Expecting the full suspension bikes Giant has been teasing? Not yet. Though it does appear that Giant is fully embracing 650b with a new line of hardtails that materialized on their site. Both the men’s and women’s models feature aluminum ALUXX frames built around a 100mm suspension fork with various levels of trim.
Check out the new Talon 27.5, next.
As one of the places 650b will likely catch on, entry to mid-level 27.5 hard tails will offer slightly better roll over than their 26″ counterparts, yet will have lighter wheels and tires than 29″ (apples to apples), which are both good for anyone just getting into mountain biking.
We’re going to assume that there will probably be more models offered as the year turns, though for now the Talon 27.5 includes a 5, 4, and 1 model shown above. Sitting next to the Talon 29 in Giant’s line up, the builds dive all the way down to the $570 mark with the disc equipped Talon 27.5 5. The $700 4 steps things up a bit with a better suspension fork and hydraulic discs, with the Talon $1380 1 jumping into the enthusiast category with a Rock Shox 30 Gold suspension fork, and an XT/Deore 10 speed drivetrain with Shimano M395 hydraulic brakes.
The Talon 27.5 will be offered in S, M, L, and XL sizes that all feature a 70° HTA, and 73.5 – 72.5° STA.
The Tempt comes in a few different models than the Talon with the top end $1700 0 shown above, and the $1,175 2 and $570 5 shown above. Unlike the Talon, the Tempt will only be offered in XS, S, and M which correspond to a 14, 16, and 18″ frame.
Thanks to Ted for the tip!