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Giant Stance 2020

Giant Stance Review

Price:

£1,449.00 - £1,699.00

Finance from:

£80.50/month (0% APR)

Aluminium frame
130mm Front travel
120mm Rear travel
27.5 or 29er models
Dropper Post on premium models
Sram Eagle Drivetrain

Discipline:

Trail MTB

Weight:

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With 4 models in the range, The Stance represents great value in very capable platform with either 27.5 or 29er wheels.

Updated: 12th Nov 2019

Overview

Giant has completely redesigned the Stance for 2020. There are four models in the range, two 29er's and two 27.5 bikes.

With 130mm of front travel and 120mm rear, the Stance is Giant's entry-level full-suspension bike. In Giants range of bikes it sits below the Trance, and above the Fathom trail hardtail. Each wheel size comes in two flavours, easily named the 1 and the 2. The Stance 1 are the top tier bikes, with RockShox suspension and dropper seatposts, while the Stance 2 have rigid seatposts and SR Suntour suspension. All bikes come with 1x12 Eagle drivetrains.

Giant Stance 2020

Frame

120mm of "Flexpoint" linkage

Giant use their ALUXX grade aluminium for the Stance frame. It uses a four-bar single-pivot linkage that they have labelled as "FlexPoint". Simpler and easier to manufacture than the Maestro linkage seen on the majority of their full-suspension bikes, the FlexPoint set up is still very capable. Both the 27.5 and 29er bikes have  120mm of rear travel, slotting the bike firmly in the Trail bike category. Able to take on a little bit of everything, the Stance is a great introduction to full suspension mountain biking, or even as a first MTB for those wanting the comfort, grip and confidence-inspiring feel of a full suspension set up.

The previous version of the Stance has been around for five years and needed updating, Giant has brought the Stance up to date with the "longer, lower, slacker" treatment making the bike more confident and capable on the trail, it provides a balanced feeling when climbing and descending. Finishing touches include a bottle cage mount, front mech ability, and internal cable routing.

This bike climbs impressively well and the FlexPoint suspension design provides a stable pedaling platform and ground-hugging traction.
outdoorgearlab.com

Giant Stance Geometry(Click to expand)

Giant Stance 27.5 Geometry

 

 

S

M

L

XL

SEAT TUBE LENGTH (mm)

400

431

482

507

SEAT TUBE ANGLE

74.0°

74.0°

74.0°

74.0°

TOP TUBE LENGTH (mm)

585

605

625

645

HEAD TUBE LENGTH (mm)

100

105

130

145

HEAD TUBE ANGLE

67.5°

67.5°

67.5°

67.5°

FORK RAKE (mm)

43

43

43

43

TRAIL (mm)

103.6

103.6

103.6

103.6

WHEELBASE (mm)

1130

1151

1174

1195

CHAIN STAY LENGTH (mm)

435

435

435

435

BOTTOM BRACKET DROP (mm)

20

20

20

20

STACK (mm)

566

571

594

608

REACH (mm)

423

441

455

471

STAND OVER HEIGHT (mm)

703

727

761

774

HANDLEBAR WIDTH (mm)

780

780

780

780

STEM LENGTH (mm)

50

50

60

70

CRANK LENGTH (mm)

170

175

175

175

WHEEL SIZE

27.5"

27.5"

27.5"

27.5"

 

Giant Stance 29er Geometry

 

S

M

L

XL

SEAT TUBE LENGTH (mm)

338

431

482

507

SEAT TUBE ANGLE

75.0°

75.0°

75.0°

75.0°

TOP TUBE LENGTH (mm)

570

593

624

645

HEAD TUBE LENGTH (mm)

100

100

125

140

HEAD TUBE ANGLE

67.5°

67.5°

67.5°

67.5°

FORK RAKE (mm)

51

51

51

51

TRAIL (mm)

100.1

100.1

100.1

100.1

WHEELBASE (mm)

1134

1157

1192

1215

CHAIN STAY LENGTH (mm)

438

438

438

438

BOTTOM BRACKET DROP (mm)

40

40

40

40

STACK (mm)

612

612

635

668

REACH (mm)

406

429

454

471

STAND OVER HEIGHT (mm)

730

734

763

782

HANDLEBAR WIDTH (mm)

780

780

780

780

STEM LENGTH (mm)

50

50

50

50

CRANK LENGTH (mm)

170

170

170

175

WHEEL SIZE

29"

29"

29"

29"


Giant Stance 2020

Suspension

RockShox and SR Suntour

The RockShox Recon sets a new benchmark for value-based performance
mbr.co.uk

Both wheel size versions of the Stance come with 120mm of rear travel and 130mm forks, The Stance 1 and Stance 2 are available with either 27.5" or 29" wheels . The Stance 1 is the higher-spec version of the two using RockShox suspension front and rear. Upfront is the dependable RockShox Recon RL fork that shares a crown and lowers with the well respected Revelation, it has the plush Motion Control damper that features external low-speed compression adjustment from fully open to lock-out. The rear uses the Monarch R shock with adjustable rebound.

The Stance 2 bikes use forks and shocks from SR Suntour. The Raidon fork and shock work perfectly together to give a balanced ride feel. SR Suntour suspension create a great platform for an entry-level full suspension trail bike. Every model and version of the Stance come with air sprung forks and shocks, this means they can be set up easily for different rider weights and riding styles, all that is needed is a shock pump.

Giant Stance 2020

Groupset

SRAM 1x12 Eagle groupsets on every bike

SRAM reshaped modern mountain bike drivetrains with their wide-ranging 1×12 speed Eagle groupsets
bikerumour.com

Only a few years ago 1x12 drivetrains were the reserve of the highest spec bikes. The previous version of the Stance had a 2x10 set-up, so it is great to see Giant are able to give 1x12 on this newest Stance. The SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain uses a 32t front chainring and an 11-50 rear cassette giving a huge gear ratio while offering great chain retention and reduced chain slap.

Brakes are from Shimano, the simple to set up and reliable MT200's are on every bike. Bars and stem are from Giant, short stems and wide 780mm handlebars help confidence and control on the trail. Apart from the suspension, the main difference between Stance 1 and 2 is that the Stance 1 has a dropper seat post. A dropper post has become an essential part of mountain biking, with the press of a lever on the handlebars you can lower the seat while you ride to get it out of the way, allowing you to move your weight back for steep descents. Another press of the button raises the seat allowing you to pedal again with full efficiency.

Giant Stance 2020

Wheels

Both 29" and 27.5" available

As mentioned, the Stance comes in either a 27.5 or 29" wheel version. There is no real right or wrong answer to what wheel size is right for you, though essentially it comes down to how you like the bike to feel on the trail. The larger 29" wheel will suit riders looking for a smooth and composed feel, though some feel the larger wheel has less "fun factor" and are best for long-distance riding on flatter terrain. Some feel that a 27.5" wheel can feel more engaging on the trail than a 29er, the "fun factor" can be higher as the bike can feel like it is interacting more with the trail, it can feel faster as it asks for more rider input, and for some, this is more fun.

The wheelsets themselves are made from Giants own rims and hubs, they are tubeless-ready, strong and fast-rolling. Tyres are from Maxxis on every bike, the 27.5 bikes get wide 2.6" rubber while the 29er bikes have narrower 2.35" tyres, both suit the characteristics of the wheel size well and compliment the balanced suspension platform of the Stance.

Maxxis Forekaster 2.35" tires that come spec'd on the Stance 29 2 are fast-rolling and provide good traction in most situations
outdoorgearlab.com

Giant Stance 2020

Best for

Trail riding

The Giant Stance is a great introduction to the world of full suspension mountain biking. Giant have brought the bike bang up to date, with it's balanced and capable suspension, modern geometry, 1x12 Eagle gearing, and capable components. The Stance is a great all-rounder.

Full suspension can give confidence and comfort to those coming from a hardtail, or to those only just starting to hit the trails. The Stance has the pedigree to stay with you as you progress and learn the skills to ride trail centres and challenges off the beaten path. The Stance represents great value in a fun and modern package.

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