Giant Talon 27.5 1 - 2015
The new Giant Talon 1 is designed for the rider seeking a high performance versatile mountain bike. The Talon 27.5 1 will be will excel on the trails; technical single track and fast fire roads. For the rider that wants a bike to be used besides mountain biking then the Talon will be equally as comfortable riding with the kids or a weekend spent riding rail trails.
That said, the build specification for the Talon 27.5 1 is very much off road biased; focusing on exceptional suspension and drive train setup – critical to off road performance and coupled with advantages of the new 27.5 inch wheel platform (or otherwise commonly referred to as 650B). The advent of 650B may not come as a surprise to some, to most it’s a completely new wheel standard and one that Giant has decided to invest in heavily. Some may debate it’s the best all round wheel diameter, combining the best aspects and none of the problems of the other two current sizes: 26 inch and 29 inch. A 27.5 wheel allows for a smoother rolling and more efficient machine than a 26-inch and it’s more nimble and agile than a long wheelbase 29-inch. For those of us who have grown up with 26-inch wheel bikes, the majority may likely find the transition to a 27.5 inch much smoother and easier. The new wheel diameter also allows manufacturers to produce extra small frames, something that wasn’t able to done due to geometric constraints with 29-inch wheels.
The Talon has evolved into a performance multi-purpose machine in recent years. The Talon 27.5 1 is the best specified Talon that we have seen in the last two or three years, perfect for the rider who doesn’t want to spend mega bucks on a bike that has too much of a defined purpose and therefore its too restrictive. The geometry and build of the Talon 1 means that it’s an extremely capable machine on demanding cross country trails, and not only on the trails but most other applications. However, on the trails is where it feels most at home.
The Talon 27.5 1 has comprises of a high-end parts selection. One of the highlights is the brand new Rock Shox 30 Gold front suspension which replaces the Rock Shox Recon Silver from previous years. The new 30 Gold is constructed from aluminium 30mm upper tubes, Magnesium lower legs and forged top crown making the new fork 230 grams lighter than its predecessor. The Gold 30 also features critical adjustments such as an air spring, rebound and turn key lockout (which can be paired with a remote lockout lever). Setup is simple and straight forward; set the pressure using the chart on the fork leg and set the rebound, the Gold 30 will do the rest.
The Shimano XT Shadow Dyna-Sys rear derailleur provides ultra smooth, precise and reliable shifting, especially under hard conditions such as racing. The new Shimano XT rear derailleur uses a complete aluminium construction to reduce weight, sealed bearing jockey wheels to reduce friction wear and tear, stronger return spring to eliminate ghost shifting, direct cable routing into the rear derailleur to eliminate excessive cabling and gear cable friction, and improved cable pull ratio to ensure shift performance isn’t affected even when excessive dust or mud contaminates gear cables.
To finish off the Talon 27.5 1 intent for off road, the wheels are built with Giant S-XC2 rims which are stronger and better suited to off road use and stronger hardware such as the Giant Connect handlebar and stem are used.
Another option for you is the Cube Ltd Pro 29er, higher specifications and on sale at $1399 (was $1899)