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Old 04-27-05, 07:37 AM
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Seeking opinions on the Giant Iguana

I am looking to buy a mountain bike and was wondering what your opinions were on the Giant Iguana. From what I have read about it, the fork (Marzocchi EXR 100mm Travel) and frame ( ALUXX SL butted aluminum) is what most people appear to be impressed with. However, I weigh 220 lbs, would this fork be sufficient for me if I am mostly planning on riding cross country no jumps maybe 20 inch drops. Also, when buying a bike is it more important to focus on the quality of the derailleur components or the fork. I had one store tell me that the derailleurs were shimano LX and XT which was important (although it was a manitou axel elite fork which I have not heard too many good things about). On the other hand the salesperson for Giant told me the fork was more important (Marzocchi EXR 100mm Travel) and the derailleurs don't matter as much (the Iguana comes with Shimano Alivio and Shimano Deore). Thanks in advance for your feedback
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Old 04-27-05, 08:08 AM
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Well, they are both important. The thing is it's cheaper to upgrade your derailleurs than get a new fork. I have an axel and I couldn't be happier. That's really the biggest difference though. LX and XT with a crappy fork will cost a lot more to upgrade than a new set of derallieurs. But if you have to overhaul the whole thing, shifters included it may be about equivalent.
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Old 04-27-05, 09:03 AM
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I have had my iguana for a little over a year now, it has withstood some really great riding, have only had it adjusted one time and it works as smooth as it was new. I am 6'6" and about 230#s so I am a big rider and it has stood up well. I think it was a great buy for the money. My rides are similar to what you are describing. Not a big fan of the front der. But after some fine tuning it works well, but will probably be changed soon. The wheels seem strong and the bike isnt overly heavy but could use a diet as it gets upgraded. I would go for it, and enjoy!
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Old 04-27-05, 09:26 AM
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I have been riding a giant iguana since June of 03, over 1500 Colorado trail miles on it, I choose it because of the frame and size, (aluminum 23 in frame is hard to find!). I am 6'5", 245lbs.
I have found the frame to be durable, but had have to make some upgrades, but given my size, I think some of my failures were to be expected.
The 03 came with a particurlarly sad Manitou Six Sport 80/100 coil fork, which did not work well for me. After cracking the arch on the fork, (which was repaired under warrranty), I replaced it with a Manitou Black Super Air 100/120, which I am very happy with.
The 03 also came with a equally sad chainring/crankset, where the rings did not use screws, but brad, which made replacing the worn small chainring an issue. I replace the crankset with a Deore set, new chain and new cassette, as all had become worn over the past two years.
I bought the Giant for the 23 in aluminum frame, hoping that it would provide a solid platform to upgrade on as needed, and I have found that it is doing just that.
I got the 03 for $582.00 out the door.
I plan on upgrading the items only as need, I won't replace either derailur until a failure requires it.
one item at a time, makes the financial pain less.
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Old 04-27-05, 10:54 AM
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i was looking at an 04 giant rainier before i bought my hardrock...

there seem to be lots of them left over from last year, and theyre going for very cheap ($550 at my LBS), i would look into one of them.
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Old 04-27-05, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by kaptr1d
i was looking at an 04 giant rainier before i bought my hardrock...

there seem to be lots of them left over from last year, and theyre going for very cheap ($550 at my LBS), i would look into one of them.
my brother-in-law has an 04 rainier and he loves it. he weighs about 190 i think. he's been beating the crap out of it since last summer and it's held up.
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Old 04-27-05, 02:59 PM
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I own an Iguana, very nice bike. Its an 04 model so it came with a Pilot C for a fork. I ride over a bunch of rocks, stairs, roots so I need to upgrade. The components have worked flawlessly. Never had a shift I didn't want, and when I want to shift it happens very quickly. I only weigh 157#'s so I have had no problems with it. My dad has even riden it and he had no problems either. He weighs around 200.
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Old 04-27-05, 06:36 PM
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i ride an '03 iguana disc


and it is awesome

great bike
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Originally Posted by kaptr1d
i was looking at an 04 giant rainier before i bought my hardrock...

there seem to be lots of them left over from last year, and theyre going for very cheap ($550 at my LBS), i would look into one of them.
Wait what? Did you pass it up over the Hardrock Pro Disc or the regular sport or the comp disc?

I'm just asking because the Rainier costs a heck of a lot more then the hardrock comp disc does (over here at least).
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