I was looking for a moderately decent bike, something that was well built and of value for money. I purchased this last night. Giant is known to be a good bike manufacturer and this model has been praised. This is a great bargain especially at the price, although it is last years model, but that won't matter to your average bike buyer. Very rarely are Giant's discounted much anyway and the next cheapest online is £325 from activesport.co.uk.
This is a clearance price and there is low stock, so I would advise if you want one purchase ASAP.
The is a hybrid bike and is perfect for commuting and casual / light off road.
See here for a review - http://www.bikeradar.com/commuting/gear/category/bikes/urban/product/escape-r2-09-32654
The official product link from Giant here - http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/bikes/lifestyle/2466/32859/
If speed is your thing, or if you just need a little momentum to get going, then the R-series is for you. Bigger wheels equal speed efficiency giving you increased impetus. The control is all yours with this confident customised riding position and whether disc brakes or roller brakes are your thing you will welcome the daily commute.
The Escape R2 features an ALUXX aluminium Fluid Formed frame, CroMo rigid fork, Hayes MX4 mechanical disc brakes with 152mm rotors, and Shimano EZ Fire 50 24 speed shifters with Acera rear mech.
MODEL Escape R2
SIZES 17", 19", 21", 23"
FRAME ALUXX aluminium, Fluid Formed
FORK CroMo rigid
HANDLEBAR Aluminium riser
STEM Aluminium ahead
SEAT POST GIANT A3 aluminium
PEDALS Wellgo platform
SHIFTERS Shimano EZ Fire 50 24 speed
FRONT MECH Shimano C051
REAR MECH Shimano Acera
BRAKES Hayes MX4 mechanical disc, 152mm rotors
BRAKE LEVER Shimano
CASSETTE Shimano HG30 11-32
CHAIN Shimano HG50
CRANKS Shimano FC-M191 28/38/48
BOTTOM BRACKET Cartridge
RIMS Alex ACE 18 700c
SPOKES Stainless steel
TYRES Maxxis Columbiere 700x32mm