Giant Trance X0 XC Full Suspension

4.76/5 (34 Reviews)
MSRP : $2099.99

Product Description

Created specifically for women riders with 3F (Fit, Form, and Function) design philosophy and perfectly balanced to improve both climbing and descending.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2012

Strengths:    Stability, cornering, value for money, dropper post

Weaknesses:    front wheel can wander a bit on steep techy climbs

Bottom Line:   
I was riding a Yeti 575 but it had a few characteristics I wasn't happy with. Was looking at my options and had bought an Anthem advanced for racing. I loved it so much I though I'd take my chances on a Trance and I'm so glad I did! This bike is so stable on fast, rough and loose terrain it's amazing. Unlike my last bike which used to skip around, the rear end on this thing stays so stable, hugging the ground, and not loosing traction at all. It also doesn't mind getting a bit of airtime, with the 5" of rear travel being taken up smoothly and not bottoming out once.

The value for money is absolutely unbeatable. I got mine as a runout model (2013 bikes already on there way) and for the price I paid, you wouldn't be able to buy my previous bikes frame! The dropper post is a welcome addition to the build, making it easy to get back on fast and loose descents. Mine has the Talas 140/125 fork, and while I was dubious that 15mm would make a difference, it does seem to help on steep climbs. In 140mm mode, the front tyre does tend to wander a bit.

For anyone that doesn't have endless funds, or just wants an exceptionally good bike without having to spend a fortune, look no further. I can't say enough good things about this bike, given the choice of riding the Trance or my Yeti which cost twice as much, I would pick the trance every day of the week (hence selling the other bike)

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Duration Product Used:   2 weeks

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Similar Products Used:   2011 Yeti 575

Bike Setup:   XT 2x10, XT brakes with ice tech rotors, XT wheels, Giant dropper, Truvativ carbon bars 680mm, 80mm stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lucifuge a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2012

Strengths:    Telescopic seat post rocks.
Extremely stable bike.
Very comfortable.
RP23 shock allows for a LOT of tweaking.
Changeable front fork 120mm-150mm is awesome.
Decent weight considering the telescopic seat post.
Looks unreal.
Really good groupo and brakes.
Standard wheels are strong and light.

Weaknesses:    Would have prefered tapered toptube, but it's no biggy.
Nightmare to shorten the seatbpost cabling!

Bottom Line:   
Can't imagine why a recreational rider would pay more for a different branded bike. Whats not to like?

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Favorite Trail:   Kowen, ACT Aus

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Bike Setup:   changed seat
cut handlebars 690mm to 660mm
tubeless setup (Stans)
Ergon grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2012

Strengths:    This is for the 2012 Trance X frameset with similar but improved spec to the X0.

Feels solid yet nimble. Tapered overdrive headtube + thru axle fork is stiff and takes stuff i used to get pinged around by. I love the Giant dropper post, XT kit is bang on. Weight is good for a non carbon beast that inspires confidence and to the tops of hills quicker than my ibis, specialised and ellsworth buddies (ellsworth epiphany used to me mine which i loved but i love this more)

Weaknesses:    I've seen better looking bikes and the straight top tube is a love/hate thing. I've had no issues with it, but i suppose standover clearance could be better. My frame was a European import (uk sold out) which is lovely but only came with fox float r rear shock. Doesn't bother me as it doesn't bob around and it's one less thing to think about before hitting descents hard, but would've been nice to have top spec there.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. I was lucky that Giant ran out of stock because it meant my lbs went on a mission to find a frame and build me one with a great spec. It rides brilliantly. I feel more confident hitting rough stuff hard, it corners brilliantly, it feels strong yet light enough to get up 'big ol' 'ills' without any problem. Maestro suspension is smooth. I'm used to Ellsworth's ICT suspension which is awesome and this feels as good if not better. This has already done some all mountain trails, xc blasts around woods, trail centre blue/red and blacks and it eats all of them for breakfast. Ace!
The spec.
Giant Trance x large frame in midnight blue
fox talas rlc 110-140 kashima forks
fox float r rear shock
shimano xt gears and brakes with 180mm rotors
easton haven bar and 70mm stem
mavic xm819 rims on hope pro 2 evo hubs
shwalbe nobby nic tubeless tyres
Giant dropper seatpost with remote
sdg bel air saddle
giant grips (which are lovely by the way)

Buy if you want an amazing 5" travel trail bike that'll do pretty much anything you want it to and slap a smile on your face, especially as they are better value for money than most other bikes of this calibre.

Don't but if you want a sub 25lbs xc race bike or don't want to be seen on a big brand bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Rhayader/FOD/Afan/Malverns

Purchased At:   Two Wheels, Stourbri

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth epiphany mk 1
Ellsworth truth (unsure of the year)
Have slung a leg over a 2011 specialised camber elite 29er and a 2011 gt i-drive
Also owned several hardtails but i wouldn't class them as similar products

Bike Setup:   See review summary

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by slcrockymountainrider a Racer from Behind The Zion Curtain, UT

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2011

Strengths:    This review is for the 2011 Trance X aftermarket frameset pkg, not the complete bike.
The 2011 Maestro is by one on of the better suspension designs out there. This bike climbs extremely well and descends like it has an extra inch of travel. This is the first bike I've ridden where I was able to use all of it's travel on all but light XC rides. Even though the rear would 'bottom', I never felt it.
Weight for the frame is decent for an XL size aluminum bike with my build fluxuating between 28 and 29.5lbs depending on tires used. It's always been tough for me to get any FS trail bike below 30lbs due to the size of frame I require and my build preferences.
I should note here that I copied Adam Craig's build from the outset with a Fox Float 140 FIT RLC instead of the 125mm fork that comes on the completes. This slackened the HA out a bit and raised the BB just enough so I wasn't smacking pedals.

Weaknesses:    Standover. I would have liked to have used a 150mm fork, but with the straigh as an arrow TT it took away that option unless I wanted to smack my junk every time I dismounted.
The verdict is still out on the Pressfit BB. It's lighter for certain and allows for a much wider and stiffer lower link, but until chainguide companies catch up and offer something up for that standard I'll be on the fence about it.
Giant needs to work on the finish of their bikes. You have to be carefull as paint will chip easily.

Bottom Line:   
You can't go wrong with this bike for the price. IMO the new Maestro works better on all but big drops over Intense's VPP and is the closest thing I've come across to the DW Link.
Granted, you lose a bit in the paint finish department but it's a small sacrifice for the quality of the suspension design. It just works and works like it should.
The Trance X frameset is now in my Top 5 bikes of all time, and I've owned over 35 to date.

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Favorite Trail:   Humdinger

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Go-Ride

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Nomad (2007), Ibis Mojo (2008), Giant Reign X frameset (2008), Intense Tracer VP (2009), Banshee Spitfire (2010).

Bike Setup:   XL frame with green linkage. 2011 Fox Float FiT RLC (150mm shimmed down to 140mm) with Kashima, 15mm axle. Easton Haven and Shimano XT wheelsets. 4" drop Gravity Dropper Turbo. Shimano XTR 'Trail' crankset. XX rear cassette. XO shifters/derailleurs. Avid Elixir CR brakes. 2.5 Minion DHF EXO set up tubeless with a 2.2 Crossmark UST on the rear. XTR pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xtcphil a Cross Country Rider from Prince George BC

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2011

Strengths:    Great technical climbing and downhill performance. Exceptionaly low frame weight and great strenght.

Weaknesses:    Pivot bearings need greasing or replacement with Enduro bearings every couple years. That's it!

Bottom Line:   
I can climb very techical rooty climbs like they are nothing. Ride it like a 29er though challenging terain keeping my speed up with the Mestro doing its job. Today I road the 27 lb Trance and did a 6 foot drop with a nice tranny that I had only done on bigger bikes before.I owned a 25lb 29er fully and found when I compared lap times on our race course they were within seconds and the tires were the same. I kept the bike that put a bigger smile on my face. If you have only tried the stock trance XO at 27 lbs it is a incredible bike at 23.5lb.

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Favorite Trail:   Yumy Mumby

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   online used

Similar Products Used:   FSR including brian, Turner pivots (old), VPP and DW bikes

Bike Setup:   One at 23.5 lbs biult tough with Xlite wheelset, 68 degree HA, Raceface Ti sl crankset & Carbon post, tubeless ready Pythons and XO grip shift . The other Trance has a Float 140mm by 15mm up front, tougher rims, and 2.3 tires at about 27 lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jenine.b a Cross Country Rider from Manchester England

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011

Strengths:    Really lighht for the travel. Very good value, i paid only £2090 in the sale. handles amazingly. Frame finish is amazing looking

Weaknesses:    The handle bar grips it came with were a joke.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike i have ever owned. It amazing can take it down just about any thing, but more amazing is that it climes better than a scott spark. Nice XTR bits and Race face finishing kit. No paint on the frame is also a nice touch, it both anodized and polished to make it look really cool in a two tone silver effect. It jus feels so good to pedal n no bob, but super good on both small and big hits :)

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Favorite Trail:   Edale loop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2090.00

Purchased At:   Pauls cycles

Similar Products Used:   Scott spark, trek fuel ex9 trek fuel ex 8, loads of other bikes over the years

Bike Setup:   stack apart from shimano XT duel control levers and Saint barkes. Purple sunline V1 bars and grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by leogalvani a Weekend Warrior from Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2011

Strengths:    Very light for a aluminium 5" frame/bike (around 11,2Kg). Climbs very very
well, like a goat. Insane when descent. Excelent maestro suspension system, independent
of the terrain. Literally eats roots, rocks. Looks great!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The perfect bike for my trail riding. Purchase by parts just to get a dream bike. So... let's run to the hills!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Green hell (Inferno verde). See it at

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Ebay (by parts)

Similar Products Used:   Gary fisher sugar 3+; Scott aspect FX-25.

Bike Setup:   Frame: 2009 Giant trance X-3, shock upgrade to Fox RP-23 Boost Valve;
Suspension: Fox FIT RLC 120mm;
Wheelset: Shimano XTR M995, tubeless;
Shimano XT crankset and rear derailleur (shadow);
Shimano XTR rotors, 160mm (both);
Shimano XTR front derailleur;
Shimano XT brake system;
Shimano XT rapid fire;
Cateye stada 8 and garmin etrex vista;
Amoeba carbon/titanium seat;
KCNC seatpost, handlebar and barends;
KCNC pulleys in red;
Yban titanium chain;
Crankbros candy pedals;
Tires: rockt Ron 2.1 on front and Kenda Smallblock 8 on rear, both kevlar, mounted without innertube, but with Joe’s No Flat.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by XChic a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2011

Strengths:    5" Travel, head tube angles made it agile, and steady.

Weaknesses:    weight - going for shorter travel to shed weight for racing.

Bottom Line:   
Giant makes a fantastic bike for the money. This one I built up with a lot of my components, but am eying an Anthem X1 W - which is spec'd out NICELY. Will review that once I get it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Super Light

Bike Setup:   Fox Talas 32 Float, RP23 rear, DT Swiss 1750's, Answer carbon bars, Thompson Masterpiece seat post...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JRock1979 a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2011

Strengths:    XTR Build-kit, with carbon R/D arm, Avid Elir CR Brakes, Race Face Carbon Post, handle bar. Weight with Crankbrothers Candy Ti pedals, 27.8 Lbs

Weaknesses:    Rims are UST but the tires were not. The handle grips were cheap, replaced them with Lock-Ons.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is so well equpped and easy to handle it makes Novice riders reach new ground in their riding abilities. A fun bike to ride any way you look at it!

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Favorite Trail:   Smith's Creek, B.C.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Velocity Cycle

Similar Products Used:   First High-end Full Suspension XC Bike

Bike Setup:   Full XTR Drive Train, Race Face Seat post, handle bar, Headset, Avid Elixir CR Brakes. Mavic Crossmax ST UST Disc wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by scott2011 a Cross Country Rider from Kingman, Az, USA

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2011

Strengths:    I am 6'1 200 lbs this bike has not let me down, great suspension, love the Mavic wheel set. Still straight after 6000 + miles

Weaknesses:    None yet, change the seat recently

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, I would recommend to anyone that loves XC and technical terrain, moderate downhill. I hope this bike will last me for a long time.

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Favorite Trail:   Bootleg canyon, Chicopee, Alafia, Granite Basin and Kingman trails

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   LBS Venice Florida

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Ground Control, Cannondale super V

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ags a Cross Country Rider from New York

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2010

Strengths:    -Great suspension design
-Amazing spec for the price

Weaknesses:    -None worth mentioning

Bottom Line:   
I wrote one of the first reviews about the Trance XO here a few years back (scroll down to the bottom, under "AS"). It's been 3 years and I have to say this bike is still pretty darn amazing. I ride pretty hard and over the past few years destroyed the rear derailluer and had to have the shock and fork rebuilt -twice. Despite the abuse, every pivot on this bike remains smooth and tight. The bike still rides like a dream and rocks on technical trails and smooth singletrack (when you lock out the suspension.) If you're interested in this bike and your trails consists of rocky and rooty technical singletrack - BUY IT!

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Intense, Specialized, Titus

Bike Setup:   Maxxis High Rollers, Easton Stem 90mm

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MDH a Cross Country Rider from Edinburgh

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2010

Strengths:    Great looks, great forgiving ride when on steep, fast and lumpy or rocky descents. Light - for uphill or lugging. Really pleased overall despite a couple of gripes below.

Weaknesses:    1. Avid juicy 7 brakes are brilliant but adjusters seem to be intermittent and front brake sometimes fades a bit.
2. Bottom bracket worn out after 467 miles over 18 months and needed replaced. Not impressed. I have a Marin Bear vally for commuting to work and have done ~15,000 miles before asking the bike shop to change it...

Bottom Line:   
Top bike for riding and lugging. Am going to send the bottom bracket back to Giant and will complain !

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress, Pentlands etc

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Edinburgh

Similar Products Used:   Orange 5

Bike Setup:   Great

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Floyd a Cross Country Rider from California

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2010

Strengths:    Shiny! Delorean-like. Great top-line components for the price I paid and handles like a dream. MAestro suspension and Fox - a pair made in heaven.

Weaknesses:    Crashing too much - almost on every ride due to the over confidence this bike gives me. I'm no spring chicken but I feel like one when I ride this thing - especially on the downhills. It floats over the rough stuff and I often forget that I have slow down to make the turns at the bottom. Seriously, this bike is bad to the bone! It climbs like a champ and is unstoppable.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy the Trance X0 if you don't like to crash. This bike handles so well that I find myself screaming downhills and climbing steep hills more than my experience or ability. Being an ex-Motocross racer as a kid, it brought back fond memories when I thought I was invincible and foolish. Now I'm just foolish and my wife won't let me ride alone for the fear I'll be laying in some ditch with a broken leg (or worse) and she won't know where I am! Such a great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1950.00

Purchased At:   Elixxer

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rock Hopper, test road Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe, Specialized Stumpy and Trek EX-8. No comparison. If you can find one, get one!

Bike Setup:   All stock but will get rid of the ridiculous seat soon.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DJMJ a Weekend Warrior from Paonia, CO

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2010

Strengths:    Rides like a dream. Plush climber. Looks like a DeLorean!

Weaknesses:    Brakes started squeaking on the third ride. Grips.

Bottom Line:   
Love it! Ride trails daily (weather permitting). 6'2", 230 and the XL handles it...Rebound cranked up. Sitting or out-of-the-saddle power transfer is great. Suspension floats on the downs.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Derby Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Kona Dawg

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by atta a Cross Country Rider from Budapest, Hungary

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2010

Strengths:    Well designed frame, very comfortable, I'm 6'1 and the Large frame size is perfect, quality parts, great climber, looks cool.

Weaknesses:    Sometimes the Mavic ST has some weird noise under pressure, i think the spokes are rubbing each other, but that's not Giants fault.

Bottom Line:   
Best bike i ever had and perfect for all day ride, climbs better than my previous carbon Trek Fuel even if i leave the shock open. Feels like the bike has no limits (it could be dangerous sometimes) bottomless feeling on downhill's, great design and looks. The weight is 12.3kg, 27 lbs. witch is great for a 5 inch trail bike with aluminum frame, but i think it feels lighter than is actual. I'm happy with the bike and i recommend it to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Pilis

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Pro Felex Animal'97, Specialized FSR S-Works '02, Trek Fuel 100 OCLV '02, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 120 Pro

Bike Setup:   Factory set up + XTR pedals

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