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    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.
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    Congrats on the new ride - looking forward to the pics!

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    Just a quick update (still no photos just yet!), the bike has seen around 200 miles by my estimation. After some bike fitting at my LBS, I've found it to be a very comfortable ride, even for 10+ mile routes. On the rough roads of Cincinnati, Ohio, I do wish I had front suspension like on the Giant Roam (odd to see there's no 2015 model), but I'm getting better at finding smoother lines at various speeds.

    On it I've got a water bottle cage, a frame pump, a Cygolite 800, rear Danger Zone tail light, medium seat bag, and a bit more room to expand if I need a couple other things on.

    More to come later, still an awesome bike with flexibility for almost anything. And it goes very fast.
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    Great. My Giant Escape has a rattle that I cannot isolate. It annoys me when going over pavement that is not smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by practical View Post
    Great. My Giant Escape has a rattle that I cannot isolate. It annoys me when going over pavement that is not smooth.
    Hey practical, if it's a 2015 model with the internal cable routing, I found that it is the rear brake/gear cables that are rattling against the inside of the top tube. When I took the bike to my LBS, we went through a series of rattle tests---the ones where we held those cables taught, the rattle stopped.

    A small price to pay for internal routing though, I've already gotten to where I ignore it. The rattle of my u-lock dangling from by handlebar is much louder anyway. XD
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Matadurr View Post
    Hey practical, if it's a 2015 model with the internal cable routing, I found that it is the rear brake/gear cables that are rattling against the inside of the top tube. When I took the bike to my LBS, we went through a series of rattle tests---the ones where we held those cables taught, the rattle stopped.
    This isn't something that should happen normally. I've ridden so many bikes the last month i've started to lose track, but i've definitely been on more than a few (Sirrus Elite and Trek 7.4 come to mind) that had internal cable routing and no rattling issues. Did you talk about getting it fixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
    This isn't something that should happen normally. I've ridden so many bikes the last month i've started to lose track, but i've definitely been on more than a few (Sirrus Elite and Trek 7.4 come to mind) that had internal cable routing and no rattling issues. Did you talk about getting it fixed?
    I'm not sure if it's something that can get fixed, unless maybe I figure out a way to tighten everything all up? Would that put too much stress on the cables?
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Matadurr View Post
    I'm not sure if it's something that can get fixed, unless maybe I figure out a way to tighten everything all up? Would that put too much stress on the cables?
    Not to knock anyone I haven't met, but if the bike was assembled properly by your LBS there shouldn't be any rattling. At least not based on what i've read and my (albiet limited) experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
    Not to knock anyone I haven't met, but if the bike was assembled properly by your LBS there shouldn't be any rattling. At least not based on what i've read and my (albiet limited) experience.
    Next time I can take it by the LBS, I'll see if it's something they can take a look at. They gave me 6 months of free adjustments with the purchase, so I might as well use it. Thanks.
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    I just wanted to add, looking at an image of the bike on the website, it could just be the way the bike is designed. I see the cable for the RD pops out at the rear chainstay looking a bit loose, so if they're slack in the downtube simply by design there might not be any way to fix it. I'm really not an expert. I just didn't want to send you off blaming your LBS based only on what I said.

    I'd certainly ask them to take a closer look either way.

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    Excellent choice. I bought a 2014 last September and have put over 3,000 miles on it. It's a great bike for getting around town. I'm still in love with the shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
    I just wanted to add, looking at an image of the bike on the website, it could just be the way the bike is designed. I see the cable for the RD pops out at the rear chainstay looking a bit loose, so if they're slack in the downtube simply by design there might not be any way to fix it. I'm really not an expert. I just didn't want to send you off blaming your LBS based only on what I said.

    I'd certainly ask them to take a closer look either way.
    I've heard about the rattle from more than just the practical guy who posted above. I will check though. And no offense, I won't be blaming anyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by memebag View Post
    Excellent choice. I bought a 2014 last September and have put over 3,000 miles on it. It's a great bike for getting around town. I'm still in love with the shifters.
    Ditto on the shifters.

    In other news, I rode it through some very wet conditions today after a heavy rain (bike got soaked while parked ), those fenders are top notch for keeping the rest of me dry when going fast.
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    Cool Giant Escape City 2015 Photographs

    As promised, here are some photos of the bike all decked out for around-town long-distance riding (full-res files on the photobucket links). I may put up a video link if people want a moving tour of the bicycle:




    Extra accessories that didn't come with the bicycle include a Cygolite Expilion 800 lumen headlight, a dual 1-watt DangerZone tailight, a medium size BV seat bag with repair items, a Kryptonite Series 2 U-lock with 4 ft of flex cable mounted to the rear wheel support tube, a Topeak Pocket Rocket frame pump, Topeak adjustable water bottle holder, a Bell Lumen helmet, and a Serfas floor pump.

    When I am commuting, I usually only have the u-lock mounted (headlight and tail light if dark), but for long-distance workouts and trips everything is on, sans u-lock. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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    Another update: was biking to go to a fitness center last night when both tires got stuck in a rut of uneven vacant sidewalk (I don't even know how). Going about 20 mph, I had to fall to the side to avoid slamming the brakes and flying over the handlebars. Lost a lot of skin on the right side of my body in certain places. I'm a milk drinker, so nothing broke, but today I do feel like I fell off a high-speed bike. Thankfully by wearing a helmet I only got a bruise on the side from the impact.

    Bike is messed up a good deal, will update next week on if it is repairable.

    Lesson: always wear your helmet, and if you have got them, biking gloves.
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    Ouch! That really sucks.

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    Any updates? Hows you and your bike holding up?

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    A piece of foam rubber, inserted in the down tube by the rattle, just might alleviate that problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aesop13 View Post
    Any updates? Hows you and your bike holding up?
    Sorry for not updating the thread. After a week I managed to get the bike fixed almost good-as-new at my LBS. Got back on it that same day. The bruised bones and mild concussion have gone away, and I'm just left with the really deep scrapes finally scabbing over (almost three weeks later...). A rough fall, but I've gotten back up to speed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    A piece of foam rubber, inserted in the down tube by the rattle, just might alleviate that problem.
    I may suggest this for a solution next time I take it to my LBS or even do some of my own work on it. Thank you.
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    Just another update nearing the four-month mark. I ride the bike for commuting on average about 3 miles a day, and about 7 miles for warmups to some of my workouts. Impossible to accurately gauge how many miles I've logged since I don't use a cyclocomputer, but an estimation with my averages puts it at around 600 miles. I've had to wipe down the brake rims with alcohol recently to get road grit off (I ride the bike rain or shine), but the fenders do a great job keeping me and important bike parts clean and (mostly) dry. However, I wish the front fender went down a bit more to prevent that much more of stray road spray. May jerry-rig a mudflap if it gets bad in the winter.

    Treads are doing great as well, the bike corners tight, and so far haven't needed to clean or lube anything aside from the brake rims.

    Also, knock on wood, I haven't wrecked it again since my first major fall, despite many close run-ins with careless drivers and texting pedestrians.

    Great bike, always open to questions if you have any! Otherwise, I'll update this thread if anything major happens, or more likely, when winter weather hits hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Matadurr View Post
    As promised, here are some photos of the bike all decked out for around-town long-distance riding (full-res files on the photobucket links). I may put up a video link if people want a moving tour of the bicycle:




    Extra accessories that didn't come with the bicycle include a Cygolite Expilion 800 lumen headlight, a dual 1-watt DangerZone tailight, a medium size BV seat bag with repair items, a Kryptonite Series 2 U-lock with 4 ft of flex cable mounted to the rear wheel support tube, a Topeak Pocket Rocket frame pump, Topeak adjustable water bottle holder, a Bell Lumen helmet, and a Serfas floor pump.

    When I am commuting, I usually only have the u-lock mounted (headlight and tail light if dark), but for long-distance workouts and trips everything is on, sans u-lock. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
    Great looking bike. At first glance I almost spit out my coffee when I saw that paper thin top tube, but after looking at it again I think it just looks really cool and unique. Looks like a fine comfortable commuter. Definitely question how long the components will last in this price range because you seem like a serious rider logging some pretty heavy miles...but then again you would have to think a commuter bike like this was built to be very durable.

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    Short and sweet update. I've put well over 1000 miles on the bike. Still going great. Been through all kinds of weather with it, from pouring rain to deep snow, and it hasn't disappointed. Only maintenance I've done so far is slightly true up the wheels and clean/re-lube the chain and cassettes. I used Dupont Teflon Chainsaver, and probably used a bit too much, but I went out for a ride yesterday for 17 miles and it did just fine, shifting especially was as smooth as when I bought the bike. I felt a bit slower than usual though, and there wasn't a headwind, so I'm not sure if the lube has done something else?

    Hardly any wear on the treads, which rocks. Thankfully no more wrecks since my first big one back in September. May update again after all the winter mess is over and spring starts, as that will be a true test of the bike. Any questions, just ask!
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Matadurr View Post
    Hey practical, if it's a 2015 model with the internal cable routing, I found that it is the rear brake/gear cables that are rattling against the inside of the top tube. When I took the bike to my LBS, we went through a series of rattle tests---the ones where we held those cables taught, the rattle stopped.

    A small price to pay for internal routing though, I've already gotten to where I ignore it. The rattle of my u-lock dangling from by handlebar is much louder anyway. XD

    I found if you pull the rear brake cable from the front to tighten and lock it in place with a cable wrap, it lessen the rattle significantly.

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    You might want to look into fender extensions, the long ones, from Planet Bike. I'll bet they would pop rivet right on, and give you more coverage. They are cheap, and work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SocalCarl View Post
    I found if you pull the rear brake cable from the front to tighten and lock it in place with a cable wrap, it lessen the rattle significantly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    You might want to look into fender extensions, the long ones, from Planet Bike. I'll bet they would pop rivet right on, and give you more coverage. They are cheap, and work well.
    Great suggestions from both, will try sometime soon!
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    I"m interested in how you mounted the Kryptonite U-lock to the rack and frame. I can see what looks like a velcro strip to the rack. What is holding the lock to the bottom of the seatstay? Is that the holder that came with the lock? Does it rattle or rub against the seatstay?

    I have the same lock/cable combo and am looking for a better way to secure to the bike, rather than have them in my trunk bag where they take up too much room.

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