Giant Trance X
With 650B gaining such momentum in the last two years, it was clear that the big manufacturers weren’t going to want to miss out. None come bigger than Giant, and for 2014 they’ve radically overhauled two key bikes in their range, the Trance X and Anthem X.
Interestingly, Giant are still offering 26in and 29in mountain bikes for 2014, with big wheel versions of both the Trance and Anthem still remaining. That is likely to change in the future though. Anyway, the Trance X was, with 140mm of rear wheel travel, always a bike that should have worked perfectly for the UK mountain biker, but for one reason or another it’s never really clicked.
It looks like they’ve nailed the geometry on this redesigned bike though, with a slacker 67-degree head angle compared to the previous bike. Adam Craig has been hammering a Trance X development bike in enduro races this year and been doing pretty well on it too.