2012 All Mountain Bike Tests at Interbike Outdoor Demo

26er 27.5 29er Enduro

Giant TranceX 29er

Craig rode this bike on our bigger first loop and then we switched for another climb up then back down Girl Scout. Here’s his impressions which he posted in the Giant Forum.

“Was at the Giant trailer early on Monday and scored a test ride on a large Trance X 29. I was very impressed. I took it up Girlscout, out around the Caldera loop, and down Westleg, it was a good little xc loop. I was really impressed with how the Trance climbed, it just clawed its way up and over all the square edged rock ledges you find in bootleg, it traversed across all the rocky singeltrack with ease, made every switchback like a 26″ bike. It was very fun and playful on the downs and was very confidence inspiring. I normally race a Titus Rockstar 29 for xc and a Titus El Guapo for Super D events, I’ve always been very partial to horst link designs but this really opened my eyes to the Maestro design. I liked the spec, fork felt good and the new giant wheels felt good. It was one of the top bikes I tested.”

My impressions on the Trance parallel Craig’s fairly closely but it took me a little longer getting used to the more ponderous turning radius of the bigger hoops. It felt nice and roomy and I’d forgotten how the taller stack of the 29ers gives you a more upright comfy riding position. I too was impressed with its climbing ability and it definitely felt smoother and got hung up less in the chunkier stuff than the burner once I got the suspension readjusted for my weight and preferences (Craig doesn’t look it but at 185 he outweighs me by 20 lbs and likes really fast rebound). The five inches of maestro controlled travel and bigger hoops really seemed to eat up the rough descents. Nice.

The spec was nice and we both agreed that the XT brakes were the best that we tried. The Giant dropper post worked well and was a welcome addition on Bootleg’s varied terrain. Giant is now branding their own wheels which I believe are made by DT-Swiss. These seemed plenty stiff and didn’t suffer from any noticeable flex.

About the author: Kent Robertson

Kent Robertson (better known to Mtbr forum users as KRob) is just a guy who likes to ride. A lot. Kent’s 52 and has been riding mountain bikes for almost two decades, though he says his love of two-wheeled conveyances began when he was 5. His favorite trail type is any, be it fast and flowy, steep and chunky, or jumpy and droppy. Even a mellow bike path cruise with his wife makes him happy. “If I’m on two wheels it’s a good day.” Kent calls Ely, Nevada, home, but he’s ridden all over the western U.S. from Moab and Fruita, to Tahoe and Oregon, to a bunch of places in between. And while Kent focuses on the ride more than the bike, he’s ridden and tested a ton of bikes and knows what makes for a good ride — and a good bike. You can read more from Kent on his personal website, www.stuckinthespokes.com

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