Giant Bikes chose the second edition of the Eurobike Media Days in Kirchberg in Tirol to introduce a number of new bikes including the long-awaited Trance. The Media Days are a new event that gives journalists a chance to check out and ride some of the freshest new model year bikes on Austrian dirt before the main Eurobike event in August.
The Trance has been a staple of the Giant MTB range for years. The 140mm travel trail bike sees a number of updates for 2017 and beyond, metric shocks make an appearance and the common 'longer, lower and slacker theme holds sway here as well. The effective top tubes on all frame sizes have grown by 10mm, bottom brackets have been lowered by 5mm and chainstays have been shortened 5mm, compared to its predecessor.
• 27.5" wheels
• 140mm travel, Trunnion mount shock
• Internal cable routing
• Boost spacing front and rear
• 92mm Powercore B.B.
• 6 models; two Advanced Carbon and four alloy models
• Available September 2016
• S, M, L, XL
• MSRP: Approx. €1800 - €6500 TBC
This black and blue beauty that is featured here is the flagship Trance Advanced model which will drop in September for around €6500 (price TBC
). A brace of Advanced models use carbon front ends and rocker links, mated with an alloy swingarm. There will be four models of alloy-framed bikes kicking off around the €1800 mark.
Gone are the more XC-orientated standard Trances and the more aggressively-specced Trance X bikes of the past. Instead, the all new Trance models are equipped with 150mm travel forks and chunkier rubber for the modern trail rider. The new Trance has a removable front derailleur mount and is ISCG 05 compatible.
Cable routing is nearly entirely internal except the brake line running along the chainstay. Thankfully, integrated downtube and chainstay protection is the norm on most bikes. No longer will we see meters of ungodly inner tubes carelessly wrapped around stays in the name of silence and safety.
Giant's own branded componentry is heavily featured in the cockpit, the 125mm dropper post, and their new TRX composite wheel system.
I for one know that my wife has far better taste (in most things) than I do (except for scotch, beer and of course, choices of spouse).
You're advocating WOMEN deciding color schemes on men's mountain bikes?
No offense intended, but you're either one of 'em, or have been letting your wife DRESS YOU
for FAR too long.
Santa Cruz's color schemes aside, I've had ZERO problems finding a color I like, on a bike I like,
with NO help from anyone with a split tail(as my D.S. used to call 'em)
I mean DAY-UM.. Bruce Jenner liked what women like as well, and look what happened to him
At least you'll get the better colors
Conversely, some women have a great eye for design and colour selection, think D. Versace, Diane von Furstenberg and Karan.
My point is that style and taste are not segregated to a gender, however close-minded, thoughtless comments such as yours are almost always the product of ignorant small minds.
The XTC+ looks appealing.
RE: shorter stem, a better handling bike is a better handling bike regardless of whatever discipline it's intended.
.........could be my new '17 bike im thinking. Now to convince my beautiful wife ( shameless i know)
But oh my god that Trance is beautiful. That new linkage is a work of art.. and if this is anything to go by, the Reigns should be just as nice... This might be the year that actually makes me want to move on from the Orange beast! :'(
upper links must be one piece
@StupidFastRebound i would at the very least take the rear triangle off and check the smoothness of the bearings if you've never done so before. i'll probably check them every year and if they're fine, replace them every 2 years just to keep ahead of things
If they're designed to do it why are we bothering with Boost?
So nice to see Women specific bikes created by Women and not just a shrink and pink approach.
i could put a boxxer on an intrigue and it wouldnt be a 200mm travel bike, itd still be 140mm
its not hard to understand.
Headset and BB creaks can be delt with but top tubes :S
But yes, take it to a shop to get checked out, you don't want it to separate mid jump or something!
I happen to think the Trance was long enough as well. Maybe getting the 10mm off the chainstays and add them to top tube was fine to keep the long wheelbase in check but now the bike is 5mm even longer.
It's not wider than an 83mm threaded bb either since that doesn't include the external cups and if you include the external cups of a 83mm bb it comes to like 103mm wide where as a bb92 is actually 92mm wide.
So this will fit all your 68/73mm wide, 24mm spindle cranksets and most 30mm spindle (raceface,e13 etc... but not bb30) cranks with the right bearing cups/axle lengths.
It's not perfect but isn't new, they still use a shell diameter which is undersized for 30mm spindles.
Personally I won't buy a bike with a press fit BB unless I can retro-fit something like the praxis conversion BB and for BB92 that isn't an option.
The problem is, they only make them for 24mm or GXP spindle cranks. Which is becoming increasingly more of a pain, as all the new crankset hotness is coming in 30mm.
but if you're OK with Shimano or SRAM cranks, you're fine.
Pressfit does kind of make sense in a carbon frame since you'd have to bond an alloy sleeve into the carbon frame for the bb to then screw into negating the benefit and bringing prices up. Even then external threaded BBs are a bodge anyway since the bearings are only on the outside since they wouldn't fit in the shell.
The industry is improving with BB creaks with improved tolerances and BBs like the praxis and the Hope ones but each creaky BB is it's own problem and the best thing to do is find a good mechanic who knows what they're doing. We've been using copaslip on carbon frames and haven't had reports of creaky BBs.
And @groghunter i completely agree, the BB standard that makes most sense is BB386EVO Which is the bb92 width but with larger bearings for 30mm spindles (will also fit 24mm spindles)
Pretty sure Wheels MFG makes one too, can't remember for Hope. I think Rotor makes some thread togethers as well.
Wheels MFG is usually the best bet for Americans, Praxis is a little more expensive due to coming from the UK(& Hope just prices their stuff higher than the other two, period.)
Be carefull ordering Wheels MFG stuff from Amazon or ebay though, as there is a lot of counterfeiting going on with their stuff. One dead giveaway is if it comes in colors: Wheels only makes black & red, everything else is counterfeit. that doesn't mean the black & red ones are genuine, though.
BMX bikes for years had old school press-fit and made noises constantly. They have pretty much all moved to threaded now. MTB companies are going the opposite direction for $$ reasons. The sales pitch is more surface area to work with externally. Fine, but that can be accomplished and still have threaded interface of some dimension
But I don't agree that it's just an industry plot, that is bollocks. In certain instances (like my current bike) they allow designers to have more freedom with chainstay/linkage design.
TOTALLY dig the XC race bike with big plus tires, that seems awesome! Buy some 29er RACE wheels, but keep the plus wheels for the trails...
Nice to see that the chain stays will be shorter than my V10s now :p
(Joke: I know it will never be)
Will Giant be making this newer style rocker link as an upgrade for the previous generation Trances?
New rocker link and a new Metric shock. I wonder if it would be a noticeable performance upgrade?
Last year's blue carbon Reign looks way better too
Don't be fooled by Giants ridiculous hype people.
Pretty sure it was the new scott
Also, you should run back to your bridge, I think I hear some billy goats trying to cross it.
buuuuut: the fact they're making DRCV monarchs rather than DRCV deluxes probably isn't a great sign.
The conversation was not only about Trunion mounts. I too am curious to know how much the Trunion mount impacts performance.
Not based on skill or speed but they're generally a lot lighter, hence suspension isn't put under as much force as a larger/heavier counterpart that is quite possibly riding more aggressively.
Seems it's more marketing trying to sell people things they don't need...maybe?? Eh, I don't know. If it gets more ladies out riding then it's all good!
Turns out that you can tune the pressure not just for a riders weight, but also riding style. She's a more "off-the-back" kinda rider than I am, so she runs the fork very soft (I can nearly bottom it just pushing down on it), but she runs the shock stiffer than recommended for her weight. I suspect that's common with riders that have less upper body strength compared to in their legs, which leaves me thinking that they might be better served by MORE travel up front to compensate for that.
Would you pay the extra 1k premium on that Advanced 0 if it had name brand components on it?
Why spec more expensive components to the detriment of your RRP when the most commonly replaced pieces on the bike by the end user are the bars, stem, seat and grips?
Have you ridden any of the latest Giant composite wheels? And the latest Giant dropper is the most reliable on new bikes in the past 12 months. Not to mention best aftermarket value.
Giant dropped OD2 a couple of years ago, I doubt they brought it back.
Perhaps this will illustrate the point... In the future there will eventually be another shock standard. It will likely also have specifications rounded to whole numbers of metric units. What do we call that new standard then? It will be equally "metric". That's my point, a different term would have been better.