Giant 2001 Warp DS 2 Full Suspension Bike

4/5 (20 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mck.brad a Cross Country Rider from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2008

Strengths:    Not expensive, 4-5 inches travel, stylish, disc brake mounts, single pivot = simplicity.

Weaknesses:    Odd frame shape doesn't work on conventional bike racks.

Bottom Line:   
I wasn't really in need of a new bike, I just wanted to try full suspension. I thought about just getting the frame and swapping parts, but after looking at the one I purchased, I couldn't resist. Mine is painted black, including the fork. It came with disc brake dropouts and disc hubs. I have upgraded the brakes to Avid BB7s, not because of brake quality, but I really wanted the look of discs. (Also, highly recommended. Discs add much more stopping power).

The bike isn't race light (approx 30lbs). So, don't buy this thinking of using it as a full blown race bike. I have been in an official race and it held up fine. No problems at all, just I finished further back than I would have liked.

Stock components are great. No need to upgrade any part of the transmission. Trigger shifters are awesome.

Bottom Line:
If you are thinking about full suspension, no nonsense ride that will hold up in all cross country type trail riding, then this is the bike for you.

Giant got this one right for an entry level FS ride :)
Highly recommended!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Fit

Similar Products Used:   Minnelli Mt. Diablo hardtail

Bike Setup:   Factory < Avid BB7, Kenda Nevegals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by adam a Weekend Warrior from Littleton,CO,USA

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2002

Strengths:    strong frame, nice amount of travel in the back, not too bad of stock parts

Weaknesses:    i threw away the judy it came with, it sucked. no other problems so far

Bottom Line:   
this is a great bike for crosscountry and beginning freeride. if you have under a grand and want a great bike get this one.

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Favorite Trail:   cowboy up

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   my friend

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky, 99fsr, 2001 santa cruz bullit(frekin awesome)

Bike Setup:   stock except for 2002 psylo xc, odessy pedals, new shimano brakes, wtb 2.4 tires, yeti grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Clemmons NC

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2002

Strengths:    Pedals pretty good when adjusted right... Feels real responsive in the air... Good bike all around

Weaknesses:    Some of the components, like the brakes. They don't work worth crap when wet and the pedals are not so great. I also had a small problem with the bike shifting by itself. The seat was pretty hard, but those kinds of problems are to be expected.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the money. Don't see many others that have 4.5 inches of travel for under a grand. Pedals could be better you know? At least put a nice set of platforms on there. The bike handles well, on any course, but doesn't do anything remarkable. When it gets wet or muddy you can kiss braking good by, so get a nice set of discs. It stands up to a lot, wheelie drops to flat for instance, and takes doubles better than my old P-Lite Falcon. It's kind of skittish on skinny North Shore type stunts but I think that is more of my inability to balance. With this bike you can ride right to the edge of oblivion and laugh in it's face. Its better to just plow through stuff than to pick your way slowly. If you replace the brakes and the pedals and tweak the shock and the drivetrain, which isn't hard, you'll have a raceworthy bike. See you at the Cane Creek Cup, or rather, you'll see me, getting the awards, by the time you finish.

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Favorite Trail:   Hobby Park or Salem Lake

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Used to BMX so nothing

Bike Setup:   Selle Italia seat, gonna get Shimano clipless and Avid mechanicals, but hey, I'm 12 and my grass mowing budget is kinda tight with the drought and all.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zac a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2002

Strengths:    rear derailer, and i guess the frame.

Weaknesses:    everything else

Bottom Line:   
I'm not really a weekend warrior, im a small hit freeder (like 5 foot drops and stuff) so this bike sucks, the guy that sold me the bike said it was made for that & that the hole drivetrain was deore(wich its not). If your a freerider, I dont recomend it.

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Favorite Trail:   NS in friends bush

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   dornellas

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock with Judy SL

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brandon Watts a Weekend Warrior from raymond

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2002

Strengths:    rear suspension, frame, rear brakes, stem, handling, tires

Weaknesses:    cranks, front brakes, handle bars, forks, wheels,

Bottom Line:   
this bike is handleing just about everything i can dish out to it. it is one tough bike for the price i got it for and is still hauling a$$ today

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Favorite Trail:   norms trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   my brother

Similar Products Used:   cannodale raven, 98 ds 1

Bike Setup:   judy xl, titec hellbent handle bars, mammoth wheels with lx hubs, truvativ cranks, irc mudmad tires,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Galmad a Downhiller from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

Strengths:    i like the shape of the frame, it makes it easy to get on when up on a steep hill. i also like the suspension, its good value for the price.

Weaknesses:    brakes, for sure, they really suck.

Bottom Line:   
if ya gonna buy a cheap dh bike, this is the way to go. feels strong underneath ya and runs down the hill with reasonable ease.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Goldcross Cycles

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by adam a Downhiller from lake cowichan bc canada

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2002

Strengths:    takes big drops to flat with out breaking. the rims dont look they could take i hit but they hold up surprisingly well.

Weaknesses:    the rear suspension set up isnt that great but it works. the forks are WAY to small and are to stiff. the crank sucks.

Bottom Line:   
for the money you pay it is a good bike. but if you only have around $1000 trust me on this... get a good hardtail instead of a full suspension. it'll pay off in the end.

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Favorite Trail:   anaconda

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1012.00

Purchased At:   west shore cycles

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   stock giant warp ds 2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam Rees a Weekend Warrior from Canberra, ACT, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2002

Strengths:    chunky tyres are great.
forks soak it up well.
Can't beat the specs for the $$'s.


Weaknesses:    Needed a lizard skin straight off (chain bangs).
Waterbottle placement is crap.
Can't mount pump and battery at the same time.


Bottom Line:   
My first entry into the dual suspension market and I didn't want to fork out too much $$. I ride it to work twice a week (mostly firetrail & some road) and then hook up with friends for 15 - 25 km trail rides. Canberra has some awesome tracks including Stromlo forest and Blue Range. Mostly ride pine forest single trails and the bike has been solid. Happy as Larry so far - but it's early days.

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Favorite Trail:   rob roy range ride

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Onya Bike in Canberra

Similar Products Used:   Upgraded from an old, tired, GT Avalanche (hardtail) which served me well - but now sits in the garage gathering dust.

Bike Setup:   As purchased - won't upgrade unless something breaks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chase a Racer from viaslia/california united states

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2002

Strengths:    its an awsome bike it takes a beating it handles nice.i espeacialy like how the frame is dasigned

Weaknesses:    ummm not any yet i hope non really

Bottom Line:   
its an awsome bike its for you if you want a good bike for a cheap price.i race and it handles very nice

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   vialia cyclery


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Eversole a Weekend Warrior from Elmendorf afb A

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2001

Strengths:    great reaction time, tight in the turns and very responsive on the rough stuff. THIS BIKE ROCKS!! Great bike for the price.

Weaknesses:    Chain rattle, hard seat, shoulda offered mechanical disk brakes other than that great bike.

Bottom Line:   
If you are on a tight budget, and want a superb fs bike, this is it. THIS BIKE ROCKS! I've ridden this bike every day since its purchase, and have not had any trouble with it. I am so pleased with this bike that I can't stop thinking about the next day of riding, and constantly go to the garage to admire it. I know my wife and friends think I'm nuts. Thanks Giant, and thanks glenda for giving me my kitchen passes!! ha

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Favorite Trail:   russian jack springs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   paramount

Similar Products Used:   GT idrive, K2 attack 2.0

Bike Setup:   stock with plans to upgrade speed and later disc brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark Espinoza a Weekend Warrior from Mexico City, F.D., Mexico

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001

Strengths:    Amazing rear suspension great for average mountain bikers great construction and resistance 5 year garantee.

Weaknesses:    For an extra 50 bucks they shoulda added 1 mechanical disk brake in the front.

Bottom Line:   
Amazing, Great, Fantastic for weekend warriors. Is great for downhill jumps anyhting u can think of its ready to meet your needs.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Blake a Weekend Warrior from Galt, Ca

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2001

Strengths:    Nice bike for the price!

Weaknesses:    Seat seems to hard, shocks are not stiff enough

Bottom Line:   
For a first time monutain bike rider such as myself this is an excellent bike for the money.
A great investment for first timers!
Holds up really well...
A little on the heavy side but still a good bike

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Pacific Cyclery

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shoon Wong a Weekend Warrior from St Charles

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2001

Strengths:    For the price, everything

Weaknesses:    For the price, none

Bottom Line:   
As a lighter-weight biker, this bike is awesome and excellent. OEM parts on the bike are not excellent, but you get what you pay for and they are fairly decent. Had slam the bike several times on trails but haven't had any problems with it. Very high recommendation for intermediate or expert bikers low on budget. Get one, upgrade slowly (for budget consious fellas) and you won't regret it.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bike Center, St Charles, MO

Similar Products Used:   Tested GT IDrive, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   as manufactured, except for pedals. Changed to clipless (Shimano)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Bayonne,NJ

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2001

Strengths:    This is my second review on this bike I`ve had it for 2 + months now and I have not seen any problems. Bike handles nicely going down hills I never regreat buying her.

Weaknesses:    At first I didnt like the saddle but now I do. I can say Im not crazy about the brakes.

Bottom Line:   
Money was a big issue with me buying this bike. I didnt want to go over $1,000. I did test ride a couple of bikes in the past. Unless your going to make a living on this bike you cant go wrong. Good price Better value.

-Weekend Warrior

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $620.00

Purchased At:   Union Cycle

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Not much diffrent from factory settings. I got a real small headlight and rear light. Removed the tire reflectors and the plastic front derailer. I think this improves the look of the bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from South-west UK

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2001

Strengths:    Good rear shock for the price! Brilliant frame 2 start 2 upgrade from. Strong and heavy to take the beatings I give it!

Weaknesses:    Front deraileur was a bit shocking but i have now upgraded to a 9 speed so i dont care! Bottom Bracket was also shoddy but i have had a new one.

Bottom Line:   
A brilliant bike for the price, provides a great frame to be built apon like i have. Good for anything, its as happy on a long stroll as it is being thrown down a mountain side!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Nucleus

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi JuniorT 6inch travel triple crown forks, 9 speed with DMR speed guide, front and rear Hope Hydraulics, Big fat wheels!!

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