Giant Trance Advanced 2 2020
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Giant Trance Advanced 2 2020


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GIANT TRANCE ADVANCED 2 (2020)

It’s been three years since we’ve seen a Giant Trance Advanced 2. And Giant has decided to bring it back for model year 2020.

The reason:

At this price point an overwhelming majority of riders and customers would rather purchase a carbon mountain bike than an aluminium one.

So, in a nutshell you should consider it if:

Firstly, you are focussed on buying a carbon mountain bike with affordable performance components.

And second, you want the bike to be versatile; something that can climb efficiently, is stable at high speed and in the rough, and do long rides comfortably.

Now onto some key details.

THE FRAME

It’s made from carbon. In fact, anything called ‘Advanced’ is produced from carbon.

It’s one piece too, which means that Trance’s frame is exceptionally light and stiff. And comfortable.

This is why:

Engineers can vary the structure of the carbon depending on the type of stress the frame is subject to. They can make the frame compliant (or flex) where required and rigid where this is necessary.

This means:

The Trance Advanced is superb at muting harsh vibrations and reducing the severity of impacts. Which means on a long ride you’re less fatigued.

And the extra rigidity translates into better bike handling, cornering and pedalling efficiency. Ever ridden off camber tree roots or rocks? The trail is constantly trying to flex and force the bike into a direction you don’t want it to go.

With carbon this doesn’t happen. That extra rigidity means the bike can hold its line better.

Cranking up climbs or putting in sprint efforts is more rewarding. Due to less flex in the bottom bracket area (where the pedals and cranks are located).

About Maestro:

It’s a suspension platform that Giant base all their high-end mountain bikes on. There are four pivots (which all roll on sealed bearings) and 2 linkages (one made from carbon for added stiffness).

The goal of any suspension platform is to stop the rear brake and your pedalling force from affecting the rear suspension.

And Maestro addresses this all this really well.

GEOMETRY

In the pursuit to make the Trance versatile, the geometry has to be dialled and versatile as well. Too much travel and the bike won’t climb and too little, it becomes unstable at high speed.

That’s where the Trance hits a nice sweet spot.

Giant has engineered the Trance 2 to deliver 140mm of rear wheel travel and is paired with a 150mm suspension fork.

! [Geometry] (https://dk8nafk1kle6o.cloudfront.net/Images/Giant/GlobalFrames/giant-offroad-geo.png)

And speaking of sweet spot, the head tube angle (E) is 67.0-degrees. It’s an excellent balance that makes the Trance 2 a competent climber and delivers high-speed stability on descents at the same time.

The seat tube angle (B) measures 73.5-degrees. This is steep enough to keep your weight over the bottom bracket and minimise suspension movement on climbs.

However, for riders with short torso length or those who are frequently climbing steep trails it worth sliding the seat forward.

At 435mm, the chain stay length (I) is very short. Paired with 27.5-inch wheels this makes the Trance 2 incredibly responsive and easy to move around on the trail.

On frame sizing:

It’s especially difficult getting the right frame size if you’re in between two frame sizes (such as M and L). If that’s the case:

And you’re searching for high speed stability get the larger size. It will keep you planted and in control through rough and raw singletrack.

But if you’re searching for agility, the smaller frame will deliver that.

NEW ROCK SHOX SUSPENSION

For 2020 Rock Shox has designed a new fork. It’s called the 35 Gold RL.

This is why:

Bikes are now coming with more suspension travel. And to accommodate the extra travel (150mm in this case), suspension forks need to get stiffer and burlier.

But the only options were also super expensive.

Not so with the Gold 35. It’s an affordable performance suspension product that’s been designed for the intermediate rider. It also features a lot of the technology that Rock Shox has developed for their top end stuff.

Such as:

The new DebonAir spring. Without nerding out on you, it’s a new air spring that makes the fork super supple - especially in the first 25%-30% of suspension movement.

Then there’s the Motion Control damper. It’s been around for years because it’s easy to service and it works. The lever at the top of the fork has several indents (or clicks) as you turn it. As you pass each click the suspension gets firmer - until it’s on full lockout.

And it accepts something called Bottomless Tokens. They are round grey plastic pieces that stop the fork from bottoming out (or using full travel), hence the name ‘bottomless’.

They also do two other cool things:

First, they ramp up the feel as you use more travel. Delivering a smoother ride, especially landing larger drops or jumps.

And they allow the bike to hover around mid travel more. Which is where you want to be in corners and riding steep stuff.

Although the rear isn’t completely new, there’s one change for 2020; they’ve changed the suspension oil to Maxima Plush. It reduces damper noise (something that was common if the rebound is set too fast) and reduces friction.

Both front and rear suspension products have air pressure adjustment and rebound too.

NEW CARBON WHEELS

The Giant TRX 1 carbon wheels are specifically designed for trail riding.

This means:

The carbon layup uses Giant’s new Impact Resistant Design - a whole new design profile that was introduced in 2019.

Let me explain:

First, as part of the restructuring Giant made all their performance rims hookless.

This makes the rim wider at 30mm inner and 37mm outer - on point with modern trends.

The lines at the left side of the above image represent the flow of carbon fibres. Note how there are no abrupt changes in direction; all the fibres flow smoothly. This reduces any weakness in the rim, and is often where they crack.

And to further strengthen the rim, Giant has increased the rim bed to 3.5mm.

Second, the inner rim shape has been redesigned. It has a larger diameter inner radius (the solid blue line) that increases the strength.

Fine tuning the carbon layup in this area and around the spoke holes has reinforced the complete inner rim.

The weight of the Giant TRX 1 Composite wheels are 1,750 grams.

The rims are laced to DT Swiss 360 hubs that use a pawl driver. And the bearings are completely sealed too; significantly reducing rolling friction and maintenance.

NEW SRAM SX EAGLE

Like many affordable performance mountain bikes this season, we see the Trance Advanced 2 equipped with the brand new SRAM SX Eagle groupset.

A single front ring is paired to 12-sprockets that delivers a huge gear range, ranging from 11-tooth to a massive 50-tooth.

TRANCE 2 OR TRANCE ADVANCED 2?

The RRP difference is $700 between the Trance 2 and Trance Advanced 2.

Which one should you choose?

Well, for the extra you get a carbon frame (RRP $2,000) and carbon wheels (RRP $2,000). So the upgrade is definitely worth it.

It’s also worth noting that the Trance Advanced 2 will ride smoother and deliver better handling.

So, if you’re local trails consist of lots of tree roots, rock gardens and tricky off camber sections, then the Trance Advanced 2 is a must.

You’ll also see that because it’s brilliant at muting impacts and vibrations, your fatigue point will be higher.

GIANT TRANCE ADVANCED 2 (2020)

It’s been three years since we’ve seen a Giant Trance Advanced 2. And Giant has decided to bring it back for model year 2020.

The reason:

At this price point an overwhelming majority of riders and customers would rather purchase a carbon mountain bike than an aluminium one.

So, in a nutshell you should consider it if:

Firstly, you are focussed on buying a carbon mountain bike with affordable performance components.

And second, you want the bike to be versatile; something that can climb efficiently, is stable at high speed and in the rough, and do long rides comfortably.

Now onto some key details.

THE FRAME

It’s made from carbon. In fact, anything called ‘Advanced’ is produced from carbon.

It’s one piece too, which means that Trance’s frame is exceptionally light and stiff. And comfortable.

This is why:

Engineers can vary the structure of the carbon depending on the type of stress the frame is subject to. They can make the frame compliant (or flex) where required and rigid where this is necessary.

This means:

The Trance Advanced is superb at muting harsh vibrations and reducing the severity of impacts. Which means on a long ride you’re less fatigued.

And the extra rigidity translates into better bike handling, cornering and pedalling efficiency. Ever ridden off camber tree roots or rocks? The trail is constantly trying to flex and force the bike into a direction you don’t want it to go.

With carbon this doesn’t happen. That extra rigidity means the bike can hold its line better.

Cranking up climbs or putting in sprint efforts is more rewarding. Due to less flex in the bottom bracket area (where the pedals and cranks are located).

About Maestro:

It’s a suspension platform that Giant base all their high-end mountain bikes on. There are four pivots (which all roll on sealed bearings) and 2 linkages (one made from carbon for added stiffness).

The goal of any suspension platform is to stop the rear brake and your pedalling force from affecting the rear suspension.

And Maestro addresses this all this really well.

GEOMETRY

In the pursuit to make the Trance versatile, the geometry has to be dialled and versatile as well. Too much travel and the bike won’t climb and too little, it becomes unstable at high speed.

That’s where the Trance hits a nice sweet spot.

Giant has engineered the Trance 2 to deliver 140mm of rear wheel travel and is paired with a 150mm suspension fork.

! [Geometry] (https://dk8nafk1kle6o.cloudfront.net/Images/Giant/GlobalFrames/giant-offroad-geo.png)

And speaking of sweet spot, the head tube angle (E) is 67.0-degrees. It’s an excellent balance that makes the Trance 2 a competent climber and delivers high-speed stability on descents at the same time.

The seat tube angle (B) measures 73.5-degrees. This is steep enough to keep your weight over the bottom bracket and minimise suspension movement on climbs.

However, for riders with short torso length or those who are frequently climbing steep trails it worth sliding the seat forward.

At 435mm, the chain stay length (I) is very short. Paired with 27.5-inch wheels this makes the Trance 2 incredibly responsive and easy to move around on the trail.

On frame sizing:

It’s especially difficult getting the right frame size if you’re in between two frame sizes (such as M and L). If that’s the case:

And you’re searching for high speed stability get the larger size. It will keep you planted and in control through rough and raw singletrack.

But if you’re searching for agility, the smaller frame will deliver that.

NEW ROCK SHOX SUSPENSION

For 2020 Rock Shox has designed a new fork. It’s called the 35 Gold RL.

This is why:

Bikes are now coming with more suspension travel. And to accommodate the extra travel (150mm in this case), suspension forks need to get stiffer and burlier.

But the only options were also super expensive.

Not so with the Gold 35. It’s an affordable performance suspension product that’s been designed for the intermediate rider. It also features a lot of the technology that Rock Shox has developed for their top end stuff.

Such as:

The new DebonAir spring. Without nerding out on you, it’s a new air spring that makes the fork super supple - especially in the first 25%-30% of suspension movement.

Then there’s the Motion Control damper. It’s been around for years because it’s easy to service and it works. The lever at the top of the fork has several indents (or clicks) as you turn it. As you pass each click the suspension gets firmer - until it’s on full lockout.

And it accepts something called Bottomless Tokens. They are round grey plastic pieces that stop the fork from bottoming out (or using full travel), hence the name ‘bottomless’.

They also do two other cool things:

First, they ramp up the feel as you use more travel. Delivering a smoother ride, especially landing larger drops or jumps.

And they allow the bike to hover around mid travel more. Which is where you want to be in corners and riding steep stuff.

Although the rear isn’t completely new, there’s one change for 2020; they’ve changed the suspension oil to Maxima Plush. It reduces damper noise (something that was common if the rebound is set too fast) and reduces friction.

Both front and rear suspension products have air pressure adjustment and rebound too.

NEW CARBON WHEELS

The Giant TRX 1 carbon wheels are specifically designed for trail riding.

This means:

The carbon layup uses Giant’s new Impact Resistant Design - a whole new design profile that was introduced in 2019.

Let me explain:

First, as part of the restructuring Giant made all their performance rims hookless.

This makes the rim wider at 30mm inner and 37mm outer - on point with modern trends.

The lines at the left side of the above image represent the flow of carbon fibres. Note how there are no abrupt changes in direction; all the fibres flow smoothly. This reduces any weakness in the rim, and is often where they crack.

And to further strengthen the rim, Giant has increased the rim bed to 3.5mm.

Second, the inner rim shape has been redesigned. It has a larger diameter inner radius (the solid blue line) that increases the strength.

Fine tuning the carbon layup in this area and around the spoke holes has reinforced the complete inner rim.

The weight of the Giant TRX 1 Composite wheels are 1,750 grams.

The rims are laced to DT Swiss 360 hubs that use a pawl driver. And the bearings are completely sealed too; significantly reducing rolling friction and maintenance.

NEW SRAM SX EAGLE

Like many affordable performance mountain bikes this season, we see the Trance Advanced 2 equipped with the brand new SRAM SX Eagle groupset.

A single front ring is paired to 12-sprockets that delivers a huge gear range, ranging from 11-tooth to a massive 50-tooth.

TRANCE 2 OR TRANCE ADVANCED 2?

The RRP difference is $700 between the Trance 2 and Trance Advanced 2.

Which one should you choose?

Well, for the extra you get a carbon frame (RRP $2,000) and carbon wheels (RRP $2,000). So the upgrade is definitely worth it.

It’s also worth noting that the Trance Advanced 2 will ride smoother and deliver better handling.

So, if you’re local trails consist of lots of tree roots, rock gardens and tricky off camber sections, then the Trance Advanced 2 is a must.

You’ll also see that because it’s brilliant at muting impacts and vibrations, your fatigue point will be higher.

GIANT TRANCE ADVANCED 2 (2020)

It’s been three years since we’ve seen a Giant Trance Advanced 2. And Giant has decided to bring it back for model year 2020.

The reason:

At this price point an overwhelming majority of riders and customers would rather purchase a carbon mountain bike than an aluminium one.

So, in a nutshell you should consider it if:

Firstly, you are focussed on buying a carbon mountain bike with affordable performance components.

And second, you want the bike to be versatile; something that can climb efficiently, is stable at high speed and in the rough, and do long rides comfortably.

Now onto some key details.

THE FRAME

It’s made from carbon. In fact, anything called ‘Advanced’ is produced from carbon.

It’s one piece too, which means that Trance’s frame is exceptionally light and stiff. And comfortable.

This is why:

Engineers can vary the structure of the carbon depending on the type of stress the frame is subject to. They can make the frame compliant (or flex) where required and rigid where this is necessary.

This means:

The Trance Advanced is superb at muting harsh vibrations and reducing the severity of impacts. Which means on a long ride you’re less fatigued.

And the extra rigidity translates into better bike handling, cornering and pedalling efficiency. Ever ridden off camber tree roots or rocks? The trail is constantly trying to flex and force the bike into a direction you don’t want it to go.

With carbon this doesn’t happen. That extra rigidity means the bike can hold its line better.

Cranking up climbs or putting in sprint efforts is more rewarding. Due to less flex in the bottom bracket area (where the pedals and cranks are located).

About Maestro:

It’s a suspension platform that Giant base all their high-end mountain bikes on. There are four pivots (which all roll on sealed bearings) and 2 linkages (one made from carbon for added stiffness).

The goal of any suspension platform is to stop the rear brake and your pedalling force from affecting the rear suspension.

And Maestro addresses this all this really well.

GEOMETRY

In the pursuit to make the Trance versatile, the geometry has to be dialled and versatile as well. Too much travel and the bike won’t climb and too little, it becomes unstable at high speed.

That’s where the Trance hits a nice sweet spot.

Giant has engineered the Trance 2 to deliver 140mm of rear wheel travel and is paired with a 150mm suspension fork.

! [Geometry] (https://dk8nafk1kle6o.cloudfront.net/Images/Giant/GlobalFrames/giant-offroad-geo.png)

And speaking of sweet spot, the head tube angle (E) is 67.0-degrees. It’s an excellent balance that makes the Trance 2 a competent climber and delivers high-speed stability on descents at the same time.

The seat tube angle (B) measures 73.5-degrees. This is steep enough to keep your weight over the bottom bracket and minimise suspension movement on climbs.

However, for riders with short torso length or those who are frequently climbing steep trails it worth sliding the seat forward.

At 435mm, the chain stay length (I) is very short. Paired with 27.5-inch wheels this makes the Trance 2 incredibly responsive and easy to move around on the trail.

On frame sizing:

It’s especially difficult getting the right frame size if you’re in between two frame sizes (such as M and L). If that’s the case:

And you’re searching for high speed stability get the larger size. It will keep you planted and in control through rough and raw singletrack.

But if you’re searching for agility, the smaller frame will deliver that.

NEW ROCK SHOX SUSPENSION

For 2020 Rock Shox has designed a new fork. It’s called the 35 Gold RL.

This is why:

Bikes are now coming with more suspension travel. And to accommodate the extra travel (150mm in this case), suspension forks need to get stiffer and burlier.

But the only options were also super expensive.

Not so with the Gold 35. It’s an affordable performance suspension product that’s been designed for the intermediate rider. It also features a lot of the technology that Rock Shox has developed for their top end stuff.

Such as:

The new DebonAir spring. Without nerding out on you, it’s a new air spring that makes the fork super supple - especially in the first 25%-30% of suspension movement.

Then there’s the Motion Control damper. It’s been around for years because it’s easy to service and it works. The lever at the top of the fork has several indents (or clicks) as you turn it. As you pass each click the suspension gets firmer - until it’s on full lockout.

And it accepts something called Bottomless Tokens. They are round grey plastic pieces that stop the fork from bottoming out (or using full travel), hence the name ‘bottomless’.

They also do two other cool things:

First, they ramp up the feel as you use more travel. Delivering a smoother ride, especially landing larger drops or jumps.

And they allow the bike to hover around mid travel more. Which is where you want to be in corners and riding steep stuff.

Although the rear isn’t completely new, there’s one change for 2020; they’ve changed the suspension oil to Maxima Plush. It reduces damper noise (something that was common if the rebound is set too fast) and reduces friction.

Both front and rear suspension products have air pressure adjustment and rebound too.

NEW CARBON WHEELS

The Giant TRX 1 carbon wheels are specifically designed for trail riding.

This means:

The carbon layup uses Giant’s new Impact Resistant Design - a whole new design profile that was introduced in 2019.

Let me explain:

First, as part of the restructuring Giant made all their performance rims hookless.

This makes the rim wider at 30mm inner and 37mm outer - on point with modern trends.

The lines at the left side of the above image represent the flow of carbon fibres. Note how there are no abrupt changes in direction; all the fibres flow smoothly. This reduces any weakness in the rim, and is often where they crack.

And to further strengthen the rim, Giant has increased the rim bed to 3.5mm.

Second, the inner rim shape has been redesigned. It has a larger diameter inner radius (the solid blue line) that increases the strength.

Fine tuning the carbon layup in this area and around the spoke holes has reinforced the complete inner rim.

The weight of the Giant TRX 1 Composite wheels are 1,750 grams.

The rims are laced to DT Swiss 360 hubs that use a pawl driver. And the bearings are completely sealed too; significantly reducing rolling friction and maintenance.

NEW SRAM SX EAGLE

Like many affordable performance mountain bikes this season, we see the Trance Advanced 2 equipped with the brand new SRAM SX Eagle groupset.

A single front ring is paired to 12-sprockets that delivers a huge gear range, ranging from 11-tooth to a massive 50-tooth.

TRANCE 2 OR TRANCE ADVANCED 2?

The RRP difference is $700 between the Trance 2 and Trance Advanced 2.

Which one should you choose?

Well, for the extra you get a carbon frame (RRP $2,000) and carbon wheels (RRP $2,000). So the upgrade is definitely worth it.

It’s also worth noting that the Trance Advanced 2 will ride smoother and deliver better handling.

So, if you’re local trails consist of lots of tree roots, rock gardens and tricky off camber sections, then the Trance Advanced 2 is a must.

You’ll also see that because it’s brilliant at muting impacts and vibrations, your fatigue point will be higher.

Colour Charcoal
Frame Advanced grade composite main frame, ALUXX SL rear triangle, Maestro 140mm travel, Boost, ISCG 05
Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL, Debon Air, OverDrive steerer, 15x110 Maxle Stealth, 150mm travel
Shock RockShox Deluxe Select R, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact trail rise, 35mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Contact Switch dropper, 30.9mm
Saddle Giant Contact SL, Neutral
Pedals N/A
Shifter SRAM SX Eagle, 12 speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle
Brakes Shimano MT420 hydraulic disc, 180mm
Brake Levers Shimano MT401 hydraulic
Cassette SRAM XG1210 Eagle, 11-50T, 12 speed
Chain SRAM SX Eagle
Crankset SRAM SX Eagle, DUB, 30T
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP DUB, press fit
Rims Giant TRX 1 Hookless Composite, DBL, WheelSystem
Hubs Giant TRX 1 Hookless Composite, DBL, WheelSystem, 28H
Spokes Giant TRX 1 Hookless Cmposite, DBL, WheelSystem
Tyres Maxxis High Roller II, TR, 3C, EXO, Folding, Fr: 27.5x2.5” Rr: 27.5x2.4”
Extras Tubeless prepared
General
Brand
Giant
Bike
Frame Size
Medium
General
Brand
Giant
Bike
Frame Size
Large
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Rock Shox 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Everything Else 1 year
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Rock Shox 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Everything Else 1 year
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Rock Shox 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Everything Else 1 year