Giant Escape M1 review

Off-road chassis in urban camouflage

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
USD $425.00
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Our review

Hard riding urban bike that can still hack most singletrack
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Giant’s Escape city bikes are wisely based on its excellent cross country XTC hardtail range. They have the same hydro-formed aluminium chassis and riding position, but with rigid forks and some roadified parts bolted on.

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An XC layout works well on road and off, with your bodyweight better spread about the bike and the cockpit comfortably open for getting the power down. There are welcome fittings for racks front and rear – as well as mudguards – but as it’s an off-road frame, it requires only a pair of two inch knobblies to return it back to its roots – we used Bontrager tyres.

On sinuous hardpack the steering is well weighted and precise. On rockier stuff it’s obviously kick-about harsh, and downhills can give you a beating – although the sense of control from the hydraulic discs lets you descend a lot closer to the edge of your confidence when you’re trying to keep your sprung riding buddies in sight. Low weight helps it climb, but it’s hindered a bit by a road crankset. Take it on the road and the gears are spot on, since it’s easier to hunch down and whip it up to speed than competitor’s like the Genesis Dual Track 1.0.

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Those industrial-looking Giant MPH 3 hydraulic discs are the gold star in the bike’s spec. They’re almost unheard of at this price and they’re a sensible trade off for a Dart 2 suspension fork for a mostly road-going bike. You could add that later – for less than it’d cost to put hydraulic discs on the other bikes – if you found yourself riding more off road than on. As it is, it’s fine for some off-road use, but on road it rules.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Escape M1 (07)
Brand Giant

Bottom Bracket Cartridge
Rims ACE 18
Rear Tyre Size 26x1.5
Rear Tyre Detonator
Front Tyre Size 26x1.5
Front Tyre Detonator
Available Sizes 14 Inches 17 Inches 19 Inches 21 Inches 23 Inches
Available Colours Black/Grey
Weight (kg) 12
Stem Aluminium Ahead
Shifters Alivio 24-Speed
Seatpost Comp Aluminium
Rear Hub 475
Brakes MPH3
Rear Derailleur Alivio
Pedals Platform
Handlebar Aluminium
Front Hub 475
Front Derailleur C51
Frame Material ALUXX
Fork Rigid
Cranks TX71
Chain HG50
Cassette Shimano HG30 11-32
Year 2007