Giant AC 1 2003 Full Suspension

4.47/5 (51 Reviews)
MSRP : $3000.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Elmo Shulman a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2014

Strengths:    Strong Frame, Great front & rear shocks, well balanced

Weaknesses:    A little heavy

Bottom Line:   
This is the first big money bike I've ever owned and I can tell you there is a huge difference between a bike like this and something you buy at Walmart. Everything on the bike has been carefully engineered, the frame is strong, the finish is stunning and the welds looks perfect.

The bike is heavier than I'm used to, but it rides like a much lighter bike. I've owned this bike for over 6 years now and subjected it to every type of torture you can imagine. I've done absolutely NOTHING to it except replace a couple of tire tubes. Not even so much as a tune-up.

As a result of owning a high end bike like this, I've gained so much confidence I've become a MUCH improved rider. I tackle things on this bike now I would have never attempted on any of my previous bikes. Bike riding is fun again!

This bike is capable of tackling 99% of whatever you throw at it.......except hill climbing. Like I said, it is heavier than a hardtail bike.

You don't see them very often on CraigsList as owners tend to hang onto them forever. They're just that good. If I ever find another one, I plan on buying one for my wife.

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Duration Product Used:   6 years

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Bridgestone, TREK

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kikkomon a Cross Country Rider from kapaa , hawaii

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2008

Strengths:    a bike is a bike ...

Weaknesses:    N/A

Bottom Line:   
my first mountain bike and i love it .paid $700.00 and $150 for new chain sprockets and cassettes and now a new rear shock from fox another $250 still i think its worth it. im making this bike the way i want it for a lil extra.
but i ride everyday at least 10 miles .

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Favorite Trail:   eastside beach trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   craigslist maui

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   pretty much stock except for my new rear shock from fox going on in a few weeks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Drew Vandergriend a Downhiller from bellingham WA< united states

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007

Strengths:    i would the products strengths are the frame and the backshock

Weaknesses:    i would say the the derailer and the headset

Bottom Line:   
i love this bike it rides smooth with an upgraded fork and have hit 13 foot drops and has held up fine, i love to use it fro slopestyle and just getting air.

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Favorite Trail:   galbraith mt.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky, ibex zone, kona stuff

Bike Setup:   double 66, Mavic rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dustin bagwell a Downhiller from landrum sc

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2007

Strengths:    this is a pretty stout bike i haven't had to replace anything but a tube everything has held up when i done a 7 foot drop on to a hill and 6 foot drop onto flat ground

Weaknesses:    paint chips easy tubes are easy to bust

Bottom Line:   
it's a great bike for what i paid for it and nothing has broke except a tube which is easy to replace so i do recommend this bike to anyone

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   the great escape

Bike Setup:   monitou splice front forks hv rear shock hayes sole brakes kenda blue groove tire in front and nevagable in back both 2.5

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by A P a Downhiller from Castro Valley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2007

Strengths:    Reletively lightweight,handles great at any speed, high quality frame and components. Extremely stiff on large drops, will not let you down. Eats small and large bumps for lunch, then 7 ft+ drops for dinner. Takes any beating in its stride. Great trailbike, ok XC, medium DH/FR. My first non- Wal Mart bike, but i highly reccomend it to any non- XCer on a budget.

Weaknesses:    No Maestro! Rear derailer hanger broke soon after purchase (factory defect?), but replaced it for $6.99. Never had a problem since. Could have come with a better fork than Manitou's Splice.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike, can't beat the price.

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Favorite Trail:   downhill, drops

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock (Truvative cockpit, Alex DP20 rims, Hayes Sole hydros, Kenda tires).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael from sydney, nsw, australia

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2007

Strengths:    05 AC-
Everything! Well almost everything, shock is great, brakes better than brick wall, bang for your buck. This is my first real bike and i'm loving it.


Weaknesses:    Rear f**king derailer has fallen out on me twice, without much reason (each time takes about 3 weeks to repair). Stock seat post no good if your over 80kg and ride hard. Standard tyres very standard unless you downhill 100% of the time.

Bottom Line:   
Very good alrounder for your dollar. Don't do anything wild and you should be sweet; drop 10ft, go 100km/h down a down hill track eg.

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Favorite Trail:   patonga trial

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Phantom cycles

Similar Products Used:   My first bike, but riden mates glory (awsome 8.8" travel). Sorry just got into downhilling.

Bike Setup:   Stock, apart from seat post.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by josh a Weekend Warrior from sydney, NSW ,Australia

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2006

Strengths:    i am writing about the 2005 ac-
i thought most of the spec was good. the forks are plush and i did a 6 foot drop to flat with it set on the 5.3" setting and it didn't bottom out(i am 15 and weigh 64kg)the cranks are sturdy and the bars are good. i did a 150km Polaris challenge ride on it over two days with dh tyres and the suspension set on 6.6" so it pedals relatively well.I AM SICK OF PEOPLE SAYING THIS BIKE IS BAD, IT IS EXTREMELY GOOD VALUE FOR THE PRICE.


Weaknesses:    i think the sram x7 rear derailer is pretty unreliable and the tyres are too heavy unless you are doing dh, for which they are great. the bottom bracket is a bit unreliable too as are the hayes sole breaks but all these things can be fixed with a little maintanence.

Bottom Line:   
its a great bike for the price if you are on alow budget and want to dabble in everything. however, i would opt for a slightly more expensive bike if you are planning on doing some enduro/xc style peddaling.
cheers

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Favorite Trail:   darling harbour, cook phillip park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   woolys wheels

Similar Products Used:   giant STP and NRS

Bike Setup:   hayes sole with "8 rotors, manitou split shock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by wert a Downhiller from adsfg

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2006

Strengths:    qsdfg

Weaknesses:    asdf

Bottom Line:   
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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   asdf

Bike Setup:   asdf

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean Thompson a Weekend Warrior from Boulder

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2006

Strengths:    The best components for the the price. Nothing ever broke on it.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
A good bike for every trail. Very sturdy adn burly.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky

Bike Setup:   Stock except for tires and drivetrain.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Lucas a Weekend Warrior from Langley

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2006

Strengths:    Tires, Rear shock

Weaknesses:    Frame, bars, breaks, pretty much everything...

Bottom Line:   
Crap--frame cracked 3 times in a row just below the seat, forks suck, bars bent a few days after purcase, breaks blew out.....basically everyting!!

i only recommend this bike for "Non-hardcore" riders, and beginners...maybe XC'ers

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Favorite Trail:   Ledgview

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   BSP

Similar Products Used:   Giant faith, Cannondale Gemini 900, 04 Norco Shore


Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cory shard a Downhiller from gibsons bc

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2006

Strengths:    frame and brakes never mess up

Weaknesses:    swing arm and paint

Bottom Line:   
its a very nice bike for down hill rides i dont like it for long distances(too heavy).

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Favorite Trail:   Java Drop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   spin cycles

Bike Setup:   8" disks 8" travel back and front. spliced front shok fox in back.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eugene Vaynshteyn a Downhiller from Aurora

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2005

Strengths:    One hell of ride and probably the most plush bike for six inches of travel. I might be thirteen but that doesn't mean I can't ride. I have done downhill, XC, and skate parks on it she still holds together. 6 footers and stairs are no problem. When landing and doing downhill this bike is like a sofa on wheels becuase of its high quality componets. I realy like the fork and the frame.

Weaknesses:    Even though I love this bike I have had some problems with the rotors, derualir hanger, rear shox, rear tire poped for no good reason and it is starting to make noises like a b@2#h. This bike has pissed me of real bad when the rear shox bottomed out and stuck, I had to wait for 3 weeks to get it back. The rear tire popped beacuse it was made in France so I wasn't to happy about that. I still have the stock front Hutchison tire and it is so loud on paved roads that I can't even hear my self talk. Otherwise its a nice ride.


Bottom Line:   
If you want to multitask and ride any way (even works as good road bike practice) you shuld get this bike But I warn you Do not get the new 2005 AC only get the 2003 and the 2004 models becuase they kick ass. Good luck whoever buyes this bike I highly recommend.

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Favorite Trail:   Apex and Keystone

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Yeti ASX

Bike Setup:   Stock and all replacment parts except for tires are the same becuase I do not need any better.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DirtMerchant a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2005

Strengths:    No bike I have ever seen or ridden is this all-round. Hucking is fun cause you can throw bike around easliy.

Weaknesses:    Rear end gets a bit beat up when going FAST over rough terrain. Worry about frame over long term if hammering on all the time...

Bottom Line:   
Wicked all-round bike...mind blowing actually! Ridden in 24hrs a few times...people looked at me funny...til I blew by doing downhill... Taken 8+ drops with it (good tranny's)...no problem..can't say enough about how this bike works in the whistler park...major air and fun...just make SURE tranny is good. Bang for buck...wild!!

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Favorite Trail:   Merchant/A-line

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   private

Bike Setup:   03 dirt jumper 2 (5"), 4-way, north shore DH cranks..x.9 rear, 2.6 Kenda's on I-have-no-idea-but-they-were-built strong rims...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reilly a Downhiller from Palmer Lake, Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2005

Strengths:    manitou Swinger 4-way is the sh*t with spv volume and pressure adjust . Hayes hydro 8" rotors provide awesome stoping power. great component specs including race-face north shore dh crank, xt derailliers, and titec all 'round. the crank also comes with a chainguide and a bash guard that you can switch out. i love how the suspension is setup with the rocker bars and pro-pedal design. this is my second bike from giant. their customer servise is the best around.

Weaknesses:    hutchison octipus's leak like no other, wish there was more travel in front maybe a double crown fork. dont like the clipless pedals, put some platforms on it if you ride dh or fr. brakes squeak a little.

Bottom Line:   
if you get a chance to buy this bike for the price i did then do it. msrp is 3000, and it shows. the specs on this bike go on forever. cant stop talkin bout the swinger 4-way, one of the most adjustable shocks around. you may hear that the swing arm looks frail and cant withstand drops of 4-6 feet, that is not true. color is alright, too. the ac1 is one of the lightest fr/dh bikes out there. my friends dh50 comes out to bout 50 lbs while im @ 30-35.

a few words of advise, dont get the 05 ac if u can get ur hands on something like this. the 05 ac is crap compared to the other years.

every rider from cross country to downhill will love this bike. just test ride one, you'll see what i mean.

by the way, doesn't it seem like most of the people who wrote a review for this bike live in colorado?

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Favorite Trail:   stoopid trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Performance in CO Springs

Similar Products Used:   giant warp ds2, khs fetish dh50, schwinn s30

Bike Setup:   stock except race-face bash gaurd and stomp platforms

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan a Weekend Warrior from Bozeman, MT, USA

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2005

Strengths:    burly frame, solid components spec.

Weaknesses:    27.2 titec seatpost

Bottom Line:   
bought in early spring of 2005 from my local bike shop. wimpy 27.2 shimmed titec seatpost bent after 3 rides. having seat tube reamed for full-sized 31.8mm post. no pinhole leak problems after adding 2 units of stan's notubes. wimpy cables ruined after 1 long wet muddy epic - upgraded to fully sealed $30 flac jacket cables. great tire clearance. pedals nice in middle chainring or when seated, decent otherwise. great for technical climbs especially with z150 lockdown feature. 5.3" rear travel setting makes bike much more xc - increased springrate and damping. all in all, after a few key upgrades, this bike is solid - like the mtb version of a fresh toyote 4x4. perfect for long rides in gnarly terrain by strong riders.

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Favorite Trail:   varies weekly

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Ace Hardware

Similar Products Used:   '00 straight eight with triple rings

Bike Setup:   stock except: z150 fork; tubeless 2.3 hutchinson tires (or were these stock?); xtr shifters; 550lb spring; flac jacket cables.

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