Giant Talon 27.5 Mountain Bike Review

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July 11, 2019
Pros: Nice and fun good for beginner trails good brakes

Cons: Bad shifting bad fork

Recommendation: Great price and overall good bike

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.

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.

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.

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

December 29, 2013
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Durable, responsive, disk brakes and great looks.

Cons: Minor adjustments needed after first couple of rides.

Recommendation: Great first bike for a beginner like me. The quality I've experienced for the price point ($570)is spot on. I've had it since August and logged around 100mi so far. No issues and it took all the abuse a newbie who has only finished 4 rides without a crash of some sort. I would defiantly recommend this bike to anyone starting out in the sport. It's given me the bug and I'm sure it will last me many years.