Giant Trance X1 XC Full Suspension

4.76/5 (51 Reviews)
Weight : 28.7 lbs MSRP : $3850.00

Product Description

It’s the lightest aluminum 5-inch travel trail bike ever produced by Giant. The all-new Trance X starts with a radically shaped ALUXX SL aluminum frame featuring trail-tuned geometry and a tapered OverDrive headtube for increased stiffness and steering precision. And it finishes with lightweight, co-pivot Maestro Suspension to help you roll through technical terrain, blitz descents and devour steep climbs.
  • Fox 32 FIT F125RL FIT, with 15QR thru-axle, tapered steerer tube suspension fork and Fox Float RP23 Boostvalve rear shock
  • Shimano Deore XT component group
  • Giant Contact handlebar, stem and seatpost
  • Shimano Deore XT wheelset
  • Color: Anthracite/Black

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

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2012

Strengths:    Shifting is extremely smooth, FIT lockout is highly responsive and the bike design looks awesome. Definitely worth the money.

Weaknesses:    Setting up take a while. The weather changing the PSI is annoying. The recommended sag level is a bit silly as it would always bottom out on little jumps and curbs.

Bottom Line:   
If I were you I would definitely have the Trance X1 2011 my first choice, it's cheap for what your getting and performs in an awesome way.

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Favorite Trail:   Hammys and Original in Queenstown

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtnryder56 a Weekend Warrior from Woodside, CA

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2012

Strengths:    Bought this as a Frame, used. Awesome performance from a light setup. Is alot better being riden aggressively than I thought it would be. I can still hit sizable drops, jumps and stuff and then ride back to the top easily. So it's a sweet bike

Weaknesses:    None that I know of. The 1 1/8 to 1.5 headtube is kinda weird, not sure I agree with that. But nothing else really

Bottom Line:   
If you want a do it all bike for a reasonable price, it is hard to go wrong with this bike. Giant has been hitting solid hits with each of their bike lines the last couple years and the Trance X is up there.

I ride a VP Free, and then I bought this as a bike to get some more fitness on, but still be able to ride aggressive when I wanted to.

I am very happy with my purchase decision

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Favorite Trail:   Ladies Only

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bought used from a d

Similar Products Used:   Intense Tracer, Ibis Mojo, Rocky Mountain Altitude 90, Trek Remedy

Bike Setup:   Pike 140, XT drivetrain 3x9, MT8 brakes. RP23 in the back, Crossline wheels and Nevegal tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by AZ.MTNS a Cross Country Rider from Arizona

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011

Strengths:    Plush, well built, stable at all speeds.

Weaknesses:    A bit soft thru the middle of the travel at the rear, probably due to leverage ratio.

Bottom Line:   
A Trail Bike that I do everything with, isn't that what Trail Bikes are for. Now just waiting for a 29er version.

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Favorite Trail:   Los Burros

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Bike Setup:   Changed shifters to Grip Shift.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaypum a Weekend Warrior from cwmcarn, south wales

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2011

Strengths:    very light and strong, climbs well, better downhill, absolutly spot on for the money, awesome brakes suspension is nice and plush with variable lock out front and rear for the climbs

Weaknesses:    took a while to get set up right, stem is long kept getting back ache after about 1 and a half hours, moved seat fully forward cured this after messing about for a few weeks,

Bottom Line:   
bought an 09 model in 10, for 1600 quid knocked down from 2600, 0% apr, never looked back, had a carrera gt paid 80 quid for it of my mate to get started before this bike, now a full on mtb addict, this bike has changed my weekends! I am 6 foot 2, 17 stone and fall off a lot, its taken it all no problem

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   pauls cycles

Bike Setup:   bog standard with flat pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rmdalrymple a Weekend Warrior from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2011

Strengths:    This thing rides like a dream; Soaking up every little technical section of trail without hesitating. Never felt this confident on my old Yukon fx... a complete 180. Climbs well too (nothing spectacular though but then again what do you expect from a 5" squish). Smooth shifting & breaking with the XT component set and Elixor brakes. I went from huffing and puffing in the rear of the pack to leading a section or 2 on my first ride! That's what dropping 7+lbs will do for you!

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Badass bike for the money! The only thing I'd trade this puppy for would be the Trance X SL0...but seeing as I don't have 5+K to drop on a bike as a weekend warrior I think I'll keep this baby around for a while.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1680.00

Purchased At:   Ebay - Demo from Cal

Similar Products Used:   Before purchasing my 2010 Trance X1 I owned a 2009 Giant Yukon FX as an intro into MTB. That little tank held it's own and allowed me to get a good taste of GA trails but after just over a year I out grew it and all of it's 34.7lbs! Defintely a leg buster.

Bike Setup:   Stock with XT pedals. Small Frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtbtim64 a Weekend Warrior from Colorado Springs, CO

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2011

Strengths:    Price,components,5" of sweet travel, weight, uber tough

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I have owned Several full suspension bikes Trek, Specialized, K2, yeti 575. This is by far my best all around. The Yeti kicked butt too, but I got this for a steal marked down $800. Colorado Cylist rocks! I have really put the X1 through some major tech. Recently did Usery Pass trail outside Scottsdale. Super pucker factor. The bike was flawless over the crazy amount of rocks and drops. XT & XT mix. This is great for XC & All mountain riding

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Favorite Trail:   CB, Moab, Fruita

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeffgre_6163 a Weekend Warrior from Cairns, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2010

Strengths:    Looks great, clear anodised aluminium with red highlights.
Fairly light at 12.2 kg less pedals
Value for money.
Full XT group set for under $4k AUD is great value and probably reflects the strength of the Auusie dollar at the moment but compared to simililar specced bikes from Specialized, Pivot etc it is still very good value, at least $750 less than similar full XT offerings

Weaknesses:    Stock stem was too long in my opinion.
Swapped at purchase for 80mm unit after test rides
Why do manufactures still use non continuous derailleur cable outers?
I live in the tropics which has a full on wet season, cables dont last 5 minutes unless you swap for full length housings

Bottom Line:   
I love it.
Rides great, represents excellent value for money.
I was tossing up between the Trance and a Specialized Stumpjumper but the Trance won with its value and the fact I was not comfortable with the "Brain" rear sus on the Stumpy and the 2 x 10 gearing set up on the 2011 models.
Is the "Brain" over thinking a suspension design?
I think so.
I will drop 1 chilli on overall rating due to the long stem and shifter cables but they are very small niggles

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Favorite Trail:   All of Smithies MTB area

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Cairns Bicycle Cente

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   Stock except for 80mm carbon stem and carbon 40mm riser bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LoZzA199 a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2010

Strengths:    climbs uphill just as well as my hard tail and comes down 100x better. soaks up all the bumps its magic

Weaknesses:    pait job is poor chips and scratches easily

Bottom Line:   
i was iffy about moving from a hard tail to a full suspension mainly when it came to climbing. i put it off for a long time, but finally just went out and bought it. best thing i ever did have not looked back. if your like me and not sure just go out and do it you wont be dissapointed. also much cheaper and higher specced than some bikes from other manufacturers in the same category. bit dissapointed about the paint job not a lot of effort has gone into it. my specialized stumpjumper paint job is much better

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Favorite Trail:   Forrest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Similar Products Used:   my first full suspension

Bike Setup:   2010 Australian X1 spec

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kobayashi a Cross Country Rider from Moscow, Russia

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2010

Strengths:    Very good climbing ability, fairly light, good pedal efficiency.

Weaknesses:    Well, there were none major weaknesses in stock. I've just swap some stock components for a bling factor & weightsaving)

Bottom Line:   
Awesome, awesome bike. Climbs great, very stable going down. Light and stiff anodized frame, very durable finish. Nice color scheme. Maestro suspension performs flawlessly. I'm very happy with this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Chulkovo Radar Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Giant Russia

Similar Products Used:   Felt Virtue 1'08, Norco Fluid 1 & 2 '07

Bike Setup:   Trance X 1 size 20(L), Fox F120RL, Mavic Crossride wheelset, Thomson Elite seatpost & stem, RaceFace Deus XC cranks & handlebar, Shimano XT: brakes, cassette, shifters, chain and R.Der., Schwalbe tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by erwi0295 a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2010

Strengths:    XC, All Mountain, Moderate Downhill & Urban Assaults. Climbability, descendability, agility, stability, adjustability, versatility . . . amazing all around abilities!!! Lightweight, all XT/XTR component package, 15mm thru-axle, front fork, rear shock, brakes . . . and looks.

Weaknesses:    Price, but well worth it. Seat & Grips are decent, but that's personal preference, easy upgrade.

Bottom Line:   
I've never been a fan of Giant, but this is an all around fantastic bike - Period. I had my doubts getting into this thing. All mountain what?!? I'm from a CX background, still ride my hardtail occasionally and race short track in the summer. But this 26 lb bike is already changing my life in the dirt. I was worried about it not being fast enough. But it does it all. Climbs without blinking an eye on the steepest stuff. Descends even better, major confidence booster - ready for bigger drops every ride. The adjustability is key, the fine adjustment of fork/shock makes extremely versatile. The component package speaks for itself, feels indestructible really.

I am still adjusting to a more upright riding position, but if you want to get low and ride in a CX position - go for it. Its not CX racer fast, but everything else about it makes up for CX speed. Maestro suspension allows you to pedal thru anything efficiently, so overall it balances out.

This machine will not let you down - CX, all mountain, downhill & urban assaults - best bang for the buck available 2010. I was initially set on a 4" CX machine, but have a new love affair . . . and am not looking back.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim, Utah

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Bike n Hike

Similar Products Used:   '98 Specialized Stumpjumper Hardtail, Specialized Epic Comp, Santa Cruz Blur XC, Rocky Mountain Element 50 Tribal, Ibis Mojo Carbon, Trek Top Fuel

Bike Setup:   2010 Giant Trance X1 - STOCK setup:
color - Satin Black/Red
frame - ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 5.0" Maestro Suspension
fork - Fox 32 F120R, w/ 15QR Thru Axle, 120mm travel
shock - Fox Float RP23
handlebar - Giant Contact, low rise, 31.8
stem - Giant Contact
seatpost - Giant Contact, 400x30.9
saddle - Fi'zi:k Gobi XM w/ K:ium rails
pedals - Not Included
shifters - Shimano XT
front derailleur - Shimano XT
rear derailleur - Shimano XTR Shadow, top normal
brakes - Avid Elixir R 185F/160R
levers - Avid Elixir R
cassette - Shimano XTR 11x34, 9-speed
chain - Shimano HG-73
cranks - Shimano XT, 22/32/44
BB - Shimano Deore XT, External
rims - Shimano Deore XT
hubs - Shimano Deore XT w/ 15mm Front Axle
spokes - Shimano Deore XT
tires - Kenda Nevegal, 26x2.1 Folding

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Stopford a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2010

Strengths:    Light weight for money - 12.4 kgs is very reasonable for a 5 inch bike at this price.
15mmQR is way stiffer than skewer.
Tubeless wheelset is fantastic.
Local shop support is great.
Pedaling efficiency, stability at speed, comfort during long rides, fun factor!

Weaknesses:    Fork (2009 Fox F120 RL)is not up to standard of RP23 rear. Works OK but only if you run lower pressures than recommended(Otherwise it won't give full travel). Run a bit soft and use the remote lockout alot!
Cable routing poor.
XT front brake could do with 7" rotor (stock is 6")

Bottom Line:   
A great bike! Very comfortable for long rides, it climbs as well as Anthem, despite extra pound of weight. Longer chain stays keep front planted on steep climbs. A very predictable bike that instills confidence wherever you ride. I do mostly trail and appreciate the supple active suspension, but find it fine to race too, especially enduro.
This is a bike for all trail riders looking to add fun to your riding. The Anthem may be quicker, but the Trance X1 puts a smile on your face. Buy one!

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Favorite Trail:   Motatapu

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Pushbikes

Similar Products Used:   2007 Trance 1, 2006 Anthem 1

Bike Setup:   Stock NZ setup - XT tubeless wheels, RP23 shock, XT gears and brakes. Just add Stans to stock UST tyres and go!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pjd2100 a Racer from Herndon, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2010

Strengths:    handles the uphills great while still gives you a great ride going back down the hill. i race in season and do more freeride riding off season and it handles it all. best part is the fox racing shox front and rear

Weaknesses:    when i first bought the bike i liked every thing about it but as time went on i found that there were some major weak links to an other wise great xc/light all mountain bike.
heres my list so far:
handle bar
derailers f/r

Bottom Line:   
i have owned this bike since the end of the summer 2007. i have ridden this bike in everything from snow to sand and it has taken it and asked for more. as time went on i became a better and more in tune rider and started feeling what the weak links of the bike were. but over all one of the best bikes out there.

brakes, the hayes stroker trails that were supplied with the bike were great at first but over time as hydros do they needed a bleeding. this wasn't until a year into ownership. but after that first bleeding it all went south because the brakes would need a bleeding after 2 rides... i took it to my lbs and they gave me new stroker trails and it kept happening. towards the end they were chewing through pads like they were cheese, so i got rid of them for stronger beefier brakes.

handle bars/grips/seat, these are just personal things that every one can either like or not and i just didn't care for.

crank set, it was destroyed in one season of winter riding. now i am hard on my bike when riding going out in all conditions but i take care of it when i get home and wash/lube/grease every thing after muddy rides. with all my attention i don't think that a crank set witch costs some $$ on its own should just go to poo after a winter.

derailleurs, i like the picks its just the new shadow stuff is just broken too easily...

after realizing and fixing these problems i have found a good happy medium. at the moment i have turned the bike into more of a free ride bike with a road rd and casset along with a e-13 chain guide with a 36t ring upfront. i have put larger tires on and it just handles everything and just rails turns like no other. as for the wheel set, they weren't really a let down so much as i upgraded and now have racing wheels and everyday practice wheels. i am also going to get a longer travel fork for it as the 120 is fun for racing but it just doesn't deliver on my everyday/free ride needs. since the x0 is spec'ed with a 140mm talas fork i am gonna go with something in that range (140mm-150mm).

my last thoughts on the bike are that it is a great intermediate bike for people to discover what they want out of biking. i would recommend this to anyone i know and i personally love it but with the brakes and the other quarks i can only give this bike a 4 over all but 5 for value as you get a lot for your money

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Favorite Trail:   difficult run or wakefield

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   A1 Cycles

Bike Setup:   giant 08' frame, fox f120 rl, fox rp2, spinergy cyclone endro wheels, xt crank set, mallet peddles, lizzard skin lock on grips, xtr cables, either code 5 (203 f/r) or hope tech v2 (203 f/r) depending on what i am doing, sunline v-1 711mm handle bar, duse stem 90mm, either xt or forte 10 carbon 10 speed rear derailer (with roadie casset)...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by flyfsnbrad a Weekend Warrior from Salt Lake City, UT

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2009

Strengths:    Climbing,Descending,Balanced,Easy to go fast.

Weaknesses:    Grips,Saddle,Cable mounts on pivot,Buggy Hayes Brakes

Bottom Line:   
I looked for several months for a decent used bike in the $1500 range. Saw a new '08 X1 on sale for 1650+tax so I couldn't resist. So glad I did. This bike climbs as well as my Rocky Mountain Hammer hardtail with almost as much responsiveness and way more stability on the downs. Also much less soreness at the end of the day. This bike is perfect for riding around northern Utah. Long climbs, long descents, fast flowy singletrack with lots of rough rocky sections. My only issue with the bike has been the Hayes Stroker brakes. Very noisy at first then changed to semi-metallic pads and took care of noise. Now I just need to keep them from rubbing. Also a minor issue is the cable routing at the rear pivot. If the zip ties are at all tight the cable will wear fast, make sure they are loose. All in all a great bike especially for the price paid.

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Favorite Trail:   Crest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   revolution (they're

Similar Products Used:   Stumpjumper,Blur LT,Misc steel hardtails

Bike Setup:   ODI rouge grips,Wtb rocket seat,Kenda Excavator 2.35 front (love it)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by screamingkiwi a Cross Country Rider from Timaru, South Canterbury, NEW ZEALAND

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2009

Strengths:    2008 Trance X1 -Very good value. Fantastic ride. Great handling. Lovely suspension. I love this bike. I tossed up between this and an Anthem and glad I went for the Trance because I have a bad back and it is just so smooth and comfortable to ride. I find the gearing and brakes are great, especially the XT rear. I haven't had any major probs, just broken one spoke.

Weaknesses:    None really, most guys I have met seem to have changed the seat as it is a bit of a bum-number. I do mostly cross country and find the handle bars a bit wide but that's a preference thing. One design weakness is that if you have muddy tires and ride on loose stones they tend to flick up and can get caught up in the front deraelier due to the narrow part of the frame in front of the rear wheel. This has happened to me twice - it stops it from moving but is easily fixed by removing stone. Another thing I do is tip it upside down after washing it to drain water that seems to accumulate in the frame.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great value well performing bike. I did consider a Specialzed Stumpjumper but the price differential was too much. I haven't met any unhappy Trance and Anthem owners. The '08 Trance X1 suits my style (Intermediate) and budget (me, wife, 3 kids & dog competing for limited resources). I had a VT1 for several years and was very happy with that but the difference between the Trance and VT is lightyears. If you need a good value all-rounder it is fantastic. The 09 Trance 1 is higher spec'd and priced so I'd probably go the X2.

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Favorite Trail:   Scenic REserve

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   The Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Giant VT1

Bike Setup:   Standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by denverdave55 a Weekend Warrior from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2009

Strengths:    This bike rides great uphill with pro-pedal suspension, and kills it on the downhills. A perfect bike for Colorado. A great all around bike. Not too heavy, but with enough suspension to kill downhills.

Weaknesses:    Havent found one yet.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price. Giant created a great geometry and suspension system with this bike...highly recommend this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Colorado Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Kona Dawg DeeLux, Specialized Stumpjumper M2

Bike Setup:   Rocking quality stock components.

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