2017 Giant Trance Advanced 1 – Bike Mag Bible Review
These Bike Mag Bible reviews have been hitting the inter web all week. This time they check out the new Giant Trance that we stock and has been a very popular bike already this season on the shore. Check out the details below. Stop by the store and try it out.
According to Giant’s media masseuse, Andrew Juskaitis, “The Trance series sets the standard for the modern definition of ‘mountain bike’… and we’re damn proud of it.” That’s bold talk, but in the case of the reworked Trance Advanced 1, it’s hard to fault the rhetoric. The rejiggered Maestro suspension–changes include a larger-volume air canister, thanks to a trunnion-style upper shock mount, lower air pressure, lighter damping and a carbon rocker arm–yields 140 millimeters of rear travel through a Fox Float Factory shock, matched by a 150-millimeter-travel Fox 34 Float Kashima fork. The main frame is carbon with an alloy rear triangle. The 67-degree head and 73.5-degree seat angles err on the side of contemporary conservatism in this age of long, slack front centers.
The components on our test bike are solid: Shimano XT, augmented with Giant Contact SL bars, stem and dropper, as well as Giant TRX1 composite wheels. It’s a solid value for the price; the only component gripe we had concerned the relative fragility of the stock Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires, although to be fair, our test loops were murdering all tires indiscriminately.
Quibbles were limited to the narrow bars, the use of Jagwire cable housing and two testers wishing they could have a 29- inch version. Others disagreed, feeling that larger hoops would hamstring an otherwise fun bike, and that people who wish for different size wheels than what is spec’d are suffering from late-stage consumer-choice proliferation disaffection.
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