Giant 2001 Warp DS 1 Full Suspension Bike

4.36/5 (33 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle Galaz a Weekend Warrior from Bakersfield, Ca. USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2010

Strengths:    Great value, great components, awesome style & design.

Weaknesses:    If you push the limits the bike needs upgrades. But thats ok cuz any bike does.

Bottom Line:   
I have had this bike for 10 years no and I still love it. Its like part of the family. Its older that my 2 kids. I use to commute with it to work 10 miles a day, then I got into downhill and gnarly trails after a few huge crashes and a bunch of broken bones I now ride it casually again.

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Favorite Trail:   Toads Revenge Bakersfield, Ca.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $849.00

Purchased At:   Stockon, Ca.

Bike Setup:   Stock for 9 years then just had it overhauled this year. New shocks, brakes, shifters, pedals, crank.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rodolphe from Denver

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2007

Strengths:    the frame. the price is unbelievable.
great brake and great suspension.


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
a little bit heavy.
bike is really great for XCountry or downhill.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $990.00

Purchased At:   performance bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Ironhorse yakuza kumicho

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick chat a Downhiller from lake hughes ca us

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2006

Strengths:    execelent bike nothing beats it great on jumps and on trail damn good disk breaks for the price its a good bike and its only 21.5 or somethin.A-

Weaknesses:    The back shock could be better but its ok

Bottom Line:   
great bike

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Favorite Trail:   i guess lake hughes trails thr nice

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   warp ds2

Bike Setup:   stock frame rock shox judy upgraded shock 5in travel

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Griffin Herbst a Downhiller from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2004

Strengths:    The front shock kicks and the back is not bad. Disk brakes are OK and has good rims

Weaknesses:    not many weaknesses exept the weight of the bike(wish it were heavyer

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for a starting downhiller and good for medium jumps (anywhere from 1 to 7 feet). Takes pretty much anything that gets thrown at it and has a good price.Woulden't buy it if you have a high price range and would buy it if you are starting out and are a medium jumper or just a daredevil speed demon

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Favorite Trail:   kickinghorse mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   the xr rocky mountain and the kona stinky 2001

Bike Setup:   same as the picture exept has wider wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a Weekend Warrior from Salem, Oregon

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2002

Strengths:    handling, balance, TIRES (i love them), brakes, ride-very plush, even for me bein 130lbs

Weaknesses:    i wasnt happy with the Z5 forks, that weak rear hanger-i've replaced it 5 times, not bad though, its just $10

Bottom Line:   
GREAT value, strong frame, decent components... takes everything i throw at it, but because of its age, and the way i ride it, an upgrade will come very soon (AC2 in mind). its been a very fun, reliable, plush ride... i reccomend it to anyone who is lookin for a good FS bike on a budget. the only problem area bein the hanger and bolts loosenin on the front and rear discs. the bike jumps very well, takes 4ft drops easily, 5ft not so easy, but do-able

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $995.00

Purchased At:   Bob's, in Portland

Similar Products Used:   FSR, kona bear, fisher joshua

Bike Setup:   first thing i did was cut 2 inches off the seat post and put on a spec. BG comp seat, next out was the sticky, noisy Z5 forks, ROCK SHOX judys w/4 inches travel and 5wt. oil, they work great anywhere. just passed 3000 miles (according to my top peak panoram comp) and had to switch out the SR cranks for deore hollotech (very nice crankset i might add)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, On, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

Strengths:    Price(for a 15 yr old, its not bad)
Performance
Looks
Marzocchi fork
Rear shock adjustability (4-5in of travel)
Pretty good components for price
Avid mechanical discs RULE! It doesn't squeal like the Hayes and both the inside and outside pads are adjustable


Weaknesses:    The front derailleur sucks! Change them right away!
Cranks are really heavy
The rims are pretty heavy
The springs in the Marzocchi fork are too soft
Nothing much other than that


Bottom Line:   
I love this bike! When i took it out for the first time with out any upgrades, i was already like "Whoa! This bike is sooooooo amazing!" Now with upgrades..its just undescribable! Its a really good bike for beginners who are just starting out on the trails to people who are on a budget but is looking for a high performance mountain bike. Get it and you'll love it

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Shoppe

Similar Products Used:   Giant AC 3, Mongoose Hilltopper, Nishiki Crossfire

Bike Setup:   Titec Ringleader handlebar, Shimano XT/LX components, heavier springs in the Marzocchi, Sun Rhyno Lite Rims, WTB Rocket V saddle, and Shimano Deore cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt a Downhiller from burlington ct usa

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2002

Strengths:    i think the whole bike is streanths and price

Weaknesses:    just the back shock could be beeter at least a fox


Bottom Line:   
kick @$$ bike this is lest then half the price of the santa cruse buillet and i can cx good free ride is the streanth and downhill rocks youe cant beat the performence for that great price

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Favorite Trail:   all at omplic pack calgrey cn

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   country mountian sports ct

Similar Products Used:   fist full and damn proud of it

Bike Setup:   bommer z 5 all stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sean theripper a Downhiller from vernon b.c. Canada eh!

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2002

Strengths:    suspention licage is sweet. Bearings are smooth. Stock rims and wtb tiresn are great

Weaknesses:    Head tube and bottom bracket creaks a bit but everything else is top

Bottom Line:   
this bike is a sweet freeride bike. Giant rear shock is good but replacing it would improve the bikes feeling a lot. For the odd downhill race and a lot of freeriding this bike holds up well. It takes big drops with no complaint.10 to 15 foot drops are eaten up well by the suspention. all in all this bike is a great deal and you deffinetally get your moneys worth. This bike definetly diserves 5 flaming loafs of poo.

Lifes too short not to go big, Gotta go big!!

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Favorite Trail:   spankees

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   olympia cycle and ski

Similar Products Used:   none simmilar

Bike Setup:   jr.T 7", envy ring thing rock guard, azonic d3 platform pedals, truvative hussafelt cranks, raceface 70mm DH stem, the rest stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris lee a Downhiller from ishpeming,MI

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2002

Strengths:    hayes disc brakes price+++ forks frame shape i like my nuts right where they are!

Weaknesses:    cranks suck seat oooo my ass back shock shifters peddles handlebars front derailer kneck rims,wait thats like half the bike o well its true.

Bottom Line:   
well after you switch out all the crappy parts you might as well bye a high priced bike but all in all its not that bad ive done some crazy crap in this thing and it has held up SO FAR we shall see.enjoy the review in less you where spandex take it easy every one.

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Favorite Trail:   your mom

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $675.00

Purchased At:   Down Wind Sports

Similar Products Used:   proflex mongoose

Bike Setup:   poverty sofa seat bomber z.1 hayes mechanical profile 170mm cranks azonic shorty stem kona downhill bars mbr chain guide primo meat tenderziers peddles the rest stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Kasper a Downhiller from Henniker, NH, USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2002

Strengths:    Talk about a difference in about 6 months, it rocks even more. Brakes are amazing, the fork kicks ass, and there's a no fear mentality with the frame. The rear shock has gotten better as it broke in, outstanding climber.

Weaknesses:    Now that I've done changes, none.

Bottom Line:   
What a change, I thought it was outstanding before the changes, but the bike's performance has completely blown me away now, change is good. This is a sweet bike which has made me ready for a second one.

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Favorite Trail:   Kingman's farm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Garden State Bicycle. Upgrades done at Cyclesmith.

Similar Products Used:   Nothing like this.

Bike Setup:   Maxxis MOFO DH's F&R, THE fenders, Time Attacs, Race Face North Shore cranks, Hayes Hydraulics. 8" on the front and 6" in the rear. Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Derrick Welsh a Downhiller from Victoria B.C. canada

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

Strengths:    The stregths are the Frame and the avid disks!

Weaknesses:    I have broke the forks twice and i have rounded off the cranks, And the rear shock blows!

Bottom Line:   
I feel that this bike is very good for the price and the frame is very strong! Anyone that is willing to go fairly big on a budget should buy this bike and the frame is strong enough to build the frame in to a prietty sweet ass urban assualt or free riding rig!

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Favorite Trail:   anything with single tack and hucks!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   West Shore Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   Jr T's , Double Wides, Hussefelt dh cranks, avid disks, beefy tires and of course this wicked ass frame!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Graham a Weekend Warrior from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2002

Strengths:    Price, Fork, Brakes, 2.4" Tires

Weaknesses:    rear derailluer hanger...broke it twice, not sure how exactly.

Bottom Line:   
Very good freeride bike for the price...can't get any other bike with disc brakes, marzzochi bomber and 4.5" of rear travel for under $1000. Even though the entire Warp line is a recreational/comfort bike, after cutting down the seat tube and putting platform pedals on it, i have grown to love it as a freerider. Had my doubts with the suspension/rear triangle, but it has held up to 4.5 foot drops to asphalt quite well...very good bike to get as the next step towards downhilling/freeriding.

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Favorite Trail:   new york/new jersey

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   can't remember


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shaun a Downhiller from Pittsfield

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2001

Strengths:    the shocks ruled!But a better rear shock should be there

Weaknesses:    none from me. I haven't rode it that much.

Bottom Line:   
this bike ruled. I'm olny 5'10" 130lbs so it was good for me.This would be a great beginer bike for less weighted riders.Anyone who is really heavy should move to an upgrade bike,or better suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Kasper from Annandale,NJ,USA

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2001

Strengths:    The suspension on it can take all of the abuse the rider can give. The price opens up opportunities for modifications. In December, I'm fitting my Warp up with Shimano XT Hollowtech cranks, Time Atacks. Already put on a set of Maxxis MOFO Pro DH's, and fenders. The rear deraillers really work great with the bike. With the rear shock adjusted correctly, you can climb almost like a hardtail can climb. How many full suspension mountain bikes made for beginners, or not so rich college students have disc brakes?

Weaknesses:    The front crank gives a somewhat mushy feel. Plus the water bottle mount is in the wuite the awkward place, but this can be corrected by getting a camelback.

Bottom Line:   
Basically, this is a really good bike for a person that is just starting out on a FS mountain bike. If you're an experienced rider, then this bike is not the bike for you. If you're into having some fun with a good full suspension bike, but don't have the money for most of them, this is the bike to get. I already have 3,000 miles on it, and never had any major problems with it. The 2001 Giant Warp DS1, is in my opinion one of the top ten beginners FS Bikes in the industry. Just think about this, how many good non expensive bikes out there have disc brakes? This is Giant's philosophy, good bikes, good components at a reasonable price!

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Favorite Trail:   Any trails that I regularly run.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Garden State Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Pacific Conquerer.

Bike Setup:   As what I said before, I'm going to be getting a Shimano XT crankset, I have a pair of Maxxis MOFO Pro DH's, THE Fenders(Front and back.) Plus in the future a Fox Racing Float R rear shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aaron a Weekend Warrior from fullerton,ca

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001

Strengths:    This review is for 2002 Warp DS1!

Super strong hydrolic disc brakes(see note below),4 or 5" of smooth rear travel, not super heavy, all sealed bearings, decent 4" bomber fork, beefy cranks, rear shock works suprisingly well considering it is not name brand, strong double wall rims, 5 yr frame warranty, sweet price and looks cool


Weaknesses:    NOTE:I had to use washers to center the calipers on the discs front and rear so they would not rub but then they worked purfect!
I don't care for the grip shifters. The bomber exr fork has no rebound adjustment and you need a allen wrench for compression. Seat hurts my ass and squeaks(the seat squeaks not my ass) Pedals suck.


Bottom Line:   
This bike is freakin awesome for the price. The problems with it are very minor. The only thing the bike won't do is give you bragging rights with your buddies on who has the most expensive bike, but you will be able to stay up with them anywhere and have the extra $500 to $2000 they spent in your pocket! With the extra money I saved I can get the special upgrade goodies as I go. Get the 2002 Warp DS1 if you want a great all purpose xc/fr/dh bike with some expensive features but don't have a lot of cash.

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Favorite Trail:   fullerton loop

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $830.00

Purchased At:   local shop, MSRP was $899

Similar Products Used:   Lots of bmx and road bikes but no mtb before.

Bike Setup:   stock but added billet sealed cartridge bearing Crupi BMX pedals, and soon azonic shorty stem, different seat, and rapid fire shifters.

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2001 Warp DS-1. Large frame? What size?

Well, I'm looking at a 2001 Warp DS-1 with a chunk of Shimano XT stuff on it. I was wondering if I should be wary of this frame. Supposedly this is before fluid forming and such? Any disadvantage via the frame itself? Mind you, I'm simply looking for an intro FS frame for XC and intermediate/a ... Read More »

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