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I've been following since I caught glimpse of the prototype - looking forward to this bike as this may be in the running to replace my beloved 2008 Trance X1. The production color schemes don't do much for me, but something about Giants always looks better in person than the factory photos so I'll reserve judgement. Liking the spec overall though (especially full xt on the X0), wondering what the pricing will be. Thinking about 4k for the X0 msrp? Curious too what they'll weigh in at. Frame seems pretty light so mid 26 lbs. range might not be unrealistic for the X0 I would think...

Never really considered a 29er 'till I rented an Anthem X 29er. Now I'm really looking forward to getting on this bike to test it out.
 

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X0 looks nice. I think an X2 and throw away the Fork and wheels will be my affordable choice. Just hope they don't have some ridiculous mushy shock tune like they used on the 26" 2011 Trance x. Otherwise I'll be throwing that out as well.
 

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I see they heard my idea on here and kept the bent top tube :D looks amazing. My 2009 Trance X Is gona be leaving my side soon i see :D
 

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Not a fan of that crazy looking seat tube and the angle on it. Like the paint jobs they have chosen though - not doubt they will be typical Giant bang for a buck.
 

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anyone gonna be trading their 29er Anthem for one of these? I haven't ridden the Anthem yet but I was very interested in one before I saw this. The Trance 29er seems like a better fit (at least on paper) for me but I wonder if anybody is willing to jump the Anthem ship onto the Trance?
 

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I was looking at the anthem 29er until I saw this. I have an 09 anthem x1 26er with a 120mm fork on it at the momnt...was gonna get the 29er anthem and through a 120mm fork on that, but now will likely get the trance, but its a tough call. Have ridden the 29er anthem before, so looking forward to the test ride on this.
 

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major dislikes:

no availability of 142 spacing on rear swingarm...not because it needs to be stiffer, but because some people have invested in these wheelsets!

needed to have a 34mm Fox fork on at least one of the models!

IMHO...of course, but I will not be investing one this year. :(
 

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Anyone else think the seat tube angle looks silly slack? Going to be a nightmare to setup for someone with long legs and a shorter reach.
 

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Anyone else think the seat tube angle looks silly slack? Going to be a nightmare to setup for someone with long legs and a shorter reach.
Interesting point...I personally have a problem keeping weight over the front and had to size down with longer stem on my 29'ers...I wonder how the feel is on this bike...I would love to try one as I used to have a Trance...
 

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I'm quite intrested in one of these too. I work at a Trek and Giant dealer and am really struggling with my choice of trail/super d bike. This with a 34 might work ok but it just looks so silly in the pictures!
It also looks a bit like it has an angle set in back to front in the big picture at the top of the page. Might just be my eyes playing tricks on me though.
 

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I am if I sell my Anthem

anyone gonna be trading their 29er Anthem for one of these? I haven't ridden the Anthem yet but I was very interested in one before I saw this. The Trance 29er seems like a better fit (at least on paper) for me but I wonder if anybody is willing to jump the Anthem ship onto the Trance?
Yeah I think so
IF I decide to sell my Anthem and just ride a 29er as my all around trail/all mtn bike, I'll go for the TranceX 29.
My Anthem is fun, but All the info points to the TranceX being a much better fit for more aggressive trail riding and actually a more playful bike in the twisties and corners (compact rear triangle, slaker head angle).

I think the seat tube looks kinda cool actually, and there looks to be a good amount of seat post drop which is good for slammin that thing when necessary!

I want to see more pictures of the "single spar". I think other "DWish" designs use a single spar? Just wondering how stiff the overall package will be.
 

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i rode the anthem 29er foe the first time this week and I was really impressed with the overall package. The biggest problem I had with it was the super long wheelbase. It was really cumbersome around tight switchbacks. That being said, it was really stable pointed down. I'm hoping the shorter wheelbase on the new Trance will be what I'm looking for but either way I really liked the Anthem. Still, I think I'm personally gonna have to ride the 29er Trance before I buy anything.
 

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Anyone know when pricing will be released?
Giant Australia have anounced through their Facebbok page that 2013 models are due for their official release mid August 2012 and will be updated on the Australian website soon after.

Not sure if this release date is also applicable to other parts of the world.
 

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My LBS owner is up in Vail Colorado today riding it at some demo event. He told me they will give availability info there. I already sold my Jet9 to pick one up. Hope it meets expectations.
 

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I don't know, as far as the seat tube goes, I think you have to be careful not to be mislead by the angle. Regardless of the slackness doesn't it really come down to the position of the seat in relation to the wheels and/or the bottom bracket, and as far as that goes, it's not much different than the Anthem.
 

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I have a 2011 Trance X2... one of the things I love about my bike is its versatility... I can pedal all day and climb anything.... But it really shines when I wanna throw a whip over a roller, hit a good drop, lean in berms, hop a huge log, and see how high I can rise off a kicker... Dont know that a 29r is capable of that versatility..
 

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I have a 2011 Trance X2... one of the things I love about my bike is its versatility... I can pedal all day and climb anything.... But it really shines when I wanna throw a whip over a roller, hit a good drop, lean in berms, hop a huge log, and see how high I can rise off a kicker... Dont know that a 29r is capable of that versatility..
Yeah, I know what you mean...this bike is like a huge blockbuster movie starring all the big names...some huge expectations...I hope it can live up to it!
 
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