Last winter my wife and I decided that after 18 years on a couple of old hybrids we needed new bikes. So we purchased a couple of Giant Escape RX 0's. You can follow that thread here.http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...X-0?highlight=. Well after over 8k miles and 13 months of use we decided to look at the new cf model…. the Escape RX Composite. The price was right but, and it was a big but for me, Giant decided to use non-series shimano parts instead of the 105's on the RX0s. So we figured we would wait to see if next years model might have better components of course at a higher price. My LBS gave me a great deal, offered to sell the new Composites at $300 off msrp and swap out the 105's on the RX0s for $50.00. All I needed was to buy a couple of 105 FD (as the Composites use braze-on mounts) and new cassettes. So for around $1375.00 each we have two new Escape RX Composites with complete 105 drivetrains. One of the other RX0s has been sold and the other should be in a couple of days. The new bikes have about 100 miles on them so far and better than met our expectations. Here are a few pics of mine. Please excuse the dirt as the pollen season has started here in North Central Florida. btw the new bikes are about 2 pounds less than the RX 0s were. W/0 any stuff mine which is a large is around 18 with the 105s, GP 4 season tires and my wife's, a small, 17.8 lbs. of course once we add the bags, computers, etc it will be more
The requisite garage door shot of the entire bike.
You can see the ergon grips and handlebar bag bracket
The drive train
The frame has the built in "ride sense". I haven't yet placed the speed or cadence magnets on the bike.
Giant added rack mounts on the bike. I don't know of any other carbon frame with them. It's a nice touch for a tourist.
Another shot of the rack mounts. Instead of including hardware they are simply plugged. A screw driver later and …….
I know there have been a couple of other Composite posts but thought you might be interested in soon close up photos and the drive train upgrade. After only 100 miles I can say that these are truly wonderful hybrids.