The new Giant Talon 2 for 2018 has one simple upgrade over last year’s model – it’s tubeless ready, right out of the box. Scratch that, it’s TUBELESS right out of the box – this bike literally does not ship with tubes of any type. The Talon 2 is one of the nicest hardtail mountain bikes under $800 we’ve seen. It’s got a solid entry level Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and a modern cockpit with wide bars for stability and extra leverage.
The tubeless setup is the icing on the cake though – you can run significantly lower tire pressure and dramatically increase your traction and grip, while simultaneously reducing flat tires. You simply cannot pinch a tube if there is no tube there to pinch. Kudos to Giant for bringing this technology to an entry level bike.