The all-new Trance Advanced Pro 29 earned a coveted “Gear of the Year”award from Bicycling Magazine, which tested the composite trail bike this summer and published an in-depth feature on it at Bicycling.com.
“During several weeks of testing, this bike surprised us and impressed us on almost every ride,” wrote Bicycling editor Louis Mazzante. “It’s a short-travel 29er with big-bike geometry and some really cool parts. That’s a very good thing for anyone who jumps on it.”
Describing its forward-thinking design and technologies, including an all-new Maestro Suspension setup that features 115mm of rear travel and 130mm up front, Mazzante added: “The Trance 29 is a wild bike that is way more capable than it looks. Don’t mistake it for an XC bike. This is a trail bike that will go faster, farther and bigger.”
Looking at the details of the new suspension setup, Mazzante wrote: “The Trance 29 gets an updated version of Giant’s Maestro suspension, a dual-link setup that has always offered a good mix of pedaling efficiency and bump absorption. The new system goes to a trunnion-mounted shock, which has mounting locations close to the shock body. The design reduces the space needed for the shock and in the Trance, allowed designers to use a longer-stroke shock, and thereby reducing the leverage ratio.”
The result, Mazzante wrote, is that “The Trance 29 further shows you don’t need a ton of travel to get rowdy on a bike. With its relatively long reach and wheelbase, slack headtube angle, and capable parts, you can attack descents and carry insane speeds for a bike with only 115mm of travel. The big wheels and 800mm wide bars further help calm things down when you’re marching downhill.”
For more, check out the full review on Bicycling.com.
And for all the product and technical details on the full new range of Trance 29 bikes, click here.