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    picked up my talon 3 last friday and took it straight to the trail. nothing serious being in flat south LA but it is a blast! have only missed two day since due to severe thunder storms.

    ordered some new odi rogue grips as the stock grips slip way too much. i find myself looking to upgrade everything and pretty envious of some of what you guys have done. haha

    i wish i would have known how much i was going to love this sport last week....


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    I'm trying to upload the pics from my phone but it won't let me. I tried to resize them also but it still says there is an error. Can someone please let me know what I'm doing wrong. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank feen View Post
    I'm trying to upload the pics from my phone but it won't let me. I tried to resize them also but it still says there is an error. Can someone please let me know what I'm doing wrong. Thanks
    I normally download them to my pc hard drive first

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    yeah you gotta save them on your computer picture folder and then when you wanna upload them here you find that folder on computer and put it

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    I ordered a 2016 Talon 4 yesterday from my LBS. The last bike I owned was a late 80s Huffy bmx, so this will be a big upgrade for me. I'll be uploading pics once I pick it up next week. Can't wait to hit some trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxCru View Post
    I ordered a 2016 Talon 4 yesterday from my LBS. The last bike I owned was a late 80s Huffy bmx, so this will be a big upgrade for me. I'll be uploading pics once I pick it up next week. Can't wait to hit some trails.
    Definitely a step up. I test rode a 2016 Talon 4 and I was so impressed I was planning on getting that one. IT was the blue and orange model. The shocks were surprisingly good. I thought they would be a lot stiffer. You should have no problem with the 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmich View Post
    Definitely a step up. I test rode a 2016 Talon 4 and I was so impressed I was planning on getting that one. IT was the blue and orange model. The shocks were surprisingly good. I thought they would be a lot stiffer. You should have no problem with the 4
    I ordered the silver and yellow.
    If the orange and blue had one shade of blue I would have chosen that, for some reason looked off to me, but we can't always get what we want.

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    Hi everyone - here is a question for upgrading (pedals)
    Who uses flats and or clip less pedals? I have been using clip less for quite some time and before that used flats. Now I am going back to flats. Any input as to what all are using, brands, preferences, and type of shoes?

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    there are soooo many choices of pedals to recommend, but w/o knowing your budget it's hard to say. 3 seasons ago i purchased hope f20's and haven't had to rebuild them or maintenance them at all, however they were $200. i wear 5.10's freerider, danny macaskill edition and love the stiff wide toe box, beefy heel box and the stiff tacky sole. i recommend that you go for the thinnest pedal you can afford, canfield crampons or the ultimates are very nice. rebuilds are easy and quick too. if you go the cheaper route make sure to look at how the pins go into the pedal. some only thread in from the top and that's bad. when you hit a rock and damage the head of the pin it's a pita to get out.

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    2016 Talon 1 pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    there are soooo many choices of pedals to recommend, but w/o knowing your budget it's hard to say. 3 seasons ago i purchased hope f20's and haven't had to rebuild them or maintenance them at all, however they were $200. i wear 5.10's freerider, danny macaskill edition and love the stiff wide toe box, beefy heel box and the stiff tacky sole. i recommend that you go for the thinnest pedal you can afford, canfield crampons or the ultimates are very nice. rebuilds are easy and quick too. if you go the cheaper route make sure to look at how the pins go into the pedal. some only thread in from the top and that's bad. when you hit a rock and damage the head of the pin it's a pita to get out.
    hey fishwrinkle; have to agree - so many choices,,,, just trying to see the many inputs from the many riders here in the thread.
    I was thinking on purchasing Spike Spank and may go with 5-10's or a good skate type shoe, any recommendations.

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    go with 5.10's over skate shoes, they're more protective. spikes seem to be a decent pedal from reviews

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    go with 5.10's over skate shoes, they're more protective. spikes seem to be a decent pedal from reviews
    Most likely I will go with 5-10s

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank feen View Post
    2016 Talon 1 pics
    How is the new ride Feen? how do you like the shocks? My next ride will be air shocks. I will probably get a 2019 Talon 1 or a 2019 XTC 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmich View Post
    How is the new ride Feen? how do you like the shocks? My next ride will be air shocks. I will probably get a 2019 Talon 1 or a 2019 XTC 3
    Man, so far, I really like it. Then again, it is the best bike (components and price wise) I've ever owned.

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    **** giant get konas

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB_Dozer View Post
    Hi everyone - here is a question for upgrading (pedals)
    Who uses flats and or clip less pedals? I have been using clip less for quite some time and before that used flats. Now I am going back to flats. Any input as to what all are using, brands, preferences, and type of shoes?
    For shoes go with 5.10 or Teva they will be better than any skate shoe out there.

    For pedals go with something thin with sealed bearings and replaceable spikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    For shoes go with 5.10 or Teva they will be better than any skate shoe out there.

    For pedals go with something thin with sealed bearings and replaceable spikes.
    Thanks Dirt Devil, if I went with Spank spike I be ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB_Dozer View Post
    Thanks Dirt Devil, if I went with Spank spike I be ok?
    You should, Spank makes good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    You should, Spank makes good stuff.
    thank you DD

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB_Dozer View Post
    Hi everyone - here is a question for upgrading (pedals)
    Who uses flats and or clip less pedals? I have been using clip less for quite some time and before that used flats. Now I am going back to flats. Any input as to what all are using, brands, preferences, and type of shoes?
    I'm currently running DMR Vaults on my Talon. They're nice! Think they were around $120ish, if I remember correctly. Before ever riding them for the first time, I blue-Loctited the pins in, also.

    For shoes, I use 5.10's. Pretty sure they're the Freerider model that Fish mentioned. Not the DM version though; the standard version. They really are nice and stiff, and very sticky. I certainly love em' well enough.

    Back when I was looking at new platforms, I remember reading that both Spank Spikes and the Canfields are supposedly really awesome as well.

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    I ride with 5 10's also. Got the ones below when they were on sale. Great shoe! sticks to the pedal extremely well, nice a stiff sole and good toe protection.

    Five Ten Impact 2 Low MTB Shoes 2015 | Chain Reaction Cycles

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    Craigslist find!

    I bought this for $320 off CL a few months ago. The previous owner rode it a couple times on a paved bike path and put it away. The reflectors were removed and I swapped the seat to a WTB Speed V. New pedals will be next. I'm very much a rec type rider so this bike serves me well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyT47 View Post
    I ride with 5 10's also. Got the ones below when they were on sale. Great shoe! sticks to the pedal extremely well, nice a stiff sole and good toe protection.

    Five Ten Impact 2 Low MTB Shoes 2015 | Chain Reaction Cycles

    Hey Rusty, thanks for the info...I just purchased the Spank Spike pedals and installed them, look. Now for the shoes:
    I am looking at the Five Ten Maltese Falcon (2012) model and the Five Ten Freerider....any opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodyman View Post
    I bought this for $320 off CL a few months ago. The previous owner rode it a couple times on a paved bike path and put it away. The reflectors were removed and I swapped the seat to a WTB Speed V. New pedals will be next. I'm very much a rec type rider so this bike serves me well!
    Great find, now go out and put some dirt on it.

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    Thanks, yea she gets dirty, lol! That pic was taken when I first got it.

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    My wife and I just got talons she got the 3 and I got the 2 love. The bike but if I back peddle a little bit in the tall gears it will drop 2-3 gears. Is this a set up problem or normal I do understand the chain angle from the top ring on front to top ring on the wheel.ps im new to all of this but loving it thanks for the input

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    Sorry the talons are 2016 models

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    That's a lot of cross chaining but it probably shouldn't drop. Look up a video on how to adjust your rear derailleur or bring it in for a little tune up.

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    Thanks I will

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmtalen View Post
    My wife and I just got talons she got the 3 and I got the 2 love. The bike but if I back peddle a little bit in the tall gears it will drop 2-3 gears. Is this a set up problem or normal I do understand the chain angle from the top ring on front to top ring on the wheel.ps im new to all of this but loving it thanks for the input
    I noticed mine does the same thing...I am going to have it serviced tomorrow.

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    Here's my talon

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    Thinking about upgrading my fork though, I'm between a X-fusion Velvet (with remote lockout) or a RS Reba (without remote lockout), do you guys know any other option to consider? (of about the same quality)

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    noob here, got my talon 27.5 2015 for almost a year now and i want to convert it to 1x10.
    will a 10 speed cog fit the stock hubs?
    any advise on how do i go about the conversion?
    btw i already purchased a 2x10 deore crank, i was planning on buying and installing the RD, shifters cogs and NW chainring all at the same time.
    TIA

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    New fork and shock pump arrived today! Got the stock fork off and put it on the scales.

    Stock fork: 2785 grams.
    Manitou Marvel: 1764 grams.

    Hopefully get it fitted tomorrow and ride Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyT47 View Post
    New fork and shock pump arrived today! Got the stock fork off and put it on the scales.

    Stock fork: 2785 grams.
    Manitou Marvel: 1764 grams.

    Hopefully get it fitted tomorrow and ride Sunday.
    Awesome man. That's quite a bit of weight shaved

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    Got the new fork fitted to the bike today. Did all the work myself except for fitting the star nut. Just took the fork into the LBS and they fitted one there and then for $5. Pretty happy with so far, will be hitting the trails tomorrow.

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    [QUOTE=RustyT47;12139227]Got the new fork fitted to the bike today. Did all the work myself except for fitting the star nut. Just took the fork into the LBS and they fitted one there and then for $5. Pretty happy with so far, will be hitting the trails tomorrow.

    Wow that bike looks sharp! Good job!

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    Hit the trails this morning. WOW what a difference! The bike instantly felt better, the front end was much more planted on the trail especially over the short sharp rocks and roots. There was a distinct lack of Pogo type action that the stock coil fork had, which made the ride much more comfortable. Riding the rock steps and gardens is much easier since the front wheel stays on the ground.
    The weight difference is very noticeable especially when lifting the front wheel to clear obstacles and climbing.

    Overall I am very happy with the upgrade and would definitely recommend you do it if you have the money.

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    Well I received my 5.10 freeriders over the weekend and they fit great
    Now I am waiting for the rain to go away, hopefully this coming weekend will be good - get them dirty and have fun riding.
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    anyone running 120mm forks on your 27.5? will it cause any problems in the frame?

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    My bike is at 120mm travel. 80% trail riding and very seldom to road riding. No issue on the frame at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paeng0210 View Post
    anyone running 120mm forks on your 27.5? will it cause any problems in the frame?
    Some people do and others have gone back to 100mm, the main reason is the front end wanting to lift while climbing. Tried it myself on my 29er and hated it right away.

    Guess that like everyting on a bike is just a matter of prefference and riding style.

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    My bike is at 120mm travel. 80% trail riding and very seldom to road riding. No issue on the frame at all.
    how does it perform on climbs? does the front end lift?
    i also have a short stem i think it will also help in lifting the front during climbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by paeng0210 View Post
    anyone running 120mm forks on your 27.5? will it cause any problems in the frame?
    Mine (Talon 1 / 27.5) is at 120mm now (took the travel spacer out of the Rockshox Solo Air forks). I don't notice any difference on climbs (the front can be 'lively' until you get the right balance of weight over front/rear, but that's always been the case).

    I would say it climbs really well. If/when I fail, it is usually because of spinning out, rather than the front lifting. I have a 50mm stem, too, btw.

    I run a little more sag with the 120mm travel than I did with the 100, so the difference in BB height isn't quite a much as you might expect, but I think it does help reduce pedal strikes without any adverse effects.

    I changed the damper oil at the same time as I removed the spacer in the fork (you don't need to do this to take the spacer out, but I did it as part of a full service) and the combined effect is a much better, more precise and less 'choppy' ride. The travel might contribute to this, but I think it's mostly the oil change (I used Putoline HPX R 5W in the damper).

    Note that I've never felt this fork bottom out in either 100mm or 120mm travel - the 'o' ring on the fork leg tells me I've come very close, but I would never have guessed.

    I can't be certain that it won't cause problems with the frame, but I'm not at all concerned - the change really is quite slight.

    In short - I don't think the change from 100 to 120mm makes enough difference to pay money for, but if you're buying a new fork anyway, and have the choice of 100 or 120 (or can adjust the travel 'for free'), I would go with 120mm.

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    I have a 2014 Talon 4 Small (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us...4/14783/66103/) does anyone know what diameter stem i need? I hear something about a proprietary head tube or something... I'm trying to find and buy a cheap 60mm stem to try out from the stock one that came with the bike. Also, does anyone know the stock stem length that came with the bike?

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    The stem should be compatible with a 1 1/8 steerer tube and 31.8mm bars.
    Some giant models had a proprietary upper bearing and steerer diameter, but the talon has a 1 1/8 fork steerer and 44mm head tube as far as I know.

    60mm is a good compromise for a bike like the talon. Shorter than that may result in twitchy steering,as the 70 deg ht is on the steep side. I don' t know how long the stock stem is, you can measure it center to center to find out ( center of steerer to center of bars).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTXR View Post
    does anyone know the stock stem length that came with the bike?
    90mm, I believe

    Edit: My experience is that going from 90mm to 70mm made a small difference, but going from 70mm to 50mm made a huge difference (so 60mm should be worth a try).

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    Quote Originally Posted by paeng0210 View Post
    how does it perform on climbs? does the front end lift?
    i also have a short stem i think it will also help in lifting the front during climbs
    For me using short stem works fine. Have never experience front lift when climbing even the local trail we are riding have some stiff climb. I agree with dirtdevil, it depends on how we ride. Its my personal preference to use short stem plus wide handle bar because it gives more agressiveness.

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    Hey folks, new on the forums but read through them quite a bit.

    I picked up this Talon 27.5 2, used, earlier this summer. LBS owner said it was sold for 2 or 3 weeks and then came back as the previous owner wanted an upgrade. It was near perfect but with a couple dings and nicks.
    Not bad at all! I got $300 off MSRP and decided to throw the savings into a couple small upgrades based on my browsing here on MTBR.

    I picked up a set of Manitou Marvel Comps to replace the Rockshox XC30. They do feel quite a bit better on the trail and were WAAAY lighter.
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    I started to hate the stock rotors from constantly making a brutal gobbling squealing sound.. so fresh pads and rotors seems to have taken care of that. I also decided to go from a 160mm in the front to a 180mm. Braking performance is improved.
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    I just got these M615's to go on the bike but I need to get a hold of a bleed kit first. Being able to take the finned pads is what made me decide on these - while still being a good priced brake set.
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    I do think I need a new set of tires and have also ordered some Schwable Nobby Nics in 27.5x2.25 to give a little more grip. I'm finding the stock Kendas to be a little lack luster in some of the conditions around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syphen View Post
    Hey folks, new on the forums but read through them quite a bit.

    I picked up this Talon 27.5 2, used, earlier this summer. LBS owner said it was sold for 2 or 3 weeks and then came back as the previous owner wanted an upgrade. It was near perfect but with a couple dings and nicks.
    Not bad at all! I got $300 off MSRP and decided to throw the savings into a couple small upgrades based on my browsing here on MTBR.

    I picked up a set of Manitou Marvel Comps to replace the Rockshox XC30. They do feel quite a bit better on the trail and were WAAAY lighter.
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    I started to hate the stock rotors from constantly making a brutal gobbling squealing sound.. so fresh pads and rotors seems to have taken care of that. I also decided to go from a 160mm in the front to a 180mm. Braking performance is improved.
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    I just got these M615's to go on the bike but I need to get a hold of a bleed kit first. Being able to take the finned pads is what made me decide on these - while still being a good priced brake set.
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    I do think I need a new set of tires and have also ordered some Schwable Nobby Nics in 27.5x2.25 to give a little more grip. I'm finding the stock Kendas to be a little lack luster in some of the conditions around here.
    Nice ride! What year is yours? I have a 2015 Talon 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmich View Post
    Nice ride! What year is yours? I have a 2015 Talon 2.
    It's also a 2015 model. It wasn't the colour scheme I wanted but... it was used and she came in white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syphen View Post
    It's also a 2015 model. It wasn't the colour scheme I wanted but... it was used and she came in white.
    OK I didn't know they were available in 2 colors. Mine is the black with blue stripe- I really like that color scheme

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    Just got back from a really fun ride, first time really doing down hill runs.

    Overall im happy with the why the bike handled it, although I do have no pads ordered.

    My fork is still odd but I gave up with dealing with suntour. It works good enough to get me by I just dont have a lockout feature anymore. probably just use it as is until it dies then replace it with manitou or rock shox. Hoping ill be riding a trance next summer though.

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    Changed over to a 1x10 setup using a RaceFace N/W 30t ring. I have a SRAM 1x11 on my Trance and found it too hard to change between that and the 2x10 setup.

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    Replaced the Tektro brakes with SRAM Guide R

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    Got a cheap (ex Cannondale) Prologo X8 from ebay

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    Replaced the 2.25 Nobby Nics with 2.35 Ikons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hakka View Post
    Changed over to a 1x10 setup using a RaceFace N/W 30t ring. I have a SRAM 1x11 on my Trance and found it too hard to change between that and the 2x10 setup.

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    Got a cheap (ex Cannondale) Prologo X8 from ebay

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    Replaced the 2.25 Nobby Nics with 2.35 Ikons

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    Did you change the stock hubs? Im planning on running 1x10 also.. not quite sure if a 10speed cog would fit my stock rear hub. 1lbs said it wont..1 said it will.. 😐

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    Quote Originally Posted by paeng0210 View Post
    Did you change the stock hubs? Im planning on running 1x10 also.. not quite sure if a 10speed cog would fit my stock rear hub. 1lbs said it wont..1 said it will.. 😐
    The wheelset is from a Trance Advanced 2, no idea about the stock hub.

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    stock hub should fit a 10 speed. i'm assuming the 27.5's are 9 speed? 8,9,&10 speed cassettes run on the same freehub

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    Quote Originally Posted by paeng0210 View Post
    Did you change the stock hubs? Im planning on running 1x10 also.. not quite sure if a 10speed cog would fit my stock rear hub. 1lbs said it wont..1 said it will.. 😐
    10 speed 11-36 fit on my talon 4 no problem.

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    Your free hub should work with a 8,9,10 speed cassette.

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    Changed my tires to Nobby Nic Evo.. Hoping they have a little more grip then the Giant Sport Kenda tires. The lugs are certainly larger. A lot of people around here seem to run on Nobby Nics or Hans Dampf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by syphen View Post
    Changed my tires to Nobby Nic Evo.. Hoping they have a little more grip then the Giant Sport Kenda tires. The lugs are certainly larger. A lot of people around here seem to run on Nobby Nics or Hans Dampf.
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    What size LizardSkin chainstay protector did you order? And did it fit right?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank feen View Post
    What size LizardSkin chainstay protector did you order? And did it fit right?
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    I actually am not sure what size it is.. I got the bike used and it came with the chainstay protector already. I can measure it and try to find out tonight.

    Changed the brakes last night to the Deore M615's. Had to shorten the lines and bleed them, but they sure do seem waaay better then the Tektro Aurigas. Only a day at the trail will find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syphen View Post
    Had to shorten the lines and bleed them, but they sure do seem waaay better then the Tektro Aurigas. Only a day at the trail will find out.
    Dragging your feet on the ground would work better than the Tektro Aurigas.

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    Took the Talon 2 out today at the Shiawassee wildlife refuge in Saginaw county MI. IT was a scorching hot day but had a good time. THis bike rides so smooth and comfortable I'm glad I chose the Giant Talon line. In 3 years I will most likely upgrade to a 2019 Talon 1. The 27.5 wheels are the perfect set up for me ( I am 5'10"). My LBS had their 26" wheel bikes all on clearance seems like no one is buying those.
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    just finished converting to 1x10 deore
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    Talon owners .....-dsc_0009.jpgLove mine too! 2015 Talon 0. Standing up very well to the Dalby forest red route. A few people are giving the Fox Float Evo shocks a hard time but they are working well for me so far. Had a blast around Dalby forest in N Yorkshire yesterday. Amazing weather, cool, clear skies, light beaming in through the trees and mist as the sun gently heated up the ferns and sawdust piles. Just under 3 hours (got cramp towards the end but got through it!). So far there is nothing on the bike that I desperately want to upgrade. The Racing Ralphs are fantastic, the gearing is perfect (2x10) and the shimano M446 brakes work very well. All in all very happy.

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    hit the mt zion mountain bike trail in brookehaven, ms. had an absolutely fantastic ride! first time out after replacing the stock pedals. loving these wellgo mg-1!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by typo View Post
    loving these wellgo mg-1!!!!
    Good choice, grippy affordable pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank feen View Post
    What size LizardSkin chainstay protector did you order? And did it fit right?
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    Hey crank feen: i have a large lizardskin chainstay on my
    (2014) 2013 model talon 27.5-4 and fits fine.

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    Went tubeless a couple nights ago on my Talon 2 with Nobby Nic Evo's. Used Stan's rim tape (21mm) and Stan's 35mm Valve stems. 2oz of Stans sealant and both wheels pumped up right away with the floor pump. The rear seems to have a micro leak. After 2 days sitting, it went from 40psi down to 25psi. The front was holding steady at 40psi. I dropped both tires to 25psi and took it for a ride. Feels great. I'll be taking it out to the trails for a longer ride this week.

    It took less then an hour to do both front a rear wheels. I'm quite happy with the results. Now to try and get that rear to fully seal!

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    you went tubeless with the stock rims?



    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    Good choice, grippy affordable pedals.
    they are pretty awesome so far! and they are so cheap they are easily replaceable.

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    Yessir, with the stock Giant wheels. Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evo Tires.

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    nice! i'm putting new tires on soon and was wondering if these rims would work tubeless.

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    The OE wheels can be converted using the Stan's strips and ghetto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hakka View Post
    Just finished installing the new forks, Rockshox 2015 Sektor with 2015 Revelation dampers, travel reduced to 100mm. The fork has a tapered steerer so I used the Cane Creek external bottom cup to make it fit.



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    edit: just took it for a quick ride, so much better than before. the front end feels 5kg lighter. The new fork works really well, should get better as I get it dialled in.
    Question: after having this for some time now do you Feel any negatives from the extra 7mm from the CC bottom cup? Or does the stiffness gained out weigh any negatives if there are any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    The OE wheels can be converted using the Stan's strips and ghetto.
    For the record, the stock wheels SXC-2 can run tubeless with just stans tape, not even strips.

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    Took her out for the first ride since going tubeless. Nice little 14km loop of single and double track. No issues or burping.


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    ordered a new fork over the weekend, a manitou marvel comp. couldn't have ordered it sooner as i blew a seal on the stock xct. noticed when i was taking it out my vehicle there was a ton of grease all over the right stanchion. loaded the bike into the shed and plopped down on the couch. fedex showed up about 2 minutes later and off to the shop the bike went. i cant wait to get it back!!!


    i'm thinking hope/stans wheel set will be my next major purchase. then the drive train and brakes, deore xt 2 x 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by typo View Post
    ordered a new fork over the weekend, a manitou marvel comp. couldn't have ordered it sooner as i blew a seal on the stock xct. noticed when i was taking it out my vehicle there was a ton of grease all over the right stanchion. loaded the bike into the shed and plopped down on the couch. fedex showed up about 2 minutes later and off to the shop the bike went. i cant wait to get it back!!!


    i'm thinking hope/stans wheel set will be my next major purchase. then the drive train and brakes, deore xt 2 x 10.
    I think you're going to love that fork once you get it set right. It took me a couple rides of tuning, but now that I've got it set, I have the Marvel Comp on 120mm on my SS, and I like it better than the Reba that came on my Anthem.

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    well I'm the owner of a new to me (2013) Talon 29er 1.

    upgraded with Deore hollowtec crank, XC30 fork, WTB i19, WTB Bronsons, and he gave me brand new WTB nano's. He took his Thompson stem and handlebar put them on his anthem, so he put the anthem connect bar and stem on Talon.

    I dropped my Rithey WCS contrail saddle on it. and then put a shorter Uno stem on it.

    for me it is a huge upgrade from my bikesdirect gravity point2. dart fork and heavy unforgiving frame, with Flywheel type wheels/tires. its a chore to get to speed and then a chore to turn more than once. haha
    So this Talon is awesome! but still a 29er I am looking for cornering and acceleration.

    Originally I had plans to make this a 1x10... But not sure how much to invest as a talon 27.5 might be the better way to go for hardtail.

    I could still make it a 1x9. I didn't get to ride it much though. apparently the WTB Bronsons need a bit more air than my wire bead WTB prowlers! 2 flat tires! didn't help that it was dark, didn't see the rock.
    Going back to the Gravity for the remainder of the evening riding was a good thing. No comparison really! other than I have the fit dialed on Gravity. way more aggressive stance. way shorter head tube, but I can slam the talon.

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    finally got her back and will be getting it on the trail tomorrow morning! im hyped!


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    Hello everyone, question regarding tires. I am interested in the Maxxis High Roller II tires for my Talon 27.5-4 2013/2014 model bike. Will the High Roller II size 2.3 or 2.4 fit well onto the front and rear, and be able to have enough clearance. The existing tire size i have now is 27.5 x 2.1, with rim size = giant CR70, double wall. need to get tires soon.
    any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Does anyone know if you can replace the stock free hub? Or do I need to replace the entire hub?

    Mine has developed a lot of free play, is creaking badly and occasionally slips under load.

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    You can replace the stock freehub if memory serves, (at least, depending on what wheel set you have) but the question is, should you do that or replace the whole wheel. What bike/level/wheelset do you have, because different years and levels of the Talon came equipped differently. My wife's Talon has the same wheelset my Anthem has S-XC2), and it's still going strong but on my Anthem, the entire hub (axle bearings) are shot. I'll be replacing the whole wheelset. If you've shelled the freehub, the rest of the hub may not be far behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyT47 View Post
    Does anyone know if you can replace the stock free hub? Or do I need to replace the entire hub?

    Mine has developed a lot of free play, is creaking badly and occasionally slips under load.
    mine had free play and it needed to just grease the axel. But you can also replace the axel if that is also the problem. There is no reason for buying new when you can fix it by replacing axel or just greasing axel

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    It is a 2015 Talon 4 stock wheelset

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    all clean hamster approved

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    Ok, so I took my wheel into the giant dealer today. They said you can't replace the freehub by itself you need a whole new hub at a cost of $80, then another $70 to rebuild the wheel. So they recommended going to a shimano MT15 or MT35 rear wheel at a cost of $130 and $200 respectively.

    I had a look a CRC and they have the MT35 wheel set (front and rear) for $186.99 but I will also need to change to centre lock disc's at approx $20 each.

    Just wondering if these wheels are any good and it is worth while getting a cheaper wheel set or do I spend a little more now and swap them onto a full sus bike in the future.

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    In my experience - stay away from Shimano wheels. There are some good wheels to be had out there for ~$500 a set, but remember if you're looking for something you can put on another bike eventually, to get a set that has a hub with some options built into it in terms of being convertible to different axle standards.

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    Hi, can someone confirm me that the Cane Creek EC44/40 fits perfect with a Talon 2 2015. I'm purchasing a very cheap Tapered RS SID (279€)...
    I know that for 2014 Talon works with no problems, it will be the same for the 2015 models?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalvi View Post
    Hi, can someone confirm me that the Cane Creek EC44/40 fits perfect with a Talon 2 2015. I'm purchasing a very cheap Tapered RS SID (279€)...
    I know that for 2014 Talon works with no problems, it will be the same for the 2015 models?
    Works fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclinglymie View Post
    Question: after having this for some time now do you Feel any negatives from the extra 7mm from the CC bottom cup? Or does the stiffness gained out weigh any negatives if there are any?
    Sorry mate, missed the notification for this post.

    I only rode it a few times with the suntour forks, didn't notice any difference in geometry with the change.

    I don't ride the Talon that much, I'm on the Trance 95% of the time, whenever I do ride the Talon the steering is the one thing that feels better than the Trance.

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    Thank you! ^

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    Mine was changed immediately to Hope Pro rear and front hubs after I had that free play. Note that spokes have to change also to as the old one length doesn't match.

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    With tons of rain, and dustings of snow already here... my Talon is now relegated to my new toy. Trainer!

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    I just scored a 2016 Talon 1.

    By scored I mean handed my wallet over and delt with anxiety for a few days. :0

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    I know, I forgot the pics. Here is the 2016 T1
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