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    Question 2013 Giant Escape 0 vs Escape RX-1

    Hey all,

    New to the forums and just getting back into biking after not having ridden much since I was a teenager on a mountain bike.

    I knew I was looking for a hybrid and that I was willing to spend around $1,000 to get something I could grow into and get years of use out of. I tried a Jamis Coda Elite and found, much to my surprise, that I wasn't really a fan of the steel frame compared to the aluminum frame and carbon forks of the higher end Giant Escapes.

    In any case, I ended up picking up the Escape RX-1 a couple of days ago over the Escape 0 based on my mistaken belief that the Escape 0 didn't have a carbon fork.

    Now that I've realized that it *does* have a carbon fork, I was wondering if you lot could convince me that the RX-1 overall is a sufficient upgrade over the Escape 0 to make it worth forgoing the awesome matte black paint scheme of the Escape 0.

    Having ridden the RX-1 around a bit in the last couple of days, I've really enjoyed it, though frankly I'm not yet at a fitness level to go long enough distances to really feel the comfort difference between the 28mm and 32mm tires anyway.

    Basically, I'd like some reassurance that the RX 1 is sufficiently better than the Escape 0 to be worth a paint scheme I like slightly less and a price that is a bit higher.
    Last edited by Pedalocity; 06-24-13 at 08:12 PM. Reason: Clarification

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    I'm not sure its better. They both seem quite close to me, to be honest, but my sensibility gives a slight nod to the Escape 0 for utility, practicality and so on, with the RX1 being a tad more aggressive in terms of speed. But again, they seem very close and certainly the difference between the tire widths is at most trivial. It is also trivial to put 32's on the RX1 and 28's on the Escape 0, so its not like whatever difference the tire brings can't be negated once you replace them further on down the road.

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    Depends what you see yourself doing with the bike -- now and down the road a bit.
    If you are mainly riding for fitness, commuting with a light/no load ... i.e. more or less 'road riding', the RX1 you bought is significantly better. Frame material and fork are higher-quality, lighter and probably more comfortable over the long haul; the drivetrain is road-oriented.
    If you see yourself doing lightly to moderately loaded touring, might be different; the frame/fork on the Escape 0 - though heavier - is probably slightly better suited to carrying a load; so too the drivetrain is better adapted to loaded touring.
    Not much in it, though; both are very good bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
    Depends what you see yourself doing with the bike -- now and down the road a bit.
    If you are mainly riding for fitness, commuting with a light/no load ... i.e. more or less 'road riding', the RX1 you bought is significantly better. Frame material and fork are higher-quality, lighter and probably more comfortable over the long haul; the drivetrain is road-oriented.
    If you see yourself doing lightly to moderately loaded touring, might be different; the frame/fork on the Escape 0 - though heavier - is probably slightly better suited to carrying a load; so too the drivetrain is better adapted to loaded touring.
    Not much in it, though; both are very good bikes.
    This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for. I am much more focused on using the bike for fitness and light/no-load commuting for fun, rather than for day to day commuting with a heavier load, and I was looking for a fairly aggressive hybrid that I would be able to grow my skills into for the next few years.

    I'm glad to hear the RX 1 fits that bill and most importantly that it is significantly lighter than the RX 1

    Thanks for your input!

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    If you look at the specs they have mostly minor differences. Rx-1 is outfitted with all road bike components whereas escape 0 has all mountain bike parts; both are mid-grade. Road bike parts are, well, designed for better road riding and apparently a bit more fragile. Rx-1 has ALUXX-SL(lighter) grade frame compare to escape's ALUXX grade. The hubs for Rx-1 is 24/28 spoke count compare to Escape's 32. so the wheels are slightly lighter. They are both boat anchor though. The geometry is exactly the same, so all in all not that much difference.

    But hell, if you already bought it, no need to bother thinking about returning it.

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    Wow, that RX-1 looks like it's a really nice bike! That silver and black is really sweet.........

    I'm a big fan of triples, and that 50-39-30 is close to what I consider perfect (50-40-30). It will do really well on roads and MUPs.

    It's not like you can't put bigger tires on it when you wear them out. Heck, you might not want to.

    Congrats on the new bike - me thinks you made the right choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Wow, that RX-1 looks like it's a really nice bike! That silver and black is really sweet.........

    I'm a big fan of triples, and that 50-39-30 is close to what I consider perfect (50-40-30). It will do really well on roads and MUPs.

    It's not like you can't put bigger tires on it when you wear them out. Heck, you might not want to.

    Congrats on the new bike - me thinks you made the right choice.
    Thank you very much!

    Brought it by the shop I bought it from today to get a small bag fitted behind the saddle and get the saddle itself leveled and moved back slightly under the guidance of one of the experts there.

    I'm really loving the bike so far, the responsiveness is really amazing.

    And yes, I'll throw up a picture of it on this thread later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalocity View Post
    Thank you very much!

    Brought it by the shop I bought it from today to get a small bag fitted behind the saddle and get the saddle itself leveled and moved back slightly under the guidance of one of the experts there.

    I'm really loving the bike so far, the responsiveness is really amazing.

    And yes, I'll throw up a picture of it on this thread later.
    How much did you pay for the RX-1 by the way?

    On the Giant website it goes for $1075, if you got it even cheaper thats awesome

    I was able to purchase my 0 at $780.00 before Tax..

    In end, buy what you can afford..

    I purchased the 0 because of my budget and the value the 0 gave me.....

    So you definitely made the right choice for yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Escape 0 View Post
    How much did you pay for the RX-1 by the way?

    On the Giant website it goes for $1075, if you got it even cheaper thats awesome

    I was able to purchase my 0 at $780.00 before Tax..

    In end, buy what you can afford..

    I purchased the 0 because of my budget and the value the 0 gave me.....

    So you definitely made the right choice for yourself
    I paid the Canadian list of $1059.00, I probably could have gotten the bike for cheaper, but I wanted to get it from my LBS for the set-up and after sales support.

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    A picture as promised:



    That's as fitted with a Serfas E-Gel Saddle, a bottle holder, cable lock, seatpost bag, and a couple of cheap lights.
    Last edited by Pedalocity; 06-25-13 at 06:50 PM. Reason: Fixed picture size

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    That's a sharp bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalocity View Post
    I paid the Canadian list of $1059.00, I probably could have gotten the bike for cheaper, but I wanted to get it from my LBS for the set-up and after sales support.
    LBS are truly the best. I shopped at several bike shops across San Diego. I was lucky enough that my LBS not only offered some of the best bikes but the best quality service as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalocity View Post
    A picture as promised:



    That's as fitted with a Serfas E-Gel Saddle, a bottle holder, cable lock, seatpost bag, and a couple of cheap lights.
    Nice and congratulations! You really should get a U-lock for your new baby, those cables are pretty useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikaika777 View Post
    Nice and congratulations! You really should get a U-lock for your new baby, those cables are pretty useless.
    Thanks. I haven't bothered with a U-lock as of yet because I live in the suburbs and won't be full on commuting with the bike, so I'm more concerned with deterring casual thieves than with being able to lock my bike up for several hours unattended in higher risk areas.

    Basically, I don't want the weight and extra key to deal with until I actually need it.

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    That's a handsome bike. Excellent choice, enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed702 View Post
    That's a handsome bike. Excellent choice, enjoy!
    Thanks, and I am very much enjoying it. To avoid reposting, you can check out my thread in the clydes forum to see the grips, bar ends and pedals I've added, not to mention the fun I'm having riding it.

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    Nice ride fellow Canuck...You have a put a down payment on all the accesories you will be adding in the future...I thought Cycling would be a lot cheaper than Harleys... Heck i was wrong...Have fun, looks like you picked right.
    I was seriously looking at the Giant but ran across the Cannondale and fell in love with it...Plus the LBS is a lot closer to me...
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