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The Escape series, by Taiwanese manufacturer Giant, is aimed at making city riding more efficient and fun. We got to review the Escape 3 from their 2017 range of bicycles. Here is what we thought.
The frame of the Escape 3 is made using Giant’s in-house ALUXX technology. An aluminium alloy frame might have been frowned upon in the past, but is now widely used to make bicycle frames. This owing to the fact that it is lightweight and sturdy.
The frame is ergonomically designed and the geometry ensures an upright riding position. This hybrid bicycle has a high-tensile steel fork with low-rider rack mounts, making it a good option for touring. The fork reduces the impact felt from rough roads thereby ensuring better control. There is a provision for two bottle-cages to be attached to the frame.
The Escape series from Giant is known for its good looks, and the Escape 3 (2017) does not disappoint. There isn’t much of a change in design from the previous year’s Escape 3, however the design of the chainstay has been modified, and is flatter than on last year’s Escape 3. This is sure to reduce some drag while on the saddle.
The Escape 3 (2017) comes in one color variant - a glossy black which looks sophisticated and classy. There is minimal branding on the frame of this hybrid, thereby enhancing its sophistication.
There is no massive change in the gearing from last year’s Escape 3. The Giant Escape 3 (2017) comes fitted with Shimano Tourney front and rear derailleurs. The shifting is controlled by Shimano EF40 shifters. The 21 speed (3x7) gearing provides an impressive range of gear combinations, however at this price point, an upgrade to a 24 speed gearing system would have been commendable. That said, the shifting was smooth and I felt no lag in the gearshifts. The Shimano triggers/ thumb shifters are comfortably placed and required no extra effort to shift.
The Giant Escape 3 (2017) comes equipped with Tetkro V-brakes. There is little room for complaints when it comes to the braking on this bicycle. When tested, the brakes proved to be responsive and very efficient. There is no need to use any extra pressure on the brake levers to get the bicycle to a full stop. The braking was efficient on both dry and wet surfaces. However, on wet surfaces, there might be a need to apply extra pressure on the levers, to get the bicycle to come to a full stop. The brake levers are well positioned and will ensure comfortable braking.
The Giant Connect handlebar on the Escape 3 (2017) is sleek and long, this enables a comfortable ‘open-chested’ grip on the handlebar. The length and sleekness of the handlebar makes controlling and handling the bicycle efficient. However, the grips used on the handlebar are quite rough and hard. This could prove to be uncomfortable on longer rides.
The Giant Escape 3 (2017) comes with Giant S-X3 700x32c fast-rolling tires, with puncture protect technology. These tires will withstand mild trails and/or harsh, bumpy roads, and are super-efficient and fast rolling on tarmac roads.
A commendable upgrade on the Escape 3 (2017) is the Giant Connect saddle. Although visually, the saddle may look broader than its last year’s counterpart, it has been ergonomically redesigned. The Giant Connect saddle has been modified and has more cushioning, making it extremely comfortable for long distances. This is one saddle you may never want to get off! However, the saddle isn’t enabled with a quick release post. This is not a major point of worry though.
If you are an avid city rider and an occasional tourer, the Giant Escape 3 (2017) is the perfect bicycle for you.