I will be really only riding road, I was originally offered a giant road bike (the defy 4 I think) however I wanted a hybrid for the handlebars and the ability to ride easier over bumps and curbs, so i requested that to the insurance company and they offered the boardman. Reason for the escape query is that on the English sites that the insurance company purchase from, it is the same price. So i wanted to know which was better overall as I'm not too knowledgeable about which specs were better.
That clears things up a bit. The Escape 1 isn't the model you are really wanting info on, it's the Escape 0 that has the carbon fork. I thought perhaps you were in the U.K., but looks like Giant isn't offered there for some reason.
Get what ever you like, but keep this in mind- unless you are confident in doing all of your own repairs and ordering parts online, you might be better served getting a brand that is sold and supported by your LBS...
Ah, two things you have to keep in mind when looking at bikes online- not all information is accurate and not all models are offered everywhere- and where they are offered in more than one country, invariably the specs are different.
The Escape 1 in the UK may have a carbon fork, but the Escape 1 in the US doesn't.
I see a not-very-exciting Shimano MTB component group on the Giant and a weird mix on the Boardman-- mid-grade SRAM MTB with a Microshift road front derailleur and FSA road compact cranks. The Avid BB5 brakes are solid for sure.
This is what makes me think that, despite being usual, the Boardman has better equipment.
nope can't thats 599, max insurance is going is 550, so the above bikes mentioned are really the best seeming ones in the price bracket, escept for the specialized sirrus elite which I wanted, but they cant do that one.