Giant Trance X Advanced E 2
A NEW BREED OF TRAIL BIKE THAT BLENDS POWER, PERFORMANCE AND FLAT-OUT FUN. WITH ITS LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSITE FRAME, PLUSH SUSPENSION AND NEW MOTOR TECHNOLOGY, YOU’LL NEVER WANT THE RIDE TO END.
Powerful and responsiveNew SyncDrive Pro motor with 85Nm of torque creates powerful pedaling assistance even at low speeds. Lightweight, stiff Advanced-grade composite frame with 140mm of Maestro rear suspension travel and 150mm up front delivers confident handling and control on rough trails.
Adaptable to the terrainNew flip chip feature lets you change the head tube and seat tube angles, along with the bottom bracket height, to fine-tune handling for varying trail conditions and individual riding style. You can choose the low position for fast, aggressive terrain, or high for a more XC-oriented rider position.
Clean cockpitThe new RideControl Go top-tube integrated multi-function on/off button and RideControl Ergo 3 handlebar-mounted remote, which can be mounted on either grip, offer user-friendly controls and an uncluttered cockpit design.
RANGEHow far can I expect to ride on a single battery charge?
The range for a single battery charge can vary greatly depending on conditions such as the combined weight of the rider and cargo; wind resistance; tire pressure and tread profile; terrain and elevation changes; road or trail surface; outdoor temperature; maintenance of the E-Bike; and the condition of the battery.
Subject to change without notice.
The GIANT Trance X E 1 2022 is damn stubborn and wants to climb high
Even with a tall stack of spacers under the stem, the pedalling position is front-heavy, putting a fair amount of pressure on your wrists. On steeper climbs, the position is nicely balanced, distributing the weight evenly between the wheels and keeping the 29″ front wheel planted on the ground. The super-active rear suspension controls 140 mm travel and sticks to the ground like velcro, generating tons of traction on technical climbs. Try and convince the GIANT to do anything other than climb, and it will refuse – just like that weird kid who wanted to stay on the tree. Downhill, the heavy front requires great physical effort and good riding skills, making it hard to bring the GIANT to life. At the same time, you’ll have to wrestle the long chainstays to pull manuals and pop into the air. While handlebars with more rise would definitely help, they wouldn’t eliminate the root cause of the problem: the geometry of the bike and short head tube. Although the even weight distribution keeps the front wheel tracking in open corners, the Trance X E1 is a lot more fun uphill than it is downhill.
Motor Giant SyncDrive Pro 2 85 NmBattery EnergyPak Smart XL 750 WhDisplay Ride Control GoFork FOX 36 Performance 150 mmRear Shock FOX Float X Performance 140 mmSeatpost GIANT Contact Switch Vario 170 mmBrakes Shimano XT M8120 220/200 mmDrivetrain Shimano XT/SLX 12Stem GIANT Contact SL 45 mmHandlebar GIANTContact Trail 780 mmWheelset GIANT AM 29Tires MAXXIS ASSEGAI EXO/Dissector EXO 2.6
Size S. XLWeight 25.46 kgPerm. total weight 156 kgMax. payload (rider/equipment) 130 kgTrailer approval noKickstand mount no
The new SyncDrive Pro2 motor is based on Yamaha’s PW-X3 powerhouse and paired with GIANT’s in-house system components. The minimalist RideControl Ergo3 remote is well-positioned and sits flush with the left grip, but doesn’t provide the same excellent haptics as Shimano’s remote. However, the three small buttons can be freely assigned via the RideControl app. GIANT dispose with a display on the handlebar, integrating their minimalist RideControl GO multipurpose button in the top tube, which displays the charge level and riding modes. GIANT’s in-house 750 Wh battery can be easily removed from the down tube with a Torx key while an external range extender boosts battery capacity to 1,000 Wh.
Even Reinhold Messner would be impressed by the climbing performance of the GIANT Trance X E1
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GIANT also tuned the motor characteristics in-house. The progressive Automatic mode modulates support according to the riding situation but is a little shy at the first pedal stroke, leaving you to your own devices before the motor kicks in. In this regard, the Bosch eMTB mode plays in a different league. In the strongest support mode, however, the motor shoots forward as soon as you touch the pedal, developing plenty of power even at low speeds and allowing you to tackle very steep climbing sections. In addition, it’s far more forgiving of wrong gear choice than other motors but also highly sensitive to pedal input, which can take some getting used to. Despite its powerful motor, the GIANT can’t keep up with the excellent traction of the Moustache Trail 7, which proved the best climber in the entire group test.
Except for the motor, the GIANT has lots in common with its predecessor. Among other things, it has the same high 156 kg max. permissible weight (highest in test), leaving a whopping 130 kg payload for epic gear-laden eMTB Alpine crossings. Steep trails on a loaded bike call for powerful and reliable deceleration, which the Shimano XT brakes with a 220 mm rotor at the front deliver in great quantities. The shrunken motor blends in well with the frame while the curved edges soften the blunt squareness of the massive down tube. However, the massive weld seams and, above all, the alignment of the tubes, don’t make for a high quality impression. The flip chip, which we’ve already criticised with the previous version of the bike, still serves no purpose. Even in the slack setting, the seat angle is steep enough, pushing the rider towards the low front and thus making the high setting totally pointless.
Tuning tip: handlebars with plenty of rise
Giant Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 1
The X in this 29er’s name denotes that it has more travel than the standard Trance. Of the two dozen or so trail bikes I’ve tested in the past two years, that one impressed me the most. At the time, it was revolutionary—a very short-travel (115mm rear) trail bike with geometry getting close to that of an enduro race bike. It wasn’t the first bike to do that, but it was the first from a big mainstream brand and came in versions at a lot of riders could afford. It had a thrilling, intoxicating ride. This bike has 135 millimeters of travel in the back and 150 up front. That’s pretty modest as bikes go these days, and it retains the standard Trance’s stiff frame, light weight, and well-tuned suspension. While the shorter-travel version seemed remarkably wild compared to bikes with similar travel, the numbers on the Trance X are notable for another reason—they’re relatively conservative. That restraint from Giant, however, helped this bike retain the shorter-travel version’s energy while adding some stability in rougher and faster terrain.
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The Evol’s piggyback reservoir keeps things cool on fast descents.
Flip Chip Equipped
Pop those chips out and flip them to change the geo angles.
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The 2.5-inch wide DHF front tire bites into anything.
Giant’s carbon TRX-2 wheels bring a ton of value to this model
Fox 36 Fork
The Performance Elite model has 150mm of travel.
Giant gave this bike flip chips at the top of the seatstays that allow you to slightly change the geometry by backing out two 5mm bolts. It takes only a minute or two, and going to the low setting decreases the head- and seat-tube angles by.7 degrees, drops the bottom bracket by 10mm, and makes slight changes to the chainstay length and reach. I’m not sold on the value of flip chips—and haven’t heard from many riders who choose bikes because of them—but they do give you some ability to alter the bike’s handling to suit your terrain. I mostly kept the Trance in the low setting, even on rocky, pedally, East Coast rides.
Fork: Fox 36 Performance Elite, 150mmShock: Fox Float DPX2 Performance Shifters: SRAM GX EagleRear Derailleur: SRAM GX EagleCrank: Truvativ Descendent 6k EagleCassette: SRAM Eagle XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-52Brake Levers: SRAM G2 RBrakes: SRAM G2 R hydraulicRims: Giant TRX-2 29Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF tubeless, 29×2.5 (front), Maxxis Dissector tubeless, 29×2.4 (rear)Handlebar: Giant Contact SLR TrailStem: Giant Contact SLSeatpost: Giant Contact Switch dropper with remoteSaddle: Giant Romero SL
In the low setting, the frame-geometry numbers are in line with what you’d find on a similarly sized Specialized Stumpjumper or Yeti SB130, but a hair steeper, taller, or shorter. And the Giant’s low weight, parts selection, and shock tune make it feel easier and more enjoyable to maneuver up climbs or hauling along rolling terrain than either of those two. While those are both excellent models, they feel best when pumping and slashing downhill. This bike does that, too, but with better overall balance.
The Maestro suspension is excellent, giving the Trance good pedaling efficiency and lots of control through corners and braking. Except on dirt-road climbs, I kept the Fox DPX2 shock wide open. The shock has a piggyback reservoir that helps it hold more oil, so it runs cooler and performs more consistently on longer descents than standard inline shocks.
This version of the bike also comes with Giant’s TRX 2 wheels, which are hookless, made of carbon, and have a 30mm internal width. While the rest of the bike’s components are comparable to ones you’d find on many similarly priced bikes, the wheels set this Trance X apart, keeping weight low and making the overall price a relative value.