Through the diverse and technical terrain, the Trance felt stable and planted, really feeling like it had far more travel than it actually did. I have only had occasion to use the pedal platform once on a sustained climb. Ivanhoe Cycles provides the widest range of Giant and other bikes for sale in Australia. The bike remains composed through varied terrain and feels balanced. It was quiet and damped with no audible complaints no matter what we threw at it.
After that we were grateful for an aluminum back end. The bike feels roomy enough with ample reach and top tube length. For the Trance Advanced, we firmly believe that the head angle is perfect. And unlike a lot of other bikes with similar travel, there was no wishy-washy wandering as I climbed. Well, 7-Up turned out to be more of a 4×4 road than a trail, so that was a bit disappointing. Someone who rides rain, hail or shine and rides everywhere. The lower end versions of the Trance will use an aluminum frame and rear triangle to help keep the price points down.
Any small parts I have required over the years have been readily available at my local shop or after a quick search on the interweb. On the other hand, the smaller wheel size rolls less efficiently than the larger size, making the bike more prone to losing speed over rough ground and making it a little slower when climbing. House brand components can often get a bad rap but I have been extremely pleased with the Contact bar and stem combo. The steps motor wasn't a holy grail that everyone raved about. With 115mm of full rear-wheel travel and 130mm up front , it has the new Advanced Forged Composite upper rocker arm for increased stiffness and strength plus a lower overall frame weight. The bike remains composed through varied terrain and feels balanced. Each click of the rebound adjustment on the RockShox Super Deluxe made a noticeable difference, and we settled on six out from full slow on the rebound.
Aside from the initial unbalanced setup, which was remedied quickly, we applaud Giant. The ride: I tested this Trance on some of my favorite trails here in Ontario including: Hilton Falls, Puslinch tract, The Don, Dufferin tract, Dingle Trail, Etobicoke Creek, The Hydrocut and a few hidden gems. The Topaz 2 shock has a separate air bladder that with increased pressure will make the shock more responsive for more aggressive riders. When it came time for a new bike this year, I wanted a more capable trail bike, one that blurred the lines between trail and enduro. Carbon fibre frames are found on enthusiast-level bikes, right up to high-performance bikes designed for racing.
Bumping up to a wider option improved the fit for our taller tester. I will blame the shifting and over use of the brand new bikes. The problem persisted and we found a lot of in the air spring side lowers after every ride. It wants to go fast and it wants you to be aggressive on the bike. After feeling a bit sticky, we slipped a zip-tie past the seal and were surprised to hear an unusually large amount of air escaping. At higher speeds the rear shock offered plenty of mid-stroke support that added to the overall stability.
Maybe out here on west coast with mountains it seemed stronger and used less battery. Curiously, the only time we wished the suspension was different was when we were seated and casually riding. The only adverse effect this has on the ride is that the rider must pay attention. And it is one of the best 29er trail bikes in its class. Trail beers are the best beers Final Thoughts The Giant Trance is a safe bet for the vast majority of mountain bikers.
The unique feel of connectivity to the terrain was second to none. Long and short chainstays were tested, but 435mm was the magic number that Giant settled on; the perfect blend of high-speed stability and agility. But more on that in a different post. Matched with the Fox Float Factory Kashima rear shock, this bike sticks to the trail but still feels plenty poppy. Once this bike was at speed, whether on buff singletrack or Great Canadian Shield, it really shined.
We tested the top-tier Trance Advanced 0 model. Specs at or above other for the price point. Ivanhoe Cycles Hallam 2-10 Hallam South Rd, Hallam, Vic 03 8795 1622 Mega Store 72 Bell St, Heidelberg Heights, Vic 03 9450 5200 New Store Hampton Giant Store 475 Hampton St, Hampton, Vic 03 9598 5315 New Store Hoppers Crossing Store 319 Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing, Vic 03 8742 1975 or find us at:. For a size large, the Trance 29 has a reach of 462mm with impressively short 435mm chainstays, rivaling that of most modern enduro bikes that feature much more travel. The frame is stiff and silent. From lung-busting climbs to screaming descents, this ultra-capable singletrack shredder is built on a lightweight and stiff composite frame with updated Maestro Suspension that keeps you in control. Despite the added abuse over the past few years, the bike is still performing admirably.