2009 Giant Rincon

| June 23, 2009 | 4 Comments

mountainbikes1 2009 Giant Rincon

Just picked up an ’09 Giant Rincon a few weeks ago and have had it out on the trails a few weekends since then. Time enough anyway to provide a few initial impressions. The frame is not too heavy or too light—it has a a really nice feel. I’ve used this bike pretty hard and the tires and rims are holding up very nicely so far. No complaints due to the very solid construction.

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The Shimano Rapidfire shifters are smooth, located perfectly and have nice auditory feedback. The paint job (matte olive/black—see the pic) is very easy on the eye—I especially like how the rims and spokes are painted black to match the tires and the front fork. It gives the bike a really understated look; it’s not as showy as some other Giant paint schemes.

I really can’t say anything bad about this bike, other than the fact the saddle is a little hard for my liking. It’s an excellent value for a person’s first ‘good’ mountain bike. Chris, the sales guy at Brant Cycle (highly recommended), actually suggested this bike over Giant’s entry model—the Boulder—as he felt the upgraded components were worth the money. In retrospect, I agree.

I wouldn’t push this bike too hard downhill or try to use it as a full-time commuter, but it seems ideal for those casual weekend trails and cruises through the neighbourhood with Kathryn! Highly recommended.


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  1. Adrian says:


    Looks like a great bike – I have the opportunity to pick one up at a good price second hand for my son. I think I might get it after reading your review.

  2. Danny says:


    Wow Looks like the perfect touring bike. I must admit though I do like a small engine in order to go up those many hills.


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