a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005
Strengths: Long travel rear suspension w/rebound adjust Long travel Judy SL front fork w/ "U-Turn" on-the-fly travel adjust, pretty rare for this price range smooth styling Avid CPS mech disc brakes rule! being this smooth who needs messy hydro fluids...
Weaknesses: A little too heavy but since I set up this bike to be a dual purpose XC/medium-duty DH for my 110lbs wife, I...uh..she can live with it A bunch of Giant's in-house components
Best bang for the buck, can reliably take 5-6ft drops and keep on going...the long 5" travel rear end makes it suitable for medium-duty DH as well, especially robust for riders under 160lbs. An awesome choice(especially if you can find one on clearance for under $500) for anyone looking for their first full-suspension bike or those XC riders who'd like to ride lift a few times every summer but can't justify the cost of a dedicated DH rig...Happy trails!
Similar Products Used: Specialized FSR Comp, K2 Disco Monkey, Specialized BigHit Spec
Bike Setup: Having paid only $380 for it brand new, I had more than a few bucks left to feed this upgrades monster...So far I've Upgraded derailleurs to XT, ditched the stock weak Alex ACE-18 wheels and noname hubs for a set of indestructible XT/Rhynolite w/ Michelin Hot S 2.5 tires, Specialized Sworks StrongArm2 Crankset with Truvativ BB, swapped stock forks for an '02 Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 (130mm travel)with QR20 I had lying around. Will upgrade stem/bar and rear shock next...
a Weekend Warrior
from PORTLAND OR U.S.A
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005
Strengths: IT has a great frame no problems.I like the style of this very large 20 in frame I have 2.5 motoraptors and stock Bomber shocks I have hayes discs 6 in
Weaknesses: I have a hard time with weaknesses this bike takes a licking I am not a diamond rider and I don't huck so if it had any problems I say a little heavy
Great bike great in the turns ,alotta bike for the money GO GIANT I ve had a great experience with those guys in California keep it up "Dudes"
from Nova Scotia
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2002
Strengths: Bike is cheap, and easy to upgrade. It's light and fast. Easy to manipulate. It's nice to have a rebound adjustment on the rear shock.
Weaknesses: The stock version sucks! You have to put money in it to make it worth it. Not the greatest for DH, espacially the stiff rear shock.
Overall this bike is pretty good for beginners, The price is good too, but have to keep a eye on the frame, i heard a lot of things about them braking. My overall rating would actually be a 3.5 but we dont have that choice. This bike has done me well, and i beat the SH** out of it, doing my biggest drop yet of 9ft, and my first no footer too. Have fun riding!
Bike Setup: rst zeta tl, rear shock off 2001 KHS fxt pro, aheadset, stx rear alivio front, alvio crank, XT BB, lx levers and brakes, acera hubs/w ac 19 rims and an stx cassete, stx shifters, selle royal x country seat,
from Northern California
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2001
Strengths: Grat Frame, and Shimano components. Everything is easily interchangable.
Weaknesses: Lousy suspension, cockpit, and wheels. Pretty much all components except the Shimano parts.
A good solid bike when upgraded to the specifications of the individual rider. You are basically buying the frame, and the easy ability to upgrade without the use of professionals.
Bike Setup: ds1 frame stx and alvio judy dho with judy sl lower legs sun mammoth titec hellbent endros
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000
Strengths: frame durability, ability to cusomize and add
Weaknesses: all the stock components on this thing suck
i have a 98 ds-1. if you want a good free ride bike for a decent price get this, but try to replace all the stock stuff on it. also replace the rear shock. its about the one thing i didn't upgrade and it broke and messed up my shock mounts. also giant customer service isn't the greatest thing around either.
Bike Setup: Rst 461 DH triple clamp 4"travel with upgraded stuff.
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000
Weaknesses: its only weakness is the some of the stuff that comes with it when you buy it. it will make a craking noise in the frame from time to time but it is nothing to wory about
it was a good bike to buy to start then when you get beater sup it up that is what i did. i only paid $800 for mine but i live in canada so that is cheap. but what is really cheap is my friends trek 8500 it is the biggest pile of s**t i have ever seen.
Bike Setup: rosk shox indy c with judy xc iners, crow bar race, vp 108, acera/xt, fire xc pro tires(which work great)
a weekend warrior
from Philadelphia, PA
Date Reviewed: July 29, 1998
Just bought this awesome looking bike yesterday after 6 weeks of research and took it out for a try in an extreme course filled with sand, mud, rocks, trees, thorns, steep climbs, and loved every minute of it. This bike didn't let me down, it took every thing I thru at it and wanted more. For the money this bike has every thing I wanted- Aluminum frame, grip shifters, rock shox's, V-brakes, full suspension and damm good looks for only $559. Giant even has the life time warranty on the frame (for the original owner). One ride and i'm loving it. Let's hope it holds up for the money. I'll keep you posted after a few more hard runs. I wish all the big name dealers would drop there over-priced bikes. Way to go Giant.
a cross-country rider
from Salt Lake City, UT
Date Reviewed: April 26, 1998
A great bike for the money!!-especially with full suspension. I paid only $550 and it has great looks. I was surprised to see a full aluminum frame, a Rock Shox Indy S and adjustable damping in the rear shock for the money. The bike feels solidly built. The grip shift is okay. I would rather have rapidfires but again look at the price tag. The bike does well offroad. I haven't broken anything yet in the month I have had it. There is a lot of no-name pieces-i.e. the v-brakes, levers, etc., but they all work well. I would recommend this as a good beginners bike to full suspension and then upgrade as needed. This bike gets five chillies for the money.
My uncle has a 1998 Giant Warp DS1 that was orignally matte copper. He's since had it powder coated bright red with the rear swingarm powder coated gloss black. It also has some sort of Rock Shox Judy long travel (dual crown?) fork on it and some panaracer tires. Its in excellent condition. Hes thin ... Read More »
I have a Warp DS1 that I haven't ridden in about 3 years and want to start riding again. The brakes are kinda messed up so I thought I'd buy a new (or second hand) set to put on. My question is:
Can I buy any brakes and will they fit?
I measured the brake discs, they are 160mm from outside to ... Read More »
My old mans had his ds1 warp forever....well, maybe just since 2001....
for some reason the rear brakes gave out, (hydraulic thing), took it to the only LBS in town who can get access to giant, asked for repairs, lbs said the brakes are too old, as itis a "vintage bike". I didnt know 2001 would b ... Read More »
I just picked up an `04 Warp DS1 for cheap. At least that's what the frame says. The rear derailleur is a 7 speed Shimano Acera and it has this seemingly crappy SR Suntour front fork. Tektro V-brakes. I can't imagine the crappy components that would be on the DS2 if the DS1 is equipped with an A ... Read More »
I'm thinking about buying this bike, I live in Tokyo at the moment so selection in the 2nd hand market is severely limited. I have seen the reviews of the DS1 03 Warp, some people seem to think it's no good, and needs the front fork changed, but the japanese model has many different parts, I search ... Read More »