My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
edited February 2015 in Your mountain bikes
Picked up my new trance today. This is my first full sus and rides really well!

Here she is! (Phone pics - Deal with it!)

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Frame: ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 140mm Maestro Suspension
Fork: Fox 32 Float CTD Evolution , 15QR Axle, 140mm Travel
Shock: Fox CTD Evolution

Handlebar: Giant Connect SL, Low Riser 725mm
Stem: Giant Connect
Seatpost: Giant Connect
Saddle: Giant Contact Upright

Shifters: Shimano Deore 20 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX Shadow +
Brakes: Shimano M446, hydraulic disc, 180mm/160mm
Brake Levers: Shimano M505
Cassette: Shimano HG62 11-36
Chain: KMC X10
Crankset: Shimano SLX 24/38
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Press Fit

Rims: Giant S-XC2
Hubs : Giant S-XC [F] 15mm [R] 135mm QR
Tyres Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5x2.25" Performance Folding

From my short test ride I think I might upgrade the brakes because even though these are good I would like more power and I was thinking Deore M615. I also fancy a Reverb Stealth. Both of these upgrades won't be bought for a while because this demon cleaned me out!
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  • burek66burek66 Posts: 11
    Nice bike.
    I purchased Trance 1 27.5 recently.
    IMHO Upgrade brakes at least to SLX M675.
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    edited April 2014
    Thanks!
    Nice, I am very pleased with my trance!
    Is there really much difference between SLX M675 and Deore M615?
  • Antm81Antm81 Posts: 1,406
    Love it, best looking of the new alu trance's and ripe for my passion of upgrading parts
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    Antm81 wrote:
    Love it

    Cheers mate!

    Anyway, here are some (slightly) dirty pics!

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    And clean again :D Featuring my Bantu - now used for my paper round mostly.
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  • 97th choice97th choice Posts: 2,305
    Nice, looks stealthy. Please ditch the white bottle holder though, it just doesn't match!!!
    Too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye

    Giant Trance
    Radon ZR 27.5 Race
    Btwin Alur700
    Merida CX500
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    Nice, looks stealthy. Please ditch the white bottle holder though, it just doesn't match!!!
    Yeah i will probably stick it back in my bantu and get a hydration pack because there isn't enough room for a bottle that can carry enough water on the trance.
  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    Rambo_123 wrote:
    used for my paper round mostly.

    I think I need a paper round! :)
    All the gear, no idea and loving the smell of jealousy in the morning.
    Kona Process 134 viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12994607
  • burek66burek66 Posts: 11
    Rambo_123 wrote:
    Nice, looks stealthy. Please ditch the white bottle holder though, it just doesn't match!!!
    Yeah i will probably stick it back in my bantu and get a hydration pack because there isn't enough room for a bottle that can carry enough water on the trance.

    On my Trance I use Elite Ciussi Side bottle cage.
    Giant engineers failed with bottle cage position on Trance frames.
  • TheGavaTheGava Posts: 220
    Nice bike dude, I picked mine up the other week! Agree the brakes are shocking, before I even got the bike I asked the shop to upgrade the brakes!

    You won't go wrong with the deore brakes, good deals to be had if you shop around!!

    Enjoy it!!
  • BigStu2BigStu2 Posts: 794
    Love the look of these bikes. SLX brakes are great, equal stopping power to my XTR's, they just dont look as flash.
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  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    edited April 2014
    I am tempted to go for slx's, i will see what deals there are! However i wouldn't be upgrading for at least a month because first i need to pay my dad back for the £100 loan he gave me so i had enough to buy this, then I need to save for spending money for my holiday and only after that i will have my money to myself to spend on bike stuff
  • bartimaeusbartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    That's a very tidy looking bike.
    Vitus Sentier VR+ (2018) GT Grade AL 105 (2016)
    Giant Anthem X4 (2010) GT Avalanche 1.0 (2010)
    Kingley Vale and QECP Trail Collective - QECP Trail Building
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    bartimaeus wrote:
    That's a very tidy looking bike.

    Thanks!

    Right so here is my situation, i don't know if i want to upgrade the brakes or tyres first. The tyres aren't confidence inspiring and i want to change them, what to? I do not know. I was going to go for maxxis high roller 2's but as far as I am aware there are not any tubeless compatible versions which would be useful for future upgrades. i have also decided i will save up for slx m615 brakes.

    So should i upgrade the brakes or tyres first?
    And does anyone know any good alternatives to the high roller 2 that are tubeless compatible?

    Thanks
  • ej2320ej2320 Posts: 1,543
    I think High Rollers are tubeless ready

    Personally I'd get the Schwalbe Hans Dampfs
    Trailstar front, Pacestar rear

    Very grippy in the wet or dry
    £60 from Germany compared to about £90 here

    The problem with your tyres is that they're the 'Performance' compound, which I will agree are decent but not very confidence inspiring

    The Evo or Evolution versions are much much better and the compound is a lot more grippy
  • ej2320ej2320 Posts: 1,543
    As for the brakes, I have SLX and they're the best I've used
    They're going for about £95 at the moment, Deore are also very good and basically the same as SLX
  • 97th choice97th choice Posts: 2,305
    change the tyres, brakes are fine.
    Too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye

    Giant Trance
    Radon ZR 27.5 Race
    Btwin Alur700
    Merida CX500
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    I agree the hans dampfs are good because i have one up front on my hardtail which is the trailstar compound, i would swap it over but it' a 26" one. Think i'll save up a bit and go for the hans dampfs from bikediscount.de
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    So i decided to tackle this today...
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    It wasn't that tough of a climb, but I had to push the bike for a bit because it was just too steep for about 20 metres. I then had problems with traction on the wet, peaty mud but it just made getting to the top more of an achievement.

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    I can see my house from here...
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    Pit-Stop:
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    I got a bad puncture just after i set of from the cairn, I could feel the air blow out through the tyre on my leg. I changed the tube and then did a makeshift repair on the sidewall by wrapping electrical tape round it heaps of times hah. Thankfully it was only the top section that was rocky otherwise i don't think i'd have been so lucky with it holding up the 7 miles I had to go.

    On the bright side it means I now have an excuse to get a new tyre!
  • Giantmatt75Giantmatt75 Posts: 149
    Very nice , ridden a couple and really like the feel of the suspension
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    Yeah, i don't notice any pedal bob when in trail mode it's great!
  • Quick update on my trance...

    I have gone tubeless after getting two punctures on two consecutive stages at the Scottish Enduro Series at Laggan.

    I also recently blinged it with some nice gold bits including pedals, seat clamp, grip clamp and bar end, rotor bolts and dust caps.

    Here are some (phone) pictures:
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    I got the flat pedals as it is coming up to winter and its easier to put a foot out to save myself if the tyres decide to let go and wash out. However I don't have a pair of proper flat shoes. I have thought about 5.10 freerider vxi elements, teva links or Shimano am41's. Does anyone have any opinions on these shoes or know of a decent pair of shoes that are suitable for the conditions that come with winter (i.e water resistant and/or quick drying)? looking for a shoe under £80 ideally.

    Links:

    Shimano AM41 - http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shim ... lsrc=aw.ds

    5.10 Freerider vxi elements - http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/five ... prod121641

    Teva links - http://www.wiggle.co.uk/teva-the-links/ ... 1&curr=GBP
  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    There's a shoe chat going on here at the moment...

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    All the gear, no idea and loving the smell of jealousy in the morning.
    Kona Process 134 viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12994607
  • Antm81Antm81 Posts: 1,406
    Looks good, other than the dropper post and ditching the fox forks, going tubeless is probably the best change I've made to mine.

    Next up for me a set of SLX brakes and going 1x10.
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    edited November 2014
  • Thanks for pointing that chat out to me, very helpful!

    I forgot to say i upgraded my brakes to deore m615's they have a much better feel than my previous brakes and i like the smaller lever.

    A dropper post is next on the cards for me i think, especially if i plan on racing enduro next season but the £250 price tag will require a good amount of time of saving and the idea of new forks is out of the window!
  • Antm81Antm81 Posts: 1,406
    I'm running the Giant dropper, had the original one on my old bike and got the latest one free with my trance, the stealth routing means I no longer get dirt in the mechanism as its inside the seat tube, it works well on the trail too. It has stuck once but 2 minutes removing the gas cartridge and giving it a good tap to free it and all has been good since. Think they retail around £160 these days so could be a slightly cheaper option.
  • Rambo_123Rambo_123 Posts: 183
    Just a little update. I was lucky enough to get a RS Reverb Stealth for Christmas - still not fitted. It was looking like i was going to need to clear up some space on the handlebar so as of yesterday I have gone 1x10. The bike now looks a lot tidier and all it needs now is for the dropper to be fitted.
    Here is a pic of how it looked:
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    And one of how it looks now:

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  • So my bike is now pretty much going to stay the way it is now that i have a reverb stealth fitted. Here is an up to date picture:

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    I think the BB is now needing replaced as it is feeling rough but im going to wait until winter is definitely over before I do anything about it.

    I also had my first ride testing out the single ring and dropper post and i am pleased with both. I did struggle on a climb with the 32 tooth chainring but I'm putting that down to not getting out much over the holidays.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Nice. I have always liked Giants. A cassette range expander will make the climbs easier.
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