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Giant Cypress 2020 Review: # Things to Know

Are you a cyclist who likes to take a peaceful Sunday ride before hitting the trails on Monday evening? If you are looking for versatility in a bike, the Giant Cypress Bike may be worth a second look.

We reviewed the Cypress Bike and compared it with three other options from the Giant lineup. We isolated four important aspects of the bike we thought potential buyers needed to know.

Giant Cypress Bike

The Giant Cypress is a perfect bicycle for a myriad of functions, such as commuting to work or school, pleasure riding, and even some light off-road ventures. The bike can also be purchased in a DX model with a few more features, but either option gives you at least five quality components you should know about.

1. Aluminum Frame

The bike’s aluminum frame is lightweight and durable. It is made of ALUXX alumin, a high-end aluminum that is heat treated to create a light and sturdy material.

2. Seat Design

The bike comes with a shock-absorbing seat design. Off-roading is not the first thing you think about when looking at the Giant Cypress, but the seat’s design makes light off-roading a pleasant option for many owners.

3. Aluminum Rims

The Cypress comes with aluminum rims that add style and appearance to the bike. On a practical level, the rims are strong with double-wall construction. The design is a combination of aesthetics and durability that can’t be beat.

4. Multi-Surface Tires

Because the Cypress is intended for an array of terrain types, including light off-roading, its Kenda Multi-Surface 700×38 tires are up to the task. The tires feature an aggressive tread able to tackle any surface. From gravel to pavement to park trails, the Cypress tires enhance the bike’s versatile nature.

5. Alloy Brakes

Direct-pull brakes of alloy construction are a big advantage to Cypress owners. The brakes are comfortable because they allow riders to remain upright while riding without giving up easy contact with the breaking system.

Product Specs

The Giant Cypress comes in four frame sizes labeled small, medium, large, and extra large. They feature alloy direct-pull brakes. A Shimano Revo shifter ensures a smooth ride. Those opting for the DX model will enjoy the Shimano EF 500 variant shifter. Giant’s CH-17 rims are made of aluminum. The rims are double walled for durability. The Kendra Multi-Surface 700×38 tires ensure traction and reliability on any terrain.

Pricing

The Giant Cypress retails for about $390. Despite its lofty price, it is one of the cheaper Giant bikes we reviewed. Riders looking for a $90 big box store special may not be ready for a Giant Cypress, but those looking to make a serious investment in an aluminum framed, high-end bike may fall in love with these Giant products.

The most expensive bike we reviewed was the Giant Cypress DX at about $600. The bikes vary in their design and intended uses, though they all share some important features. We believe our Cypress review will help you pinpoint the Giant bike that best fits your needs and budget.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • SIMPLE SINGLE Bike

  • ROAM 3 DISC Bike

  • SEDONA DX Bike

CYPRESS Bike

Price [$$]

Comfort [****]

For riders who enjoy sitting upright while traveling on a bike, the Giant Cypress will be a treat. The posture makes the bike great for long treks. This is due in part to the bike’s braking system. The brakes allow riders to remain upright and relaxed while maintaining easy contact with the breaking system.

The comfort is increased thanks to the shock-absorbing seat design. On pavement, or even off-road, the shock-absorbing design makes for comfortable travel.

Design Quality [****]

The brakes are not only comfortable, but the alloy construction is a quality component of the product. Along with the well designed seat that absorbs light off-road shock, the tires are designed to go hand-in-hand with diverse capabilities on or off-road.

The bike also uses a seven-speed twist-shift drivetrain that offers great longevity and high performance. Those opting for the DX will enjoy a 3×8-speed trigger-shift drivetrain, though neither version is objectively superior to the other. The Cypress’ aluminum rims are designed to add style and strength to the bike.

Warranty [****]

Giant’s warranty on the frame and rigid fork covers defects in craftsmanship and material for as long as the original buyer owns the bike. The warranty cannot be transferred.

Pros

  • Variety of functions and purposes for a variety of riders
  • Shock-absorbing seat design
  • Double-wall aluminum rims
  • Alloy direct-pull brakes
  • All-surface tires

Cons

  • The bike is a little heavier than we would like
  • Platform pedals are a slight letdown

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/cypress

SIMPLE SINGLE Bike

Another Giant bike, the Simple Single is a bike with a classic design ideal for the beach comber or the joy rider. From the paved road to a sandy beach, the bike is at home on a variety of surfaces. Whether you want a relaxing evening stroll or an exhilarating beach race, the Giant Simple Single offers a smooth ride. Enjoy the bike’s balloon tires, comfy seat, and upright riding position in this classic yet modern ride.

Price [$$]

Comfort [***]

The cushioned saddle-style seat is easy on the posterior as it absorbs bumps and resists vibrations. The bike allows riders to travel in an upright position that is stable and comfortable thanks in part to the high-volume tires.

Design Quality [****]

The Simple Single is designed with an ALUXX aluminum frame. The light design allows riders to climb hills and tackle grades more easily than some competitors.

A rust-proof chain adds to the bike’s longevity, and balloon tires with a large volume offer a smooth ride. A kickstand makes it easy to get on and off the bike without having to set it on the ground. It also adds to your storage options.

Warranty [****]

Giant’s warranty on the frame and rigid fork remains the same for the Simple Single. It covers defects in craftsmanship and material for as long as the original buyer owns the bike. The warranty is non-transferrable.

Pros

  • Cushioned saddle-style seat
  • Comfortable, upright travel position
  • ALUXX aluminum frame
  • Lightweight and durable

Cons

  • The drive train is bit of a letdown

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/simple-single-2020

ROAM 3 DISC Bike

Giant’s next offering, the Roam 3 Disc, is an all-terrain bike that gives you limitless choices for your next venture. Using Giant’s lightweight aluminum frame, the bike features flat handlebars for mountain bike qualities on a road bike offering.

Whereas the Giant Cypress is only intended for light off-road terrains, the Roam 3 Disc can tackle rough roads, dirt paths, and most trails.

Price [$$$]

Comfort [***]

The flat handlebars allow the rider to balance comfort and efficiency. It does not allow for a ride as vertical as the Cypress, but it is still reasonably comfortable while adding stability for the increased off-road options.

Design Quality [****]

Like many other Giant bikes, the Roam 3 Disc is constructed of ALUXX aluminum. ALUXX is a high-performing aluminum material with a high content of 6011 alloy that provides a great ratio of durability and weight. The result is a lightweight bike that is very strong.

The design includes rack mounts that allow for cargo storage and open the door to longer trips.

Warranty [****]

A lifetime warranty covers the frame and rigid fork against defects in craftsmanship and material for as long as the original buyer owns the bike. The warranty cannot be transferred.

Pros

  • More off-road options
  • Flat handle bars for added stability
  • ALUXX aluminum frame

Cons

  • Less comfortable posture than other Giant bikes

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/roam-3-disc-2020

SEDONA DX Bike

The Giant Sedona DX is a comfortable bike intended for casual pleasure. Many users enjoy the Sedona DX as a fitness bike thanks to its stability and excellent handling. Unlike the Roam 3 Disc, the Sedona returns to an upright, comfortable riding posture for laid-back enjoyment.

The bike boasts a unique seat post that helps make bumps and other difficult roads smooth. This is a favorite perk of many owners.

Price [$$$]

Comfort [****]

Large tires add to the comfort of the Sedona DX, alongside a smooth suspension fork and a design that allows for upright posture while riding. The suspension seat post makes difficult sections of road manageable and turns a potential frustrating stretch into a comfortable detour.

Design Quality [****]

The lightweight and durable frame uses Giant’s familiar ALUXX aluminum. The aluminum’s high 6011 alloy content is the same E6011 used in many auto body shops and on steel farm equipment. It is also found in railroad cars, barges, and storage tanks.

The light aluminum frame makes grades easier and portability and storage more manageable. The special seat post is a final design element that makes the bike a high-end ride.

Warranty [****]

Giant’s familiar lifetime warranty on the frame and rigid fork covers defects in craftsmanship and material for as long as the original buyer owns the bike. The warranty cannot be transferred.

Pros

  • Unique suspension seat
  • Designed for a comfortable posture
  • Lightweight and durable aluminum frame

Cons

  • Expensive

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/sedona-dx-2020

Conclusion

At the conclusion of our Giant Cypress review, we gave the Cypress four stars. The bike offers a truly stable ride with its all-surface tires and relaxed, upright positioning. 

As with all Giant bikes, the ALUXX aluminum tubing creates a frame that strong but light with great longevity. We truly believe the Giant Cypress is an investment that would satisfy a great number of buyers.

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