Giant AC 1 2002 Full Suspension

4.55/5 (67 Reviews)
MSRP : $2500.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joel marlenty a Downhiller from usa

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007

Strengths:    everything, just needs a easier back shock to adjust. and when you jump or drop, it has a very solid rebound.. so you dont sink and bottom out, or you dont fling back up and bounce.

Weaknesses:    bottoms out on 10 foot drops, im 120 pounds, thats it.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike!! looks great, for its weight, it is a very easy bike to push around. awesome bike even when fully stock.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   suncoast

Bike Setup:   Completely stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeff a Downhiller from ellington, ct

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2005

Strengths:    until this year - highly reliable

Weaknesses:    Rear Shock really hard to set

Bottom Line:   
until this year bike has been awesome - but repairs this year are killing me.
Had to replace the shock. Broke the frame in half yesterday. need to replace the pedals - the platform broke off both. The Hanger went. Front shocks are leaking.

For riding the way I did for the last 4 years - the bike owes me nothing - but its just wierd that EVERYTHING went over the course of 3 months.

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Favorite Trail:   Case Mountain

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Bloomfield Bike in 2001

Bike Setup:   Post broke first year - the one they replaced with is great. Just changed saddle to Azonic love seat - it is mint.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2005

Strengths:    THIS IS FOR A 2002 AC TEAM FRAMESET WITH 2004 Manitou Swinger 4way coil shock.
Weight for travel. Solidness over rough stuff. Kickass paint job.


Weaknesses:    Ugly asymetric chainstays. And Rear heaviness, compared to the front the back end weighs a tonne. Bit of brake Jack.

Bottom Line:   
THIS IS FOR A 2002 AC TEAM FRAMESET WITH 2004 Manitou Swinger 4way coil shock.
^^^^To make that clear.^^^^

Rides well for weight, as I said a bit of brake jack but then thats expected (not as bad as the enduro I used to own), also makes quite a heavy back end (thats with a Hope Bulb on a 317Disc rim) but all up weighs around the 32lb mark (thats with 2.6" Nokian gazzaloddi tyres, it would weigh more like 29lb with some sensable trail tyres on).
The Manitou shock makes it soo much more ridable with the 4way adjustability and the SPV valve. I either run it with a high pressure in the SPV chamber and high volume, for general trail riding, as it makes it pedal very well, but lacks small bump responce and does not bottom out. And for frequent DH runs I drop out 40psi from the chamber and lock it right down to max bottom out resistance, which makes it very supple, and very responsive but no use for climbing.

Bottom Line (seriously) I like, have riden a fair few 5-6" rigs and this I like, (mainly the paint job).
I give it 5smoking Chillis for value (I paid £200 for a used one, they were only £900 new back in the day).
And 4Smoking Chillis overall, as the back end does require some set up for different things.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   For frame and shock only

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Hecklar, Titus Switchblade, Marin Wolf Ridge, Specialised Enduro.

Bike Setup:   Psylo Race's, Hope stuff all round, and a pair of M4's for stopping, bit of race face in there too.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a Weekend Warrior from Wales UK

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2004

Strengths:    Strong, adjustable and reasonable weight

Weaknesses:    Interupted seattube

Bottom Line:   
When I decided to change frames I wanted one bike to do all reasonably well rather than purchasing two or more bikes. Having ridden it a few times I feel the AC-1 specced with mostly XC parts does the job admirably and exceeds my expectations in certain areas.

I've set the spring rate to my weight in 6inch mode as I thought that I would just leave the bike in this setting. How wrong I could have been. When moved to the 4 inch setting the suspension stiffens up so much that it feels like a short 2 inch travel bike and as the rear end is so stiff laterally the bike accellerates and climbs far better than I expected. It feels like a 26lb softail when climbing. The little give there is just right to give you the extra traction of a susser but there is no noticable bob at all.

I usually ride with a mixed group of riders, XC whippets, trail riders and newcomers of various fitness levels, and whilst never first to the top, I'm a lot closer on the Giant than I was on my GT.

At the top I put it into the 6 in setting (20 secs) and then blast down the hill. All the posts on here more than cover the DH abilities of this bike.

On road is also reasonably fast, I close the rebound damping on the back and lock out the front. After the bike sags, it feels just like a hardtail.

If your solely into one mountain bike discapline then there are better bikes around, however, as an allaround bike I can't fault the AC-1 and for the price it's fantastic. I've managed to build mine up with high end parts for around £1000, if I was in the states it would probably cost the same in dollars.

All in all I'm delighted.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   i-drive

Bike Setup:   AC-1 frame, Psylo SL's, Hope M4 Mono's, Raceface Turbines, XM519's on XT hubs, 850lb eibach spring, controltech stem and blackspire triple rings.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cnt._Huckula a Downhiller from NB

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2004

Strengths:    -Pedals decently
-flows through rolly terain,pumps well
-a capable climber


Weaknesses:    -Eats derailures for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
-Tends to bob if you dont conciously tame it
-A little weak for hucks, and big drops


Bottom Line:   
I paid for this frameset to replace the lifetime warentied frame i previously owned, so this review can only aply to the frameset.

I think this bike finds it self on a very fine line, does it apeal to the free rider or is it the xc rider looking for a softer rear end. I would have to contend it be the later.

For me, a 190lbs freerider i found the bike to be a rocket ship through a rough single track or buttery off of 5 footers. The frame did have noticable flex on skinies when body english was involved.

I bent or broke the bolt holding the top end of the shock more then once, and managed to blow a weld on the chainstey. Derailures and dropouts where getting to be a bi-weekly purchase. All of this has led me to beleive there just isn't enough of a bike there for the burlier of freeriders.

However this bike would be an excellent purchase for the xc rider looking to move up to a softer ride, or mabe a freeriders cross country.

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Favorite Trail:   Rockwood Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bike Works

Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX970, Da Bomb Mindbomb, Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Jr. T, Ryno lites, Avid mech. up front, Deore mech. in the rear, Truvativ hussefelt cranks, xt/lx group

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jos baldewijns a Cross Country Rider from antwerp, belgium

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2004

Strengths:    its all in the name "All Conditions"
a very versatile bike
good climb, smooth going down


Weaknesses:    what every owner says: the damn seatpost ( for 2004 giant solved this problem )

Bottom Line:   
this is a freeride light bike, with 16 kilos,a machine that climbs ,relatively,like a goat. very good for the work in the alps or at lake garda, italy.
altough, i doubt he could handle the really heavy (downhill)stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   el signor,lake garda,italy

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   also own an nrs air and a cube ams, but those are xc and enduro

Bike Setup:   bought as a frame set, marzo Z1 FR QR20,north shore DH cranks,diabolus stem and bar, XT 205mm brakes,DEEMAX wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wade Kellogg a Downhiller from Denver, CO USA

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2004

Strengths:    Pretty good stock set-up

Weaknesses:    Grips, seat, post, stem; I don't understand why Giant didn't put more travel on this bike (they have gone to more travel on the '04 model)

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike to start out with. It handles well. The Hayes hydraulic brakes were my first experience with hydraulic brakes. They are good brakes. Overall, the bike performs well stock. It climbs like a mule despite the weight (that is until I put on the extra travel). You really can't go wrong with this bike unless you are looking to do some serious corss-country or are a hard-core downhiller/freerider who does 15' + drops. I, at 185 lb. found that I bottomed-out on 7' drops before I decided I needed more travel. I've yet to ride this bike on a professional downhill course, however, I have ridden some pretty serious stuff and it is a really plush ride. Bottom line if you are someone who is really hard on sh*t and breaks stuff, this is a great bike to start out with.

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Favorite Trail:   Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Westside Cycling and Fitness

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain RM7; Rocky Mountain Switch

Bike Setup:   Azonic Hammer stem; Azonic Love Seat; Azonic A-frame platform pedals; Stan's tubeless conversion (this is a GREAT product); Lizard Skins chainstay guard; Marzocchi '03 Super T's; SGF Components 7" rocker arms (SGF will replace these if you break them and they guarantee that the 7" of travel is the maximum amount you can get without bottoming-out, unlike the BETD 7.5" rocker arms which will bottom-out on the seat clamp. Go to SGFcomponents.com to get them); Odi lock-on grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Shiels a Weekend Warrior from Kamloops

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2004

Strengths:    way stronger than the Warp ds3 i broke. got the frame under warranty and there is pretty much nothing stock on the bike, plush ride good shock adjustment.

Weaknesses:    a bit too much chain slap but i will probably get some kind of guide down the road, otherwise perfect.

Bottom Line:   
great bike for any conditions, i havn't ridden much but it seems perfect for me, i might get an 850 spring for the pro delux, i'm a little on the heavy side at 6'4, 225. I would reconmend that if you have a warp that may be broken, trade it in for the Ac.

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Favorite Trail:   anything and everything

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   fun stuff

Similar Products Used:   02 Giant warp ds3

Bike Setup:   04 Marzocchi Drop Off II, Sun Rims Doubletracks, Stout 2.6 on front, Wtb Motoraptor 2.4 on rear, deore derailers, stx shifters,Avid Discs 8" with avid levers,yeti lock on grips, axiom seatpost with NRG saddle. only thing that remains from my warp is the sh%^@y cranks and the stem and bar, but not for long.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill Brant a Downhiller from Canmore,ALberta,Canada

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2003

Strengths:    Awesome all round bike thats great for free riding, I would not use for DH racing.

Weaknesses:    not very happy with the Hayes Comps. Saddle a little uncomfortable.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great all round bike that is not afraid to go big.
I have raced at the pro level, but after I had quit Idid not want something that was as heavy. I ride mostly free ride now and I ride hard. Have put a couple a days up at Whistler and the bike took everything I threw at it. This past summer I had a Super T 03, now I have upgraded to 888's

Can't wait to ride those next year. I know Giant says they don't warrenty these bike if you put A Dc fork on it but oh well. If they don't I'll try another bike from a diff. company and they'll lose my business.

But this BIKE rocks and I hope it lasts.

Oh ya would also like to get BETD rear suspension plates to upgrade to 7" in the rear. I'd like 8" in the rear though(stop laughing)
Later

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Rebound Cycle(prodeal)

Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX DH, MCM 990

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock. New paint job and custom decals. 888 up frontwhich makes the bike a little raked. Hope to get Hope Brakes Mono 4. LOve my Michelin tyres(had them siped for better traction) 2.8 up front and 2.5 in rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from Miramichi NB, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2003

Strengths:    Strong frame, Shiver forks, Hayes Discs brakes, Race Face BB and DH cranks, Shimano Xtr / Xt / Lx comps. Titec components. Excellent controll. Easy to setup. Quick change rear travel.

Weaknesses:    Rock Shocks Pro Deluxe. Leaked after the 2nd ride. Returned for service and new seals installed. Service dept said a lot of the 2002's with the AC 1. New seal kit will last much longer. Been out on 2 trail rides since and they are working great. I hope they hold out.

Bottom Line:   
WOW!!! This bike rocks. It can really improve your skills and is so stable at going downhill you have to be carefull not to over do it. This bike is so forgiving at going fast that it gives you more confidence in all XC rides. I'm able to go faster and stay out longer on all trail sections compared to the Giant Rainer hardtail. I highly recommend this bike to any of the bigger guys out there who think they can't find or get a full suspension trail bike that can handle the extra weight. If you think your stuck to riding only hardtails because of your weight then this bike is for you. This bike can handle the roughest trails, climbs and downhills with such ease that you'll understand why full suspension is so much fun. I truly admire the Giant AC 1. Bravo Giant, Bravo

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Favorite Trail:   Cregan's Gluch @ French Fort Cove

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Incline Sports

Similar Products Used:   2003 Giant Rainer. Had 150 miles on it and traded it on the AC 1.

Bike Setup:   Wellgo's WPD M9 clipless pedals, Maxxis 2.35s, Fox 850lb Spring and 130mm stiff front springs. Rear travel set to 5.15"

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan cocharo a Downhiller from colorado

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Strengths:    it is a great mountain x bike and it has a good suspension design, it has pretty good components on it and it is affordable.

Weaknesses:    i do not like the shiver on fork

Bottom Line:   
it is a good mountain x bike and is a pretty good price. i would buy one if i was into mountain x. it was my friends but i rode it a little bit.

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Favorite Trail:   anglefire downhill

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   campus cycles

Bike Setup:   all stock setup

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by trev a Weekend Warrior from Fukuoka, Japan

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2003

Strengths:    Very versatile, reasonably light, climbs well for a freerider, good component selection. The travel adjustment on the rear suspension is useful, but not really essential.

Weaknesses:    Lack of seatpost adjustment, crappy stem, tyres. Seat should be outlawed under the Geneva Convention.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent all round bike. I really liked the Shivers, but they were kinda heavy. I'm more of a rough trail rider than a freerider, so this bike was overbuilt for what I do. I did a deal with a mate and swapped forks, brakes, and wheels, plus a nice pile of cash. That chopped the weight down to under 30 pounds, mostly from the wheels and tyres. Much faster on XC stuff, and still descends ok. On long climbs it's pretty reasonable for what it is. Not an XC racer, but handles any terrain very competently. My mate's Big Hit descends much better, mostly due to tyres and forks, but the Specialized rear suspension is better. The 8" brakes were fantastic, but had to swap them with the fork (would have had to buy a bunch of adapters to get everything to fit otherwise). I now have 6" Hayes, which are more than adequate for what I do.

The lack of saddle height adjustment is a big problem. I made a telescopic seatpost which gives about 6 inches adjustment. Norco sell telescopic seatposts, so I'd highly recommend getting one.

The saddle is up there with the most uncomfortable things I've ever tried.

In the 4.5 inch travel setting I don't really notice much bob, except in the big ring. The 6 inch setting is much softer, and easier on rough terrain. It's well worth spending some time adjusting the damping and trying different suspension setups. On rough climbs out of the saddle, the grip is pretty good.

The stock tyres were simply horrible on anything except dry hardpack. Very heavy to spin up on the road or flat singletrack, and lacked grip. I'm going to try a few different tyres, but the Motoraptors were a big improvement.

As a versatile all round fun bike, I highly recommend this. Not a DH bike, not an XC bike, but handles everything very competently.

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Favorite Trail:   Mount Takasu, Kyushu, Japan

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Hong Kong

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Big Hit, Specialized FSR, Trek VRX400, Giant NRS

Bike Setup:   Sold the Shiver to a mate and put in an RS Psylo for the adjustability. Changed the creaky little stem for a three bolt job, biffed the seat. Fitted a telescopic seatpost. Swapped to 6" brakes and XC wheels. Biffed the tyres and fitted WTB Motoraptors.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a Weekend Warrior from Thousand Oaks

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Another follow-up:

The AC may be a good freeride bike, but it's no downhill rig. The frame is too lightweight, needs several more pounds of aluminum if you really want to thrash it. Recently dumped the Shiver for a '03 Super-T, talk about a huge improvement. Climbing sucks now (can't keep the front wheel on the ground), but for everything else it is truly awesome. Considering a Chris King Steel-Set to beef up the head tube, concerned the the drops and high-speed across rough terrain that the Super-T allows will split or egg out the head tube. Still very happy with the bike, but starting to wonder if I should have gone with something beefier instead of trying to keep this one together.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DARNICKLE a Cross Country Rider from EMERYVILLE, CA USA

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2003

Strengths:    This bike is BEEFIE and gives a sense that it and its rider are indestructable. Great component mix! Swopped out the seat post to Easton, Stem to Azonic Shorty, Hubs to Profile 20mm (front and back), pedals to ATAC and clamp on grips. Oh yeah, I swopped the rear shock for an SID air (better for cross country riding). The adjustable rear travel is great and easy to change (would be better with quick release). I wanted a bike that I could use as a trail bike and some moderate downhilling - this is it (GREAT PRICE).

Weaknesses:    VERY HEAVY! I realize that it needs to be to take the big hits, but is there a "light" big hit bike out there. Not fun going up hill, but coming down is a rocket ride.
Creak coming from the rear swingarms. I found out that one of the spacers under the bearings wasnt set properly. Once set properly, bike is quiet as can be, but it took me forever to find the creak.


Bottom Line:   
Great bike, great price!!! Compromise is weight, but is probably one of the best huckster options out there right now. I would recommend it for heavy riders or moderate downhillers. Light riders should go with something a little lighter if you can.

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Favorite Trail:   mammoth

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Raven, Scwhinn s-10, Tomac titanium.

Bike Setup:   azonic stem, race face cranks (set with chainguard), atac pedals, hell bent handlebars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Drew a Weekend Warrior from Thousand Oaks CA

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2003

Weaknesses:    Wish the seatpost adjustment had more range (interrupted seat tube), can't drop it as low as I'd like and still keep the seatpost long enough for full extension when climbing.

Bottom Line:   
This is another follow up: don't try to eliminate the shim in the seatpost, you'll barely be able to adjust the seat up and down. Looks like the shim is there to help the seatpost miss the first part of the interrupted seat tube, take it out and you lose at least an inch of the mere two inches or so there is to begin with.

Running a 50mm Azonic Shorty stem (the Titec Big Al started creaking) and Azonic A-Frame pedals now, working great.

Love the Shiver.

The coil in the Rock Shox Pro Delux is rubbing on the shock body, I only weigh 160 so it's not like I'm overloading it. I did have to max out the preload to get the recommended sag though, so maybe it is too soft at the 6" setting.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


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