Giant Bicycles launched the all-new line of Trance 29ers to its 2019 lineup of full-suspension trail bikes. With over two years of testing and development, the new Trance 29 range applies the latest engineering and technologies from Giant. The new Trance 29 with progressive trail geometry, next-generation Maestro Suspension, and lighter frame construction, said to deliver speed, stability, and control on the trail.
Designed for all-around trail riding, ranging from daily singletrack shredding to all-day epics or enduro competition, the 2019 Trance 29 range is engineered with all-new 29er-specific geometry and critical updates to its Maestro Suspension system. The new Trance 29er range includes two different series with a super light full Advanced Composite frame series and a new ALUXX SL aluminum frame series. Both are engineered with 115mm of the rear suspension and 130mm up front, striving to give the bike confidence and control. All the new Trance 29 models feature Boost hub spacing, added tire clearance, and feature Giant Tubeless System technology.
“We started working on a new 29er trail bike more than two years ago with a team of engineers, designers, and riders including Giant ambassador Adam Craig,” said Kevin Dana, Giant senior off-road global category manager. “We just set out to build a bike that was fun to ride in a variety of conditions and terrain. Changes in fork offsets allowed us to create something we couldn’t have built even a year prior. The new Trance is a bike that loves to be pushed and opened up at speed.”
The new frame’s shorter chainstays (435mm) keep the 29-inch rear wheel tucked tightly beneath the rider, which makes the bike feel quicker, especially on climbs and tight singletrack. After several phases of testing and development, engineers settled on a 66.5-degree headtube angle and 74.5-degree seat tube angle. Said to give the Trance a balance of responsiveness and stability on the trail.
The updated Maestro Suspension system includes a new trunnion mount shock, which produces a lower shock leverage ratio for improved pedaling and braking efficiency. The rear suspension soars with new Advanced Forged Composite upper rocker arm, which is claimed to be lighter, stiffer and stronger than the prior aluminum version.
Craig worked with the development team, testing various iterations of the Trance 29 on a variety of terrain. The retired racer has as much experience as anyone with Giant XC and trail bikes, having competed at the top level on Maestro suspension bikes for more than a decade.
“This is a bike that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago,” said Craig. “It’s amazing what the engineers have been able to accomplish, creating a 29er that’s totally versatile and super fun to ride on all types of terrain. It’s ready for steep climbs and technical descents, just a great option for enduro events, big days in the backcountry, or daily rips on your local trails.”
Here’s a look at the two series in the new Trance 29 range:
Trance Advanced Pro 29:
The flagship series of the new Trance 29 range is engineered with a full Advanced Composite technology frameset including the mainframe and rear swingarm. Aimed at serious trail riders and racers who want one bike to do it all, it’s the lightest mid-travel 29er frame ever from Giant. It features the most current Maestro suspension with an Advanced Forged composite rocker arm and trunnion-mount shock for 115mm of rear travel that’s active and sensitive to small bumps. The frame geometry is all new, with progressive headtube and seat tube angles, shorter chainstays and a longer top tube. The flagship Trance Advanced Pro 29 0 model features custom-tuned DVO front and rear suspension.
This series features all the same suspension updates and new, 29er-specific trail geometry as the Trance Advanced Pro 29 series. The critical difference is this one, built with an ALUXX SL aluminum front triangle and rear swingarm.
Learn more at www.giant-bicycles.com/Trance29