Bike Setup: azonic ds1 frame, race face dh crankset, e13 bash guard, dmr conrod stem, race face dh bars, hayes hmx disk breaks, mavic ex 721 rims with reinforced sokes, a lush gel tech seat.
Date Reviewed: June 7, 2005
Strengths: Has no problems with anything i throw at it, looks ok, horizontal pads, light. Allround geometry
Weaknesses: my weirwolfs 2.5 just fit in the back, there is 0.7mm clearance left at both sides. If you ride with discs you have to take the caliper of everytime you want your wheel out. No 24' brake bosses (not that i ride with v's or m33' but if someone does..)
I really abused my slut but i gues she likes it. never failed on me! Drops of 1.5 feet to flat without grumming, i think she will never leave me. Started to ride street with her, after that some agressice xc and she is good for moth, next summer i'l take her out to winterberg, germany.
Similar Products Used: Planet x pitbull, specialized bighit 99'.
Bike Setup: Azonic DS1, mavic 321 rims with point racing hubs, Hayes Hfx9, WTB Weirwols 2.5, Bombshell Wicked Wendy fork, single speed setup.
Date Reviewed: December 23, 2004
Strengths: Dual Slalom as the name implies, Heavy Duty XC or aggressive XC. Not really a huckster.
Weaknesses: If you judge it on intended desing it's quite good.
Some one made a comment about it being made in Taiwan and frames made in Taiwan are not designed for people who weigh more than 150lbs.
First of all this is patently false. If some one at a bike shop tells you this, leave the store immediately. If a friend tells you this laugh in their face.
The notion that Taiwanese frames are inferior is that for a long time cheap bikes were made there. But the rear end for your Specialized Enduro, Iron Horse, KHS FXT, GT I drive, all made in Taiwan. Most quality XC frames are made there and are designed for a 180lb rider with 20lbs of gear added.
a Weekend Warrior
from Kitchener, Ontario
Date Reviewed: July 15, 2004
Strengths: Light solid frame. stiff box chain stays, not over built. Great price. Good all round geometry, stable at speed, tight enough for street. Stickers come off real easy(they're not paying me, im not advertising)
Weaknesses: couldn't fit much larger then a 2.3x26" gazz in the rear, 73mm bb shell would be better then the 68mm for more tire clearance.
Sweet all round frame. Especially the price(although i got a really really good deal, normally 400 USD). I have had no problems with the frame and i am a hack (sorry rhyno lites, too many deore axles, and my poor poor judy). Bike is only 32 lbs and i wasn't trying to save weight. I ride street, downhill, dirt jumps, even a little agressive trail and this frame feels at home in every type of riding. cause im poor it even doubles as my commuter bike. Although they don't make the ds1 anymore the Evolution II is the same geo but stronger. i would recommend this frame.
This frame is a great buy. I got the 2003 which is the only one worth it in my opinion because of the vertical drops and box stays. this frame is quick and agile enough to play in skate parks with, and strong enough to take some big ass drops to concrete. Anyone that breaks this should have gotten an Evolution II instead.
You WON'T be disappointed. Every time i get on this bike it feels like it was built just for me. It is a joy to ride.
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2004
Strengths: cool looking, light, good angles rides well
Weaknesses: only having 4mm thick alloy where the derillar hanger mounts on, this is weak and can bend when derillar hanger bends also there is fine threads cut into this which strip when derillar hanger bends. weak tubeing cracks after a while
I have been riding this this 2nd hand alloy frame for a year it has fatuged as all aluminum alloy frames do sometime. There is a small crack next to the weld on the downtube and head tube gusset there is also a stress mark on the gusset.
Bike Setup: dirt jumper 3, d521s, yd open front brake, dmr handlebars
a Weekend Warrior
from Ann, Arbor Michigan
Date Reviewed: September 22, 2003
Strengths: Beefy Frame Amazing at Dirt Jumping Easy to control Light enough
Weaknesses: Horizontal Dropouts Stickers (not a big deal)
What a great frame. I absolutely love it. I do everything on this bike. Since the bike has a rather long down tube, you peak late on jumps. This alows you to clear those doubles you never thought possible before. When your in the air the bike is soooooooo easy to whip around. You can completely control if you go up or out of both. This bike takes a little getting used to for street riding but its fantasic. All you have to do is get used to the down tube. This frame has gone through all sorts of ab(use) and is holding up just fine. I even take it free riding. It take 7 - 8 footers to flat with no problem. This is the best buy on a frame.
Bike Setup: Azonic DS-1 frame, manitou x-vert 01, old wore out Giant Rainier Parts
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2003
Strengths: Horizontal dropouts make for a great singlespeed, yet capable of running gears also. Light enough for cross country, strong enough to ride urban.
Weaknesses: Only weakness is that they discontinued the horizontal dropout for 2003. =(
I have only had this bike set up as a singlespeed. It is great for cross country and also for urban rides. The geometry feels great with a 4 or 5 inch fork. I am sure that I will break a bone before I break this frame.
Similar Products Used: My Friends Have A Roast And Jamis Eureka
Bike Setup: Black Beauty....All Black 14.5 DS1..Psylo Sl's..Xt...Race Face Crank/BB..Azonic Bar/Stem/Pedals..Magura Julie Hydraulic Disks..Rhyno Lites Covered In WTB MotoRaptor 2.4 Rubber......Coming Soon MRP MiniMe ChainGuide
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2003
Strengths: - super stiff - very responsive - good dimensions for all kinds of riding - quite light - strong
Weaknesses: - The chainstays bend. - Stickers peel
I'd like to point out there is a BIG difference between slight bending (like the ds1 chain stays tend to) and breaking. The bending has not changed the strength or handling of the frame for me
This older model of the Ds1 can now be picked up for around $300 - wich is good value for this frame.
Azonic have now launched the 2003 azonic ds1 - wich has new chainstays that don't bend, and new stickers. But this is allot more pricy - at around $460 (in the UK).
The ds1 is a good all round frame, with a few small problems, but nothing big enough to put me off! :)
My uncle has a 1998 Giant Warp DS1 that was orignally matte copper. He's since had it powder coated bright red with the rear swingarm powder coated gloss black. It also has some sort of Rock Shox Judy long travel (dual crown?) fork on it and some panaracer tires. Its in excellent condition. Hes thin ... Read More »
I have a Warp DS1 that I haven't ridden in about 3 years and want to start riding again. The brakes are kinda messed up so I thought I'd buy a new (or second hand) set to put on. My question is:
Can I buy any brakes and will they fit?
I measured the brake discs, they are 160mm from outside to ... Read More »
My old mans had his ds1 warp forever....well, maybe just since 2001....
for some reason the rear brakes gave out, (hydraulic thing), took it to the only LBS in town who can get access to giant, asked for repairs, lbs said the brakes are too old, as itis a "vintage bike". I didnt know 2001 would b ... Read More »
Hi folks, I have an Azonic DS1 fitted with the dropout mech hanger. The problem I have is the rear wheel slipping, the bikes set up geared and I'm using Halo steel skewers. I've been told tugs may not work as they are really designed for singlespeed, so does anyone have a solution or has had the sam ... Read More »
I'm looking for a cheap disc wheelset (upgrading from V to disc). BWW has a Sun DS1-XC XT Disc wheelset for $135. They aren't the lightest wheels (2035g for the pair), but for Sun rims, XT 6-bolt hubs, and DT Swiss Champion spokes this is a pretty tough deal to beat. Does anyone have any experien ... Read More »