Giant Talon 3

5.0 stars
 (6 Reviews)
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From dirt paths to singletrack, Talon keeps you rolling with smooth handling and confident control.

This lightweight ALUXX aluminum frameset features classic off-road design made specifically for 27.5" wheels to strike just the right balance between control and quickness. The hardtail frame is optimized for a 100mm suspension fork, which helps soak up trail obstacles and improve control. For aspiring off-road riders looking to climb a little faster and get more comfortable riding singletrack, Talon is your ticket to XC adventures.

- ALUXX-grade butted aluminum frame
- SR Suntour XCT HLO 100mm-travel fork with hydraulic lockout
- Giant double-wall rims with Maxxis Icon tires
- Shimano 3x8-speed drivetrain with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes

Features & Info

Why 27.5-inch/650B?

27.5-inch (650B) wheels explained

Consumer Reviews

5.0 stars

(6 reviews)

83% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • Better than $800-$900 bikes i've owned 
  • Breathable 
  • Front suspension lockout 
  • Internal cable routing 
  • Very inexpensive for the features included 
  • Good Value 


  • Kickstand not included. strangely they never are 
  • Can't think of one so far 
  • Wide handlebars 
  • Uncomfortable seat (fixed with a gel seat) 

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking  (2)
  • Wet weather 
  • Trail Riding 
  • casual riding 
  • Trails 
  • Road Riding 

Sep 21, 2017


Best Uses:
Wet Weather, Mountain Biking
Bought mine 9/20 from the bike world in Urbandale. Great people, helped me find what i wanted in a matter of minutes. The bike feels so good compared to my fuji nevada 3.0. Best bike i've rode.
by Bkyner34 from Des Moines, IA

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

Aug 08, 2017

Outstanding Bicycle

Internal cable routing, Front suspension lockout, Very inexpensive for the features included, Better than $800-$900 bikes I've owned
Kickstand not included. Strangely they never are
Best Uses:
I'd consider myself a novice cyclist even though I've been riding my whole life. I've never done competitions, clubs or extreme riding. I'm a 47 year old male in the Chicago suburbs and I ride on hilly paved surfaces mostly. I keep the bike on the back of my car almost the entire riding season (as long as it isn't raining) so the internal cable routing on this model is great for preventing cable and gear shifting problems that have always arisen for me with external cables and long-term bike rack use on a car. My last bike did not have the front-suspension lockout. This bike does have that feature and it really helps on some of the more difficult climbs. Other than that, this bike has everything else that a beginner to intermediate rider would expect. This is my third GIANT bike and, not surprisingly, this is my favorite model for the reasons stated above.
by Matt from Woodridge, IL

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 HLO, hydraulic lockout, preload adjust, 100mm travel
Giant Alloy Disc, Double Wall
Giant Tracker Sport
Stainless Steel, 14g
Maxxis Ikon, 27.5x2.20, 60 TPI
Prowheel BURNER-101P
Bottom Bracket
Sealed Cartridge, Threaded
Front Derailleur
Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Acera
Cassette/Rear Cogs
Shimano HG31 11x34, 8-Speed
Shimano Altus
Giant Connect Trail, 31.8mm
Giant Sport
Brake Levers
Tektro HDC-M290
Tektro HDC M285, hydraulic disc, [F] 180mm, [R] 160mm
Platform, Caged
Giant Connect, Upright
Seat Post
Giant Sport, 30.9mm