Giant has an all-new carbon version of their trail bike out, the Trance X Advanced Pro 29. The new trail bike has more travel, revised geometry, and the full-carbon frame is sitting on 29-inch wheels.
The Trance X Advanced now has 135mm of rear travel with a 150mm fork up front. Giant is still using its Maestro suspension linkage design, utilizing four pivot points. On the new Trance, Giant says that this helps them get an active suspension feel with pedaling efficiency and suspension that is independent under hard braking forces, allowing for better traction.
The Trance X Advanced Pro 29 comes in four sizes, S-XL. Geometry starts with a 77.2° seat tube angle, a 66.5° head tube angle, a 1205mm wheelbase (size M), 456mm of reach, and 438mm chainstays. These measurements all reflect the bike in its low-position, as there is a flip-chip that can steepen the measurements.
The carbon versions of the Trance X Advanced Pro 29 start at $4,300. At that price point buyers get a Rock Shox Pike Select, and a Rock Shox Deluxe Select+ rear shock, with a mostly SRAM NX drivetrain. There are two other price points and the top-shelf model includes Fox Live Valve components for $8,500. A frameset sells for $3,000.
The aluminum models, recently released as well, seem to offer a great value. The Trance X 29 2 has an aluminum frame, with Fox suspension, and Shimano SLX components for $3,000. Check out more information on the Giant website.