Interbike: Giant Stance 27.5 offers full suspension mountain bikes under $2k

New line targets budget-minded beginners

27.5 All Mountain Trail Interbike

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Giant Stance 1

Giant Bicycles was showing a whole new line of 27.5 mountain bikes called the Stance. Available in 3 models, the Stance forgoes Giant’s signature Maestro suspension design for a much simpler single pivot design they have dubbed “FlexPoint” which allows them to bring the price point down significantly. The Stance has 120mm (4.7″) of rear travel and utilizes Giant’s ALUXX aluminum frame and features 27.5″ wheels.

Flexpoint Ttechnology

The Stance line is available in 5 sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL) and the Stance 27.5 1 has an MSRP of $1875 with Rockshox Recon Gold RL Solo Air fork, RockShox Monarch R rear shock, Shimano Deore / XT 10-speed drivetrain and Shimano M355 hydraulic disc brakes. The Stance 27.5 2 has an MSRP of $1450 with RockShox 30 Gold Solo Air fork, RockShox Monarch R rear shock, Shimano 3×9-speed drivetrain and Shimano M355 hydraulic disc brakes. For those who prefer Fox suspension and a dropper post, the top of the line Stance 27.5 0 has an MSRP of $2650 and has a Fox Float CTD Evolution 120mm-travel fork with 15mm thru-axle, Fox Float CTD Evolution rear shock, Giant Contact SL Switch-R dropper seatpost with remote, Shimano SLX / XT 10-speed drivetrain and Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes.


Giant Stance 2 - specs

You can check out the Stance at your local Giant dealer now.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • HEMIjer says:

    Glad to see Giant putting some very quality bikes at an intro price point for someone seriosuly looking to get into the sport cannot beat these.

  • Al says:

    What does your Stance 1 weigh? Thanks!

  • Andrew Kissam says:

    Just demoed the Giant Stance 1 today. It was an absolute blast to ride; it had a solid ride feel, cornered well, and was playful on the descents. This was my first time ever riding a full suspension so it was definitely a new experience for me. I will admit the 29er hardtail that I currently ride does climb a bit better, but the Giant rewards you with fun on the way back down and in the rough stuff. I’m sure this bike isn’t considered very light, (it did feel a bit heavy when I picked it up) but it rode like it was a much lighter bike than it really is (again, maybe it’s the full suspension which I am new to contributing to this feeling). In the end, I’d say if you’re coming from a hardtail or an older full suspension you can not beat this bike, it is an incredible value with performance that punches way above it’s price point!

  • Adam says:

    Just grabbed a Stance 2. Weight is around 32#. I can only compare to my 26 x country but the step up in wheel size crippled w clipless pedals shot me up and over obstacles and climbs I’d usually have to hike halfway through. Rear shock gave me a ton more confidence and control. The extra clearance from the break in the top rail came in handy on the rare occasion of a dismount uphill (rare)The Alivio drivetrain leaves more to be desired but can’t beat the price point to get into full suspension fun…..oh and the size debate is over for me. 9ers always felt too big and sluggish. The 650b seems to be a perfect combo of increased climb/clearance and the ability to whip it around tight single track.

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