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Q: Can I upgrade my 2005 Giant Trance 3 drive train to SRAM X9; do I have to chane the rear derailleur hanger to be able to use SRAM X9 rear derailleur? Thanks.
A: No, you won't need to change your derailleur hanger for X9. In fact, all your drivetrain parts should be interchangeable with Shimano parts assuming you're sticking with the same # of gears in the rear (11spd notwithstanding).

Q: I have got a 2008 one and i find that the sram do not work as good as the normal one

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  • EndoPro
    *****

    Absolute must buy. For those who don't have $5,000 to drop on a new ride, this bike delivers everything the other boutique brands bring, for a fraction of the price.
    Before buying this bike, I test rode a dozen other bikes, and couldn't justify paying twice the price for the "name". It just doesn't make sense.

    Pros
    Light weight, just a hair over 30 lbs with pedals. Very fun and flickable on the trail. Fantastic climber, and very capable descender. Fox Rhythm fork is supple and fun for the price. Fox Evol shock is sufficient for this trail bike. Tires and rims are tubeless ready. 1x11 is excellent. SLX components are also very fun and sufficient. Price of $2,899
    CDN is unbeatable.

    Cons
    Nobby Nic's are a little under gunned for the trails this bike was designed for.

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  • gphilvmi08
    ****

    Overall, this is a great bike. I've done some upgrades to make it better such as a Chromag saddle, new grips, and replaced the Fox Fork with a Rockshox Pike. While this bike was great when I got it, the Pike puts this bike on another level. Additionally, knowing that Giant finally abandoned the Overdrive 2 system on the 2015 models makes me sad I didn't wait for the 2015, but a LBS had a great deal on this bike and I couldn't pass it up.

    Pros
    Maestro suspension is great and there are some great components on this bike.

    Cons
    -The Giant Switch dropper seatpost can be inconsistent.
    -The grips didn't last very long.
    -The biggest gripe is the Overdrive 2 system that means replacing the upper headset and stem if you change out the fork AND that fork is pretty much unsaleable unless someone else has a Giant bike.

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  • roadandmud
    ****

    I would definitely buy another Trance.

    Pros
    Had the bike for about 7 years now. Like the way it climbs and descends. The rear suspension does a great job maintaining traction while climbing over roots and rocks. Unless I am riding over ground that resembles pavement, I always leave the suspension unlocked. The bike does a great job in mud and snow. I am using Kenda 2.1 front tire iand 2.5 Kenda in the rear

    Cons
    replaced the pivots on the rear because the suspension was getting sloppy. Didn't feel much different with the new parts. The bike shop said I stretched out the aluminum on the frame that the pivot hardware attaches to.
    Another issue is that under certain conditions, mud or snow can load up in the frame around the back tire and stop the wheel from turning until you clear it out. Here is a video showing the build up

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYimk86GvmI&list=UUH5fyH-wSAKHPnNszQm41Kw

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  • cgreen5150
    *****

    If your looking for a great all mountain bike that can do everything well, climb, descend, corner and roll, this is your bike. Too much fun!!

    Pros
    Killer suspension Quick AND Fast Great components for the price.

    Cons
    Tires don't look that aggressive for mud but haven't had anything but dry here in Cali so far and they have performed well. We'll see...

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  • SpecialEd28
    ****

    Great Bike!

    Pros
    Not bad. The price you pay for is very good for duel suspension.

    Cons
    Make sure you don't get sticks caught up in the derailer! Or you will be walking back to the trailhead

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  • jbelmont
    Reviewing Giant Trance 1:
    *****

    Awesome XC bike. Feels like a longer traveled bike when riding. Bottomless feel to the rear end.

    Pros
    Great suspension design. Strong flex free rear end.

    Cons
    Shimano components were troublesome. Specifically the rear derailleur.

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  • Corey Maddocks
    Reviewing Giant Trance 1:
    *****

    I got this as a 2006 frame with RP3 shock and built it up myself with a Marzocchi fork and a mix of Race Face, XT and XTR components. One decision I am very happy with is getting top notch hydraulic disc brakes, as this bike will fly on technical downhill, and you will need massive the stopping power!
    The frame geometry creates some challenges for adjusting as mentioned above, but once you get used it, it's tolerable. The flipside is that the squat suspension is very stable through the technical stuff. I've re-ridden two trails so far that I had previously done on my hardtail and it's like they are completely different trails!
    As for the suspension popping out of propedal, I have only seen this when I attempted to engage the stiffest setting, but missed and pushed the lever too far into the "neutral space" around the top. According to the Fox manual, this no-man's land is equivalent to the softest setting, and won't hurt the shock at all.
    Just make sure you fully engage the setting you want, and it WILL stay there.

    Pros
    The low center of gravity makes this bike very stable over all kinds of terrain, and especially on switchbacks. This is my first full suspension, and it handles technical singletrack like a dream, but also climbs like a mountain goat.
    Once I got the suspension dialed in, I can force a slight pedal bob when mashing the pedals hard while seated, but out of the saddle pedaling has zero bob, yet the rear suspension keeps the rear wheel glued to the ground over bumps and uneven trail surfaces. Propedal FTW!

    Cons
    It's a little heavy (28 lbs for a small) but I got thornproof tubes with puncture sealant by mistake that are ridiculously heavy and stiff; I will be swapping those out.
    Also, I am a clyde so I got WTB freeride rims that should never give me structural problems, but they are not as light as some of the XC rims that are out there.
    If I swapped out the tubes and rims, I could get it down to about 26 lbs, which is actually quite respectable for a bike this capable.
    The bottle cage lacks space for a full sized 24oz water bottle.
    the suspension propedal adjuster is VERY hard to reach while riding.
    The front derailleur is hard to reach for adjusting, and there is not a lot of room for installing it, finding one that fits can be challenging. (Hint: Shimano FD-M750 or FD-M760 are your best bet) The newer Trance has moved the rear shock and eliminated this issue.

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  • anastasia
    Reviewing Giant Trance 2:
    *****

    Very nice bike fore the money. If you find one of the 08s in the LBS, for the right price.. get it.. you'll love it..

    Pros
    Almost everything. The setup is nice and the bike rides great. A lot of bike for the money with decent parts.

    Cons
    I changed out the front tire to a Kenda Nevagal. The bike came with Kenda Komoto's but the front was to loose for me on our trails. I also added the SPD pedals for good measure..

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  • CB-Frederick
    *****

    This is a great bike for the price and compares well with more expensive brands.

    Pros
    Extremely well built, Giant manufactures bikes for other brands including Specialized. Suspension absorbs trail impact well. Smooth shifting. Brakes extremely well.

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  • besco
    Reviewing Giant Trance 2:
    *****

    recommend this bike to anyone who is beginning and wants a bike that can take it while you grow in the sport.

    Pros
    The maestro suspension is amazing a rooty uphill is a joke on this bike. Extremely well built nothing has loosened up and the bike actually rides better the more you ride it. fast and surprisingly nimble for a large frame dual suspension bike.

    Cons
    Nothing, I changed the seat because the speed that is stock was not comfortable to me. I also changed the grips and added SPD pedals.

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  • kashmore
    Reviewing Giant Trance 1:
    ****

    Best bang for the buck in FS All mountain bikes, and best suspension. If you don't mind buying overseas-made bikes, you can't get any better value.

    Pros
    Great balanced travel bike. I have a Trance Frameset custom build. The Trance 1 is the closest spec build to what I have set up. I have carbon FSA crankset, and an Manitou R7 Super 100mm with lockout. I have built up this bike at 28lbs race weight. Great XC machine that can do it all. Allthough heavier than a Cannandale Scalpel XC race machine, this bike can be used in amateur races and the long 4+ hour fun rides. I have raced this bike in Expert XC and placed top five (and I'm more of a roadie these days).

    Cons
    Weight. THe new 2008 model has shaved a little weight, but it won't be much. FOX RP3 rear shock pops out of platform setting at first large bump hit. In order to keep it in "race" mode (platform), you have to lock it in place with a set screw. If you like to be able to use both during one ride, its frustrating. I keep it in platform mode, and it still feels plush enough for me. Made overseas. Who knows what kind of human and environmental conditions Giant uses to build these bikes.

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