Giant's Trance X takes their current Trance platform and adds more travel, bringing the rear up to 135mm paired with a 150mm fork. The aluminium trail bike also now includes geometry adjustability, something not so often seen with Giant bikes. A small flip chip on the rear of the rocker link gives the bike two settings for the rider to adjust based on their terrain and riding preference.
Aluminium with composite rocker linkWheel Size:
150mmHead Tube Angle:
426mm - 510mm (low)Sizes:
S, M, L, XLPrice:
From $3,199 CAD or $2,300 USDMore info: giant-bicycles.com
The Trance X 29 uses Giant's Maestro suspension system that uses two short links, one over the bottom bracket and a rocker link mounted on the seat tube. Tucked in at the back of the link is now a small flip chip that offers two settings, low and high, to the geometry. Giant claims that the low is best suited to steeper or faster terrain, with the slacker head angle and lower bottom bracket bringing more stability into the package.
The high is then said to be better for slower speed and more technical trails. The steeper head angle quickens up the steering and the raised bottom bracket gives more ground clearance when pedalling. The steepened seat tube angles also give a more upright pedalling position.
The Trance X comes in four sizes ranging from a 426mm reach up to 510mm, in the low chip position. In the high position the reach grows by around 8 - 9mm depending on the frame size and the BB gets 10mm higher, also changing the stack and standover of the bike. Head angle is 65.5° in the low setting and 66.2° in the high and the chainstay is 8mm longer, at 438mm, in the low position than high.
S and M sizes have 40mm stems, with L and XL having 50mm. The S size also uses shorter 165mm cranks, with the rest of the sizes using 170mm. Giant also deliver all their bikes tubeless ready, with only the sealant needing to be squirted into the tyre before riding.
Three models are available in the Trance X 29 range:
Unfortunately, the top tier Trance X 29 1 is not available in the US or Canada.
Giant also sorely needs to get it's act together with marketing and presence.
If you're looking for an entry level bike giant is okay but if you have money to spend there are a lot better bikes out there.
Like what bikes in this price range are a huge improvement?
Have you ridden a maestro suspension?
Bicycle certification laws in comparison are so much simpler and more globally similar that bicycle companies can't use this excuse.
My last two bikes have been a reign 27.5 and more recently the reign 29 with the fox performance suspension.
I'm currently riding a 2020 specialized enduro comp, which costs less, has far worse components and is heavier.
It descends about 10x better and climbs a little better, too.
I understand why people would take to my comment negatively but it doesn't make it untrue.
I was originally sold on giant because of how inexpensive their builds are, but after riding other bikes it kinda makes sense.
I'm not saying all of the more "premium" bike brands are worth their prices, but with giant what you save is usually from the lack of RnD
Well for the same price as a higher spec reign 29, you could get a lower spec slayer, enduro, capra or many others.
I mention those bikes specifically because I've been able to ride them (not own, however) and I'd take a lower spec model of any of those over a giant any day. I find the maestro is the worst climbing platform I've ever encountered, and when it comes to descending it's borderline unrideable without a coil. The linkage of the enduro (running a much worse shock) is 10x the climbing platform and unimaginably better in the descents.
I don't hate giants, if you're a beginner/intermediate rider and you have 3-4k to spend I don't think you can go wrong with giant. If you're an advanced rider who's willing to spend 5k+ I think you have much better options.
I agree, my aluminum reign 27.5 frame lasted me 3 years of abuse, outlasting every single component on the bike.
However, after replacing everything after it broke (the only parts that lasted were the dropper, bb and brakes) and completely overhauling the rims, drivetrain and upgrading the suspension it still rode worse than cheaper bikes my friends had.
The frame was absolutely bulletproof, though. I flatlanded a jump so hard I had bent my cranks and pedals yet the frame sustained no damage.
@giantbicycles any consideration for a returning applicant? LOL
His name and sponsor is right there at the front of our minds, bet collectively we couldn't recall the names of the 10 riders ranked around him or their sponsors...
I may sell my bike now as this new bike is the type of bike I am looking at now. Had a look at a Yeti SB 130 in a shop in Launceston yesterday. Looks great and the guy in the shop said he rides one and I would never regret buying it. But at $11,500 AUD (US $8,500) I just can't talk myself into it.
Check out the amarok aswell.
Well gee whiz, companies that are payed to review products might not want to outright say negative things about a product to damage company relations?
I'm sure your mom would be proud of you if you were smart enough to figure that one out.
Giant:Kawasaki- Makes objectively good bikes, but is a huge industrial concern for whom making bikes is a bit of an afterthought. Can make the occasional banger when they really try.
Trek:Honda- History of cool bikes and innovation, but have gotten a little stale. Ooze with quality and still make cohesive bikes that really work.
Specialized:Yamaha- Mainstream brand that's not afraid to try stuff, while maintaining a high level of quality. More hits than misses, and the bikes just work.
Cannondale:Suzuki- past greatness, but now just kind of washed up and stale. Can still make good bikes, but can't seem to come up with a proper hit, breakout product.
Oh and their road bikes are pretty top notch
Instead, they had launched the 29 trance and all the 27.5 got was a parts and colour refresh, like it did every other year.
27.5 is fast becoming niche which isn’t the business of a big brand like Giant. They do big volume of established, low risk trends.
I love Giant as you know whatever you’re buying from them is current, reliable and damn good value for money, but I wouldn’t expect them to invest further in 27.5.
Maybe when mullets are established they’ll get in on that.
As @artistformlyknowasdan comments "giant inseem required". I would only buy a Giant if I was 180cm tall on a medium or 188cm on a large. www.giant-bicycles.com/ca/reign-sx-29 for size reference chart. I'm 5'9" = 175cm and the medium Reigns and Trances feel way too big. Going from a 27.5 to the 29 AF already feels like getting a big bike and I bought medium when I fit either M or L.
I recall you really liked the older model
Same as Specialized and Trek who are waaay Overpriced, comparatively.
15kg for a medium. Although they mention the wheels are heavy
If you can say that DVO is *arguably* better than Fox, then they must be pretty close in terms of performance. If that's the case, your spending $1k more for a house brand alu wheels/hubs.
Oh, so they really only have 2 mountain bikes in stock then.
Awesome News about the 2021 Reign,
At least Giant paid attention to the coming and existing trends with the long travel enduro 29 category... ????
Actually, I suggest you check again...
the new 2021 Giant Stock on the Giant-bicycles.com/us clearly shows that the Reign 29 bikes haven't changed and all three Reigns available all come with the 146mm rear travel and 160-170 front travel as they did with the 2020 stock, so unless you made one huge typo or released pressure in your rear shock there hasn't been a 141mm rear travel reign in 29 made available, Lmao...
Must have been thinking about my 2019 27.5 which had more rear.
Have you ridden one yet? My 2020 feels like it has more travel than the 2019 did.
They both have replaced my 200mm Glory.
Super capable bikes
Yip, I've ridden one, the silver shiny finish lowest 2020 model, hundred percent agree they are super capable, fast straight liners, loads of grip and control, definitely a confidence inspiring bike... but being me, a 150 minimum is what I do go for if its gonna fall into enduro bike category.
Hate to rant, but I think Giant is so close to nailing the modern aggressive trail bike, Maestro is such a great pedaling platform, but the geo arms race is undermining what this bike could be.
Considering people used to always say, "just ram the seat forwards on the rails" when others would complain about slack STA, I suggest if you otherwise really like this bike that you could just ram the seat backwards to try to achieve your perfect seated position.
As far as reviewers, I'd like to see them take out a tape measure and angle finder more often.
I suspect Giant may be losing out in the marketing department more so than the geometry department.
Re: the normal trance - between that, this, and the reign, there's 3 29ers with 10-ish mm jumps in the lineup. Realistically, you can ride them up, down, and around very similar terrain. Almost seems like the OG trance 29er needs some lighter duty suspension, and the reign needed more travel to begin with.
Giant has always lost out in the marketing department. Whether it was backing the wrong horse (27.5), failing to advertise their warranties for being as good as they are, or hemorrhaging money into Liv product...it's always been a hot mess.
I agree. I heard of a certain company changing the HA of their bike from 68 to 67 and finally 66 in each seasons new geometry chart, but in reality nothing was modified. They were a smaller company with a carbon mold and definitely weren’t making a new one each season.
My rant - Giant bikes look the same because they have a great platform with an efficient design and integrated vertical manufacturing process that works. Adjusting a jig and setting up the QA/QC is relatively simple.
In the early days you could ID other brands who were being made by Giant for them, these days it isn't so easy, but they are still there.
If you want the best value for your dollar, Giant is the way to go.
My only complaint about Giant is that you can't get touch up paint from them. Otherwise, they stand behind their product and their products work very well.
Ya might be complaining about the wrong brand here.
also, here's a tip: you're using commas wrong, learn grammar.