For those giant mountain bike fans who have been looking for something a little more than the Trance but not ready to jump right up to the Reign 29" the perfect bike now exists, introducing the 2021 'Giant Trance X'. A 135mm rear travel, 150mm front, trail bike that will be versatile and exciting to ride. So what's got our attention about this new bike? We take a look at some of the details.
The tried and tested 'Maestro' linkage sits proudly on the new Trance X. The Maestro design utilises four pivot points with two links just above the bottom bracket and a rocker driving the shock. The design's been around for some time but has experienced continuous refinement to adapt to modern bikes and trails. This latest version looks great, a clean rocker design to control the 135mm of rear suspension with acute precision for both climbing and descending.
Giant have changed things up on their approach to geometry with the new 'Trance X', introducing a 'flip chip' which allows riders easily to swap between a 'high' and a 'low' setting. The Low setting has a head angle of 65.5 degrees, 40mm bottom bracket drop and chain stay length of 438mm. On the contrary, the 'high' mode gives riders a head angle of 66.2 degrees, 30mm bottom bracket drop and chain stay length of 435mm.
If you're looking to push the bike hard and enjoy those faster, steeper, flat out trails we'd recommend you setup the bike in the 'low' mode for extra stability. The 'high' mode will be best suited to riders who enjoy tighter, technical terrain as it will allow them to turn the bike with greater ease.
Who's It For?
The 'Trance X' presents itself as the do it all bike for Brisbane mountain bike riders. You can pedal around your local trails at Gap Creek, Daisy Hill, etc. with ease while still going hard on the descents. Take it further afield to Mt Joyce or Toowoomba and the 'Trance X' will hold it's own on the more challenging trails. Sure, it would be smoother on a Reign 29" bombing down the rough terrain on 'Black Rock' at Mt Joyce but the 'Trance X' will still be a worthy competitor and make lighter work of the climbs.
Pricing and Availability
In Australia we'll be seeing the Giant Trance X 3 and 2 models. The 3 model features a Sram SX Eagle drivetrain, Rockshox 35 gold forks and Shimano brakes with a RRP of $3,799. Coming in a bit more at RRP $4,499 the 2 model gets an upgraded parts list including Fox 36 Rhythm fork, Shimano SLX 12 speed drivetrain and Shimano MT520 brakes. With such high demand for bikes in Brisbane right now we encourage all riders interested to get in contact with us promptly, limited stock is expected within a week.
Contact us to register your interest now.