Giant 1999 XTC Full Suspension Bike

4.17/5 (41 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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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steven a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2002

Strengths:    Light, good geometry, good pivot construction

Weaknesses:    Frame dents easily & eventually cracks apart

Bottom Line:   
This is predominantly a review for the frame only. All the components were upgraded anyway, so there's no point in a bike review.
The frame served me reasonably well for a couple of years until it cracked at the top tube/seat tube junction.
Up until then, it was a reasonably stiff, reasonably plush (particularly with the DNM ST-12RC rear shock) but frighteningly easily dented frame (monster dents in the downtube from accidents and rocks being thrown up from the trail).
It was the catalyst for the mountain biking bug biting, but I've now realised that there are many better designs out there...hence my NRS purchase.
BTW - fit downtube protection (a section of 60mm diameter plastic pipe will do) to prevent chips & dents...I suspect any of the new-breed super-thin-wall frames are exposed to damage.

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Favorite Trail:   6 Foot Track - Blue Mountains

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Second hand

Similar Products Used:   Giant NRS, Santa Cruz Heckler, numerous hardtails

Bike Setup:   '02 Giant NRS, '02 Psylo XC, everything upgraded (XTR/XT/Titec/Sun Rhyno Lite, etc)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Kollar a Racer from Fairfield Ct

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2002

Strengths:    Realy Light

Weaknesses:    Soft frame

Bottom Line:   
Nasty Xc bike weighs 24 pounds. If you are a Xc racer and need full suspension this is the bike for you. I love this bike for Xc but not for free ride or Urban

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Favorite Trail:   Urban

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel, Giant nrs, schwinn rocket

Bike Setup:   xtr front derailer, manitou, xtr casset, sram 9.0 rear derailer, fox vinilla float, titec hell bent, titec stem, awsome wheels, Richey clipless

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cody hildebrand a Weekend Warrior from ventura ca

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2001

Strengths:    The bike is great, light as ever, most of the components are great, sharp looking. The stock race ready bike for just about anyone under 200lbs.




Weaknesses:    The SX-E absolutly sucked, and the no rebound vanilla float sticks the bike to the ground. The breaks are sucide on the downhill.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is great after a few upgrades, paid $600 used, and love the bike. the real weakness is the high center of gravity hinders the cornering. I would recommend this bike for anyone that would like to just ride or race, I raced it once, stock and it was great. The rear shock cant take much of a beating, you kinda got to baby it

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Favorite Trail:   any goat trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Rays Bikes

Similar Products Used:   XTC DS2

Bike Setup:   Marzochi bombers 2.5, avids, Zac 19, Selle seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter Benifer a Downhiller from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2001

Strengths:    This is the lightest bike I have had the joy of owning. I goes like a rocket. Brakes are great at stopping.

Weaknesses:    Brakes squeel like a virgin on a Saturday night with my mate, Big John. Rear suspension diff to set up.

Bottom Line:   
Almost the best ride Ive ever had.(well)
Great setup, good looks (vanity counts).

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Favorite Trail:   Yarran Dheran

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Bike Setup:   standard

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan Templeton a Cross Country Rider from Lawrenceville GA USA

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2001

Strengths:    Previous review

Weaknesses:    Thin walled frame. Be Careful!

Bottom Line:   
After enjoying the bike for 2 years, our relationship came to an end last weekend. The top tube and the down tube snapped in two about three inches away from the steering tube. I didn't even crash. It just happened. Thanks to Giant and Roswell Bicycles, they are replacing the frame under warranty. Note that they have changed their policy from lifetime to five years on their aluminum frames. The frame is reeeally thin. This will be my last aluminum bike purchase. It was a great value, but I was always worried about the strength of the frame. I am looking forward to trying out the NRS Technology, I have read good things about it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Roswell Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Previous review

Bike Setup:   Previous review

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2001

Strengths:    Does everything a mountainbiker needs in EVERY condition.
Took me 16 years.... but I finally found the perfect machine.


Weaknesses:    HAHAHA

Bottom Line:   
Previous reviewer is a total putz... This bike does everything I have asked. Ride it in Whistler and in the Gatineau's where I live now. Mine isn't quite stock but...
Climbs like a goat... descends like full-on Moto.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh and giant hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Hope Disks, XT, Mavic rims

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:1
Submitted by Harry from Reno, NV

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The Giant NSR is the answer to a question nobody asked. If you are bothered by 'bobbing' you need to ride lighter, more fully active dually bikes. Fully active means response over every riding condition, whether pedaling, braking and no matter what chain positioning or tension. I promise you you won't mind 'bobbing' as long as you keep the bike light. What good is a semi-active bike that weighs 28-31 lbs?

I rode my friend Ed's Giant Team after he complained he couldn't keep up with us on several downhill sweepers after the pack crested the hill. No wonder. This thing locks up like crazy on bumps and under braking. Then you lose control, then you pitch.

Then I tried the bike on loose gravel climbs. It works like a hardtail, that is to say, it loses traction and weight transfer becomes much more important. You can get this action out of a hardtail without paying the $$. Easterners probably wouldn't mind, but in dry loose stuff out West you can definitely notice the difference between a multi-pivot, fully active bike versus the Giant - you lose what little travel you have just when you need it most (especially when powering over loose surfaces and when mixing acceleration and braking over varying surfaces and slopes)

Like K2/ProFlex, this isn't the first suspension foul-up for Giant. Since days of Tomac, Giant has come up with a 'new' suspension design every other year, always managing to screw it up somehow. They've done it here as well. Should have just copied Horst Leitner and left well enough alone. Ed was defensive at first, but after a ride or two, sold his pretty quick. Get a stiffer rear coil spring if you don't like bobbing, but don't fall for this piece of junk!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR Enduro
Intense Tracer
AMP B-5
Turner Burner
Rocky Mountain FS
Ventana FS



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Racer from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2000

Strengths:    No power loss claims are true.
Reasonable price for this type of setup.
Light frame.
Reliable.


Weaknesses:    Disk brakes only (hard to get sub 24lb).
Correct Air pressure needed.


Bottom Line:   
An underrated XC Bike, however team Giant mostly do not use on the WC Circuit - can only assume its because of the 2 pounds heavier than their MCM Hardtail.
Indeed, for the majority of race courses, the extra weight does not justify the increased performance.
But if you love to race, and love to have fun on a mountainbike messing around, too - this is where it's at.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   FSR

Bike Setup:   Hope Pro brakes, Race Face SYStem, Turbine Cranks, SRAM 9.0/9.0SL derailleurs/shifters. Mavic 317/Formula Hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Graeme Hornsby a Cross Country Rider from Thringstone,Britain

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2000

Strengths:    Weight, no bob, looks & it climbs better than I do

Weaknesses:    Paintwork - touch it & it flakes

Bottom Line:   
Unless you are really into downhill this is the business. No power loss when climbing and enough travel to make a long day out in the saddle comfortable. I've justcome back from 2 weeks riding in the Alps and the bike was first class - even the hour long descents were comfortable. I bought frame/shock and custom built from there.

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Favorite Trail:   any with the sun on my back

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Klein Mantra

Bike Setup:   Pace pro forks, Hope disks, XT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jimmy bunts a Weekend Warrior from ct

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2000

Strengths:    giant. sid. price. weight.

Weaknesses:    the derailuer hits against the drop-out anytime the bike hits a bump, thus chipping paint hardcore. damn engineers... i'm not much of a gearhead, so i don't know if the derailers' angle can be changed(in relation to the present d. hangers placement.) not so adjustable manitou & mad flexy. gave me a front tire on the rear. rapid fires slow and inaccurate- constant annoyance- not as much as the brakes- what a waste of time/money/materials. other than that: excellent.

Bottom Line:   
good value. solid so far. climbs like a hardtail. it floats. i love it- even if i complain.

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Favorite Trail:   all of 'em

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none- everything else sucks worse

Bike Setup:   presently stock- soon a shorter stem, team master rear tire, lighter seat post, hayes or magura, grip shift, race face b.b., chris king headset, i think that's it.

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:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Ochoa a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, California

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2000

Strengths:    The frame is very light.

Weaknesses:    The color.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is defenetly an upgrade from my diamondback. I have shaved 6 pounds off my last rig with this bike. That is six pounds I don't have to push up those mountains. Tha bike also climes like a hard tail, and that is less energy wasted. I also like the price it did not put a big dent on my wallet. I recomend this bike to any hard core rider and weekend worrior.

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Favorite Trail:   Siera Azul, Mount Hamilton.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback, GT.

Bike Setup:   Forks:RockShox Judy-XC dual crown, Brackes:Magura Hidro Brakes soon will install Hayes Disk Brakes.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Barry Morgan a Weekend Warrior from San Antonio,Texas USA

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2000

Weaknesses:    I buckled the top tube and down tube hitting a nasty hole going downhill without even bottoming out the front fork. Itsnow a wall decoration along with my other busted parts.
Tires need to be beefier.Brakes are no good.


Bottom Line:   
Would not recommend this frame, its just too thin and easy for anyone to bend especially if you have any dings in the down tube.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Giant Team 990

Bike Setup:   All stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter a Cross Country Rider from Sweden

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2000

Strengths:    This is a full-suspension bike that really works like a XC-racer want it to, no bobbing but smooth riding over bumps
i tried REALLY well to get it to bobb but it WONT


Weaknesses:    If i should find one little thing it is that there is no-sag

Bottom Line:   
A perfect bike for the XC race-rider who can't stand the bobbing of the full-suspension bike but wants to enjoy the comfort of it

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Favorite Trail:   the fun one's

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   ?

Bike Setup:   i would prefer a 2*9 gear system, else it is SRAM, titec and hydrualic disc-brakes

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