Giant are known for the value and range, and so far 2019 doesn't look any different. The big news? How good their new Trance E+ and Intrigue E+ look!
Giant have 3 other Trance E+ Pro models in the range, and the 150mm forks put the head angle at 66.d degrees, and the fork rake is now 46mm not 44mm. This keeps the wheelbase of the SX model and the rest of the range very similar across the size ranges, like only 1-2mm off. And yes, there are five sizes available for the Trance E+ Pro for the lower two models – the reach on an XL is 479mm with a 655mm top tube. So the length is there for some rowdy riding.
The Trance E+ 0 Pro is super sweet at $8999 with XTR M9100 and Fox Factory gear, and a deep black sparkle paint job…. But it is still limited to small, medium and large. So it’s the Trance E+ 1 Pro with Fox 36 and DPS Performance suspension, GX Eagle, Code R brakes and a Minion/Rekon tyre setup on the Giant AM wheels looks to be the pick.
This bike sells for $6999. The next model down goes for $5999 and drops to a Shimano 10-speed group and Suntour fork. Bear in mind the frame and motor are the same across all the Trance E+ Pro models.
Long live the hardtail
That’s right, hardtails never truly die, and eMTB hardtails open up a world of riding for many people exploring in the great outdoors. The Fathom carries the better aesthetics of the Trance E+ into hardtails, with the battery within the downtube.
120mm travel forks match with a 68 degree head angle for some friendly trail geometry. There’s no dropper post, but these bikes will carry plenty of traction with the 27.5x2.6” tyres. And 203/180mm discs will keep things in control. The Fathom E+2 Pro ($4799) keeps the SyncDrive Pro motor like the full-suspension models, while the Fathom E+ 3 ($3299) gets the Sport motor and a smaller battery pack.
There’s a lot of fun to be had on an eMTB hardtail – especially for covering ground and seeing places. But, with plus sized tyres and trail geometry, tha added weight of an eMTB actually makes a hardtail more steady than you might think when pointed downhill. Given how buffed out plenty of purpose built trials are, you might just surprise yourself at how capable a Fathom E+ is – especially the E+ 2 Pro.