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Can anyone help which is a better buy between these two bikes? I was told the giant has a stronger frame. But I am looking for the bike which will last longer since I seem to ride my bikes a little too hard so simple want the better buy. I actually bought the Giant but only picking it up tomorrow so hoping I can change my mind if need be. Thanks



Giant talon 3 (2011 at R5200)


Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL

Colors Blue, Black

Frame ALUXX-Grade Butted Aluminum

Fork RST Gila Pro, 100mm Travel

Shock N/A



Handlebar Giant Sport Alloy, Low Rise 31.8

Stem Giant Sport Alloy

Seatpost Giant Sport, Alloy, 30.9

Saddle Giant Performance MTB

Pedals VP992 Steel cage



Shifters Shimano Alivio

Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio

Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore

Brakes Tektro Draco Hydraulic Disc

Brake Levers Tektro Draco

Cassette Shimano HG50,

11x34, 9-Speed

Chain Shimano HG53

Crankset Shimano Alivio, 22/32/44

Bottom Bracket VP-BC73



Rims Giant Sport CR70, Double Wall

Hubs Formula DC-22 ,32H

Spokes Stainless Steel, 14G

Tires Kenda K920, 26x2.1


Or Phoenix (2010 at R5800)

Frame AL6061 Generation ii tech

Fork Suntour Raidon LO Air 100 mm

Rims Alex ACE 17 Double wall aluminium

Hubs SB Novatec Seated bearing disc

tyres Kenda small block 26 x 2.1

Shirters Shimano 9 speed rapidfire plus

Front Derailleur Deore

Back Derailleur SLX shadow

Chainwell Shimano M443 Octalink 22/32/44t

Bottom bracket Shimano ES25 octalin

Casette SRAM PG 950 9 speed 11-32T

Brake set Shimano M445 Hydaulic disc

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The specs on the phoenix are better, but I ride a Giant and it's been bullet proof. In this price range I would also seriously consider a GT Avalanche (2.0 or 3.0) especially if you are heavy on bikes. A year old GT avalanche 1.0 would be a really good buy for you - you should be able to get a 2009 or 2010 for 5.5K

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I would recommend a Phoenix '09 model. Have seen some of the going for R4500 brand new. Only big difference is Deore RD with different decals.

I had one of these, and I couldn't have asked for a better bike to start off with, they are serious value for money IMO.

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My uncle is a race snake and he started out with the phoenix and the only problem he had with the 09 model was that he had snapped 5 spokes on the rear rim just by riding in normal conditions but otherwise very nice bike, but wouldn't swop it for my Giant.

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