from Iowa City
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2004
Strengths: Very light and good parts.
Weaknesses: Need some serious attention.
Hmm... This bike may suck at first look. But if you are serious biker enough to fix problems, this bike can make you fly. This bike has two problems. And I tell you how to fix them. First, get a stem extender for the fork stem and get a new headset that raise the handle bar even further. Then you have no problem at down hill. Then change the gear changer on the handle bar. This will fix the sucky slow gear change. Shimano STX parts are actually OK. It's gear changer on the handle bar that make gear change slow. After changing these, this bike will fly by itself.
a Weekend Warrior
from Morgantown, WV
Date Reviewed: October 16, 2002
Strengths: Light, strong, good looking. I found this baby on closeout/auction in 2000, and built it up accordingly as my first 'real' XC/free-riding bike.
Weaknesses: Put a slight ding in the cross-tube during one of my early dead-elephants, but you'll have that! The seat post diameter is a little obscure (read:big), but I eventually found a steal on a nice Thompson to fit it.
As a relative newbie, I wanted to see how inexpensively I could build up a non-stock hardtail w/ decent components. Using auction and part closeouts, I managed to build this baby for around $650 to start, with the LX/XT build and a circa '97 judy. I now am going to beef it up a little for XC/light duty freeride cruising with the 'Zoch and discs.
Similar Products Used: Spec Rockhopper, GT Borrego (remember those?)
Bike Setup: LX/XT 9 speed build, Old Judy XC, titec stem & bars, Thompson seatpost, wellgo clipless, XT hubs on Hutchinson rims. *Currently upgrading to a XT front disc, Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork, Shimano M646 pedals, Kore stem and Easton monkeylite riser bar.
a Weekend Warrior
from Boston, MA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002
Strengths: Stiff frame, climbs like a mtn goat, I have bent cranksets - but not this one!!
Weaknesses: (me) downhill racing
Great Bike, but not for the mild-mannered or the timid rider. The rake is tight, and the frame is stiff.
from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2002
Strengths: A nice, rigid frame that keeps on ticking; I've had this bike for 4 years of hard riding. I love how this bike climbs and handles in single track. All the parts have been replaced once or more, but the bike "feels good" regardless of what it's got on it. Sharp lookin' yellow frame. Giant is awesome: I originally purchased a Cr/Moly 780 but that frame broke - with some help from my dealer, Giant replaced the frame with an 890 at no cost (other than some necessary part switches)!
Weaknesses: None that I have experienced not related to poor aftermarket parts.
I love this bike and plan on keeping it running/replacing parts as long as possible. It rides well in all but steep descents, regardless of the part set.
Bike Setup: Judy Race, LX/XT, Magura hydraulic rim brakes
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2001
Strengths: Light weight, great overall components for the price ($2000AU). The discs rock in all conditions, which is nice to know. Paint job is nice and flashy as well
Weaknesses: The tyres it comes with; 2.0 WTB motoraptors. Get some Tiogas or Panaracers for some more fun.
There ism't a better valued bike out there. Thank god I've got one, instead of wishing I had. It is capable of hard racing and general trail riding. Very verstile. I'd recommend it to any rider who rides and races on the one bike. You can't go wrong with GIANT
Similar Products Used: frame similaR to cannondales
Bike Setup: standard, saram 9.0, judyxc fork,
from Las Cruces,NM
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2000
update on my last submition. Now into the 2000 racing season and had to put wheels on. The originals lasted 3 years. the frame is still going strong and all the componets are aftermarket. Still one of the best bikes.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2000
Strengths: Very Very Light, excellent for climbing, great paint job.
Weaknesses: Very thin wall for tubing, it's so thin that the rivets for the bottle bracket came off after my first ride. so I'm down with only 1 bottle bracket. Beware...I have to get rid of my 1-1/8" King headset 'cause the AXT890 has a slightly bigger oversized head tube. The stiff rear end also jumps a bit during downhill.
A lightweight frame built excellent for technical steep climbing, no major problems with this frame, overall I would think it still deserve a four hot chillis.
Bike Setup: Rock Shock Judy SL, XTR set up, CT2 handle bar & seatpost, Icon Fat Maggie bar ends & Durantee stem.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hamilton Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2000
Strengths: I've rode this bike for one year now and I love it. Full XT with Judy XC front shock. Alum frame fairly light and fast, I have the scars to prove it.
Weaknesses: Can't think of any.
The bike cost me $1800can. A great bike for the Weekend Warrior who wants to have a trouble free ride. The XT shifters are great, only had one problem with them and that was the lever for the back stripped the cams inside the housing, (was repaired under warranty).
Weaknesses: light but thin tubing material, prone to dents upon hard impact
very lightweight and chuckable biKE..got the frame in 14.5 inch and set it up as a street/jump bike...due to the tight rear end and short chainstays,manual antics are done easily...nice gussets and small frame make this bike rigid and strong laterally..beautiful paintjob...one thing though is the tubing used is too thin..it's light but fragile..mine end up with a slight dent on the downtube after a crash while trying to jump a ramp...but overall...a great frame for XC and is gd for jumping if gotten in a small size...quite affordable too
Strengths: Weight (25.5 lbs out of the box), ride quality, Price
Weaknesses: None other than the stock Weinman ZAC 19 wheelset doesn't stay true
The ATX 890 designer input was by Johnny T himself. The ride quality is fast and stable. The bike climbs like a mountain goat and descends with the best. Dollar for dollar Giant (the worlds largest bike manufacturer) makes one heck of a ride.
This is an odd question, here it is. Back in 1996, I built a shiny new custom Tomac 890, but shortly after, I was no longer able to race, so it sat, shiny and new, in my garage, for 17 years. It is still like new with less than 50, gentle poser kms on it. My back has never fully recovered, but havin ... Read More »
So, in my quest to find my first real mtn bike, it has been almost 18 years since I've rode or seen my first bike. After regretting selling it to a friend of mine many years ago, my quest has finally ended on a positive note. I searched just about every week for the past 5 years to find it, and 3 da ... Read More »
I have had this frame hanging in my basement for years!!!! Was going to be a singlespeed conversion but reality is that it's just never going to happen.
I was wondering if it's worth anything or if I should just donate it?Read More »
Hi. I am new to the forum, so please let me know if this needs to be posted elsewhere or if I have committed any breech of conduct here? ;)
I purchased a used Giant ATX 890. The (Triple tree? Crown?) that clamps the top of the two front shocks is broken. The shop quotes an entire front fork, ... Read More »
I have a small 17.5" Giant ATX 890 frame. I bought it second hand from a New Zealander.
I dont know what Axel to crown length it takes.
The Frame is black at the front and yellow rear, it has a Aluxx 95 sticker on it , and it has hydro disk pipe slots along the frame, and a raised disk mount ... Read More »