Giant Warp DS 3 2003 Full Suspension

4.05/5 (43 Reviews)
MSRP : $550.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Ehrenberg a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2013

Strengths:    I had been on a solid suspension Fuji for two years . but since I adventure, it became spine torture.In December,2003, While in a bike shop, fell in love with my Giant DS-2 on first sight and it instantly became my prime source of transportation and has been so since. The frame WILL hold up and,being able to attack logs or curbs head-on while dodging traffic with the rock-shocks,and the warp suspension, makes this a charm. The best multi-use so far and it did the MS-150!

Weaknesses:    It does not come in graphite-composite for under $10,000.00
That and thirty speeds would do.


Bottom Line:   
If you honestly and truly enjoy being on a dependable, comfortable, multi-functional bike on the street attacking curbs, or while exploring on rough terrain attacking branches and logs; this is your bike.
This December, 2013 will be my TENTH YEAR riding my Giant DS-2 through all seasons and the MS150!

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Favorite Trail:   off-trail

Duration Product Used:   9+years

Purchased At:   American Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   None, why?

Bike Setup:   Standard but well maintained.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by J.Hoe a Downhiller from Ipoh,Perak,Malaysia

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2010

Strengths:    its perfect! can drop it from 10metre high.

Weaknesses:    its heave at the front.

Bottom Line:   
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Favorite Trail:   full suspension

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   American

Similar Products Used:   no

Bike Setup:   shimano chain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by electric732 a Weekend Warrior from Corona, NY

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2010

Strengths:    Comfortable, handles well, strong frame and adjustable full suspension in rear, solid fork and smooth shifting Shimano Alivio components

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
For casual mountain biking on state park marked trails, I cannot imagine a better mount. Went deep into the hills this weekend near Bear Mountain, up and down a variety of trails including large rocks, mushy mud sections, steep up and down sections, large fallen branches, etc. Stayed in the same gear almost all day; number two on left handle and number 3 on right handle. After three hours of constant riding, I was tired but able to maintain a steady rapid pace without feeling winded due in part to the gear selection and excellent ergonomics. The bike performed flawlessly and nothing broke or bent despite very rugged terrain and lots of potato size and larger jagged rocks. Tires had approx 50 psi front and back. Cannot think of a single complaint. It climbs, descends, stops, accelerates, jumps and navigates tricky rocky sections extremely well. I have never ridden an exotic high end 1000 dollar plus bike so I really cant compare from personal experience. Rear swing arm has two settings - I use the lower travel setting but have the option to increase travel if I want greater travel for big hits. Bottom line: it represents great value, especially if you can find a clean used one.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   private individual s

Bike Setup:   standard

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by party starter a Weekend Warrior from kamloops,BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009

Strengths:    strong bike, agile, pretty good suspension, neatly done, great for downhill. Nice brakes

Weaknesses:    front shocks,no disc brakes

Bottom Line:   
awesome trail riding and downhill mountain bike all around a good bike!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   funstuff

Bike Setup:   light frame , beautiful brakes even though not discs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kyle a Downhiller from mccall id. U.S.A

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2009

Strengths:    good frame, really light! rear shock kiks butt.

Weaknesses:    the derialleur hanger is the only real weakness that causes me truble.the V brakes could be replaced.

Bottom Line:   
i win races on this bike. i'v done lots of work to my bike, but i love it. its fine tuned for me, and the way i ride. if you are looking for a good bike that dosent cost as much as a car, this is the one. i'm getting 2 more, one for the wife and a second (less hard core) one for my self.

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Favorite Trail:   hiddin vally down hill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Similar Products Used:   05 kona stinky,

Bike Setup:   RST 10" triple crown frunt fork, fly racing 2 gear dh chranck, fly 1/2" aluminum bash gard, mettel pedle, giant dh bottom bracket, mavic weels, tioga yellow kirin 2.30 tires, dirt bike inertoobs, custom shifter triggers, new grips, new handle bars, new 1" neck, 2.5" seat post shock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Crittermandingo a Cross Country Rider from Scottsdale, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2008

Strengths:    Solid frame, rims, seat, overall looks

Weaknesses:    Way too heavy, forks are crappy and bottom out over speed bumps. I have the 18.5" frame and I think the last time I weighed it, came in @ about 40 lbs. You have got to stay in the saddle otherwise it's like a sponge. The tires are a bit much, but good in loose gravel and hardpack. Don't expect to have much fun on asphalt. Components are not all that hot

Bottom Line:   
I have to concur with many of the other reviews on this bike, GREAT bike for entry level bikers with the opportunity to make several upgrades for less than the cost of higher end bikes. Very solid frame which has not failed me yet. I am perhaps a little large for this frame (175 lbs) but dumping the forks and replacing the shock a true mtb for the price. Great value!!

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Favorite Trail:   Doesn't matter

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Landis Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher hardtail. Giant Boulder hardtail 1990

Bike Setup:   Mainly stock, I have replaced the grips a few times. Replaced the tires twice now. 1st was with Specialized crossroads which were an improvement. Now I have Nimbus Armidillo's ,(26x1.50) Which are a great rolling tire, which I need a less aggressive tire as I now live in Florida.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richie Acas a Cross Country Rider from Philippines

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2007

Strengths:    great and bouncy and well balanced,

Weaknesses:    forks only nothing else

Bottom Line:   
i tried it for 6 days now in mountain terrain, i go uphill n downhill with critical way, stones falling, wet mud, difficult terrain! bottom line, balance n control are all here in ds3 warp baby=]

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Favorite Trail:   mountain's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   2nd hand 1 week use, 30k peso

Bike Setup:   1 set of shimano alivio , d-brakes etc, with amoeba barholder and GTS shocks, maxxis tires, with black mavic rims, and mob airshock suspension in below the sit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006

Strengths:    Solid bike.

Weaknesses:    Brakes - They get too soft too quickly... Upgrading mine to Avid BB7s once they arrive.

Bottom Line:   
A little background...
I ride nearly every day, and fairly hard riding at that. With a bit of freeriding mixed in, so this bike gets a pretty good workout.

Having said that...
I love this bike. My gf rides a 2K5 Kona Dawg Matic, which cost $2000cdn and I wouldn't dream of switching bikes for it.

The only thing I didn't like about the bike, like I said was the brakes. So, I'm upgrading them to Avid BB7 Discs, since the fork is Disc ready anyway. Perhaps some day I'll upgrae the shock too, but so far thats been great for me.

Bottom Line... The bike is good, and it stands up to me (150lbs btw) riding it every day. So it's up to you to ride it and see if it fits.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Muskoka Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   Lots.

Bike Setup:   Stock, except saddle. New brakes coming in the mail too.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nathan Baldwin a Weekend Warrior from Virginia Beach

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2005

Strengths:    Its very sturdy . I am probably one of the only people ever to have only used this bike for street use. I at first found the weight quite overwhelming at the time i purcased it i was only 12 and now i am just 15 and a good bit smaller than the other guys my age. But once i had ridden it on my regular 4 mile rides to the mall and elseware it has built up my stamina and strength. And now when i use a friends bike i find it incredibly easy to use.

Weaknesses:    The only problem on this bike is the derailer does get out of tune quite easily but is fixed just as easily.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike good for beginners or he intermideate rider who wants to have a little fun.

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Favorite Trail:   Street or Abandoned Lots

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Freewheelin Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   All stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kwaaker poopie head a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2005

Strengths:    It is the bes Bike I have ever riden It has a really strong fram good cranks good fork good bracks every thing is good on this bike i have taken it of a 50 ft drop to slpe and the suspension didnt bodem out!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    absolutly nothing exept i had to buy it

Bottom Line:   
grate deal for onley 2.000 i love it so much I want to go to bed with it

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Favorite Trail:   crank it up and a-line

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   $2.000

Similar Products Used:   none I is so good nothing matches up to it

Bike Setup:   stock with hays hydralic disc 4 poundeg

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ron a Cross Country Rider from Harker Heights, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2005

Strengths:    Great frame and rear shock for the money and disk brake compatable too. Great for high speed flats and down hills and small jumps at speed, after modifying the forks. Good second bike. Wide tires give great traction in corners especially off camber. I am 230 pounds and wear out bikes quickly and usually ride this bike on long slow trail rides. Low stepover height, you can put your feet down any where even on steep trails.

Weaknesses:    Forks bob too much makes it hard to corner fast especially switchbacks. Heavy for climbing but it builds up the legs.

Bottom Line:   
If you are new to Mountain Biking and want to try a full suspended bike for cheap then this is a good start. Or you are on a limited fun budget, i.e. married with 4 kids and have the time for maintenance this is a fun bike to pass on to the kids.

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Favorite Trail:   Dana Peak Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Sun Country Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek 930 heavly modified, only the frame is original. Trek 970, Cross country racer with minor modifications.

Bike Setup:   Replaced fork springs with MCU Elastomer and speed springs, old technology I know but it helps.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by crazy crapper a Downhiller from hickville

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2005

Strengths:    good bike for a starter

Weaknesses:    fork,cranks,seat,grips

Bottom Line:   
good bike to start with but once you get good go for an Giant A.C because once you really start abusing the bike it falls aprt very fast and is not worth repairing. fork is royal turd if even that.

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Favorite Trail:   at&t

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   plaines

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   pretty much stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pete a Weekend Warrior from ft lauderdale

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005

Strengths:    fast and strong, very little maintenance...still glides! best of all i love the bright yellow ...real eye grabber

Weaknesses:    seems heavy compared to others but very strong
front shocks can bob in a turn


Bottom Line:   
love the way it looks, feels and rolls and rolls

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Favorite Trail:   any where close to a beach

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   lauderdale cycle

Similar Products Used:   trek, specialized

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2005

Strengths:    Looks awesome, strong bike that takes all the beatings, seems light to me, rides nicely, back shock works great 5" of travel.

Weaknesses:    The RST front shocks, I recomend if u have the money upgrade to a better shock

Bottom Line:   
The bike is great especially if your just starting out or have a budget, not anywhere could i find a bike this nice for this kinda price. Its good how it fits fatt tires on it. I recommend this bike to anyone who wants to ride

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Sports West

Bike Setup:   Specialized Pro 26"x2.6" tires, rhyno handlebars, marzocchi bomber 5" forks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by t. hanson a Weekend Warrior from pueblo, colorado, usa

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2004

Strengths:    Great entry level bike that can hold up to most conditions.

Weaknesses:    Heavy. This bike will either turn you into a super climber or kill you until you get strong enough.

Bottom Line:   
I recently ugraded to my dream bike, a Yeti Arc. Do these bikes compare, of course not. That said, I am very impressed with my old warp. I had not ridden mountain bikes for a few years and was unsure if I wanted to get back into it. The warp handeld everything and its weakness (weighing a ton) built up the leg strength I needed to ride again. I would and have highly suggest buying this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   whatever one i'm on

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   bob's

Similar Products Used:   various bikes

Bike Setup:   stock

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