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Old 06-28-15, 02:22 PM
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2016 Giant Escape 3 Good and Bad!

I have just bought a 2016 Giant Escape 3, and did just short of 20 miles for a test run straight after buying it from the shop.
Well first things first. After riding just a Trek 8.6DS for the last year, riding the Escape is a bit of a culture shock.
The ride is quite harsh, steering is a bit vague, the finishing kit is on the strictly budget end of the scale. Oh , and talking about scales the size L Escape weighs in at 28.5 pounds. That's slightly heavier than the DS! Also stepping down from hydraulic brakes to the Tektro linear pull brakes is a shock.
On the good side of things, the thing is built solidly and is a great looking bike. Wheels seem pretty solid and tyres o.k. too. Also the Tourney group set looks good and performed well enough for the time being.
Overall up to now I'm pretty pleased with the bike for the price.
The whole idea of getting a budget bike was so I would not worry so much when I lock it up and leave it unattended for short amounts of time while i m out and about.
I only wanted a new bike and not second hand, and my budget was strictly under 300.
The question is : could I have got any better for the money?
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Originally Posted by manc
I have just bought a 2016 Giant Escape 3, and did just short of 20 miles for a test run straight after buying it from the shop.
Well first things first. After riding just a Trek 8.6DS for the last year, riding the Escape is a bit of a culture shock.
The ride is quite harsh, steering is a bit vague, the finishing kit is on the strictly budget end of the scale. Oh , and talking about scales the size L Escape weighs in at 28.5 pounds. That's slightly heavier than the DS! Also stepping down from hydraulic brakes to the Tektro linear pull brakes is a shock.
On the good side of things, the thing is built solidly and is a great looking bike. Wheels seem pretty solid and tyres o.k. too. Also the Tourney group set looks good and performed well enough for the time being.
Overall up to now I'm pretty pleased with the bike for the price.
The whole idea of getting a budget bike was so I would not worry so much when I lock it up and leave it unattended for short amounts of time while i m out and about.
I only wanted a new bike and not second hand, and my budget was strictly under 300.
The question is : could I have got any better for the money?
What colors were available on the 2016 escape 3?
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Originally Posted by mrgreefish
What colors were available on the 2016 escape 3?
2015 2016 New Giant Escape Range | Giant bicycles / Giant bikes UK | United Kingdom Colours available were black or blue here in the U.K. Presuming same colours available worldwide.
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Not very likely that you could have done better for your dollar, new. Giant is usually a pretty good deal!
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Originally Posted by manc
The question is : could I have got any better for the money?
Not unless you wanted a 2nd hand and spend few hours evaluating and upgrading components. I am recent owner of a 2015 the blue one but man this looks damn cool. way more awesomer than mine so yeah i would say your $$$ is well spent.
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I have a 2015 Giant Escape 3 and I LOVE it. I am not a fan of the drop bar roadies and it helps with my lower back.

I will say that I will be upgrading to the "performance hybrid" later - most likely the FastRoad to get the better performance for my output.

Giant makes a great product and it was an investment because I didn't know how much I would enjoy cycling when I bought mine.

I ride everyday and get mad when I can't.
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I don't like how they took away the internal cable routing on the 2016 escape 3. Any other downgrades or upgrades from the 2015 model?

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I have the Escape 1 with internal cable routing. Not sure it's a plus or not. On the plus side, I guess the cables are better off inside the tubes rather than out. On the negative side, they rattle and it's annoying. Also on the negative side is that replacing cables will be a bigger challenge.

I really enjoy my bike. It's a large and it weighs about 27 pounds - much lighter than my old bike. The bike has the Alivio and Altus groupset (9 speed triple). It can be a little "cranky" about shifting. I paid $650, I don't know how much you paid for your bike, but I think it was a fair price in comparison to other bikes.
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Originally Posted by practical
I have the Escape 1 with internal cable routing. Not sure it's a plus or not. On the plus side, I guess the cables are better off inside the tubes rather than out. On the negative side, they rattle and it's annoying. Also on the negative side is that replacing cables will be a bigger challenge.

I really enjoy my bike. It's a large and it weighs about 27 pounds - much lighter than my old bike. The bike has the Alivio and Altus groupset (9 speed triple). It can be a little "cranky" about shifting. I paid $650, I don't know how much you paid for your bike, but I think it was a fair price in comparison to other bikes.
I have the Giant Escape 1 as well and have to agree about the rattling of the cables. I have only had the bike since Monday, and I am still getting used to it after 2.5 years on a Giant Cypress, but so far I love the bike. I have increased my speed by close to 2 mph which was what I was hoping for.
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Originally Posted by jskash
I have the Giant Escape 1 as well and have to agree about the rattling of the cables. I have only had the bike since Monday, and I am still getting used to it after 2.5 years on a Giant Cypress, but so far I love the bike. I have increased my speed by close to 2 mph which was what I was hoping for.
If you can figure out where the rattle is, you might be able to work a piece of sponge in there with a stiff wire.
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Originally Posted by practical
I have the Escape 1 with internal cable routing. Not sure it's a plus or not. On the plus side, I guess the cables are better off inside the tubes rather than out. On the negative side, they rattle and it's annoying. Also on the negative side is that replacing cables will be a bigger challenge.

I really enjoy my bike. It's a large and it weighs about 27 pounds - much lighter than my old bike. The bike has the Alivio and Altus groupset (9 speed triple). It can be a little "cranky" about shifting. I paid $650, I don't know how much you paid for your bike, but I think it was a fair price in comparison to other bikes.
I took my Escape 1 in today for its one month check up. I mentioned the rattle, and it was fixed. I figured out this morning where the rattle was coming from. It was cable going into the top bar from the right hand/rear brake was rattling. When I held the cable tight against the frame the rattle stopped. The LBS guy put a zip tie around it the cable and the top bar and the rattling has stopped! My ride is going to be much quieter from now on.
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Giant Escape 3 2016

Have recently taken delivery of a Giant Escape 3. Purchased from Cyclestore, Congleton.
I had a Giant Expression previously and wanted something more upto date and faster.
The bike is first class. Excellent build quality, as expected. Great design and a really good set of cogs with sensible ratios. The bike looks good and rides really well, fast and agile. The brakes are good and for the money it represents good value.
The seat is a bit hard at first but like everything else that is new it needs getting use to and breaking in. The only thing that could be improved, and this is a minor point, is the trigger on the bell. It would be easier to use if it was off set, in its present position it cannot be operated without moving a hand from the handlebar grip.
A 5 Star Bike
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Originally Posted by cyclops 123
Have recently taken delivery of a Giant Escape 3. Purchased from Cyclestore, Congleton.
I had a Giant Expression previously and wanted something more upto date and faster.
The bike is first class. Excellent build quality, as expected. Great design and a really good set of cogs with sensible ratios. The bike looks good and rides really well, fast and agile. The brakes are good and for the money it represents good value.
The seat is a bit hard at first but like everything else that is new it needs getting use to and breaking in. The only thing that could be improved, and this is a minor point, is the trigger on the bell. It would be easier to use if it was off set, in its present position it cannot be operated without moving a hand from the handlebar grip.
A 5 Star Bike
Had this bike about a year now. It still looks new, not done big miles on it but it's been solid. It's surprising how many compliments the bike gets when your out and about. The bike has a simple understated stealthy look which gives the impression of being more expensive than it is.
Yes, excellent versatile bike.
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went to pick mine up Saturday but noticed a dent in the crossbar so had them order another one,hopefully it'll be ready tomorrow.
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2016 giant escape 3

Originally Posted by mrgreefish
What colors were available on the 2016 escape 3?
Hi available color for 2016 giant escape 3 in u.s are charcole with red stripped design. And a black
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Originally Posted by manc
I only wanted a new bike and not second hand, and my budget was strictly under 300.
The question is : could I have got any better for the money?
That is the sort of question you only ask "before" you spend the money. Don't torture yourself, just be more patient next time and be sure of your purchase.
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I too have a 2016 escape 3, purchased in August 2015. I love it. I use it as my main daily commuter (~20 mi. round trip). About the only knocks I can give it are: 1. The stock seat takes about a year of near daily use to get broke in, and 2. The stock tires are exceptionally prone to flats.
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You may have been able to get a better deal but so what. Enjoy your new bike and don't second guess your choice.
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Congrats on the bike. Looks good. Go ride the heck out of it.
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