Giant Trance 27.5 2 Trail Mountain Bike
The Giant Trance brings it all in a light and agile machine with stability to vanquish aggressive trails. The precision-welded ALUXX SL aluminum frame springs up hills and bombs descents with chops typically found on bikes in a much higher price range. A FOX Float 140mm fork sports a stiff and safe thru-axle, the slack head tube means high-speed stability and solid cornering prowess. The longer front-center area lets riders sit comfortably and sail up climbs, or sit in for long-hour days on the trail. Maestro twin-link suspension delivers 5.5 inches of cushioning to soak up roller coaster bumps and drops. The bike rolls on Giant’s own XC-2 double wall rims laced with stainless spokes, wrapped in Schwalbe Nobby nics for glue-like traction and cornering confidence.
A Shimano SLX 10-speed drivetrain powers the bike forward and M6 15 hydraulic brakes offer worry-free stopping power. We love the MRP 2X chain guide to prevent wayward chains, but a tight thumb lever and only 100mm of plunge from the dropper post are dings. Rear suspension can be a little soggy and make the bike slow to react on technical trails, but the Trance is a lightweight warrior set up to tackle years worth of trail adventures.