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Giant Trance 2 2016

JBAJBA Posts: 2,790
edited September 2018 in Your mountain bikes
Bought this bike new in August 2016 and had a few upgrades made as part of the deal:

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Changes from spec (in brackets):

Brakes: XT M8000 (Deore)
Shifters: XT M780 (Deore)
FD: XT M786 (Deore)
Bars: PRO FRS 780mm (Giant Connect 690mm)
Tyres: Nobby Nic Evolution Trail Star 2.35 front, Nobby Nic Evolution Pace Star 2.25 rear (Nobby Nic Performance 2.25 f & r)

Within a few months the wheels were changed for a pair of Stan's Arch MK3 on Hope Pro4 hubs. They made a big difference to the ride. Wider rims allowed me to run lower pressures and the wheels are stiffer than the original Giant ones.
I also converted the rear from 135mm qr to 12 x 142.

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That's how it stayed for a year or so, until I bought a second hand Bird Zero hardtail frame to build up and decided to take the opportunity to swap some parts over and convert the Trance to 1 x 11. Now running an SLX M7000 chainset with 32T chainring, SL-M8000 shifter (iSpec II), XT M8000 rear mech and an XT 11-42 cassette.

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Whilst looking for forks for the Zero I came across a set of ex-display Rockshox Yari 150mm and it wasn't a hard decision to buy those for the Trance and put the Fox forks on the HT.

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The Giant dropper post didn't last long and was replaced under warranty. That was sold straight away and I fitted a Specialized Command Post IR to the Trance with a Wolf Tooth remote.

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It now looks like this and I am very happy with it. It's an awesome bike and I don't think I'll be changing anything else. At least not for a while.

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And it all promised so so much”

Giant Trance 2 27.5 2016 ¦ Sonder Broken Road 2021¦ Giant Revolt Advanced 2 2019 ¦ Giant Anthem 3 2015 ¦ Specialized Myka Comp FSR 2009

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  • Very nice, always liked the look of these. Some good upgrades there :wink:
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  • That's a nice looking bike and some very sensible upgrades.

    Hope you are enjoying riding it.
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  • 02GF7402GF74 Posts: 1,294
    Nice and very clean.......

    How did you manage to find a colour coordinated front mudguard..
    Also how fiddle is it to use the rear shock lock out,
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,790
    edited September 2018
    Cheers, guys.
    I love riding it. Can’t get enough of it.

    The front mud guard is a standard colourway. Just lucky it matches.

    Shock lock out is no trouble to use. Reach down, flick it across and away to go.
    It spends the majority of the time in the mid setting though. The Maestro suspension pedal platform is so good there is really no need to lock it out and I only use fully open for long, tech descents at places like BPW.
    (That last photo was taken at BPW last week.)
    “Life has been unfaithful
    And it all promised so so much”

    Giant Trance 2 27.5 2016 ¦ Sonder Broken Road 2021¦ Giant Revolt Advanced 2 2019 ¦ Giant Anthem 3 2015 ¦ Specialized Myka Comp FSR 2009
  • I have the same shock on my bike and similar to JBA I tend to have it in the mid position most of the time. I sometimes put it in climb mode for hills and the decend on knarly DH stuff. You don't really faff with it that much.
    "Ride, crash, replace"
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