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Old 07-03-21, 11:54 AM
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Just picked up an Escape 2 disc. Will be interested to see how I like it. I have been riding a 1974 or 75 Jenet ten speed I bought new in high school. I don't love the bent over the bars position of the ten speed.
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Old 07-04-21, 07:29 PM
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I thought I would show off my new Escape 3. I named it The Jolly Green Giant.

My first modification was the Wake stem riser. My wrists and forearms need some relief over the stock position.




i added the ergonomic handlebar grips. I have these on my other bike and liked them. I transferred the light and cellphone holder from my old bike.




I also added the under seat bag. All these items were Amazon purchases.




the biggest improvement was the freewheel change that was discussed earlier in the thread. The DNP 11-28 gearing is perfect for me. The increase in speed was what I was seeking. Thank you to ScreamingB for the help. The gear change took all of 10 minutes from start to finish.




I also changed pedals to Outul Dual sided petals. The clips really make a difference.

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Old 07-20-21, 06:53 AM
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Giant Escape disk 3 2001 issue

Hi there, I'm a complete novice when it comes to bikes, so please treat me like I know nothing as I don't!!

I've recently bought the Giant Escape 3 2021, previously had a specialised sirrus hybrid sport 2017 which was stolen. I use my bike to commute but prefer a hybrid as feels safer and more steady than the road bike I used to have.

My commute is mostly decent paved roads, not much incline and a few fairly quick spots with long downhill.

I've just taken out my Giant for the first time and a big problem, its so slow on flat and downhill. Just no resistance. Even on the inclines I can almost pedal in 7x3 the biggest gear, I basically don't see the need for nearly all the other gears. And as soon as I get on flat or decline I run out of power... it just seems weird for a bike to be like this and I'd read reviews saying how good it was.

The sirrus had big gears and I could always put power through it apart from on the biggest downhill bits. This bike just nothing even on flat my legs are going round like crazy after a bit of acceleration.

I think I'm going to have to sell it and look for another bike. the point of my post I guess was to see if this was normal.for this bike? The bike came pre-made bar a few bits so it's not anything I done wrong in building it. And I've ran through all the gears definitely running in the biggest one (if that's the right terminology?)

Really disappointed seems quite a big issue so surprised the bike is so popular.

Is there any fix I can do and would it be costly. Bear in mind I doubt I could do it myself unless it's very easy.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-20-21, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Simonh2k View Post
Hi there, I'm a complete novice when it comes to bikes, so please treat me like I know nothing as I don't!!

I've recently bought the Giant Escape 3 2021, previously had a specialised sirrus hybrid sport 2017 which was stolen. I use my bike to commute but prefer a hybrid as feels safer and more steady than the road bike I used to have.

My commute is mostly decent paved roads, not much incline and a few fairly quick spots with long downhill.

I've just taken out my Giant for the first time and a big problem, its so slow on flat and downhill. Just no resistance. Even on the inclines I can almost pedal in 7x3 the biggest gear, I basically don't see the need for nearly all the other gears. And as soon as I get on flat or decline I run out of power... it just seems weird for a bike to be like this and I'd read reviews saying how good it was.

The sirrus had big gears and I could always put power through it apart from on the biggest downhill bits. This bike just nothing even on flat my legs are going round like crazy after a bit of acceleration.

I think I'm going to have to sell it and look for another bike. the point of my post I guess was to see if this was normal.for this bike? The bike came pre-made bar a few bits so it's not anything I done wrong in building it. And I've ran through all the gears definitely running in the biggest one (if that's the right terminology?)

Really disappointed seems quite a big issue so surprised the bike is so popular.

Is there any fix I can do and would it be costly. Bear in mind I doubt I could do it myself unless it's very easy.

Thanks in advance.
You have to follow what Cutsit did as shown above, which is to change the freewheel to a DNP 11-28. The smallest cog of 11 will give you more room to pedal, thus you won't run out of spin as fast.
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Old 07-20-21, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by ScreamingB View Post
You have to follow what Cutsit did as shown above, which is to change the freewheel to a DNP 11-28. The smallest cog of 11 will give you more room to pedal, thus you won't run out of spin as fast.
thanks I've looked back over the thread and found the posts. Will this make a significant difference, as it feels like quite a big change is needed as I was miles of the power I can normally put in.
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Old 07-20-21, 03:42 PM
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It will make a significant difference. Before the change in free wheels, I spent most of my time in 6th and 7th cruising on flat ground. I would spin out on any steep downhill. After the change, I cruise in 4th, 5th and 6th and use 7th for those steep downhills. I don’t spin out.

I bought the freewheel from Walmart.com.


A special tool is required. I purchased the Park Tools FR 1.3 https://www.parktool.com/product/fre...remover-fr-1-3


The only other tool required would be a 1 inch socket or box end wrench to turn the special tool.

The process is simple:

1. Remove the wheel.
2. unscrew the axle and pull out of hub. Note the orientation of the springs.
3. Insert the splined portion of the special tool into the hub. Use the socket or wrench to loosen the freewheel. Turn counter clockwise.
4. Keep spinning until it comes off.
5. Put grease or anti-seize on the threads of the new freewheel.
6. Carefully screw the new freewheel on to the hub. Take care not to cross thread the new freewheel. It should spin on easily.
7. Use the special tool and wrench to tighten (clockwise). You don’t need to over tighten.
8. Reinstall axle and mount wheel.

It took me less time to complete the install than it did to type this.

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Old 07-22-21, 04:03 AM
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Thank you, you've convinced me to give it a go.
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Old 08-01-21, 09:49 AM
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Just to introduce myself. Noob here but have been lurking for some time.
'm a senior citizen getting back into cycling, have a road bike which I haven't ridden in the past few years.
Just picked up an escape 2. Hopefully to enjoy some fitness rides, even though probably won't be straying too far from home, here on the west coast of Florida cycling is a very risky business.

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Old 08-02-21, 11:46 AM
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New member here, apparently you canít post pics until you have 10 posts so consider this a placeholder. Picked up my new Escape 3 disc Friday after work and took it 24 miles yesterday.
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Old 08-03-21, 09:46 AM
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I would post a pic of my Garnet Red escape 2, but gotta wait on the 10 post rule.
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Old 08-03-21, 10:24 AM
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Looking to change the pedals to shimano pd-eh500, first chance I get.
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Old 08-08-21, 08:40 AM
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Got the pedals in yesterday, installed them and went for a ride. These pedals are far better than stock. and it's real easy to loose pins, lost one during install. Somewhere in my garage.

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Old 08-24-21, 11:45 PM
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Mods

Did some mods on my Escape 1 Disc and it turned into a better bike.

1. 640mm riser bar to 600mm carbon flat bar.
2. 90mm +17 degree to 80mm +7 degree
3. Ergon GP3

Bike is more agile and responsive when cornering due to narrower handlebar and shorter stem. The Ergon is super comfy and the horns did help when climbing. Overall I'm happy with these mods.



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Old 09-08-21, 06:46 AM
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I picked up an Escape yesterday and I'm struggling to see if this is the Escape 1, 2 or 3 and what year. The closest I can find on the Giant website is the 2014 Escape 1 - but I am still not sure. Does anyone know from the picture?



I was comparing my picture with this on Giant's website: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/escape-1-2014
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Old 09-08-21, 09:03 AM
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This is most likely an Escape 3 based on Tourney rear derailleur and what appears to be a freewheel (instead of a cassette). The 2014 model year looks about right.

Escape 3 (2014) | Giant Bicycles United States (giant-bicycles.com)
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Old 09-09-21, 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
This is most likely an Escape 3 based on Tourney rear derailleur and what appears to be a freewheel (instead of a cassette). The 2014 model year looks about right.

Escape 3 (2014) | Giant Bicycles United States (giant-bicycles.com)
Thanks - it just seemed a tough one to call visually at least - because the front mech looks visually different on the 3 on the website to the one I have on mine? Perhaps mine is a mixed bag with some original and some upgraded / changed parts.

You experience is excellent to recognise a Tourney without being able to see the branding - I'm not at that experience level (being a complete novice).

I suppose what I would like to know is - I paid £100 for it - is that a good price ?
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I'd say 100 pounds ($138 using today's exchange rate) is a good price for any rideable bike in the global market we have today, yes. Your rear wheel will be a more definitive clue as to the identity of this bike. If it has a freewheel, then it's almost certainly an Escape 3. It would have had a Shimano freewheel from the factory, and it would me marked with a large white part number, such as "MF-TZ31" or something very similar to that. Shimano freewheel part numbers start with "MF". If it's a cassette, it may have a part number that starts with "CS", such as "CS-HG200" or similar.

An Escape 3 had a 7-speed freewheel and Tourney components with the bright crankset arms. The Escape 2 moved up to an 8-speed drivetrain with a cassette and black colored crankset arms. The Escape 1 moved up to a 9-speed drivetrain.

One curious thing I see is the seat post clamp area. It looks like there's a black clamp or mount down near where I'd expect the seat post collar to be. Then, above that, there's a silver anodized seat post clamp. What is the lower clamp? Is that one designed to be able to mount a rack, with its two rearward extensions? If that's clamping the seat post into the frame, then you wouldn't need the upper, second clamp. If that upper, second clamp is clamped around the seat post itself, acting as a down-travel stop for the seat post, and the lower clamp or object is not clamping the seat post into the frame, then that's not correct. You'd want to reconfigure it so the seat post clamp clamps the seat post into the seat tube extension of the frame. I hope that makes sense.
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I'd say 100 pounds ($138 using today's exchange rate) is a good price for any rideable bike in the global market we have today, yes. Your rear wheel will be a more definitive clue as to the identity of this bike. If it has a freewheel, then it's almost certainly an Escape 3. It would have had a Shimano freewheel from the factory, and it would me marked with a large white part number, such as "MF-TZ31" or something very similar to that. Shimano freewheel part numbers start with "MF". If it's a cassette, it may have a part number that starts with "CS", such as "CS-HG200" or similar.

An Escape 3 had a 7-speed freewheel and Tourney components with the bright crankset arms. The Escape 2 moved up to an 8-speed drivetrain with a cassette and black colored crankset arms. The Escape 1 moved up to a 9-speed drivetrain.

One curious thing I see is the seat post clamp area. It looks like there's a black clamp or mount down near where I'd expect the seat post collar to be. Then, above that, there's a silver anodized seat post clamp. What is the lower clamp? Is that one designed to be able to mount a rack, with its two rearward extensions? If that's clamping the seat post into the frame, then you wouldn't need the upper, second clamp. If that upper, second clamp is clamped around the seat post itself, acting as a down-travel stop for the seat post, and the lower clamp or object is not clamping the seat post into the frame, then that's not correct. You'd want to reconfigure it so the seat post clamp clamps the seat post into the seat tube extension of the frame. I hope that makes sense.
Thanks for the very very comprehensive reply - here's a better closeup of the seat-post area if that helps clarify things ...

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Is the black item (plastic?) below the silver anodized seat clamp a reflector mount? If you remove that, the seat post clamp will still be firmly clamping the seat post into the seat tube of the frame, right?
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Is the black item (plastic?) below the silver anodized seat clamp a reflector mount? If you remove that, the seat post clamp will still be firmly clamping the seat post into the seat tube of the frame, right?
Yes that's about right - the plastic reflector mount is 'directly' beneath the seat post clamp.
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