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I happened to have a 2013 trance X 29'er I built up from a frame only. I love the bike! I have a fox 34 float fork, with a full XT build, and DT swiss wheels. Mine weighs in around 30 pounds. It is a awesome all around trail bike. My only two complaints are that the bike blows through the end stoke on the rear on jumps/drops/hard G outs. and the second is that the XT brakes aren't all that good. They are mushy no matter how I bleed them (compared to hayes stroker trail and stroker ace's) and don't have the feel at the leaver that I like. Go for the Trance!
 

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I happened to have a 2013 trance X 29'er I built up from a frame only. I love the bike! I have a fox 34 float fork, with a full XT build, and DT swiss wheels. Mine weighs in around 30 pounds.
Slight threadjack-how do you like it with the Fox 34 (what travel too)? Although I see you've not ridden it with the stock 32. I'm worried about uphill balance, as it's pretty darn good with the 120mm.
Thank you!
 

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I really like it with the 34 forks, I would not even consider building it up with a 32. I think the 32's are flimsy on a 26" let alone on a 29". Mine is the 140mm travel, and although with my 50mm stem it does tend to wonder a little on supper steep stuff, if I pay attention I don't have any problems. It is on the 30 minute + climbs where I am huffing a puffing is when the wondering starts... :)
 

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I really like it with the 34 forks, I would not even consider building it up with a 32. I think the 32's are flimsy on a 26" let alone on a 29". Mine is the 140mm travel, and although with my 50mm stem it does tend to wonder a little on supper steep stuff, if I pay attention I don't have any problems. It is on the 30 minute + climbs where I am huffing a puffing is when the wondering starts... :)
Ok, thanks! I've been concerned about the length-with the extra travel and a longer crown I didn't want it goofy uphill. Sounds like it's not that bad and worth it going down. Thanks again for the info.:thumbsup:
 

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End up buying the Trance X 29er 0. Yamaha 249, there's any adapter needed to change the fork on the Trance? I've noticed that Giant has a proprietary stem/steerer size so it's not just a bolt on mod right? I was thinking of a Pike 140 but don't know if it will work.
Is it worth swaping the Giant dropper post for a Rock Shox Reverb or the stock is just fine?
 

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