- Price Range: £1,399.20 - £5,039.20
- Discipline: Trail Mountain Bike
- Usage: Trail and enduro riding
- 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
Updated: 24th August 2018
The Giant 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.
We review the Giant Trance range, which 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 alloy framed 29ers and three 27.5” wheeled bikes with alloy frames.
I can attest to the Trance 29 being a very versatile and capable bike, one that I would choose for riding in a large variety of locations on diverse terrain. It was a complete afterthought that the Trance had just 115mm of travel. It's nimble, quick, and yes, fun. - PinkBike
The Trance 29er is a brand-new addition to the Trance range. Rather than just bolting 29” wheels to the existing Trance, Giant have taken a different approach and have built this bike around a dedicated 29er platform. There are three carbon Trance Advanced Pro 29ers and two alloy framed Trance 29ers in the range for 2019.
With its slack head angle, longer reach and short chainstays, the Trance 29 has the dialled trail bike geometry you expect from a modern trail bike. The suspension travel is less than on the 27.5 bikes with just 115mm travel on the rear combined with a 130mm fork. That said the ride feel defies the numbers and the Maestro suspension system, combined with the larger wheels, gives you all the confident capabilities you expect from a Trance with a confident playful feel.
There is a two-way split on the geometry of the Giant Trance. The 27.5” wheeled Trance bikes all share the same capable geometry, with a mid-range 67° head tube angle and short 435mm chainstays for playful handling. The Trance 29ers all get a slightly slacker 66.5° head angle and the chainstays are only 1mm longer than the smaller wheeled bikes.
You have the choice of either carbon or alloy fames. 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 front section of the Trance Advanced chassis is constructed from Toray T700 carbon material from Japan (perhaps the most respected supplier in the industry), while the rear suspension is fabricated from aluminium. - Pinkbike