Compared to the 2013 Trance, the head tube slackens from 69. Cons: It's a little heavy 28 lbs for a small but I got thornproof tubes with puncture sealant by mistake that are ridiculously heavy and stiff; I will be swapping those out. I was a bit surprised to see a 7mm increase of chainstain length though, up to 470mm. Damn that wheels are heavy! Agree with everything said except regarding noise. All of the 2014 Trances have 27. It caters to their strengths and provides a ton of confidence when the trail gets rough.
The updated spring curve and progression changes make it much more suited to aggressive riding, and improvements to the Talas travel adjust system reduce friction within the fork. The Energypak 500 has 40 of the regular 18650 cells that makes a 500Wh battery. The stiction free fork and stiff front end made it such that the 32mm stanchion diameter was not an issue for me. The discussions about the new 650b wheel size have lit up bike forums over the past year. Work around is to pick up front wheel up and over.
I averted the problems I'd encountered on my demo ride by 1. The Trance E+ 2 feels stable and the motor and geometry makes it a great climber in steep and technical terrain. All said and done, this bike saw everything from steep, techy rock sections to wide open descents and lung-busting climbs, all at a serious pace. The bike shop said I stretched out the aluminum on the frame that the pivot hardware attaches to. For 2013, Fox has had lots of quality problems so I decided to go for a RockShox equipped bike. I bought the bike and am loving it. Giant has been criticized for not offering a Pike or equivalent 34mm fork on this bike.
Handled a nice wide double jump at speed and a 5-6 ft drop off a rather large rock. I could have rebuilt the fork but elected for a newer model with more adjustment, better reliability and a bit more off-set for better slow speed steering. Manualling the bike and pumping though sections of trail was effortless. Similar setup, same weight, but it just doesn't have the same boogie. So I was a bit surprised when I had a look at the specs. Have to say that the bike was superb.
I ride the trance tubeless with bigger tires up front and with flat pedals. Is a good frame though, I'm loving mine. The 36 Rhythm strikes me as more refined. The new models will be available later this summer. I had a couple complaints about that bike; the front end felt too low and the seat kept bucking my nuts because it wouldn't go down far enough this was partially because I was riding a Large when I should have been on a Medium. Braking and corning grip over rough and slick terrain is sublime. Top it off with durable Giant components including a dropper post to get you in the perfect position, and you'll be dropping the hammer no matter what the trail throws at you.
I also have a first generation Intense 6. Factory Description Pick up the pace all over the mountain astride Giant's Trance 27. Suspension The suspension pedals reasonably well—not as well as the Bronson, but better than the Troy. Anthem and Anthem Advanced 27. This bike pedals rather well, well enough to put me in a solid third place in a couple of local cross-country races where I had by far the burliest bike. At 28-pounds the bike is competitive in the weight game but also feels light on the trail aided by the Maestro suspension which made for an extremely quick feeling ride. A tighter wrapped 3D rocker, shared pivot and shock mounts rather than the old penetrated downtube design , and other tubeset and weld line tweaks increase stiffness, yet still manages to shed 244g of frame weight.
I did a lot of research before I bought this bike and for the amount of travel and the price of the weight was relatively low and the spec was relatively High. This is a bike that's hard to go wrong with. Great support and service from the dealer and giant in general. The new Trance E+ with the frame integrated battery is a good looking bike. I may need a longer seatpost tough.
To me this bike has no real weakness. I may trim the bars down to 720mm as well. Bicycle is free of major mechanical issues but may require some service, a tune up is recommended. Speaking of stems, because the X29 uses Overdrive2, with a 1 ¼ head tube, you are limited with stem choices, which is a pain. I think more experienced and in better shape riders might not need the dual position and would either just keep it in 140 the whole time or chose to upgrade to a Pike 140 or 150 solo or similar set of forks.