Giant's Trance Advanced 27.5 2 plays nice with gravity on the descents but won't play by its rules on the climbs. This composite trail sled floats over rock gardens and roots thanks to Giant's 140mm Maestro rear suspension featuring a RockShox Monarch RT shock. On the front, a RockShox Sektor Gold RL delivers the same suspension action with 140mm of travel. Throw in a SRAM GX 2x10 drivetrain for slick shifts and the right gear for whatever the trail hurls your way, as well as a set of Giant 27.5 wheels for sweet rollover with quick acceleration. Plus, SRAM's stellar Guide R brakes inspire confidence on every inch of dirt. And a Giant dropper post means the perfect riding position, whether the trail grinds up, drops down, or snakes around; it's just a flick of the remote away. The rest of the spec, including Giant's Contact stem, bar and saddle is ready to play nice, but on its own rules.
27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.
Efficiency: Increasing the wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle at which round objects meet square objects). The lower the angle, the easier it is to roll over obstacles and maintain momentum.
Traction: With a larger diameter, the tire's contact patch increases, putting more rubber on the trail. A 27.5-inch (650B) has nearly the same contact patch as a 29er for superb acceleration, braking and cornering.
Weight: The weight of a 27.5 wheel, tire and tube is only 5% more than an identically built 26-inch wheel. Compare this to a 12% increase with a 29-inch wheel. Lighter wheels mean a lighter bike, and better climbing and acceleration.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Giant Advanced-grade Composite w/ALUXX SL rear triangle, Maestro suspension, 5.5-inch travel|
|Fork||RockShox Sektor Gold RL Solo Air, OverDrive steerer, 15mm thru-axle, 140mm-travel|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RT|
|Rims/Wheels||Giant P-XC2, 27.5-inch|
|Hubs||Giant Performance Tracker Disc|
|Tires||Schwalbe Nobby Nic, Snakeskin (front) and Trailstar (rear), tubeless-ready, 27.5 x 2.25|
|Chainrings||38/24 w/MRP guide|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM GX|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX, Type 2|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM PG-1050, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Handlebars||Giant Contact, low rise|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide R|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc, 170/160mm rotors|
|Saddle||Giant Contact, upright|
|Seatpost||Giant Contact SL Switch, dropper|