Giant AC 2 2002 Full Suspension

4.49/5 (77 Reviews)
MSRP : $2000.00

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by casey a Weekend Warrior from piketberg /SA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2009

Strengths:    Its a good all rounder grate strengh. All good cycalist that want a great ride it will work for you.

Weaknesses:    Dosnt have any.

Bottom Line:   
Im 14, do dirt jumping quite a lot, got my own jumps on the farm, i love the ac it suits all my needs, some times want a better back shox thoe, other wise great!

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Favorite Trail:   back yard

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Re-cycals

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   not to sure,back sox rock shox sid, sole disk.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kristian taylor from birmingham

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2005

Strengths:    adjustability, super smoothe ride , eats anything you throw at it, and very reliable if you dont be stupid with it !! i,e stuff it aint designed to do!!!

Weaknesses:    forks to soft , i upgraded to junior t`s and i cant see me ever wanting to change this bike now !!

Bottom Line:   
ive run this bike for 3 years , and the ride just gets better, you may need to change a few things to suit your ride , but tell me a bike you dont !! super reliable , it can change from a mellow cross country bike into a superb downhill bike no problem, it climbs very well , glides the ruff stuff like you are on your a cloud, THIS BIKE IS AMAZING FAR BETTER THAN ANYTHING IVE EVER RODE BY FAR !!!!! WELL DONE GIANT

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Favorite Trail:   cannock

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   two wheels

Similar Products Used:   cove stiffe 69er, planet x, kona manu manu.

Bike Setup:   changed seat post to titec scope , changed mph brakes to hope minis, fitted junior t`s changed stem and appart from that the bike is pretty much stock..

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brandon a Weekend Warrior from G bury

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2005

Strengths:    this bike can handle anything i throw at it and then bike back up and do it again. The adjustable travel in the rear is great and tires are superb

Weaknesses:    rear travel should be easier switched via lever or something and front fork should be beefed up other than that its awesome

Bottom Line:   
best bike for the beginner/intermediate freerdier that has little cash

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Favorite Trail:   my FR park (backyard)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky

Bike Setup:   old tire for a chain slap,azonic love seat,jr t for fork and pooping pig for a bar buddy

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darko B a Downhiller from Bris, QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2004

Strengths:    04 Model- Feels Solid all round. Rear suspension is magic, brakes are tops. Well balanced in the air. Bike feels like it can take a pounding all day long and then some.

Weaknesses:    Not a real Weakness, but I would like a little more travel up front, got 130mm (05 fixed that) having said that the manitou forks really work very well and have a great progressive feel.

Rear brake tends to moan a little while light braking at low speed.

Brakes will need adjusting if the bike shop hasn't put the washers in for the adjusters, all you need is some lock tight and she's apples

Rear Mech slaps up against the frame..easy fixed.

Standard tyres ( Michies ) feel gummy on the road even when hard........but who really gives a crap

Bottom Line:   
Great bike! Really, you can't go wrong. I was looking at a Stinky but I think the AC2 looks better and might be lighter. Quality parts, and you can really push it. Smooth solid ride, but you can still flick it about. Nice balance on the rear wheel.
Buy this bike if you want to bounce off trees, pissoff the hikkers, and generally shred and jump anything in your path.......KILLER RIG!!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Boong ( Cootha )

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   My mates Specialized FSR enduro PRO ??? I think. He took one ride on mine and now he's selling his, and he paid $4500 Aus for it

Bike Setup:   Box stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Max a Downhiller from Mammoth Lakes, Ca, US

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2004

Strengths:    bike pedals great despite being nearly 40lbs. easily tackles uphill rides. great stopping power. able to take the big drops. great bike for the $.

Weaknesses:    lots of noisy braking with wet or muddy rotors. would really like powder coat as opposed to paint.

Bottom Line:   
great set of components for the $. great bike that can take the beginner to the next level w/o having to go out and get a new bike. very versatile.

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Favorite Trail:   Bullit, Mammoth Mtn bike park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $940.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   mostly stock. wider tires, nothing special.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dana Francey Francey a Downhiller from Bangor ME USA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2004

Strengths:    Swinger rear suspension
Light weight for cross country AND freeride
Optional clipless/platform pedals, clip in for crosscountry wear regular shoes for freeride

Weaknesses:    Front fork is a little soft but for about $35 you can upgrade the spring
I wont upgrade it because I just did a five footer with it and didnt come close to bottoming(only used about 50% of travel.)

Bottom Line:   
Mine is a 2003 so it cost 1600 on sale, the same as a coiler but this bike blows the coiler away. It's lighter and has better components. This beast pedals like a 28 pound hardtail. I was even able climb up a garbage dump with it without clips. The swinger is definitly the best part of this bike. Its 6.3" is plush and does not bob. Anyway.. this bike is a great value and has no problems with 5 foot dropoffs or fast manuvering on a downhill trail. It is the perfect all around bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Short Bus

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Pat's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Stinky Jekyll Coiler (gary fischer advance [oh ya])
Kona Kahoona Gemini EVERYTHING ! !

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pat a Downhiller from Santa cruz

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2003

Strengths:    Good all around freerider. Best for going fast down rough decensts with drops, stunts etc. But able to climb back up

Weaknesses:    The cable guides are a pain to run brake hoses through unless you want to bleed them. The interuppted seat tube sucks. Also the paint rubs off very fast if it is in contact with a cable.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike that will get you down some pretty rough trails and get you back up for a second run. I reccomend this for most freeriders unless you are doing 12+ drops. But if you are in to the big hit stuff slap on a double crown fork and you will be good to go. (double crown fork voids warranty? I don't know why)
This bike also races well. Switch the shock from 6 to 4 and it makes a great dual slalom/mountain cross/dirt jumper.
The complaints i have with this bike is the warranty void with the double crown fork, the cable guides and the crappy paint giant uses.

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Favorite Trail:   can't tell

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   I bought all the parts seperate and built it up my self

Similar Products Used:   Gary fisher sugar, specilized hardrock

Bike Setup:   Basically the same as giant sets them up but i put on beffier handlebars(azonic), stem(titec knuckle head dh), shock (psylo sl), bottom bracket (race face FR), bash guard (race face), and i did away with the crappy internal headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James Danbrook a Downhiller from Vernon

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2003

Strengths:    This is a 2002 giant AC3 because there are no catagories for it so ya it is a great bike and if you ever get one use the chain guide it is great but i tell you why it is bad in the weaknesses. The components are great lx, deore and others it has a great rear shock and also the discs though mech are great and is a great frame for any type of riding i just got it and i was doing 6 foot drops. love every part about this bike it is alot of fun to ride.

Weaknesses:    The forks arn't the greatest but they work well great for riding around time and all that very good for xc the chain guide is to far from the sproket and it slips off and i have had trouble gettign it un stuck so ya that is it about it oh there is a little flex in the rear when flying down a hill in to burms.

Bottom Line:   
a great bike for all conditions (hint hint AC) it is strong and will last along time it is very good value and only one or two probs the chain guide alittle flex pretty much all strengths very smooth ride over all can tak tons of abuse and big hit stuff but is a fun bike to just ride over all(alot better than my norco screamer)

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Favorite Trail:   Spankys

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   Kona stinky, coiler and also other ac's

Bike Setup:   rock shox psylos in the front (getting 2002 jr.t's) rockshox pro deluxe in the rear new ninja 2.75 tires. hayes 6 inch mech, lx and deore rock guard/crank hubs and deraler and titec stem and handle bars and avid brake levers and giant custom chain guide, rhino rims thats it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2003

Strengths:    Value, Component spec.

Weaknesses:    Weight, but then it is a 'hard-hitting-go-anywhere' bike

Bottom Line:   
Great value for a great frame and component spec. Would change the rockshox shock for a SPV platform shock to improve pedaling performance on the climbs.

About the climbs, they are still possible, although it does get to be a chore after a while, this bike is approx. 35 pounds.

Once I managed to get the suspension dialed in on the rear this bike performs well. There is bob during hard pedaling which is expected but while pedaling under control it was not really noticeble.

The psylo XC's bob quite badly when putting the power down uphill when the travel is at full stretch. Shortening travel helps as I'm sure most of you know.

All in all a good bike for bombing around trails and jumping off any ramps, made by mother nature, you can find. Great on the downhills and bearable on the uphills. Since, as I'm sure most of you will agree, bombing downhill makes up for every climb and the fact that this bike does downhill well, it gets a 4 chilli mark.

what can i say about the value? I got what i wanted for a great price. 5 chillis.

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Favorite Trail:   The one Nearby

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1685.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   the old proflex reptile.

Bike Setup:   mostly stock, swapped the LX shifters for XTR. got rid of the Michelin Comp24.1 2.5 Tires which were only good for going downhill.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Damon a Cross Country Rider from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2003

Strengths:    That's a great frame for XC and FR. Also DH is very good. That not too hard for uphill. I think the feeling like the NRS. And it is very stable in downhill(after the rockshox had been broken and change the Romic twintube!!!!!). The travel adjustment is the best design.

Weaknesses:    The quality of the bearing is bad. That's too weak and not durable. And the RockShox extremely bad. That's extremely not durable. Also the quality is very bad. That's broke after I build up it after 4 mouths.

Bottom Line:   
That's are great all condition bike, that's great for any off road. Anyway, that's the cheapest FR bike in all famous brand.

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Favorite Trail:   AC 2

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Intense SLX, Xtension FR, Giant VT and GT Rockies

Bike Setup:   Romic Twintube rear shock, 2002 Z1 FR, full set Shimano XT component, Maxxis HighRoller SuperTacky 2.35 tires, DT hubs with D521 and Easton handle bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by guillaume a Weekend Warrior from montreal, qc ,ca

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003

Strengths:    this bike rocks! nice kick ass bike nice components (xt, raceface,titec...) it rocks for dh, fr or even trail riding(the only problem is the weight (38 pounds)) the tires are awsome and the 8 in. hayes hydro. disc brakes make you stop in a sec.

Weaknesses:    i blew my psylo on a 5ft flat landing drop! there is a loose in the swingarm and and he cables exessively rub onto the frame(i recommend lizard skins' new carbon fiber frame protector) . the seat mast or the seat tbe makes a squeaky sound!

Bottom Line:   
this bike rules and rocks if you take really good care of it! buy it!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky, banshee scream, rock mtn switch, norco vps, cannondale gemmini 900, 2000 , 1000

Bike Setup:   stock plus chainguide, race face stem and odi lock on grips!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jake coin a Weekend Warrior from hemet,california, u.s.a

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2003

Strengths:    the michalin tires are realy sweet
hayns disk brakes (make some noise when not brakeing)
handle bars I have had no realy problems yet
suspention for the pices

Weaknesses:    I realy dont like the forks but I never have had to much
trouble I would just prefer some fox or marzocchi.

The pedles realy sucked but it was my first time with clipess.I just never realy hurt more than a ride with clipess became real good freind with the dirt and rocks.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike I have ever had. It can take some
major rock jumps as long as you done land like a brick.
Some flat landings just not over 5 or 6 feet. It also
handles the trails realy well I thought It would be a complete pain to ride up hills but it held its own.
For the money you cant realy get a better bike.
Worked all summer for 8 1/2 bucks and was able to
buy this bike it was the best I could find.

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Favorite Trail:   ???????????????????????

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   bicycle service center

Similar Products Used:   mongoose something and had a few different hard tails

Bike Setup:   every thing is stock other than some platform pedless (dk)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Devin Mills a Weekend Warrior from San Jose

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2003

Strengths:    I love the bike, it has a smooth ride, great manuverbility, all around great bike

Weaknesses:    The pedals suck royally. No matter how much i adjust them, i still get stuck in them, so i removed them and replaced them with some old 747. They stil work great.. The disk brakes could use some fine tuning, they sqeual if you get water or dirt on them.

Bottom Line:   
The bikes okay for the money, i wish i had waited for the "VT", i like the setup and the new rear suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Ontario

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent bang-for-the-buck component group (LX/XT, Raceface)
20mm front axle
8" hayes hydros

Weaknesses:    Rear shock (rockshox pro deluxe)
Composite (plastic) Hayes brake levers
Titec seatpost and handlebars (both needed replacement after 4 months)

Bottom Line:   
The Giant AC2 is a super fun bike to ride. It is great for freeriding and DH riding. It has been able to take anything I've put in front of its path.

The stock springs in the Psylo fork and ProDeluxe rear shock are spec'd for like a 140lb rider. I upgraded the front spring and the rear shock spring to a 750lb spring, and then the damn spring blew through the perch and snapped of the rebound adjust knob!

The Titec seatpost bent in about 2 months, and the handlebars bent in about 4 months of use.

The composite brake levers are not the best. They are expencive to replace when broken (which has happened).

I don't plan on purchasing a new bike for a long time... the AC2 is a good all-round bike if you like freeriding and DHing. In stock form, it makes for a great versatile trail bike, but at 36lb., it isn't the lightest - but if you want a light trail bike - the AC air is a nice ride also.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   2001 Giant AC2, Rocky Mountain RM7, 2001 Norco Team DH, 2002 Giant AC air

Bike Setup:   2003 Boxxer Race, 7.5" rear travel upgrade (BETD), ODI lock-on grips, converted to 8spd XT drivetrian - rest is stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Downhiller from Calgary, AB

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2002

Strengths:    Very plush, many people dont think it climbs very well but compared to most other freeride bikes it climbs quite well. Nice price for a good bike, although i recommend customizing it and just buy the frame.

Weaknesses:    A bit on the heavy side but who cares. Put an RC on it, the stock shock is not that good

Bottom Line:   
Very nice frame, Great as a freeride/entry level DH bike

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Favorite Trail:   A-Line

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky series, Banshee scream, Most Norco fullies

Bike Setup:   2002 Jr T, Vanilla RC, Race face Prodigy DH cranks, Azonic seat post, Michellin 2.7 tires, Sun rims, 8" Hayes hydros

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