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    Any thoughts on the Giant Escape R3 2015

    So today I collected my new bike. I'm sure it's not an amazing bike in comparison to the pro bikes that some people here certainly have. But I really like it so far. I think it's what you'd call a hybrid bike.
    I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about this bike, has an opinion on it, etc.

    I'm in Japan, so I'm not certain if this model is specific to Japan or is just generally available everywhere. When I Google search the bike the results all seem to be on Japanese websites or in some way Japan related.
    Anyway. I've just broken it in and had a quick seven mile ride home from the shop, it felt great. Very smooth gear changes, light frame, great brakes and generally very solid feeling.
    It comes only with a bell, so I bought lights and had a rack put on it. I bought a nice set of waterproof ortlieb panniers and a waterproof iPhone holder for the handlebars. I really enjoyed the ride home.
    So does anyone have any thoughts on the bike?

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    I am going to assume that the American equivalent is the Escape 3. I have the Escape 1 which I like a lot. The Escape 1 has 9 gears and a composite fork. It costs about $250 more. I think you're getting your money's worth on this bike. I'm not sold on the composite fork as this bike seems more affected by road bumps than my old chromoly frame bike. I like having the extra gear.

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    I'm not sure if it's the same as the escape 3, or what the differences might be if it isn't. I was actually surprised that it's the 2015 model. When I ordered it two weeks ago I was under the impression I had ordered the usual escape 3, and that it was a 2013 model.
    But I can't complain. It seemed very smooth and I'm really happy with it so far. I'm going to test it out on a bigger ride in the next couple of days.
    I could feel the bumps on the road but it doesn't have suspension so I suppose that's normal, and it is a bike, not a Mercedes Benz, so I wasn't expecting the smooth ride I get in the car.
    I was expecting the standard seat to be uncomfortable but it's actually very comfortable.
    It seems to be a great bike for a few hundred pounds.
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    That doesn't look at all like the 2015 escape line. The new ones have a flat upper bar.
    You can see what I mean in this pic of 2015 escape 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mario23 View Post
    That doesn't look at all like the 2015 escape line. The new ones have a flat upper bar.
    You can see what I mean in this pic of 2015 escape 2.
    I'm not great with bike language so I'm not too sure what you mean when you say "upper bar". If you mean the handlebar, they do look different to the one in your picture. But it looks exactly the same as any other 2015 escape R3 I Google search for . Like these:-

    SBC????NEWS????? : GIANT ESCAPE R3 (2015????)????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alsan View Post
    I'm not great with bike language so I'm not too sure what you mean when you say "upper bar". If you mean the handlebar, they do look different to the one in your picture.
    He means the top tube, which is the bar which runs from the base of the seat pole to the stem.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    He means the top tube, which is the bar which runs from the base of the seat pole to the stem.
    Oh. I see. Thanks. Perhaps it's the angle in the picture. The top bar looks pretty flat to me. Is this the bit we're talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alsan View Post
    Oh. I see. Thanks. Perhaps it's the angle in the picture. The top bar looks pretty flat to me. Is this the bit we're talking about?
    That is the bit he is talking about and it does look that your top tube isn't as flat as the 2015 Giant Escape's.

    Perhaps for the Japanese market they are using different frames or it actually is a 2013 model?
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    Junior Member Alsan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    That is the bit he is talking about and it does look that your top tube isn't as flat as the 2015 Giant Escape's.

    Perhaps for the Japanese market they are using different frames or it actually is a 2013 model?
    Maybe it is different in Japan then. I asked several times exactly which model and year it was (via my Japanese friend, in order to be accurate) the bike shop said it was definitely the 2015 model.
    They even wanted to take a picture as I was the first person to get that model from them.
    Either way, it's an Escape 3 and it seems great, I can't say I really care what year it is, I only wanted to know so I could read about the bike online. It's much more sensetive to bumps on the road, but that's because of the thinner wheels than I'm used to on a bike.

    I'd be interested to see more giant escape pictures. I'd like to know about the differences between escape models.

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    This is my Giant Escape 0 2014. Only got it a few weeks ago but i love it.
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    I picked up a 2015 Escape 3 about two months ago.
    This isn't the best photo in the world, but here is what it looks like. Everything is stock except the handlebar grips, which I swapped out for the Escape 1/2 version.

    2014-07-13 16.48.01.jpg

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...5994/#overview

    It's my first bike since I was a child. I go for a few 10 mile rides a week and it has served me well.
    I'm not sure what version you have Alsan, but maybe it's a Japan variant of the USA Escape series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waranx View Post
    This is my Giant Escape 0 2014. Only got it a few weeks ago but i love it.
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    Looks great. I'd quite like some of those grips you have on the end of the handlebars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blizzie View Post
    I picked up a 2015 Escape 3 about two months ago.
    This isn't the best photo in the world, but here is what it looks like. Everything is stock except the handlebar grips, which I swapped out for the Escape 1/2 version.

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    Escape 3 (2015) (2014) | Giant Bicycles | United States

    It's my first bike since I was a child. I go for a few 10 mile rides a week and it has served me well.
    I'm not sure what version you have Alsan, but maybe it's a Japan variant of the USA Escape series?
    Looks good. And it does seem to have a much thinner top bar (my newly learned terminology) than my one. Maybe there is something different in the R3, which is what my one is called. It's printed on it.
    Mine is also the first bike I've purchased since I was younger. I probably only ride about thirty miles a week on average. But some of that is quite extreme uphill which is what made me want a slightly better bike than I was using.
    Your tyres look thicker than mine too. Mine look more like a racing bike tyre, with very little grip on.
    Whatever it is I'm really enjoying it. It's made riding more fun and certainly easier. I'm really impressed with how smooth the gear changes are. It's certainly a good value bike.
    My friend just purchased a bike for 16,000 which I'm sure is good for him, he's very competitive and likes to enter small competitions sometimes. But for 300, which is what mine cost, i think it's a great bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alsan View Post
    Looks good. And it does seem to have a much thinner top bar (my newly learned terminology) than my one. Maybe there is something different in the R3, which is what my one is called. It's printed on it.
    Mine is also the first bike I've purchased since I was younger. I probably only ride about thirty miles a week on average. But some of that is quite extreme uphill which is what made me want a slightly better bike than I was using.
    Your tyres look thicker than mine too. Mine look more like a racing bike tyre, with very little grip on.
    Whatever it is I'm really enjoying it. It's made riding more fun and certainly easier. I'm really impressed with how smooth the gear changes are. It's certainly a good value bike.
    My friend just purchased a bike for 16,000 which I'm sure is good for him, he's very competitive and likes to enter small competitions sometimes. But for 300, which is what mine cost, i think it's a great bike.
    If you're happy with the purchase and enjoy using it, that's what matters the most.
    Enjoy your ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alsan View Post
    Looks great. I'd quite like some of those grips you have on the end of the handlebars.
    Those are Connect Ergo Max Plus grips, ordered them from Giant. They feel solid and work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waranx View Post
    Those are Connect Ergo Max Plus grips, ordered them from Giant. They feel solid and work well.
    Thanks. I'll check it out.

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