Hello all, first post here, and I'm a beginner cyclist, so go easy on me. (Short story, this thread will contain my impressions and photos (EDIT: Post with photos visible HERE) of this bicycle once I get to ride with it more)
Helped along by the 2013 thread and my LBS I decided on the Escape City line for the balance between weight, speed, commuting possibilities, and price. I test rode the 2014 models a few weeks ago but due to some time needed to straighten out the budget, I put buying it on hold. I'm glad I did!
It seems Giant just released their 2015 line of bicycles, and the Escape City seemed to get a nice update. Per their spec sheet, compared to the 2014 model, the 2015 has a better handlebar, better pedals, slightly better rack, and a different chain (unsure if better or worse). Everything else on the specs are the same (SRAM Via, etc.). What I did not expect was the difference in the frame design not mentioned on the website.
My LBS had only one bike in stock, thankfully in large (I am 6'2"), and they literally finished putting it together as I entered the store for display. It has a lighter all-gray color, internal wiring for the gearing and brakes (very clean finish), a flatter top tube (with the top tube extending further back to the rear wheel), and is even lighter than the 2014 model. In fact, the large 2015 is noticeably lighter than a medium 2014 model (no large 2014 in stock). The weight reduction supposedly has something to do with the new tube design according to the shop, but I am not sure.
After a brief test ride, I found it rode exactly like the 2014 models I tested out (stiff, smooth, fast, etc.). At only $25 more, I figured the improvements were worth it (especially considering the weight), and took the plunge.
I still have to get a seat pack and other myriad accessories for commuting and riding around, but I rode it around a hilly town for about 2.5 miles today to get a feel for how much cardio I need to work on (mostly a weightlifting guy here). Very smooth and fast, only a bit of rattle from all the extra components (may be the front fender), and most importantly it is a blast to ride. The front gearing needs adjusting again, as shifting to the faster third gear takes some effort beyond the initial "click" of the shifter.
Otherwise, very happy and excited so far. More impressions and photos to come soon.