Updated: 6th January 2017
Combing efficiency with comfort and confident handling, the Giant Escape is a versatile hybrid bike for all types of road riding, from city streets to country lanes. Road bike wheels are combined with wide range mountain bike gearing to give you efficient rolling performance with plenty of gears for the hills. There is plenty of frame clearance for mudguards and a rack so you can easily set the Escape up as an all-weather commuter or light tourer – the Escape City comes with rack and mudguards ready fitted.
In this Giant Escape review, we look at all four models in the range - Escape 3, 2, 1 & City - each featuring a similar lightweight alloy frame with capable components. Whether riding to work or just for fun, the escape is quick and capable with an upright riding position that offers great visibility on urban roads as well as comfort in the saddle.
The tough and lightweight ALUXX-Grade aluminium frame is built in Giant’s own factory so you get premium quality at an affordable price point. The tubes are butted which means that excess materiel is removed from low stress areas of the frame, reducing weight without affecting durability or ride quality. The frame tubes are shaped to offer a flex-free platform that remains stiff even under heavy pedalling. The Escape 2, 1 and City feature internal cable routing for a cleaner look.
While the ALUXX-Grade fork on most models gives you confident steering control, the composite fork on the Escape 1 saves weight and adds comfort thanks to the natural vibration damping properties of carbon fibre.
The stable, upright riding position is ideal for navigating the urban jungle.
Each Escape model features a Shimano drivetrain with a triple chainset up front that gives you plenty of low gears for easy climbing. The Escape 3 features 3x7 speed that offers the same easy climbing low gears as the Escape 1 but does lack some of the higher gear ratios of its siblings. The 3x8 speed drivetrain on the Escape 2 and City offers a wider overall range with extra high gears for fast cycling minus the very lowest ratio climbing gear. The 3x9 speed drivetrain on the Escape 1 gives you a wide range with that extra low ratio gear for the steepest hills.
The Escape also gets powerful MTB style V-brakes which give you powerful speed control.
Shimano mountain bike gearing offers easy shifting reliability with a wide range of gears for tackling varied terrain.
The 700c wheels with 32mm tyres offer the perfect balance between rapid rolling, comfort and grip.
The 700c wheels on the Escape offer road bike rolling speed and efficiency. All models in the range feature double wall aluminium alloy rims so they are strong enough to take a pounding on the road day-after-day. Quick release axles allow you to take the wheels off easily if you need to transport the bike in a car.
The 32mm wide Giant S-X tyres are wider than you get on a drop bar road bike so they offer a little more cushioning for a smoother ride on uneven road surfaces. The S-X tyres feature a tread pattern that offers much better traction in the wet than simple slick tyres alongside puncture protection to significantly reduce the chances of a flat.
Offering the speed and efficiency of a flat bar road bike with a wide gear range and a comfortable riding position, the Giant Escape is ideal for cycling everywhere from city centre streets to quiet country lanes. The Escape City is ready for commuter duties with its mudguards to keep you drier on wet roads and a rack to carry your luggage, although it is easy to fit these to the other models in the range too.
Comfortable functional and reliable the Giant Escape is a great bike for leisurely cycle path rides as well as fast city cycling. The Escape’s alloy frame is tough as well as lightweight and the no-nonsense component spec will give you many miles of faithful service wherever you choose to ride.