Giant Talon 29er Mountain Bike Review

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May 20, 2017
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Price, 27.5 wheels are great, Hydraulic disk brakes, Great bike

Cons: Front fork is cheap Peddles needed upgraded

Recommendation: I swapped out the suntour fork for a rockshox, great bike for the price. I would highly recommend this bike.

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December 31, 2016
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Cheap. Frame is nice and the hydraulic brakes are awesome

Cons: Everything is a little on the cheap end which is expected at this price point.

Recommendation: Before this bike my only experience with mountain bikes were worn down yard sale finds and a crap mongoose I once bought so take my words with a grain of salt. Right now this bike does every thing I want. I like the frame and just plan on upgrading parts as they break. So far I have replaced the seat, pedals, and grips.

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October 21, 2016
Model/Year: Talon 4 / 2016

Pros: Frame, fit, shifters.

Cons: Saddle, pedals.

Recommendation: Perfect for me. I'm very fit, but this is my first mountain bike. This is a great value, and my bike isn't holding me back from anything. I ride a lot of intermediate trails in Georgia, lots of rocks and roots, and this bike hasn't let me down. I swapped out to platform pedals right away, and I am going to add a dropper post ASAP. I might add a Bionicon c-guide to cancel out some of the chain slap.

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