Giant 1999 XtC DS1 Full Suspension Bike

4.4/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $1500.00


Product Description

1999 Giant XtC DS1, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy XC fork


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Downhiller from Ontario

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2001

Strengths:    Durable Suspension
Good Brakes
Strong Yet Light Frame
Good Graphics On The Frame


Weaknesses:    Seat Is Really HARD
Gears Need Attention


Bottom Line:   
Its a pretty good bike for the price. I like the components and the way it performs. Its also very durable, which is sweet. This bike is very nice.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain, Schwin, BMW, Trek, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   Full Suspension

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chad a Weekend Warrior from Depere, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2000

Strengths:    xt/lx drivetrain
disc brakes


Weaknesses:    Customer service
judy xc
racing raptors tires
cables wore through paint in 20 miles


Bottom Line:   
I got the bike on closeout for 900, very worth it. i was worried about the formula mechanical disc from everyone saying bad about them, I have no problem with mine, they work great. My friend has the same brakes and his squel and drag and actually lock up. but mine work great, dont ask me. I can't believe all the chain slap i get though. I got rid of the judy before I even clicked my shoes in and put a real fork on it, a marzocchi. The cables right under the seat release thing wore through the paint and exposed a bunch of alum after one ride. That pissed me off, the place I bought it from-dennis sport shop- and Giant both blew me off, so even though I like the bike. I wont buy another giant product and wont buy from that shop again.
If you dont care about customer service its a great bike and would recommend it. It wont handles hard DH but it does handle quite a bit.

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Favorite Trail:   The one with the least people on it

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   velociraptor tires, kalloy riser bar, zoke z3, tape under cables.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Stu a Cross-Country Rider from Ottawa, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 10, 1999

Strengths:    
Price
Rear suspension
Disc brakes for looks!


Weaknesses:    
Cheesy seatpost
Judy XC
Semi-slick tires


Bottom Line:   
Overall a very decent bike for the price. Rides well, not too heavy and the disc brake
setup works well in all conditions (but no better than XT V's!). The component spec could have been better, like swapping the XT crank for an LX and putting XT shifters on instead of LX. The Judy fork is ok but Marzocchi rules. Put a Z-fork on it! The seat post was a cheesy department store one that slipped unless cranked right down. Semi slick tires are great if you are riding hard pack fire roads in Cal, but put real tires on for anything else.

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Favorite Trail:   
Reverse Powerline

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Kona Sex Too
Proflex 856


Bike Setup:   
Stock with:
Thomson seatpost
Amoeba riser bar
Michelin Wildgripper front
Panaracer Fire XC rear

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Racer from Indiana

Date Reviewed: November 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Components and plush ride


Weaknesses:    
Frame is light weight.. maybe a little too much so.


Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money. You cant get close to it for under $1800 from anyone else.

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Favorite Trail:   
France park

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Proflex


Bike Setup:   
Stock from factory

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Dave a Downhiller from SF

Date Reviewed: September 20, 1999

Strengths:    
cartridge bearing pivots


Weaknesses:    
brakes,brakes, and brakes!!!also, no standard brake mounts.


Bottom Line:   
formula cable brakes suck so bad that it pains me to even mention them. Heres a rundown of my probs-rear wheel LOCKED completely on first ride, brakes had to be taken apart an lubed.rear disc fell off (bolts backed out of hub)trail repair using bottle cage bolts. constant squealing, drag, poor performance. Cheesy plastic adjuster bolt fell off, causing constant rub. Tiny set screw that adjusts for pad wear is always backing out, throwing brakes out of adjustment.

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Favorite Trail:   
skeggs

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
iron horse fs works, boulder defiant, univega fs, gt lts, world force


Bike Setup:   
stock

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by George a Cross-Country Rider from Portland, Maine

Date Reviewed: September 16, 1999

Strengths:    
plush and responsive
relatively light FS
decent conmponents at $


Weaknesses:    
delicate frame
banjo cables
no front disc cable boss


Bottom Line:   
Pretty tight package for the $. The whimpy frame comment comes because my heavy steel bike is 100% after 7 years, and I've already dented this one. Maybe I shouldn't have fallen on that bench... The bike preforms very well hammering on the road, climbing in and out of the saddle, and decending. I like staying with a traditional top tube for 'bike feel' and the linkage keeps the frame from wriggling under torque. The derailleur hanger causes the rear D to smack the chainstay fiercely, and is being redesigned, I'm told. Formula needs to keep working on those brakes. They stop as good as XT V brakes, but squeal and ring like a windchime at the rotor.
The real bottom line? 100% worth it! If you can afford $500 more for a bike, you can get to the same level with less weight. Me, I bought a new helmet and some stock on the NYSE, and ride 'till my smile hurts my face.

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Favorite Trail:   
no place you'll ever find

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
GF Joshua f3
GT I drive


Bike Setup:   
stock out of the box

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Calgary Canada

Date Reviewed: July 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Awesome riding Bike. I've given it major punishement and it keeps ticking. 3-4 foot drop offs are great on this bike, despite having only 3 of rear travel. It likes to fly! Fromulata disk work wonders in the muck!


Weaknesses:    
A bit heavy. Hated the 1.9 tires. Formula cable disks are hard to set up, but once you know how great.
Don't like the rear cables mounted to the top of the main tube


Bottom Line:   
Super, for the price one of the best deals out there

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Marin, Rocy mountain FS bikes


Bike Setup:   
standard suspension. Put Kujo 2.3 on front, and 2.2 ICR on rear, makes a great ride on light down hill/XC mix, escpecially in mud

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from FL

Date Reviewed: July 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Smooth ride.
Great yellow & black color scheme.
XT components.
Time ATAC pedals.


Weaknesses:    
Red fork seems out of place with the yellow & black color scheme on the rest of the bike.


Bottom Line:   
Compared to the '99 Gary Fisher Paragon ($1,100) & Ziggurat ($1,350) hardtails this is a heavy bike, however, the difference is small compared to the smooth ride you get on the Giant. Compared with other full-suspension bikes, it's fairly light. It seems to float over tree roots. The ride is very forgiving. The Genesis geometry on the Gary Fisher's seems to want to lift the front wheel when climbing. I did not encounter the same with the Giant. A great buy at $1,500 considering the XT cranks, disk brakes, and Time ATAC pedals which are easy to slip into.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
'99 Gary Fisher Paragon
'99 Gary Fisher Ziggurat


Bike Setup:   
Stock.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross-Country Rider from Iowa

Date Reviewed: May 18, 1999

Strengths:    
good bike for the money


Weaknesses:    
some heavy components


Bottom Line:   
I'm adding an updated review. Now the bike has dropped to 26.75 pounds, and survived a crash which cracked two ribs and chipped a bone in my hip. One great deal for the money. Kona sells a similar bike with lesser parts for 2 grand.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Bike Setup:   
upgrade-itis hit. Swapped for Titec 118 bar and Carbon ends, Profile Stiffy ti stem, XTR cassette, XTR post, Tioga XC tires, Torelli tubes, and XT front der. and b.b.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Max a Racer from CA

Date Reviewed: May 12, 1999

Strengths:    
everything


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
for 1500, and a weight of only 26 lbs., it does not get any better than this bike. Five flamin turds

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Favorite Trail:   
somewhere near orange cty.

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
fishers are too $$$$
treks are same as fishers


Bike Setup:   
stock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Weekend Warrior from PA

Date Reviewed: May 11, 1999

Strengths:    
EVERYTHING...
Shock is amazing
Components
Color
Frame


Weaknesses:    
--NONE


Bottom Line:   
This bike is amazing....it comes with Disks, XT components and time pedals and still weighs about 26 lbs....???????? ITS AMAZING

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Favorite Trail:   
??????

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Test Rode DS2
Trek ysl200


Bike Setup:   
Stock w/ bomber Z.1

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by J-C a Cross-Country Rider from LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA, CANADA

Date Reviewed: April 22, 1999

Bottom Line:   
HEY, I JUST BOUGHT A GIANT 990 AND I LOVE IT. I CHANGE THE LX BOTTOM BRACKET FOR A RACE FACE CROMO, THE JUDY XC FOR A BOMBER Z2 BAM AND THE XT REAR DERAILLEUR FOR A XTR. SHE'S A SWEET RIDE!!! I'M OVER 200lb AND THE SUSPENSION WORK GREAT FOR ME. THOSE FOX AIR SHOCK ARE PRETTY AMAZING. FIVE STAR FOR MY NEW BABY AND BOMBER FORK RULE!!!

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Favorite Trail:   
CLOWN TRAIL

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Billy Patterson a cross-country rider from Highlands Ranch, Co

Date Reviewed: March 4, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I just bought my '99 DS1, What a Bike! though i agree with what a few others have done by replacing just a few componets. I love it, I think it is definately the best buy for Componets Vs. $$. What a Sweet Ride!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a cross-country rider from Iowa

Date Reviewed: November 16, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I got my XtC DS1 the first week of November, after ordering it before the local dealer even knew what it was! It's a SWEET ride. However I did replace the Tange bottom bracket with an XT. Also swapped the WTB SST XCZ seat with the SST K ti from my hardtail to save weight. Then got Carbon ATAC's for this bike and put the (nice, but lower end) Aliums on the hardtail so both are Time equipped. I like the Times better than the Ritchey Mountain Logic Pros, since mud clogging is a thing of the past. Otherwise, only a chainstay and headset Lizard Skin addition, a bottle cage, pump, and computer area all I added. Near as I can tell, it weighs 27 pounds now, so weight is not bad. The Formula discs are sweet, and contrary to what I have read the Mega-9 works very well. For the money I don't think you'll find a better bike.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Phil a racer from NJ

Date Reviewed: November 1, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This is a great 99 bike of which includes a XT Drivetrain, Time Pedals, and Formula Disc Brakes. It is a great bike, and is made by the largest company in the world....Although there are other good bikes in this price range also so I can only give it a 4 flamer, but overall, this bike is a GREAT Deal!

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