Giant launches all-new Trance 29 range of trail bikes

Giant is introducing an all-new 29er to its 2019 lineup of full-suspension trail bikes. With over two years of testing and development, the new Trance 29 range applies the latest engineering and technologies from Giant.

 

Designed for all-around trail riding, ranging from daily singletrack shredding to all-day epics or enduro competition, the 2019 Trance 29 range is engineered with all-new 29er-specific geometry and some key updates to its Maestro Suspension system. The range includes two different series: a superlight full Advanced Composite frame series and a new ALUXX SL aluminium frame series. Both are engineered with 115mm of rear suspension and 130mm up front, giving trail riders a new level of confidence, control and capability.

 

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“We started working on a new 29er trail bike more than two years ago with a team of engineers, designers and riders including Giant ambassador Adam Craig,” said Kevin Dana, Giant senior off-road global category manager. “We really just set out to build a bike that was fun to ride in a variety of conditions and terrain. Changes in fork offsets allowed us to create something we couldn’t have built even a year prior. This is a bike that loves to be pushed and opened up at speed.”

 

The new frame’s shorter chainstays (435mm) keep the 29-inch rear wheel tucked tightly beneath the rider, which makes the bike feel quicker, especially on climbs and tight singletrack. After several phases of testing and development, engineers settled on a 66.5-degree headtube angle and 74.5-degree seat tube angle for a perfect balance of responsiveness and stability on the trail. The 44mm fork offset adds to the bike’s front-end stability.

 

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Featuring an updated Maestro suspension system and all-new frame geometry, the Trance Advanced Pro 29 series is designed for hard-charging trail-riding adventures.

 

“This new frame geometry, combined with the larger diameter wheels, makes it an agile climber in technical terrain that also feels super stable descending rowdy singletrack,” Dana said.

 

The updated Maestro Suspension system includes a new trunnion mount shock, which produces a lower shock leverage ratio for improved pedaling and braking efficiency. The rear suspension is further bolstered by its new Advanced Forged Composite upper rocker arm, which is lighter, stiffer and stronger than the aluminium version.

 

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Each of the models in the new Trance 29 range features updated Maestro suspension systems with Advanced Forged Composite rocker arms and trunnion-mount shock setups.

 

All the new Trance 29 models feature Boost hub spacing for stiffer wheel performance, added tire clearance, and improved handling on the trail. And they all feature Giant Tubeless System technology, which means every bike is delivered with Giant WheelSystems and tubeless ready tires, making it easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of added traction, smoother trail control, and a reduced risk of flat tires.

 

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New Trance 29 models feature Boost hub spacing and Giant WheelSystems, which are all set up with tubeless ready tires right out of the box.

 

Craig worked with the development team, testing various iterations of the Trance 29 on a variety of terrain. The retired racer has as much experience as anyone with Giant XC and trail bikes, having competed at the top level on Maestro suspension bikes for more than a decade.

 

“This is a bike that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago,” said Craig. “It’s amazing what the engineers have been able to accomplish, creating a 29er that’s totally versatile and super fun to ride on all types of terrain. It’s ready for steep climbs and technical descents, just a great option for enduro events, big days in the backcountry, or daily rips on your local trails.”

 

Here’s a look at the two series in the new Trance 29 range:

 

Trance Advanced Pro 29:

 

The flagship series of the new Trance 29 range is engineered with a full Advanced Composite technology frameset including the mainframe and rear swingarm. Aimed at serious trail riders and racers who want one bike to do it all, it’s the lightest mid-travel 29er frame ever from Giant. It features the most up-to-date Maestro suspension with an Advanced Forged composite rocker arm and trunnion-mount shock for 115mm of rear travel that’s active and sensitive to small bumps. The frame geometry is all new, with progressive headtube and seat tube angles, shorter chainstays and a longer top tube. The flagship Trance Advanced Pro 29 0 model features custom-tuned DVO front and rear suspension.

 

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The flagship 2019 Trance Advanced Pro 29 0 features custom-tuned DVO suspension front and rear. Availability varies by country.

 

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The 2019 Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 features a Fox Float DPX2 Performance rear shock and Fox 34 Float Performance 130mm fork, along with the Giant TRX 1 29 WheelSystem set up with tubeless tires. Availability varies by country.

 

Trance 29:

 

This series features all the same suspension updates and new, 29er-specific trail geometry as the Trance Advanced Pro 29 series. The key difference is this one is built with an ALUXX SL aluminium front triangle and rear swingarm.

 

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The 2019 Trance 29 1 is built on an ALUXX SL aluminum frame and features a Fox Float Performance Elite rear shock and Fox 34 Float Performance Elite 130mm fork. Availability varies by country.

 

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The 2019 Trance 29 2 features Fox suspension components and a SRAM 1x12 drivetrain. It comes set up with a Giant Contact Switch dropper seatpost and remote lever. Availability varies by country.

 

Learn more at www.giant-bicycles.com/Trance29.




35 Comments

Bos, Aug 07 2018 12:37

Is over forking really the best solution for all these new slack front ends?

 

My 5c.. I think the new found popularity of Enduro has opened a lot of folks eyes to more than what we were use to up until 5 years ago in SA. Many jumped to big travel bikes at the sight of the wild/gnarly looks but the majority of those riders should have just been on a 110/120 bike paired with modern GEO a dropper and some wider bars all along.  They might not have the skill to actually push hard enough to get that extra bit out of the big bike. So I think this bike will do well.

 

However.. I Still don't understand why the big difference in F/R suspension. In my opinion, that starting to get unbalanced but Of course there is people working for Giant that know more about bikes than I do, but what are you to lose by giving it 130/130?

I would ask the question though, perhaps the answer lies in Nimble?

Headshot, Aug 07 2018 01:19

My 5c.. I think the new found popularity of Enduro has opened a lot of folks eyes to more than what we were use to up until 5 years ago in SA. Many jumped to big travel bikes at the sight of the wild/gnarly looks but the majority of those riders should have just been on a 110/120 bike paired with modern GEO a dropper and some wider bars all along.  They might not have the skill to actually push hard enough to get that extra bit out of the big bike. So I think this bike will do well.

 

However.. I Still don't understand why the big difference in F/R suspension. In my opinion, that starting to get unbalanced but Of course there is people working for Giant that know more about bikes than I do, but what are you to lose by giving it 130/130?

I would ask the question though, perhaps the answer lies in Nimble?

Any hardtail with a suspension fork is therefore unbalanced? Not so sure about that. I have a HT with a 160mm fork and I am always glad I have that much travel up front to soak up the hits and help the rear skim over the top by maintaining higher speeds. At least that's what I tell myself. 

Simon123, Aug 07 2018 01:35

I'll keep my Intense Primer thanks, but I did love my 2017 Trance Advanced 650b, and I tried Giant's new 2018 Anthem and I can say it felt like it had way more travel than 90/100 in the rough stuff.  I think Giant has done well, and already 29er Reign's have been spotted, so the range looks great.

Bos, Aug 07 2018 02:38

Any hardtail with a suspension fork is therefore unbalanced? Not so sure about that. I have a HT with a 160mm fork and I am always glad I have that much travel up front to soak up the hits and help the rear skim over the top by maintaining higher speeds. At least that's what I tell myself. 

 

I don't want to distract from the point by going on a tangent here. I think the Idea of keeping it short travel is that its more nimble and people benefit more from the confidence inspiring geometry than they do from lots of extra suspension.

 

However, my point was that to me, the fork (bobbing and height) makes a bigger difference to climbing than the rear end does, so why not give it more? My answer above. 

Regarding the unbalanced statement harder to explain, you'll have to experience it. But lets try. With a FS bike, you have more of a sense of a centralized virtual center of weight between your wheels because of the suspension on both sides. Now when you're heading downhill and you hit a G-Out, the rear suspension ramps up faster than the front which pitches the momentum forward, like getting bucked off a jump. 

Bizkit031, Aug 08 2018 06:26

Funny how the big wheels are now good enough and they have changed their tune now from they will not go back to the big wheels.

PeterF, Aug 08 2018 07:11

Funny how the big wheels are now good enough and they have changed their tune now from they will not go back to the big wheels.

Giant never stopped making "Big Wheeled" bikes, just "Big Wheeled" trail bikes.  With more and more people looking for a mid travel 29er trail bike how can they not get in on the action?  The new Trance should certainly give those Scott Spark vs Specialized Camber guys something else to think about.

Albatross, Aug 08 2018 10:16

No man, you can't release a new bike that I'm drooling over and not give local pricing!

bionic racer, Aug 08 2018 02:31

No man, you can't release a new bike that I'm drooling over and not give local pricing!

hihi

 

all prices SRP

 

Trance Adv Pro 29-0 R113 333

Trance Adv Pro 29-1 R72 269

Trance 29-1               R64 506

Trance 29-2               R43 812

V18, Aug 09 2018 07:59

Would be a great "one" bike. Looks great too. Esp the dvo version. I think 115mm out back may be a little lig in die broek for guys poeshing it hard on enduro days. I'm currently on banshee 29er 135/150 and while it picks up speed like a mofo it still feels outgunned when compared to my friend's enduro 29er on rough tracks like plumber in jonkers and status quo. That being said. If something ever were to happen to my banshee... I'd be hard pressed not to give this a go... Wait. Slash 29er...wait. Kona 153 29er. Wait. Kenevo!

Bizkit031, Aug 09 2018 08:20

Giant never stopped making "Big Wheeled" bikes, just "Big Wheeled" trail bikes. With more and more people looking for a mid travel 29er trail bike how can they not get in on the action? The new Trance should certainly give those Scott Spark vs Specialized Camber guys something else to think about.

Exactly and they said that the big wheels will never be used with their suspension design,the Camber is no more there is only the Stumpy.