Giant Talon 27.5 4 - 2016

Giant's Talon 27.5 4 is like Goldilocks: not too big, not too small. The 27.5-inch wheels provide the acceleration, responsiveness, and lightweight feel of 26-inch wheels, with the traction and efficiency of a 29er. It all starts with Giant ...(Read More)

Giant Talon 27.5 4
  • Color: Charcoal/Yellow
  • Color: Dark Blue/Orange
$540.00 - $600.00
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Giant's Talon 27.5 4 is like Goldilocks: not too big, not too small. The 27.5-inch wheels provide the acceleration, responsiveness, and lightweight feel of 26-inch wheels, with the traction and efficiency of a 29er. It all starts with Giant's ALUXX aluminum frame that's tough, yet light and quick, just what you need for singletrack. Then you get a SunTour fork with 100mm of suspension through the rough stuff. For the shifting, a Shimano 24-speed drivetrain tackles the hills, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide great speed control on the way down. And up or down, 27.5-inch Giant wheels and knobby Maxxis tires grip with authority and roll over anything in your way.

27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.

27.5-Inch (650B) wheel/tire performance.

Efficiency: Increasing the wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle at which round objects meet square objects). The lower the angle, the easier it is to roll over obstacles and maintain momentum.

Traction: With a larger diameter, the tire's contact patch increases, putting more rubber on the trail. A 27.5-inch (650B) has nearly the same contact patch as a 29er for superb acceleration, braking and cornering.

Weight: The weight of a 27.5 wheel, tire and tube is only 5% more than an identically built 26-inch wheel. Compare this to a 12% increase with a 29-inch wheel. Lighter wheels mean a lighter bike, and better climbing and acceleration.

Specs

Frame Giant ALUXX aluminum
Fork SR Suntour XTC, w/hydraulic lockout, 100mm travel
Rims/Wheels Giant, aluminum
Hubs Giant Tracker Sport Disc
Spokes 14g, stainless-steel
Tires Maxxis Ikon, 27.5 x 2.2
Crankset SR Suntour XCE
Chainrings 42/34/24
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano HG31, 8-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Altus
Handlebars Giant Connect XC, low rise
Stem Giant Sport
Brake Levers Tektro Auriga
Brakes Tektro Auriga, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotors
Pedals MTB Caged
Saddle Giant Connect, Upright
Seatpost Giant Sport

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
Charcoal/Yellow / Small 04712878016613 60040514
Charcoal/Yellow / Medium 04712878016620 60040515
Charcoal/Yellow / Large 04712878016637 60040516
Charcoal/Yellow / X-Large 04712878016644 60040517
Dark Blue/Orange / Small 04712878016736 60040524 30622
Dark Blue/Orange / Medium 04712878016743 60040525 30277
Dark Blue/Orange / Large 04712878016750 60040526 30407
Dark Blue/Orange / X-Large 04712878016767 60040527 30694

Reviews

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4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (4)
  • Lightweight  (4)
  • Stylish  (3)
  • Versatile  (3)
  • Price  (2)

Cons

  • Chafes 
  • None at this time 
  • Can't Adjust Break Levers 
  • Poor Componets 
  • Poor Construction 

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking  (5)
  • Commuting/City  (2)
  • Dirt trails 
  • Park trails 
  • Road 
  • Commute 
  • Single Track 
  • Commuting 
  • Trail 
  • DIRT JUMPS 
  • Fun Bike Too Ride 
  • Good Bike For The Price 
  • Road Biking 
  • Easy Trails No Jumps 
  • Need To Upgrade Parts 

REVIEWS

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4

Excellent Entry Level Bike

By 

from Dayton, OH

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Chafes

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking

Comments:

I purchased this bike so that I could get into mountain biking. I knew that I wanted a hardtail but didn't want to buy some big box store special. This bike delivers quality in spades. The front fork is fairly forgiving. The bike seems to glide on trails. So far, this bike has been on 3 different trails with varying terrain and it handled them all like a champ. The braking system was sufficient on a steep descent, I was kind of easy on the brakes and didn't really apply them very often. My complaints lie in the seat and front derailleur. The seat is painful and can chafe. The store tech told me that I'd probably want to replace the seat as most companies just throw something on it and expect the purchaser to upgrade. While shifting gears, the front derailleur seems to take a little longer than normal. It also had a grinding sound. I'll be taking my bike to the shop to have it checked out.

 
4

Most Bang for the Buck!

By 

from Tampa, Florida

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Handles Bumps Well
  • Nice Brakes
  • Price
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth Shift
  • Stylish

Cons

  • None At This Time

Best Uses

  • Road
  • Dirt Trails
  • Park Trails

Comments:

Just recently traded road bike in. Wanted to try mountain biking.. And man I love it! The 27.5 4 is great so far! Took a long time researching bikes and the Giant by far gave you more for your money and a better bike under $700. The minute I got on it I feel in love. Now I ride it all the time. 20-30 miles a day. You will not be sorry if you buy this bike.

 
4

Great entry-level mountain bike

By 

from calexico ca

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Lock Out Forks
  • Brakes
  • Price
  • Stylish
  • Handles Great

Cons

  • Cranks Come Loose
  • Can't Adjust Break Levers
  • Forks Not Too Good

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking
  • Fun Bike Too Ride
  • Need To Upgrade Parts
  • Good Bike For The Price

Comments:

Great for trail riding and occasional jumps. Forks come loose sometimes. Might want to upgrade some of the parts, but then if you do that it would be cheaper to by a more expensive bike than upgrade this one. 1500. or so

 
5

Awesome

By 

from San Ramon, Ca

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Hydraulic Disc
  • Stylish
  • Lockout
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Some Bad Components

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Mountain Biking

Comments:

Nice feel. Handles well.

 
5

Mid-Level/Beginner Perfection

By 

from Janesville

About Me

Pros

  • Hydraulic Brakes
  • Lock Out Suspension
  • Durable
  • 27 5 Wheels

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Single Track
    • Commute
    • DIRT JUMPS
    • Trail

    Comments:

    Great bike to get you on the trails without requiring upgrades. Extremely happy with the 2015 Talon, it's worth the extra couple $$ compared to the 2014. I was looking for an entry level price with the most amount of features. I did a TON of searching and you can't find any better bike for the price. I have put this bike through the tests on single tracks, steep inclines, dirt jumps and it holds up great. The bike is a little heavy but you can't have it all without dropping $1,500+.

     
    5

    Best bang for your bike.

    By 

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      This is an amazing entry level mountain bike.

       
      4

      Great bike

      By 

      from Waco, Texas

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        Rode all over Cameron park. Zero problems. Even caught some air.

         
        3

        Nice bike for 2 weeks.

        By 

        from Tomball, TX

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Versatile
        • Shifts Great On Inclines

        Cons

        • Poor Construction
        • Wears Out Quickly
        • Poor Componets

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking
        • Commuting/City
        • Easy Trails No Jumps

        Comments:

        I ride pretty hard(5'10" 240lbs all muscle), and this bike just could not handle what I had to dish out. The crank started falling apart after 2 weeks. I wish it didn't fall apart because I loved riding this bike. Great engineering with poor componets. Bicycle world was awesome though and took back the Talon and got me into a Jamis nemesis sport. Now to put this one through the test. I don't know if I'll ever trust Giant again.

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