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    Giant Talon, Stance or something else?

    Hi all,

    I am overwhelmed and can't decide. This will be my first mtn bike. I want something that gives me the most bang for the buck.

    Cheapest possible prices with the best components possible.

    I was set on the DB Sync'r hardtail or the DB release 1, but now considering the Giant bikes, how do they compare?

    I will mostly be riding around gravel road with my family to start with and take it to the trails occasionally. I want something fun, light and nimble.

    I am 6 feet and will need a large frame and found that I feel most comfortable in a 27.5

    I test rode in the parking lot these bikes.
    Trek marlin - did not care
    Marin - did not care
    Salsa - I liked it ( felt nimble)
    Canondale (rei) - liked it
    Specialized stumpjumper - really liked it.

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    the 2020 Stance 2 is a pretty nice bike for $1500 with Eagle SX and air fork

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/stance-2-2020


    if possible I'd test ride it before doling out cash... in fairness the other bikes you said you like are pretty good as well...

    sadly the Stance 2 doesn't include a dropper seat post.. so i personally would be budgeting for on sooner than later..

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    judging by your initial post I recommend you getting the Stumpjumper.

    I wouldn't focus so much on components but rather judge the complete package as it is - what's the use for a bike that has good components on paper but rides like shit?

    The 2020 Giant Stance 1 has much better value than the slightly cheaper Stance 2 but they come with 29" wheels and a full suspension bike is overkill for recreational riding. Your preferences will change anyway overtime so it isn't recommended to drop too much money on your first bike.

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