Giant 2001 XTC AC 1 Frame Set Frameset

4.11/5 (9 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt K. from Long Beach

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2003

Strengths:    Terrific handling, stability, geometry. Manitou Swinger 4-Way Coil is OUTSTANDING for '03.

Weaknesses:    DERAILLEUR HANGER!!!!!!! How many times can this thing break!!! The rear shock bolts (both) have broken numerous times.

Bottom Line:   
The '02 17" has no top tube/seat tube gusset so the frame broke at that junction. Giant had a new '03 frame at the shop for me over the weekend (thanks, guys). Top tube is burlier so I don't expect to break another. The shock bolts are the same so I'm sure they'll break soon. I drilled out the holes and intalled larger ones on the '02 frame and that worked well - so I'm sure I'll be doing that for the '03, as well.
--Giant, make a hanger out of QUALITY f*@#ing material, not that cheap a$$ crap - AND, larger, stronger rear shock bolts would help.
Other than the shock bolts and derailleur hanger, this bike is great. Very responsive and handles very well. The '02 shiver is a little twisty, but I rather like it. Terrific 'free-rider' and all around abuse ready - though I wouldn't buy another.

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Favorite Trail:   Yer mom

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   A bike shop

Bike Setup:   Just got a warranty '03 frame w/Manitou Swinger shock (cuuuush).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shawn Antonelli a Weekend Warrior from Sydney

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2003

Strengths:    Agile and light (relatively)

Weaknesses:    lot of movement in the backend and very nasty cracking from the headset

Bottom Line:   
if you are a light weight and ride more technical than big hit type DH tracks then an AC-1 is very fast and durable for all the big hit guys out there though a Kona is more likely the bike to buy

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Bike Setup:   01 Boxxers, DNM shock with 900 pound spring Betd long travel kit on the rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by al duff a Downhiller from California

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2003

Strengths:    Very light frame yet fairly strong

Weaknesses:    Broke the swingarm the second day I had it. But Giant got new swingarm to me by the end off the week.

Bottom Line:   
Super light for the amount of travel and burly frame. Rides excellent for now.Great for the hard core freerider who wants to still be able to pedal. Not for XC. Can be built to be under 35 pounds.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Your Mama's house

Similar Products Used:   Rode custom Trek fuel 90

Bike Setup:   Fifth Element in rear (6 inches) and psyslo xc up front (five inches)20 mm tru axel. Race Face cranks,Race Face Signature freeride BB, Hayes 8 inch rotors, full xt otherwise.Sun rhyno lite rims. 35 and a half pounds could drop 2 easily with different tires rims.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Weekend Warrior from Whistler

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2003

Strengths:    Tough eEnough for some solid drops (I've done some 6 footers).
Climbs as easily (though maybe not quite as fast) as a hardtail.
Very manoueverable and fast in the corners.


Weaknesses:    Stock rear hub was terrible, the cassette kept coming loose. Shop replaced it for free with a shimano hub and I got a new wheel out of it after 3 months.
S-shaped seat tube makes for difficulty changing seat height. Resolved with a telescopic seatpost, now I get a great range of height.


Bottom Line:   
After a short break in period (eliminating squeaks and some loose bits) this bike has worked flawlessly for 2 tough seasons of long climbs and pounding decents.

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Favorite Trail:   PowerSmart

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Tanatalus

Similar Products Used:   Miyata and Nuke proof hardtails

Bike Setup:   Stock + a rock ring, an axiom telescopic seatpost, and ODI lock on grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex horwath a Racer from nazareth pa

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

Strengths:    awesome frame ,sweet rear shock when it has oil,stiff

Weaknesses:    shock leaks when seals are dead

Bottom Line:   
this bike is an awesome freeride bike and dirt jumping and lite downhiller,and even cross country racer

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Favorite Trail:   allamuchy

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   giant rainer gt outpost

Bike Setup:   giant ac 1 frame 2003 rock show pyslo xc XT compents,race face cranks,stem seatpost,ryno lites ,moto rapotrs,azonic bars ,wtb seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MTBMADNESS a Downhiller from ORANGE COUNTY

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2002

Strengths:    After riding the XTC AC 1 I have had some really good times on the bike. What made me purchase was 1. price 2. components 3. the travel. You can't ask for more. If you are on a budget and don't want to spend buku bucks then this is the bike for you.

Weaknesses:    Besides blowing out the Rock Shox Deluxe and going through chains like thier giving them away, I haven't had any issues with the bike..what do you expect when your on a budget!!. .

Bottom Line:   
Remember, the price, the components, and the travel is what made me purchase this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   I rode a Cheeta for three years...

Bike Setup:   Bomber z.1 fork, XT components, IRC Cujos, Easton monkey bars, SDG Grand Prix, Hayes disk breaks, Easton seatpost, and Rhino lite rims.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a.k.a. "tough guy " a Weekend Warrior from Santa Cruz, CA. U.S.A

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

Strengths:    Strong frame design, very huckable, tackles any uphill climb (best taken down) with ease. Excellant groupo. Taking 6 footers is like droping a curb. Tight through corners.

Weaknesses:    Rear wheel hub blew out on my 3rd ride (very disappointing). Cable too rear derailer wore through paint and is working on my frame now (under seatpost/toptube) check it out-you have this problem also. Went through 2 chains within 4 months due to a tweaked 3-4 cog. Chain constantly skips chainrings under pressure.


Bottom Line:   
Great bike fot the price. Bike shop took care of the rear wheel problem at no charge even included an upgrade. I can take this bike anywhere and do anything with it.

P.S. GO BIG!

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Favorite Trail:   Braile trail--Soquel Demonstration Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Trip

Similar Products Used:   Rm-7, Bear valley, san andreas, heckler, karpeli

Bike Setup:   Stock-

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom Dibley a Downhiller from Winchester, Hampshire, UK

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2002

Strengths:    It's a light frame for what it is. Nicely adjustable. Good cable routing. Lovely paint finish. Can be built up for hard core XC or down hill. Also rides street very well. Also, i've got a 2.7" tire in the rear w/plenty of mud clearance.

Weaknesses:    The rock shox shock it comes with is quite frankly awefull. Everyone I know who has the same frame and my self have all had to send the shock away to be re-valved and a heavier weight spring put on. After that, it performs fine, but not like a Fox.

Bottom Line:   
I've got a jump bike, a XC bike, a road bike and a commuter. I bought the AC to build up as an Alpine descent bike. I ride hour to two hour long descents every summer, in California and France. It's hard core enough to handle my 14stone weight during big drop offs, hard hits and street riding, yet, with lighter tires and tubes, it pedals really well. People look at me wierdly when they see those massive 8" travel Shivers riding up a hill with relative ease. I'm not using this bike much, in this country, but it will get thouroughly abused.

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Favorite Trail:   Tunnel, Santa Barbara CA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Peter Hansford Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR Elite, Santa Cruz Heckler and many hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Shiver DC's, Hayes 6" discs, sram 9.0sl shifters and new x.0 R mech, middleburn cranks w/raceface rings, Atomic Hubs, rims, pedals. Kore Elite Stem, USE post and Fi:Zi:k saddle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad Duffey a Weekend Warrior from Corona,Ca,USA

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2001

Strengths:    Frame Geometry, Suspension, Finish, Adjustability, good cable and brake hose routing, Price & Value

Weaknesses:    Early production out of spec linkages.
Cannot use dual crown forks if I had a need for them.
Bottom pivot bolt became lose during the first ride.



Bottom Line:   
I have rode the bike on one ride. It is great!! I think that the bike climbs better than my lts did. The extra travel tracks the ground very well. I havent jumped the bike very high, as i am waiting for a heavier rear spring. I will write again after I thrash this bike for a while. Plush, Plush, versitile fun bike!!!! Buy this bike if you ride to have fun and you don't have the bank account to buy three different bikes for different types of riding. I don't think that you should buy this bike if you are only into hucking and dropping of of high places, there are much stronger and heavier bikes that are made for this type of Frame Fatigue Riding.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   1999 GT LTS 2000DS

Bike Setup:   Z1 QR20, Ryno Lites, Kujo 2.25s, Hayes 6inch, Azonic Double Wall Bars, Powerworks Shoty Stem, Cane Creek Zero Stack Headset, LX Running Gear, ProDeluxe Rear Shock,

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