Giant ATX 990 Frameset

Giant ATX 990 Frameset 

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Giant ATX 990

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[Dec 07, 2011]
Arlen
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Lightweight, Full Suspension, Excellent Coil Shock, Lovely Paint, Large Tires, Good Components (for the time), Excellent Geometry for a big guy

Weakness:

Small Suspension Travel, Dated components, no rear disk caliper mount, Throttle Shifters

An excellent lightweight downhill, xc bike 30lbs with the above setup. The rear suspension is upgradeable to 5.5" with long travel plates, (I personally will make my own). However aged the components are I cant complain how fun chucking this old bike around is. I weight 210 all set up, and I've got the size large frame, it keeps me going no problem, not a bend and not a tweak (I crashed it pretty good the other week, leaving me with bruised ribs, but the bike was still up for more). However due to the age, things are starting to fail, such as, the rear brakes, the bottom bracket, and the front fork (which the emulsion tubes were melted into mud). In any case, its still an excellent xc bike, and can still be made into a fun DH machine with a bit of love. Its old, but it still does the job right.

Similar Products Used:

GT I-Drive, Specialized FSR

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 15, 2000]
David
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Sound design. Very active rear a plus.

Weakness:

Finding specific components from LBS is a large effort.I had problems with the seat tube diameter (seat post and derailleur), pivot rebuild kit, and LBS.

The bike has been a joy to ride. I frequent the trails each weekend (if dry) and hammer the bike. I still have the heavy original rear shock which I am finally upgrading.

The pivots at the point of where the rear shock is mounted squeeks but the hot weather is a contributing factor. A weekend or two of riding dries the lubricants on the bike requiring rebuilds often.

The bike is an excellent lite ride, and since I am in search of a second ride, I am considering another FS Giant.

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 18, 2000]
tom clowes
Downhiller

Strength:

good all round frame, with the short travel plates on it is alright for trails and slalom, with the goldtech travel upgrade plates on it is suitable for british standard downhill courses. suitable all day bike

Weakness:

frames break ( i know 3 people who have snapped theirs) but giant are good on warranties

good, but is becoming more and more outdated, people who want an all round machine which can be taken anywhere, those who want a cheap frame asn their are loads of them going cheap secondhand at the moment

Similar Products Used:

y2k giant atx 1 dh, atx 2, marin dh, gt dhi, gt lts97

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 18, 2000]
Chris Morgan
Downhiller

Strength:

Light weight in relation to amount of travel
Normal looking in relation to some full sussers
seatpost can be fully up for road work.

Weakness:

Bushes need a lot of attention.
Chainstay swingarm snapped (cover on warranty)
Front end is quite weak as headtube has ovalised.

Good alrounder. Keep both sets of travel plates so u can change between 3.75 and 5.5 inch if travel depending are what u r doing. If looked after it will look after you. Be careful though when tightening bushes as if they are done too tightly they add to the damping slowing the rear end down excessively. Great frame although fitting discs is a pain as a hope torsion arm locks the rear end out eventually breaking the torsion arm. Best for allrounder and good for a light weight DH er. Perfect travel for british courses.

Similar Products Used:

Atx 2 dh, Steve peats Dh I-drive, Steve peats (nick bayliss's)Dh lobo, Muddy fox DH, Scott Beaumonts Stab Deelux.etc.etc.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 25, 1999]
jimmi
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

confident feel to frame

Weakness:

rear bushes
rear dropout
shock
linkage plates

i owe giant a heap here because for $300 australian they gave me this frame after i snapped one of their warp frames(peice of poo)
the frame was really unforgiving at first, later i found out that the rst 56 shock had no oil in it(no rebound damping), fixed thatt problem. giant supplied a short spring and it binds up before the shock bottoms making a loud *crunch*
last week i noticed that there was about 3mm freeplay in my rear swingarm(left>right movement)
closer inspection revealed that the bushes were fine, it was the swingarm itself that has worn, the bush moves inside the swingarm. this is irrepairable. oh well. other than by frame only lasting one year, it has been pretty good(minor teething problems) and i do like the ride it provides. it is a confident frame, great in sprints.
i will give giant the company 5/5 for after sales support
i will give the frame ride 4/5
i give the durabilityand longevity 3/5
average.... 4 chillies

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 03, 1999]
Jerry Woiton
Cross-Country Rider

Strength:

Nice cross-country bike;
not sluggish like alot of other dual susp.bikes

Weakness:

lateral flex in the rear;not active under braking;blew out 2 rear shocks!

The ATX 990 is a great all purpose X-country rig, but don;t try to make it something it's not( like a freeride type bike). It climbs well and descends
pretty good too. I've ridden other Dual rigs and they can be sluggish; not the Giant.But I don't think I'd buy it again.

Similar Products Used:

can't compare

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 22, 1999]
Colin Wilson
Weekend Warrior

After changing the rear shock plates to long travel' the ride quality was greatly improved. With the original set up it was not as was not very responsive on xcountry trails but OK on big hits. Now with the long travel plates it absorbs most terrain and gives a good plush ride.(not as good as a jump with Gail Porter but not far short)(for the yanks and others reading this replace Gail Porter with Britney Spears or Sharon Stone depending on your age). ( I only wished I could compare the two or four).The Maguras devour pads in the wet and with the wet weather pads in the devour your rims if you are not running ceramics, stick to devouring pads or buy ceramics, but then ceramics wear what the hell, dont bother stopping bale out. Overall the bike is decent and offers comprehesive F.S. but lacks the sex appeal of a small brand name like Santa Crux or Turner or the like. One big point to consider is I don't maintain my bike in a great fashion infact it's left after most rides and I have not had any problems with bushes, loose bolts, worn bits etc, it has done me well in this catergory, 'maintanence free biking' what I like.

Similar Products Used:

Santa Crux Hecxler

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 09, 1999]
Nathan Dole
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Good for a early '97 frame. Good price.

Weakness:

Bit flexy rear end. Long head tube.

Good fun frame. Linkage kit make san improvement. 5 front and rear. Bushings are a bit worn but still workable. Good all round frame.

Similar Products Used:

Avanti moto comp

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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