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  1. #1
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    Great Sub $600 Hardtail-Tried & True

    On a recent trip to North Georgia, I was able to ride my son's 2017 Giant Talon 3. It did incredibly well on some trails that are much rougher than what we are used to riding in Mississippi. It wasn't as comfortable as my Anthem SX or the Tallbot I rented, but it really surprised me. I had a lot of fun on it...other than being a little loud at times, it was great. The only upgrade to this bike is the Nobby Nics that I took off of my Anthem and some fat grips.

    I have ridden a bunch of these entry level hard tales(Trek X Cal, Trek Cali S, Giant XTC, etc) and I think the Talon is a great value.
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    Trek 7.2 FX
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    Well, the Talon thread is ~2500 posts deep and hundreds of thousands of views.. I think the Talon has been a good bread and butter bike for Giant. With a few upgrades, it can hold its own on most trails. The new 2018 model slackened out the geometry a bit and routed cables internally. For the price, the Talon line-up is always a good recommendation for a starter bike in my opinion.

    I have a Trance that is VERY capable and setup well for my use but I often drag my Talon out - and frequently set personal bests on it.
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