2021 Giant Trance 29 3

A 29″ aluminum frame full suspension crosscountry bike with upper mid-range components, priced near the low end of the Trance model range. Compare the full range

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2021 Giant Trance 29 3
MSRP$2,600
SuspensionFull
Travel115mm rear, 130mm front
Framealuminum
ForkMarzocchi Bomber Z2
Wheels29″
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetDeore, Praxis
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper post
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Gearing

1 × 12 — 12 speed

Trance 29 3

26 mph

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The Trance 29 3 is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

The Trance 29 3 won‘t keep up with similar bikes while riding downhill or sprinting.


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Reviews

February 2022

MBR
Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 review - MBR

Fox Live Valve equipped bikes have always demanded a premium. And while that’s unlikely to change any time soon, the recent introduction of the new Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 sporting Fox Performance Elite level suspension makes it the most affordable Live Valve bike to date. Does the addition of this clever suspension kit give it the edge over the best full-suspension mountain bikes? But make no mistake, this isn’t a dumbed down version of Fox’s electronic suspension system designed to hit a price point. With the addition of Bluetooth connectivity, Live Valve 1.5 opens up a raft of fine tuning options with the dedicated Live Valve app. Other key updates include a reduction in the decline angle at which the suspension becomes active, increased timer duration so the suspension can stay open for longer, and a reduction in the threshold needed to activate the suspension. All positive changes then. Possibly the biggest difference with Live Valve 1.5 though, is that the closed setting is no longer a full lockout, where Fox now refers to it as firm mode. But enough about the electronics. Built around 29in wheels, the full Advanced composite frame of the new Trance delivers 120mm of rear wheel travel. And unlike most bikes we measure, Giant’s precision construction techniques give you every last millimetre from its longstanding Maestro twin-link suspension system. Designed around a 130mm travel fork, the latest Trance has geometry fitting of a short-travel shredder. With the flip-chip in the upper rocker link set to the low position, the Trance has a 65.5º head angle, low slung 330mm BB height and a pretty standard 440mm chainstay length. Reach on the size L is 471mm, so the bike is long-ish without being overly stretched. It’s available in four frame sizes, and if the idea of having a microprocessor adjusting your suspension on-the-fly seems like a dystopian nightmare, Giant offers options below and above the Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 with conventional suspension components. One final addition to the latest Trance Advanced frame is integrated down tube storage. A small switch on the hatch makes it a cinch to use, but the reinforced cutaway in the down tube is pretty narrow, so there’s an increased risk of stuffing something into your frame and not being able to get it out. In that respect it’s much closer in design to Trek’s Bits system than Specialized’s SWAT design, which is the original glove box and the still the best system we’ve used. Suspension Sensors on the back of the brake arch on the Fox 34 fork and at the rear dropout relay information in real time to the Controller, the little box under the top tube of the Trance. The controller contains the microprocessor, firmware and a 3-axis accelerometer for pitch detection. It’s also where the battery that powers the system attaches. Based on feedback from all of the sensors, Live Valve toggles the damping in the fork and shock independently between two settings: open and firm. …Continue reading »

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December 2021

Pinkbike
First Look: 2022 Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29

Giant goes downcountry with the new Trance Advanced Pro 29 and adds internal storage to the frame.

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December 2021

Mountain Flyer
Giant Launches Updated Version Of Its Popular Trance Advanced Pro 29

Giant rolls out revamped Trance Advanced Pro 29 with new trail bike features including more travel, adjustable geometry, internal frame storage and a whole lot more. Here's our first look!

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June 2021

Bicycling
Giant’s Trance X Advanced 29 Trail Bike Might Be the Ideal Trail Bike for Most Riders

This outstanding value pops with energy.

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April 2021

Beta
The Beta Tests - Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 0

The “better mousetrap” theory is tested in the Trance X 29. Spry handling and burly intent meet a mess of ones and zeros in FOX Live Valve

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November 2020

Mountain Bike Action
Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 0

Classic roots meet future integration

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September 2020

BIKE Magazine
First Impressions: Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 0

The new Giant Trance X has relatively quick handling and enough travel to take aggressive riding on challenging terrain.

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September 2020

BikeRadar
Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 0 first ride review

While these are still early impressions, it's an exciting new trail bike that’s eager to cover ground quickly and feels incredibly efficient thanks to the Fox Live Valve system. You’ll need to take some time trying to quieten that cable rattle down though

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Geometry

Sizing
SM

5'4" – 5'9"

MD

5'6" – 6'0"

LG

5'10" – 6'3"

XL

6'1" – 6'6"


Specs
Build
Frame

ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 115mm Maestro suspension

ColorBlack Ti / Black/chrome

Fork

Marzocchi Z2, 130mm, GRIP damper, Boost 15x110 Kabolt, 44mm offset, custom tuned for Giant

Rear Shock

Fox Float DPS Performance, 165/42.5, custom tuned for Giant

Bottom Bracket

Praxis, press fit

Stem

Giant Contact SL 35

Handlebar

Giant Contact Trail, 35

Saddle

Giant Romero

Seatpost

Giant Contact Switch dropper post with remote, 30.9

Pedals

N/A

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore, Shadow+

Front Derailleur

N/A

Crank

Praxis Cadet Boost, 30t

Shifters

Shimano Deore

Cassette

Shimano Deore, 12-speed, 10x51

Chain

Shimano Deore

Brakes

Shimano [F] MT420 [R] MT410 hydraulic 4-piston, 180mm

Brake Levers

Shimano MT401

Wheels
Rims

Giant XCT 29” alloy

Spokes

Sapim

Front Hub

Giant Performance Tracker, [F] Boost 15x110mm [R] Boost 12x148mm, sealed bearing

Rear Hub

Giant Performance Tracker, [F] Boost 15x110mm [R] Boost 12x148mm, sealed bearing

Tires

[F] Maxxis Minion DHF, tubeless, 29x2.3, 3C, EXO, TR [R] Maxxis Aggressor, tubeless, 29x2.3, 3C, EXO, TR

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