Strengths: Ridden this for over 4 yrs now and still going strong. Was a custom Build, see below. Feels very nice and solid on the turns. Can be good at jumps if controlled or shocks not blown. Can be pulled around great with a small stem.
Weaknesses: Tends to kick on jumps a bit but the it does have a small cockpit. The RS shock has blown 3 times now, if only I could afford another shock! Head angle is a bit steep, but then even Rob Warner said that!
Great bike, survived the biggest accidient of my life so far with me breaking my back so it takes everything in its stride. I have looked after it and is still going strong 4 yrs on, will i ever sell it? Hell no, too much fin when the weather is good :D
Bike Setup: Giant ATX1 DH frame, newer gusetted version. White Brothers Forks, Hope discs and hubs on Mavic rims with IRC Kujo tyres. Raceface drivechain with XT componentry. DMR pedals and numerous other bits.
from North Yorkshire
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003
Strengths: Frames very strong, ultra plush can pretty much take on any obstacle triple pivot set up much better than single, compared to my old 222 its like riding a sofa downhill!
Weaknesses: Cant find any yet
A great second hand bike, way too pricey new but if you can get one for inder 2000.00- then do it, ive ridden a lot of bikes and own 3 others and this is the best by far down ever get a single pivot, i had an orange 222 which i thought was the best bike ever but it is no where near as plush as this giant.
If you want to downhill with the best of them then get one of these!!! otherwise shave your legs , get some tights and buy a specialized :-(
Bike Setup: rst xxl's, sunn double wides' full hayes' the usual gear
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2002
Strengths: Appearance (especially in Team colours), perceived strength & rear suspension design
Weaknesses: Expensive when new so s/h values are at times unrealistic, Chain device, Weight (40-50Ilbs) depending on components, If the frame cracks (unlikely) you cannot repair it (so check before buying). The lower frame spar (or downtube) easily dents.
Looks like it WILL take anything you can throw at it. Six inch travel front and rear as standard (there are Eight inch travel upgrades for the rear). Cool appearance although looking slightly dated now (especially the rear end). The weight is all too apparent if you try to climb especially if you use a larger than 42 tooth chain ring. The AC chain device is noisy - if you fiddle with the adjusment you may be able to make it run fairly quiet but it still rattles if you go large to small on the gears. Can be ridden on the road if you have the legs and lungs, turns heads everywhere you go. The weight means that off road it soaks up the big hits like an off road motorcycle and its reputation is well earned. Very plush and active at both ends, no flex and the supension bearings are superb. Giant made an instant classic with the ATX DH-One.
No problems with the RS coupe deluxe despite what I've read elsewhere. Excellent buy only if you are happy that the frame has no hidden damage as these bikes tend to be raced and thrashed heavily.
Looks best in Team Colours!!! and only buy the small size if you are well under six foot otherwise you will need to run a long seatpost.
from Paris , France
Date Reviewed: December 6, 2001
Strengths: -Frame: well designed all round frame. The frame is super tough and has a rising rate. Very adjustable with the 8" upgrade plates available from goldtec (www.goldtec-cycles.co.uk), awsome bearings haven't had to pay any attention to them in the past two years.
Weaknesses: -RS Super delux: yes it blows, just change it for an Avalanche, or at least a Fox. -Short top tube even on the biggest size. Felt pretty cramped at 6"1. -tire clearance with big tires (although i used a michelin comp32 2.8 on a 321 rim for two days with little rubbing.) -crappy chainguide: modified an MRP to fit. -paint job is horrid -doesn't pedal too well
Ok, so i've ridden this bike hard for the past two years now. I race and ride in supposedly the most challenging DH trails in the world: the french alps. The bike has been fantastic. Frame doesn't have any bad characteristics (no excessive brake jack, progressive rate, extremely tough). Changed the RS shock to a fox RX, improved greatly the feel of the susp. Tire clearance is only a problem with big tires is muddy conditions, otherwise all is good. Loved this bike, but its for sale now after two years of great service ;) getting a 025 Big Hit DH + avalcnhe shock (9inches of loving avalanche travel). THis is a great Dh bike for starters as well as more confirmed racers.
Similar Products Used: everything thats relatively mainstream: intense, foes,...
Bike Setup: 99 frame, MonsterT, DMR 3 piece cranks, mrp, 321's laced to hope biguns, Enduro/dh04 brakes, atomic stem, protaper bar, wtb seat, lx drivetrain, michelin tires, victory racing pedals.
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2000
Strengths: World Cup proven performance Superb quality of travel Looks
Weaknesses: AC chain device is not the best. Rock Shox Super Deluxe is a pile of C*ap
This is really an update of my first review. I have had this bike about two years and its been superb. I cannot complain about its performance or quality apart from:
1. Rock Shox rear shock kept blowing. It got it replaced after the fifth blow-out and I now have a Fox RC fitted. I have had no problems with the Fox shock since it was fitted, well worth getting, (www.mojo.co.uk)
2. The AC chain device. Lets just say it works, but now my unit has worn out I find out from giant they have stopped making them. They told me the ATX1 is no longer in production, so AC have stopped making them....GREAT. Luckly a company called Goldtech make a chain device to fit the bike and it's alot cheaper: www.goldtec-cycles.co.uk
The bottom line: A TRUE WORLD CUP DOWNHILL BIKE. GET ONE IF YOU CAN.
Oh yeah, check out our website at: www.teamdoa.co.uk
Similar Products Used: 99 Stab Deluxe Marin DH 2000
Bike Setup: Xlite Wompa 2 forks(THE BEST), www.x-lite.co.uk Fox RC rear shock, www.mojo.co.uk Hope 04 disks ......you get the idea.
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2000
Strengths: Strong Frame, short top tube and good angle for a small person like me 5'6. Super plush for rocky course and steep decent, but hard on flat and paddling course it bob heaps, really good on corner and big drop off and jumps.
Weaknesses: Rock shox super dulex,
Good bike for rough downhill course, My Hayes disc is a bit of a let down week rotor, and no adjustment constent rubbing.
Similar Products Used: super 8, fsr elite, some others
Bike Setup: boxxer pro fork, super deluxe shock, 3.0 nokian front tire, extra goodies
from Victoria Australia
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2000
Strengths: Well this bike does feel good when you first get on it. It suits most riders straight away. Good head angle, great looks. Rear end is stiffer (lateral) than most bikes. Almost zero maintenance. Just inspect shock bushes periodically.
Weaknesses: Lower shock mount cracked through after eleven months of riding. Unfortunately Giant does not warranty the ATX DH 1 in Australia if raced. My local rep knows that i race my bike so i missed out on warranty . Bummer. Make sure you check warranty before purchace.
Similar Products Used: Gt LTS Boomerang, Sintesi Bazooka
Bike Setup: Boxxers, Hopes
from Sussex, England
Date Reviewed: January 18, 2000
Strengths: Upon bording the bike you feel straight at home-short top tube, plush suspension, and top notch components. This bike is built so well it will handle almost anything thrown into it's path. The bike really feels at home on rough, technical tracks, the suple suspension soaking everything up. The boxxers are the best, and I've riden most forks out there. Give them time to bed in and change oil if necessary and they are great.
Weaknesses: The headangle perhaps could have a little shaved off to make it more stable at high speeds but apart from that it's the best bike i've ever had, and certainly one of the best dher's avaliable.