Giant started in 1972 with one goal: Create a better cycling experience for people around the world. Giant has never lost sight of their goal. The founders of Giant Bicycles were craftsmen and engineers, and they loved to ride. Working to their strengths, they set out to improve cycling by following three guiding principles: craftsmanship, innovation, and inspiration. Over the past four decades, Giant has become one of the most well- known bicycle brands in the world. Giant Bicycles has won world championships as well as numerous awards online and in- print cycling magazines. Giant Bicycles makes bicycles for everyone in the family, as well as for championship road and mountain bikers, and everyone in between.
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Giant Trance 3 Bike 2018
Constructed from Giant’s lightweight yet stiff ALUXX SL aluminum mainframe with 5.5 inches of smooth Maestro suspension, the Giant Trance 27.5 2 Bike 2017 is the fastest way to conquer technical trails. The use of the Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain with Shimano M365, hydraulic disc brakes allows you to climb and descend in whatever gear suits your style. Up front on the Trance you will find the SR Suntour Aion 35, Boost, OverDrive with 150mm of travel.
Developed with input from Giant’s champion enduro pros, the frame is engineered specifically for a 27.5" wheelset. Stocked with the OverDrive steerer tube and a PowerCore bottom bracket for steering precision and pedaling stiffness, it’s an all-around trail-slayer that climbs as well as it descends. With Maxxis High Roller II tubeless tires swathing the front and rear, the ride will see you smoothly through roots, rocks, and ruts. The Trance Advanced 27.5 2 is as quick as it is comfortable on technical descents, while remaining light and stable on the climbs!
ALUXX SL-grade aluminum frame with 140mm of Maestro suspension and clearance for 2.6 tires
SR Suntour Aion 35 150mm-travel fork with Boost thru-axle
RockShox Deluxe R trunnion mount rear shock
Giant XC-1 Disc wheelset with Maxxis High Roller II tubeless tires
Shimano Deore 1x10-speed shifting with Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes
Bought it at my LBS (sorry Jenson,) but since there are no reviews anywhere, I figured Id write one. First off, the medium fit me spot on at 5'10" and gives you the feeling of being "in" the bike, not "on" it. The frame is well built and (as a welder) the welds are very beefy. The stock Maxxis High Roller tires suit my local trails fairly well, though they suffer on the several hard-packed trails. I ride around RVA mostly, and sometimes the Blue Ridge, so there is a massive terrain variation. I only have 3 complaints about the bike. First off, the rear disc brake rotor (due to it being a 180) has hardly any clearance between itself and the mounting post, which is now scuffed a little, I may decrease the rear brake to a 160 to solve this problem (and bump the front to a 200). The second complaint are the brakes themselves. They are decent, but at the $2300 price point, they shouldve been one or two "tiers" higher. While I havent had to "emergency brake" yet, they dont have the force and modulation Id like, I do weigh a bit more than youre average "twiggy" MTB rider. My last complaint is the fork. Id rather have seen a slightly lower "tier" RockShox than a Suntour (shudders). Its not a bad fork, but, its.. well, its a Suntour, need I say more? I cant find any maintenance documents for it or even a setup guide- I want to put some more air in it, but I have no idea what the max PSI is!!
Okay, so all in all it is a great bike, but there are a few things that should be addressed.
Me, personally, I will be upgrading to Hope or better Shimano brakes and doing the aforementioned 160 bump-down in the rear.
I will also be swapping out the front end to a top tier RockShox unit next season (or over the winter, maybe Santa will be nice.)
I do understand why some corners were cut to make it more affordable. You are getting a very good frame with great to okay parts on it, honestly, I was going to build it up anyways.
Id say for the price, you cant go wrong.
Oh, and there is no "Proprietary Parts" bull----. Which is one reason why I love Giants bikes.
Great entry level trail bike that you can turn into a "Low-end of the "top tier" bikes." (You get what Im saying.)
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