All new and designed to maximize the benefits of 27.5-inch wheels, Trance SX 27.5 is a gravity-minded trail bike that’s light enough to hammer climbs and smooth enough to crush any descent. The lightweight yet stiff and super-strong ALUXX SL aluminum frame is mated with a longer travel fork (up to 160mm) and 5 inches of proven Maestro Suspension designed. The frame also features Giant’s OverDrive 2 steerer tube technology for razor sharp handling. And gravity-ready components make this an enduro-ready machine that won’t weigh you down on the climbs.
Strengths: This bike is really a great all-rounder. I wanted a bike I could take out trail riding once a week, but also one that I could take with me to bike parks up in Canada and Utah. Love the Fox 34 up front, steering is extremely accurate compared to my old 32mm fork. This bike may only have 5.5" in the rear, but I tell you what, with the 27.5's and the geometry, it feels more dialed and plush than my old 6" reign!
Weaknesses: The Giant dropper seat post is a weakness in my book, There is a small amount of side to side play, and the actuation is not as consistent as I would like. Also for $4000 I would have liked an XT rear D and SLX shifters, but that is a small issue.
The Trance SX is a beast of a bike, and surprisingly playful. It likes to pop up and feels like a 26er in the air. Light weight @ 29.5lbs, but component selection built to take a beating. Leave the Fox TALAS in 140mm 95% of the time, but when the going gets rough it's nice to know you can reach down and crank 'er up to 160 and hang on!