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Sammy Ed's picture

By Sammy Ed - Posted on 14 February 2015

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.


I am wondering if there's an online resource for the exact specs for bikes?

I have a Giant 29er Talon and I love the bike except the fork is rubbish. I just ride easy xc stuff etc so I don't need a beefy fork, but shopping online is hard when you are unsure of the type of steerer and headset set up required to upgrade the fork. I would prefer to do it myself as I find that as much fun as riding, if not more.... ☺

Any help would be great.

pharmaboy's picture

Yes plenty, post up the year and exact model of the bike - giants site has archives of all specs with photos so you can be sure by the paint colour. If you just drop the fork out, straight away if it's a straight steerer we know it's 1 1/8th, if it's tapered we need to know what it says on the stem overdrive, or OD2.

A photo of the bike and year would be enough for someone to help

spindog's picture

the manufacturer's site is always the first stop for model specs although they often don't have all the details you want.
over last few years I'd found a few different sites that would pop up when you googled a bike brand + model and added 'specs' to the end of your argument. I tried this again just now but the only one that seems to be current is bikepedia Eye-wink

Stujr's picture

I believe most brands stamp the serial number on the bottom of the fork crown. If you go to the manufacturers website you should be able to search by serial number and find out what type of steerer your current fork has.

pembo6's picture

I'd almost guarantee it's a 1 1/8" straight steerer fork. If you have the lower spec model with the suntour fork, an upgrade will make a big difference. From my experience, even upgrading to a low spec rockshox will be way better than the suntour. I have found the cheaper spring forks to bounce all over the place like a pogo stick, almost making it dangerous to ride. Whereas a nicer fork will absorb all the bumps and keep the front wheel on the ground, making it way easier to ride.

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