Giant's Talon 27.5 4 is like Goldilocks: not too big, not too small. The 27.5-inch wheels provide the acceleration and lightweight feel of a 26-inch wheel, with the traction and efficiency of a 29er. It all starts with Giant's ALUXX aluminum frame that's tough, yet light and responsive, just what you need for singletrack excursions. Then you get a SunTour fork with 100mm of suspension to float you through the rough stuff. For the shifting, a Shimano 27-speed drivetrain tackles the hills, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide great speed control on the way down. And up or down, 27.5-inch Giant wheels and knobby tires grip with authority and roll over anything in your way.
27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.
Efficiency: Increasing the wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle at which round objects meet square objects). The lower the angle, the easier it is to roll over obstacles and maintain momentum.
Traction: With a larger diameter, the tire's contact patch increases, putting more rubber on the trail. A 27.5-inch (650B) has nearly the same contact patch as a 29er for superb acceleration, braking and cornering.
Weight: The weight of a 27.5 wheel, tire and tube is only 5% more than an identically built 26-inch wheel. Compare this to a 12% increase with a 29-inch wheel. Lighter wheels mean a lighter bike, and better climbing and acceleration.
|Frame||Giant ALUXX aluminum|
|Fork||SR SunTour XTC MLO, 100mm-travel|
|Hubs||Giant Tracker Sport|
|Tires||Giant Sport, 27.5 x 2.1|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Altus|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Alivio|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano, 9-speed: 11-34|
|Handlebars||Giant Sport, low-rise|
|Brake Levers||Tektro hydraulic|
|Brakes||Tektro hydraulic disc, 6-inch rotors|
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- Versatile (3)
- Shifts great on inclines
- Poor componets
- Poor quality
- Wears out quickly
- Commuting/city (2)
- Mountain biking (2)
- Easy trails no jumps
- Road biking
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- Mountain Biking
This is an amazing entry level mountain bike.
- Mountain Biking
Rode all over Cameron park. Zero problems. Even caught some air.
- Shifts Great On Inclines
- Poor Construction
- Wears Out Quickly
- Poor Componets
- Road Biking
- Easy Trails No Jumps
I ride pretty hard(5'10" 240lbs all muscle), and this bike just could not handle what I had to dish out. The crank started falling apart after 2 weeks. I wish it didn't fall apart because I loved riding this bike. Great engineering with poor componets. Bicycle world was awesome though and took back the Talon and got me into a Jamis nemesis sport. Now to put this one through the test. I don't know if I'll ever trust Giant again.