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    ... and if we just ... 2012 Giant Faith- First Impression (w/ pictures)

    Well, I sold the Reign X1 and now I'm working with the Faith.

    First impression- Wow.

    After setting sag, damping, and rebound (following RockShox's incredibly convenient guides- fork - shock) ), I hit the trails and immediately noticed how great the Totem felt. Muddier than desired conditions kept me from hitting my favorite jumps and feeling out the high end, but the low end compression was buttery smooth. The Totem RC2 DH seemed lightyears ahead of the Fox Float R I had experience with.

    The Vivid Coil RC2 was a bit more vague and harder to interpret. I'm using a 550lbs spring, which actually didn't feel that bad on climbs. Of course there will be bob with a 7" bike, but I didn't feel like I was completely wallowing uphill. That said, the Large rig is 37.6lbs and the 2.5" Maxxis High Rollers are not fast rollers when pointed anywhere other than downhill. The Faith will definitely whip me into shape due to this. After the trails dry by the weekend, I'll have a better idea of how the shock handles my 210lbs with more speed and bigger jumps.

    The Avid Elixir 9, [F] 203mm, [R] 180mm brakes are so much better than the Elixir 5 set I moved from! They are very smooth- could be touchier, but that's adjustable and preferential. They are quiet and only made the slightest noises after several muddy splashes.

    I had to cut down the seatpost. I'm 6'3" and the lowest it would sit was with the saddle at mid-thigh. Let's face it, that's not freeride or male friendly.

    The Giant Contact AM bar is pretty flat. I think I'll swap for something with a little more rise in the future. The 31.8 width was fine, though.

    The MRP chainguide was a bit noisy in lower gears, but I don't expect to lose my chain anytime soon.

    I'm looking forward to really pushing myself on this bike and I'll have more information as I get more ride time.











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    Spec Sheet

    Frame
    Sizes L
    Colors Satin Black/Gloss Black
    Frame ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 7" Maestro Suspension
    Fork RockShox Totem RC2 DH Solo Air w/ 20mm Thru-Axle and OverDrive 2 Steerer, 180mm Travel
    Shock RockShox Vivid Coil RC2
    Components
    Handlebar Giant Contact AM, 31.8
    Stem Giant Contact FR, OverDrive 2
    Seatpost Giant Contact, 30.9
    Saddle Giant Freeride
    Pedals Giant Alloy Platform, Sealed
    Drivetrain
    Shifters SRAM X9, 1x9 Speed
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X9
    Brakes Avid Elixir 9, [F] 203mm, [R] 180mm
    Brake Levers Avid Elixir CR
    Cassette SRAM PG 970 11x32, 9-Speed
    Chain Shimano HG-73
    Crankset Truvativ Descendant w/ MRP G2 Mini SL, 36T
    Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
    Wheels
    Rims Giant P-AM2
    Hubs [F] Giant Tracker w/ 20mm Axle, [R] DT Swiss 350 w/ 12mm Maxle QR, 32h
    Spokes DT Swiss Competition
    Tires Maxxis High Roller 3C, 26x2.5 Folding
    Other
    Extras Adjustable Dropouts

    Weight (with Giant pedals): 37.6lbs.

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    thanks for the review, looks nice!

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    Hey Peyton, compared with the Reign X, how about the climbing? Is it heavy?

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    Looks good. If it can be pedalled very well? I bet you could lighten it up considerably.

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    Being 5 lbs. heavier with a beefy frame, coil rear, wider tires, and 11 less gears, I've been hiking to the local trailhead that I could easily do on the Reign X. It could be done, but it uses so much more energy that I'd rather save for the ride down. I'm sure someone more fit than I could climb more, and I'm getting in much better shape and climbing more as I can, but the faith is not a climber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeytonP View Post
    Being 5 lbs. heavier with a beefy frame, coil rear, wider tires, and 11 less gears, I've been hiking to the local trailhead that I could easily do on the Reign X. It could be done, but it uses so much more energy that I'd rather save for the ride down. I'm sure someone more fit than I could climb more, and I'm getting in much better shame and climbing more as I can, but the faith is not a climber.
    I have a 2011 faith 1 and loving it....and also have a 2011 reign x.
    yes, you are correct, its not a climber.
    but here are a couple things you can do to make it a little easier.

    -This shimano cassette has goes 12-36 which is 2 gears easier than your stock one:
    Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

    -get a smaller front chainring, perhaps a 32 or 34 to make it even easier.

    -get a telescoping seatpost... i purchased one made by axiom, its just a two peice seatpost so that you can get full extension as well as full drop. it was about $60.

    Nice bike, enjoy!

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    My Faith, so installed, can climb...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxygen1973 View Post
    My Faith, so installed, can climb...
    Whoaa...cool Faith dude...been looking for a Faith with a Reverb installed...how much weight btw...? 2010 Faith has a nice color combination...

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    Anyone Set up the stock Faith Giant P-AM2 rims up tubeless?
    what did you use?

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    It 's almost 16 Kg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxygen1973 View Post
    It 's almost 16 Kg
    And what size is your Faith? Also want to know your height and weight...if you don't mind...

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    My Faith is a Medium size. I'm 1,82 mt and 82 Kg

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    @ Oxygen1973, would you be willing to share a detailed build spec on that beauty? I have a stock Faith 2010 and planning to do a single-to-double conversion. Am especially interested in front mech (incl cable routing), chain guide and chain ring/bash/fixing bolts that you used. And the air damper, how's that balanced with front?

    Sorry for thread hijack btw ;o)

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    That is a beautiful bike.

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    @ MRMARCELLO Giant Faith size M with Leoseven downtube protector -Fox Air DHX 5.0 - Totem DH Coil converted - Formula The One - Reverb - Superstar Ultra Mag pedals - XO shifter/X9 derailleur -
    Race Face Atlas crank - Straitline bash - Shaman chainguide and Blackspire gold inner ring

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    Thnks for the info. What kind/type front mech did you use? I am having trouble finding one that fits in between biggest chain ring and bed in the seat tube....

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    Front derailleur is a Shimano XT

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    Quote Originally Posted by murrdogg11 View Post
    Anyone Set up the stock Faith Giant P-AM2 rims up tubeless?
    what did you use?
    I set up a customers P-AM2's with stans yellow tape and Flow rim strip. Works great.

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    Isn't a Faith kinda overkill for East Texas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Isn't a Faith kinda overkill for East Texas?
    Haha, I'm in Dallas with this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Haha, I'm in Dallas with this:

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude...... Nice. Where do you ride? I'm planning on taking a trip to Big Cedar trails soon. I saw a video of a pretty cool looking downhill trail there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeytonP View Post
    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude...... Nice. Where do you ride? I'm planning on taking a trip to Big Cedar trails soon. I saw a video of a pretty cool looking downhill trail there.
    Rode Bid Cedar yesterday actually, first time. I think I used maybe half the travel haha. It's more freeride stuff, which isn't my style. It will be great on the Faith though, where you can steer more with a single crown fork.

    I go to school in NorCal so I ride there most of the time, and the Glory makes more sense.
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    Nice review.

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    Thanks for the cool review, i'm looking into getting a faith and am studying up so this is great.

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