Giant Trance 27.5 Full Suspension

4.5/5 (24 Reviews)
MSRP : $3500.00

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All new and totally reengineered for the benefits of 27.5-inch wheels, Trance 27.5 is the best of both worlds-light and agile, yet also super stable on the roughest trails. The lightweight, stiff and super-strong ALUXX SL aluminum frame is mated with 140mm of proven Maestro suspension The frame also features Giant’s OverDrive 2 steerer tube technology for stiff, razor sharp handling in the rough stuff. Climbing or descending, there’s no better way to own the trail.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Funkrodent a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2017

Strengths:    Great suspension, plush and ramps up at just the right point. Absolutely dialled geometry, superb at descending steep, technical terrain, whilst being an efficient pedaller and good on the climbs. Fun, pops off jumps and easy to get the front wheel up. Has allowed me to nail descents aht I've struggled with on bigger, slacker bikes.

Weaknesses:    None really. Can't speak for longevity/reliability

Bottom Line:   
Thought I'd chuck my two penn'orth in here. Firstly want to point out that some comments here are from 2+ years ago. That means they equate to the previous version of the Trance, NOT the 2017 which is very different.

So I bought the Trance 2 in the sales last week. I've previously owned, and ridden extensively, a Turner Flux (2010), a Turner 5.Spot (2009), a Norco Sight (2013), a Vitus Sommet (2015) and a clutch of hardtails incl the 2Souls Quarterhorse which was one of the first 140mm hardcore hardtails.

I live in the NW of England and my regular riding incorporates everything from trail centre reds and blacks to very steep , rocky and rooty (not to mention damp) natural trails in the hills of Derbyshire and the Pennines. Also the occasional trip to the mountains of the Lake District and Snowdonia.

Took the new Trance on one of my local(ish) loops in the Pennines at the weekend. Three hours of properly steep, damp, rocky and rooty (with a fair dollop of mud thrown in) descents and over 800m of climbing. Have to say that the bike was superb. Cleaned stuff easily that I struggled with on the 160mm Sommet, suspension front and back was plush and responsive and didn't bottom out once (I'm 6'4" and weigh in excess of 17 stone/220 pounds) and never felt that the long stem/short bar was an issue. In fact felt just right on the bike, to the extent that my initial plan to swap out bar/stem straight away is now being reconsidered.

The bike climbed very well and pumped superbly. Unless you're hard core racing Enduros and the like , or hucking huge drops to flat on a regular basis, I can't see why you would want/need something bigger. The geometry is nailed, the suspension is superb (reminds me of the Turners, hardly surprising given that the Giant system is allegedly a copy of the DW-Link used by Turner and Ibis amongst others) and the ride is confidence inspiring. The stock Nobby Nics also handled very varied and challenging and slippery conditions without missing a heartbeat.

I picked the 2 up for £1,550 in the sales. Which is just crazy, silly value. I'd suggest that even at £2,399 RRP it represents great value for money. If you get the chance ride it and if you have the money, buy it!

A superb all-round, all-mountain machine that has made me realise what I've been missing all these years..

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Pig

Duration Product Used:   One week

Price Paid:    $1550.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Surgery

Similar Products Used:   Turner 5.Spot (2009), Turner Flux (2010), Norco Sight (2013), Vitus Sommet (2015), 2 SoulsQuarterhorse (2013)

Bike Setup:   Currently the stock 2017 Trance 2 (Aluminium frame) set up

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Subversive a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2016

Strengths:    Effecient pedaling if you're pedaling is controlled and smooth. Stable and plush while descending.

Weaknesses:    The Sektor Silver TK fork leaves a lot to be desired in the damper, stock bar was NARROW,
Not tubeless at purchase.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a good value, effecient pedaling, stable handling, and well spec'd, but a few part swaps were needed to better match the rocky, narrow, technical riding I prefer.

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Favorite Trail:   Laughing Horse/Blue Sky

Duration Product Used:   Almost 2 years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Peloton Cycles on Ha

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR XC comp, Stumpjumper FSR pro before that

Bike Setup:   2016 Giant Trance 27.5 3 stock with the exception of a custom saddle, Vittoria Goma TLR tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Huat a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2016

Strengths:    Great for value at the price point!

Weaknesses:    long chainstays and a low bottom bracket but you get a stable bike!

Bottom Line:   
A great value bike in stock that doesn't make me the best climber or descender but I do enjoy the range from single track trails to downhill fun! Jack of all trades indeed!

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Favorite Trail:   Khao Ito

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Wagon650B a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2015

Strengths:    2014 Trance Advanced SX - Climbs great once you change out the cockpit, decends even better. SRAM 1x11 drivetrain works great! Suspension feels good.

Weaknesses:    Dropper post is terrible, 100mm of drop is a joke. Brakes are noisy and shudder a ton. A 150mm dropper and at least Shimano XT brakes would have been a much better fit, Avid Trail 9 brakes make so much noise. These 2 parts should have never been spec'd on this bike in the first place. The saddle is extremely uncomfortable. Handlebars not wide enough, weird shape too. Spec a 800mm and let people cut them to size.

Bottom Line:   
Bike is very light, pedals very efficiently and descends great too. I'm on a Size XL and feel like Giant did a one-size-fits-all component spec based on a Size Small on this bike. For a bike in this price range, I shouldn't have to change so many parts to make it fit and ride well. Other than all the extra costs to dial it in, it's a great bike. Maybe they should have waited till they made a better dropper post before releasing it... Maybe they can still do a recall on their lame posts? This bike is for those who want a bike that can climb and descend equally well.

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Bike Setup:   Magic Mary front SS Trailstar 2.35 setup tubeless
Hans Dampf rear SS Pacestar 2.35 setup tubeless
Raceface SixC carbon bar
50mm Chromag Ranger OD2 stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Allamuchy Joe a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2015

Strengths:    Great spec, dropper post and price!

Weaknesses:    Nobby Nic tires -- they are not good.

Bottom Line:   
I have had my Trance 27.5 for 4 months now and I love it more and more. This is the third incarnation of the Trance I have owed. I had a 2005 Trance, a 2008 Trance X and now this one. Of all of them, this one is the best ride.

I was lucky and got a 2014 Trance 1 demo bike for a great price ($1100 off!). The bike will do anything I ask it to do and more. It is a joy to ride and handles the technical north Jersey trails with ease.

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Favorite Trail:   Stephens State Park, NJ

Duration Product Used:   4 Months

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Ridgefield Cycles, C

Similar Products Used:   2005 Trance, 2008 Trance X, 2012 Santa Cruz Blur

Bike Setup:   Stock Trance 1 27.5 with upgraded Hope/Stan Arch Wheelset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kilgore Trout a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2015

Strengths:    Outstanding components - Shimano SLX and XT blend, Carbon Tubeless-Ready Wheels, Rock Shox Revelation 120-140 Fork, Rock Shox Monarch RT3 (5.5" Maestro) rear suspension, very light aluminum frame, dropper seat post.

Weaknesses:    None, other than some very good components (ie, Rock Shox Revelation Forks, handlebars, stem, saddle, Nobby Nics tires) could be upgraded to great components (150 Pike Forks?, carbon bars, shorter stem 40/50mm, etc.)

Bottom Line:   
This review is for a 2015 Giant Trance 27.5 1 from a longtime road biker new to mountain biking. I looked at a several bikes before I settled on the Trance. As another reviewer mentioned, this is a great all around trail bike that is a very good climber and can also handle descents very well. The bike is very light for an aluminum frame. (My bike, which is a medium size, weighs 29 lbs w/ Shimano pedals).
This is not the fastest climber, nor the best downhill bike, but for someone new to the sport that wants high quality components, this is (in my researched opinion) one of the best FS mountain bikes you can buy for your money. A similar build from some other brands (Specialized, Trek, or Santa Cruz) would cost at least $1000~ more. As I am new to mountain biking (but not to biking) I really wanted a FS bike that was borderline XC and full Trail, and this bike fit those requirements really well.
I have only been riding this bike for about 2 1/2 months now on various trails near me, both fire roads, as well as more technical trails and I do like the 120-140 dual position Revelation Forks, as I do use the 120 travel when commuting from my home to the local trails (2 miles), as well as the steeper initial climbs (once you move to 140 travel and are cooking down descents and come-up a steep climb, there's point in going back to 120). I think more experienced (and in better shape) riders might not need the dual position and would either just keep it in 140 the whole time or chose to upgrade to a Pike 140 or 150 solo or similar set of forks. I also looked the Trance 27.5 SX, but chose the Trance 27.5 1 over the SX because I liked the carbon tubeless rims (I had my LBS setup tubeless when I was fitted to the bike), as well as the 2x chain ring (not quite ready for 1x ;)), Shimano XT/SLX components and Giant Contact dropper seat post (This dropper post works really well and I have not seen the need for more travel (yet)). I also did not want the longer 140-160 travel in the forks that SX has, as I wanted a better climbing bike. I view the Trance 27.5 SX as another excellent bike for a more experienced rider who is more interested in having an all mountain descender, rather than a more versatile trail/XC bike, like the 27.5 1. I also looked at Kona Process 134 models, which are also great biked with similar builds, but the ultimately settled on the Giant Trance for the various strengths listed in this review.
The Giant Contact handlebars are 730mm wide, but had a pretty long stem at purchase. I added a shorter 50mm Truativ Holzfeller stem which made the bike feel much more dialed-in. The only other upgrade I am considering is to replace the handlebars with carbon risers (I will likely keep the same approx width - 710-740). I do not have any issues with the Nobby Nic tires which I am running tubeless...sure there are some better, lighter tires but I will will upgrade, once these wear -out.
I summary, if you want a bike w/ excellent all around components, with the ability to do long XC rides or even technical descents, this is an awesome bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Aliso Woods, Whiting Ranch

Similar Products Used:   Giant Trance 27.5 SX, Giant Trance 27.5 2, Giant Anthem(s) 27.5, Kona Process 134A DL, Kona Process 134 DL(MS), Santa Cruz Bronson Aluminum

Bike Setup:   OEM, except added Truativ Holzfeller 50mm stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Morton

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2015

Strengths:    Strong trail bike, Handles big hits at speed, with the lock out option, climbs pretty darn good

Weaknesses:    From what I am reading possible long chainstays or a low bottom bracket, I seem to bottom out, slamming my pedals more than usual.

Bottom Line:   
Had a intense carbine(got rip off) thought why buy another 5000 bike when they dont seem to last too long. Bought my trance assuming I would be giving up some performance. Wow, was I wrong! I have only had it for a short time;However, I have already ridden D'ville and couldnt get over how well it tore the trail up. Just a great bike at a price piont that won't break the bank -

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Favorite Trail:   Butchers - Upper/Lower Tilley

Duration Product Used:   4 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Shh, let's not talk

Similar Products Used:   FSR, Bullit, Carbine,

Bike Setup:   Mostly OEM, KS LEV,Squale

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SierraOutsider a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2015

Strengths:    This is a well balanced bike, that walks the line between climbing and descending prowess. The suspension is plush yet efficient, the geometry is dialed, and the specs are great for the price. Overall, an ideal bike for an all-rounder.

Weaknesses:    This is a jack of all trades, master of none, so it won't be the best climber or the best descender (but it will be good at both) It would always be nice to have shorter chainstays. I'm hitting my pedals a little more than my old bike.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first new bike since 1998, so there's a lot new here - the travel and quality of suspension (excellent), modern geometry (dialed for my needs), a dropper post (how did I ever live without one), tubeless carbon rims (wow) ... the list goes on and on. Ride-wise, it just works. It climbs well, it descends well, it corners well - no serious weaknesses.

Many friends have gone for full 160+ enduro style bikes with slacker angles, but I feel like those bikes only have an advantage on a small percentage of a given trail, and give up a lot on other parts. This is a bike that's hard to go wrong with.

I wrote a more in-depth review here:

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe, Truckee Area

Duration Product Used:   7 months

Similar Products Used:   Demoed Ibis HDR 650B.

Bike Setup:   2015 Giant Trance 27.5 1 stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Snide

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2015

Strengths:    $2550 Price! This review is for 2015 Giant Trance 2. Perfectly balanced bike for all mountain riding. Geometry is dialed . Rails corners, boosts jumps, great traction and steering on technical climbs. Wheelie master. Bike just feels right. Internal cable routing, integrated chain stay protector, frame can accept stealth dropper. Aggressive riding bike. Stock build is a smart build.
SLX 10 with shadow plus is great
House brand cockpit controls are great
Fox 32 CTD evolution is good. Not great but really good for 90% of my riding.
Deore brakes are good but maybe less powerful than XT
Climb Trail Descend (CTD) Fox suspension works and is useable on the fly!

Weaknesses:    At this price point buyers shouldn't be surprised by a few parts that are border line sub par. I had to think about weaknesses cause the bike is really good! That being said, stock rear hub engagement is terrible. Slapping the Giant house branded dropper on as stock would be much appreciated. With a lower BB I would prefer 165 or 170 cranks. Medium is stock with 175mm. 12 x 142 isn't really 12 x 142. It is 9 x 142 with the option to change dropouts for maxle type skewer.

Bottom Line:   
After looking at all the $6k bikes like Ibis HD3, and Yeti SB5 I woke up one day and just said why spend that much when I like the Giant Maestro suspension better? For $2550 + a dropper I have a bike I love and I don't feel like I have to protect it with my life. I'm a long time mountain biker and I ride fairly aggressively. Lots of Pacific Northwest roots, rocks, and mud. 10+ Whistler days a year. The Giant Maestro suspension is dialed in all conditions. Test ride one to see for yourself. the 27.5 wheels hook up great and you notice a traction gain in tight technical sections especially with lots of roots and rocks. It is an average fire road climber, and a really good technical climber. I don't notice any flex in the Fox 32. The only down side to the Fox 32 is I wouldn't mind having 150mm of travel with High and low speed compression. At this price point the fork works and works pretty darn good. This bike has the aggressive modern trail bike feel. It rips downhill and will take you back to the top without a huge weight penalty. Buy if you want a fantastic trail bike on a budget.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ray

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2014

Strengths:    Geometry, Maestro suspension, Great value overall.

Weaknesses:    32mm Fork contains what otherwise is a beast of a bike.

Bottom Line:   
A great value bike in stock form that handles the ups and downs with no problems. This review may be a bit unfair as I'm reviewing it with several component upgrades, the full potential unleashed. Sure you throw parts at any mid level bike and it will perform better. However, the magic lies in the base geometry and the ability to increase it's rear travel to 158mm. Components: Wider bar, 50mm Stem,Pike 150, Debonair 200x57 shock, XT drivetrain, Stan's Flow wheels, and of course a 1X. The Pike 150 slackens it to approx 66.5 HTA allowing it to remain a great climber with better downhill control. The long wheelbase keeps the bike stable at high speeds allowing for extreme confidence when pointed down. The Debonair 200X57 shock increase the rear wheel travel increasing it's small bump compliance as well as soaking up the big stuff. If you own a Pike a 160mm airspring can be had for $130.00 decreasing the HTA to 66. Side by the with the new Reign the bike sports very similar front/rear travel with less weight and a tad shorter wheelbase to keep it nimble it tight quarters. A true do it all bike that still climbs like a goat but descends with ferocity. Def a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If inclined, you can maintain it's excellent trail manners or....unleash the monster.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by babyj*

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2014

Strengths:    almost everything

Weaknesses:    fork
bar width
seatpost drop
Overdrive2 (seriously, what moron thought of that?)

Bottom Line:   
This is for the Trance advanced 27.5 1 which all around is a great bike. Out of the box this bike comes a little leaning toward the XC side of the mountain with somewhat narrow bars and tires that feeling like slicks that will roll off the rim at any moment. While this helps climbing, it destroys descending.
If you want a slack, low, stable XC/trail bike than stock this is absolutley perfect, although the Talas feature on the fork is completly pointless. If you want to push it on the downs but still feel efficent on the ups there are a few upgrades needed.
The fork is too small. After replacing the Fox 32 with a XFusion Sweep the downhill manners of this bike soared. The bigger, stiffer stancions felt much more controlled and ready for anything, even with the same 140mm of travel. The Giant dropper is too short. The 100mm drop doesn't feel like enough, especially on rowdy terrain. Replace it with a reverb or ks lev. The 730mm bars work for the more XC oriented rider; however, if you want to push it, replace them with something wider.
Finally OD2 is the stupudest pile of crap they have ever made. What to find the perfect stem length? Good luck. Thankfully the scraped OD2 on mountain bikes for 2015.
Overall the Trance is an excelent bike. Stock it is perfect for the XC rider who wants to do bigger features with more comfort or even older riders as it is light, comfortable, yet will get you to the top faster than some full on XC rigs. With the upgrades I mentioned this bike cannot be any better. It still climbs insanley well, even in descend mode yet rips downhills like no ones business.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Henderson a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2014

Strengths:    Geometry
Maestro Suspension
Style and finish

Weaknesses:    None really...grips are soft so will change them soon but such a trivial thing it hardly worth mentioning.

Bottom Line:   
Giant Trance 1 - This is an outstanding bike with super control and ability. The geometry creates stability and inspires confidence...I was doing jumps that I had never done before even my first ride.
27.5 wheels do feel bigger initially (only ridden 26) so took me a bit of time to get used to but after that you are sweet and I do think you can feel the climbing/rolling pro's of them even if I was sceptical.
The components on the bike are outstanding (Shimano SLX/XT 2x10 drive, Fox CTD supsension, SLX brakes, dropper post).
Just over 3k(New Zeland dollars) was a lot of money for me as only ever spend around 1000-1800 previously. I have not had the bike long but not regretting it for a minute and will always pay off a new bike from now on.

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Favorite Trail:   Rotorua - Huckleberry Hound

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3150.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Time - Hamilto

Similar Products Used:   Giant VT, Specialized Enduro 2008 (very similar feel), Specialized Camber 2011, GT Force 2 2010

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by darrell haggarty

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2014

Strengths:    value for money, overall geo, great wheelset

Weaknesses:    front forks, rear shock

Bottom Line:   
Got a great deal on this bike,$ 2700 Aus so there is room for upgrades but didn't think I would have to do straight away.
Overall the bike rides really well, geo is well sorted, tracks well and generally goes where you point it. The group set although not XT does a good job and the deore brakes are not as progressive as XT and do lack a bit of feel but will do the job. The SLX shadow rear derailuer is a nice touch and does a great job of keeping the chain in place.
The wheelset on this bike is a big plus and is one thing that I wont be upgrading which is a welcome change on bikes in this price range but I cant help thinking they have been included at the expense of the woeful front fork, let me get this straight I,m a big fan of FOX but this fork is the worst I have ever come across, small bump compliance is OK but the more you push into the midrange travel of this fork the more it is exposed as having very little in the way of mid stroke compression and just blows straight through to the stops. Coming from a MX background I have a fair amount of setup knowledge but there is know way I could dial this thing in to get it working, I found the best wy to set it up was to set the sag up in trail mode and never use descend mode as the dive over braking bumps was just terrible on this setting.
As for the rear shock its not much better but is useable, but I guess yu get what you pay for and the EVO range is pretty poor.
I suggest allowing for an immediate swap out of the suspension or at least the fork, you can get away with keeping the shock for a while.
I have finished up swapping out the forks for some X Fusion sweeps which transformed the bike into what it should ride like, In my opinion Giant should look at specking there trance sx with this fork as it is a fraction of the price and delivers twice the performance the harder you push the better it feels whereas the fox is the opposite. I also have a Cane Creek DB inline going in the rear and that should complete the package.
So overall the Trance is a great bike as long as you get a good deal on purchase price you will have money to bin the forks and upgrade to make it the bike Giant should have built.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mevnet a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2014

Strengths:    Suspension, powertrain (minus shifters)

Weaknesses:    Grips, Brakes

Bottom Line:   
Had the chance to ride the 2014 Trance 2 27.5 and it was a great experience. Bike is as responsive as a 26er, suspension is great with enough travel for XC/AM, good climber, smooth powertrain. I would probably replace just the shifters and brakes (Alivio hydros).

All in all highly recommend as a great value, even better than the Trance 3 which is aggressively priced.

Also posted a quick review online, enjoy

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Price Paid:    $2600.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel EX 7

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by eBayRider

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2014

Strengths:    140MM travel front/rear, Wheelbase, 27.5" wheels, maestro suspension

Weaknesses:    seatpost, seatpost clamp, rear hub, tires. No Trance 2 available in US for 2014.

Bottom Line:   
(Giant Tranace 3 review) This is my third Giant. I roade a 2004 Giant VT1 for almost 10 years until upgrading to the Trance 3 in November 2013. I also have rented and ridden a 2011 Giant Trance 26er. I purchased the bike for local and travel riding. I am fortunate enough to be able to travel and take my bike with me. I just got back from a week in Utah and have Montana trip coming too. Those of you that travel to Cabo, there is great riding there too when the temps are cooler. Anyway, I am an East Coaster that lived in SoCal for several years and developed my bike handling skills out West. I am also a Clydesdale so a Trail Bike IMO is my only option.

The very first component I swapped out was the seat with a WTB Rocket. Next, I upgraded the front and rear rotors to Shimano SLX 180MM (rear comes 160MM stock). Finally, after about 4 months of riding the Schwalbe Nobby Nics that come stock, I replaced them with Panaracer Neo-Motos due to a tear in the sidewall of one of the Nobby Nics.

I rode this bike through the horrendous Winter weather we had this year so I could stay in shape for a Spring Moab trip. I am in the Mid-Atlantic area has lots of options for trails and within a 1/2 hour drive I have easily 100 miles of singletrack that is accessible. Think rocks, roots, loose dirt, mud and snow. This bike is more than up to the challenge of anything I have to ride locally and with the 140MM of travel and 27.5" tires there is nothing that can stop me. The suspension is very firm when climbing and plush descending. I had to play around with the pressure and shock settings to find my sweet spot, but once dialed in the ride is amazing. The Rock Shox Sector front shock is surprising plush for a base model. The Deore components have held up so far as well. I have had some fading in the rear brake even with 180MM rotor so will be getting better pads soon. I just got back from a trip in Utah and rode the bike on trails like Amasa Back, Captain Ahab, Porcupine Rim (starting at Kokopelli) and Gooseberry Mesa. What a pleasure it was having a bike of this caliber on those trails.

Now for the issues. The biggest issue I had was the rear hub breaking. The free hub pawl broke to the point where the rear wheel would not spin freely. This actually happened during my Utah trip and I was lucky enough to find a bike shop that replaced my wheel under warranty in less than an hour! I am pretty sure the hub is going to break again so I will upgrade the rear wheel at minimum when it does.

I took away a flaming turd for value because for whatever reason, Giant offers a Trance 1 and 3 in the US, but no Trance 2. Other countries have the Trance 2 which has a much better component spec than the 3 for only about $600 more. The Trance 1 was out of my price range. Hopefully for 2015 they resolve this.

I took away a flaming turd for the overall rating due to the issues I had with the hub, the tires, and the stock seat. I also did not mention earlier that I broke the seatpost clamp lever by overtorquing. The seat post likes to creep down during a ride. I upgraded to a Salsa clamp and it hold things in place much better.

See you on the trails!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry Mesa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2125.00

Purchased At:   Wooden Wheels

Similar Products Used:   Giant NRS, Giant VT, Giant Trance 26er

Bike Setup:   Stock with upgrades to the tires, rotors, seat and seatpost clamp

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