Giant 1999 ATX1 Downhill Full Suspension Bike

4.73/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $3600.00

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Giant ATX1 Downhill

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nad a Downhiller from Sussex, UK

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2003

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!

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   Coed y Brenin, Wales

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $6000.00

Purchased At:   Blazing Saddles

Similar Products Used:   Scott FX1, Kona Stinky

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Ryan a Downhiller 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

Bottom Line:   
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 :-(

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Favorite Trail:   AE

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Classifieds

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky/stab, norco

Bike Setup:   hope big un's front and rear, hope enduro's rs boxxers sunn rhino monster rims runnin 2.8 michelin tyres everything else race frace and middleburn.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fish a Downhiller from australia

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2002

Strengths:    the suspension is great over decent obstacles also very plush

Weaknesses:    when chainguide breaks very hard to find parts for acn't repair frame unless heat treaeted

Bottom Line:   
bike is great but i am soon selling for the new dh comp but overall an awsome ride

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Favorite Trail:   hursty

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   mate

Similar Products Used:   specialised, norco

Bike Setup:   rst xxl's, sunn double wides' full hayes' the usual gear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Floyd Taylor a Downhiller from London

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Box Hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1476.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   2000 Raleigh SP DHO, 2000 Saracen Frenzy & 2001 Saracen Addiction

Bike Setup:   RS Boxxer 151, RS Coupe Deluxe, FSA cranks & headset, Azonic WF bar & stem, T.H.E fender, Hope 04 & O2 discs, Tioga Factory DH 2.3 tyres, Mavic DH521's & XTR groupset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Arthur Gaillot a Downhiller 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 (, 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

I highly recommend it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Wray a Downhiller from Elloughton

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2000

Strengths:    World Cup proven performance
Superb quality of travel

Weaknesses:    AC chain device is not the best.
Rock Shox Super Deluxe is a pile of C*ap

Bottom Line:   
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, (

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:


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Favorite Trail:   Peggy Farrow

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Ken Ellerker Cycles

Similar Products Used:   99 Stab Deluxe
Marin DH 2000

Bike Setup:   Xlite Wompa 2 forks(THE BEST),
Fox RC rear shock,
Hope 04 disks get the idea.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Chan a Downhiller from Bendigo,Victoria,Australia

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,

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for rough downhill course, My Hayes disc is a bit of a let down week rotor, and no adjustment constent rubbing.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt.Buller in Victoria

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   GT.Lobo,intense M1 and Lawill 8

Bike Setup:   99 Manitou xvert carbon, stratos Helix Pro, Hayes, Mavic 521 Disc, AC hub and chainguide, XT, Race Face Tube line LP,
Azonic, Answer Taper wall, Shimano DX.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nano a Downhiller from Cagary, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2000

Strengths:    smooth fork, good travel, easy to ride and learn

Weaknesses:    rear shock, cranks

Bottom Line:   
replace the rear shock off the bat, it leaked and spewed oil on me during normal riding. buy it for beginner dh, any more and go for a better travel equiped bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   super 8, fsr elite, some others

Bike Setup:   boxxer pro fork, super deluxe shock, 3.0 nokian front tire, extra goodies

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matthew Evans a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
Check your warranty before purchace.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Gt LTS Boomerang, Sintesi Bazooka

Bike Setup:   Boxxers, Hopes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Waters a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
go and buy one now!

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Favorite Trail:   Nantmawr Quarry

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   G.T Lobo, Santa Cruz super 8

Bike Setup:   7' Boxxers, azonice bars, Hope pros, ac chainguide, 517 mavics, control tech stem zero reach, titec beserker saddle, middleburn etc

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Wray a Downhiller from United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: October 13, 1999

Super smooth travel.
Superb looks.
Proven design on a world cup level.
Super Strong frame.
Can be upgraded by changing the shock and linkage plates to give the bike 8 inches of travel.

Looks might not be to everyones liking.
The Rockshock Super Deluxe rear shock, do your self a favour and upgrade to a Stratos Helix Pro DH.

Bottom Line:   
A true world cup performance bike.

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Favorite Trail:   
My Secret DH Course in Langdale forest Yorkshie

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Marin Team DH

Bike Setup:   
Stratos Helix Pro DH rear shock.
Stratos MX6 forks.
Hope o4 disks etc etc...

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