Giant 2001 XTC SE 1 Hardtail Bike

4.46/5 (13 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nakul Munjal a Weekend Warrior from Framingham, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2003

Strengths:    Marzocchi MXR, Hayes Hydraulics, Tubless Tires, Kore stem.

Weaknesses:    Frame is a tad small, Tubes are massively thick and made of thin aluminum...the similar design philosophy to Cannondale...Good in the weight department but questionable durability.

Bottom Line:   
I'm coming from a BMX background and off a full suspension bike so naturally, this thing feels pretty unforgiving. I weighs so little that it's actually kinda squirrelly in the air. You have to get used to it. However, it climbs like a goat and the geometry it more XC than anything else. To suit my style of riding, I had to get a shorter stem, set the forks up tall and stiff with a few extra spacers under the stem, and move the seat down a little. After that was said and done, the bike felt a tad small but very very flickable in the air. Tabletops and can cans are a piece of cake on a hardtail this light. Also, I don't expect this frame to last more than a season or two because of it's obvious focus on light weight over durability. Next frame will be steel or titanium with a little more spacious geometry.

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Favorite Trail:   Walker's Ranch Loop, Monarch Pass, and Callahan Hucks

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   private party

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose IBOC comp bonded aluminum hardtail, Trek Fuel 90 full suspension, Gary Fisher Tassajara hardtail, various bmx bikes

Bike Setup:   Race Face Turbine ISIS, XT derailleur, Deore front + shifters, Titec Hellbent bar(much nicer than the price would indicate). Set up to be more upright to suit my style of riding.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daron a Weekend Warrior from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002

Strengths:    very light, stiff with superb geomatry.

Weaknesses:    unknown yet, will post again if detected.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as a frame only. The Giant XTC Team 2002 replica frame with all the team sponsors decals. Had it assembled and have been riding as much when I first got da mtb fever. The bike frame has a very neutral balance. Climbs and descents equally well. Did I say that this bike is very light and stiff.The frame design is compact compared to my old bike. The cockpit feels better and provides better control.

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Favorite Trail:   Song

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   KSH Cycle

Similar Products Used:   finally I retired my aging 97" Marin Nail Trail. LOL!

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC Team Frame, Deore FD, SRAM 9.0SL all the way, RaceFace Bar, Kore Lite3 Stem, Oury Grips, WTB Speedmasters hoops, DT db spoke laced, Michelin WG Comp S, Rockshox Seatpost, Marzocchi Z3 Air.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Casey a Racer from Des Moines, WA

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2002

Strengths:    Stiff, light weight, it was free.

Weaknesses:    I worry about denting the frame. It is a Giant

Bottom Line:   
Very light weight and stiff frame. Rides really well and tracks nicely. Frames are measured big, 21" frame is really 19". I am only riding the bike because I won the frame in a raffle. I wouldn't have actually purchased this bike, I was riding a K2 razorback before and I'm purchasing a new one again this year.

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Favorite Trail:   Tape Worm

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Won it in a raffle

Similar Products Used:   All of my other bikes

Bike Setup:   XTC SE 1 frame, Marzocci Z2 atom race fork, lx/xt mix drivetrain, ritchey wheels, IRC serac tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ZAC COURTNEY a Cross Country Rider from MIAMI

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2001

Strengths:    most everything it is extremely light and very good components an amazing step up from my last bike

Weaknesses:    it is a fair wheather bike it is not good to ride in rain or wet wheather

Bottom Line:   
i am very happy with this bike if u are want a light cross country bike this is the bike for u

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Favorite Trail:   HIGH PASS

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   fritz's skate and bike shop

Similar Products Used:   schwinn mesa gs

Bike Setup:   i cut down the titec handle bars an inch on each side and i got new race face front sprocket cuz the old ones got bent

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roberto Tidswell a Racer from Adelaide, SA, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2001

Strengths:    Very well spec'd for the price and very light. Unreal for climbing and very fast for downhilling. Hayes disks work excellent once alligned properly except the front ones are a bit jittery.

Weaknesses:    The only weakness i can pick on, is the crappy chain and bottom bracket. The chain is so noisy and doesnt shift very well either, but what can you expect for the bargian price. Also the front deore deraillure and shifters are a bit of a let down. I plan to replace them with deore XT items in the future.

Bottom Line:   
Go buy one. You will not find a better bike for the money anywhere. In Australia its called the Giant ATX 890. I'd recommend everyone who buys one to chance the chain and the seat as it is very uncomfortable on long rides. But apart from this 10/10, thanks giant.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything dirt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Super Elliots

Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX 860 and Cannondale delta V9000

Bike Setup:   Standard apart from a selle italia octavia saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T-Bone a Cross Country Rider from Gilbert, Arizona

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001

Strengths:    Light frame great parts for the money. Strong components. Best wheelset I've ever owned. Tubless is awesome. Disc brakes are great once adjusted. the SID is so light and responsive its great but could be stiffer.

Weaknesses:    The cranks shift like crap and bottom bracket is crappy they need to be replaced with shimano. disc brakes are extremely hard to get adjusted properly and the cables scratch the heck out of the frame and fork.Fork is great but needs to be more ridgid.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money if you want a fast light bike with cutting edge components buy this bike. With the money you'll saving buying this bike over another bike with the same components get better cranks. Not a bike for a guy that wants a cushy ride it stiff and fast and climbs great.Not for entry level riders because of how fast it is. If you are looking for a race hardtail that you don't have to make a lot of upgrades on buy this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Morman/national -South mountain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Arizona Bike Source

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000

Bike Setup:   Stock except Shimano 858 pedals and soon shimano XT hollow tech cranks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Butch Z a Cross Country Rider from Manila, Philippines

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2001

Strengths:    Good frame, some sound xt components, excellent shocks

Weaknesses:    Cheappo chain and saddle. some clatter with the front disc

Bottom Line:   
Logic tells me i have no time to fuss around with the hydralic maintenance and test the tubulars so the special requests. Bike is supposedly perfect once you get to align those disc brakes properly. No need for any gadgets just plain sight alignment. Have figured how to stop the clatter on the front disc by gluing one side of the calipers to the body. Just a matter of time till the glue comes loose, but it works. What you've really got to trash are the chain and saddle. With CN7700 they will be turning silk smooth. None of that grinding feeling. As for Koshi saddles that sag, nothing like what the pro's use right. For me Selle Italia. No complains about the bb so far, but will replace them with CN 72's if i can find them in 113 length. Another thing, why do they call it XTC if they're going to put Deore shifters and front changers, but all in all it's a great machine only to have GIANT ruin it by putting those cheap lousy Taiwan chains. They practically destroyed the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   whatever

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   VELOCITY

Similar Products Used:   Not relevent, am really a roadie who lives by campy and titanium stuff

Bike Setup:   Straight from the catalog except special request of Avid mechanical discs instead of Hayes, 32H Velocity clinchers instead of the 24H tubular Mavics, and 434's in lieu of Time pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lee Poole a Racer from Marquette, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2001

Strengths:    Great geometry, light, fast, and handles great

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
awesome upgrade from the rainier frame, thanks to giant's great service!! and some help from downwind sports.

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Favorite Trail:   anything downhill & DEADLY

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   didnt purchase it, i got it on a warantee

Similar Products Used:   Giant rainier, broke the disc mount on the frame, and the factory gave me a new xtc se1 frame as my warranty frame.

Bike Setup:   fork-white brothers sc70
cranks-shimano lx
brakes-avid mechanical disc(sweet)
front der.-lx
rear der.-xt
front wheel-wtb laserdisc dh rim with hayes elite hub
seat- selle italia xo


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matthew Errico a Cross Country Rider from Princeton, NJ US of A

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2001

Strengths:    *Components (Hayes disc, SID XC, Race Face cranks, seat post and stem, Titec Handlebar, Shimano XT rear derailleur, Time Pedals (!)Mavic Tubeless wheels)
*Frame: weighs of 3 lbs; xc geometry
*Value


Weaknesses:    *Frame: made in Taiwan (great for Asia); paint chips/scratches pretty easily
*Front Deore Derailleur
*Tubeless system not there yet
*Bottom bracket = D-
*Seat: Kooski saddle rips easily


Bottom Line:   
Giant offers amazing value in its XC bikes. . .its almost unbelievable the components that it uses and the price point they sell at. Moreover, they are taking an aggressive stance towards the future of mountain biking -- disc and tubeless. For me, the tubeless has filled me with mixed emotions; when they system works its super -- when it breaks down its a major hassle. . But Giant doesn't make the mavic/hutchinson UST -- but does spec it. . Overall the bike is fast. . . faster than my sugar both up- and down-hill. . .I was skeptical going back to a hardtail but I'm glad I did in this case -- the bike handles well, is really light and comes pretty solid stock. With a few upgrades (headset, lighter bar, better seat, front derailleur & bottom bracket) you'll have a sweet xc bike for under $2000. . .and if you live in the east the hayes establishes a new standard for our riding conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   round valley or chimney rock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Bernie's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by roberto a Cross Country Rider from miami , florida

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2001

Strengths:    This is a well designed and strong ht . All the stock components are excellent and of great quality .

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
There is no hardtail out there that can come close to what you get for the price i paid on this bike . You could probably spend 1600 to 1800 on any other brand . This rocket flies effortless through the woods .

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Favorite Trail:   markham park , sunrise , florida

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1140.00

Purchased At:   bell's bicycles , north miami beach , florida

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Replaced the headset to Chris King 1 1/8 " and swapped the front deraiuller to Shimano XT . And replaced the stock grip to Specialized .

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Iain a Cross Country Rider from Fairfax, VA

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Strengths:    Value, great bike for the money. Great parts all around.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I'm assuming this is the place to post for the XTC SE1 (the titles in the listing were messed up as of this posting).

This bike is fantastic and as usual when you buy a Giant you get the most bike for your money.

There are some low-end parts on the bike (like the UN-52 bottom bracket) but how many bikes are this inexpensive and offer hydraulic Hayes discs and tubeless tires? None. The tubeless tires rock, I never thought you could run such a low pressure and still be fast but you can.

After riding on a Marzocchi Z.1 Bam for 2 years I never thought I'd go back to RockShox but the SID XC has been real nice. It's smooth ans has a good amount of travel.

The frame is stiff, I bought a small (17") and this bike runs up the mountain like a goat!

With my upgrades I've gotten my bike down to 24lbs. It can get a bit lighter with a better bottom bracket and high-end wheelset. And sure the frame is thin but it's not much thinner then my '97 Cannondale SuperV.

Go buy one.

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt that goes Down

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX 890 frameset(a few years ago, but was a great bike)

Bike Setup:   Stock, but have upgraded some stuff. From previous bike: Thomson Seatpost, Flite Saddle, Salsa Suspension Skewers and RaceFace LP cranks. Have bought new: XTR Front and Rear Deraillers, XTR RapidFire Shifters, Easton MonkeyLite Riserbar, M-747 pedals, Oury Grips and LizardSkin chainstay cover

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Stallard a Cross Country Rider from Stafford, Va. USA

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2001

Strengths:    Everything, except the XT/ Deore junk.

Weaknesses:    None, except---- see above.

Bottom Line:   
I replaced the Shimano junk with SRAM 9.0 ESP rear der. and halfpipe shifters. This was something I did with my 1999 SE-1 and what a differnce in performance. I still cant explaine why GIANT continues to put this crap on such a GREAT bike. My bike dealer traded me even. (Shimano for Sram). This bike is another GIANT success. I dont know how they can sell this bike at this price. Go to their Web Site and get the component package info. Its absolutely incredible what you get with this Bike.There is not a Bike manufacturer out there that can match this deal. Lately, whenever a Bike magazine tests certain GIANT products, someone will make the same statement,'How Does Giant Do That' Im starting to wonder myself. If you want a high end mountain bike, with great components, and a GREAT PRICE, buy it now.

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Favorite Trail:   Hollywood Farms, Stafford Va.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   1999 SE-1, 2000 GIANT MCM Team

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for the,you-know-what.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Kuyava a Racer from Duluth, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2001

Strengths:    This frame is much stiffer than in the past two years. The down tube cannot be flexed like the 1999 and 2000 frames. The chain stays are "S" bent for better shoe clearance.

Weaknesses:    The frames are smaller this year. The largest is a 21". I had to get a longer stem to not seem so cramped. The bearings on the head set are not the strongest. I blew the bottom head set bearing on a slow endo. If you have the crown fork race that is the same size as the head tube call Cane Creek. They will send you an up-grade bearing kit for free.

Bottom Line:   
So far this frame seems to be of a much better quality, and is stiffer than in past years. I cracked my 1999 Se2 frame. I think the new geometry lends itself to better climbing and better over all control. The intergrated head set is nice, but so far I can see no real advantages with it. All in all it is a really nice bike. I just hope it lasts longer than 10 months like my last frame. My only real complaint is the smaller size.

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   1999 Se2

Bike Setup:   I got this bike as a replacement frame for a 1999 Se2 that cracked. I have no stock items on this frame.

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