Giant Talon 29er

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April 14, 2016
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Out of the box capable
full looking bike

Cons: really heavy fork
tube tires

Recommendation: I bought an all black one of these very lightly used for $400, At that kind of price replacing the front shock and putting on a tubeless wheelset was a no brainer. After about 100 mountain miles, I am very happy, Great bike

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March 17, 2016
Model/Year: 2015 Large

Pros: good first bike
decent parts on every thing

Cons: not a fan of the tektro bikes
fork is just okay

Recommendation: decent stock parts, about what you would expect from an entry level bike. If I were to buy a bike in this price range again I might buy something used, rather than a new Talon

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January 15, 2016
Model/Year: 2016

Pros: - Good quality gears
- Awesome brakes
- Lightweight frame
- Good colour options
- Great handle bar and grips
_ Great stock tyres

Cons: - Hard stock seat
- Terribly heavy and stiff XCM fork

Recommendation: Buy this bike if you are using it for easy to medium trail riding. Anything harder the bike (frame, gears, wheels etc) could handle, but the fork would need to be swapped for an air fork. This is due to the XCM fork being heavy, very hard and oil leaks.

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December 5, 2015
Model/Year: 2016 Giant Talon 3 27.5

Pros: Price for what you get.
Fairly light
Looks good

Cons: Forks
Seat (some riding shorts with gel inserts solves that problem)

Recommendation: I have had this bike for a couple months. Got around 100 miles on here. I ride intermediate trails and some technical stuff with it. First thing I upgraded were the pedals as the stocks ones are plastic. I put Shimano spd-a530 on it. These are actually lighter than the stock pedals even though they are metal. I also dumped the Suntour xcm forks even though they took the abuse I dished out. Upgraded to rockshox 30g 100mm. Bike feels much different now and definitely better on the trails with better response that inspires more confidence. Next to upgrade will be the drive train. Don't need the 3x9 setup as I rarely get out of the 2nd chain ring. I recommend this for anyone who doesn't have thousands to drop on a bike and is either a beginner or getting back into mtb.

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November 24, 2015
Model/Year: Giant Talon 27.5 3

Pros: Great price
Fit and finish is excellent
Decent components
Smooth ride

Cons: Fork is heavy and worthless, but that was the only real upgrade needed.

Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this bike as a beginner to intermediate choice with a fork upgrade.

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October 6, 2015
Pros: Fast

Cons: Solid

Recommendation: Good price and nice looking bike

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June 18, 2015
Pros: Climbing, very responsive, Light weight

Cons: feels a little shaky descending, wheels are not tubeless ready. Not available in U.S.

Recommendation: bought the 2015 Talon 0, 27.5 while stationed in Korea and do not regret it. 0 is not available in the U.S. But should be. Spec'd much better than the 1 for $1200. Excellent component group, wide bars! Shimano hydraulics feel spongy but still perform well. Fox float 32 does an excellent job soaking up the terrain. This bike climbs like a mountain goat but gets a little squirrelly coming down fast. It's a pure xc bike after all. I plan to go tubeless and single chain ring. Likely will replace the bar, stem, and seat post with carbon in time.

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December 19, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Fast
Fairly Lightweight
Rolls very well
Good brakes

Cons: Seat is very hard and hurts my butt

Tubes deflate very easily

Recommendation: Its a very good bike for the money

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October 12, 2014
Pros: Really good entry bike, shifts great and handles really well. Very nimble. Good bang for the buck

Cons: Non really that I found. Great bike for the price

Recommendation: Great bike. I bought one early summer and put about 1300 Kms of mostly trail riding on it. By trail I mean single track primarily. It was my first 27.5 and took a little to get used to the extra wheel size from my 26", but after a few rides it felt great! Forks absorb pretty good and the disc brakes are a fabulous plus. The 30 speed drivetrain lends itself well to road riding as well. I used it for a couple 60 km rides on roads and found it very comfortable and quite quick for a mountain bike on the road. My only regret was I bought a medium frame and should have bought a large. But that's not the bikes fault! My riding has improved immensely on this bike and I have since moved up to a full suspension carbon fiber bike. My girlfriend is now riding the Talon and loves it too.

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August 6, 2014
Pros: Light frame, well designed, good for use on all surfaces (trails and paved roads getting to trails).

Cons: The gears shift well but need to be tuned every couple months (which isn't a problem if you bought the bike from a bike shop that does warranty gear and brake check ups)

Recommendation: Over all a good bike that can take whatever you throw at it

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Giant Talon 29er 4.48 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.