The picture above doesn’t really do this bike any justice at all. In fact even though it looks great in person you really need to ride it to appreciate it.
Last year’s Giant Trance wasn’t our favourite ride. It just felt a little too squirrelly and ‘big’, even in the appropriate size, for the kind of riding we do locally. This year Giant is offering the Trance with a 27.5 inch wheel set up and that seems to make all the difference in the world.
We don’t know if it’s the actual wheel size that’s making the dramatic difference or the new frame geometry that a smaller wheel set allows for, or both, but we do know that the 27.5 Trance now feels dialled in for cross country trails even though it’s designed to take some bigger hits.
The one pictured above is a Trance 2, and it’s in stock now. It’s a medium size and selling for $2350.