Giant launched the Stance in 2015 with 27.5-inch wheels and a simplified "FlexPoint" single-pivot rear suspension system. It was aimed squarely at trail riders who ranked high on skills but low on funding, and was a hit from its inception. This week, Giant released the new Stance, upgraded with a 29-inch-wheels and numbers that should take this incredibly priced trail shredder to the next level.
Two models are offered that share the same 120-millimeter-travel aluminum chassis and sport 130-millimeter-stroke forks:
The $1750 Stance 29-1 leads off with a 130-millimeter-stroke RockShox Recon RL fork and a Monarch R shock, backed up by a SRAM SX Eagle
• Frame: aluminum
• 29" wheels
• Suspension travel: 120mm rear, 130mm front
• 67.5-degree head angle
• Transmission: SRAM SX Eagle
• Brakes: Shimano M200 series
• Sizes: Sm, med, lg, XL
• MSRP: Stance 29-1 $1750, Stance 29-2 $1500 USD
• Contact: Giant USA
drivetrain. Brakes are Shimano MT 200's and the rest of the bike is filled out with Giant's house brand components, highlighted by the reliable Contact Switch dropper seatpost.
The $1500 Stance 29-2
almost matches its sibling's specifications, but you'll have to buy your own dropper post. Suspension is a 130-millimeter SR Suntour Raidon fork, paired with a Raidon R shock. It shares the same SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain and Shimano brakes, and most of the 29-1's house-brand components.
Judging by their specifications alone, Giant's Stance twins mirror the kind of build we'd expect from any top bike brand - it's solid, but nothing here is going to turn heads. Step back ten feet, though, and the view gets better. The Stance cuts a pro-bike profile, with a just-right, 780-millimeter handlebar width, short stem, a 67.5-degree head angle, and a 75-degree effective seat tube angle. It's the real deal.