Grip it and rip it aboard Giant's Talon 27.5 0! This full-sus steed offers the perfect blend of speed and control for getting out on the trails. It all starts with Giant's ALUXX aluminum frame that's tough, yet nimble and responsive, just what you need for singletrack excursions. Then you get a Fox 32 Float fork with 100mm of plush suspension and precise steering to guide you through the rough stuff. It's packed full of Shimano components with 20 speeds for hill-climbing, and Shimano disc brakes for great speed control with modulation. And, 27.5-inch Maxxis knobbies grip with authority and roll over practically 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.
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.
|Frame||Giant ALUXX aluminum|
|Fork||Fox 32 Float Performance, FIT4 Damper, 100mm-travel|
|Rims/Wheels||Giant S XC-2, aluminum|
|Hubs||Giant Sport Tracker Disc|
|Tires||Maxxis Ikon, 27.5 x 2.2|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT, Shadow|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano HG50, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Handlebars||Giant Connect XC|
|Brake Levers||Shimano M445|
|Brakes||Shimano M447 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotors|
|Saddle||Giant Connect, upright|