Giant Talon 27.5 4 - 2015

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 a 26-inch wheel, with the traction and efficiency of a 29er. It all starts with Gian ...(Read More)

Giant Talon 27.5 4
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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 a 26-inch wheel, 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 excursions. Then you get a SunTour fork with 100mm of suspension to float you 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 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 HLO, 100mm-travel w/ lockout & preload adjuster
Rims/Wheels Giant, aluminum
Hubs Giant Tracker Sport
Spokes 14-gauge stainless-steel
Tires Giant Sport, 27.5 x 2.1
Crankset SR Suntour NEX
Chainrings 42/34/24
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano, 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
Seatpost Giant Sport