Updated: 23rd November 2016
Confident, quick and efficient. The Giant Trance is a very capable full suspension mountain bike that is ideal for trail centre loops and is lightweight enough for cross country adventures. Redesigned for 2017 the Trance is now more effective then ever and all models feature 27.5” wheels with 150mm of suspension travel up front with 140mm on the rear. Updated geometry offers more accomplished handling in technical terrain while Boost hub spacing adds stiffness to the wheels.
This Giant Trance review includes the four alloy framed Trance models (4, 3, 2, 1) as well as the three carbon framed Trance Advanced models (2, 1, 0). You get the same dialled trail geometry on each of the seven models in the range and they all offer the proficient handling you need to take on challenging trail sections, both uphill and down.
Key to the Giant Trance’s improved performance is the new Advanced Forged carbon rocker link that is found on both the Trance and Trance Advanced models. This features a new Trunnion shock mount that allows for a longer stroke shock for improved rear wheel grip. A 67 degree head angle, combined with a longer top tube and lower bottom bracket height, offers improved stability at speed, while shorter chainstays offer nimble handling in the tight.
The Trance 4, 3 and 2 models are all built around an ALUXX-Grade aluminium alloy mainframe while the Trance 1 features a lighter weight ALUXX-SL grade alloy frame. An ALUXX-SL frameset, with Rock Shox Super Deluxe shock, is also available. All three Trance Advanced models feature the same Advanced-Grade carbon composite main frame.
With the adjustments to its geometry and the new suspension tweaks, this new Trance gets us even closer to that perfect do-it-all trail machine.Bike Radar
The tried and tested Maestro suspension system offers control, traction, comfort and speed alongside efficient pedalling. Absorbing everything from high-frequency trail vibrations to heavy-hitting compressions the suspension remains fully active even while pedalling and braking.
Offering fully active rear suspension, the Maestro system gives you 140mm of rear wheel travel that keeps on working effectively even while you are pedalling and braking. This means that you can climb efficiently over the roughest terrain and pin it through rock gardens, safe in the knowledge that the suspension is working effectively without compromising efficiency.
Up front you get a little extra suspension travel which increases the Trance’s big hit ability while retaining its climbing prowess. The shock and fork on each bike is provided by the same manufacturer for a well-balanced suspension feel. Apart from the Suntour shocks on the entry level Trance 4, you get either Fox (Trance 2 & 1), Trance Advanced 1) or RockShox (Trance 3, Trance Advanced 2 & 0) suspension.
You get a wide range of gears on all the Giant Trance models - ideal for taking on all the varied gradients on your mountain bike loop. Most models feature a ‘one by’ drivetrain – with a single ring up front combined with a very wide range cassette – that offers easy gear shifting alongside great chain retention when riding over the rough. The Trance 4 and 5 feature a more affordable groupset with a double ring up front, which offers a similarly wide range of gears but with slightly less shifting convenience.
The top-of-the-range Trance Advanced 0 features the SRAM XO1 Eagle 12 speed drivetrain which offers by far the wideset range of gears. You also get a SRAM 1x11 speed groupset on the Trance Advanced 2 while the rest get Shimano 1x11 or 2x9/10 speed groupsets. All models feature powerful hydraulic disc brakes.
The predominantly ‘one by’ drivetrains offer easy, reliable shifting with a wide range of gears. Combined with powerful hydraulic disc brakes you get confident speed control with efficient climbing abilities.
Superlight, stiff and fast. Giant WheelSystems are engineered to optimize weight & stiffness and produce maximum power transfer.
Combining rapid rolling with nimble handling on technical terrain you get 27.5” wheels on all Trance models. Giant design and build their wheels in house and each component is designed to work together as part of a whole wheel system to deliver best-in-class performance.
The Trance Advanced models, along with the Trance 1, all feature TRX wheels with carbon composite rims which are stiff and strong as well as being lightweight. The other models feature Giant XC wheels for capable performance on challenging trails. Boost hub spacing on all models means that the wheels are all stiffer than those found on last year’s bikes for improved control.
With 150/140mm of full suspension travel the Giant Trance and Trance Advanced hit the sweet spot for UK trail centre riding. All models are lightweight enough for all-day pedalling and capable enough for the most challenging trail centre descents. While the shorter travel Giant Anthem is a faster XC bike the Trance is lightweight enough for efficient cross country adventures. Competent riders will have no problem tackling more technical enduro trails on the Trance.
The Trance 4 & 3 are ideal entry level trail bikes for those just getting into the sport while the Trance 2 offers incredible value for the performance offered. The Trance 1 and Trance Advanced models utilize carbon fibre technology - to improve handling and reduce weight - delivering the performance that true enthusiasts will relish. At the top of the range is the Trance Advanced 0 which offers the ultimate in all-round trail capabilities.