|The answer to your question will depend a lot on what type of riding you like to do and how wide the rims are that you plan to mount the tires to. A tire that's 2.5'' wide will have too much casing roll if it's mounted on a relatively skinny rim, and the result is going to be a strange, vague feeling. Other things to consider are frame and fork clearance, as well as tire weight and rolling resistance - I wouldn't want to turn over 2.5'' tires if I was riding my bike to the top of the mountain. The general consensus is that there's no reason to go any larger than a high-volume 2.35'' tire when it comes to anything other than downhilling, especially when you consider just how great today's tires really are. Find yourself a tire that matches your conditions and riding style (it sounds like the High Roller is it) and any lack of traction can't be put down to a 0.15'' difference in tire width. - Mike Levy|
Schwalbe's 2.35'' wide Magic Mary isn't going to have anyone asking for more traction or tire volume, although the cracking at the base of the lugs is both disheartening and typical of the German brand's high-end rubber.
|If you are a good rider, you should be able to ride most bike park trails on your Giant, but the double blacks will test your skills for sure. I'd suggest that you avoid largest jumps and drops though, because your Giant lacks the travel and the strength to absorb the magnitude of punishment that simple judgement errors can cause when you are playing in the big-boy's sand box. That said, bikes have improved dramatically in recent years. We have tested a number of 140-millimeter trailbikes during Pinkbike's Sedona, Arizona, sessions and all of them were able to tackle steep and chunky lines there that once were considered to be the domain of big bikes. As far as racing enduro, run what you got and you will soon learn if your bike can handle the courses in your neck of the woods. My guess is that your Giant Trance will be up to the task - just throw on a dropper seatpost and pair of Maxxis High Roller II tires with the tough casings and show up at the start line. - RC|
Giant's 140-millimeter-travel Trance 27,5.3 was designed to be a technically capable trailbike, but with a few upgrades, there is nothing standing in the way, should a rider should want to use it to race an enduro or three.
|It actually sounds like your suspension is set up correctly, and I'd recommend against adding another volume spacer. Many riders are under the misconception that if their suspension bottoms out it means something is wrong, but this simply isn't the case. After a run on rough terrain you should have used all of your travel - that's what it's there for. The fact that you aren't feeling the shock bottom out means it's working exactly as it should, absorbing impacts without transmitting them to your body. If you had said that the shock was reaching the end of its travel too easily or with a harsh 'clang' I would have recommended slightly increasing the high speed compression damping and possibly raising the air pressure a bit (Cane Creek recommends 17mm of sag), but I don't think that's necessary. Of course, don't be afraid to experiment with different settings - that's the beauty of a shock that's as adjustable as the DBInline, but it's a good idea to jot down your base settings and any changes you make in order keep track of what works and what doesn't. - Mike Kazimer|
Cane Creek's DBInline has a remarkably wide range of damping adjustments, but for the best performance it's important to keep track of the changes you make.
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