Giant AC 1 Freeride Full Suspension

4.33/5 (36 Reviews)
MSRP : $3000.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bridger a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2012

Strengths:    Smooth ride over anything.

Weaknesses:    Crappy uphill.

Bottom Line:   
I've got a 2003. I haven't tested it too much on the mountain, but road and gravel trails have been fun. Due to the wide wheels, it is harder to get going than an all around bike. I bought it with most components upgraded, and its a great ride. I cant figure out how to stiffen the rear suspension, which is a little annoying cause its super bouncy. But I'm still a happy camper, especially for only 400 dollars!

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Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   1st Cash Pawn


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by OMNICELLL a Weekend Warrior from Wally World

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2009

Strengths:    Solid.. .. and lasted a long time... worked as intended...

Great design for a solid no-nonsense frame for AM rider...


Weaknesses:    The Seat tube design on the 2002 model that I had was not a good idea.. it finally broke recently while I was meandering with the bike on the sidewalk in-front of the local library.. I believe that design has changed though..

Bottom Line:   
Will see how Giant Handles the warranty on broken frame...

ALl and all.. One of the best price/performance bikes there is , in my opinion... I believe the SETTE FLITE is very similar to the AC... it is sold at Price Point.. for $400 bucks.. and with a strait seat tube.. again.. A great value all around...


( I did replace the Rock shox /rearshox with a ROmic...

Great Bike...

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Favorite Trail:   South Fork

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   SpeedGoat.com

Similar Products Used:   raleigh bikes , Loved that bike.... That was a long long time ago....

Bike Setup:   AC/lx/xt/romic/panaracer/hope bulb/Mag 30's/azonic/.. and other brands..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by #1downhill a Downhiller from Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2009

Strengths:    Everything!!!!

Weaknesses:    Climbing, it bobs a ton

Bottom Line:   
Today I did a 9 foot drop to flat and it felt like I went off of a curb this thing is soooooo smooth!!! I love this thing I have it set up 7 in front and 6.3 rear and is so awesome! If you ride bikes, buy this it is bad to climb, but it is so awesome to go downhill

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Favorite Trail:   /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ DOWNHILL

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   None can compare

Bike Setup:   2004 AC team with boXXer ride and Manitou swinger 4-way Deore and XT components, Hayes nine 8" rotor hydrolic brake set

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darkrider a Cross Country Rider from united kingdom

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2009

Strengths:    good frame design,good looks

Weaknesses:    none for the price

Bottom Line:   
from first purchase as parts worn out I always upgraded,,both bikes are far superior to when i first got them, so i guess what i mean to say is"what a gresat frame from giant

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Favorite Trail:   dovey forest wales

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   upton cycles

Similar Products Used:   used to be a GT fan

Bike Setup:   I have an ac 1 built up light,phsylos, hope hubs,mono minis, mavic cd 317s rims easton carbon stem & bars,
I also have the ac team with boxers, sunline bars & stem
hope pro 2 hubs mavic rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott a Weekend Warrior from Cobar

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2008

Strengths:    (2005 model) Cheap entry into dual susp/freeride bikes, proven frame design, level of service from dealer. Manitou Stance forks can be internally upgraded if desired. Black paint looks cool.

Weaknesses:    Absolute rubbish Hayes Sole brakes, seatpost fouls the shock when lowered too much, cheap suspension.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has given me 2.5 years of trouble free fun, and done everything from XC to Thredbo's Cannonball Run DH course (carefully). Nothing has gone wrong with this bike.

I am not a particularly hard rider - no big air or drops, and wouldn't expect too much from this Freeride-Lite bike. If you want something for 6' drops or lack finess, perhaps look elsewhere.

As an entry level into all mountain riding, it's great. You still have enough cash left over to upgrade components if desired, and spares are easy to obtain.

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Favorite Trail:   Glenrock Reserve, Newcastle

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Wagga Cycle Centre

Similar Products Used:   Trek Liquid

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock except Hayes 9 HD with an 8" rotor up front (installed before it left the dealer), Maxxis High Rollers, Atomlab aircorp pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rex a Weekend Warrior from Nelson, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007

Strengths:    lightweight, cheap, looks cool in matt black, can be used for lots of different riding types and trails from trailriding to DH to jumps

Weaknesses:    the stock compontents all have to be upgraded in due course-wheels, brakes, shock and fork, which is expensive

Bottom Line:   
Once you have the bike upgraded with decent parts it is an awesome bike, With a good fork/shock combination it can be ridin up DH hills where everyone else has to walk or shuttle, I have had no problems with frame, its the do it all bike

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Favorite Trail:   doubledown rotorua

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Bike Setup:   manitou sherman flicks, manitou 4-way swinger air shock, avid juicy 5's, sun singletrack wheels, sram x7 & x9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle a Downhiller from Rocklin, CA

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2007

Strengths:    Lightweight, good for fast jump trails. Can be pedaled up hill no problem.

Weaknesses:    Stock components suck.

Bottom Line:   
Makes a good free ride/all mountain frame. Can handle 8+ foot drops no problem. Excellent on fast jump trails. Saint derailer holds up to the hardest hits.

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Favorite Trail:   Northstar

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   05 frame set w/ Jr T fork, fox vanilla r shock, holzfeller cracks, mtx rims on sun abbah hubs, 12mm rear, saint derailer. HFX and Mag brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Kettles a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2007

Strengths:    I havent managed to brake a thing on it yet & i've given it a hard time.

Weaknesses:    Feels flexy in the bottom bracket but thats probably due to the susspention linkage & bearings,

Bottom Line:   
Sweet bike not the best to go up on but certainly is a dream while screaming down on, It's a bike that'll build confidence each ride & pull you out of trouble with a "How the hell did I pull that off" look. for something with 7"f & 6.6"r susspention it is an awsome bike to flog the trails on, it's 1 very versatile frame

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Favorite Trail:   Nogra

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Big Hit - Norco VPS

Bike Setup:   Sherman Tripples - Swinger - Hays 9"

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Viktor a Weekend Warrior from Bratislava, Slovakia

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2007

Strengths:    This bike does it all, truly and amazingly. Simple, light and full of life.

Weaknesses:    Linkage bearings keep breaking every season.

Bottom Line:   
This is THE bike for those who want to have a single bike for all their desires. The Boxxer Ride compliments this purpose like no other fork except the Totem or Domain. Get prepared to change the bearings in the end of your linkage plates once a year, maybe even more often. Luckily the warranty covers it, but still a pity having to hassle with them over and over.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Boxxer ride, manitou swinger air

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kai a Downhiller from santa cruz, CA

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2007

Strengths:    This bike is really good at soaking up bumpy light and technical trails. It does really well with fast trails as well.

Weaknesses:    There is not enough travel to let you go really fast on really technical trails. It is, however, meant to be an all mountain bike so I can't blame it not being prime for downhill.

Bottom Line:   
This is a really good bike for most things that you will ever throw at it. It is probably one of the best bikes for beginners and I would highly recomed getting one.

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Favorite Trail:   dead campers

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   1300

Similar Products Used:   trek sessions, kona stinky

Bike Setup:   stock except I have the '03 and I upgraded the fork to a jr. t

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tommy from Wales

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2007

Strengths:    Super strong frame - excellent linkage system, adjustable set up from agressive xc to downhill - good pedal platform (with manitou 4way) looks fantastic

Weaknesses:    If you use a long seat post do not lower it yo far as it will contact the rear shock - a easily solved problem through adjustment and cutting

Bottom Line:   
I have got mine set up as an agreesive XC moderate freeride rig. I know its a little heavy for the up hills but hey - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I have used it quite happily on 40k xc trails. Downhill, single track and technical this bike eats it up and provides smiles, laughs and cheers on route - solid and secure with responsive handling.

Ac 1 frames are going pretty cheap at the moment - sub £200 for a good second hand one. If you want a versatile solid freeride rig - buy one

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Giant VT, orange Patriot,

Bike Setup:   Manitou 4 way rear - rock shox revelation forks - full gear system - magura julie brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kyle a Downhiller from Citrus Heights

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2007

Strengths:    Good Freeride bike. Pedals ok up hills and sails down single track.

Weaknesses:    Stock components suck, headset got trashed from drops, rear shock

Bottom Line:   
Get a new rear shock and you'll be set.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   04 Jr.T fork, Fox Vanilla R W/ pro Pedal shock, Sun Intense Mag Rims, Sun Abba hubs, Truvativ Holzfeller cranks, Truvativ BB, E13 Bashguard, Hayes HFX brakes, Crankbrothers candy c pedals, Sram attack shifters, LX rear derailer, crane creek headset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ross Martin a Downhiller from Pleasanton Ca Usa

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2006

Strengths:    Good suspension and travel very lightweight

Weaknesses:    not an uphill bike

Bottom Line:   
Kick ass bike. not for uphill i have to walk most the way but once you get going down its the ride of your life

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   everything is upgraded basicly

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nick davidson a Downhiller from traralgon,vic,australia

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2006

Strengths:    good strong frame good forks cranks gears hangers seat

Weaknesses:    bad front brake andr suspension-does not cope needs 8inch disc front and a better rim needed.


Bottom Line:   
a good down hill strong reliable good wearing tyres and good price and has a good range of parts.

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Favorite Trail:   tyres

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   mallard cycles morwell

Similar Products Used:   norco 125

Bike Setup:   nevegal tyres easton bars stem manitio forks 150mm travel amd 5.3 inch travel on back suspension

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jaime Steinhauer a Downhiller from Edmonton AB Canada

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2006

Strengths:    Great parts for the money

Weaknesses:    Tubeless rims

Bottom Line:   
Sweet bike for the $, handles anything you throw at it. This bike can handle serious downhill and you can still ride up-hill and X county.

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Favorite Trail:   Upper Gold Member in Nelson

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Western Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro

Bike Setup:   Stock except tires and pedals. Switched to platform petals and non tubeless fater tires.

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