Giant's Talon 27.5 1 gives you the acceleration 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 responsive, just what you need for singletrack excursions. Then you get a RockShox fork with 100mm of plush suspension and precise steering to guide you through the rough stuff. It's packed full of Shimano components with 30 speeds for hill-climbing, and Shimano disc brakes for great speed control with modulation. And, 27.5-inch Schwalbe knobbies 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.
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 SL aluminum|
|Fork||RockShox XC 30 Gold w/lockout, 100mm-travel|
|Rims/Wheels||Giant S-XC2, aluminum|
|Hubs||Giant Sport Tracker Off Road|
|Tires||Schwalbe Rapid Rob, 27.5 x 2.25|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Handlebars||Giant Connect XC, low-rise|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Hydraulic|
|Brakes||Shimano hydraulic disc, 6-inch rotors|
|Pedals||Aluminum MTB w/ toe cage|
|Saddle||Giant Contact, upright|
* Subject to change without notice.