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Giant mtn bike 2019 talon 3

Old 01-16-19, 02:03 PM
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Giant mtn bike 2019 talon 3

Hi to all here can any of you tell me if this is a good mtn bike to buy giant 2019 talon 3 with 27.5 inch wheels I rode one and seemed nice.But you all know more than I do iam new to mtn bikes.Thanks to all that reply.
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Old 01-16-19, 05:58 PM
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Can't go wrong with a Giant as they do a good job with design and execution. The Talon is an entry level bike, not meant for hard hitting off road use. It will work nicely on gravel roads and easy two track. If you ride easy on single track it will be fine. As with all bicycles, especially mountain bikes, keep it maintained. Keeping the drive train and the fork stancions clean are essential to long life and keeping the problem monster at bay.
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Old 01-16-19, 08:20 PM
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It uses very cheap low quality components so if your plan is to ride it once in a blue moon, you might be OK if you are looking to do some mountain biking I would look to spend a bit more. However I will say at that price it does have a few items that are slightly better than ones from other manufacturers but not enough to make it a great buy. The Talon 1 is a better buy if you are stuck on Giant but it does use the same cheaper wheels and brakes but the drivetrain components are much better.

Generally if you are looking for Shimano components, Deore or above is a good place to stick for durability and decent ride quality. For forks, lockouts are important and look for something generally in the 100mm travel range and up. Air forks tend to be lighter and generally of higher quality. For brakes, hydraulic is the way to go and Shimano Deore level is good but Magura, TRP and even the new SRAM stuff is actually decent braking wise (I prefer mineral oil to DOT fluid). Wheels I would generally want something with sealed bearings at least for mountain biking but loose ball can work if a quality well sealed hub and frequent cleaning and regreasing is done, a good stout rim is nice along with 28+ spokes unless you are really light. I would also want something with thru-axles to make wheel changes a breeze, sure it will be a touch slower but having that rotor in the same spot everytime leads to no rubbing and also a stiffer and stronger axle which is preferable for MTB. A lot of OEM/stock wheelsets aren't great but can be servicable but a good handbuilt wheelset will last a long long time. Centerlock disc is becoming the new norm and certainly makes swapping rotors an easy task but 6 bolt is still fine and plenty of top hub makers use that ISO pattern. You also want something that is tubeless compatible or tubeless ready/easy if it can't handle tubeless easily then it just isn't worth it. Cranks should be external BBs at this point as they are going to be more sturdy and durable than older square taper designs (generally) and certainly easier to work on trailside. Plus you don't have to worry so much about spindle length anymore.

Going back to drivetrain, a 1X set up is a very excellent set up for a mountain bike because it can be lighter and maybe a little cheaper but more importantly it is less maintenance and one less set of parts to go bad. With today's wide range cassettes and narrow wide chainrings and clutched derailleurs you won't likely drop chains and you can ride similar setups to older 2x and even some 3x set ups that used to be more prevalent on higher end bikes.
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Old 01-17-19, 03:08 PM
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The Talon 3 is a $500 bike. This person is not in the 1000 to 2000 dollar bike market. As long as he rides reasonably sane, no jumps, no wild berms, etc. the bike will do fine. Sticking to dirt roads and smoother two track should be OK. Keeping things clean is super important.
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Old 01-18-19, 12:00 AM
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How much do you weigh and what kind of riding are you planning to do? That is what will limit you on a lower end bike like this. If you are a 250lber then yeah take it easy because the fork will suck, the wheels will bend, and the rear hub will explode. If you are a 150lber then you can go a lot harder on it and it will be ok.
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