Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

Giant Yukon

Old 06-05-07, 07:16 AM
  #1  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Giant Yukon

Well guys, i got a LBS to find me a 24" Yukon. They're selling it for the $470, and unless any of you guys can sway me with something comparably priced/equipped it shall be mine this weekend.
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 10:25 AM
  #2  
jimx200
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 913
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Jeeze Kyle, I was not even aware of any mfg. who makes a 24"...you are one big guy. Try mountainbikereview and see what their user/readers say about the Yukon. Seems like a good choice.
jimx200 is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 11:02 AM
  #3  
willtsmith_nwi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by giant_kyle
Well guys, i got a LBS to find me a 24" Yukon. They're selling it for the $470, and unless any of you guys can sway me with something comparably priced/equipped it shall be mine this weekend.
Thats on OK price for a Yukon. I picked one up for $430 a couple of years ago. However, I had to abandon the frame as I kept breaking it. You may want to check in on a Specialized Hardrock in that size as the frame is beefier and less likely to break.
willtsmith_nwi is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 12:36 PM
  #4  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeah, i'm a big MOFO. I come in at about 6'7" and 275lbs. I've had lots of folks try to talk me into a 29er, but 500 is the top of my budget and the only 29er i can get is a SS. So no go.
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 01:22 PM
  #5  
Flak
Flatland hack
 
Flak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Nowhere near the mountains :/
Posts: 3,228
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think you'll be fine on that kyle.

Specialized dont go up to 24 will, i think they top out at 23. Besides, i still maintain that anything that would crack a yukon, or 4300, or anything else will likely kill a hardrock too.
__________________
My shop - www.spinbikeshop.com
My team - www.teampanther.com
Flak is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 02:02 PM
  #6  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeah, the hardrock does go upto a 24, but the components on the yukon are much better. looks like i'll be snagging this bad boy this weekend. woot
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 04:48 PM
  #7  
JonnyV
Senior Member
 
JonnyV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Bellwood, Pa
Posts: 1,663

Bikes: 2012 Fuji Altamira 1.0. 2017 Lynskey R250

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just picked up a 2007 Yukon 2 weeks ago. I love it. $440. Of course I'm 5'10" 210lbs. but it's been great so far. I went with the flat black/anthracite colors, so I had them toss in a pair of knobby tires. The gloss black/brushed color scheme bike comes with the knobby tires. Good luck.
JonnyV is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 06:31 PM
  #8  
EthanYQX
Why not?
 
EthanYQX's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 846

Bikes: Giant STP 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yukons are awesome. I have recommended one to almost everyone on this board by now, I think
EthanYQX is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 06:37 PM
  #9  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well great. I'll be getting mine. and they are going to be swapping out the tires. and maybe the seat as well. I'm getting the b/a (road) version but like i said they are going to swap what i want
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-06-07, 12:56 AM
  #10  
Nickds7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 225

Bikes: '07 Giant Yukon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've had a Yukon for a couple weeks now.. and it has been great so far.. Also the frame has a lifetime warrenty so you shouldn't worry too much 'bout the frame...

Also the K-rads that come on the b/a version are pretty good for many trails so give them a shot... but then again you are a giant so maybe the knobby tires would be best..

I picked mine up for $425... Got a little discount because I paid cash.. still got the 2 years of adjustments and everything though... but $480 sounds about right.
Nickds7 is offline  
Old 06-06-07, 06:21 AM
  #11  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Dern, discount for cash? i can do that lol.
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-06-07, 11:58 PM
  #12  
willtsmith_nwi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Nickds7
I've had a Yukon for a couple weeks now.. and it has been great so far.. Also the frame has a lifetime warrenty so you shouldn't worry too much 'bout the frame...
The first time I sheared my 23" Yukon frame directly in front of the weld connecting the top tube to the seat tube. Giant replaced it with an older model that required me to buy a new front derailleur. The second time, I noticed a crack in one of the chainstays. Seeing the inevitable, my dealer called Giant for a warranty. They said they have no more 23" bikes and offered me a 21" or $125 to buy a 3rd party frame. Again, I would have to buy any parts that did not fit the new frame out of the QBP catalog.

In the end, this gave me the opportunity to switch a 29er. I built a set of 29er wheels, bought a Karate Monkey frame at cost (this cost me $125 after Giant's buyback) and transferred every part I could which was basically the shifters, brakes, crank, stem and bars. Luckily my LBS let me buy anything I needed at their cost plus shipping. I am now much happier on my 22" Karate Monkey.

I have no idea whether Giant had a 23" warranty in stock. For all I know they blew me off because that was the second frame I broke. I do know that "Lifetime Warranty" isn't everything it sounds like it is. So big guys, beware of aluminum hardtail XC frames. They WILL break under you if you torque hard on the pedals. THIS, is why I recommend the Hardrock. It's a beefier frame that should survive longer(even though it has a short top tube).
willtsmith_nwi is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 01:13 AM
  #13  
Nickds7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 225

Bikes: '07 Giant Yukon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
I have no idea whether Giant had a 23" warranty in stock. For all I know they blew me off because that was the second frame I broke. I do know that "Lifetime Warranty" isn't everything it sounds like it is. So big guys, beware of aluminum hardtail XC frames. They WILL break under you if you torque hard on the pedals. THIS, is why I recommend the Hardrock. It's a beefier frame that should survive longer(even though it has a short top tube).
Thats weird, 23"? That is probably because Giant doesn't make any 23" frames anymore as far as I know of... it goes straight to 24"... that is probably why you had the problem with your warrenty..

That throws out a small concern for the large bikes (I ride an 18in frame, which i highly doubt they will discontinue the 18inch frames) I still don't think they are going to stop making the 24in frames..

I still don't think the Hardrock is much if any stronger though... I wouldn't make it a mind changing concern especially since the yukon at that price has a little better components. I could be wrong.

Last edited by Nickds7; 06-07-07 at 01:28 AM.
Nickds7 is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 06:02 AM
  #14  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Components are better, and i can't seem to get any of my shops to pull in a properly sized hardrock or rock hopper for me to try. I rode a trek 4500 yesterday and hated it(24") so i'll be getting the giant this weekend more than likely, unless this shop has somethign else i desire
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 12:28 PM
  #15  
patbollin
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just picked the Gary Fischer Wahoo over both the Giant Yukon and Trek 4500 because it has a better frame than the Trek and a better fork than the Giant. What it really came down too was the Wahoo and the Jamis Cross Country 3.0. However, the Jamis only had the same fork as can be found on the Trek 4300, so I figured the deal that I got for the Wahoo at $385 is very good.
patbollin is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 12:58 PM
  #16  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Okay, that bike only comes in a 21". what are you even talking about?
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 01:43 PM
  #17  
Nickds7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 225

Bikes: '07 Giant Yukon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
hes just rambling by about nothing...
Nickds7 is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 03:49 PM
  #18  
willtsmith_nwi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Nickds7
Thats weird, 23"? That is probably because Giant doesn't make any 23" frames anymore as far as I know of... it goes straight to 24"... that is probably why you had the problem with your warrenty..

That throws out a small concern for the large bikes (I ride an 18in frame, which i highly doubt they will discontinue the 18inch frames) I still don't think they are going to stop making the 24in frames..

I still don't think the Hardrock is much if any stronger though... I wouldn't make it a mind changing concern especially since the yukon at that price has a little better components. I could be wrong.
Nah, I'm pretty sure the warranty department knew what I was talking about.

I did check the website. They must have switched their measuring method last year. They used to go 17", 19", 21", 23", 25" Others had noted that Giant frames were always advertised a bit too large. They probably are just getting more in line with how others advertise. I'd bet that if you looked up the Geometries, my 23" Yukon would be about the same as a new 22" Yukon (with the exception of the dropped top tube).

The Hardrock IS much stronger. It's kinda an entry level do it all frame made partially for teens who want to go out and jump on their bikes. If you want to be safe, just find a steel frame and buy a build kit.
willtsmith_nwi is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 07:25 PM
  #19  
Nickds7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 225

Bikes: '07 Giant Yukon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think the steel frame and build kit would be the best route but not for what he wants to spend unless he gets a $70 frame from a small company.. something to look at in the future though, for him.. I still don't know if the Hardrock is any stronger though.. I LOVE the specialized bikes but not sure on if it is any stronger than the yukon.. It isn't any weaker thats for sure.
Nickds7 is offline  
Old 06-07-07, 08:14 PM
  #20  
Flak
Flatland hack
 
Flak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Nowhere near the mountains :/
Posts: 3,228
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I dont think Giant ever went odd. My old one from the early 90's was an 18".
__________________
My shop - www.spinbikeshop.com
My team - www.teampanther.com
Flak is offline  
Old 06-08-07, 08:59 AM
  #21  
giant_kyle
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeah, they have done odds before. the 06 was a 25"
giant_kyle is offline  
Old 06-08-07, 09:02 PM
  #22  
willtsmith_nwi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Flak
I dont think Giant ever went odd. My old one from the early 90's was an 18".
I KNOW they did odds since I trashed two Yukon frames with big 23" stickers on the seat tube.
willtsmith_nwi is offline  
Old 06-08-07, 09:06 PM
  #23  
Flak
Flatland hack
 
Flak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Nowhere near the mountains :/
Posts: 3,228
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I dont doubt you, but that's weird. Why would they go from evens to odds to evens again?
__________________
My shop - www.spinbikeshop.com
My team - www.teampanther.com
Flak is offline  
Old 06-09-07, 06:11 AM
  #24  
willtsmith_nwi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Flak
I dont doubt you, but that's weird. Why would they go from evens to odds to evens again?
It's a secret government conspiracy.

1. Change from even to odds then back again.
2. ?????
3. Profit

;-)


Perhaps they just thought they'd sell more bike that way.
willtsmith_nwi is offline  
Old 06-10-07, 07:24 AM
  #25  
clairestones
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Girls version???

Hi all

I'm new to mountain biking and was thinking of starting off with the Giant Yukon women's version ..... I'm getting conflicting advise on the best size for me...... I'm about 5'6'' ... I see they sell them sizes 14'', 17'' or 19'', anyone have any ideas? People think this is a good option to start out with?

Thanks
clairestones is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.