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Any experience with Giant Escape 1?

Old 01-26-17, 10:02 AM
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Any experience with Giant Escape 1?

I've been looking for a bike. Fitness/commuting/errands and maybe day trips if this works out. I've done my due diligence. Looked at Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, KHS, Raleigh. Seems to me the bikes are more alike than they are different. At least as far as entry level bikes and a casual rider like me is concerned. The Giant Escape medium frame feels good to me and none of the others felt "better" as far as I could tell from taking quick rides around the parking lot or 10 minutes on an exercise stand. So I'm going with the Giant because I got the best vibe from that local dealer.

I'm trying to decide between Escape 1 and 2. Mostly because I like the idea of the disc on the 1 disc model. We do get more rain here than most places and I've read the disc is good for that. I have two questions I'm hoping people can help me with.

1) Are disc brakes (I think these are hydraulic not mechanical which surprised me) a good idea for a fitness/commuting rider who will be dealing with bad weather?

2) The 1 upgrades shifters, derailleurs, and crank from the 2 and has a 9 speed cassette instead of 8. The extra gear is on the low end 34 instead of 32. The crank also goes lower 26/36/48 inistead of 28/38/48. It has a carbon fork instead of aluminum. It costs $600 while the 2 is $415. The disc model is $650 and adds just the disc brakes to the Escape 1. I can afford the extra but is the Escape 1 a good value at the 45% to 57% increase?

I don't figure there is a definitive answer but I'm interested in the opinions of anyone who is familiar with the escapes or who is using discs on a hybrid. Thanks alot for anything you can tell me.
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Old 01-26-17, 10:14 AM
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I don't see $200 worth of value in an Escape 1 over an Escape 2. I bought an Escape City (priced between the two, but basically an Escape 2 with fenders and a rear rack). I mounted a big trunk bag and panniers on it. Great for grocery store trips.
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I have no actual experience with either bike, other than having looked them both over at an LBS. The sales person really tried to push the Escape 1 on me. But I do not trust composite forks (or composite anything else for that matter). The Escape 2 was a nice looking bike though. I also looked at the Escape City, which is the way I might have gone had I actually been interested in a purchase. The reason I stopped in that shop to look was really just curiosity. Some told me that the Giant Escape frame was the same frame as my Specialized. Not sure if that's true, really, but other than the fact that the Giant had a thread-less headset and mine is threaded, the frames looked identical.
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Originally Posted by memebag View Post
I don't see $200 worth of value in an Escape 1 over an Escape 2. I bought an Escape City (priced between the two, but basically an Escape 2 with fenders and a rear rack). I mounted a big trunk bag and panniers on it. Great for grocery store trips.
I looked at the City too because I intend to add fenders and rack to whatever I end up buying. I'm a little surprised they went to the trouble of adding a seperate model with fenders & rack but didn't bother color matching. The fenders look just like an after-market fender. The rack didn't look any sturdier than the axiom journey I'm looking at. Though I bet it's lighter. It does appear to sit a bit more forward than the journey - maybe that's better for balance but I'm just guessing there.

I tried adding the price difference between the shifter-derailluer-crank offerings for both bikes and I came up with somewhere between $70 and $100. It's tough to track (at least for me) because the info listed by the bike maker doesn't always seem to match exactly to any models sold by the component makers. I have no idea what the price difference should be between the aluminum and the carbon fork or between the S-X2 and S-X3 tires.

I guess this will come down to how much I trust the LBS and how bad I want those disc brakes.
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The part I like best of this:
You got a good feeling from the Giant bike shop.

Now for my 2 cents. I look at this as a great second bike. Let me explain. (only my opinion).
Buy the Escape 1 with disks (especially if they are hydraulic). But some Axiom fenders, and the Journey rear rack. Usually the shop will install any accessories free on a new bike. I have gotten 20% off on accessories as well at time of purchase.

Enjoy this bike, and you will. But this time next year you may well be looking to upgrade. As in, adding something a little more sporty for the fitness aspect. Keeping the Escape as an exceptional grocery getter, etc.

Hope this helps.

Post some photo's once you get it.

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P.S. I have racks and fenders on all of my bikes. My favorite rack is the Journey, and the Axiom fenders are great, I have 4 sets.
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