Giant debuts new Trance X trail bike

Giant Trance X
(Image credit: Giant)

Giant has refreshed the Trance X trail bike with improved suspension and adjustable geometry for riders who prefer the experience of 27.5-inch wheels and alloy frames. 

The updated range is built around an ALUXX aluminum frame that uses the brand's Maestro suspension design with 160mm in the front and 145mm of travel in the rear. 

Key to the new bikes is geometry that can be adjusted through a flip-chip on the suspension's rocker arm. The slacker setting features a head tube angle of 63.8-degrees and a seat tube angle of 76-degrees on a size medium. The steeper setting uses a 64.5-degree head tube angle and a 77-degree seat tube angle. The bottom bracket height will also change by 10mm between settings. 

The bike's geometry has been engineered to enhance the benefits of 27.5-inch wheels, namely the ability to be agile and quick in tight, technical terrain. Shorter chainstays and a 430mm rear center help give the bike that quick handling feel. 

Available in sizes S-XL, there will be three build kits are available. 

Giant Trance X

The Giant Trance X is built around an aluminum frame and 27.5-inch wheels (Image credit: Giant)

The most expensive build is the Trance X 1, which features a Fox 36 Performance Elite fork and Fox Float X Performance Elite shock as well as a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and SRAM Code Brakes for $4,500. The dropper seat post is supplied by TranzX and the tires by Maxxis, while the rest of the kit including wheels are from Giant. 

The Trance X 2 uses a Fox 36 Rhythm and Fox Float DPS Performance shock. The drivetrain is SRAM NX Eagle, while the brakes are Shimano Deore, and it costs $3,700.

The main differences on the Trance X 3, which is priced at $2,850, are a RockShox Yari fork, Shimano Deore shifting and braking, and a Giant dropper post.

Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4