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.