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Giant Trance 29 Advanced Pro 2019

Giant Trance Review


£1,899.00- £6,999.00

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  • Fantastic Maestro suspension
  • Alloy and carbon frame options
  • 29" and 27.5" Wheeled bikes
  • Fewer 27.5" wheeled bikes for 2019
  • Limited models compared to competitors
  • Limited colour options


Trail Mountain Bike


Trail and enduro riding


13.8Kg (30lbs)*

The Giant Trance sets out to be that one do-it-all mountain bike that can take you from weekend trail rides all the way to alpine adventures and enduro races without batting an eye.

Updated: 12th December 2018


The Trance fits perfectly in the Giant lineup as that mid-weight full suspension mountain bike to take on near any terrain. It’s the do-it-all trail bike that you’ll be happy hitting your local trails, riding XC loops, launching down enduro tracks. It’s quick and climbs efficiently, while descending capably. The Trance is a great all-rounder and is fun to ride on milder trails, as well as more challenging, steeper terrain.

Our Giant Trance review of the whole range includes 29ers as well as 27.5” bikes for 2019. There are now nine models in the range. At the top of the range are four carbon framed bikes: three Trance Advanced Pro 29ers, and one 27.5” wheeled Trance Advanced. Offering more affordable options there are two 29ers and three 27.5” wheeled bikes with alloy frames.

*Trance 29 2 size M tested, without pedals

Giant Trance Advanced 1 2019 carbon frame detail


Dedicated 29er & 27.5” frames

While both the Trance - with 27.5” wheels - and the Trance 29 – with 29” wheels - are aimed at all-round trail riding, the geometry and suspension numbers are different. This is to offer the best on-the-trail performance for each wheel size. The 27.5” wheeled bikes have the same frame as last year with the same dialled but conventional geometry. The 29ers have a more progressive geometry with a slacker head angle for more stable ride, a steeper seat tube angle for more efficient climbing and short chainstays for a nimbler feel.

You have the choice of either carbon or alloy frames. The Trance Advanced Pro 29ers get a full Advanced-Grade carbon composite frame, while the Trance Advanced 27.5 has a carbon front triangle with an alloy rear end. The Trance 29er 2 & 1 and the Trance 3, 2 & 1 get ALUXX SL alloy frames, Giant’s lightest mountain bike alloy.

Every model in the Trance line-up comes with the same Advanced Forged Technology one-piece rocker, which is used to activate the rear shock. It’s super lightweight and stiff, offering greater strength and reducing the weight. Both the alloy and carbon frames get internal cable routing, including the dropper post, and Boost spacing in the rear for plenty of tyre clearance.

The Trance nails that all-around trail bike vibe with a very comfortable riding position that feels instantly natural. Flow Mountain Bike

Giant Trance 29 2 suspension and frame detail


Maestro suspension for fully active control

the suspension is superbly sensitive but it has ample progression and support so it never bottoms harshly. It’s not as poppy and playful as some 29ers but it is still incredibly agile. When things get rowdy, the inherent stability of the Trance 29 means it just keeps building speed, perfectly showcasing the advantages of bigger wheels. MBR

The Trance features Giant’s Maestro Suspension, which uses two rotating links that work in unison to deliver a fully active, floating suspension system. The Trance 29 has 115mm of rear wheel travel while the 27.5 bikes frame boast 140mm travel. This puts them perfectly in line to balance climbing efficiency and descending prowess. Up front, a 130mm (29) or 150mm (27.5) travel fork is specced with Boost spacing, giving that little bit more capability during descents. All rear shocks featured are trunnion mounted, meaning they are bolted lower down in the shock, allowing a longer stroke shock to be used in a smaller area, offering a smoother action.

Fox forks and shocks are fitted to most of the bikes in the range. Fox Float 34 forks are fitted to the 29ers and the Trance 2 while the remaining Trance 27.5 bikes get the bigger hitting ability of a Fox 36. The higher end Trance models in both wheel sizes are fitted with a piggyback shock for improved consistency on long descents. At the top of the range the Trance Advanced Pro 29 0 is fitted with a custom tuned DVO fork and shock which has been developed in conjunction with the Pro Race Teams. At the other end of the scale the Trance 3 has an affordable but still capable Suntour AION fork.

Giant Trance Advanced 1 SRAM GX drivetrain


1x drivetrains with wide cassettes

For 2019 every Giant Trance has a one by drivetrain so you get easy, secure and intuitive shifting on every model. Other than the 27.5” wheeled Trance 3 & 2, which get Shimano 1x10 or 1x11 speed, all the bikes get SRAM Eagle drivetrains. With a large 10-50t 12 speed cassette, these bikes get a massive 500% gear range, so you have the perfect gear for every off-road trail section including the steepest climbs. At the top of the range you get the slick shifting and very quiet running of XO1 Eagle with more affordable GX or NX Eagle on the other bikes. Powerful hydraulic disc brakes are fitted, with SRAM or Shimano stoppers to match the drivetrains.

Elsewhere, the Trance range has Giant Contact components and a short stem/wide handlebar cockpit. Giant Contact Switch dropper posts make sure that every Trance rider can climb and descend with their saddle in the right place.

Giant is pretty darn good at speccing their bikes right for the cause, and the Trance is an excellent example of picking the right tools for the job. It’s hard to fault the spec at all, especially considering the very fair price tag. Flow Mountain Bike

Giant Trance Advanced 1 2019 wheels


Giant WheelSystems on every model

wheel weight [TRX 1] is low too, and the freehub picks up fast and spins silently, which stealth fans will love. Bike Radar

As well as making the frames, Giant also make the wheels for the Trance. This is how they can offer these bikes at such competitive prices, without compromising on performance. All of the carbon framed bikes as well as the Trance 29er 1 get Giant TRX carbon wheels which are lightweight as well as tough for faster rolling performance. The other bikes in the range all get high-quality alloy wheels.

Tyres are often the first thing people change on their mountain bikes, but not on the Trance. Maxxis High Roller II and Minion tubeless tyres with tough Exo casing and dual compound rubber come on every model, giving you excellent traction from the very start. Every Trance is set up ready for tubeless running, so you don’t need to do anything to take advantage of this puncture reducing technology.

Giant Trance 29 2

Best for

That one do-it-all mountain bike

While both the Trance and the Trance 29 are designed for trail riding each has a distinct character. With its 27.5” wheels and extra suspension travel the Trance is gives you confident performance on trail centre loops and can even take on steeper enduro trails. The Trance 29 is also great on centre tracks but will be less confident on rough, steep tracks. This bike really comes into its element on fast flowing single track where it is quicker than its smaller wheeled sibling.

Offering similar performance levels to the Specialized Stumpjumper, the Giant Trance starts out at a much lower price point which is great for those just getting into the sport. The Trance isn’t a budget bike though, and the Advanced Pro models give the very best full-carbon boutique MTBs a good run for their money.

Giant Trance 29 2 2019 dropper post Giant Trance 29 2 2019 forged carbon rocker link
Giant Trance 29 Advanced Pro 2019 rocker and schock detail Giant Trance 29 Advanced Pro 2019 front wheel hub detail
Giant Trance Advanced 1 2019 Fox DPX2 shock detail Giant Trance 2019 Maxxis High Roller II tyre

Giant Trance models

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