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Old 12-06-18, 07:05 PM
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Giant Escape 3

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I am regularly a road cyclist and recently bought a hybrid from Giant. The Escape 3. I like the bike, but the components are crap. I am debating if it is worth upgrading, since I only use it for a 3 mile commute and the opportunity to take my son on a bike ride (He's 18 months). Thoughts?
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I'm going to say no, unless you already have some spare parts in you parts bin, and even then I'd think twice. Without looking up specs I'll assume it's an 8 sp with Acera components. Do you need more gears? You should have gotten the Escape 1 or 0, if you wanted better components.
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It's either Tourney or Altus, and I would also say no. A 3-mile commute is doable on anything, including beach cruiser or a bike share. Upgrading inexpensive bikes don't look like a cost-effective effort.
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Only if it doesn’t work to your satisfaction, or breaks. This is a good enough sort of bike. I’m sympathetic to wanting something nicer but if you save your dollars for a nicer bike it will all get nicer at once and be a better deal.
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Originally Posted by El Davisimo View Post
but the components are crap.
Please describe why the components are crap. Do they fail to work as described? Use it as an example to teach your son to be thrifty.
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Originally Posted by El Davisimo View Post
Hey folks,

I am regularly a road cyclist and recently bought a hybrid from Giant. The Escape 3. I like the bike, but the components are crap. I am debating if it is worth upgrading, since I only use it for a 3 mile commute and the opportunity to take my son on a bike ride (He's 18 months). Thoughts?
Do they work? If everything works, why upgrade for a 3 mile ride? Upgrades the things that matter if they aren't working well and there is no way to fix them - things like brakes & tires.
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They're not crap. The difference in manufacturing cost between low end components and high end components is very small. The price of a higher-end component is higher because retailers take more profit from it, not because it costs much more. The low end Shimano stuff is impressively reliable and durable.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Please describe why the components are crap. Do they fail to work as described? Use it as an example to teach your son to be thrifty.
I appreciate everyone's thoughts here, but let's not tell me how to raise my child. We good?
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I appreciate everyone's thoughts here, but let's not tell me how to raise my child. We good?
Don't introduce the topic then. It was and is extraneous. We good?
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Please describe why the components are crap. Do they fail to work as described?
+100

Are the components actually not working for you? Or did you decide that they must be crap because they're a couple levels down the hierarchy from the DA or Ultegra or 105 that you have on your road bike?

Does it have grip-shifters? Because in my opinion, all grip shifters are crap. They should be replaced with ANY level of new trigger shifters.

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Everyone...Please Stay on topic.
Dude, you removed my hilarious sarcastic comment!
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I love those escape 3s. Plenty of bike for not much money. It'll be around for a long time.
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Originally Posted by El Davisimo View Post
...Giant. The Escape 3. I like the bike, but the components are crap. I am debating if it is worth upgrading, since I only use it for a 3 mile commute and the opportunity to take my son on a bike ride (He's 18 months).
I mean I'm curious why you say they're crap, with the goal of suggesting what might improve things.

If the ride quality sucks it might be worth it to replace the tires.
If it won't stay in the shifted gear without clicking and clacking, it probably needs a tuneup. Cables stretch in the first 100 miles and the derailler needs to be readjusted.
If it's that you don't like the component names, it's probably cheaper to buy a whole new bike with higher level components.
If it's that it shifts fine but shifts slowly under load (or something like that) it's very debateable. Flat bar shifters are cheaper than road bikes, but a lot of times the more expensive version has a higher number of speeds, which mean replacing the shifters, cables, front and real derailler, front and rear cassette, maybe the bottom bracket? Probably not worth it.
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As a big fan of Giant I can see it is a heavily compromised bike to reach a price point but many of the components are good and the frame will be fantastic quality for its price point. I definitely think its worth upgrading but really its down to what you personally want to upgrade to. I can say what I would upgrade to. I would strip out the 3x7 tourney freewheel drivetrain and replace with a 1x8 drivetrain with something like a 11-34T cassette but that requires a lot of component changes but you can always sell on the redundant components that you no longer need. I just like the simplicity and reliability of 1x drivetrains even if it makes hills harder. I also hate freewheels and tourney drivetrains, probably a rare example of Shimano components that are not of acceptable quality for me but most of that is down to the issues with freewheels, weak, water ingress, easy to bend rear axles, freewheel wobble etc.
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