Downhill Performance The Trance 3 really shines on the descents, especially on fast and flowy trails at speed. This design made a significant difference in the overall performance of the ride. This causes a stress concentration or weakness at the rim. The cranks feel directly connected to the tire's contact patch, and the result is brighter, more energetic acceleration and much happier legs on the climbs. Carbon wheels aren't a cheap upgrade! The longer downtube adds additional weight on the front, but some of that additional weight gets shifted rearward by the shorter stem--there's an increase in total weight on the wheels combined. Even so, the bike remained playful and easy to hop. The frame is 1x specific, and you can run up to a 36t chainring along with a full-coverage chainguide if you fancy.
Climbing and acceleration: Previously, Giant's Maestro suspension impressed me as a seven out of ten for pedaling feel and efficiency. Going too wide is just as bad as going too narrow. In terms of short stems effect on steering, I have most often heard it described as slowing the steering down, which after looking at the graphic you describe, I would attribute that to as I understand: bar length being equal, for any given angular rotation of the wheel the faceplate of the stem travels a shorter distance versus a longer stem. I hope Giant is employing good wheel builders, because holy hell you can fly on this bike and during our testing the rear wheel has taken some serious slams into square blocks of granite. I have no complaints about the bar width as I'm already nicking the trees on the sides of some of my narrower local trails. Easy to install and adjust on the fly. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then.
His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock. I thought at first she may miss the smaller hardtail on the tighter stuff, but she's loves it in all conditions. Although there are still bikes which use 26 inch wheels, these are gradually being phased out on all but the smallest bikes. Some of the slow speed stuff on East Leg required ratcheting moves to hump up and over, but the bike never felt unwieldy despite it being as long as some downhill rigs. That said, however, The Trance 1 is a true trail bike and thus, has its limitations. It felt smooth, light, and fast going uphill. Last year I sized up to a medium for my Glory as reports indicated that the small Glory may not have the reach I was after.
Most bikes don't come with pedals as standard so we include a set of basic pedals, free of charge with every bike we send out. We do not guarantee stock availability. I can manage a 73 or 74 degree seat angle due to a short torso but it is flat out wrong for the long torso dudes!!! The rebirth of this trail bike marks a huge step forward, offering a true advantage in all-round trail performance. All the little details and some big ones on the Trance make it feel like something special. The carbon wheels are light, come set up tubeless and the 30mm internal diameter is wonderfully generous for a bike with this much travel. The new system goes to a trunnion-mounted shock, which has mounting locations close to the shock body.
The Sapphire fork on the Pro model has 34mm stanchions and 130mm of travel. Bicycles are shipped from a different warehouse to other items and so may arrive in advance of any other items you have ordered. It's a great bike with a proper suspension. Problem is that the weight bias is shifted more to the rear. All five models come in four sizes and feature the same Maestro suspension platform.
Bike is still around 31 lbs. The main rocker arm was lowered about 15 millimeters to allow for longer dropper posts and to reduce the overall center of gravity. Well, 7-Up turned out to be more of a 4×4 road than a trail, so that was a bit disappointing. Our test bike came with a 70-millimeter stem with a 15-degree rise. The combination of a very sensitive fork, 29er wheels and tires run at low pressure which you can do with wider rims and Maxxis's reliable casings , helped the Trance feel like it was hovering just above the trail, rather than getting bounced around by it.
He's 5'7 and looked comically stretched out. The Trance was a smiling berm blaster that had us craving tight turns. I'm having a hard time beating my times set with the trance. We immediately dropped the stem all the way down until it was flush with the head tube. The other four use Fox forks and shocks. With 150mm of front and 140mm of rear wheel travel, the Trance 3 has enough cushion to handle all but the rowdiest downhills. Unbelievable build with a dropper, fox 34 and 11s drivetrain.
If that feels too wide, you can cut it down or have a shop do it relatively easily. The geometry, component specification, and all-around performance of the Trance 3 is solid, making this our Best Buy Award winner. I think it makes sense for these brands to spec a middle-range stem that allows bike owners to shorten or lengthen it to their personal preference. It's been significantly upgraded since, but it's still cable operated, reliable, and it shows up on most of Giant's trail bikes. Open is completely soft, the firm is the hardest setting and medium is somewhere in the middle.
It excels on fast and flowy trails and performs relatively well in most situations. The bike feels roomy enough with ample reach and top tube length. Making your own bikes eliminates one big link in the supply chain between the factory and Giant's retailers, and those savings can be passed on to the customer, or reinvested in the product. Extended climbs warranted switching to the center position of the Fox shock's low-speed compression lever to firm up the pedaling feel and, more importantly, to keep the tail end of the Trance from settling too much into its travel. With Greg on the new Jamis Defcon, another bike with a bias towards descending, we opted to take the shuttle up to the top of the mountain. Cant blame giant for what happens to the bike during shipping, but I haven't seen their higher end bikes come with the limits set up improperly from the factory.