Carrera Gryphon vs. Giant Escape 3 - fast advice needed
Hi all, I'm trying to figure out which bike to get. I will be using it mostly for road and dirt track/towpaths etc. Nothing too challenging, a general use bike, that may come in handy for commuting in a few years. I will be taking it to uni when I go this September.
I can get the Carerra Gryphon for about £350 from Halfords or the Giant Escape 3 for about £250 from a local store. The Giant Escape 3 has a £50 off deal which will last until tomorrow (30/06/13), so I would love some advice quickly if possible!
This will be my 18th birthday present, and I think that my mother wouldn't be too happy paying the extra £100 for the Gryphon. She is also complaining that it is too much of a 'road bike' in that its thin tyres will not be suitable for anything other than roads and gravel paths. I have fallen in love with it however, but I don't know how likely it would be for me to get it.
Is the Escape 3 a good bike, comparable to the Gryphon?
I have an Escape 3. I'd personally go for it rather than the Gryphon for a few reasons.
1. I'd rather buy from a normal Bike Shop than Halfords. Serious risk of a badly assembled bike, and good chance of poor servicing skills if you go back. I'm not saying every Halfords mechanic is bad, but there's a much bigger chance than at a dedicated bike shop.
2. Cheap disc brakes on the Gryphon are a no-no for me. Would rather decent quality v-brakes like on the escape.
3. The Escape is much better looking, and Giant is a cooler brand.
What you didn't say was if you've ridden both of them. Go ride them--both of them, and then you'll be able to figure it out. The Escape 3 is a very capable 'all rounder' and a really good value. The Gryphon is one that I'm not familiar with.