I purchased my Giant Warp DS2 on January 28th 2005 for a low price of $450.00, that’s after a $100.00 discount offered by Cycling Concepts of Artesia Ca.
I decided on the Warp due to its reputation on the trails. It also provides the rider a choice to either go with a 4 or 5 inch travel on the rear suspension. I’ve come across many Warp riders in the past few years that have nothing but great things to say. The most common comment that Warp riders had was that Giant had a lifetime warranty on the frame. I’ve even talked to a few that had warranty issues with the frame and Giant was more than happy to fulfill their end of the deal.
My first test ride was at a local trail called the Fullerton Loop (11.5miles) then the next was at Aliso Woods (13.5 miles of hell!) then finally at Panorama (3 miles). Each of these trails presented different trail types that varied from single track, step climbs, rock beds, gravel, hard pack and occasional mud.
The Warp is laced with some decent parts such as Front: Shimano Alivio, Rear: Shimano Alivio, 8 speed Shimano EF-29, 8-speed and Tekro brakes. It has a 24spd drive train that has just the right gear ratio for climbing.
The Alex ACE-18, Black doublewall, 36H w/CNC sidewall held up until I went through the harsh riding conditions at Aliso Woods that included, a rock bed called Rockit and a gnarly downhill/rockbet section called Lynx. The rear wheel became untrue after that ride. But it wasn’t anything I couldn’t fix.
The RST T4 Magnesium fork with 4Ē travel hasn’t bottomed out on me but the Magnesium coating started to wear off on the stanchions where the seals sit, itís clearly a warranty issue. The rear shock which is a Giant HV, coil over w/ rebound adjust, 4″/5″ rear travel, offers damping adjustment is actually not bad. As long as you tune the shock according to what Giant recommends, you will experience little and I mean very little pedal-bob.
I was rather impressed with the WTB WeirWolf 26×2.21 tires. They performed very well in hard pack and rocky conditions. They were gripping the ground with out any problems. However, when I did go through some mud, I was slipping and sliding all over the place and even fell over at least 3 times because the tires washed out.
Pros: Affordable, quality frame, upgradeable, comfortable and fun to ride. Black frame color looks pretty cool. Very little Pedal-Bob.
Cons: Tires donít do well in the rain, fork could be better, itís not as plush as I would like
Handle grips need to be upgraded to lock-on type.
Overall: The Giant Warp DS2 is a great ride. I was impressed on how well it handles the downhills and singletracks as well as the steepest climbs. If you ever get bitten by the upgrade bug, this bike is very accommodating.
I totally recommend this bike to anyone that wants a FS bike but is on a budget. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!