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Chisel vs Giant Talon 1

Old 05-14-21, 10:55 AM
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Chisel vs Giant Talon 1

Hey guys, I ride xc/trail singletrack and I was thinking about upgrading to a sort of midrange budget hardtail and I couldn't decide between the Chisel or Giant Talon 1. I wasn't really clear on whether the Talon had the internal routing for a dropper. The dropouts on the Talon seemed a bit objectionable but not really a deal breaker (I prefer thru-axels but idk) and the Talon's stock tires looked better than the Chisel's. Also the Talon is like $300 cheaper so... ya idk.
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Are you looking at used bikes?

I ask since the Chisel on Specialized site goes for no less than $1600 where as the Talon 1 is $880.

If you have the money, I would say go for the Chisel. But the Talon for that price range on bikes under $1000 is hard to beat.

Specialized Rockhoppers seem to be more comparable to the Talon's.


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The subject has been beat here extensively but you do not want to buy a new disc bike with QR. It's not an upgrade. Aside from the annoyance of using the bike, you'll be stuck with an obsolete configuration with no path to upgrade.
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Chisel for sure. The chisel is in a completely different league. The Specialized Rockhopper Comp is the bike that’s equivalent to the Talon 1. If compared to the Rockhopper, I’d go with the Rockhopper elite.
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