Similar Products Used: Avanti D8, Craftworks 205, Intense M1, Rotec, Specialized Big Hit, Specialised S-works dh.
Bike Setup: RST Sigma 7 inch forks, Hope disc on front and shimano rear, deore derailer, azonic bars and seat, primo pedals, ac cranks, syncros chainring.
from san diego
Date Reviewed: August 29, 2001
Strengths: plush, not that heavy, color
Weaknesses: its 7.5 travel rear shock is nothing compared to Dhi's 9 in rear shocxk but it works for downhill not extremefreeeride. It pedals ok out of high speed corners with the iDRive. whats is up with grip shift i dont like its seat
i dont like this bike as much as the DHi because its more expensive even though i dont pay, but for other riders i would recommend a Dhi cause it pedals better, its lighter, it has trigger shifters, and it has more rear wheel trave
Bike Setup: boxxer front fork, maxxis mobster dh, hope dh4 disc breaks
from Hobart Tasmania
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001
Strengths: Lush as! Can't beat it, seven and a half inches of plush as travel! Smooth and accurate, not all that heavy. Picks up the chicks! Cost me $9500 AUSTRALIAN! But that don't matter! The Rock Shox shock works fine, no probs yet!
Weaknesses: None that I can tell at the moment!
Sweet as bike! All I need is better forks and it would be sweet as! If you have the money and don't care about it, buy this bike, can't beat it! All you have to do is look at what it has won, that will make yer mind up fo' you!
Strengths: Man this bike is SICK, The frame is just so good,great for tight windy technical Downhill courses like we have over here in Australia,8 super plush inches of travel in the rear 7' in the front.
Weaknesses: I really cant complain as i get mine for free, But if i was paying i'd be a little concerned about the pivots-Mine squeel like hell,and i'd also get rid of the AC chainguide cause that thing SUX ...
If you race or want to start raceing Downhill get this bike.
YOU WON'T REGRET IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've givven it five flammin turds because i get em' for free, and that's the best part.....
Similar Products Used: Mongoose NX DH, Intense M1, Santa Cruz super 8and even the New Giant AC1 which i got as a freeride/training bike from GIANT...
Bike Setup: ATX 1,2001 Boxxer,pro deluxe,XTR rear mech and right shifter,Raceface north shore DH Crankset,Wellgo DH cnc pedals,race Face air alloy riser Bar,race Face System,race Face DH Stainless steel headset,hayes 8' hydraulic discs F&R,Hadley hubs,Mavic D321 rims,SDG Big Boy seat,
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2001
This is the King of Mountian bikes. Nothing can beat this, unless your Shaun Palmer, but your not. At least I don't think you are?
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2001
Strengths: very rigid frame, excellent in the air, spec'd great, can take anything you can throw at it
Weaknesses: Sram!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gotta hate that gripshift crap!!!!!!
This bike is sweet!!!! I've raced on season of DH on it and done some freeriding on it and it can take any abuse that I can throw under it's wheels....(15 foot drops included) this bike can be beaten to the max and it still lookes for more!!!!
Similar Products Used: Giant ATX 1100 and Giant XTC AC1(not quite yet on the AC1 but soon)
Bike Setup: basically stock...XT deraileur and shifter pod,welgo clipless pedals
from Bergen/Stavanger, Norway
Date Reviewed: September 23, 2000
Strengths: Very stiff frame, great standoverheight, good, active suspension, big pivots, ok for pedally courses, but great for turns and twisting courses
Weaknesses: For some, the top-tube may be a bit short,even on the 18.5" The Chaindevice should be something better(MRP?)
Awesome and great handling, active and sideways stiff DH bike, I rode my Giant first time at a race and even though my chain fell off halway I came in third in my class!It is a bike that can be used on any course, it is a bike that I would recommend to anyone in search of a do it all DH bike!
Strengths: Handles great! strong frame, jumps great
Weaknesses: Hard to find springs for the rear shock or a new rear shock
I posted in April and this is my follow up. I have done all types of riding on this bike dh, street, freexc. It does it all and does it well. I really love this bike! I have it set up for trails and street now but can return it to full Dh in about 40min. Great bike, proven under the WORLD DH CHAMP!
Strengths: It came in a huge box, and my shop where i work was amazed at how completely it was set up. The part spec is basically the same as the worldcup team, and its actually reasonably priced for a downhill bike.
Weaknesses: Squeaky pivots, and a useless chain tensioner. The AC chain tensioner is a piece of junk and it I have seen one owner who modified an MRP chainguide, so i plan on doing that soon!
this bike can take anything, its great in the air, but a tad difficult to pedal on flat ground, but with 7 inches front and rear is that not expected? I'd suggest this or the santacruz super 8.
Unfortunately I got the last one in Canada! *My value rating may be slightly off because i work at a shop and got it on pro deal!
I had a chance to test this bike before it was available in the US. The frame feels awesome. You can feel its rigidity once you hop on it. The compoenets aren't my favorite, but I'd give it a five chilli just for the frame itself. Giant is a company originated in Taiwan. They really had some great stuff for the past couple of years. Sick, very sick.
Similar Products Used: kona primo delux intense m1
Bike Setup: race face rock shox azonic
a Weekend Warrior
from Da South
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2000
Strengths: Smooth pivots, strong frame, great parts spec. Hope brakes! Great wheelset. Plush 8" of travel!
Weaknesses: Rear shock spec? RF cranks Weak as sh1t.
This bike is great. It soaks up anything in its path. I am very happy with it, the quality of travel is great. It is very active so it does bob when I hammer. But if I spin smoothly it does not bob much. It jumps very well and has good control in the air. I was very happy with the wheelset, I have a set of DeeMax wheels but I'm going to save them incase I destroy these. I'll post again after I have put more time in on this bike.