Brawny, beautiful and built for singletrack. Bolstered by 5 inches of rockeating Maestro Suspension and the meticulously hand-crafted Advanced SL-grade composite frame, this is the most luxurious way to tame wicked trails. Climb faster, descend with more confidence and squeeze more out of every singletrack adventure.
Fox 32 F120RL (Giant LTD edition), 120mm tapered
suspension fork, Fox Float RP2 Boostvalve rear shock
Strengths: I’ve ridden everything from full blown downhill racing bikes to some of the lightest XC bikes out there. I was looking for a good all-around bike that will take me 99% of the places that I wanted to go and I found it. With 5” of travel the trance copes well with most terrain. The bikes light enough that climbing is easily doable. Overall for the price the bike comes well equipped although like every bike, people have their preferences and will likely change out a few parts.
Weaknesses: The first things to go are the brakes…. They will stop you and are powerful however, if its wet out they squeak like there’s no tomorrow. The slight (in/out) adjustability is nice however some of the more high end brakes provide better power, more control, better adjustability, and are eiser to work on.
Wheels, crank, maybe a 150/120 fork? All person preferences.
overall and awesome bike! if you can find one at a reasonable price pick one up, you will not be disappointing! and remember, EVERYONE has their own person set up when your taking 3000$+ bikes so the components that come on it will take you far and wont complain really but as time presses you'll change some stuff out.
keep an eye out on Ebay for deals. i picked mine up brand new, in the giant box for $2500 shipped. hard to resist.
a Cross Country Rider
from las vegas, nv
Date Reviewed: December 22, 2011
Strengths: Its CARBON, no flex whatsoever, can be built up superlight , super responsive, great handling,
Weaknesses: None so far!
I thought that once I had gone to a 29er , that I would never go back to a 26er , than I test rode this bike and its the best of both worlds, xc and trail riding, I got the 150/120 talas, and could ride this bike anywhere and set it up as light as possible, Yes what comes on the bike is good for the price, but everyone sets up their bike differently , so expect to change out some parts right away, wheelset, stem, seatpost, tires...all and all , I have had 6 bikes in the past year looking for that 1 bike and Ive just found it! awesome bike ...loving it
Bike Setup: Trance swapped front fork to talas 150/120, 70 stem, seat dropper for trail riding,carbon seat post for xc, xtr wheelset for xc races,
a Weekend Warrior
from Hacienda Hts. CA.
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2011
Strengths: Stiff Frame/great components, Fox /Mastro susp. works like a champ up and down hill
Weaknesses: NONE Yet... and I'm really trying to find something to point out!
I ride 2-3 times a week..
setting up the handlebars as high up as possible the front tire can feel a bit lite on VERY steep climbs...... but so much worth it on trails and downhill
I couldn't be happier with the performance of this bike! you don't feel it climbing up hills and gives you so much confidence flying down hill feels as if you are on a motocross bike the way it soaks up the trails at 15-30 mph downhill.
Two Thumbs Up to Giant and the guys at The Cyclery in La Mirada, CA. for opening my eyes to such a great product
a Cross Country Rider
from Montreal, Qc, CANADA
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2010
Strengths: Super rigid and beautiful frame, no flex in rear triangle, maestro suspension is awesome, light for a 5" trailbike.
Weaknesses: Frame is prone to scuffs - I've scratched the chainstay (non-drive side) the first time I rode the bike and the "varnish" on the rear triangle is scuffed in many places. To those who get rub marks on the headtube, just put some 3M or similar protective tape on the frame. Also, the proprietary 34mm seat collar makes it impossible to get a QR for the seatpost - but there's an upside to this... more on that below.
Sure, it's an expensive bike, but probably one of the best "do-it-all" trailbike too. The Maestro suspension works like a VPP, meaning it's firm when you go up and soft when you go down (in fact, you don't feel it working, which is a good thing). Due to the rigidity of the rear triangle, which is very noticeable compared to my former XC bike (Specialized Stumpjumper), the bike tracks straight at speed and it seems that the more you ask of it, the more it gives you. The beauty of it is that you can have strong, reliable and light in the same package : set up with light parts, it can easily reach the 24 pounds mark which was not so far ago XC "race bike" territory.
As noted in some reviews, this bike is a bit rearward biased, meaning that you feel a bit more seated over the rear wheel than with other bikes. To counter the "light steering feeling", one thing is to slap a 120mm fork on the bike or lower the TALAS (if you got the complete bike) to 120 or even 100mm for climbing or trail riding. The 140mm position seems a better fit when going downhill.
One thing that bugged me at first was the proprietary 34mm seatclamp, which can't be replaced with a QR to lower seatpost at will. After some research, I got an adjustable seatpost, which was not the first thing that I thought of doing, being kind of a weight weenie, but it was a blessing in disguise - since then, I swear by adjustable seatposts, even though it adds 3/4 of a pound to the bike compared to my Thomson Masterpiece.
All in all, I would recommend this bike to everyone who wants a real Jack-of-all-trades, super versatile, light, strong and uberbeautiful bike (IMO, at least) that will follow you everywhere for a long time. Plus, you won't cross too many people with the same bike.
I would not recommend it to pure XC riders looking for a superlight bike - the Anthem is better suited for that.
Bike Setup: standard just changed tyres to maxxis high rollers
a Cross Country Rider
from El Paso, TX
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2010
Strengths: Frame is awesomely stiff with no flex whatsoever. Tracks like its on rails and is scary fast for a trail bike.
Weaknesses: Cable routing around head tube causes it to rub and mark the beautiful frame.
I thought my Trance X0 was a great ride but one ride on me new Trance Advanced SL1 makes the aluminum frame seem so flexy. The new carbon frame is so nice and rigid. Pick a line, hit the gas, and this thing tracks like a missle and picks up speed like you wouldn't believe. Hands down the best bike I have ever owned. You will not be disappointed. Mine came with a new Fox RLC FIT fork and the new boostvalve rear shock and so far they both perform just like there predecessors.