The Giant Sedona is a prime example of what most people mean when they talk about a “comfort bike” or a “path and pavement” bike. What these terms usually mean is that the bike is built on a frame similar to a mountain bike, where you can ride in a more upright position than on a road bike, and these bikes usually have a suspension fork on the front wheel and often a suspension seat post to help smooth out bumpy roads and trails. I recently had the opportunity to ride a Giant Sedona comfort bike, and the following is my Giant Sedona Review:
Like a traditional comfort bike, the Giant Sedona is built on a mountain-bike-like frame with frame geometry that allows you to sit mostly upright with your hands on the handlebars. Before we go further, let me clarify that the model I rode is the aluminum frame “Giant Sedona” — Giant is the brand name, and they also make a Sedona ST (cheaper, with heavier steel frame and no suspension fork and a more expensive Sedona DX (more expensive, a few upgraded components). I believe the regular Sedona (with MSRP of $380) has all of the features that most beginner cyclists want or need, at about $120 lower MSRP than the DX model.
The Sedona drivetrain is a triple crank (three big gear rings where the pedals attach) with a seven gear “cassette” on the back gear, giving you 21 possible combinations (so it’s a “21 speed”). I found the 21 speeds to be quite adequate for all of my needs, having a good gear range for climbing hills and cruising along quickly also. Shifting is done by twisting the handlebar grips, and I found the shifting to work smoothly.
As for the bike’s ergonomics, I liked the saddle even better than the comfortable seats on my Giant Cypress and my Giant Simple. The saddle has a cut-out section to keep pressure off of your more tender parts, and has enough padding to be comfortable yet did not get in my way when riding more vigorously.
The Sedona has tires that are somewhat in between mountain bike tires and city bike tires. These tires strike a good balance, and gave me a bit of extra grip on gravel and off-road, without adding too much drag when I was riding on pavement. The tires, coupled with the suspension, make this bike suitable for some off-road riding (honestly, probably as much or more than most people will actually ride off road) and also make the bike comfortable on bumpy city roads.
The Verdict: The Giant Sedona is a great all-around bike. The Sedona can handle enough off-road riding for 95% of the population, while still still being good on pavement. The Giant Sedona is a good beginner bicycle choice.
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