Hello folks, very glad I found a thread for this bike! I need help, YOUR FEEDBACK IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. I hadn't done any biking since I was a child & opted for an Escape Composite RX after reading all the reviews and test riding it for a couple of blocks. I am 5'8 and my LBS told me that the Medium (which was the only composite they had) was good for me. I rode out of the store with it today, I'm so ignorant to biking & wanted it so bad for commuting that I didn't think of asking for a fitting, nor did they offer me one. Upon getting home from a 45mt. ride through the street of NYC, I am hurting!! I feel like when I get on this bike, I'm climbing onto it even though the seat post is only about 4" from the tightening/loosening clamp, if I have to lower it even more, should I have gotten a Small? (Picture attached) I'd like to know if there is anyone here who's my height (5'8") and find out which size they purchased.
Also, the bike shop didn't give me any manuals and pretty much gave me the bike that was on display and that had been test-ridden and charged full price, is that how it works? They said it was when I asked them. Also riding on this seat, my bony rear-end feels as if I had been riding on railroad tracks. I am kind of annoyed now, since I dropped a pretty penny (US 1,450.00 + a $187.56 tax) & looking back, all they did was tune it up downstairs (didn't take long), hand it over to me and didn't test fit me given their experience as a bike shop & the money I spent.
a) Should I have gotten a small given my height (5'8') and how little tube there is left to lower?
b) Was the purchasing process (no manuals, no fitting, display bike @ full price) honest?
Well it took me a little while but today I put my old Topeak Explorer rear rack on my Escape RX composite. I think that this is the only carbon fibre frame I've seen with built in rack mounts. I published some pictures above showing the mounts themselves. However, Giant put plastic plugs in the mount holes instead of supplying the screws. Not a problem pop out the plugs and you will find nice treaded metal inserts. Here are the results...
Overall rack installation.
Close up of seat stay attachment point.
Close up of drop out attachment point. I haven't yet figured out what Giant put the treaded bracket on the non drive side chain stay just before the QC. Any ideas? The next thing I need to do is set up the ride sense.
The bike ready to head to the trail in the morning.
Sir, would you happen to know the model of the rear rack that you installed? I've been looking online but I'd like to make sure that I purchase one that fits properly. Thank you for your time, if not at hand, no worries. Thank you.
Here's the one I used a Topeak Explorer, but I think any one would fit. I just like the Topeak system and have a couple of bags to attach to it. That said I don't care for the Topeak supplied attachment bars as they are a heavy chromed flat metal bar. These I replaced with a couple of bars purchased at my local Trek dealer. I can't remember the part number. Here is a link to the rack on Amazon. Amazon.com : Topeak Explorer Bike Rack : Sports & Outdoors
Brilliant thread guys, thanks for the info. I am about to upgrade my specialized hybrid, i was originally looking at the Escape Rx (or equivalent trek 7.4, Cannondale quick 3, specialized comp) - but now i'm thinking the Composite is the way to go.
But can you help with a few Qus? - I ride road and some short sections of fine gravel trails (about 2-3km 5 x a week) - will the bike be OK on slightly rough sections? - not bad at all, but just want to be safe....i might need 30-32tires (currently use 32).
Also i ride up to 15f degrees / -10c. Is the cold temps OK on the composite frame?
Lastly -(you've probably answered before), is the extra $400/500 for the Composite worth it over the Escape RX?
Very many thanks indeed for any help you can give, much appreciated
Well as I posted on the Foo board a couple of days ago Mrs. DowneasTTer and I just returned from our summer trip. While cleaning my bike sometime during the summer I discovered what looked like a small crack or scratch in the head tube right at the bottom where the bearing face is. I watched it over the next thousand miles of so without any change. Finally took the bike into my LBS yesterday and sure enough it's a crack. Bummer the frame only has about 6k on it at this point. Giant is making good and replacing the frame. Should be in the couple of weeks or so. Until then I'll watch it like a hawk. Anyway, Mrs. DowneasTTer's frame is fine. But if you own one of these do a detail check. Here's a close up pic I just took for a reference.