Giant 2001 XTC AC 1 Full Suspension Bike

4.6/5 (312 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DHan

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2012

Strengths:    excellent frame

Weaknesses:    No comment

Bottom Line:   
excellent frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by staylor12 a Racer from st.petersburg fl

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2012

Strengths:    wish it was carbon fiber.all suspension

Weaknesses:    none.ride day in & day out.had since 2001 next to no real problems

Bottom Line:   
the best money ever spent for transportation for the past11 years.still in top shape.

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Favorite Trail:   winterpark colorado

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3800.00

Purchased At:   jnr bikes

Bike Setup:   crossmax ust tubless wheel set upgrade.all xtc python tubless tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bernieships a Weekend Warrior from Auburn

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2011

Strengths:    solid frame, high bottom bracket, perfect weight for all-mountain/light freeride

Weaknesses:    Rear wheel gets a little bit squirrelly on downhill.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great do it all bike. You can ride it up without too much suffering and it flies back down. It takes drops without a problem. Sometimes the back end gets a little bit squirrely but I think I need to adjust the shock. I'd recommend this frame to anyone looking to build a fun all-mountain bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Duthie

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi All Mountain, xt derailleurs, lx shifters, avid juicy brakes, fox dhx 5.0, race face cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bird26 a Downhiller from Auckland, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2010

Strengths:    - Tough as nail frame.
- Easy rear travel adjust to convert between XC and Semi-DH.
- Relatively light considering how much abuse it can take.
- With wide enough tire, this bike runs over almost everything.


Weaknesses:    It's a bit hard to ride it uphill but then again I never expect it to with a double crown fork I installed.

Bottom Line:   
I came across this frame by accident 2 years ago, figured I'd give it a shot after reading a few reviews. 2 years later, this bike lives up to its expectations.

I was planning to buy a new frame when this one breaks but doesn't no matter what I throw at it, it stays strong. After breaking almost every part on the bike (brake, fork, rear shock, rims and even pedals), I gave up waiting. It'll probably outlast my life lol.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything offroad

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   GT Force 1.0 2010, Giant NRS Air 2005, Giant Faith 1 2006, Giant MCM D 2007, Giant XTC HB3 2009.

Bike Setup:   RST Sigma XT fork, Manitou SPV 6-Way rear shock, 2.7 Downhill Mobster front & 2.6 Holly Roller rear.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by slavin_dave a Downhiller from Homer, AK

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2010

Strengths:    Has a smooth ride, rock shox rear suspension has become a little soft as ive grown from a 100lb rider into a 200lb rider, absorbs heavy and light blows but wont hold tight while cruising flats so it robs a little power but not much. love the stance of the ride, slightly back to jam the downhill slams into the rear suspension and has a wide enough grip and sturdy feel to the front to have you covered for front wheel impacts. not the best for freestyle riding because of the rear suspension setup, it wont be hopping any guard rails but if youve got the balls itll take logs, curbs, small fences and other large obstacles with enough speed and has a nice soft landing every time

Weaknesses:    not good for riding in the rain, the front tire will always directly spray the chain rings with sand and dirt, where i live we have ash in the soil so it really eats through parts especially if its not cleaned after every ride and lubricated constantly. rear fork will only allow for a maximum tire size of 2.3" while the front fork can comfortably hold a monster 2.5" the rear fork connection bearing bolts will loosen slowly and eventually leave walking a floppy bike. larger riders will also beat up rear rims quite a bit because of the weight distribution is about 30/70 for average riding and can really wreck your gear. this bike really wasnt built for anybody over 6', im about 6'4" so i spend allot of cash replacing critical parts

Bottom Line:   
The final word is its an awesome bike, ive been rallying it since i was 12 years old and about 100lbs, im now 19 and about 190lbs, and it is absolutely true you cannot outgrow this bikes capabilities, i used to think i was beating it up as a kid and i can comfortably say that i really beat it up now, every time i ride, every day and it never quits on me besides something stupid like a derailleur hanger or flat tire. awesome downhiller, hucks jumps with ease, hops hard if you can bottom out the suspension enough to pounce yourself into jumps, great climber with comfortable seating in uphill stance. but honestly if youre a big guy, dont buy this bike its just not right for larger people even though it will still work

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Favorite Trail:   Reber trail, single track

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Sport

Similar Products Used:   giant, carbon fiber womens frame, stock components

Bike Setup:   specialized chunder 2.5" front tire, wtb 2.3" off trail rear tire, both with thorn proof tubes and kevlar tire liners. lightweight specialized 34 tooth cassette, top shelf specialized front derailleur, shimano slx rear derailleur, dual duty rims, fsa chain rings, upgraded super duty springs for marzocchi front shocks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lukeorion a Cross Country Rider from Asheville, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2008

Strengths:    The frame was strong, and the bike was light and super efficient climbing. It accelerated extremely quickly, and was always predictable on the downhill. The 80mm travel is just enough suspension to cushion the hard hits while maintaining control at all times. This is an ideal cross-country bike and the perfect transition bike for someone coming to it from a hard-tail.

Weaknesses:    The only fault was that the rear end pivots needed rebuilding about once a year. However, I should qualify that I am 220 Lbs and fairly fast on the downhill sections. A lighter rider might only need to do this every several years. The 2001-2003 NRS bikes had sealed bearings for most of the pivots but the ones by the rear dropouts were actually a "top hat" shaped plastic bushing which wore out twice as fast as the rest of the bearings. The only way to replace these bushings was to order the complete rear end rebuild kit from Giant for $125. (I looked EVERYWHERE else first). Due to this, I felt obligated to rebuilt the rear end before I sold it locally last week. The 2004-2005 bike design changed to all bearing in the rear end.

Bottom Line:   
I'm a heavy guy and rode this bike fairly hard and it held up great, thanks in part to my choosing to put upper-end SRAM stuff on it from the start. The frame design may be a few years old but there is nothing outdated about this bike. It doesn't have the travel of an newer bike, like the Trance, but its a more efficient climber than the Trance, and more predictable in tight conditions. You still see guys doing cross-country races on the NRS. It treated me well and if I would recommend it to anyone, especially someone looking for their first full-suspension cross-country bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Ingles Field (Bent Creek)

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   bought frame from fr

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel, Jamis Dakar

Bike Setup:   I built this bike up from a frame/fork:
Front Fork - original SID Hydra Air, lasted four years of heavy riding and is still going with no issues, Rear shock - Cane Creek Cloud 9 which also never had any issues at all, Cranks - Raceface Prodigy, Brakes - Avid BB7 mechanical disk (super tough), Drivetrain - SRAM 9.0 grip shifters, SRAM 971 chain, SRAM cassette, SRAM X9 derailer, Wheels - Mavic x233 with XT hubs, Kenda Nevegal tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fang_x a Cross Country Rider from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2008

Strengths:    Very Great bike, stock suspension isent the best but it works better then the walmart brand bikes^_^. I love the brakes on this bike and the overall size and the way it seems to flow over obstacles.

Weaknesses:    shocks suck

Bottom Line:   
My favorite bike so far, im planning to upgrade the suspension, then it can take everything i throw at it.

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Favorite Trail:   Local

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   other giant bikes

Bike Setup:   stock, hayes hydralic disk brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from orange county, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2007

Strengths:    fork and brakes

Bottom Line:   
giant is great. this bike is realativily light so i can get through the climbs. at the same time this bike tears up the downhills. moreover, this bike is strong, and doesnt need much maintenance. i recommend this bike to everyone.

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Favorite Trail:   laguna beach

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   bomber fork, fox float rear, hayes hydro disc brakes, raceface crankset, deore lx derailers

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by G Dub a Cross Country Rider from Alamo, CA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2006

Strengths:    When set right, perfect uphill. Whip-like cornering combined with the right tires makes X-C riding a breeze.

Weaknesses:    Loose bottom bracket after minimal use.

Bottom Line:   
It works for my 3 rides per week - straight uphill, cruising and straight back down; I'm not that demanding, but this bike makes my "workout" easy. After four years of riding it XC, it still feels like new.

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Favorite Trail:   Wall Point Y'all

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Mikes

Bike Setup:   Stock (out of the box, what with kids and all). Upgraders go girl.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George a Weekend Warrior from Maryland

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2006

Strengths:    truly fulfills the moniker of "all conditions": you can adjust the travel to hit the XC trails and then with a hex wrench and 2 minutes convert it to a decent downhill rig.

Weaknesses:    the original rock shox deluxe rear shock sucked, apparently, so much so that the original owner replaced it w/ a fox vanilla RC w/ propedal. i love the fox and its adjustability is tremendous. also the koski engineering seat was terrible. true, it is heavy at 36#, but just get yourself in better shape!

Bottom Line:   
if you're looking to buy a bike that can do everything XC, FR, and DH, you're not going to find it. if, however, you're like most of us and don't want to spend $5000 on 3 bikes to do each of these kinds of riding, get an AC. you'll do very well at each of these riding types, the bike can stand up to a ton of abuse, and you can get a good used one for less than a grand. truly an incredible bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   mtbr.com classified

Similar Products Used:   this is my first FS bike, having upgraded from a fuji HT that i had built up.

Bike Setup:   stock except rhyno lites, fizik nisene seat, WTB weirwolves 2.5 front, 2.3 rear, and the fox as above.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2004

Strengths:    NRS rear suspension system works as advertised, climbs wonderful.

Weaknesses:    Suntour crankset can be noisy and does not shift through the three chain rings well, will be my first upgrade

Bottom Line:   
I have always wanted an NRS bike, and now finally have one. After owning other FS bikes and hardtails and a rigid single speed, I can say that this bike is the epitome of a good all around XC bike, comfortable, no bob rear suspension, quick handling and has room for alot of upgrades, although performs well in it's stock state. I was lucky to find this bike on Ebay, it had only been ridden a few times because of an injury. I am looking forward to many memorable rides on this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $641.00

Purchased At:   Won off of Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Giant XCR3000, Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Rotorua, NZ

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2004

Strengths:    Takes the hits really well. Beefy gussets, and hayes have been working sweet. Forks have performed really well.

Weaknesses:    Creak in the headset gets a bit agitating.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has worked really well for me. I purchased it new only about 6-7 months ago (old stock in the shop). There are a few noises coming out of the headset but I can't fault it otherwise. The psylos have worked well, I have heard from other AC riders that the newer psylos tend to blow out (02-03 models) but mine are fine so far.
It is definitely the best for xc, but with some faster rolling rubber (maxxis larsen/dynomite) it does the job.

The perfect bike for those who love the downhills, but want to bike up (slowly) rather than walk.

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Favorite Trail:   Redwoods

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   Stumpjumper, Trek Fuel 80, Hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Stock except platforms, bash ring.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andres Puente a Weekend Warrior from Mexico City,Mexico/St. Louis MO,USA

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2003

Strengths:    very light bike, handles great, and doesn't bob much at all. couldn't be happier with any other bike except an NRS 1 or AIR.

Weaknesses:    has bottomed out a couple of times when comming of some bigger jumps and drop offs

Bottom Line:   
I ride hard and love jumping so I was hesitant to getting the NRS because of the air pump and because it wasn't going to take the abuse like the warp did, but was I surprised with the rgidity and how the NRA doesn't give in. I just put a little more air in the shocks if I know I'll be riding hard or going off jumps.
this is a bike for cross country and weekend warriors. I ride 2 or 3 times a week and have enjoyed every minute of my NRS. it is sprising how much faster I can climb, downhill, and brake. two thumbs up.

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Favorite Trail:   Barryman & Chubb

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle shop

Similar Products Used:   Gian warp, raleigh M60


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ted a Cross Country Rider from Olympia, WA

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2003

Strengths:    The NRS system is amazing at not bobbing during the climbs.

Weaknesses:    The front fork (judy) is not as strong as I would like. I upgraded to a Manitou Black and it made all the difference in the world.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great all-round bike that can climb with the best of them. I would recommend the NRS1 or NRS2 based on the components offered on the bikes. I love the Avid disk brakes and the Manitou Black forks. I just couldn't pass up the great price on this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   capital peak trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   demo bike from Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   I rode hardtails before and this is the best of both worlds, it climbs like a hardtail and flies downhill like a full suspension.

Bike Setup:   Manitou Black fork, Avid mechanical disk brakes, UST tubeless wheels.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff from Ventura

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2003

Strengths:    Awesome climber. Great all around bike. Can't beat the value of this bike.

Weaknesses:    Judy fork sucks. Creeks a lot. Shattered the Race Face cranks.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike from an LBS after it had been stripped of the wheels, brakes, and seat for $600. So, I put on Rhino Lite wheels (cheap but solid) with Hutchinson Alligator tires (awesome climbers) and a Selle Italia Trans Am seat. I slipped on Avid Mechanicals and I quickly replaced the Judy fork with a Marzocchi EXR fork, since the Judy just couldn't handle my 200 pound body.

I'm an adventure racer, so I mainly use the bike for XC, but I ride it hard when descending (I think that I'm a downhiller at heart).

After about 6 months, the Race Face cranks (big and middle rings) shattered...we're talking three pieces each...while descending. I replaced them and it's been fine since.

The bike has a lot of creeks which seem to come and go, but they're nothing to get worked up about.

Finally, if you're considering purchasing one of these babies, realize that the rear suspension is not going to soak up the hits like a fully active rear suspension frame. You'll feel a lot more of the trail with this system. However, you'll climb faster and more efficiently than your bro on the Specialized Enduro (just ask my riding partner).

I'm dropping the money for a RockShox Pyslo SL U-Turn to once again upgrade the front shock and I'll eventually go tubeless, otherwise, I'm going to ride this beast into the ground. Outstanding XC bike...just not recommended for serious hucking. XC riders should look no further...this is the bike for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Giant Raineer and other hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for 2002 Avid Mechanical discs, Rhino Lite wheels with Hutchinson Alligator tires, and a Marzocchi EXR front shock

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