Giant Trance 2
The Giant Trance 2 mountain bike is great value for money coming in a penny under the two thousand pound mark if you consider the quality of the components fitted to this bike.
Giant use their tried and tested Aluxx sl tubing on the trance which provides a nice lightweight, stiff chassis to build upon. Next up is the Maestro suspension system which gives the bike 140mm of seeming bottomless smooth suspension action, whilst providing a great anti squat platform that launches you up climbs effortlessly.
Suspension damping duties are taken care of courtesy of a Fox float 32 140mm fork that uses the new fit 4 damper and re worked air chamber to keep you front wheel glued to the floor. A 15mm through axel provides the 32mm legs with some added stiffness to keep the fork tracking straight when the going gets rough.
The rear shock on the bike is a Fox float ctd unit but what sets it apart from many other brand is that Giant have chosen to spec the Trance with the “EVOL” air can which increase the negative air pressure in the air chamber. What this translates to out on the trail is a lot suppler feel at the start of the stroke giving more grip. This may not seem like a massive upgrade but to me it shows that giant are looking to provide customer with a great ride quality without them having to upgrade after the have bought the bike. Kudos to giant in my opinion.
The rest of the spec is take care of by Shimano’s ever reliable “SLX” and “DEORE” components which provide seamless shifting between the 20 gears on the bike. Another welcome surprise to the specification is the MRP x2 bottom chain guide and bash guard. With a lot of the UK trail centres being quite rocky and rough the use of the bash guard plate can save your chainset when you don’t see that rock or the drop you roll off has become a little worn out, couple that with the chain guide and the excellent shimano slx shadow + clutch mech you should never drop a chain and you bike run silent.
Giant’s excellent s-xc2 rims and tracker hubs perform flawless and are a decent weight and provide an excellent level of stiffness whilst the Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres will perform well on everything but the sloppiest of trail, (That’s when the Magic Mary comes in).
Overall a great bike for the money. Personally my only grumble is the narrow bars. Giant have put a lot of time and effort to making this a well spec’d bike only to come short by specing 690mm bar. However handle bars are a personal feel and this allows you to customise the bike and give it your own personal touch.
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