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2012 Giant Trance X2 Bike (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Excellent)
2012 Giant Trance X2 Bike Trance_X_2
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    “Lively and capable trail bike - but ditch the triple!”

    The Good: A total blast to ride on tight, technical descents or fast, swooping singletrack. Pedals efficiently through rough or smooth trails. Reasonable weight for the price. Durable, solid parts kits. Inspires confidence on gnarly sections.

    The Bad: Triple crankset is unnecessary - swap to a double or single for lower weight and better chain retention. Stock tires are thin - I pinch flatted on my first ride. Stock brakes aren't great.

    Overall Review:

    Every time I ride this bike I enjoy it more. It pedals well enough to get you to the top of the hill without unnecessary gasping, although big standing efforts definitely work better with the ProPedal switch engaged. The Maestro suspension works well to keep the rear wheel tracking on technical climbs, making rooty or rocky sections easier.

    The fun really starts at the top of the hill - this bike comes alive on any descent. It accelerates quickly, and once you have the suspension dialed in, it floats through rock gardens with composure. It sucks up rocks and drops easily. I will say that the suspension can be a bit noisy, but I hardly notice it once I get going. The head angle looks steep on paper compared to some other trail bikes, but I've found that it gives the bike a nimble feel more than a nervous feel. The bike rails through corners better than any I've ridden.

    It's not perfect. The triple crankset is overkill for most trail riding. I switched to a single 32T ring with an e.13 guide. On that note, this bike does not have ISCG mounts, and it has a press-fit BB, so the only chain guides that will fit are the top-guide only options from e.13, MRP, and some other companies. If you need a full guide with a lower roller, this is probably not the bike for you. The stock tires are thin, easy to pinch flat, and wear quickly on rocky trails. The Avid Elixir 5 brakes are noisy on long descents. Some riders may find the stock stem too long or the stock bar too narrow, but that's a matter of personal preference.

    The rest of the stock parts are reliable performers. The Shimano drivetrain is bombproof, and the Giant brand wheels are a respectable offering. The Fox suspension is top-notch as always.

    On the whole, I'm stoked on this bike. I'd like to add a dropper post to increase its versatility, but even in mostly-stock form it's a ripper of a ride.

    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


    Model Year 2012
    Riding Type Trail
    Sizes and Geometry

    S, M, L, XL View Geometry

    Size S M L XL
    Top Tube Length 22 23 24 25
    Head Tube Angle 69.6 69.5 69.5 69.5
    Head Tube Length 4.6 5 5.7 6.5
    Seat Tube Angle 73.5 73.5 73.5 73.5
    Seat Tube Length
    Bottom Bracket Height
    Chainstay Length 17.1 17.1 17.1 17.1
    Wheelbase 42.6 43.5 44.6 45.6
    Standover 28.5 30 31.2 32.4
    Frame Material ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 5" Maestro Suspension
    Rear Travel
    Rear Shock Fox FLOAT RP2 Boost Valve
    Fork Fox 32 F125RL Evolution w/ 15QR Thru-Axle and OverDrive Steerer, 125mm Travel
    Fork Travel
    Head Tube Diameter
    Handlebar Giant Connect, Low Rise 31.8
    Stem Giant Connect
    Brakes Avid Elixir 5, [F] 180mm, [R] 160mm
    Brake Levers Avid Elixir 5
    Shifters Shimano SLX RapidFire, 3x10 Speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    ISCG Tabs
    Cranks Shimano M552, 24/32/42
    Bottom Bracket Shimano Press Fit
    Chain Shimano HG-74
    Cassette Shimano HG81 11x36, 10-Speed
    Rims Giant P-XC2
    Hubs [F] Giant Tracker Sealed/CNC w/ 15mm Axle, [R] Giant Tracker Performance, 32h
    Spokes DT Swiss Competition
    Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 26x2.25 Performance Folding
    Saddle Giant Performance MTB
    Seatpost Giant Connect, 30.9
    Seat Post Diameter
    Seatpost Clamp
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
    Max. Tire Size
    Bottle Cage Mounts
    Colors Satin Silver/Red/Black


    Price $2750.00
    More Info Giant website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry