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I'm feeling an upgrade coming on, as I have a 4 year old Scott Aspect hard tail, which is getting a bit old.
I've been looking around, and have seen a reasonably good deal on the Trance X 0. I then saw the EX8 29er - apparently only about a week old. I've ridden an EX8 26" rental before, and was very happy with it, but haven't ridden the Giant. Never having ridden a dual suspension before, I'm not too sure what I'm looking for, and these bikes are at a similar price point.
Any opinions either way?
Trek (can't find anything on the trek site...)
http://mymountain.com.au/p/8677908/trek ... -8-29.html
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bik ... ifications
The Giant is better spec'ed, in particular the front shock is a FIT type on the Giant but the cheaper and heavier Evolution (open bath?) on the Trek. I've heard the Trek has a slightly better rear suspension feel but I've not ridden it myself. I would test ride them both if it were me - and while I was at it, weigh them both too (Giant would be lighter I'm guessing). The Giant has an unusually short wheel base for a 29er, which supposedly makes it ride more like a 26er in tight switch-backs, etc. I'd be interested in seeing the Trek geometry, to see which has the slacker head angle - slacker is better in my books.
Yeah, I was happier with the look too. And at that price point, and my standard of riding, I don't think there's a huge difference between the two. The trance had the reverb seat but... Yeah, wasn't sold on it.
Pic as requested. Not the best angle...
I also came across this article that lists weights for the new Trek range:
http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/05/22/fir ... pressions/
Weighed a Trance X0 for a customer today. Medium (18") frame, with basic alloy platform pedals & stock dropper post, 13.2 kg. The dropper post adds almost 400g over a rigid one.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
Is it my imagination, or has the Trance seat tube angle gotten way slacker in the last couple of years. I have a 2012 Trance, and to my eye by comparison the new ones look like pure downhill rigs...
Haha. better going down i guess. seat angle is 73 on paper, and head angle 69.5.
I think its main reason is to make chainstay shorter...
i opt for trance over anthem is due to that, and i am of a smaller build...and this is a small frame..
so maybe that's the reason...
I currently ride a 2011 Trance X2 (XT/SLX mix) and have upgraditis for a 29er... The EX 8 and Trance X1 (comparable models really) are top of my list. I like the Trek frame and shocks but would prefer a 2 x 10 on the Giant (although I hate Elixir brakes). I will try to catch the demo days here in Canberra and test ride them both. Has anyone else compared them head to head?
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