The analogue Giant Trance

Yes, Giant still make bikes without motors! And the Giant Trance looks set to continue as what could be Australia’s most popular trail bike. 140mm of Maestro suspension is still matched with 150mm up front, suspending 27.5” wheels. There are no big wheels in sight as yet. 67 degree head angles sit with a shorter 42mm rake fork to keep things steady AND sprightly

The Advanced carbon range is lead with a sweet DVO suspension equipped Trance Advanced 0. Giant have worked with DVO to develop custom shock tunes for the Trance Advanced, plus the top Reign Advanced models. SRAM X02 Eagle and Guide RSC brakes do the go and whoa, and Giant’s new TRX wheels have a 30mm internal width, letting the 2.5 and 2.4” tyres bag up nicely. It’s a princely $8699, but if you look at the Trance Advanced 1 at $5999 you still get Fox Performance Elite 36 forks and a Performance DPX2, GX Eagle and composite wheels.

Plus you have nearly $3000 in your back pocket which might even pay for a weeklong trail riding holiday in New Zealand with all the extras if you’re luck!

In the ALUXX SL Trance range, black is back for the Trance 2. This is our pick of trail bikes from Giant’s line up. At $3699 you get a Shimano 11-speed drivetrain, Fox 34 Float Rhythm, DPS Performance shock, Giant dropper and Giant alloy AM wheels. This is very similar suspension performance to the Advanced 1 for the majority of trail riding you can do, just in a super value package. The Trance 3 drops to 10sp and Suntour/Fox bouncy bits for $3199.