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Old 03-24-13, 04:39 PM   #1
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Giant Escape City

I was thinking about purchasing a Trek FX 2, but changed my mind and bought a 2012 Giant Escape City. Could not pass this one up, and had been looking for a nice rain day bike/ commuter. Bike also came with a KryptoFlex lock & Bracket, lights (still new in box) and all paper work and sales receipt. The only thing I can say so far, is it rides REALLY well, much better than even expected. Bike was bought new on 11/2012 so it is not even 6 months old, and was only sold due to the rider having health issue's. I've been on it pretty much all afternoon, only needed the saddle adjusted. Here are a few pictures :



The photos due it no justice, and the shifting of that SRAM VIA is scary smooth.

This is a link to Giants site on the components : http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...specifications

I'm really excited with this bike ! I love the comfort, but still has a sporty feel. If any of you other guys have this model, would like to here your feed back. Right now I would give it 5 stars..
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Old 03-24-13, 04:44 PM   #2
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I was thinking about purchasing a Trek FX 2, but changed my mind and bought a 2012 Giant Escape City. Could not pass this one up, and had been looking for a nice rain day bike/ commuter. Bike also came with a KryptoFlex lock & Bracket, lights (still new in box) and all paper work and sales receipt. The only thing I can say so far, is it rides REALLY well, much better than even expected. Bike was bought new on 11/2012 so it is not even 6 months old, and was only sold due to the rider having health issue's. I've been on it pretty much all afternoon, only needed the saddle adjusted. Here are a few pictures :



The photos due it no justice, and the shifting of that SRAM VIA is scary smooth.

This is a link to Giants site on the components : http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...specifications

I'm really excited with this bike ! I love the comfort, but still has a sporty feel. If any of you other guys have this model, would like to here your feed back. Right now I would give it 5 stars..
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Great looking bike!
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Great looking bike!
Thanks, the color is almost identical to my son's Trek SU
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Great looking bike. I considered one as well. Enjoy!
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Kinda nice! Is this one of those n+1 thingies?
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I was thinking about purchasing a Trek FX 2, but changed my mind and bought a 2012 Giant Escape City. Could not pass this one up, and had been looking for a nice rain day bike/ commuter. Bike also came with a KryptoFlex lock & Bracket, lights (still new in box) and all paper work and sales receipt. The only thing I can say so far, is it rides REALLY well, much better than even expected. Bike was bought new on 11/2012 so it is not even 6 months old, and was only sold due to the rider having health issue's. I've been on it pretty much all afternoon, only needed the saddle adjusted. Here are a few pictures :



The photos due it no justice, and the shifting of that SRAM VIA is scary smooth.

This is a link to Giants site on the components : http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...specifications

I'm really excited with this bike ! I love the comfort, but still has a sporty feel. If any of you other guys have this model, would like to here your feed back. Right now I would give it 5 stars..
I just test drove one during lunch, I was impressed. I'm hoping to get one on friday. I hope this is better than the commuter i just demolished.
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I just test drove one during lunch, I was impressed. I'm hoping to get one on friday. I hope this is better than the commuter i just demolished.
That Sram VIA is smooth shifting, also the bike is just plain fun to ride. I could not be more pleased.
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Kinda nice! Is this one of those n+1 thingies?
It was just such a good deal, and had no clue I would like it so much. Would not surprise me, if this became my go to bike.
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That Sram VIA is smooth shifting, also the bike is just plain fun to ride. I could not be more pleased.
I'm glad to hear. After being burned so bad on this mail order bike, I'm reassured to hear some positives about this bike.

This is the old bike of shame:

http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Mens-P...phocus+schwinn

* Broke 4 spokes in a month
* shifters are uncomfortable and awkward
* rear deraieluer is completely destroyed
* after taking it to a shop to be over hauled, it would take me just as much to buy the bike again to get it into a usable state again.
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I'm glad to hear. After being burned so bad on this mail order bike, I'm reassured to hear some positives about this bike.

This is the old bike of shame:

http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Mens-P...phocus+schwinn

* Broke 4 spokes in a month
* shifters are uncomfortable and awkward
* rear deraieluer is completely destroyed
* after taking it to a shop to be over hauled, it would take me just as much to buy the bike again to get it into a usable state again.
That's a bummer, are you looking at the Giant Escape City ?
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That's a bummer, are you looking at the Giant Escape City ?
I wasn't specifically, but I just test drove one at the LBS across the street my from my office. I was fairly impressed, but cautious after my last purchase. I need this bike to handle about 400 miles a month of commuting and still be reliable. Changing out tubes and brakes is one thing, but I don't want my deraiuler failing after 1 month and 4 broken spokes in a week. I'm no small rider, I'll admit that at 230 lbs, but I do still need something that is reliable without dropping down $1000. I was going to look at a used bike this weekend, but if I don't find one, I'm picking this up for sure. I like that it already has the rack and fenders which I need here in Seattle, which is always wet, even though it doesn't seem like its always raining.
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I wasn't specifically, but I just test drove one at the LBS across the street my from my office. I was fairly impressed, but cautious after my last purchase. I need this bike to handle about 400 miles a month of commuting and still be reliable. Changing out tubes and brakes is one thing, but I don't want my deraiuler failing after 1 month and 4 broken spokes in a week. I'm no small rider, I'll admit that at 230 lbs, but I do still need something that is reliable without dropping down $1000. I was going to look at a used bike this weekend, but if I don't find one, I'm picking this up for sure. I like that it already has the rack and fenders which I need here in Seattle, which is always wet, even though it doesn't seem like its always raining.
Here is a link to that Sram component group : http://www.sram.com/sram/urban/products/via-24 I would like to hear from some others on this, but I find it shifts amazingly smooth. And I'm comparing it to Ultegra & Deore, as for longevity, I just picked up the bike Sunday. The bike feels solid, and I do not believe Giant would take the risk of installing junk. Going to ride it some more right now.
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Glad you like it. I've been a big proponent of the Escape City ever since it was introduced. Alas, I managed to find one in my size at the LBS and the geometry felt a little off to me for some reason.
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Glad you like it. I've been a big proponent of the Escape City ever since it was introduced. Alas, I managed to find one in my size at the LBS and the geometry felt a little off to me for some reason.



I find the bike to fit me perfectly, so far even the factory saddle is comfortable. I really did not like the way bikes looked with fenders etc.. But I just cant take my eyes off this thing. Road to the store, and then just keep going & going. The rear cassette's first 6 gears are pretty close together, for fine shifting, with a couple larger gears for hills. Notice the tiny bell on the left side of the handle bar, very pleasing to the ear and still gets your point across. The shift indicators actually tell what gear your in, and the comfort grips are just that (comfortable)
I know it's only the second day, but it appears Giant hit a homerun with this bike.
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That looks like a great bike!! I love my Giant Escape RX. The only thing I wish it had..... less Giant stickers. The word Giant is on everything. I guess I'll never forget who makes the bike. Enjoy your new to you ride.
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That looks like a great bike!! I love my Giant Escape RX. The only thing I wish it had..... less Giant stickers. The word Giant is on everything. I guess I'll never forget who makes the bike. Enjoy your new to you ride.
You have this one : http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...0/11659/55826/ WOW, where did that come from ? Can not believe I have missed that bike.. And yes the Escape City is "awesome" bike for the price.
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Nicely done! It looks great. Here in the PNW we need fenders. Lots of wet pavement. Looks like a great bike.
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Enjoy it, the Escapes are great. Giant has a winner on its hands, they're pretty popular at our LBS that stocks Giant.
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Nice looking bike. What made you choose the giant over the Trek? Did you ride both, and just like the Giant more?

I went to a Trek dealer today and looked at the 7.2. It looked like a great bike, but I was dressed in business clothes on my lunch break (and it was snowing), so I didn't take it for a ride.

I've think I've narrowed it down to the 7.2 and Giant 1/2, and I will test ride both this Friday, but I wanted to see what your opinion is on both of them as well (I haven't seen the giant in person yet.
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Nice looking bike. What made you choose the giant over the Trek? Did you ride both, and just like the Giant more?

I went to a Trek dealer today and looked at the 7.2. It looked like a great bike, but I was dressed in business clothes on my lunch break (and it was snowing), so I didn't take it for a ride.

I've think I've narrowed it down to the 7.2 and Giant 1/2, and I will test ride both this Friday, but I wanted to see what your opinion is on both of them as well (I haven't seen the giant in person yet.
I test rode the FX 7.2, 7.3,7.5 & DS 8.3 on Saturday, Had decided on the 7.2, because I did not like the green on the 7.3, the 7.5 was getting to close to my Allez, and then seen the Giant on Craigslist as new in a large. Went and test rode it also, it rode very close to the FX models, Really didn't like the fenders, and it was 5 months old. Came with all paper work and bill of sale, plus KrytoFlex lock, and some lights,(still in the box). Made an offer but the man refused, so was going back and pick up my FX 7.2 today, am going to start commuting to work. But Sunday the man called and decided to except my offer, went and picked up the bike, and it was pouring rain. By that afternoon, (around 1:30) the sun came out, and started riding it, an adjusting the saddle for me, plus had a front brake squeal. I knew after about 30 minutes, this was one of the best riding bikes I have been on. Its also very light weight, in a large, with the lock mounted, and some lights I already had, plus empty water bottle, weighed 33 pounds, not bad for all that bike. Could not stop riding it Monday, and then yesterday. That Sram VIA is the best shifting components, and it only takes your thumb, up shifting & down Shifting. It is hands down probably the best riding bike I've had. Would never have bought it new though, because the Sram components, fenders, etc.. and thought it weighed more. Do yourself a favor and get the ESCAPE CITY, you will not regret it. I did get a good buy on mine, but would pay retail with no problem. The Allez has completely hit the back burner, tried riding it yesterday. But just wanted to go back home after a few pictures, and get on the Giant. and this bike is sweet. Well have to head out for work, hope this helps.
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Sorry for kind of jumping around in my post, but typed in like 5 minutes .. &now am on my phone.
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Thanks for the reply. I'll make sure to ride an escape city if the LBS has one in stock.
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That looks like a great bike!! I love my Giant Escape RX. The only thing I wish it had..... less Giant stickers. The word Giant is on everything. I guess I'll never forget who makes the bike. Enjoy your new to you ride.
One of the reasons I picked up a couple 2012 Giant Seek 1's for the girls - much more understated in black on black. In general loud graphics get dated pretty quick - understated is more classic.

Nice to see more brands using colors as accents against a black base color this year though. Definately classy.
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Thanks for the reply. I'll make sure to ride an escape city if the LBS has one in stock.
Without the Sram VIA components it might be just another good bike, and maybe not a great bike. Also Giants name is on every part ... Did not notice it till I read tbe post above.
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