Giant 2001 XTC NRS 1 Full Suspension Bike

4.57/5 (81 Reviews)


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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 The frame design may be a few years old but there is nothing outdated about this bike.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: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: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 Double J from NYC/VT

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2003

Strengths:    Lightness, durability and NRS

Weaknesses:    Rear derrailleur hits chain stay a problem corrected with 2002 models.

Bottom Line:   
The is an update to my review of two years ago. Since then, many, many miles have been logged on this frame which was a warranty upgrade from Giant XtC hardtails. This bike has been all over VT, the NYC metro area and southern France (Pyrenees) and has delivered unbelievable reliability and performance. I only ride XC and this is and continues to be an amazing frame.

Having upgraded to disc brakes was a great move and as it turns out, these are the brakes that would have originally come with the bike.

An awesome all around XC frame whether eastern riding or any where.

Giant bikes are packed with value and quality, so much so, I bought a road bike for training.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Giant Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Came from Hardtail.

Bike Setup:   Race Face stem, bar, Next LP cranks/rings, headset and BB; New Hayes disc (had Avid Arch Rivals rims); SunRingle Disc Jockey wheels; IRC Mythos XC; Marzocchi z.2 Xfly; XTR rear der; XT front der and shifters; thomson post; selle italia flite.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Riggs a Cross Country Rider from Bronx, NY

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2003

Strengths:    Great frame design and rear shock set-up. Lightweight.

Weaknesses:    not enough rear wheel clearance. rear derailleur bangs on chainstay, even w/ buffer.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is an agile little F*#@%er!!! it climbs great, accelerates like a hardtail, and it's phenomenal on the technicals. So far it's been very responsive... but since I've only had the bike for a short time, I still have to get used to it. Needless to say I'll be back w/ a follow-up review. Great XC bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Sprain Ridge Park, Yonkers NY

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Manhattan Bicycles, NYC

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar Pro, '99 GT i-Drive, Giant Warp DS1.

Bike Setup:   Rockshox Psylo fork, club Roost riser bar, Kore lite stem, Thomson elite seatpost, Sun rims (XC), Avid Mech. Disc Brakes, Shiamno Deore 27 speed drivetrain, LX Hollowtech crank

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan from orono, maine

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2002

Strengths:    Takes a lot of abuse, looks great, climbs great, fun to ride.

Weaknesses:    Wheelset. The tubeless wheels that came stock suck. I've had nothing but problems with them (and I'm a mechanic!) The tires suck as well.They were the first things to go. Not a huge fan of the SID, but it works just fine.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike, but I have lost all faith in tubeless wheels and tires. They suck, bottom line. Got rid of some of the heavier low end race face stuff, which was nice. Brakes are awesome, best part of the bike. The frame design is cool if you have it set up correctly. KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR PIVOT BOLTS! Mine have a habit of working loose, evern with locktite on them.

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Favorite Trail:   anything at Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   The cycle loft in CT

Similar Products Used:   Klein Mantra

Bike Setup:   Stock except for the crankset and BB (upgraded to a Race Face Turbine with Splined BB), handlebar (got a riser), seatpost (Thomson), saddle (selle italia), tires (Hutchinson in the front and Kenda in the rear)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kurt a Cross Country Rider from Reno, NV ex SF Bay area USA

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2002

Strengths:    Great value, light, OUTSTANDING suspension design, Hayes discs ROCK.

Weaknesses:    A few little details...derailluer bangs on swingarm (Giant fixed this in 2002). Rear cable rubs on frame. Stock seat sucks. Be sure to replace the stock Hayes pads with EBC's...no squeek and far better feel.

Bottom Line:   
Now that the bloom is off the rose...well, it isn't. This thing still rocks. I ride hard and fast on downhill single track (almost always first down the hill), do a lot of climbing, and ride a fair amount of technical trails, 4-7 days a week over some really rocky, nasty bouldery terrain. Plus I weigh 190 dressed out, all this is to say I'm not easy on a bike. I've broken one spoke, and I'm on my 3rd chain. That's it.

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Favorite Trail:   One of the dozens of local single track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   GT I drive 1.0, Klien Adept, GT XCR.

Bike Setup:   High rise stem, Selle ti saddle, easton seat post. Shimano "bear trap" style SPD pedals. Otherwise stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rolinnobs from gvegas

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2002

Strengths:    brakes,

Weaknesses:    dereiller slap, pedals, thin frame, fork, grips, bars, wheelset, tires, rear end flex, rear hubs, BB

Bottom Line:   
i switched out the weak except for the frntderaylerandankset. the wheels are to flexxy for anyone who is going to hammer any tech. fork is to flexxy for anyone going to do any steep tech descents, and not enough travel. after bike got set up the thing rips. can handle 4-5 footers no problem. run the rear shock a little softer, if you don't mind a little bob. the frame is a little sketchy. i would of paid the $ for a bike 2lbs heavier and a tougher frame. I should have bought an AC. i didn't buy this thing still rips.

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Favorite Trail:   leominster state forest, vietnam

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   oneil's

Similar Products Used:   xcr1000,

Bike Setup:   psylo sl, shim 545's, crossmaxx, crow bar's, KK hubs, xtr BB

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Birmingham a Cross Country Rider from Belle Mead, New Jersey

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2002

Strengths:    Hardtail performance, lightness, agility. Love the SID XC front shock.

Weaknesses:    Frame has chipped in a few places (I ride hard), and I'm wondering how well bike will stand up over time....

Bottom Line:   
I rode a hardtail (Giant ATX) for years, and this bike outclimbs it!!!! It's awesome. I ride some very rocky, technical trails and this bike lets me clean sections I would have dared try on my hardtail. For the same money you can pick up the NRS2, which is spec'd similarly. That, too is a great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Wawayanda State Park & Sourland Mtn Preserve

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Downspec'd version of the full-blown NRS1. Mavic 517 tubed rims with XT disc hubs and Panaracer XC tires (versus the stock tubeless tires and rims), Avid mechanical discs (versus Hayes Hydraulic). I like the setup exactly as-is! The wheel setup (with the Avid Mechanicals) is awesome!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richard a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2002

Strengths:    Climbs really well, no bob unless you really cannot pedal, handles well with a stiff light frame.

Weaknesses:    Rear Hub in particular the axles, broke two within three months, checked the rear triangle for misalighnemt all was OK , rear hub replaced (XT) by local shop free of charge, hooray for Giant seems to be all good.

Bottom Line:   
Apart from the broken axles and replaced rear hub has been an excellent buy and a trusty companion for some serious mileage and abuse in the weekends with the occassional race thrown in for fun. Setup of the bike and rear shock is pretty easy but the rear end will start to get noisy after a while. Frame is ersiously light and stiff but some of the Raceface copy parts are a bit on the fat side.

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Favorite Trail:   Makara all of it.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   VIC Cycles Lower Hutt WGTN

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro Haro Full squishy

Bike Setup:   Standard except 2001 Physlo's on the front and sticker tires then the girly ones it came with.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Baton Rouge, LA

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2002

Strengths:    Overall Design; SID SL Fork; Hayes Hydraulic Disc Brakes; XT Rear Derailleur; TIME Pedals; Light Weight; Paint Job

Weaknesses:    Koski Saddle; Grips; Deore Shifters

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome! It's no wonder it was Mountain Biking Magazine's Overall Bike of the Year for 2001. I can't ride it enough. It's fast, handles great, and it climbs like a goat (better than my hard tail ever did). With the factory suggested set-up for the rear shock, there is no bob that I'm aware of. There is one flaw in the pre-2002 design though. The rear derailleur knocks against the chain stay on rough sections of trail, so they put a piece of rubber on the chainstay for a bumper. This "bumper" flattened out relatively quick, so I made my own out of a piece of a rubber bungee strap. I attached it to the chain stay with electrical tape, and then I covered it with a Lizard Skin for looks. It works just fine, and is a simple solution to a minor nuisance. The 2002 model has a redesigned chainstay that completely eliminates the problem.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Connection - Gonzales, LA

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   All Stock except for KOOBI SI Saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Ipp a Weekend Warrior from Frederick Md

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2002

Strengths:    Light! good design ... it works as designed (with no sag!) good components. Came stock with XT hubs even though not called out on specs ... great suprise! Great for you who are looking for good XC bike.

Weaknesses:    Shimano chain broke in first few days (SRAM upgrade) ... upgraded front derailer also because of popular opinion (these reviews) to XTR and has been riding fine. Frame sounds thin (it is) but no problems! (just not used to illuminum) before you buy one, tap on all the frames of your favorites and let me know what you hear!

Bottom Line:   
Although low miles accrued so far, i like the design, the paint, and the weight. Time will tell how it holds up but Giant garauntees for 5 years ... and keep in mind this is about cross-country riding and switch-backs NOT radical drop-offs down-hill missions. For the radical, ("bike beaters") try the DH or Giant's AC ... it has more travel and a tougher frame (and more weight).
NRS will take abuse (and the bumps) but buy it for what it is designed for! XC

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Favorite Trail:   Senaca Creek, Gaithersburg Md

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Frederick Schwinn

Similar Products Used:   First full suspension. looked at all available

Bike Setup:   Stock except, new front Derailer (XTR) and SRAM chain (great deign and easily removed for cleaning)Air pressure is your weight +10lbs positive and 50-60 negative for rear shock and play from there! my LBS thought it should be your weight positive and your weight negative but that is for other designs! follow Giant's recomendations and you will like what you bought!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Houston

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2002

Strengths:    Quick in corners, great climbing, Great braking power thanks to Hayse Disc.

Weaknesses:    Tubles tiers, Seat, Frt Derailer, Chain slap on hard action, Rear Hub fails but Giant fixed the problem. I added innertubes becouse I was loosing air from hard impacts. Also, a spare tube is lighter to cary then a spare tire and less costly.

Bottom Line:   
Dispite some of the problems I have had with the rear hub, this is absolutly the best XC bike to have. Smooth suspension makes riding over roots and other trail obsticles a breese.

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Favorite Trail:   Ant Hills

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Planetary Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel, Suger 1, Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Seat, "Crowbar" handelbars, XT crank, XT BB, XT Ft Derailer, XT Shifter pods, Sram Chain, innertubes and Wellgo peadels.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mark Todd a Cross Country Rider from Richards Bay, South Africa

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2002

Strengths:    Really good component spec for the price. Suspension works really well, brakes work well, excellent handling

Weaknesses:    My frame has developed 2 cracks on the shock mount after about 10 months and 2500 km riding. I don't ride extreme stuff or do big jumps and I weigh about 85 kg. If you own one of these bikes inspect the area around the top of the shock mount directly next to the weld very carefully.

Bottom Line:   
The South African Giant importer, Dragons Sports, have refused to replace the frame because they say the cracks are not life threatening. The one crack on the top mount is about 10 mm long and the bottom one is about 5 mm long. They say rather to use it till the crack has grown some more in a few months more. So let's see: you cough up some big dough for a bike, in under a year it starts cracking and then you're just supposed to keep on riding it till it grows some more (and possibly fails)? That is totally unacceptable. If the crack started at all there is no way it's not going to grow some more!! Good bike, bad welding and bad back up service. No more Giant's for me.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Logic

Similar Products Used:   Hammered a Trek 8000 for about 4 years before the buying the Giant: same trails, same races. Never had any cracking problems.

Bike Setup:   Stock, but with Race Face low riser bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luis Classen a Cross Country Rider from Puerto Rico

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2002

Strengths:    no bobbing climbing, plush fron suspension,pretty light, nice looks and colors, great breaks, fast tires.

Weaknesses:    very hard seat, chain slapping problem

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money, good components except the front derailluer. This bike gives a great ride, climbs wells and descends fast. Very stable going down and easy to control. Tires are not bad, it's just that tires are designed for hard pack and dry conditions, if you ride in the wet and muddy, buy a pair of the scorpions or Michellin XTS Grippers, they will do the job. This bike is the closest transition from hardtail to dual because of the non-bobbing adjustable rear suspension. So far I am very happy with the bike and competing with it in xc races. Buy one and have fun!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Cambalache trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Colon's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose nx8.1

Bike Setup:   original except speedplay frog peddals, hell bent raiser.

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