First Look: 2014 Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 13

<b>Welcome to Park City, Utah, for the introduction of the latest Giant Bicycles lineup. For 2014, the company has gone into 27.5-inch mode and is offering eight models of the Trance 27.5.</b>

<b>All models are equipped with ISCG 05 tabs while spec alters geometry on the Trance SX 27.5, the most aggressive of the bunch. The SX is equipped with a 160mm travel FOX 34 that rakes the head angle to 66-degrees and raises the BB height slightly.</b>

<b>At the top of the line is the Trance Advanced 27.5 0. At sub 25-pounds we found the “climbs like an XC bike and descends like a freeride bike" statement to be true. This was the bike we spent the most time on at Park City and she performed exceptionally well.</b>

<b>The Trance Advanced 27.5 in prototype form earlier this year, as rallied by Adam Craig. "Advanced" designates a carbon frameset.</b>

<b>The move to the 27.5-inch wheel is a bold one for Giant, and they're the largest company to make the leap to date. In their off-road line, only the Glory, Reign X, and STP will remain in the 26-inch variety.</b>

<b>For 2014, small bump compliance is noticeably improved thanks to the cartridge bearings pressed in the upper link of the Trance.</b>

<b>With suspension set at 30% sag it was easy to feel how effective the Trance was at neutralizing small bumps.</b>

<b>Internal cable routing was missing on Giant's off-road bikes in the past, but they've added it for 2014. Tidy cable routing is a way of life.</b>

<b>Attention to detail with injection-molded protection keeps the bike nearly silent, plus it's easy to replace if needed.</b>

<b>A downtube guard protects the Advanced carbon models.</b>

<b>Interchangeable dropouts are available to those that want options – especially those considering building up a frame from scratch.</b>

<b>Railing! The 142x12mm factory set up was stiff and inspired confidence.</b>

<b>In conjunction with internal cable routing, the Contact Switch dropper post conceals all but the cable that routes from the thumb switch to the head tube cable port.</b>

<b>A hard ano tube and revised lever improves the post's performance as well.</b>

<b>Giant utilizes a proprietary 1.5-1.25-inch tapered steerer tube design known as Overdrive 2. As of today, stems for Overdrive 2 are available from FSA, PRO, Giant and Ritchie.</b>

<b>Going up! The Trance Advanced 27.5 0 climbed with the best of them.</b>

<b>Giant introduced brand new 27.5-inch wheels in both aluminum and carbon. On the trail, the carbon wheels are fast - plain and simple.</b>

<b>The hubs also performed very well with snappy engagement. They sound fast, too.</b>

<b>So how shredable was the Trance 27.5? The platform itself is similar to the Trance you know and love, but improved in many ways. Letting it rip was easy to do, and the bike rarely hesitates over any terrain.</b>

<b>The bigger wheels are more efficient than 26-inch and much steezier than 29. As a skeptic of 27.5 initially, one must ride them to understand. For trail riding, the larger wheel size actually enhances the experience.</b>

<b>For more details on Giant's 2014 lineup, head over to <u><a href="" target="_blank"></a></u>. With availability slated for late this summer, you won't be waiting for long.</b>

We were sent out to Park City, Utah to test the brand new 2014 Trance line of bikes. What's new, exactly? Aside from other improvements, in perhaps Giant's “boldest move in company history,” they've bumped the 2014 line of off-road bikes into 27.5-inch mode.

Clockwise, the Trance Advanced 27.5 line includes the 0, 1, SX, and 2 models, all with carbon framesets. They're also available in the aluminum variety.

Why the move to 27.5? Giant breaks down the move with the help of their athletes in this intro video...

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  • kirby

    3/12/2014 12:11 AM

    does anyone know if the giant trance 25.5 aluminium frame the same as the giant trance sx aluminium frame?

  • grapesmuggler

    11/8/2013 2:35 PM

    One of the slides mentions that Overdrive 2 stems are available from PRO, FSA, Giant and Ritchey. I can only find the ones from Giant and Ritchey. Can anyone confrim PRO or FSA make stems for overdrive 2?

  • jerryhazard

    8/1/2013 5:04 PM

    Deity got some nice ad space in there

  • 26griz

    8/1/2013 9:43 AM

    Unfortunately I forgot my tape measure, however I can confirm the BB height is in a nice place. The Trance SX stands slightly taller with a 160mm fork but felt really stable in corners (thanks to the sturdy front end) so the difference in BB height wasn't noticeable. The Trance Advanced 0 was the weapon of choice for our long rides - neither bike gave me anything to complain about and to be honest I've never been so attracted to a 140mm trail bike. PS, I was once a total skeptic of 27.5!

  • 'size

    8/1/2013 2:07 PM

    how about shock i2i and stroke? i've read they use the same shock as the reign (200mm x 51mm) with a 10mm spacer but that puts the average leverage ratio at 3.4:1 which is insanely high these days. wondering if it's really a 200mm x 57mm (reign x spec) with the 10mm spacer or a standard 200mm x 51mm which makes the most sense...

  • Uncle Cliffy

    8/1/2013 8:13 PM

    The shock is indeed a 200x51. I heard about the spacer too, so I'll have to deflate the one in our shop and see what happens...

  • 'size

    8/1/2013 8:38 PM

    cool - thanks again!

  • 'size

    8/1/2013 8:30 AM

    you guys happen to measure any bottom bracket heights?

  • Uncle Cliffy

    8/1/2013 8:06 PM

    I measured a Trance 3 with 140mm Sektor and got 13.125...

  • 'size

    8/1/2013 8:37 PM

    awesome - thanks!

  • CombatMutt

    8/1/2013 6:56 AM

    Breaks down the differences between 26, 27.5, and 29. I thought it was worth the read.
  • Headshot

    8/1/2013 1:58 AM

    Should I also be upset cos I bought a sixer Reign in 2013 :-)

  • MasCam

    8/1/2013 12:30 AM

    Lies, damn lies and statistics.

    Also I think that 57.8% of giant 29er Buyers are going to be pissed off that they bought bikes in the wrong wheel size last year.

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