If you’re familiar with Giant’s bikes then you’ve likely seen their dual link Maestro suspension layout, but the Stance E+ e-MTB simplifies the design to offer a more affordable platform. Starting at $4,000 USD, the Stance E+ rolls on two 29” wheels and is aimed at less aggressive riding, slotting into their range next to the Trance X E+.
The aluminum frame uses a single-pivot flex-stay Giant calls FlexPoint, a design primarily seen on carbon frames. Compared to its predecessor, the new Stance E+ has boosted motor output and a totally redesigned battery with more juice.
There are also two models that blend a full-suspension hybrid commuter with off-road capabilities. These builds use a mixed-wheeled configuration, integrated accessories, and lower rolling resistance tires.
Giant Stance E+ Details
• Wheel size: 29"
• Alloy frame w/ flex-stays
• Travel: 125mm rear / 140mm fork
• Motor: 85Nm Yamaha SyncDrive Pro2 (select models)
• Battery: 800Wh 22700 cell type (select models)
• 65.5° head tube angle
• Reach: 425, 450, 480, 510mm
• Chainstay length: 468mm
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Pricing: $4,000-5,300 USD / €3,999-5499 EUR
One of the main talking points with the Stance has to be the flex-stay that drives the rocker link to produce 125mm of rear wheel travel that's paired with a 140mm fork. Giant is one of the few companies building an aluminum bike with this suspension design. FlexPoint forgoes their dual-link Maestro design, eliminating hardware and likely reducing manufacturing costs.
Another feature that clearly stands out on the Stance E+ is the improved motor clearance. Giant has also beefed up the rear axle to a 12mm diameter and run the cables inside the downtube giving a sturdier appearance. Adding to the girth of the frame, the recent E-bike oversize head tube standard comes into play with a 1.5-1.8” tapered steer tube while a built-in fork bumper guards the downtube.
Due to the mixed disciplines that the Stance covers, the EX models come stock with accessories like fenders, pannier racks, and a kickstand can be bolted to the specific mounting points. The hybrid EX builds also use a 27.5" rear wheel.Battery and Motor
Yamaha continues to take care of Giant’s motor manufacturing needs with their SyncDrive Pro that gains up to a 400% support ratio. The unit itself weighs 2.5kg and produces 85Nm, 15 more than the previous model.
The battery capacity of the EnergyPak has also been increased substaintially from 500 to 800 Wh in an exclusive design for Giant that uses a 22700 cell type, whereas most other E-bike feature the common 21700 and 18650 type.
As for the connectivity, a RideControl Ergo 2 remote wirelessly connects with the RideControl App and displays on the bar-mounted screen. An integrated fender-mounted tail light connects to the main battery, as well as a bar mounted head light for commuting or night rides.Geometry
Giant has taken the longer, lower, slacker approach and relaxed the head tube angle from 67 to 65.5-degrees and steepened the seat tube angle to 76 degrees. 29” wheels are used throughout all four frame sizes where the reach spans from 425 to 510mm. Out back, the chainstay lengths measures 468mm exclusively, even on the smaller size frames.Models & Pricing
- Huge power assistance and fast rolling tires => sweat less
- Full sus => take forest shortcuts rather than roads
- Cheap alu frame => more robust and less prone to be stolen than carbon
- Included lights and fenders => yes its for commuting, not for bike parks
I would just paint them all to bright color and fix the rack to suspended part of the frame
Roll on Big Wheel
Also, so happy they added the Thru-Headset cable routing... nice way to shit on your design...
Wind screen, hand muffs. Just become the ultimate fred.
My commuter is a 1985-87 hard rock ive made into a 1x9 with x9 sram and avid v brakes. 2.2” slicks. Shes super hipster.
*I've never welded anything in my life but I have watched a lot of welding videos on youtube, so I'm basically an expert.
I mean a random guy in both Asics and his 50's can ride it at 100% of its capabilities.
I know it's not an audi, but if you are honest with your use and skill, do you need more?
'Giant is one of the few companies building an aluminum bike with this suspension design.'
This makes it seem novel... anyway, all good. Cheers and thanks for your great DH bike reviews!
It is what it is...of course if you don't know what is this bike intention you will coment any silly thing.
BTW, panniers and fenders with lights combo, it´s something that get grants from goverment in many countries in Europe.
Enter the flex stay.
Beefed up from what? The non-E Stance, which also has FlexPoint is seems to be ignored here, seemed to have a QR rear axle, but if that's what is meant by "beefed up"... it's not just up sized, it's a different type of axle...
So now internal cables are "sturdier" looking as well as cleaner?
Large, 29 f+r
Also got orange stage 5 at 461mm and thats a joy to ride but i am a tall guy with high bars.
These long stays must be awful if you’re a short or medium size.
The Trance X 27.5 is 145mm rear travel with a 160mm fork.
The new Reign has 160mm rear travel and a 170mm fork.
(Fir sure i thought they should have called that a tranceX at the time. Course i loke the geo on the newer TX!)