When looking around for a bike, I sought after one that could hold up against the rough terrain in the mountains, and also the casual road ride. I had a few major bike companies in mind, yet nothing specific. I soon came across an almost new Giant Boulder for half the price of a new one, only ridden a few times. So I decided to go with that, knowing that giant did have a very good reputation.
- 80mm Suspension Folks
- Tektro V-Brakes
- Shimano Shifters (21 Speed)
- Light Weight Aluminium Frame
- Light Weight (For a level entry bike, it is fairly light)
- Durable (Can take mostly any terrain, and can handle small to moderate drops)
- Gear Shifters (Very easy to shift, and good quality shifters)
- Very Comfortable Seat (The comfiest seat I've ever tried on a mountain bike)
- Front Fork Suspension (Good for pavement riding and light trial riding)
- Nice Finish To It
- Chain Ring is Quite Large (Can get stuck over some of the higher obsticles, yet can be upgraded to a bash guard)
- Front Fork Suspension (Fork is quite slim with not much travel, and doesn't feel as strong as some of the wider forks)
- V-Brakes (Decent V-brakes, yet they don't work well when they're wet)
Overall, the Giant Boulder is an excellent entry level bike that is very durable on the trails and road. It has held up greatly over the past year for me, not running into almost any problems (only a few home fixable problems like any normal bike). The front forks are great for light trial riding, yet for more intense trail riding, it wouldn't hurt if they were larger or more heavy duty. For the price, this bike stands out from the rest in comfort and durability. I really like the feel of this bike in the trials, and on the pavement. I would recommend this bike to anyone wanting a good quality trail bike for a nice price.