Giant Trance 27.5 Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

All new and totally reengineered for the benefits of 27.5-inch wheels, Trance 27.5 is the best of both worlds-light and agile, yet also super stable on the roughest trails. The lightweight, stiff and super-strong ALUXX SL aluminum frame is mated with 140mm of proven Maestro suspension The frame also features Giant’s OverDrive 2 steerer tube technology for stiff, razor sharp handling in the rough stuff. Climbing or descending, there’s no better way to own the trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 07, 2021]
ripndip


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Serving residential and commercial customers alike, his explanation we have a reputation for being able to deliver on a wide variety of needs with optimal quality.

Weakness:

none so far

Purchased:
New  
[Aug 23, 2021]
geebranz


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

Fairly good. Nothing special https://smallbusinessloansbakersfield.com

Weakness:

It's just OKAY

Purchased:
New  
[Dec 30, 2019]
tobytayles


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Got everything you really need in a full squish really. Would have liked maybe boost axles and maybe a fox 34 but cant complain for the price.

Weakness:

Not boost, size of Stanctions on forks

Price Paid:
500
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2016
[Dec 25, 2019]
ojnab1


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

2020 Giant trance 2 4 pot brakes . Fox components.1x12 . Dropper post good bike, but far from perfect.

Weakness:

Zero usefull manuals or documentation. Zero documentation for Fox OEM shock & Fork. OEM Maxxis tyres are hard rubber and dont grip. Dropper post only 100mm drop and wont drop untill you take the weight off it. Brakes are terrible . Brake rotors the cheapest crap . Ive had to replace both tyres, still struggling to get the brakes to work properly.

Price Paid:
2,275
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2020
[Dec 24, 2018]
dee12641


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

2019 Giant Trance 2. Best "do it all" bike ever bought. 30 lbs is light for me. The Shimano SLX package is quiet and responsive. The 1x11 ratio is plenty even for a weak climber..like me. The 30mm inner width rim/tire combo really helps to stay grounded on the climb and blast down on descent. The lockout on front and rear makes it climbs like an XC. Handle bar at 780 feels balance. On the descent, it rides like my 170mm Giant Reign X2, just point and go, very stable on drops, berms and jumps. I've only ridden two rides though, The Luge and Skypark Bike Park. IMO, this feels more like Trail/Enduro with an XC and AM capabilities. I usually upgrade components but stock on the Trance 2 is just simply amazing and will keep it until it breaks. I'm 5'9", 175 lbs the medium is a perfect fit and the cockpit feels just right. Lower TT makes it quick and easy to bail out or step aside.

Weakness:

none so far. Maybe shorter rise stem and 785mm handle bar is needed, if you're a rough rider. Hey afrekey, how did you get yours for $2000? Mine was about $3200 with tax, bought it directly from Giant with financing.

Price Paid:
$2,900
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019
[Dec 08, 2018]
afrekey


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

By far one of the best bikes I’ve purchased in a long time! Handles amazing around tight turns, climbs are smooth, weight is balanced almost perfectly and takes downhills with ease! I bought a XL due to me being 6’4 230lbs. Highly recommend!!

Weakness:

No weaknesses in my opinion

Price Paid:
2000
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019
[Aug 14, 2017]
Funkrodent
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great suspension, plush and ramps up at just the right point. Absolutely dialled geometry, superb at descending steep, technical terrain, whilst being an efficient pedaller and good on the climbs. Fun, pops off jumps and easy to get the front wheel up. Has allowed me to nail descents aht I've struggled with on bigger, slacker bikes.

Weakness:

None really. Can't speak for longevity/reliability

Thought I'd chuck my two penn'orth in here. Firstly want to point out that some comments here are from 2+ years ago. That means they equate to the previous version of the Trance, NOT the 2017 which is very different.

So I bought the Trance 2 in the sales last week. I've previously owned, and ridden extensively, a Turner Flux (2010), a Turner 5.Spot (2009), a Norco Sight (2013), a Vitus Sommet (2015) and a clutch of hardtails incl the 2Souls Quarterhorse which was one of the first 140mm hardcore hardtails.

I live in the NW of England and my regular riding incorporates everything from trail centre reds and blacks to very steep , rocky and rooty (not to mention damp) natural trails in the hills of Derbyshire and the Pennines. Also the occasional trip to the mountains of the Lake District and Snowdonia.

Took the new Trance on one of my local(ish) loops in the Pennines at the weekend. Three hours of properly steep, damp, rocky and rooty (with a fair dollop of mud thrown in) descents and over 800m of climbing. Have to say that the bike was superb. Cleaned stuff easily that I struggled with on the 160mm Sommet, suspension front and back was plush and responsive and didn't bottom out once (I'm 6'4" and weigh in excess of 17 stone/220 pounds) and never felt that the long stem/short bar was an issue. In fact felt just right on the bike, to the extent that my initial plan to swap out bar/stem straight away is now being reconsidered.

The bike climbed very well and pumped superbly. Unless you're hard core racing Enduros and the like , or hucking huge drops to flat on a regular basis, I can't see why you would want/need something bigger. The geometry is nailed, the suspension is superb (reminds me of the Turners, hardly surprising given that the Giant system is allegedly a copy of the DW-Link used by Turner and Ibis amongst others) and the ride is confidence inspiring. The stock Nobby Nics also handled very varied and challenging and slippery conditions without missing a heartbeat.

I picked the 2 up for £1,550 in the sales. Which is just crazy, silly value. I'd suggest that even at £2,399 RRP it represents great value for money. If you get the chance ride it and if you have the money, buy it!

A superb all-round, all-mountain machine that has made me realise what I've been missing all these years..

Similar Products Used:

Turner 5.Spot (2009), Turner Flux (2010), Norco Sight (2013), Vitus Sommet (2015), 2 SoulsQuarterhorse (2013)

[Dec 17, 2016]
Subversive
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Effecient pedaling if you're pedaling is controlled and smooth. Stable and plush while descending.

Weakness:

The Sektor Silver TK fork leaves a lot to be desired in the damper, stock bar was NARROW,
Not tubeless at purchase.

This bike is a good value, effecient pedaling, stable handling, and well spec'd, but a few part swaps were needed to better match the rocky, narrow, technical riding I prefer.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized FSR XC comp, Stumpjumper FSR pro before that

[Jul 19, 2016]
Huat
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great for value at the price point!

Weakness:

long chainstays and a low bottom bracket but you get a stable bike!

A great value bike in stock that doesn't make me the best climber or descender but I do enjoy the range from single track trails to downhill fun! Jack of all trades indeed!

[Jul 30, 2015]
Wagon650B
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

2014 Trance Advanced SX - Climbs great once you change out the cockpit, decends even better. SRAM 1x11 drivetrain works great! Suspension feels good.

Weakness:

Dropper post is terrible, 100mm of drop is a joke. Brakes are noisy and shudder a ton. A 150mm dropper and at least Shimano XT brakes would have been a much better fit, Avid Trail 9 brakes make so much noise. These 2 parts should have never been spec'd on this bike in the first place. The saddle is extremely uncomfortable. Handlebars not wide enough, weird shape too. Spec a 800mm and let people cut them to size.

Bike is very light, pedals very efficiently and descends great too. I'm on a Size XL and feel like Giant did a one-size-fits-all component spec based on a Size Small on this bike. For a bike in this price range, I shouldn't have to change so many parts to make it fit and ride well. Other than all the extra costs to dial it in, it's a great bike. Maybe they should have waited till they made a better dropper post before releasing it... Maybe they can still do a recall on their lame posts? This bike is for those who want a bike that can climb and descend equally well.

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