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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua75W View Post
    I don't have a way of posting pictures right now.(using my iPad)

    I was using just a cheap department store bike while saving up for the talon. It is a humongous difference though. Lol

    The fork lock out seems to do well. I haven't used much of it though. I still have a lot of experimenting to do with the bike.

    I'm headed out tomorrow to ride 20 miles. I'm excited to push this bike harder and see what it can do.
    Thanks. I would love to see some more pics. Not a lot out there of the 2012 Talon 1. how he 20 miler go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Mac View Post
    Thanks. I would love to see some more pics. Not a lot out there of the 2012 Talon 1. how he 20 miler go?











    Loving it more and more!!!! every time I'm out on it

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    My kid loves it




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    Two questions:

    1. What tools do I need to remove the cranks and BB from a '11 Talon 1?

    2. Has anybody weighed the stock 2011 wheelset?

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    To remove the cranks follow this.

    No idea on the weight of the wheels.

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    Thanks DiRt DeViL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattC555 View Post
    Two questions:

    1. What tools do I need to remove the cranks and BB from a '11 Talon 1?

    2. Has anybody weighed the stock 2011 wheelset?


    If you go to the giant section they have a thread on the s- and p- 29er series wheels. Few weights listed with and with out skewers and cassettes. Take a look.

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    I also ride a 2011 Talon 1 and love it. I too would like to upgrade the fork, but not looking to spend $700 to do so. My LBS reccomended the Marzocchi 44 TST2. Would this be a nice upgrade from the stock fork??

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    I rented a 2012 Talon 0 the other day. I thought it was awesome. First time ever on a 29er so I don't have much to
    Compare it to... I just know that it climbed waaaaay better than my 26" revel, handled better in the turns and just seemed more stable and fast.
    Two things I didn't like we're I kept hitting the shifter with my thumb knuckle and changing gears... This happened like 10 times in one ride and has never happened to me before. Also, my pedals kept hitting the ground, do there was some sort of clearance issue. Otherwise I absolutely loved the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heypal99 View Post
    I also ride a 2011 Talon 1 and love it. I too would like to upgrade the fork, but not looking to spend $700 to do so. My LBS reccomended the Marzocchi 44 TST2. Would this be a nice upgrade from the stock fork??

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    It is a good upgrade, nice will be a Fox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyRid3r View Post
    Well i don't know of any Talon other than a 29er... Makes sense when you think about it. Do you know how many vehicles American Manufactures have over seas with different names we don't even know about? Tons!
    Here's a link to the Talon that was released in Australia in 2009 - 26".
    www2(dot)giant-bicycles(dot)com/en-au/bikes/mountain/2177/31857/?collections_id=4]Giant Bicycles Archive
    (sorry can't post links - Newby. You'll have to replace the (dot) with . )

    The current Talon in Aust. is the same frame shape as the ones posted above.

    The 2009 26" is my ride - i'll post a pic when i find one. The only change i've made is putting on Maxxis Crossfire tyres.

    I note that the price has dropped significantly since i purchased - maybe downed the quality of the components in the later models...???

    Cheers Tim

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    Stem upgrade?

    Guys, have any of you swapped the stem out for a shorter unit? How did it effect the handling?

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    I kept the same length but with a lesser degree of rise, huge change IMO.

    Shorter stem = quicker, snappy steering
    Longer stem = slower, more controlled steering

    Is a very similar feeling to when you put longer bars.

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    Wheelset weighted around 2200grams with skewers..not really on the light side but durable. The Talon frame is made from Aluxx SL grade alloy..so its stiff and light like the XTC but I do not know the weight of the frame.Anyone?

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    I'm sorry to repeat a question, however I have found 2 different answers regarding the fork on my 2011 Talon 1 29er. I have heard its a tapered steer tube, and I have also heard its a straight 1 1/8 tube. I know I need a 15mm through axle and 29er size, but which head tube do I need. And are there others I can use with some simple adapters? Sorry for the questions, although I know a lot, I still am a newb compared to the others on this board.

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    my 2010 talon 1 is a 1 1/8th straight.

    However, you can get headsets that can make any of them work on any bike. If your head tube is tapered they make a headset that will use a spacer or shim on the bottom to make a 1 1/8 straight fit.
    if you have a tapered fork in a straight head tube they make a headset that puts the bearings on the outside of the head tube giving more room for the tapered steerer.
    New Headset Allows Use Of Tapered Steerers In Some 1-1/8in Head Tubes - BikeRadar

    so if you get a good deal you can get whatever you want
    2011 Giant Talon 1
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    Thanks, if I look at a used fork, how long does the tube have to be (minimum with the stock setup)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joes Rocket View Post
    Thanks, if I look at a used fork, how long does the tube have to be (minimum with the stock setup)
    Depends on the size frame, specially the head tube; measure your current fork and get something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joes Rocket View Post
    I'm sorry to repeat a question, however I have found 2 different answers regarding the fork on my 2011 Talon 1 29er. I have heard its a tapered steer tube, and I have also heard its a straight 1 1/8 tube. I know I need a 15mm through axle and 29er size, but which head tube do I need. And are there others I can use with some simple adapters? Sorry for the questions, although I know a lot, I still am a newb compared to the others on this board.
    2011 Talon is not tapered, is a straight 1 1/8 headtube.

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    anyone know anything about the talon2 for 2013 or whatever they might be putting out like it right around the same price? i am thinking of buying a talon 2 2012 but i dont want the 13 to come out in two weeks with something better.

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    Believe that the new models usually become available late summer or early fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    It is a good upgrade, nice will be a Fox.
    I pulled the trigger on the TST2! No word yet from my bike shop that it has arrived. Can't wait!

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    Thanks to every talon rider. For all info. about are bike, From cc XX-44mm lower headset up to fork upgrade.You guy's educated me a lot. Thanks again
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    Ok , this feels like its going to be a noob question but in order to use some of the forks suggested on this thread will i have to purchase another wheel? My LBS said since the front wheel set on my Talon 2 (2012) model is a QR than I would have to purchase a wheel with a through axle in order to use certain forks such as the Micro TI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosway View Post
    Ok , this feels like its going to be a noob question but in order to use some of the forks suggested on this thread will i have to purchase another wheel? My LBS said since the front wheel set on my Talon 2 (2012) model is a QR than I would have to purchase a wheel with a through axle in order to use certain forks such as the Micro TI.
    Plenty of topics about the Talon and fork options, the quick answer is that you need a QR15 non tapered 1 1/8" fork if you want to stay away from changing wheels, hubs or using adapters.

    If the fork you want is QR9 then you'll need to find some kind of adapter to convert the hub from 15mm to 9mm, replace the hub or the whole wheel.

    If the fork you want is tapered you'll need to get the Cane Creek XX (44 I believe) in order to do so.

    There are several (but not many) non tapered qr15 forks out there, the Zocchi 44TST and Micro Ti, Fox F29RL and Suntour Epicon quickly come to mind.

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