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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.

Talon 3
Marlin 5
Trail 7
Talon 3
Giant · 2020
Marlin 5
Trek · 2021
Trail 7
Cannondale · 2020
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CategoryCrosscountryCrosscountryCrosscountry
Weight31.8 lbs / 14.4 kg32.8 lbs / 14.9 kg
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 Travel100mm100mm100mm
Rear Travel---
SeatpostRigidRigidRigid
Brand Sitewww.giant-bicycles.comwww.trekbikes.comwww.cannondale.com
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Talon 3
Marlin 5
Trail 7

Geometry

Specs
Build
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
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
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 80mm length
6061 Alloy, 31.8, 8°
Handlebar
Giant Connect Trail, 780x31.8
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
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
Shimano Tourney TY301, 42/34/24, 175mm length
Prowheel Alloy, 42/32/22
Shifters
Shimano Altus
Shimano Altus M315, 3 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
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, black
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
Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.20''
WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25", DNA Compound
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