Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Colorado Springs, USA!
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I've got a 2001 NRS-1.
FANTASTIC bike! I managed to crack the frame after 1.5 years of hard riding, including 3 trips to Moab. Giant warrantied it without question (just be sure to always use a 27.2 seat post and the shim or it'll void the warranty). So - now I've got a 2002 NRS-1 frame with 2001 components.
Here's a telling photo...me in my DH Helmet and Body Armor at the top of Amassa Back in Moab (a pretty harsh and technical climb...then DH all the way down)...this shot was before the frame replacement and WITH the frame cracked.
Essentialy this is the BEST XC bike out there for the money...it is NOT a plush and active suspension though. It climbs like a hard tail...and still soaks up the bumps when called to do so...but with a bit of a harsh "edge" to it. It's a trade off - tremendously efficient though. And you CAN tweak it a bit by tuning the suspension (you can soften it up a bit). Pay carefull attention to the instructions for setting up the suspension...it is a ZERO sag suspension, meaning that when you sit on the bike it does not sag at all.
I upgraded to a 2002 AC Air Lite because I've started doing bigger drops and I really like the plushness of the active suspension when bombing through technical stuff. Of course even the Air Lite is nearly 5.5lbs heavier though. My daughter now rides my trusty "old" NRS-1.
When I bought the bike it was PERFECT for me...mainly interested in doing XC stuff. Shortly thereafter I became very interested in and starting doing much more technical trails with ledges, lifts, drops, etc. So...in hindsight - I should have bought a bigger hit/softer type suspension bike to begin with. As I started to work up to 3-4ft drops I started worrying about breaking/cracking the frame again. Now I launch 6fters with my Air Lite!
One more shot...rolling a pretty steep drop with the new frame shortly before I bought the AC Air Lite:
Last edited by bikeCOLORADO; 04-08-03 at 01:13 PM.