at the same time (I don't just work there because I'm sponsored, I have been wrenching for about 3 years and can tell you just about every light part out on the market for road and mtb, and am learning bmx parts). I plan to change a few parts straight away, as is customary for me on any of my bikes, like grips, cables, maybe detangler, and saddle.
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Old 06-05-07, 10:02 AM
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Go for it, it seems pretty decent.
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Old 06-05-07, 12:23 PM
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It's exactly like the Hoffman rhythm, and the Norco rhythm. Not to bad of bikes though.
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Old 06-05-07, 02:03 PM
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My friends have had Giant bikes before and they destroyed them. I've never seen worse rims in my life.
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Old 06-05-07, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by FitRider 921
My friends have had Giant bikes before and they destroyed them. I've never seen worse rims in my life.
Sun rhyno lites? gawd. Harsh friends.
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Well, they weren't sun rhyno lites... but they were Giant wheels.
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Old 06-05-07, 08:41 PM
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Giant doesn't make their own wheels...
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Old 06-05-07, 09:18 PM
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Wheels on a Giant... you know what I mean.
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Old 06-05-07, 10:03 PM
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my friend about tacoed a rim on his giant.
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Old 06-05-07, 10:16 PM
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I think they used to stock Jalco rims
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Jalco rims suck
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Giant is the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. I wouldn't be surprised if they made a few other brands that you guys are so in love with.
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Originally Posted by Brian
Giant is the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. I wouldn't be surprised if they made a few other brands that you guys are so in love with.
You'd be surprised. Giant and Merida are the two biggest bicycle manufacturers. Last time I checked Giant's factory was producing most of specialized's stuff, mountain at least.
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Originally Posted by Brian
Giant is the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. I wouldn't be surprised if they made a few other brands that you guys are so in love with.
It's probly true. Any way to find out which ones though?

I'm sure the wheels on the Giant will be just fine, especially if they are Rhyno Lites.
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Originally Posted by eightdip
Jalco rims suck
Word. My Jalco's on my Fit feel like they are going to explode.
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The one on the back of my purple bike is going fine...
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My back rim makes a horrible noise when it hits the ground just on a bunnyhop. I'm scared to actually get the thing in the air.
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Your spokes are probably horribly loose then. Try truing your wheel.
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the prototype giant frames look pretty rad.
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Originally Posted by FuzzyRyder
Your spokes are probably horribly loose then. Try truing your wheel.
There are only like one or two loose ones, but hey do need to be trued.
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Originally Posted by premiumbmx2005
the prototype giant frames look pretty rad.
Yeahhhhh they do.

Originally Posted by FitRiderdoesn'tactuallyridehisbikebutcomplains
Word. My Jalco's on my Fit feel like they are going to explode.
Not to worry, you never ride it so they wont break on you. Just stop complaining and get on your bike or buy new parts. Word!
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Originally Posted by FitRider 921
There are only like one or two loose ones, but hey do need to be trued.
If there are one or two loose ones, the tension is imbalanced. If you break a spoke, go into the lbs and see if you can get em to re-tension your wheels. If they are all at max tension, they should be a bit stronger.
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