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Q: How does talon four compare to trek marlin five.?

Q: Weight of the bike?
A: Mine was about 31lbs when i brought it on the scale with me

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  • TheSickStumpjumper29er
    *

    Do not buy. Just recently I upgraded to 2020 Specialized Stumpjumper 29er FSR comp aluminum. That can take a real beating downhill.

    Pros
    Stiff frame, good power to wheels.

    Cons
    Shitty fork, Shitty, transmission, Shitty wheels, the bike can't handle any format of technical trail without something breaking.

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  • naimad
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5:
    ****

    Great price and overall good bike

    Pros
    Nice and fun good for beginner trails good brakes

    Cons
    Bad shifting bad fork

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  • ModPodge
    *****

    Great bike, great price and great fun!

    Pros
    Robust and takes a thrashing

    Cons
    Seat not very strong and quite uncomfortable on longer journeys

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  • Desert Rider
    Reviewing Giant Talon 29er 2:
    *****

    Great bike for me, and for someone getting into MTN and or trail riding.

    Pros
    Great Bike for me, a newbie to riding. Great feel, lightweight, responsive. Gears are great and smooth. Hydraulic disk breaks build confidence when needed.

    Cons
    Can't say any right now.

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  • C Deuter
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 4:
    ****

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

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

    Cons
    Front fork is cheap
    Peddles needed upgraded

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  • Henck
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 3:
    ****

    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.

    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.

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  • kay oh
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5:
    *****

    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.

    Pros
    Frame, fit, shifters.

    Cons
    Saddle, pedals.

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  • Andrew Roberts
    ****

    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

    Pros
    Out of the box capable
    fast
    light
    full looking bike

    Cons
    really heavy fork
    tube tires

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  • Jackson W Moody
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 3:
    ***

    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

    Pros
    good first bike
    decent parts on every thing

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

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  • Shinobi
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5:
    ****

    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.

    Pros
    Price for what you get.
    Brakes
    Fast
    Durable
    Fairly light
    Looks good

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

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  • willhrichardson
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5:
    ****

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

    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.

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  • rockitdawg
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 0:
    *****

    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.

    Pros
    Climbing, very responsive, Light weight

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

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  • Franiel07
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5:
    *****

    Its a very good bike for the money

    Pros
    Fast
    Fairly Lightweight
    Rolls very well
    Agile
    Good brakes

    Cons
    Seat is very hard and hurts my butt

    Tubes deflate very easily

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  • deanah2012
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 1:
    *****

    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.

    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

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  • Franiel07
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 5:
    ****

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

    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)

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  • jclute
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 4:
    *****

    Great beginner bike for single track and path riding and if on a lower budget check out the Talon 27.5 5. I would totally recommend the 27.5 wheel size, and the Giant Talon 27.5 4!!

    Pros
    Hydraulic disc brakes, front suspension lock out, pre-load adjustment, great seat, versatile gear selection, very reasonable price, very quick but still gets over obstacles, decent tires, good frame geometry, climbs well, awesome paint job!!

    Cons
    A little heavy but not for price point, so I really can't think of many cons!!!

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  • MtnBker26
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5 4:
    ****

    Love it

    Pros
    Hydrolic brakes, nice saddle, fair price, handles nicely, like the lock out feature on shock and I like the stock tires.

    Cons
    Although the shock has a lockout feature you can't have any pressure on it to put it into lockout and shock seems very flimsy.

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  • Setnom
    Reviewing Giant Talon 27.5:
    ****

    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.

    Pros
    Durable, responsive, disk brakes and great looks.

    Cons
    Minor adjustments needed after first couple of rides.

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