Giant Trance 2 2018
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Giant Trance 2 2018
Our best selling Trance to date. The perfect trail bike; comfortable, stable and confidence inspiring. This review goes through everything you...
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Giant Trance 2 2018
Since the beginning of time for the Trance range, the "2" model has been our best seller. It packs the most value in the form of the latest tech from brands, Fox and Shimano. So what's changed for 2018? Is it worth considering or are you better off with the Trance 3? Read on to find the answers.
Giant has always marketed the Trance as a trail bike; comfortable, incredibly stable through the rough stuff and very, very confidence inspiring. Since 2016, suspension travel has increased, tyres and rims have become wider, brakes are bigger and the physical size of the suspension parts has become larger [32mm stanchions to 34mm and 35mm stanchions, for example]. All of these changes have transitioned the Trance from a lightweight, long travel trail bike to a total ground-up design heavy duty modern trail bike.
So if you're riding consists of steep elevation drops [Bright, Mount Buller], technical single-track [Red Hill or the You Yangs] or you just plain like to test your limits [every single time you ride] consider a Trance. If 80% - 90% of your riding is Lysterfield and fast, smooth single track, this is not the bike for you - go the Anthem instead.
Nothing has changed for the frame and travel spec. The aluminium frame is still ALUXX SL [the lighter and stronger double-butted frame that Giant use for all their performance mountain bikes] and the rear wheel travel stays constant at 140mm [that works with a 150mm front end]. The Fox Float EVOL rear shock is attached through a new Trunnion mount interface; minimising shock stiction and break in force, so that it absorbs small chatter bumps smoothly.
On the Trance 2, a Fox suspension package is used. Fox is the benchmark when it comes to suspension engineering and the Rhythm fork and Float EVOL rear shock are no exceptions when it comes to premium performance. The difference between the Suntour Aion fork on the Trance 3 and the Fox Rhythm on the Trance 2 is two things - damper design and weight.
Fox has engineered a closed bath damper for the Rhythm [as opposed to an open bath damper for the Suntour Aion]. There is an Internal Floating Piston [IFP] that is used on the Rhythm to separate the oil and air chambers. Under constant cycling of the fork [think long descents and repeated hits from rocks and roots], the IFP prevents the oil and air mixing together, eliminating cavitation which causes the suspension to feel very harsh [like it's locked out]. Weight on the Rhythm drops by a couple of hundred grams too.
A season ago, Fox put their EVOL [Extra Volume] air can into production. EVOL shocks have a larger diameter shock body compared to non-EVOL shocks. EVOL shocks can therefore house more air volume. Extra volume equals better small bump sensitivity [eliminates trail chatter from small roots and rocks], better mid-travel support [bike maintains composure through corners] and better progression for big impacts [the rear shock doesn't bottom-out and feel harsh - it feels "bottomless" and smooth]. All these characteristics equate to far more control.
Shimano SLX M7000 was released last season and hasn't changed, except for one thing. The cassette range is now expanded from 42T to 46T; a blessing for those who need a bit of help of climbs or those that are climbing steeper gradients. Giant have also gone down a chain ring size compared to last year, from 32T to 30T - further making one's life easier climbing. Brakes on the Trance 2 also get a dose of power. Shimano SLX brakes and RT66 rotors will deliver extra power and modulation. The RT66 disc rotors shed mud better, deliver quieter braking and better performance at higher operating temperature [due to the vent design].
Also new for 2018 is tubeless ready wheels; these are ready to go tubeless out-of-the-box, just add tubeless sealant. For those that don't know, the benefits and disadvantages of tubeless are:
- Smoother rolling; by taking the tube away there is no surface friction, so the wheel rolls smoother and the tyre is freely able to deform. It feels more compliant.
- Resistance to pinch flats. Wider rims and the presence of sealant [both] help prevent pinch flats. If there is small puncture, the sealant will seal the tyre almost instantly.
- Run lower pressures; riders can use lower pressures to their advantage [without pich flatting].
- The only disadvantage is that you need to clean the old sealant out every 2-6 months and pour new sealant in.
Warranty on the Giant frame is Lifetime, 2 year son Shimano and the Giant wheels, and 1 year on all else. Stock will be rolling into our stores from 4 August 2017.