Tagged: fork upgrade
August 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm #224245
Hi. I recently bought a Giant Talon 3 (2017), but am unsettled by the yellow sticker on the fork saying that I shouldn’t be riding the bike as hard as I had hoped, so I’m looking to upgrade the fork. I’m thinking maybe the following…
My question is…if by some miracle I am able to do the installation myself, will my bike, with its new fork, then be considered a true trail bike? I suppose a true trial bike would need more travel in the fork. Short of that, would my bike be considered something that I can ride hard on the trails? As it is now, I don’t think the bike is worthy of the trails I want to do on it.
I wasn’t happy that the yellow sticker said “leisure cross country only.” I thought I was buying a mountain bike. I guess not. I’ll know better next time.
By chance, has anyone done a fork replacement on a Giant Talon 3? How hard was it?
Tools I might need: Rubber mallet, hack-saw, file, torque wrench, tube grease, allen wrench, shock pump, what else? I don’t have a bike mount or a table with a vice-grip, so that may make things difficult. I guess I can have a local bike shop do the tube cutting and spangle-nut stuff. Any other advice?
Thanks.August 30, 2017 at 5:51 pm #224246
You bought a great mountain bike! The talon 3 offers a lot for the money. Lawyers told Suntour to put that sticker there as it’s a liability thing. It’s probably there to keep people from doing 5ft drops who don’t know better. I honestly would ride it into the ground as it is, and then upgrade. Suntour also does a fork upgrade program for some of the models on low end bikes too.August 30, 2017 at 6:26 pm #224247
My first bike was a Talon 3. I still own it and enjoy riding it. I upgraded the fork to a Rockshox 30 Gold TK Solo Air fork and it made a big difference in the type of trails (mostly intermediate/a few advanced) and the speed that I was comfortable riding. Had the shop mount the fork. I also put on a WTB Pure Gel saddle. These upgrades were good investments in my opinion and allowed me to be more confident and comfortable on the bike.August 30, 2017 at 6:53 pm #224248
Since you have new Suntour fork and you’re eligible for their upgrade program, you should consider that. I used it to upgrade to a Raidon, which from my research is a great value. It’s basically $100 off of a new fork.
Being a newbie to mountain biking and bike maintenance, I found installing a new fork to be pretty easy. A hacksaw would be good to use (I used a bandsaw at work). I used a piece of PVC tube to set the crown race. You can use a standard hammer because the PVC will absorb the impact.
I had a LBS set the star nut for me because I live in a small apartment and don’t have all the tools I would want, but you could easily use a piece of all-thread or a long bolt to set the star nut.
I had bought a new Trek Marlin 5 (super low level compared to what everyone here wants), but I have been riding it for the past 6 months and I wouldn’t believe it’s holding me back. I feel like I’ve gone from complete newb to highly skilled newb in no time. I’ve beaten the tits off of it, and myself in the process. I’ve broken a few things (on the bike). I had upgraded the fork because I practically got the bike for free due to a glitch in the store system, and I am happy with the upgrade. I think the warning sticker is based on the frame material and construction strength, but there is probably more than enough safety factor used in design to handle aggressive use. I would challenge you to break the bike with your current skills and riding.August 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm #224249
RockShox Recon is a great beginner fork, I’d highly recommend it. I noticed the same sticker on my SR Suntour P.O.S. and felt the same way. I thought it was pretty ridiculous. I hated that fork. You should notice a much better ride with an air fork.
If your unsure about installation you can go to a bike shop and see if you could buy the fork through them and have them install it. My local shop does it for $20. That includes everything-cutting the tube, installation, and they’ll help dial it in. If you do choose to install yourself it’s really not too hard. You’ll need a 5 or 6 mm allen wrench, a rubber mallet, & grease. You can use a hacksaw but you can also get a special tool with a small circular blade that is made for cutting steerers, seat tubes, handlebars. This will be neater than using a saw. A torque wrench is helpful but I don’t think it’s mandatory, just make sure you still have movement in the heat set without any play. You’ll need a shock pump which is a good investment because it can be used for other bikes with air suspension you might have someday in the future. It’s possible to install without a vice but you’ll need someone or something to prop and/or hold the fork in place while you tighten everything up.August 30, 2017 at 11:42 pm #224261
Thanks, everyone, for the advice. I ended up contacting the bike-shop I bought the bike from (Biker’s Edge) and they hooked me up with a discount deal on the Recon, and they’re going to install it for me for $15. Total damage will be $240. I debated quite a bit on whether to do it myself, but I just didn’t want to screw it up. The toilet paper holder I installed a few years ago is a bit manky and falls off the wall sometimes.
Maybe I should have been content with the Suntour XCT and not worried about it. I just want any lack of confidence to be restricted to me, not the bike.
I guess the sad thing is that if I add the original cost of the bike (about $550, if I remember correctly) to the cost of this upgrade, then that gives me about $800 I could have spent on a new bike to begin with that probably would have had better components overall. Oh-well. I’ll know better next time.
Next time I want to get a real trail bike. In the mean time, I have to build up the skillz for that anyway. Not sure how far I can take this new mountain bike addiction. Haven’t crashed yet, but it’s inevitable. Once I’ve finally crashed once, I can stop worrying about it, I hope, if I survive.August 31, 2017 at 8:02 am #224262
good thinking with the upgrade. i felt the exact same way with my rockhopper sport. thought i was buying something more capable only to find out that i would need to upgrade and put money in right away. i rode that suntour for about 9 months before i couldn’t take anymore and i purchased the recon as well. the LBS installed and out the door for around the same price you paid. after riding the recon for the past 7 months i still feel the “wow” sensation of buying that fork. love it. my RH is lighter and way more capable. i bought the RH for 700, then put on pedals for 50, then the fork for 230, so yes, i paid more but i know the bike so well and it handles anything i throw at it. Including 6-10 days a year in pisgah and dupont here in north carolina. point being, ride the hell out of what ya got. it’s just awesome to be in the woods on a bike!! Of course, i am constantly looking at full suss for my next bike but when i’m on the trail with my RH/recon i have no worries.
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