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2016 Giant Trance 27.5 SX Bike (discontinued)

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1 year and 2500 miles later

The Good:

Trail riding in general. Great freeride to light enduro rig.

The Bad:

Tight switchbacks. Low end on some build spec.

Overall Review:

I have had this ride for a year now. The wedding rush is gone but my bride still rocks.

Out of the box the bike was great but as I got to know it and pushed more I found some faults.

>The tires just sucked. Unpredictable and the rough, rocky, rooted texas rides destroyed them in no time. Slipped on some Cross-max and it was sorted.

>Then the chain guide broke. Went with a RF Narrow wide and have no issues at all. Why did they not spec it like this?

>The fork took some time to "break in" but once it did and I got the tuning wired...nice.

The rest of the bike, though low end (SLX, Deore) works great still. It climbs, eats miles of trail and loves a good flowie decent. On the other hand it does not like tight turns. The rakish head angle can push pretty easy on tight turns, more-so on climbs. I have found that if I drop the TALAS for to the low end it steepens the head angle and it does turn better in the tight...a little.

Outside of that, after a year and 2500 trail miles, a set of grips, a few sets of tires, a chain ring. Thats it. Don't think I will swap it out any time soon.


Product Giant Trance 27.5 SX Bike
Model Year 2016
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 22.4" 23.6" 24.4" 25.4"
Head Tube Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Head Tube Length 3.9" 3.9" 4.7" 5.3"
Seat Tube Angle 72.5° 72.5° 72.5° 72.5°
Seat Tube Length 16" 18" 20" 22"
Bottom Bracket Height
Chainstay Length 17.3" 17.3" 17.3" 17.3"
Wheelbase 44.6" 45.8" 46.7" 47.7"
Standover 27.4" 28.7" 30.3" 30.9"
Reach 39.9 cm 42.5 cm 43.9 cm 45.6 cm
Stack 57.1 cm 57.1 cm 59.0 cm 60.4 cm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
Rear Travel 139.7mm
Rear Shock FOX Float X2 Performance
Fork FOX 34 Talas Performance with 15mm Thru-Axle, Tapered Steerer
Fork Travel 140-160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Handlebar Giant Contact SL DH, 31.8mm
Stem Truvativ Holzfeller
Brakes SRAM Guide R, Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Front/170mm Rear
Brake Levers SRAM Guide R, Hydraulic Disc
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X01, Rear Only
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01, Type 2
ISCG Tabs Yes
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM X1
Chainrings 32 Tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM, Press Fit
Pedals N/A
Cassette SRAM XG-1180, 10-42 Tooth, 11-Speed
Rims Giant P-AM2, Double Wall
Hubs Giant Performance Tracker Disc, 32 Hole
Spokes Stainless Steel, 14/15g
Tires Schwalbe Hans Dampf 27.5"x2.35", Snakeskin, Trailstar Front
Schwalbe Rock Razor, 27.5"x2.35", Snakeskin, Pacestar Rear
Saddle Giant Contact, Upright
Seatpost Giant Contact SL Switch, Dropper
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142mm x 12mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Matte Blue/Red
Warranty Lifetime Frame for Original Purchaser
Weight N/A
Price $4,500
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