11 Feb 2019

We loved the aluminium version of this bike, so we endeavoured to secure the carbon version as a test sled for new components coming to market. Here, isn't it sweet?

The not-so-minor details

Product

Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29er 0

Contact

Giant Bicycles

https://www.giant-bicycles.com

Price

8999

Weight

125600

Positives

Brilliant trail bike.
Smooth and comfortable.
Steers singletrack with ease.

Negatives

Yet to get comfortable with fork and shock settings.

Giant nailed it with the new Trance 29er; it is an impressive revamp to their trail bike line-up that was begging for a 29er. With a stout 115mm of travel out the back, 130mm up front and a nice relaxed shape it’s going to be very popular.


Let’s talk about our new Trance test bike!


Full carbon, all of the carbons.
SRAM Eagle drivetrain, and Giant’s new carbon wheels. Very nice stuff!

We frothed pretty hard over the Trance 1, the $5499 version from the same platform, it was a bike we felt challenged the need for a carbon frame at that price point to the sacrifice of key spec areas. Check out that in-depth review here: Giant Trance 29er 1 review.

Top spec model comes ready to ride with no expense spared. This bike weighs 12.56kg with XTR Trail pedals.

Long-Term test and cross country race conversions.

When the opportunity came to use the top-shelf model as a long-term test bike we accepted, we have loads of new kit coming our way that needs a home; we’re talking about Shimano 12 speed XTR… Wait, what!? Yes, we secured a complete M9100 XTR groupset, and we’re so excited to fit it and get it out there.

We also have SRAM Eagle AXS coming to Flow HQ… Yes, it’s super exciting, this stuff looks magical, so stay tuned!

We also want to use the Trance in a race. Which might not sound too crazy, but we aim to tweak and modify it to bring it closer in performance and feel to the Anthem 29 without too much fuss, we’re talking about cockpit setup, tyre choice, suspension setup. You can bet there are many people out there who own a trail bike and may enter a race a couple of times a year, so they wouldn’t necessarily need a full-blown race rig.

DVO, a smaller suspension brand specced on a Giant, interesting!

The DVO Suspension has our attention, with minimal experience with their gear over the last few years we’re eager to see how it stacks up against the main guys FOX and RockShox. So far we’re a little puzzled with the fork, exacerbated by the fact we spent a couple early rides turning the slow speed compression dial the wrong way, not exactly their fault, we should have looked closer.

DVO, huh? Allegedly developed in conjunction with Giant, let’s find out what that means exactly.
Spin the right way, not the wrong way, silly us.
OTT adjustment preloads the negative air spring to tune the ‘off the top’ of the stroke.
We’ve had minimal experience with DVO, it’s going to be a tall order to sway us from the big players!

We set the pressures and sag to their recommended base-settings listed on the DVO website, and by the looks of it, we might need to get in touch with the Australian DVO crew if we need additional tuning done to the rear shock. As it is now, the suspension feels beautiful and composed, but the middle compression mode in the Topaz shock feels quite light, we’ll delve a little deeper for our next update.

That’s it for now, keep an eye out for future updates, next time this bike appears it might be vastly different!