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    2015 talon 2 or 2016 x-cal 8

    I just recently purchased a 2015 talon 2 and i am waiting to pick it up. I am just wondering if the components on the trek x-cal 8 are any better? It seems like the fork is a tad better. Please any advice is greatly appreciated. thank you

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    i would stick with the talon 2 as i like shimano over sram but all the main bits are considered upgrade-able on both imo.

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    Personally I would go with the Trek,
    The Shimano Alivio, on the Giant is crap. I have seen it in action. No good. again My opinion.
    The Trek comes with the more common 2x10 the giant is a 3x9 and most the time those cranks set's are a 1 piece chainring set up and would have to replace the whole thing to upgrade it.
    Fork is better on the Trek.
    I have ridden a Talon 27.5 it was ok. He didn't listen to me and has upgraded everything and could have just bought a better bike from the start.

    I do not know if the Giant rims are tubeless ready, Trek's are and are easy to setup that way.

    Good luck

    Edit: Just noticed where this was posted.
    Only way you are getting the Trek in a 27.5 is with frame size (13.5, 15.5) anything bigger is a 29er. SO they are going to feel different if you are comparing the 2016 Trek to a 27.5 Talon
    Too Many .

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    actually on the talon is deore components. im only 5'8" so i will be getting a 27.5. thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matttheazn View Post
    actually on the talon is deore components. im only 5'8" so i will be getting a 27.5. thanks for the advice.
    Yeah. I looked at the 29er specs (current)

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    Quote Originally Posted by matttheazn View Post
    actually on the talon is deore components. im only 5'8" so i will be getting a 27.5. thanks for the advice.
    At your height I would test ride a 29 17.5 Trek X-Cal.
    It's not about standover. It's about reach/cockpit space while riding.
    The stem can be changed to fine tune the fit even for a test ride. It takes 2 minutes and the shop has a box of them in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent701 View Post
    Yeah. I looked at the 29er specs (current)
    do you still think the trek has a slight edge? I might be swaying towards the trek just bc of the fork alone.

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    It has an edge because of 29" wheel and the geo to make them easy to turn and stable going downhill.

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