Just picked up a Giant Tempt 5 for my wife, thought I would give a quick head's up in case there are ladies looking for a solid first MTB, this one is going to be hard to beat.
For the price the spec is pretty decent, disc breaks, mix of shimano and sram components. Suntour fork is probably the thing I would upgrade first but for now its fine.
Build quality so far is first rate, I'm a big guy (6'4", 220lbs) and yet it felt just fine cruising around the parking lot. Obviously its a bit small for me but otherwise I never felt like I overwhelmed the bike, feels nice and solid. Also I was surprised how light it is, definitely sub 30 pounds, maybe around 26 or so.
Lastly, it's one of the few women's bikes on 27.5 wheels which I think are ideal for a new rider. They give some of the roll over of 29er without the awkward steering/feel 29ers on small frames can have. Will post a few pics once I get a chance, has some subtle bling that just emphasizes how well thought out the whole package is, total home run as far as I'm concerned.
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