Bulletproof bike which has done everything from 50km road races to all day epics to full seasons of gravity enduro, and everything in between. Giant makes and shapes its frame tubing, which is evident everywhere, especially in the rear of the bike where every pipe that makes up the swingarm has been slenderized, ovalized, or squeezed into a rectangular profile to eke out the last millimeter of tire clearance. We started down the Getaway trail, which was primarily dirt. Our last newsletter was sent out in early 2018 — we really should send out a few. I typically prefer the ride with a 50mm stem anyway so the logic was sound. As for pressures, I set the tyres at 20psi for the front and 24psi on the rear.
Perfect bike for 80% of what I do. There is minimal pedal induced bob, yet the suspension remains active enough to help maintain traction. It excels on fast and flowy trails and performs relatively well in most situations. If that feels too wide, you can cut it down or have a shop do it relatively easily. Giant does keep the cost down by keeping the alu rear end on the 27. I ran the Fox Float rear shock in the medium setting for most of the time I was on it. Matched with the Fox Float Factory Kashima rear shock, this bike sticks to the trail but still feels plenty poppy.
The fork and shock are custom tuned for the Trance. How much was it to upgrade to full hydraulic? I weighed my size large test bike in at 29lb 13. If you are the type who keeps a bike until its recycling value exceeds its blue-book price, this one is for you. Coming off a 2010 Giant Reign L. For 2019, however, they released a new version of the already highly capable trance, and gave it bigger wheels. With a motox background I know I put this bike to its test some days, and doesn't seem to disappoint.
Up front, you have a 150mm suspension fork for even more confidence. For a conservative brand, the new Trance 29er pushes all the right buttons. But that care to the bottom line was achieved without cutting any corners and the ride feels like that offered by a much higher-priced bike. Next thing is I'm thinking of is a second set of rims with some skinnies. The Trance 3 2019 is the newly crowned winner of our coveted Best Buy Award. The only gripe I have is that the seat tube is a bit long, and now it seems they've made it even longer?! Giant bumped front travel to 150mm, but left the rear at 140mm. Weirdly though, even with more pressure, the suspension actually felt smoother and more lively.
Our Best Buy Award winner, we think you'd be hard pressed to find a better aggressive trail bike at this price. I really rate the Trance, but reckon Giant missed the opportunity to be a little more progressive here. Built upon the lightweight, performance-driven Advanced Composite mainframe and updated Maestro® Suspension system, the Trance Advanced is extremely responsive and efficient on both the ups and the downs. Those suspension settings resulted in 20-percent sag for the fork and a little more than 25 percent sag for the shock, and were great for trail riding and technical climbing. I was so scared to replace it because of the trend to slack everything made me worried about how they would handle versus my Trance.
. Shes not a biking feen and won't stress over things and is a big fan of if it is not broke then don't replace it. The frame geometry is all new, with progressive headtube and seat tube angles, shorter chainstays and a longer top tube. Perhaps the best element of the cockpit is the Giant Contact Switch dropper seat post with 150mm travel on the size Large we tested. But it returned with a very good offering. Said to give the Trance a balance of responsiveness and stability on the trail.
Pairing its modern geometry with a 44 mm reduced offset Fox 34 Rhythm fork gives the bike a quick, snappy, and playful feeling and makes the longer, slacker bike feel faster and quicker in the tight stuff. Testers never felt like they were going to go over the bars while riding this bike, instead, they found themselves confidently charging through rock gardens and down steeper terrain. Within the first few weeks I broke the original chain slamming it into granite. For years, Giant has sent off its mountain bikes with Schwalbe tires. I love my bike and would definitely buy another Giant. Yes, the move to 2. That said, the slight amount of extra heft of this bike is noticeable as it seems less eager to get off the ground and more prone to plowing down the efficient line.
A small carbon Switchblade weighed 30. The Trance comes setup for tubeless, with two bottles of sealant in the box. Whereas in the past, Giant has maybe been overly conservative on looks, this Trance is current and turns some heads. The new SnakeSkin sidewall is standard and makes it immune to cuts and blows, while Tubeless conversion is as easy and safe as never before. As a result, its chainstays are short enough, at 435 millimeters 17. The result is a softer feeling under acceleration than you'd expect from its dw-link cousins, but with superior efficiency over choppy terrain.
It took years for our team of engineers, product designers and pro riders to create a new mid-travel 29er that met their high standards, but the wait was worth it. Last year I sized up to a medium for my Glory as reports indicated that the small Glory may not have the reach I was after. Giant's Maestro suspension works impressively well and seated pedaling on the Trance 3 is quite efficient. It has come to be considered mandatory equipment in recent years. Carbon wheels, dpx2, fit damper on the giant. Maestro bikes pedal well, are plush off the top, and the rear end is stiffened by the links. Giant also hit the nail on the head with the specification of their cockpit components consisting of a generous sprinkling of house brand parts.