Giant ATX 890 Bike 1998 or Older

Giant ATX 890

User Reviews (19)

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Robert Jarrett   Weekend Warrior [Feb 07, 2016]
Strength:

The lightweight, under 3 pounds frame. 9 world championships were won by John Tomac, 1995, 1996 and 1997, bike designed for Cross Country with John Tomac help on the design, world championships were in Cross Country, Downhill and Slaloms. The lightweight makes accelerating great fun and speed is excellent with great bike control, handling is excellent.

Weakness:

ATX 890 was priced at $769 (1995), $1469 (1996) and $2269 (1997). Every year John Tomac won three additional world championships on this bicycle and the price was increased every year. as far as the weaknesses go are the junk derailleurs and shifters that shimano supplied. The cantilever brakes are not that good.

I

Similar Products Used: Raleigh 2004 SC 30 (comfort bike) nice bike in original setup, but not speedy enough. Lowered handle bars to flat, changed front crank and went with a 46T shimano biopace sprocket instead of the factory 33T. 21 speed original, changed to 9 speed spacers and changed gear setup to 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 21, 26, 32 for easier riding and 24 overall gears with Sram Dual Drive 3 speed hub. 9 speed shifter, and rear derailleur stops set to only use 8 sprockets.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ben B   Weekend Warrior [Oct 16, 2002]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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?)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Paul Leaman   Weekend Warrior [Oct 02, 2002]
Strength:

Stiff frame, climbs like a mtn goat, I have bent cranksets - but not this one!!

Weakness:

(me) downhill racing

Great Bike, but not for the mild-mannered or the timid rider. The rake is tight, and the frame is stiff.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Az Davies   Weekend Warrior [Nov 10, 2000]
Strength:

great frame, light and strong, brilliant for single track

Weakness:

crap formula cable disg brakes and livers.
judy xc forks were worn and unfixable after 6months.

good single trak , crosscountry bike but some crap components espesually the formula cable disg brakes

Similar Products Used: frame similaR to cannondales
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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Caleb   Racer [Apr 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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Robert   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2000]
Strength:

Very Very Light, excellent for climbing, great paint job.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Marin Eldridge Grade
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Tom Barry   Weekend Warrior [Mar 01, 2000]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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).

Similar Products Used: Haro V-2
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Caleb   Weekend Warrior [Feb 02, 2000]
Strength:

Great Bike real strong frame. I had an ATX 860 and broke the seat tube off of the bottom bracket tube, sent it to Giant and they sent me an ATX 890 for free.

Weakness:

NONE

The best bike i've tried next to the Specialized Rockhopper pro.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris Harris   Cross-Country Rider [Oct 11, 1999]
Strength:

Great Shifters
Nice Brakes
Strong Frame
Good Finish on the frame

Weakness:

Noisy Front Brake

Awesome all around bike for off or on road. I am very impressed with what you get for the price!

Similar Products Used: Trek 830
Giant Selena
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Jay   Weekend Warrior [Aug 14, 1999]
Strength:

Lightweight...smooth weldings....strong gussets...rigid...lateral strength...great paintjob

Weakness:

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

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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