March 26, 2016
2016 Giant Trance 27.5 2
Bang for the buck
Descends very well
Good modulation on the brake, plenty of power
Easy to setup tubeless with gorilla tape and tubeless valves.
No through axle on rear end.
2x10 drive train, would expect a 1x11 at this price point and model year, however this drive train shifts quick and is smooth. Don't let this be a big detractor.
Coming from a entry level hard tail with a TK 30 gold front fork, this bike is amazing. Climbs just as good as my previous HT. Suspension set in open on the descents just eats up the rocks and rough ST. Handled a nice wide double jump at speed and a 5-6 ft drop off a rather large rock. If you are not wanting to drop a ton of cash on a bike, this is the one for you. If you are worried that the components at this price point are not up to snuff, you can always get an XT group set for about $430 but I really don't see the need as this bike simply performs with the SLX and Deore spec'd components it comes stock. Don't think that the fox 32 fork is wimpy and not stiff, it handles the rough stuff very well. The new fit 4 dampers perform exceptionally well.