2011 Giant Faith: Video Bike Check

Aug 10, 2010 at 14:00
Aug 10, 2010
by Mike Levy  
 
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Giant's big hit friendly Faith is back for 2011 and looking ready to throw down. Have a look inside to see more of this badass green machine that team rider Kurt Sorge is using to collect air miles, including a video bike check!

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Watch the video to learn more about Giant's 7" travel Faith!
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Giant's Faith is a purebred freeride machine: A single ring and MRP chainguide, 7
Giant's Faith is a purebred freeride machine: A single ring and MRP chainguide, 7" of travel controlled by a RockShox Vivid shock and bar spin friendly Totem fork, and meaty MTX rims. Get your shovel and chainsaw ready, its time to build some new hits!

Whoever is in charge of this years colors and graphics is killing it! The Faith's hydroformed tubing is set off with an incredible pearlescent green paint job and unique graphics that will not let you mistake it for another.
Whoever is in charge of this years colors and graphics is killing it! The Faith's hydroformed tubing is set off with an incredible pearlescent green paint job and unique graphics that will not let you mistake it for another.

Giant's dual link Maestro suspension is found throughout their range, including the Faith. The design uses two short and stiff links that create a virtual floating pivot.
Giant's dual link Maestro suspension is found throughout their range, including the Faith. The design uses two short and stiff links that create a virtual floating pivot.

A RockShox Vivid controls the Faith's 7
A RockShox Vivid controls the Faith's 7" of travel.

A tapered headtube up front, along with Giant's burly Contact FR stem.
A tapered headtube up front, along with Giant's burly Contact FR stem.


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103 Comments

  • + 10
 mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm green and gold
  • + 15
 looks pretty aztec and/or mayan
  • + 3
 whis i had one though
  • + 5
 my giant dealer is getting me one for testride ... and if it rides as good as it looks its gonne be MINE!!!
  • + 8
 I wonder if the price will be better compared to 2010 model as some of the components look cheaper e.g stem, handlebar. Personally I prefer it in this season brushed alu.
  • + 4
 i like my bikes in color Big Grin love the new paintjob ... and the giant stems and handlebars are good stuff ... a bit heavy though but they take any beating
  • + 1
 I was gonna buy a 2010 next year for cheaper.. Seing this makes things a little harder for me and my wallet.!!!!!
  • + 2
 really not a fan of that colour
  • - 7
 Hey what should our new frame be? (looks over at a kona) I have an idea
  • + 6
 green for the money and gold for the honeys!!
  • - 1
 even sexyer then last year
  • + 1
 Rolino, Giant is sold out of 2010 Faith 00's so unless you have one reserved in a shop you won't get one. as for the bike I think it's awesome, The connect stuff is very strong fairly light and means you spend less money buying the bike.
  • + 6
 I can not believe that nobody is mentioning the fact that that headtube design looks like the Kona. Im not saying that they ripped off the design. Not at all. They didnt. But what blows me away is the lack of "looks like the headtube is gonna break off" comments. Proves the point that people bitch about Kona's for no other reason than its a Kona. Short tapered head-tube, with the downtube fitting over the top tube to give you a compact front triangle. I dont see the issue with this, and neither do any of you - so long as its not a Kona.
  • - 2
 @biker1900 Maestro has been around for a couple of years now. And the faith hasn't changed from last year.. And if you think it looks like a Kona, here's the difference. this bike will not fall apart as you ride.
  • + 3
 Rolino bases this comment on YEARS of experiance in the Mtn Bike industry, as well as the fact that every Kona he has ever ridden has fallen apart. Every one. Crazy stuff.
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  • + 4
 2010 Faith looked so much better imo. I'm sure this one is engineered as an improvement but aesthetically it sure as hell isn't! It looks cheap! Trek Scratch 9 or Transition TR 250 for the win.
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  • + 3
 Looks like a real decent build this year, but I'm not too fond of the colour though... Frown

Does anyone maybe know why they use an air fork instead of a coil fork? I've heard that coil forks are a lot more plush and better suited for FR and DH. Is it to keep the bike's weight down?
  • - 1
 Air forks spaar baie gewig, maar coil voel defnitief beter as air as dit kom by DH of FR - vir my anyways. Dit bly wel persoonlike keuse, en die air totems is befok - het hulle al probeer.
  • + 1
 ... actually, daai Totems is coil forks (RC2 DH forks) en dis n coil shock... so geen air suspension daar nie pal Wink
  • + 0
 Haha! Baie dankie vir die vinnige reply! Nee jis dis goed om te weet... Big Grin
  • + 2
 can someone translate whatever the hell they're saying into engerish please?
  • + 1
 lmfao please
  • + 1
 LOL.

"Air forks save a lot of weight, but coil definitely feels better when it comes to DH or FR - for me anyways. It stays personal preference though and the air Totems are the sh*t - I've tried them."

"Actually, those Totems are coil forks (RC2 DH Forks) and it is a coil fork... so no air suspension there buddy Smile "

"Haha! Thanks a lot for the quick reply! That's really good to know... Big Grin "

Happy?
  • + 1
 Vocal Germ'n'glish?
  • + 1
 The flag next to Gyr's name should give you a big old clue Wink
  • + 1
 I'm still in the state of finaly getting English in Scottish and Welsh accent, finding it super hard to understand most Aussies and Kiwis while they speak swallowing half of letters, hearing mostly vows, spoke lately to American guy who had the softest "R" I've ever heard. Now this South African stuff is just too much... many countries separated by oceans, having theoreticaly common language Smile

You see Polish is one f*d up language, but we have very minor differences in different regions Razz and if you sound rural, people will let you know Big Grin
  • + 1
 Ive been living in the UK for 10 years... and I still don't understand a word a Scotsman says Big Grin
  • + 1
 I just meant the accent, not the proper Scottish language. Though I speak some Swedish and there's lot of things in common, Scottish seems to be a bit like English spoken with Swedish pronunciation of vows. Bloody Vikingy invading thing & stuff it must be...

I can dig Billy Connolly kind of thing... at leasht i know that Shean Connery shpeaks no good Shcotish, you shee, some kind of shpeech impairment you shee...
  • + 1
 I meant the accent too, the "propper Scots" language haven't been around for many many many years Wink
Billy Connoly doesn't have a heavy acent - try speak to someone from Glasgow to know what I'm on about Wink
  • + 1
 Yea I can imagine. been to Newcastle and it was already becoming heavy. Can imagine how it goes towards north...
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  • + 2
 Seriously? Emerald Green? And good luck getting a 2010 on close out. All the 2010 Faith 0's are out at the factory. I was hoping that since Giant did such a spot on job in 2010 it would be worth the wait for the 2011's...I was wrongFrown
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  • + 3
 The 2010 version looked much better. www.cyclingnews.com/features/photos/giant-2010-mtb-launch/82403

Im quite dissapointed Giant, i expected alot more !
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  • + 1
 Demo'ed this bike at Crankworx on Sunday. It rode really well, easy to hop on and feel comfortable. Didn't love the stock set-up...I would definately make some adjustments upon purchasing. The colors are sick though! Nice design!
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  • + 0
 Looks nice. Interesting how no one mentioned the small headtube. Seems that only the new Kona will have issues/get the bad comments, haha. Oh well, it's all opinion anyway. Sick build and nice colors. Would make a sick park bike.
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  • + 4
 love the bike! hate the color (green)! good graphics design!
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  • + 1
 really not a fan of the old faith and this one seems to ahve caught the bendy tubes disease of, scott, kona, specialized, and what ever else uses bendy tubes...ughghh no thank you
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  • + 2
 Seems like only the other day there was that big competition for the 2010 one, aha Wink I do like the 2010 better though to this. I do like the green MTX wheels though!!
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  • + 3
 the 2010 is so much nicer in my opinion, oh well just means that will be cheaper :p
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  • + 2
 don't get me wrong, I love giant, love the spec, bet the bike works amazingly but....
....Am I the only one who thinks the bike is ugly?
  • + 1
 No you are not the only one, far from it in fact. That paint job looks cheap and I can only hope it's on a lowest-end model or something like that. I even think the spec could be changed but I'm not complaining (E-thirteen components, Saint cranks, Fox RC4, New Fox 180mm Fork, brand-name bars/stem for all that money...but alas hopefully there's a frame-only) Hopefully there will be more color options.
  • + 1
 well it's called owning the brand by putting on all giant printed components. it's good for the company. price for all 2011 giants came down significantly. Don't get me wrong, I'm sitting here with 2011 dealer source book.
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  • + 3
 whats up with the fairy sparkle paint job... i like my 2010 better
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  • + 3
 llol 44.99 ill have ten Big Grin
  • + 2
 HST Not included
  • + 1
 No one outside Canada knows wtf HST is mate Wink
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  • + 1
 Just quickly picture this bike in a light blue pearlescent paint job with the standard gold decals... Wouldn't that just look fine? Wink
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  • + 1
 I am out of the freeride loop, but was surprised to see Schrader valve stems on the tires. Is that common for freeride bikes?.. and if so, why?
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  • + 3
 like the bike but not pearlescent
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  • + 1
 That coloud isnt doing teh bike justice, Id still own one.id even buy one for the right price
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  • + 2
 Really reminds me of some of the old Konas.
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  • + 1
 What's next, a rock shox totem with black stanchions on it to complement the retro british racing green?
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  • + 2
 Sometimes the color just ruins the whole thing..shame
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  • + 1
 faith 1 isn't as exciting as this, it's mix of orange-ish red with blue and white
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  • + 2
 Looks much better then the previous Faith models for sure!
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  • + 1
 Now that's how it should have been from the get-go. A black and white difference from the first... good on ya Giant!
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  • + 2
 Perfect combination of colors...green and gold. And perfect bike
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  • + 1
 really disappointing the 2011 color schemes apart from the reign line up
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  • + 2
 Looks pretty sweet
  • + 0
 agree completly. good build spec too
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  • + 1
 LOL. Very cool bike but thats a lot of $$$
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  • + 1
 does it run a 150mm rear wheel like the older faiths?
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  • + 1
 now come on ... bring up the new glory on the news pb!!
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  • + 1
 who knnows if that price is canadian
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  • + 1
 Only this green?
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  • + 1
 very niceeeeeeeeeee !
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  • + 1
 nothin really changed
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  • + 0
 That color is sick I think they did a great job.
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  • + 0
 THATS ONE SWEET LOOKING BIKE.GREEN AND GOLD ARE SLICK!
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  • + 0
 Nice colorway, the matching shocks, rims and brakes are sick too
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  • + 1
 hmmm it looks ok i guess
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  • + 1
 that thing is sexy!
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  • + 1
 colours! I love colours!
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  • + 0
 does kinda look like a big hit, cept the bighit is way more perfect.
  • + 2
 Are you people serious? It looks nothing like a Big Hit. Every artical about a bike has at least one of these asinine comments. Why would Giant copy an inferior design, anyway?
  • + 0
 How is FSR inferior bro? what the hell are you talking about mountainbiker24? you know nothing
  • + 3
 Any suspension bob or pedalling platform must be controlled by the shock. The suspension design does nothing to control it. It works very well when you're coasting, but it just won't pedal as well as the Giant. Sure, you can set it up to pedal well, but then you lose small bump compliance. I know enough to know that. What exactly do you know, "bro"?
  • + 0
 I know the rear end of your bike feels dead and FSR is fully active. I have owned the Giant and yes it pedals but it is also dead down the hill. FSR is way more fun to ride and favors riders who can pick lines not plow
  • + 1
 I don't have a Giant. I did, and it was way more efficient than any FSR I have owned or tried. I know how to pick lines, but sometimes you don't have an easy option.
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  • + 0
 looks like a big hit, with out the extra bar for strength?
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  • + 0
 PLEASE BRING BACK '09 SCHEME! Cry
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  • + 0
 were can i get one asap
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 lbs I guess...
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  • - 1
 Lovely colour scheme!
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