Note: These are not reviews but are simple ride impressions based on the demo tech set-up. All bikes were ridden on the same 15 minute loop to keep things even-steven. I focused this Demo Day event on 130mm-ish 29er Trail bikes from smaller companies and added one ringer from one of the big guys in the biz.
From the Giant website for the Trance X 29er 0:
The newest member of the award-winning Trance X family is this all-new 29er. The premium ALUXX SL frameset has been tuned to match the performance benefits of lager 29-inch wheels. At its core: proven Maestro Suspension plus a host of frame technologies including the OverDrive 2 steerer tube and PowerCore bottom bracket. Whether you’re climbing or descending, pinning it at speed or crawling through technical terrain, there’s no better way to own the trail.
The last bike of the Demo I rode was the brand new Giant Trance X 29er 0. I wanted to see how it fared against the more costly and more boutique bikes that preceded it on the trails here. It comes in at $4250.00 retail for the ‘Zero’ model and there are lesser priced versions with a lower spec. But lets put it in perspective here and compare it as a frame set only (with rear shock):
- Trance X 29er – $1550.00
- Turner Sultan – $2495.00
- Intense Spider 29 Comp – $2899.00
- Santa Cruz Tall Boy LTc – $2698.00
- Ellsworth Evolution SST.2 – $2395.00