Our most popular carbon trail bike, the Trance Advanced 1 has been kept the same for season 2019 - except for two key differences. In this preview, I’m going to go through exactly who should buy the Trance Advanced 1 and its key selling features.
Chances are you know about Trance because you’ve got a friend that raves on about one or you’ve seen one of the countless reviews on one. Either way, it’s one of the most capable trail bikes you’ll come across.
The word ’Advanced’ designates the use of carbon for the main triangle. It’s also constructed from a one-piece mould. This minimizes the number of joins and connections, and therefore reduces the weight and increases the frame’s stiffness.
Like the aluminium version, the Trance Advanced is engineered to deliver 140mm of rear wheel travel - paired to a 150mm travel fork.
A new rear shock layout is a key frame feature and it’s attached to the frame through a trunnion mount. This is where the shock is attached through the main shock body. The main advantage of a trunnion mount is the shock can react to small bumps quicker because there is less twisting in the rear shock.
It's also improved the Trance’s pedalling efficiency. The new one-piece carbon upper linkage has a lot to do with this. It’s stiffer, lighter and the revised main pivot locations have had an impact on improving the Trance Advanced’s pedalling efficiency.
All the bearings at all pivot locations are completely sealed. This keeps all the linkages rolling smoothly through the mud, dust and grit. And reduces maintenance to almost zero. Just don’t ever high pressure hose these areas.
Fox is the benchmark when it comes to suspension in the industry. One of the changes for the 2019 Trance Advanced 1 is upgrading to a Fox 36 Float 36 suspension fork, instead of the Fox 34 Float that we’ve seen over the last couple of seasons.
Fox’s DPX2 is the benchmark rear shock if you’re riding consists of some blue and mostly black diamond and even double black diamond trails.
It uses a recirculating oil path. This means under high cyclic loading, the shock doesn’t overheat and lose its damping quality - the last thing you want when you’re flying over tree roots, rocks and drop offs.
The Trance Advanced 1 features suspension from the Performance Elite family. It’s good stuff because Performance Elite is at the ultimate sweet spot between price and technical performance. Performance Elite products also undergo more sophisticated machining on the suspension parts to reduce weight and increase stiffness.
All this means is less chassis flex and therefore the front of the Trance Advanced tracks better through high-speed chatter.
At the guts of it, the damper is called FIT4. These dampers are the best you can buy from Fox and essentially they do one thing - separate the air and oil from mixing together using an expandable bladder.
Air sprung suspension means both can be tuned exactly to your weight and riding style. Other adjustments include rebound, compression and low speed compression.
The red rebound dial controls the speed of the fork or rear shock after it’s been compressed. Turning the red dial in the positive (+) direction, slows the suspension down. The negative (-) does the reverse. There is definitely a sweet spot though!
A blue lever on the front and rear shock body has 3 distinct settings; open, medium and firm. Open is completely soft, firm is the hardest setting and medium is somewhere in the middle.
The round black dial controls LSC and determines how soft or hard you want the fork or shock to feel in its initial movement.
The fork has 18 positions for LSC, from super soft to very firm. The aim for LSC is to get the fork to feel super plush over repeated impacts, without causing excessive nose dive and imbalance.
It’s no surprise that SRAM are producing the best mountain bike groupsets at the moment.
Eagle’s sprockets have a range from a tiny 10-tooth right through to a massive 50-tooth rear sprocket. GX Eagle also delivers smoother gear changes than previous generation 11-speed components.
Shifting feels very tactile and mechanical and multiple gears can be skipped without fail.
Is the new TRX 1 Hookless carbon wheelset. Yes, hookless!
First though - the carbon. So, with a hooked rim there’s an area where all the carbon layers are suddenly ‘interrupted’. This causes a stress concentration or weakness at the rim.
The new hookless rim profile allows the fibres to be moulded perfectly - without interruption - eliminating the stress concentration and any weakness in the rim profile. Because there is no ‘hook’. Hopefully, also making these more impact resistant to rock strikes and sharp impacts.
Giant has also re-engineered the rim profile. It’s wider and the actual cross section is thicker. Giant’s Trail or TRX rims use to be 27mm wide internally and have now gone to 30mm wide. It may not sound like a lot but visually and in practice will make a significant improvement in the Trance Advanced’s capabilities.
These wheels roll on DT swiss hubs. DT are the biggest wheel manufacturer in the world and their hubs are known for their reliability. DT’s high end sealed bearings are maintenance free and require very little in the way of maintenance.
Giant’s wheels come with a 2 year warranty and there is no weight limit specified, as yet.
There is no unicorn bike - a bike that can climb so efficiently and yet descends with a lot of confidence. It just can’t be. If you read otherwise, well, it’s just not true.
With that in mind, Giant’s Trance Advanced 1 is designed for those who are searching for stability and confidence in steep, technical terrain and are willing to accept that the Trance isn’t going to climb like a shorter travel bike.
So, if you’re riding places like the You Yangs (Stockyards area), Harcourt, Bright, Red Hill and Mount Buller - the Trance Advanced is going to be a great companion.
Hopefully this preview has answered most of your questions but if you have any further questions, feel free to give any of our stores a call.
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Carbon / Metallic Green
Advanced grade composite main frame, ALUXX SL rear triangle, Maestro 140mm travel, Boost, ISCG 05
Fox 36 Float Performance Elite, FIT4 3POS Damper, 15x110mm Kabolt Axle, OverDrive steerer, 150mm travel
Fox Float DPX2 Performance, Trunnion mount
Giant Contact SL trail rise, 35mm
Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Giant Contact Switch S dropper, 30.9mm
Giant Contact SL, Neutral
SRAM GX Eagle, 12sp
SRAM GX Eagle
SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc, 180mm
SRAM Guide RS hydraulic
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 10-50T, 12sp
SRAM GX Eagle
Truvativ Descendant Eagle, Dub, 32T
SRAM GXP Dub press fit
Giant TRX 1 Hookless Composite DBL WheelSystem
Giant TRX 1 Hookless Composite DBL WheelSystem, 28H
Giant TRX 1 Hookless Composite DBL WheelSystem
Maxxis High Roller II, TR, 3C, EXO, Folding, Fr: 27.5x2.5”, Rr: 27.5x2.4”