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    Giant Trance 26" or 29er

    After taking a tour of my LBS one of the salesmen said that they're having a tough time even giving away 26" bikes, especially high end ones. Seems the 29er has made the 26" extinct. So, with that said are there any advantages to buying a 26" Trance? A visual check looks like there is no room for a 650B conversion. Any thoughts?
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    I haven't ridden the Trance 29er, but I ride a 2011 Trance X1 (which is a 26er).

    I'm sure the 29er is great - all the reviews seem to say so - but I can tell you that the 26 is an awesome trail bike.

    If you can get one cheaply, and you're not buying it to be at the pointy end of an XC race, then you won't go wrong with a 26" Trance.

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    Other than big big savings I cannot think of a single reason to not go Trance X29'er over the 26

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    How tall are you? I'm 6' tall with a fairly short inseam at 30". My experience on some friend's 29'er could not win me over from my 26'ers. I felt my center of gravity was too high and the bike didn't feel as nimble to me. I would think that high-unsteady feeling would be more pronounced the shorter you are.

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    Great responses, hopefully this helps. I don't race, 5' 9" with a 32" inseam. I don't know what's really discounted would be but $400 off retail and I got the impression they would do better.

    As you can see from my signature 26" rigid bikes are all that's in my quiver. So, I don't have anything against them. Just wondering if there was a huge difference in a full suspension bike.
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    $400 isn't much of a saving on what can't be newer than a 2012 bike.

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    I'm 5'8. The Trance X29 doesn't feel big.

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    I would think that unless you're younger & relatively strong 29" wheels need exceptionally low gearing to get those big wheels up the mountain.That requires a monster cassette, placing unsprung weight on the rear wheel that the shock has to deal with. My local trails are steep with tight switchbacks that are tough with 26" wheels. Maybe most folks live where rolling terrain exists.
    29ers seem to be what most new bike buyers are buying tho, must be something to them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supadave View Post
    I'm 5'8. The Trance X29 doesn't feel big.
    This....

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    I've had both and I can tell you that I prefer the 29er by far. More fun to ride and faster by a mile IMO. The only real advantage of the 26" is in tighter sections where whipping the bike is necessary and even that is not a huge advantage. The 29er is still very nimble for a "big" bike and the wheels turn with little effort. If you haven't ridden one I suggest you try it before buying the 26" bike and see which you prefer as everyone has differing opinions. Just offering mine. Good luck.

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    I've got an 09 Trance 26, and looked hard at both the new 29er and 26. Ended up getting a wild hair and going with a Reign because I like the slacker angle, but I was very tempted by the 29er. It's going to sound lame but the straight top tube on the newer Trance just looks wrong to me.

    Anyways, I'm 6'2" and am supposed to like 29 better, but I like dropping the seat on my "little" bike and bouncing down the trail.

    You'll know what feels right when you ride around on both. Trance in either wheel size is a blast.

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    I ride a trance x1 29er, prior to that a 29er hardtail, and before that a 26" hardtail. If you have always ridden s 26, it's easy to continue with a better model 26. I found that once I went 29er, I felt wierd getting back on a 26. If you're not missing anything in your ride, go 26. If you jump on a29er, you may never go back......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supadave View Post
    I'm 5'8. The Trance X29 doesn't feel big.
    Did you get a small or medium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchosdad View Post
    Did you get a small or medium?
    Small. I demoed the medium, it was fine, but got talked into the small. It's great.

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    Giant Trance 26" or 29er

    Either or. I have a 26 trance and love it. I demoed a 29er and didn't love it. It was even the highest spec.
    I say go 26 of you're more about fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    I say go 26 of you're more about fun.
    I respectfully disagree. I've had my Trance X1 29er for a few months (my first 29er) and I love it. 29er all the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post

    As you can see from my signature 26" rigid bikes are all that's in my quiver. So, I don't have anything against them. Just wondering if there was a huge difference in a full suspension bike.
    The only mountain bike I had owned prior to buying my Trance X 29er 2 was a steel, rigid, 26" 1989 Jamis Diablo. The new bike is like a whole new world. I'm loving it.

    I'm 5'7" and the TX 29er doesn't feel big to me. Standing next to my Jamis Diablo, it looks gigantic but it doesn't feel that way when I'm riding it.

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    I got my '11 X1 26er this spring for $1500 off retail. They didn't even hesitate when I offered them that...I probably could have got another couple hundred off. It was pretty clear by their stock and with how easily I got a great deal that they were dying to move that bike.
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    It seems as though a majority of the knocks on 29'ers are anecdotal or by people who haven't ridden the Trance 29.

    Look at the chainstays length, ladies and gents, Giant did everything within the laws of physics to make the Trance 29 a blast. Do yourselves a favour and ride it before you make your opinion on old anecdotal stereotypes of what a 26 or a 29 bike is.

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    <-- Trance X29 2 owner. I love mine too!!
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    Giant Trance 26" or 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by Supadave View Post
    It seems as though a majority of the knocks on 29'ers are anecdotal or by people who haven't ridden the Trance 29.

    Look at the chainstays length, ladies and gents, Giant did everything within the laws of physics to make the Trance 29 a blast. Do yourselves a favour and ride it before you make your opinion on old anecdotal stereotypes of what a 26 or a 29 bike is.
    I rode both. 26" trance is more fun in my opinion.


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    Trance 26" 2012 Model with 650b

    Guys,

    How about a good compromise.

    Good value Trance 26" paired to 650b.
    Pls see my past post, am glad to guide anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    The only mountain bike I had owned prior to buying my Trance X 29er 2 was a steel, rigid, 26" 1989 Jamis Diablo. The new bike is like a whole new world. I'm loving it.

    I'm 5'7" and the TX 29er doesn't feel big to me. Standing next to my Jamis Diablo, it looks gigantic but it doesn't feel that way when I'm riding it.
    You sound like you're in the same position I am. Thanks for the insight. I know going from a stable of Eighties rigid steel bikes to today's bikes is going to be a bit of a shock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emailpeter View Post
    Guys,

    How about a good compromise.

    Good value Trance 26" paired to 650b.
    Pls see my past post, am glad to guide anyone.
    Hi, did you have to install a new fork? What other mods did you have to do? Not much tire clearance though. How does it ride?

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    I love my Trance 29er x 2

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