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The Giant Talon 3, Trek Marlin 5, and Cannondale Trail 7 are all aluminum frame hardtail crosscountry bikes with modest components. The Giant has 27.5″ wheels, the Trek has 27.5″ / 29″ wheels, and the Cannondale has 29″ / 29″ wheels and a 3 × 8 drivetrain providing a wider range of gears. Explore the differences below.

2020 Giant Talon 3
2021 Trek Marlin 5
2020 Cannondale Trail 7
MSRP$550$599$560
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CategoryCrosscountryCrosscountryCrosscountry
Weight30.2 lbs31.8 lbs32.8 lbs
FrameAluminumAluminumAluminum
ForkSunTour XCT
SunTour
SunTour XCT
Wheel Size27.5″27.5″ / 29″29″ / 29″
Wheel MaterialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Brake TypeHydraulic DiscHydraulic DiscHydraulic Disc
GroupsetAcera, microSHIFT
Tourney, Altus
Tourney, Altus
Drivetrain3 × 73 × 8
Gear Range

Giant Talon 3

25 mph

Trek Marlin 5

30 mph

Cannondale Trail 7

33 mph
SuspensionHardtailHardtailHardtail
Front Travel100mm80mm100mm
Rear Travel---
SeatpostRigidRigidRigid
Brand Sitegiant-bicycles.comtrekbikes.comcannondale.com
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Talon 3
Marlin 5
Trail 7

Geometry

Specs
Frame

ALUXX-Grade Aluminum, disc

Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR

All-New, SmartForm C3 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, Post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73

Fork

SR Suntour XCT30 HLO 27.5", 100mm, lockout, preload adjuster

Size: XS, SR Suntour XCE 28, coil spring, preload, 42mm offset for 27.5'' wheel, 100mm QR, 80mm travel; Size: S, SR Suntour XCE 28, coil spring, preload, 42mm offset for 27.5'' wheel, 100mm QR, 100mm travel; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, SR Suntour XCE 28, coil spring, preload, 46mm offset for 29'' wheel, 100mm QR, 100mm travel

SR Suntour XCT DS, 100mm, Coil, 42mm offset (27.5") 46mm offset (29")

Rear Shock

N/A

Bottom Bracket

cartridge

VP BC73, 73mm, threaded cartridge

Sealed Cartridge

Headset

Semi-integrated, 1-1/8''

Semi Integrated, 1-1/8"

Stem

Giant Sport, 7-degree

Size: XS, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 50mm length; Size: S, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 60mm length; Size: M, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 70mm length; Size: ML, L, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 80mm length; Size: XL, XXL, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 90mm length

6061 Alloy, 31.8, 8°

Handlebar

Giant Connect Trail, 780x31.8

Size: XS, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 690mm width; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width

Cannondale Riser, 6061 Alloy, 25mm rise, 8° sweep, 6° rise, 720mm

Saddle

Giant custom

Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width

Cannondale Stage 2

Seatpost

Giant Sport, 30.9

Size: XS, S, M, Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 330mm length; Size: ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 400mm length

Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.6 x 350/400mm

Pedals

platform

Cannondale Platform

Grips

Bontrager XR Endurance Comp, lock-on

Cannondale Dual-Density

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Acera

Shimano Tourney TY300, long cage, 34T max cog

Shimano TX800

Front Derailleur

microSHIFT FD-M282

Shimano Tourney TY300, 34.9mm clamp, down swing, down pull

Shimano Altus, 34.9 clamp

Crank

Prowheel forged, 22/36

Size: XS, S, M, Shimano Tourney TY301, 42/34/24, 170mm length; Size: ML, L, XL, XXL, Shimano Tourney TY301, 42/34/24, 175mm length

Prowheel Alloy, 42/32/22

Shifters

Shimano Altus

Size: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Shimano Altus M315, 3 speed; Size: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Shimano Altus M315, 7 speed

Shimano Altus Rapidfire Plus, 3x8

Cassette

Shimano CS-HG200-8, 12x32

Shimano HG200, 12-32, 7 speed

Sunrace, 11-34, 8-speed

Chain

KMC 8.3

KMC Z7, 7 speed

KMC Z72, 8-speed

Brakes

Tektro HDC M275, hydraulic disc

Size: XS, S, Tektro HD-M276 hydraulic disc, short reach lever; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc

Tektro M275 hydro disc, 160/160mm rotors

Brake Levers

Tektro HDC M275

Tektro M275 hydro disc

Wheels
Rims

Giant GX03V 27.5", alloy, double wall, 21mm inner width

Bontrager Connection, double-wall, 32-hole, 20mm width, schrader valve

WTB SX19, 32h

Spokes

stainless, 14g

14g stainless steel

Stainless Steel, 14g

Front Hub

[F]Giant Tracker Giant Sport QR, loose ball [R] Giant Tracker Giant Sport QR, loose ball

Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rear Hub

[F]Giant Tracker Giant Sport QR, loose ball [R] Giant Tracker Giant Sport QR, loose ball

Formula DC-27, alloy, 6-bolt, 7sp freehub, 135x5mm QR

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Tires

Maxxis Ikon 27.5x2.2, wire bead

Size: XS, S, Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 27.5x2.20''; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.20''; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.00''

WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25", DNA Compound