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

hansolo, Aug 06 2018 09:13

Looks like really nice bikes, the prices on those Aluminium bikes should (hopefully) be very competitive. Any feedback on pricing?

 

Also, didn't Giant say they will be abandoning 29" for 650B? 

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Aug 06 2018 10:11

These look incredible! I really enjoy the lack of graphics and that kick by the seatpost clamp! I never experienced the Trance X but from what I have read it was loved by many. I'm very excited about this bike!

ichnusa, Aug 06 2018 11:08

Same engineers that "proved" 650b was the answer to all the world's problems...

Nice bike BTW. Probably what most Saffas should ride, not the Anthem...

Hardi, Aug 07 2018 06:45

I've enjoyed my Trance X 29er for 5 years now. BullST: “This is a bike that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago,” said Craig

 

Craig won the Super D in 2012 on a Trance X 29er

 

6 years later....even the front triangle looks the same.

 

Well done Giant sleeping beauty 

MphatiPyga, Aug 07 2018 06:49

Been testing for over 2 years so development was even longer, that was the same time they “killed” the 29er. Marketing shmarketing. Loved my trance X though, was just right. I agree with you ichnusa, it is the Giant bike saffas should ride!!

Grease_Monkey, Aug 07 2018 07:14

This is the bike a lot of people have been waiting for. Trance is pronably one of the most versatile bikes out there - very keen to throw a leg over one of these!

coppi, Aug 07 2018 07:25

Great looking bikes, love the colours too..................an obvious upgrade from my Anthem !

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Aug 07 2018 07:44

Same engineers that "proved" 650b was the answer to all the world's problems...

Nice bike BTW. Probably what most Saffas should ride, not the Anthem...

"The willingness to change one’s mind in the light of new evidence is a sign of rationality not weakness."

 

Yeah I have an Anthem SX and if I had the same options now I would go for this one!

BLACK96, Aug 07 2018 07:52

OMF there is a mountain bike God! any news when they are available?!

Mawbs, Aug 07 2018 08:13

ooh look at that beaauty with DVO suspension ...better sit down for the price over US$ 8000.00

DieselnDust, Aug 07 2018 08:28

And the 27.5 version will continue alongside the 29er as a dedicated trail bike. That's if Dragon Sports brings it into the country of course. They don't make the 27.5 Anthem available in SA :(

stefmeister, Aug 07 2018 08:29

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Certainly came a long way after this monstrosity.

ChUkKy, Aug 07 2018 08:58

The one with DVO suspension looks great!

Im sure you dont get a free tub of vaseline with it at the checkout....

Odinson, Aug 07 2018 09:10

115mm of rear travel and they call it a Trance?! C'mon, Giant.

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Aug 07 2018 09:17

115mm of rear travel and they call it a Trance?! C'mon, Giant.

Give it a trance

Robbow, Aug 07 2018 09:18

As much as I'm a fan of Giant and think that this new 29r is sweet, I also find myself a bit disappointed. 130/115 on a 66.5HA is where companies like Transition were with the Smuggler in 2016. The game has moved on from there now, big bikes (Trail/Enduro) are in the 140 plus range with 160 up front becoming quite common and 66HA being the number.

 

Maybe they shouldn't have called it a Trance, because the 27.5 Trance hits those numbers and marketed this as something else.

 

 

With all that being said I totally agree that this is a great bike for most riders in SA type conditions who want to ride a wide range of trails, just I was hoping for more

Grease_Monkey, Aug 07 2018 09:35

Anyone else noticed this bike comes specced with Minnion DHR2/DHF as standard - great to see! The only thing I can fault is the use of PF bb, other than that it checks all the right boxes.

s14phoenix, Aug 07 2018 10:43

As much as I'm a fan of Giant and think that this new 29r is sweet, I also find myself a bit disappointed. 130/115 on a 66.5HA is where companies like Transition were with the Smuggler in 2016. The game has moved on from there now, big bikes (Trail/Enduro) are in the 140 plus range with 160 up front becoming quite common and 66HA being the number.

 

Maybe they shouldn't have called it a Trance, because the 27.5 Trance hits those numbers and marketed this as something else.

 

 

With all that being said I totally agree that this is a great bike for most riders in SA type conditions who want to ride a wide range of trails, just I was hoping for more

 

I think Giant is spot-on where this bike is. If you look at the range they are clearly rebuilding with the Anthem 29 @ 100/90 and Trance @ 130/115.

 

What you are not considering is that there is also possibly a new Reign 29 on the way and THAT is the next bike to revamp. Could there be a 160/140 Reign 29 on the way? Perhaps one with 170/160??? 

 

I Ride and XC race with a Trance X 29 since the Anthem is just a bit short on travel for my riding style so this bike may just be the bike 45% of South Africans should buy with Anthems covering the racing snakes and those not needing the extra travel making up the other 45% and the 10% of nutters out there requiring a bit more and then the Reign covers those...

Headshot, Aug 07 2018 10:43

Trance_X_29er_0_retouch_72dpiWIDE.jpg?wi

Certainly came a long way after this monstrosity.

That looks like the got the geo all reversed. Slackened the seat angle and steepened the HTA. Looks comical even by the standards 5 years ago. 

s14phoenix, Aug 07 2018 11:03

That looks like the got the geo all reversed. Slackened the seat angle and steepened the HTA. Looks comical even by the standards 5 years ago. 

 

That photo is not what the Trance X 29 looks like. That photo got squashed or something the actual bike is WAAAAAAY nicer

 

Have a look here:

https://www.pinkbike...First-look.html

 

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Iwan Kemp, Aug 07 2018 11:17

That was a great bike and I was sad to see it get dropped from the line-up. BUT it is amazing how quickly things have moved on. Some relics from the spec sheet...

  • 2 x drivetrain
  • 100mm dropper (on a trail bike)
  • Overdrive 2 tapered fork 
  • stock 100mm stem
  • 69-degree head angle
  • 452mm chainstay lenght
  • Mention of 26" wheels
  • 73 degrees seat tube angle (not that bad)
  • No mention of reach (or it being low, long and slack!)

I like the new bike. I like it A LOT!

popcorn_skollie, Aug 07 2018 11:22

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

bionic racer, Aug 07 2018 11:33

OMF there is a mountain bike God! any news when they are available?

Dragons Sports should have Stock of Trance 29-1 and 29-2 end of next week

bionic racer, Aug 07 2018 11:43

For those concerned about the travel, Giant seems to have found a way to get more for less lately (Its current Anthem 29 has a pokey 100mm/90mm setup and rides like a dream.)

 

At first glance 130/115 may seem like you are being short changed some travel, but check out the first impressions from this rider who was at the launch ride.... (the italics and colour are my emphasis)

 

First Impressions: 

Forget about the Trance 29 for a moment and think about choosing the appropriate bike for the place you're going to be riding. If I was traveling to Santa Caterina and needed to choose a bike to bring, I would have chosen a 140-150mm all mountain bike, with little debate. Even if I'd seen the Trance 29's spec and geometry ahead of time I'm not sure it's a bike I would have picked for the trails we rode... 

But that's why it's best to actually ride a bike before writing it off based solely on its numbers, and 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.

 

full article:

https://www.pinkbike...-trance-29.html


 

Robbow, Aug 07 2018 12:13

I think Giant is spot-on where this bike is. If you look at the range they are clearly rebuilding with the Anthem 29 @ 100/90 and Trance @ 130/115.

 

What you are not considering is that there is also possibly a new Reign 29 on the way and THAT is the next bike to revamp. Could there be a 160/140 Reign 29 on the way? Perhaps one with 170/160??? 

 

I Ride and XC race with a Trance X 29 since the Anthem is just a bit short on travel for my riding style so this bike may just be the bike 45% of South Africans should buy with Anthems covering the racing snakes and those not needing the extra travel making up the other 45% and the 10% of nutters out there requiring a bit more and then the Reign covers those...

 

I'm not disputing that this is a great bike, but what I am saying is that Giant are still behind the curve with this. Bikes like this were the proof that 29r's can actually make really good trail bikes but this exploded in 2017 and the manufacturers who are leading this charge are onto bigger things than a short travel trail bike, tons of players already have this in their line ups and aren't punting it as the 2019 latest thing.

 

I've had a few variants in this range - Pyga 110, Transition Smuggler and then moved onto longer travel bikes YT and now the Trek Slash. They can say what they like but 115mm out back is not 150mm no matter how clever your system is.

 

Now a 160mm REIGN would be very much up there with whats coming out currently