Giant Escape N7 City review

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Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
USD $500.00

Our review

A super-practical town bike, but with a slightly dubious hub
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The Escape N7 City weds Giant’s aluminium XTC off-road frame with a seven-speed hub gear and a host of sensible accessories: mudguards, rack, lights, kickstand, even a frame-mounted wheel lock.


The frame is the sweet hydroformed XTC one you know, only without disc or V-brake fittings. The Nexus roller brakes are a bit spongy before they bite and are awkward to unhook to get the wheels out.

You need more slack in the cable than the brakes use in normal operation, so set them up with the cable adjusters wound half out and wind ’em in for wheel removal. Or fit Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres and never puncture. A hub gear makes lots of sense on a commuter, and the Nexus seven-speed has well spaced ratios. But it doesn’t have a great reputation for reliability, and even on test ours crunched into and slipped out of third. Not a good sign.


An upgrade to the newer Nexus eight-speed hub is overdue.

Product Specifications


Name Escape N7 City (08)
Brand Giant

Brakes Nexus Roller Brakes
Shifters Nexus
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
Weight (kg) 15.3
Stem Aluminium
Seatpost Micro Adjust
Cassette 16t
Rims ACE 18
Rear Hub Nexus
Headset Type Aheadset
Handlebar Aluminium
Front Hub Nexus
Frame Material ALUXX
Fork Aluminium
Cranks ISO Flow
Year 2008