Giant Trance 27.5 2 - 2016

One look at Giant's Trance 27.5 2 and you can imagine how fun it will be on the trails; so stop imagining and start riding! With an ALUXX SL aluminum frame featuring 140mm of Giant's renowned Maestro suspension, the Trance 2 reduces rock ga ...(Read More)

Giant Trance 27.5 2
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One look at Giant's Trance 27.5 2 and you can imagine how fun it will be on the trails; so stop imagining and start riding! With an ALUXX SL aluminum frame featuring 140mm of Giant's renowned Maestro suspension, the Trance 2 reduces rock gardens to ant hills. Up front, the Fox Float fork gives you 140mm of travel to tackle the sickest lines. Both feature easy adjustability up the climbs, down the gnarliest descents, and for everything in between. No matter which way the dirt goes, Shimano's Deore/SLX 2x10 drivetrain provides buttery smooth shifts so you're always in the right gear and the 27.5-inch Giant wheels help you dive confidently into switchbacks and spin up to speed. Top it off with durable Giant components including a dropper seatpost, and stop imagining and start riding!

27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.

27.5-Inch (650B) wheel/tire performance.

Efficiency: Increasing the wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle at which round objects meet square objects). The lower the angle, the easier it is to roll over obstacles and maintain momentum.

Traction: With a larger diameter, the tire's contact patch increases, putting more rubber on the trail. A 27.5-inch (650B) has nearly the same contact patch as a 29er for superb acceleration, braking and cornering.

Weight: The weight of a 27.5 wheel, tire and tube is only 5% more than an identically built 26-inch wheel. Compare this to a 12% increase with a 29-inch wheel. Lighter wheels mean a lighter bike, and better climbing and acceleration.

Specs

Frame Giant ALUXX SL aluminum w/Maestro suspension, 5.5-inch travel
Fork Fox 32 Float Performance w/15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 140mm-travel
Rear Shock Fox Float Performance
Rims/Wheels Giant S-XC2 27.5-inch
Hubs Giant Sport Tracker Disc
Spokes Stainless-steel, 14g
Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance, tubeless-ready, 27.5 x 2.25
Crankset Shimano SLX
Chainrings 38/24
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX, Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano HG50, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebars Giant Contact, low rise
Stem Giant Connect
Brake Levers Shimano M615
Brakes Shimano M615 hydraulic-disc, 180/160mm rotors
Saddle Giant Contact, upright
Seatpost Giant Contact SL Switch-R, dropper

Videos

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4.5

(based on 3 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (2)
  • Brakes 
  • Handling 
  • Modern 
  • Shifters 

Cons

  • Brakes  (2)
  • Paint 
  • Handlebar 

Best Uses

  • Enduro 
  • Climb 
  • Moderate Drops 
  • Xc 
  • Single Track 
  • Trail 
  • All Mountain 

REVIEWS

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4

Great bike

By 

from Denver, CO

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Handling
  • Modern
  • Brakes
  • Lightweight
  • Shifters
  • Shocks

Cons

  • Paint

Best Uses

  • Enduro

Comments:

I love this bike! This is my first full suspension bike and coming from a hard tail I love it. I have a Giant Talon before, so I guess I'm kinda bias toward Giant. The only complaint I have is, I have only had the bike for a week and there are already scratches on the frame. I put some tape under the frame to protect it but the damage is already done to i'm bummed about that. Over all its a great easy to ride bike.

 
5

SoCal Rider

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from San Diego, CA

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Climbing
  • Stiff

Cons

  • Brakes

Best Uses

  • Xc
  • Single Track
  • Moderate Drops

Comments:

My background includes growing up racing BMX, which transitioned into DH riding in Bootleg Canyon located in Boulder City NV. This bike is a lot less aggressive than anything else I've been on but it has been so much fun this past year. This bike is great for climbing and fast descents. I almost purchased the Giant Reign but everywhere in Southern California has hills, so this was an ideal choice for what I have been riding. I have done some moderate drops, nothing exceeding 4-5 feet and it does just fine. First upgrades included a dropper seat post and a shorter stem. I hate, hate, hate the brakes, and looking to upgrade them in the near future.

 
4

Great Package

By 

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Aggressive
  • Stylish
  • Durable

Cons

  • Handlebar
  • Brakes

Best Uses

  • Trail
  • All Mountain
  • Climb

Comments:

The bike climbs very well compared to my other bike, its very responsive going down hill no matter what terrain you are riding, the FOX fork and rear suspension works great. Bike is very plush. The wheel size is perfect, It didn't take me long to get used to it, coming from a 26 wheel. I am not very happy with the handlebar being so wide, but that is a personal choice. And the brakes are not the best, but they do the job. All the cables going inside the frame give the bike a clean look. Its a great bike overall.

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