Bike Setup: not to sure,back sox rock shox sid, sole disk.
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 !!
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
Bike Setup: old tire for a chain slap,azonic love seat,jr t for fork and pooping pig for a bar buddy
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
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!!!
Bike Setup: mostly stock. wider tires, nothing special.
Dana Francey Francey
from Bangor ME USA
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2004
Strengths: Swinger rear suspension Components 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.)
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.
Similar Products Used: Stinky Jekyll Coiler (gary fischer advance [oh ya]) Kona Kahoona Gemini EVERYTHING ! !
Bike Setup: Stock
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.
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.
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
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.
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) AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE
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.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2003
Strengths: Value, Component spec.
Weaknesses: Weight, but then it is a 'hard-hitting-go-anywhere' bike
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
this bike rules and rocks if you take really good care of it! buy it!
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!!!
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 frame suspention for the pices etc.
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.
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.
Similar Products Used: mongoose something and had a few different hard tails
Bike Setup: every thing is stock other than some platform pedless (dk)
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.
The bikes okay for the money, i wish i had waited for the "VT", i like the setup and the new rear suspension.
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)
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.
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.
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
Very nice frame, Great as a freeride/entry level DH bike
I am getting a new wheelset for my Epic Comp 29 (2011). That means I need a rear hub that can use the X12 Thru Axle system.
I have three offers
DT Swiss 240 hub with crest rim. Expensive but solid?
Hope Pro 2 with Crest rim. Cheaper and more bling. Reliable?
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This bike is offered to me. Can you tell me if this is a good bike and a good deal? The reviews looked good on this bike. its an 18" frame, i'm about 6'0" or 6'1", 165lbs
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