Giant Talon 3

5.0 stars
 (4 Reviews)
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From long dirt climbs to flowing descents, this lightweight aluminum hardtail puts you in control. The lightweight ALUXX aluminum Talon frame features classic off-road design that’s updated with Giant’s proven 27.5-inch wheel technology. The hardtail frame is designed to optimize the wheel size and its 100mm suspension fork. It’s an ideal choice for aspiring off-road riders looking for a balanced blend of quickness and control on the trail.

Consumer Reviews

5.0 stars

(4 reviews)

75% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • Comfortable riding position 
  • Comfortable seat 
  • Excellent shifiting 
  • Good price / value 
  • Good value 
  • Great brakes 


  • Can't think of one so far 
  • Uncomfortable seat (fixed with a gel seat) 
  • Wide handlebars 

Best Uses

  • Casual riding 
  • Mountain biking 
  • Road riding 
  • Trail riding 
  • Trails 

Sep 20, 2017

GREAT bike.

Great for the money, Way, way, way more impressive than I'd expected
Wide handlebars, Uncomfortable seat (fixed with a gel seat)
Best Uses:
Mountain biking, casual riding, Trails
This was a great bike. I bought it at Ancaster Cycle, no problems, and it was a phenomenal purchase. I used it for 7 months (before it was stolen...) and had no complaints. I was able to get through that whole period with only one tune-up, after riding daily about 1-2 hours.
by Seb M from Ancaster, Ontario

Apr 04, 2017

Screaming value! Fun, great riding and great looking bike!

Looks and rides like I spent WAY more than I did, Comfortable riding position, Great brakes, Comfortable seat, Highly visible paint job without being obnoxious, Excellent shifiting, Solid and predictable handling, Responsive and compliant fork
Can't think of one so far
Best Uses:
I needed to get back into biking to rehab my knees and lose about 50lbs, so I went looking. Looked at Trek, Specialized, etc. My very first real mountain bike years ago was a Giant so I headed over to Penn Cycle in Woodbury. Mike and guys at Penn Cycle were outstanding - professional, knowledgeable, helpful, fun, and passionate about their sport. I was torn between the Fathom 2 and the Talon 2 and decided on the Talon 2 for the price. After a month or so of pondering and waiting for bonus from work (I wanted to get everything at once), I headed on over to Penn to pick up the Talon 2 in red. I happened to walk around the showroom and spotted the Talon 3 and it looked NOTHING in person like it does online so I had to ask what it was. I rode the Talon 2 and then the Talon 3, both just around the store and parking lot a few times and on the grass and over a few curbs. Not the absolute best test in the world but I couldn't tell one once of difference between the two bikes, so I went with the Talon 3 in satin black, orange and blue. I also got a decent helmet, a NiteRider 750 headlight/taillight combo, a water bottle holder and an underseat pack all for less than the Talon 2! I have ridden my new bike now about a dozen times on trails, railbeds, roads, and a bit of offroad. LOVE IT! Couldn't be happier for what I spent and what I will be using it for. Again, Mike and the boys at Woodbury Penn Cycle are incredible and I wouldn't go anywhere else!
by TS from Mahtomedi, MN

Feb 27, 2017

Giant Talon 3 2017

Incredible Value for the $$$$
Best Uses:
My 13 yo daughter wanted my almost perfectly new Raleigh Talus (great bike also) and so I went shopping/researching for my next bike. I wanted to stay under $600 and after much reading and watching YouTube videos I decided on the Talon 3. Incredible bike. Looks, components, fork, I could not have asked for more for the amount of bike I was getting. It runs like a dream and the guys (at Ride Away bikes) are so knowledgeable it was nice to not be pressured into buying I didn't really need. Thanks you guys!!!!!
by Bengrim from San Antonio

Jan 03, 2017

Great bike for the price!!!

Good Value, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Road Riding
After 20 years no riding a bike I decide for 2017 start riding again. After weeks of research the 2017 Talon was the best choice for my budget (because the components) and I really love it!!! is a lightweight, sturdy construction and well made machine. You can not be wrong with this entry level bike.
by Ruben from Mission, TX


ALUXX-grade aluminum
SR Suntour XCT w/ hydraulic lockout & preload adjuster, 100mm travel
Giant Alloy, Double wall
Alloy, 32h
Stainless Steel, 14g
Maxxis Ikon, 27.5x2.2, Wire
Bottom Bracket
Sealed Cartridge, Threaded
Front Derailleur
Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs
Shimano HG31 11x34, 8-Speed
Shimano M310
Giant Connect Trail, 31.8mm
Giant Sport
Brake Levers
Tektro Auriga
Tektro Auriga, hydraulic disc, 160mm
MTB Caged
Giant Connect Upright
Seat Post
Giant Sport, 30.9mm