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    Orbea ALMA H50 29 vs Giant Talon 1 29

    Hi folks,

    Looking for some experienced minded folk or just someone who has experience with mtb to help provide opinions on either of the bikes listed above. I am totally new to this game and have spent days researching over which bike i should buy, however with so many options to chose from combined with the amount of specs available, I feel like I am in a whirlpool of indecisiveness.

    The two options I have are:
    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/talon-29-1
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    https://www.orbea.com/gb-en/bicycles...at/alma-29-h50

    I would be buying the clack option. Any help and assistance on which you believe to be the better bike for the money would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance for your time.

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    Can't go wrong with either model. If you plan to climb a lot, the Giant Talon 1 would be a good option due to the Eagle drivetrain. For all round riding, the Alma isn't a bad choice either. Both bikes are oriented toward XC riding. If you find yourself adventuring on your bike and riding distance, either would be fine. If you end up riding trails that are more difficult than what those bikes can handle, you may want to save up for a trail hardtail instead.
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    thanks very much for your reply. I appreciate your insight. Its hard to choose a bike to start off with! I started looking at Scott Aspect 930 and have ended up here haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by JButler67 View Post
    thanks very much for your reply. I appreciate your insight. Its hard to choose a bike to start off with! I started looking at Scott Aspect 930 and have ended up here haha
    Great way to start off is knowing what you plan to ride? You see yourself doing more flowy XC stuff or something more technical? If you're focusing on HT's I'd like to recommend the Orbea Laufey... solid trail performer and quite nimble for an aluminum HT.
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    Not a fan of either bike for your location and terrain.
    The Alma is old school XC geo with short reach and 69* head tube angle. Skinny tires and 23mm wheels.

    The Talon is worse with 69* ht> and 455mm chainstays from the dark ages. A bus to turn.

    A Specialized Fuse has the geo and 2.6 tire space you could make use of.
    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fuse-comp-29/p/171069
    And Bikes from Nukeproof, Vitus, NS and Ragley all would work from CRC.
    A Santa Cruz Chameleon is a match to the Fuse except for the 25mm rim wheels. But it comes in carbon if you have the budget.

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