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Giant Talon 29er 1

Giant

Talon 29er 1
2013

$900.00
Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (10 Reviews)
 

2013 Giant Talon 29er 1

Join the 29er revolution aboard Giant's Talon 29er 1. 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 SR Suntour fork with 100mm of plush suspension and stiff, precise steering to guide you through the rough stuff. And, the build kit is full of Shimano components with 24 speeds for hill-climbing, easy-pedaling action. Tektro disc brakes give you speed control with modulation. And, don't forget Giant's 29-inch wheels with Schwalbe knobbies that roll over anything in your way.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
Frame Giant ALUXX SL aluminum
Fork SR SunTour XCR, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Giant aluminum
Hubs Aluminum
Spokes 14-gauge stainless-steel
Tires Schwalbe Racing Rob, 29 x 2.1
Crankset Shimano
Chainrings 44/32/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Cogs Shimano, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Alivio
Handlebars Giant Sport
Stem Giant Sport
Brake Levers Tektro
Brakes Tektro HDC 300 disc, 6-inch rotors
Pedals MTB Caged
Saddle Giant Performance ATB
Seatpost Giant Sport

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.5 stars

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile  (9)
  • Durable  (5)
  • Handles Well  (5)
  • Lightweight  (4)
  • Rugged  (4)

Cons

  • Heavy  (3)
  • Price 
  • Derailleurs 

Best Uses

  • Casual Trails  (5)
  • Single Track  (5)
  • Mountain Biking  (5)
  • Cross Country  (4)
  • Commuting/City  (3)

Reviewed by 10 customers

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5.0

Great all around bike

By Emmett

from Mobile, AL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • On Road
  • Off Road

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I traded in an old top of the line Cannondale mountain bike. I do not ride extreme trails anymore and I wanted something to ride on the roads that could also go off the road on to lite trails. I went into the store thinking I wanted a hybrid (Giant Roam). After testing out both the Roam and the Talon 29, I instantly feel in-love with the Talon and purchased it. I have only had the bike 1 week and 50+ miles, but I know I made the right decision for me. The only thing I did was add a comfort seat that was on my old Cannondale. I feel this bike would do better on extreme trails than my old Cannondale did. The tires are the same size as a Road bike so once you get going the ride is great on the road. Just be sure to had high tire pressure for road use and low pressure for the trails.

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    5.0

    Takes a lick'n and keeps on roll'n

    By MTB_29er

    from Bentonville AR & Richmond VA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile
    • Solid Frame
    • Rugged components

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I've had my Talon 1 about a year and have abused in all ways imaginable. Flips and spills have put this bike to the test. I ride a lot of technical trails and have ate it numerous times with this bike being slammed against rocks. One look and you would think this bike has been rode hard and put up wet. I've only had it tuned twice in about 900 miles.

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    4.0

    Easy Rider!!

    By Broadway Biker

    from Miami, Fl.

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Quick shifting
    • Durable
    • Sharp response
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Onoff road
    • Exercise
    • Commuting/City
    • Mountain Biking

    Comments:

    Talon 29er gives the rider a different perspective(taller). The larger wheels do make the ride more comfortable. The component package fits my style of riding(trails and road). This is my second GIANT and am very happy with the results.

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    4.0

    Solid bike for getting started again

    By Andrew

    from Richmond, VT

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Comfortable
    • Versatile
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Derailleurs

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments:

    I got this bike as a graduation gift and have had a blast with it this summer. It's 29 inch tires have made riding easy enough and fun enough that I've gotten right back into my game after several summers of not even owning a bike. Lock the suspension up and cruise easily on the road or unlock it and eat any obstacle your trails may hold. It's front derailleurs do take forever to downshift though; my only issue with this bike. Plan ahead and you'll be able to shift before it's an issue.

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    4.0

    Biggest Bang for Your Buck

    By Tark the Shark

    from Toluca Woods, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      If you are ridning fire trails this bike is amazing. It has a great gear ratio. Don't worry that it has 24 speeds and not 27 or 30. It is geared so well you have no problems climbing. Also for the price, you will not find another bike with the same components of features. The hydrolic brakes are awesome.

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      4.0

      Great Bike!

      By blitzkriegbiker

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Great Components
      • Versatile
      • Handles Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Trails
        • Cross Country
        • Single Track

        Comments:

        I've owned this bike for about three months now, and visit the local trails around Houston about 3 times a week, weather permiting. I cannot say enough about this monster! it takes quite a beating, and is happy to do it! I have beat this bike to death and it responds great. The components shift smoothly, the tires have help up great, and the breaks are still breaking. I only gave it a 4 star for two reasons ... for one thing, the paint has already chipped in a few places. I am a fairly aggressive rider, but I am not careless, nor am I the guy that just throws the bike down on the ground after a ride. I have a feeling though that this is just an unfortunate trend in modern bike manufacturing. I have a good friend of mine / riding partner with a brand new Jamis full suspension that he has had for only a few weeks too, and he has some paint chipping. Both of us have had older mtn bikes that didnt have a scratch on them, even after several years of riding. Second, the saddle isnt very strong. The supports that hold the saddle on to the seat post "collapsed" for lack of a better word ... granted ... i am a heavier rider, but this hasnt happened on even cheaper bikes that I have. All in all this is an awesome bike! If you are looking for an inexpensive 29er, this will not let you down!

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        4.0

        WOW!!!!!!!!!!

        By mtb rider for life

        from Topeka, KS

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Handles Well
        • Great Components
        • Versatile
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Single Track
        • Cross Country
        • Downhill
        • Free Riding
        • Casual Trails

        Comments:

        For the money,, I think it falls in the best buy area for sure.... Got one of these the other day and was really impressed for middel of the road componets... The bike really rides and handels great...With a short wheel base for a 29r.... The only down fall is the weight... this thing weighs in at 30 pounds, kinda heavy... But you really don't notice it with the 29'' wheels,,, It just seems to flow over everything without much struggle...Time will tell but for now I'm happy Thanks, Giant

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        5.0

        9er 1 Does not disappoint!

        By FUTA

        from Castle Rock, CO

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Handles Well
        • Versatile
        • Great Components

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Casual Trails
        • Single Track

        Comments:

        I like to trail ride, nothing too radical, but I enjoy the technical side more than the bomber side...guess I'm showing my age! The Talon 29er 1 does not disappoint! It carries momentum down grade, takes bumps extremely well and makes average climbs seem effortless. The 29" wheels do take some riding adaptation, especially in turns, but it is not a painful transition from a 26. The cost @ just under a grand is steep...with that said; you definitely get a lot for the money. Hydro brakes (they say GIANT, but use mineral oil...industry wide, Shimano is the only one to use mineral oil? food for thought), hydro front shock w/ lock-out (on the fly), sealed hubs, Deore Shimano components, and the 15mm slide-out front axle...the value is there! I appreciate what I purchased, but still...who feels good about dropping a grand on a bike? The talon 2 is available for $750, but considering the upgrades Talon 1 offers for $225, I'd feel stupid to not have gone with the Talon 1. Overall, I love this bike...I'm not a downhiller, so I can't see a reason to ever go back to a 26".

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        4.0

        it glides

        By MOH

        from Grovetown, GA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Versatile
        • Handles Well
        • Great Components
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cross Country
          • Casual Trails
          • Single Track

          Comments:

          im typing this after my first ride i did on it today...great bike..being on a 29er is much different...on pavement u feel like your gliding..and on the trail it handles pretty good...i like that i can take up obesticles in my way

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          4.0

          real deal

          By bandeeto

          from Lehi, UT

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth Ride

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Trails
            • Single Track
            • Cross Country

            Comments:

            Just finished the first ride with my new Talon 1. I don't have much experience with high end bikes… this was an upgrade from a cheap iron horse. Today I rode trails that I'm familiar with and the oddest thing happened, i wasn't having balance issues on the rocky/gravel covered ascents that I usually do. I took turns faster and with more confidence. I jumped rocks and logs that I normally ride around. I went farther than I usually do and saw places that I'd never had the energy to go before. Most telling of all at the end of the ride I wasn't nearly as tired, scratched, bruised up, or sore as I normally am.I ride single track with small drops (less that 3ft) and jumps, often root/log/rock/loose gravel/rutted, with lots of up and down. Big variety of terrain. Lots of altitude change and the trail conditions change rapidly due to the high Utah mountain weather. I need a bike that can take all of that and work with me rather than against me. The Talon 1 (compared to any other bike I've ridden but especially my cheapo iron horse) made my first ride of the year more fun and easier on my body. Its stable at speed, easy to pedal on the ascents, and bombs the slopes while staying in control (I don't do big jumps though). I really appreciated the larger contact patch on the brakes and in the turns. Stock the bars are rather high for my tastes, but Giant put several shims under the stem. moving them to above the stem dropped the bars by almost an inch... much better. the bike shop ([...] in Lehi Utah) said that if I liked it that way they would cut that fork tube so I can ditch the shims all together. Not a bad design compromise as I believe Giant was trying to make this bike novice friendly, but this is a compromise that can easily be tweaked.This bike is the real deal, its reasonably priced, and I can't wait to leave my friend with the Felt Redemption in the dust (except for bombing technical downhill of corse, but I don't ride that stuff aggressively any more). I know that a good FS would be more comfortable on the rocky decent, but I can't imagine that it would be as efficient, and at 2 to 3 times the price. I've ridden entry level FS's and even if I could pay the extra $500+ i'd get this bike in a second. For the money (especially) I give this bike two thumbs WAY up!I gave the Talon 29er 4 stars instead of 5 because it doesn't fly and I didn't find a bar of gold taped to the bottom of the seat. It's perfect for me, but isn't perfect for every person in every condition. that to me is a 5 star mountain bike.

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