Giant Warp DS 1 XC Full Suspension

3.79/5 (66 Reviews)
MSRP : $850.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2014

Strengths:    I'm doing a rebuild

Weaknesses:    Trying to find replacement pivot bushings set ?

Bottom Line:   
Can any one tell me were to purchase a new frame pivot bushings kit for my giant warp DS1.
Look forward to your response.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by trawkins a Downhiller from Baltimore, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2011

Strengths:    strong frame (love the full suspension)
awesome fork (bomber - strong with smooth suspension)
good crankset, wheels, and gears
finger adjustable rear shock.
excellent brakes (some of the better cable disk brakes I have ever used)


Weaknesses:    dynamic components:
rear shock is tough, but becomes stiff and not as smooth with age.
SRAM 7 twist shifters and original grips are junk in my opinion - replaced shifters with deore XL triggers and corresponding derailleur, new lock on grips.
terrible excuse for platform pedals (my preference), but the stock clipless are solid.


Bottom Line:   
Overall, it is an awesome bike. It's a little heavy, but no part will budge or bend even in the worst crashes (experience talking here). It provides an excellent base for upgrades - all of the expensive core parts are solid and high quality, it is just a shame that they decided to put some lower quality hardware on it. Replace the pedals if you dont ride clipless, get rid of those awful twist shifters, and you have yourself an awesome ride. Mine is over 7 years old and still rides like I bought it.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Costco

Bike Setup:   stock frame, headset, handlebars, suspension, and wheels.
Deore XL trigger shifters
Deore (shimano) derailleur)
Eastern (10 pin) platform pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GottaGo a Weekend Warrior from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2011

Strengths:    Very comfortable and handles like a champ. I have the white DS1 (I think its the 2003 w/disk brakes), which I happen to think is the classiest model of the different years.

Weaknesses:    None to date.

Bottom Line:   
This has been my first and so far only FS bike. I ride a lot. I don't do big drops, hucks, etc. But I weigh 195, and ride rough technical stuff regularly as fast as I can and this bike has taken everything without missing a beat. It has been reliable, fun and as I have become a better rider, it has met my needs in terms of refining how the bike is tuned, etc.

So far, the only component I have changed out it the bottom bracket, that started to creak something fierce. All else has been great.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with variety and challenge.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   C-List

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MKWS a Downhiller from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2011

Strengths:    Frame can be modified great

Weaknesses:    Stock components

Bottom Line:   
Great Frame. Bad stock conmponents

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Favorite Trail:   Ajusco

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Racers

Similar Products Used:   Alubike Saint, specialized Big Hit

Bike Setup:   UUUUFFFF!!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jandls a Weekend Warrior from West Australia

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2010

Strengths:    stable, strong, reliable, fast downhill off road.

Weaknesses:    Slow on the road

Bottom Line:   
I originally bought the DS3, but I cracked the frame doing bunny hops, and so Giant gave me the DS1 for free, 5 years after purchase date. Anyone who wants a good reliable bike should grab this one, but be aware with large off road tires, it is hard work on a sealed surface such as a road. Road racers will go whizzing past.

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Favorite Trail:   Bibbilmun track

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Scotts Cycles Karrat

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh, Trek, Specialized.

Bike Setup:   hard shocks front and rear, 50 psi tyres. High seat pole.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Murphy a Downhiller from Livingston, MT

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2009

Strengths:    over all very good, strong, stable design. This bike is a hardy, all mountain ride stong enough to last four , going on five hard years of rugged abuse on Montanas and Oregons most rugged back country mountain trails

Weaknesses:    components that come with the bike are weak such as the Rockshox forks and the Hv rear shock, but over all excelent bike

Bottom Line:   
supper tough rugged bike for the $$$$$

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Favorite Trail:   jackson creek

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   owen house, Bozeman,

Bike Setup:   Manitou sherman 7' front, fox vanila R rear shock, avid mechanical dics, 8'

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joseluisc80 a Downhiller from San Salvador, El Salvador

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2009

Strengths:    great frame, strong and conftable

Weaknesses:    rear shock

Bottom Line:   
great ride, i own a 2004 Giant warp DS1(the white),not the best but great bike for that price, i've used it 4 year now, and it still works great, i ride with guys that used santa Cruz, and other bigger and heavier bike to do downhill, and i've have never stayed behind. love this bike, besides i have a Kona,and i rather to used this one because of the weight. the components are really nice, by the way, i've hear than the posterior versions are not that good, i think it's because of the components. beside the white looks a lot better and the black and gray with yellows.

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Favorite Trail:   DH

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   local dealer

Similar Products Used:   treck 70, giant vt

Bike Setup:   changed read shock,

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ivan a Cross Country Rider from Anacortes, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2008

Weaknesses:    Brakes wear out too fast and difficult to replace (even dealer did not do it). Just broke frame - rear fork in a weld. Possible manufacturer's fault - most of the pipe probably was not ever welded (fresh break only on two short lines)

Bottom Line:   
Would not buy this Warp DS-1 again, or if I would, so with much better and tougher components.

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Favorite Trail:   local

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Jack's Bicicle


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by motoxman.21 a Weekend Warrior from Weaverville, Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008

Strengths:    Seemed great... at first.

Weaknesses:    pretty much everything.

Bottom Line:   
The bike was great for a few weeks. Started having minor problems. Within a year the forks were shot, the crank decided it didn't need to stick around, and the rims were bent. It also has a really annoying squeal and squeak. The crank is constantly loose but wont tighten. It's not worth the money. If you want a bike that will last more than a month dont buy this bike. otherwise i guess you'd be fine.

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Favorite Trail:   the garage

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant Reign (wayyyyyyy better)

Bike Setup:   stock with upgraded brake pads

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Heath a Weekend Warrior from Palm Bay, FL

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2008

Strengths:    Price paid, great ergos. The bike was bought off a friend with downgraded componets but thats not what broke. The weld at the pivot joint near the downtube completly snaped at the base of a jump at a local trail. The bike is 7 years old so I give it some credit to last as long as it did.

Weaknesses:    None for the price. Frame broke but likely do to age and abuse.

Bottom Line:   
These bikes are a bit heavy but I really got comfortable on mine and I found the ergonomics to be spot on when controling the bike threw the trails. The bike jumps well and with the right componets would make a great all mountain bike. Most people say the frame is strong and I think I may have just had a fluke experience with mine.

I did not get the bike new so I can not begin to imagine what it has been threw over the years. For the year I rode it before it took a dump I loved it.

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Favorite Trail:   Tillman fruit trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300, Trek 4500.


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jesse handy a Weekend Warrior from Boise, idaho , USA

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2007

Strengths:    Good on bumpy downhill

Weaknesses:    Way to heavy

Bottom Line:   
It was Ok at first, but then after about a year started having problems. I just got a Cannondale Rush and it is so much of an improvement there is no comparison.

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Favorite Trail:   Hulls

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Pawn shop

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob Eastman a Weekend Warrior from Brantford Ont Canada

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007

Strengths:    frame is great holds up to anything

Weaknesses:    fork rst mag cheap feel nosie and crappy settings

Bottom Line:   
for what your spending on this bike it's not a dream bike but it's a dam good start to build on.Every time you ride people stop to check it out. that's worth the money itself everyone I know with a warp loves it

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Favorite Trail:   hardly trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   the bike shop brantford

Similar Products Used:   proflex,khs,huffy,swork,brodie

Bike Setup:   lx drivetrain alex rims titic hellbent bars egg beaters pedals

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Aaron a Weekend Warrior from Mannheim

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2007

Strengths:    Frame. Good tires and saddle. Rear shock has plenty of travel. When rear shock is set up right, frame feels nice and tight and well balanced.

Weaknesses:    I bent the rims numerous times on rocky terrain and even warped the rotors. The front fork went out within 1 year. Also, I could hear a horrible creaking noise from stem/headset but it never broke.

Bottom Line:   
This was my first bike for serious mountain biking, and I abused it. Rode around Altus OK in the most rocky and technical area. Rode it so hard I broke the pedals and really messed up the crank. Then I switch to a Trek Fuel which I love but a year later I pulled out the Giant, threw some new rims and rotors and set back out. This bike is great for average downhill, cross country and urban eviro.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   The only bike shop in Altus OK

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel 70, Kona Dawg

Bike Setup:   All Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kyle Bray a Downhiller from Lake Tapps WA USA

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2006

Strengths:    GOOD suspension, forgiving on rough landing, Takes corners well, Light!

Weaknesses:    no SPV

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   the Bike Shop


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick chat a Weekend Warrior from lake hughes ca us

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2006

Strengths:    everything is totaly great nothing has happened to it to make it sound like junk. it's light. great all around bike.

Weaknesses:    brakes could be more sensative

Bottom Line:   
excellent bike bottom line great

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Favorite Trail:   lake hughes

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   FSR

Bike Setup:   rockshox judy-avid disc brake

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