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    Thanks!

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    Thanks to Dirt Devil for send me the information of Colon Bycicle, yesterday I purchase this awsome bike, Giant Talon 1 27.5 2014 model. Right now I still looking to purchase some good pedals and a roof rack for my 2013 Nissan Versa Sedan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R0lan View Post
    Thanks to Dirt Devil for send me the information of Colon Bycicle, yesterday I purchase this awsome bike, Giant Talon 1 27.5 2014 model. Right now I still looking to purchase some good pedals and a roof rack for my 2013 Nissan Versa Sedan.

    Looks good mate, can't go wrong with the Talon 1. If you are looking for flat pedals a few people have suggested the Wellgo MG1s, they get a lot of positive reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R0lan View Post
    Thanks to Dirt Devil for send me the information of Colon Bycicle, yesterday I purchase this awsome bike, Giant Talon 1 27.5 2014 model. Right now I still looking to purchase some good pedals and a roof rack for my 2013 Nissan Versa Sedan.

    Now get it dirty, for platforms the Wellgo MG-1's are good and cheap but there are plenty of options out there; also make sure you pair the pedals to a nice pair of shoes.

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    I found venzo mtb package in ebay, include the shoes with the clip pedals for $75 dollars, it is a good purchase or not ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R0lan View Post
    I found venzo mtb package in ebay, include the shoes with the clip pedals for $75 dollars, it is a good purchase or not ?
    Found this ones, Venzo Mountain Bike Bicycle Cycling Shimano SPD Shoes Pedals Cleats | eBay

    Are those the ones you're looking at? Is a basic Wellgo pedal with the Venzo shoe, not bad to get started but let me tell you that those pedals will suck on mud.

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    Mounted a Specialized Ground Control on the rear this evening... So my 2.5 mile trek included street, sidewalk, dirt... felt fine. No drag, rode well. Now if they get me the Purgatory 650b for the front, maybe I'll fly down the hills again...

    Probably jumped the gun my Mr Tuffy's are on the way...

    Anyone use Gorilla Tape to seal the wheel?
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    Here's my little hybrid

    Giant Talon 0 - custom, 2013, XL

    Frame: Giant Aluxx
    Fork: Giant Seek Rigid Aluxx
    Brakes: Shimano M395
    Cassette: Shimano Deore HG62
    Chain: KMC X-10L
    Saddle: Vertu Spider
    Wheels: Shimano WH-MT15 wheelset
    Tires: Specialized Fast Trak 29x2.0
    Inner tubes: Schwalbe SV19
    Handlebar: Ritchey Pro Wet Black
    Stem: Ritchey Pro Wet Black
    Seat post: Syncros AM
    Crank: Race Face Narrow Wide 36T on Shimano T551
    Derailleur: Shimano ZEE
    Shifter: Shimano ZEE
    Grips: Ergon GS2
    Pedals: DMR V12 Magnesium

    Last edited by rise000; 07-09-2014 at 11:51 PM.

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    what's the a/c dim of that fork & weight, if you know?

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    my talon 0 29er after the rs SID rct3 fork upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    what's the a/c dim of that fork & weight, if you know?
    ATC is 445 and it's a little bit small for classic 100mm Talon geometry. Weight is 1kg...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rise000 View Post
    Here's my little hybrid

    Giant Talon 0 - custom, 2013, XL

    Frame: Giant Aluxx
    Fork: Giant Seek Rigid Aluxx
    Brakes: Shimano M395
    Cassette: Shimano Deore HG62
    Chain: KMC X-10L
    Saddle: Giant
    Wheels: Shimano WH-MT15 wheelset
    Tires: Specialized Fast Trak 29x2.0
    Inner tubes: Schwalbe SV19
    Handlebar: Ritchey Pro Wet Black
    Stem: Ritchey Pro Wet Black
    Seat post: Syncros AM
    Crank: Race Face Narrow Wide 36T on Shimano T551
    Derailleur: Shimano ZEE
    Shifter: Shimano ZEE
    Grips: Ergon GS2
    Pedals: DMR V12 Magnesium

    Nice bike! Out of curiosity, how tall are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dshoe70 View Post
    Nice bike! Out of curiosity, how tall are you?
    Thanks, 196cm (6'4)

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    Re: Talon owners .....

    Hi guys, share with you my 2014 Talon 27.5 4. I changed the stem into shorter 50mm.
    Next project would be change of fork of 120mm. I will get the Epicon since it has 120mm travel and it's cheaper than other fork in the market.

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    Re: Talon owners .....

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    I just got my Talon 5 27.5 yesterday! As most people on here, I'm also looking to upgrade my fork... but I REALLY like how the color scheme looks on the stock fork!



    I'm planning on taking it to some nice trails this weekend. So, we'll see how bad this fork REALLY is... Overall, I like the feel of my bike so far - fits great! I'm 5'5 and I was in between a small and medium. I ended up getting a small because I wanted a higher seat post.

    Oh ya - I love the green highlights on this bike!!

    This is what I'm going to upgrade: M520 pedals and wider handlebars.

    BTW the right thumb-shifter on this bike is a little uncomfortable as it's a little too close to the grips. Has anyone figured out a way to adjust it so it's comfortable?

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    Hi guys. I will buy my first bike Giant, a Talon 2 29er

    TALON 29ER 2 | Bicis Giant / Giant Bicycles | Argentina

    I Have some doubt about the framesize. The official reseller says that I need a "L", but other people say that the M is the correct. In myprevious bike, 26", I used a M (18) and was perfect!.

    I´m 1.77 mts tall, and my isneam is 0.82 mts.

    Can you tell me what size is correct for me?

    Thanks!

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    if you like the feel of your old bike then measure the ETT and pick what ever size is closer, you can vary the stem size to keep the same reach on both sizes. i have a '12 talon 29" i went with large and ride it with a 70mm stem and then when i bought my '13 nimble 9 i bought an xl frame so i could run a 40mm stem and still keep the reach of the 2 bikes very close. i hope this makes sense and kops isn't all that, imo it's suited more for roadies.

    to measure ETT, place bike on level ground. on a level plane measure from center of seat post to center of head tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thinner View Post
    Hi guys. I will buy my first bike Giant, a Talon 2 29er

    TALON 29ER 2 | Bicis Giant / Giant Bicycles | Argentina

    I Have some doubt about the framesize. The official reseller says that I need a "L", but other people say that the M is the correct. In myprevious bike, 26", I used a M (18) and was perfect!.

    I´m 1.77 mts tall, and my isneam is 0.82 mts.

    Can you tell me what size is correct for me?

    Thanks!
    I am 1.83 mts tall, the Giant sizing chart puts me right between M & L but closer to M, so when I went to purchase I asked for a medium when I got back from the test ride the LBS recommended the L would probably be a better fit and after another test ride the L definitely felt better.

    In saying that I suggest you follow fishwrinkle's advice as he knows more than me but all I am trying to say is to test ride both sizes and see which is better.
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    I will buy it online, so can´t try them before...

    Looking the chart, I´m just in the middle of the M size, for the Talon 29.



    I use the bike to recreational porpuses and like a simple hobby, not to compete. Maybe that helps to define the correct size.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Based on the chart you should be a M

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    yeah, what dd said. you're dead nuts middle, so unless you have some wonky proportions then definitely go with the M.

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    Who has done a singlespeed conversion with their Talon? I've been on a 1x9 conversion for a spell. Decided I might as well go full on cheap singlespeed. Then drop the weight with some lighter wheels when my budget allows.

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    Converting it to SS should be pretty easy, the problem that you'll encounter will be chain tension. There are some alternatives to resolve that issue, ENO hub, gear ratios, half link chain links or some sort of chain tensioner.

    Back in my SS days I started on a geared frame, tried a singlerator and it was a bust; kept dropping the chain after impacts. Something like jumping the curb will make it drop. An used rear derailleur works and works better.

    Then went with a 2:1 ratio, that worked until the chain stretched then back to dropping the chain.

    Then went to half links, that worked a lot better but still had chain stretch problems and back to dropping the chain.

    The solution was to get a frame with horizontal sliding droputs, problem solved and worked flawlessly.

    It can be done but I would steer away from it.

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    so before the magical clutch rd era, i had used a blackspire bb chain tensioner on my talon to stop chain drops. i then got a shadow+ & ditched the tensioner to the parts bin. fast forward a year and now its back on the talon as a tensioner for ss use. no complaints other than it's a lil loud

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    so before the magical clutch rd era, i had used a blackspire bb chain tensioner on my talon to stop chain drops. i then got a shadow+ & ditched the tensioner to the parts bin. fast forward a year and now its back on the talon as a tensioner for ss use. no complaints other than it's a lil loud
    Those things work alright but how you deal with chain stretch? Keep adjusting the tensioner until it can't keep enough tension and then cut or replace the chain?

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    yeah it doesn't need to move more than a fraction of an inch. i've been running it like that for a year now and several chains without a hitch.

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    I have a 2012 Talon 1 29er and I need information on the bottom bracket can anyone help on sizing?

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    I am thinking about ordering one of these
    Giant MTB Chainstay Protectors > Accessories > Bicycle Protection > Chainstay Protectors | Jenson USA
    Does anyone know which size fits the Talon better? The small or the large? Thanks

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    CNCRob, I just took a failed inner tube, cut and wrapped it tightly. I took the idea from some mtb tips aussie in YouTube. Works great and was free...
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    Don't spend on chain protectors, go ghetto.

    Have used inner tubes and phone cords as chainstay protectors successfully; even hockey stick tape works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeiFei View Post
    I have a 2012 Talon 1 29er and I need information on the bottom bracket can anyone help on sizing?

    I would like to know the answer as well. I am considering a Sram X5 Crankset with gxp bb 10 spd 2x10 36t 22t but I"m not sure the compatibility of the bb. Hope someone can help us out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikephotog View Post
    I would like to know the answer as well. I am considering a Sram X5 Crankset with gxp bb 10 spd 2x10 36t 22t but I"m not sure the compatibility of the bb. Hope someone can help us out.
    Have been using the Truvatic Stylo with Mega Exo BB with no problems for over 2 years.

    Original bb pic of the 2011 Talon 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikephotog View Post
    I would like to know the answer as well. I am considering a Sram X5 Crankset with gxp bb 10 spd 2x10 36t 22t but I"m not sure the compatibility of the bb. Hope someone can help us out.
    Put me in line as well for information on my 2012 Talon2. At 800 miles / 120 hours - I am at the point where I need to replace the BB, chain and brakes. Forgive me for being ignorant but there are so many different things to look at. My drive train is still stock 3x8 but I would like to go to 2x8. What are my options with crank sets? Will something like this work if I change the chain? Speaking of which, what kind of chain would I need?
    BlueSkyCycling.com - KMC X8.93 Chain



    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675 2X10 Crankset w/ Bottom Bracket 10 Speed


    Or would I be better off doing somethign like this?
    Shimano SLX M665 Double Chainset | Chain Reaction Cycles
    Shimano Deore M590 9 Speed Triple Chainset | Chain Reaction Cycles

    I get mixed reviews on Elixer brakes, are the Shimano better? What about MOWA?
    BlueSkyCycling.com - MOWA MX1 MTB Hydraulic Disc Brake Set
    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675-B IceTech Disc Brake w/ Adapter

    Again, thanks for any information. I just don't know what would work the best and I am trying to avoid going to the local bike shop.

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    Don't believe that anything 10spd will work with your 8spd due to the size of the chain links.

    You need a 8-9 speed chain.

    Prolly your best bet is to remove the big ring and put on a bash guard unless you want to replace the crankset instead of just the bb.

    Stay away from "cheap" Avid brakes, the SLX work really well, have a good price and are powerful. MOWA is unknown to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNCRob View Post
    I am thinking about ordering one of these
    Giant MTB Chainstay Protectors > Accessories > Bicycle Protection > Chainstay Protectors | Jenson USA
    Does anyone know which size fits the Talon better? The small or the large? Thanks
    Think you'll undoubtedly need the large size.

    For reference, I have a 2012 Talon 0 29er. I use a Lizard Skins chainstay protector on my bike. First, I bought their Jumbo 29er protector, thinking that's surely what I'd need. Wrong... Too small to wrap completely around the chainstay. So, I exchanged it for the Super Jumbo model. Then, perfect fit!

    Lizard Skins gives dimensions on their protectors, on their web site. That Giant-brand protector you're looking at doesn't have dimensions shown though. Guess all you can do is buy the large, and hope it works. It might not though. Get the Lizard Skins Super Jumbo, and be done with it (unless you must have the "Giant" logo).

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    Thanks guys

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    2012 Talon 2 SS

    Turned to the dark side (single speed) and loving it. 32:16 gearing. The Talon is weighing in at 24.8 lbs
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    I'm a little confused, I have been trying to read through most of the post on this thread and I noticed that most people on the older post said they upgraded their forks to better aftermarket ones. Then I was reading on some of the newer post people said that nicer forks are hard to find on the 27.5 Talons. Were the older post talking about 29ers? I have a Talon 27.5 5 on layaway right now and was wondering if I would be able to find a upgrade for the forks. I haven't rode it myself yet but after reading other post they describe the fork as feeling the same way as the fork on my Giant Revel feels. So I would like to eventually be able to upgrade it if I ever wanted to. Also would either of these forks work with the Talon 27.5?

    Rockshox Reba RLT 27.5" Fork 2013 > Components > Forks > Suspension Forks | Jenson USA - Mobile

    Rockshox XC30TK Forks - 27.5" - 2014 | Merlin Cycles

    And would the Rockshox XC30TK Fork be a upgrade to the stock fork? or would it be about the same? Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNCRob View Post
    I'm a little confused, I have been trying to read through most of the post on this thread and I noticed that most people on the older post said they upgraded their forks to better aftermarket ones. Then I was reading on some of the newer post people said that nicer forks are hard to find on the 27.5 Talons. Were the older post talking about 29ers? I have a Talon 27.5 5 on layaway right now and was wondering if I would be able to find a upgrade for the forks. I haven't rode it myself yet but after reading other post they describe the fork as feeling the same way as the fork on my Giant Revel feels. So I would like to eventually be able to upgrade it if I ever wanted to. Also would either of these forks work with the Talon 27.5?

    Rockshox Reba RLT 27.5" Fork 2013 > Components > Forks > Suspension Forks | Jenson USA - Mobile

    Rockshox XC30TK Forks - 27.5" - 2014 | Merlin Cycles

    And would the Rockshox XC30TK Fork be a upgrade to the stock fork? or would it be about the same? Thanks in advance for any help.
    Mine's a 29er. I didn't have any trouble getting a Reba RL for mine, when I did. Just a few weeks ago, we were swapping posts where someone with a 27.5er was not seeing much available in the way of fork upgrades. Dunno if that's still the case now though. If so, likely won't be that way forever, either. Might have to wait around awhile and see.

    I recall reading where someone mentioned that they think the XC 30 wouldn't be enough of an upgrade to warrant going for it. I remember suggesting it to someone at the time because it was basically all there was to choose from then. If you can find Reba RLT now, for a good price, and all spec criteria you desire, then I'd say go for it if it's what you want.

    I've looked at potential/feasible fork options for Talon over the past couple of years or so to know this (with pretty high certainty): All things considered, Reba is likely the best you can do regarding upgrading your OEM Talon fork. That includes price, bang-for-buck, availability, cult following, ease of use, peace of mind, etc.

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    Good price on that Reba RLT at Jenson, by the way. Didn't see straight steer mentioned in the specs, but the picture shows that. I'd be very tempted by it, if I were you...

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    I quite like the xc 30 that came with the bike. I really like the spring over the air suspension. (don't flame me lol) My only reason for changing it would be the fact that it weighs 5.5 pounds or something ridiculous. My talon 0 weighs 30lbs stock and has since become my backup beater so I'll just wait for a good score for something lighter if it arises.
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    Thanks for the replies dshoe70 and chuckeieio


    Quote Originally Posted by dshoe70 View Post
    Good price on that Reba RLT at Jenson, by the way. Didn't see straight steer mentioned in the specs, but the picture shows that. I'd be very tempted by it, if I were you...
    I was wondering about it being a straight steer also. I tried emailing them to find out but it bounced back undelivered.

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    Not sure if this was asked before but the talon 2 29er has a 44mm headtube right?

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    ^yes

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    Thanks buddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rise000 View Post
    Here's my little hybrid

    Giant Talon 0 - custom, 2013, XL

    Frame: Giant Aluxx
    Fork: Giant Seek Rigid Aluxx
    Brakes: Shimano M395
    Cassette: Shimano Deore HG62
    Chain: KMC X-10L
    Saddle: Vertu Spider
    Wheels: Shimano WH-MT15 wheelset
    Tires: Specialized Fast Trak 29x2.0
    Inner tubes: Schwalbe SV19
    Handlebar: Ritchey Pro Wet Black
    Stem: Ritchey Pro Wet Black
    Seat post: Syncros AM
    Crank: Race Face Narrow Wide 36T on Shimano T551
    Derailleur: Shimano ZEE
    Shifter: Shimano ZEE
    Grips: Ergon GS2
    Pedals: DMR V12 Magnesium


    I was very much pleased with 29er Talon 1 so I decide to try his "little" brother 27.5 1 LTD

    It's stock for now except Fizik Tundra saddle, VP pedals, wider flat bar and Ergon Carbon grips.

    Next will be 1x10 and maybe some Fulcrum wheels...


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    Which one would you choose and why?

    Full comparison 0 LTD vs. 0 vs. 1 LTD:
    http://oi61.tinypic.com/ml57gl.jpg

    Thanks a lot!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qwerta View Post
    Which one would you choose and why?

    Full comparison 0 LTD vs. 0 vs. 1 LTD:
    http://oi61.tinypic.com/ml57gl.jpg

    Thanks a lot!!!
    Probably the Zero, based on overall blend of components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R0lan View Post
    Thanks to Dirt Devil for send me the information of Colon Bycicle, yesterday I purchase this awsome bike, Giant Talon 1 27.5 2014 model. Right now I still looking to purchase some good pedals and a roof rack for my 2013 Nissan Versa Sedan.

    purchased this bike about a month ago. first trail i ride the tightening strap on the pedal rips off, so i converted them to flat pedals. im left with this pedal of death that chews into my shins or calves if i make one mistake.

    Talon owners .....-670574.jpg

    i mentioned i wanted to put wellgo MG1's on the bike and he claimed that it would be even worse on my legs than what i have now due to those little screw pins that are on the edge.

    also yesterday i got my first flat, a pinch flat on the back tire due to running over objects instead of jumping over them. i was on the street and wanted to go to the sidewalk so i jumped the front wheel onto the sidewalk and the back tire just died. i dont blame the bike but... a sidewalk? cmon..

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    Has anyone got the new 27.5 0?
    I'm thinking about getting one as a cheap run about for work till I get my reign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadPeopleSkills View Post
    i mentioned i wanted to put wellgo MG1's on the bike and he claimed that it would be even worse on my legs than what i have now due to those little screw pins that are on the edge..
    This is true....but remember that the MG1's provide so much more grip that your shoes will slip off the pedals far less. At least that's what I found. It's a give and take situation but I found the grip from the little screws way worth it for the occasional scrape to the shins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadPeopleSkills View Post
    i mentioned i wanted to put wellgo MG1's on the bike and he claimed that it would be even worse on my legs than what i have now due to those little screw pins that are on the edge.
    The MG1's will work well specially with 5.10 shoes but if you slip they'll tear skin away so will recommend you a set of shin guards. Actually, that could happen with any platform pedal with pins or screws.

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    Had pedals that looked similar to those on my Hardrock. Swapped them with Wellgo MG1's and couldn't be happier! Get an inexpensive pair of waffle soul Van's. You will be peddling by that sucker that said they are worse on your shins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdaddy View Post
    Get an inexpensive pair of waffle soul Van's.
    True but ones with stiffer sole like 5.10 and Teva are way much better, having said that any skate shoe with a waffle sole will work.

    Used the MG1's with 5.10's and the feeling was like being clipped in.

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    +1 for mg1s and 5.10s. I've had some pretty decent scratches but tbh they barely hurt.


    So I'm looking for a shorter stem and some new tires for my Giant talon 27.5 2 some suggestions would be greatly appreciated, currently got rapid robs on which are starting to get worn out.

    EDIT: Maxxis tires are currently 70% off at pushys.com.au so some maxxis suggestions would be great.

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    Anybody have pictures of their Talon modified?

    I'm contemplating whether to upgrade parts on my Talon or to buy another hardtail.

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    Hey, I ended up posting on reddit and got some advice from people that lived close to me.

    Ordered a Maxxis Ardent Race 27.5x2.20 (650B) EXO 3C for the back, and a Maxxis High Roller II 27.5x2.30 (650B) EXO TR for the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekon32 View Post
    Anybody have pictures of their Talon modified?

    I'm contemplating whether to upgrade parts on my Talon or to buy another hardtail.
    Talon 29 or 27.5?
    Many parts on our 29s have been changed for the better.

    Son's bike: fork, stem, handlebar, headset, brakes, saddle, seat post, seat clamp, cranks, wheels, tires and pedals. The only OE parts remaining are the mechs, shifters and grips.

    Mine: fork, stem, handlebar, headset, saddle, seat post, seat clamp, cranks, grips and pedals. Still use the OE wheels, brakes, tires, mechs and shifters.

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    I'm just getting into mountain biking. I've taken a lot of test rides this past 2 weeks on the Trek X-Cal, Superfly, Stache, Specialized Rockhopper, and Cannondale. My first ride was on a Talon 27.5 3. Coming from a Trek 800 Antelope, the 27.5 intrigues me. All of my test rides have been in the parking lot, except for the Superfly, in which I was able to take for a 2 hour ride on some trails during a Trek Demo Days.

    The Superfly 29er seemed pretty big on the small, narrow trails.

    I'm 6'2, 275 lbs. Would the Talon 27.5 fit my needs on the trails with my size, and does it really have almost the same capability as a 29er going over rocks and roots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8Interceptor View Post
    I'm just getting into mountain biking. I've taken a lot of test rides this past 2 weeks on the Trek X-Cal, Superfly, Stache, Specialized Rockhopper, and Cannondale. My first ride was on a Talon 27.5 3. Coming from a Trek 800 Antelope, the 27.5 intrigues me. All of my test rides have been in the parking lot, except for the Superfly, in which I was able to take for a 2 hour ride on some trails during a Trek Demo Days.

    The Superfly 29er seemed pretty big on the small, narrow trails.

    I'm 6'2, 275 lbs. Would the Talon 27.5 fit my needs on the trails with my size, and does it really have almost the same capability as a 29er going over rocks and roots?
    Own a 29er and have demoed 27.5 so will talk based on my experience. The 29er feels slow to get started, the 27 is more quick; the 27.5 is more flickable; the 29er needs to be leaned on turns a bit more; both plow thru stuff real well but the extra height on the 29er lets you to get away with more.

    Bottom line, if the bike is a hardtail 29er, if full susser 27.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    Talon 29 or 27.5?
    Many parts on our 29s have been changed for the better.

    Son's bike: fork, stem, handlebar, headset, brakes, saddle, seat post, seat clamp, cranks, wheels, tires and pedals. The only OE parts remaining are the mechs, shifters and grips.

    Mine: fork, stem, handlebar, headset, saddle, seat post, seat clamp, cranks, grips and pedals. Still use the OE wheels, brakes, tires, mechs and shifters.
    I have a 27.5 Talon 5. Sounds awesome! Do you have pictures? I hear a lot of people saying the Talon isn't worth the upgrade because of the straight steerer etc. But i personally think it's a solid frame to work on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekon32 View Post
    I have a 27.5 Talon 5. Sounds awesome! Do you have pictures? I hear a lot of people saying the Talon isn't worth the upgrade because of the straight steerer etc. But i personally think it's a solid frame to work on!
    Don't have any current pics but can take some if you really want to see them.

    Son's bike: Marzocchi 44, Giant Contact 6*90, FSA SL-K flat, Giant branded FSA integrated sealed bearings, SLX, Selle Italia ProLink Gel Flow, Woodman micro adjust, Salsa, SLX, Mavic CrossRide, Schwalbe Rapid Ron and Crank Bros Eggbeater C2.

    Mine: RS Reba RLT, Thompson 10*90, Giant Contact flat, Giant branded FSA integrated sealed bearings, Selle Italia ProLink, Woodman micro adjust, Salsa, Truvativ Stylo, Origin8 and Crank Bros Eggbeater C2.


    It is a solid platform to build a nice bike, no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    Don't have any current pics but can take some if you really want to see them.

    Son's bike: Marzocchi 44, Giant Contact 6*90, FSA SL-K flat, Giant branded FSA integrated sealed bearings, SLX, Selle Italia ProLink Gel Flow, Woodman micro adjust, Salsa, SLX, Mavic CrossRide, Schwalbe Rapid Ron and Crank Bros Eggbeater C2.

    Mine: RS Reba RLT, Thompson 10*90, Giant Contact flat, Giant branded FSA integrated sealed bearings, Selle Italia ProLink, Woodman micro adjust, Salsa, Truvativ Stylo, Origin8 and Crank Bros Eggbeater C2.


    It is a solid platform to build a nice bike, no doubt.
    Cool! Are they both 29ers? How do you like the Reba RLT? Probably night and day compared to the stock suntour fork!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekon32 View Post
    Cool! Are they both 29ers? How do you like the Reba RLT? Probably night and day compared to the stock suntour fork!
    Yes, they are 2011 Talon 29 1's.

    Night and day difference, hard to dial in thou but once you get it is really nice.

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    Just bought a Giant Talon 2, 27.5. 2014 model, removed wheel reflectors; and the plastic pie plate behind the cassette! But, would anyone know how to remove the plastic chain-guard covering the chainset ? I think it may be a praise off? Or screws at the rear of the middle chain ring? Anyone removed one of these from the 2014 model talon 27.5 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mostyn View Post
    Just bought a Giant Talon 2, 27.5. 2014 model, removed wheel reflectors; and the plastic pie plate behind the cassette! But, would anyone know how to remove the plastic chain-guard covering the chainset ? I think it may be a praise off? Or screws at the rear of the middle chain ring? Anyone removed one of these from the 2014 model talon 27.5 2.
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    I burned it off with a torch! I wouldn't recommend doing it. But it worked for me.

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    That's a bit drastic! It will either praise off or undo via the inner cross head screws.

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    lol i just torched a slit and then pulled it off. I didn't mean i torched the whole thing. I didn't have scissors at this moment and i was a bit desperate but hey it worked!

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    Cut it with an exacto knife

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekon32 View Post
    I have a 27.5 Talon 5. Sounds awesome! Do you have pictures? I hear a lot of people saying the Talon isn't worth the upgrade because of the straight steerer etc. But i personally think it's a solid frame to work on!
    Nice bike/frame to upgrade a bit, if that's what you're interested in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    Cut it with an exacto knife
    I removed it by praising the Guard a little on all four attachments to the chainset; that loosened the screws enough for me to undo them from inner part of the middle chainring. Was easier than I thought actually.

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    People that have changed their stems, what did you go to ?

    Also taking the chainguard off is easy, I snapped mine and bent my outer chain ring after crashing a few weeks back. Few screws and you're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dshoe70 View Post
    Nice bike/frame to upgrade a bit, if that's what you're interested in...

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    My new (one day old) Giant Talon 2, 27.5 2014 model .
    Stripped the plastic bits, changed pedals added bar ends; and flipped the stem. Ready to go,


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    Hello guys..
    is there any way that i can get the giant talon logo?
    i mean the decal that is on the frame.

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    is there any way that i can get the giant talon logo?
    i mean the decal that is on the frame.
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    So I have two lucky kids as these are their bikes which they got this year, the Talon and essentially the female version of the Talon (the Tempt).

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    Still shocked my kids are grown enough to fit proper bikes let alone 27.5" wheels, but these bikes even though low end spec are pretty damn good for the $$.

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    Ha anyone tried to convert the rear dropout to a thruaxle type?

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    very bummed. i cant go more than a couple miles on trails without my saddle turning into a bobble head. LBS has fixed it 3 times now, 3 miles later.. wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle.........

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    Muhahaha! Mashup!
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    Replace the crappy seatpost, spend the extra money and get a Thompson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadPeopleSkills View Post
    very bummed. i cant go more than a couple miles on trails without my saddle turning into a bobble head. LBS has fixed it 3 times now, 3 miles later.. wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle.........
    Is it that the screws on the post head are coming lose? If so, some Lock-tite will fix it. If it is something else, please explain.

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    I've started thinking of getting a dropper post. Most of my riding is on dirt fire roads or in the desert. I do very little steep downhill. Drop-offs are no more than a foot. I'll "jump" coming off a bump in the trail, nothing bigger. Is a dropper worth it? If so, what fits nicely on a Talon?

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    Talon owners .....

    For what you describe, no dropper needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    I've started thinking of getting a dropper post. Most of my riding is on dirt fire roads or in the desert. I do very little steep downhill. Drop-offs are no more than a foot. I'll "jump" coming off a bump in the trail, nothing bigger. Is a dropper worth it? If so, what fits nicely on a Talon?
    I did a bit of research on them a couple months ago. General consensus is they're not very reliable, and can be, for the most part, a royal PITA most of the time. So, I quit looking...

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    The giant contact dropper is very reliable and at a great price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadPeopleSkills View Post
    very bummed. i cant go more than a couple miles on trails without my saddle turning into a bobble head. LBS has fixed it 3 times now, 3 miles later.. wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle.........
    Get a new seat! I got a seat and seatpost for (maybe) $50 out of pocket. Got an easton EC70 seatpost for $34 (without shipping) and a Vader saddle (selle italia replica) for $11 shipped. It's not super durable, but it's comfy and cheap. Which is also a good way to find something you like... They make replicas of a lot of high end saddles and they're only $11.

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    Anyone have the Talon 2015 27.5 3? It's on my radar, for sure!
    For an extra hundred bucks over the 27.5 4, it gets an Suntour XCM (vs the XCT), Alivio R/D (vs Altus), FSA Dynadrive Crankset (vs Suntour NEX) and a 9 speed drivetrain (vs 8 speed).

    It's definitely intriguing.


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    Talon frame, is fantastic at handling the trails, I have the rockshox 30, forks. On m Talon 2, I have changed the saddle though, bought a charge Spoon, Big improvement on my boney rear end

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    Does anyone know where to order 27.5" Schwalbe Rapid Rob Tires from in the United States? I have searched but I can only find them in 26" or 29" sizes.

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    Re: Talon owners .....

    Quote Originally Posted by CNCRob View Post
    Does anyone know where to order 27.5" Schwalbe Rapid Rob Tires from in the United States? I have searched but I can only find them in 26" or 29" sizes.
    Did you tried ordering from their website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    Did you tried ordering from their website?
    Thanks DiRt DeViL.I did look on their website but it says they are out of the 27.5" size, figures. I did find them at another website online but the tread pattern appears to be different on their photo. My LBS was going to order me some but they said they don't make the Rapid Rob in the 27.5 size. Schwalbe list 27.5 on their website and Giant's website list the Talon 1 as having Rapid Rob's on them.
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    Did they discontinue the 27.5 of Rapid Rob tires or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNCRob View Post
    Thanks DiRt DeViL.I did look on their website but it says they are out of the 27.5" size, figures. I did find them at another website online but the tread pattern appears to be different on their photo. My LBS was going to order me some but they said they don't make the Rapid Rob in the 27.5 size. Schwalbe list 27.5 on their website and Giant's website list the Talon 1 as having Rapid Rob's on them.
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    Did they discontinue the 27.5 of Rapid Rob tires or something?
    Schwalbe Rapid Rob 27.5x2.25 650b MTB Tyre

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    schwalbe rubber is pretty soft and wear fast. what makes you want them? look at wtb trailblazer or wolverines, the wolves are on sale too

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    Hi! Does anyone know here what is the inner diameter of Talon headtube? I want to upgrade my fork to 120mm with tapered fork. Understand our Talon comes with straight steerer tube but it's now possible to use tapered as long as you change the lower headset. Here is the video from youtube http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=91ps1jxFMjY

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    Re: Talon owners .....

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    Hi! Does anyone know here what is the inner diameter of Talon headtube? I want to upgrade my fork to 120mm with tapered fork. Understand our Talon comes with straight steerer tube but it's now possible to use tapered as long as you change the lower headset. Here is the video from youtube http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=91ps1jxFMjY
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    Can a 2014 or 2015 Talon 27.5 owner measure their 27.5 model's tires? I'm curious to know the exact height (stock tires, preferably). Or not, whatever.

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