Giant Trance Mountain Bike Review

4.82 out of 5
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Giant Trance X1
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October 30, 2017
Model/Year: 2018 Giant Trance 3

Pros: Frame Geomtry feels great. Comes Stock with a dropper post and Maxxis 2.4" Tubeless High Rollers 2. MSRP is $2300 for 2018 Trance 3. 2.6" tubeless ready tires can be installed. Rear derailuer does have a clutch which is nice. Trance 3 comes with a Stock front fender that bolts to the front fork. For the price I paid, there is room to upgrade components which I will do a little at a time but for now will ride the Bike as it came Stock and it got me out on a FS bike riding some more aggressive terrain. It's an affordable way to get on a FS bike without braking the bank.

Cons: Would be nice to have a lockout on the rear suspension for climbing hills but at this price point, the Rockshox Deluxe R works fine for the trails/terrain I ride. I do suggest swapping out the front tire for a 2.6". Save the 2.4" for a rear replacement. That's my first upgrade to do. But I prefer running wider tires as I also ride a Scott Fat Jon and like the feel of wider tires.

Recommendation: At $2300 MSRP, you get what you pay for. Ride the bike Stock to start and upgrade components if they brake or the mood suits you. I also test rode the Trance Advanced but at $4k was out of my price range. But you can feel a difference between the Trance Advanced and Trance 3 especially climbing hills. I think swapping out components over time will help with some of this but also just getting my endurance levels up. I'm a believer in improving the "motor" first. The Bike second:

June 4, 2016
Model/Year: 2015 trance 27.5.2

Pros: multi use, holds up to my abuse,

Cons: I have found no issues

Recommendation: would recommend to anyone who wanted a multi use bike, that didn't cost the price of a new car

May 19, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: value

Recommendation: Trance X2 29er review

Best buy out there IMO, great performing bike that rides like a dream. Left me money in my pocket for other things which is always a plus. No regrets. Wheels could be a bit lighter but for only $2k, you have to scrimp somewhere.

March 16, 2014
Pros: an excellent bike for the price. the a great on cross country trails it handles super fast and smooth

Cons: the handlebars a bit wider than I'm used to. on technical courses a bit sluggish.

Recommendation: overall I love this bike is an awesome bike to own.

January 7, 2014
Model/Year: 2009 Trance X3

Pros: Love it

Recommendation: Swap the tires for different terrain. 2.35 kenda nevegal & 2.2 forte tsali

December 27, 2013
Pros: Great buy for the money, quality components, light and sturdy aluminum frame, bar is plenty wide for tuning. Suspension is super efficient and tough. I lose much less torque to pedaling then my old bike.

Cons: No through axel on the rear, paint is easily scratched, inner chainring rubbed frame before modifying.

Recommendation: Overall after 500 miles and half a season I love this bike. I went from a full suspension top line Fuji Outland Pro to this and I've never looked back. I did fold the cassette after 250miles and pop the front bake lever piston rod out but they were quickly replaced and upgraded. The bars were too wide resulting in some tree collision wrecks due to me being not used to width. The bike is very agile and responds well. Unless you are planning on dropping $3500 you will be hard pressed to find a bike to compete with this one.

December 12, 2013
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Great frame and suspension. Rolls really well and still corners like a trance.

Cons: Get rid of the brakes and the seat. I swapped out for a WTB to seat and some Hope M4 brakes. Now it is almost perfect.

Recommendation: Get a great bike that has handled xc riding like a lightweight and the Downieville downhill like a pro (with me riding maybe quasi-semi-kinda-pro.

November 21, 2013
Pros: Great design, equipment package, rolls effortlessly, maestro suspension

Cons: Not sure about the dropper post

Recommendation: I bought the 2013 Trance X 29er 0. Fantastic bike! Fast, compliant, sure footed. This bike is great!

September 28, 2013
Pros: Handles everything the mountain can throw at you with ease

Cons: Brakes get a little spongy

Recommendation: Awesome well rounded bike that will take up, down and around.

December 11, 2012
Model/Year: 2009

Pros: Full suspension, light frame, strong, quality build, stays planted when suspension is properly set up.

Cons: Play in the rear bearings for the shock means replacing the ENTIRE suspension pieces. Kind of overkill if you ask me.

Recommendation: As my first foray into the full suspension mountain bike world, I could not have asked for a better piece of kit. Mine was modified from stock, with a larger fork, upgraded crankset, and a few other bits and bobs, but all told, I think I would have chosen this bike from the start. It has been a blast to ride on the trails and I'm REALLY looking forward to putting some miles on it next year.