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    ... and if we just ... Need advice for exchanging parts from a Trek Wahoo 2013 to a Giant Talon 29er 2 2012

    Hi my friends, I need some recommendations and advice for Exchanging parts from a Trek Wahoo 2013 to a Giant Talon 29er 2 2012.

    The reason I am exchanging to the Talon is because the wahoo frame is too large for me.

    Let me know if there might be some improvements I can make on the Giant with the trek parts. For example; levers, caliper brakes, crank set, back and front derailleur, shifters, etc.

    I already exchanged the saddle and the suntour xcm fork on the giant talon.

    You can compare all parts from both bikes in the following link:
    2012 Talon 29er 2 vs 2013 Wahoo in Mountain Bikes (MTB)

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    Trek wahoo information at Trek:
    Trek Bicycle

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    giant talon 29er 2 2012 at Giant:
    Talon 29er 2 (2012) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States


    I was also thinking into putting the whole back wheel of the trek wahoo to the Giant Talon, but I am not sure if I should.

    Thank You, Every advice will be appreciated, even the small suggestions.
    Last edited by bennycast; 08-24-2013 at 08:15 AM.

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    Kind of a wash, I think. I think Giant's cheap wheels are a bit better than Trek's cheap wheels.
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    The bikes are very much alike. The things you need to check are the seat tube diameter (for the post and front derailuer) The head tube for length and if they are both tapered or not. For the wheel it looks like they are both quick releases as long as they are both the same width. You should be able to use the cranks that are on it ,there might be a chain line issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    The bikes are very much alike. The things you need to check are the seat tube diameter (for the post and front derailuer) The head tube for length and if they are both tapered or not. For the wheel it looks like they are both quick releases as long as they are both the same width. You should be able to use the cranks that are on it ,there might be a chain line issue.
    Both tubes are 4 1/2 diameter. both not tapered.
    the wheels are exactly the same size 622x19.

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    Buy a work stand.
    Sell the Trek and get a better fork for the Giant.

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    Sell the Trek and the Giant and get a better bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Kind of a wash, I think. I think Giant's cheap wheels are a bit better than Trek's cheap wheels.
    what do you think about the hub

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    On a scale of 1-10 you are dealing with 3-4 level hubs and other components and the bike with the better frame geo-wise doesn't fit you. If you put both bike back together and sell them you can look for a close out Mamba in your size. You will have 5-6 level components on a frame worth future upgrades. You may find a used 2012 X-Cal and come out even more ahead of anything you can get with your existing parts choices.

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    I was including the hub as part of the wheel.
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