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Giant Alias

Postby snedden9485 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:22 pm

Hey guys,

looking at getting a hardtail for some X training for the road cycling. I want to do some x country riding and my budget is around the $800 mark. I mate just rang me and told me he knows a guys selling a 'as new' 2008 giant alias. He said hel give it to me for around the $700 mark, but i reckn il get it a little cheaper. Its a L which should fit me as im 182cm. Would this be a good starter?
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Re: Giant Alias

Postby trailgumby » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:11 pm

Yes, a good starter for your purposes.

Not the lightest of hardtails but since your plan is cross-training and - I assume - the accumulation of some bike handling skills, it's a great place to begin. Size is in the ballpark for your height.
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Re: Giant Alias

Postby snedden9485 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:11 am

It looks like it has some decent equipment on it for the price. It has sram X7 RD and shifters, with deore cranks. WHat are the shimano M485 hydraulic disc brakes like?
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Re: Giant Alias

Postby snedden9485 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:06 pm

I ended up getting the bike. Got it for $650 with shimano M520 pedals. Bike is in pretty good nick and hasnt done much work by the looks. Feels nice to ride, only had a quick spin. Il take it out in the morning for a decent ride. The bike isnt a large, its actually a medium (18" frame). I am 182cm tall and my inseam is around the 82 - 83cm mark. Sound like an OK fit?
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Re: Giant Alias

Postby waynohh » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:49 pm

Yep, perfect theoretical fit. I'm 175cm/76cm on 16" frame.
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Re: Giant Alias

Postby trailgumby » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:23 am

snedden9485 wrote:WHat are the shimano M485 hydraulic disc brakes like?


Pretty good, by all accounts. :D

Much will depend on brake pads. The resin ones don't survive muddy/wet conditions very long, but there are excellent aftermarket Fibrax pads available that I got on a group purchase from the UK through nobmob. The M485s (aka Deore) are well regarded for both modulation and power, don't suffer noticably from brake fade unless you begin misusing it as a DH bike, and use the easier-to-work-with mineral fluid instead of paint-removing DOT fluid.

I have LX and XT hydros on my two bikes respectively and they're outstanding.
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Re: Giant Alias

Postby MH » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:06 am

Just had the M485 brakes replaced under warranty on a 2008 Alias. The brakes were extremely poor and squealed. It seems that there is a problem with the seals on some of the brakes allowing the pads to become contaminated. There is a Shimano service warning - http://bgindy.com/page.cfm?pageID=969 which explains the problem. If the pads continue to be contaminated , following replacement, then you have a leak. I now have M486 brakes.
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Re: Giant Alias

Postby black4tress » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:57 am

Hi,

I have an Alias 08 and mine squeal from time to time but braking seems ok. I need to check if there is oil residue tonight.

Should I just let my LBS I purchased from know about this and bring it in to be on the safe side ?
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