My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

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Rambo_123
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My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 21:01 pm

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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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby burek66 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 07:05 am

Nice bike.
I purchased Trance 1 27.5 recently.
IMHO Upgrade brakes at least to SLX M675.

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 19:07 pm

Thanks!
Nice, I am very pleased with my trance!
Is there really much difference between SLX M675 and Deore M615?
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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Antm81 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 19:11 pm

Love it, best looking of the new alu trance's and ripe for my passion of upgrading parts


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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 20:53 pm

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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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby 97th choice » Mon Apr 14, 2014 21:18 pm

Nice, looks stealthy. Please ditch the white bottle holder though, it just doesn't match!!!
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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 06:57 am

97th choice 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.

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Angus Young » Tue Apr 15, 2014 09:03 am

Rambo_123 wrote:used for my paper round mostly.


I think I need a paper round! :)
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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby burek66 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 06:43 am

Rambo_123 wrote:
97th choice 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.

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby TheGava » Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:46 pm

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!!

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby BigStu2 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 14:01 pm

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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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 19:51 pm

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
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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Bartimaeus » Fri Apr 18, 2014 21:50 pm

That's a very tidy looking bike.

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 07:07 am

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

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby ej2320 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 09:26 am

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

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby ej2320 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 09:32 am

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

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby 97th choice » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:13 pm

change the tyres, brakes are fine.
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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 15:21 pm

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

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Re: My New Giant Trance 27.5 2

Postby Rambo_123 » Wed May 07, 2014 14:18 pm

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!


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