Giant launches an all-new Trance Advanced Pro trail bike for 2022

Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 trail bike
(Image credit: Giant)

Giant has reworked its 29er carbon trail bike, launching an all-new Trance Advanced bike for 2022 which sees some big changes to Giant's best trail bike platform.

The most noticeable difference is the dramatic aesthetical change which brings the Trance Advanced Pro in line with Giant's other models such as the Reign Advanced Pro and Trance X Advanced Pro. The Advanced-Grade Composite frame has a far more aggressive profile with a huge headtube section and low-slung top tube.

Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 trail bike

The flip-chip is located on the seatstay/rocker pivot (Image credit: Giant)

What has stayed the same is the fundamental suspension system. Giant has stuck with its proven Maestro virtual pivot point system, unlike the Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 that was released a few weeks ago. The new model does get a little 5mm bump of travel to 120mm and now features a flip-chip on the top of the seat stays. 

The options of a high and low setting adjust the head angle, seat angle and bottom bracket drop. In the high option, geometry sits at a 66.2-degree head-angle, 77-degree seat tube and a bottom bracket drop of 35mm. The low setting increases stability by slackening the head angle to 65.5 degrees and setting the bottom bracket drop to 45mm. Giant has also lengthened both the reach and chainstays which should further increase the bike's confidence and capability of fast, rough terrain. The increase in chainstay length also means that the Trance can also fit a 2.5in tire.

Giant has also added integrated downtube storage within the Trance Advanced. Accessed through a hatch under the bottle cage, trailside essentials such as an inner tube, CO2 cartridge, tire levers, snacks or a multi-tool can be stashed in a water-resistant bag and stored within the frame. All size frames have enough space to squeeze a 650ml water bottle inside the front triangle too.

Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 models and pricing

Giant is offering the Trance Advanced Pro 29 in three options which feature some aggressive spec choices for those looking to push hard on the trails.

The Trance Advanced Pro 29 2 ($6,000 / £4,799) and Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 ($7,000 / £5,999) are both rolling on Giant TRX 2 Carbon equipped with super grippy and durable 2.5-inch Maxxis Minion DHF and Maxxis Aggressor tires. Shimano's drivetrain features on both with the Trance Advanced Pro 29 2 featuring an SLX drivetrain while the Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 has an XT groupset. Both bikes get XT brakes with 180mm rotors. 

While both bikes use Fox's 130mm 34 forks and a Fox shock, the big difference in spec is that the Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 is fitted with Fox's electronic Live Valve suspension system which automatically controls the fork and shock based on the terrain you are riding.

Giant Trance Advanced Pro 0 29 trail bike

Giant Trance Advanced Pro 0 29 1 trail bike (Image credit: Giant)

The top-spec Trance Advanced Pro 29 0 ($10,500 / £9,999) isn't fitted with Live Valve, instead it gets a Fox 34 Factory with a GRIP 2 damper and a Fox Float X Factory that has a two-position lockout. The groupset is a mix of SRAM's wireless XX1 AXS gears and Shimano XTR brakes. The wheelset is Zipp 3ZERO MOTO 2 wheelset which should offer a boost in compliance and traction. The Trance Advanced Pro 29 0 shares the same tire stock as the other Trance Advanced Pro models

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

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