2021 Giant Talon 3 - Entry Level MTB that can grow with you

2021 Giant Talon 3

It is an excellent frame and a perfect blank canvas on which you can snap out components as and when your skill level grows.

Mountain biking is an expensive hobby and finding a bicycle under 50k can be a challenge. The Giant Talon 3 is a great option for new riders. It is an excellent frame and a perfect blank canvas on which you can snap out components as and when your skill level grows. The Giant Talon 3 is a hardtail mountain bike and features a high-strength aluminium frame. The aluminium keeps the bike lightweight but durable enough to handle a good beating. It’s been designed for rugged terrain and will do well in XC (Cross Country).

However, like all bicycles, it has some excellent attributes and some poor/cost saving choices. Here, let us break these down for you - 

The Pros

  1. Frame - ALUXX aluminium frameset is hand-built in-house by the world leader in aluminium engineering. The frame is 6061 alloy with single-butted tubes to produce a strong, lightweight frame.
  2. 80/100mm Suntour fork - The Suntour XCE28 is a durable coil fork with decent performance.
  3. Hydraulic Disk Brakes - You will love the modulation that a hydraulic disk gives you on sharp descents and the Tektro TKD 143 is a decent companion for your first few years as a beginner mountain biker.
  4. Internal Cable Routing - Much easier to clean and doesn't snag in the woods or while transportation.
  5. Dropper post compatible - 30.9mm seat tube diameter and clean internal cable routing allow for easy dropper seat post-upgrade.
  6. 1X and 2X drivetrain compatible - The frameset is designed to work with either a single or double chainring crankset. For 2X setups, either a side-swing or down-swing front derailleur can be used.
  7. Maxxis Icon wire bead tyres - Again an excellent choice for the middle of the road trials. Neither too aggressive nor too road biased.

The Cons

  1. Tourney Ugh! - The seven-speed rear derailleur and cassette is the first thing I would chuck away after it runs its life. The tourney is a poor, cheaply built component and its a shame to see Giant go with one while a 9 speed Alivio is only a ₹ 500 more expensive.
  2. Forged Steel Crankset - The forged steel ProWheel Forged crank with its steel rinds for something a little more modern and lightweight (A Deore 4100 perhaps).

 

 

When shopping for a mountain bike it is important to buy a bike that allows you to enjoy the sport as quickly as possible. You'd typically want low-maintenance equipment that you can count on to keep you safe and on the trails.

As you develop your skills, we see the Giant Talon 3 keeping up with your riding without needing any upgrades or intensive maintenance courtesy of its excellent frame and despite its dubious drivetrain choices.

  • Buy at Giant India
  • MRP - ₹ 46,999 (usually 10% discounts to be had at Giant retailer shops)