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    My 2011 Giant Trance X Advanced.

    This project came about because my brain works too much when it comes to gear and set-up. I owned an aluminum 2009 Giant Trance X and really liked it. Good pedaling, comfy sizing, and great reliability. I had some issues with it, mostly the geometry. I tend to work more to get a good decent than all around ride, and the old bike wasn't cutting it in the steering department for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, it handled the local trails quite well, but had a twitchy feel for my downhill bias.

    Lots of people upgrade their Trance with longer 140/150mm forks, but since I ran the XL size, this became a problem. Giant's spec of a 7.5 inch head tube limited my options when it came to upgrading the fork. I already felt my bar height was too tall to corner the way I wanted on certain twisty trails in my area.

    So, I started toying with the idea of getting an all mtn. bike to roll some of the parts from my last bike to. The new Reign came to mind, but it started becoming a problem sourcing a frame. Giant wasn't offering the XL in a frame only, and I didn't like the idea of parting another bike out. The new press-fit BB didn't help matters, as I felt limited in chain guide options. I know they have options out there, but not if I decided to run a 2 ring guide of any type... To make a long story short, the option of getting this frame popped up and I hopped on it. The carbon bike uses a tapered head tube, and it was over half an inch shorter. Both of these factors got my gears turning...

    When the frame arrived, I was stunned. Giant crafts exquisite carbon bikes. The attention to detail floored me. I was suddenly caught with the notion that putting used, scratched up parts on it was just wrong. I'm not made of money, so I started thinking of a way to build this bike as nice as possible. Luckily, my other job was really busy at the time so funds were easier to come by.

    Fast forward a few months, and the snowball of a project is finished. The bike is full-XTR, with carbon rims, bars, and only weighs 25lbs. 11oz. Here's the spec. list:


    FRAME= Giant Trance X Advanced SL size XL
    FORK= Rock Shox Revelation RLT Ti 2 position 20mm axle
    CHAINRING= Ethirteen 34t
    CHAINGUIDE= Ethirteen XCX guide BB mount
    STEM= Easton Haven 70mm
    HANDLEBAR= Easton Havoc carbon bar 29.75 width
    HEADSET= Cane Creek Angleset 1.5deg. cup (HA=67.5 with 13.5 BB.)
    CRANKSET= Shimano XTR M980
    BOTTOM BRACKET= Shimano XTR
    BRAKES= Shimano XTR Trail
    TIRES= Continental Trailking UST 2.2 (set up tubeless)
    PEDALS= Shimano XTR Trail (will have some platforms too, but not yet.)
    SEATPOST= Rockshox Reverb
    SADDLE WTB= Silverado SLT
    GRIPS= ODI Troy Lee
    CASSETTE= Sram XX 11-36
    WHEELSET= Easton Carbon Havens
    SHIFTER= Shimano XTR
    REAR DERAILLEUR= Shimano XTR M980 med. cage
    CHAIN= Shimano HG-X 10 speed

    Ride report to come, but I gotta say it feels a ton better than the alloy bike. Amazing...











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    So, so, sooooo sexy Cliff. I'll def be looking you up while up there this spring/summer.

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    That's beautiful!

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    Awesome...

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    Amazing build But, it would look muuuuuuuch better if it was M or even S
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    25lb is brilliant for a big bike. You gotta be happy with that.

    What pressure do you have in the new shock compared to the 09 TX?

    My 09 TX takes more than the 11 Reign by quite a lot (230 vs 205), and the TX has a low volume sleeve. I put it down to the boost valve.

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    Gorgeous bike....the frame is dead sexy.

    Solid build + light weight = win

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    That bike is so sexy I wouldnt even ride it....just hang it up on a wall...just kidding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis
    25lb is brilliant for a big bike. You gotta be happy with that.

    What pressure do you have in the new shock compared to the 09 TX?

    My 09 TX takes more than the 11 Reign by quite a lot (230 vs 205), and the TX has a low volume sleeve. I put it down to the boost valve.
    Sag seems to like around 190-200. (I weigh 210.) The shock is probably temporary. On my aluminum bike, I ended up sending that shock to Push. It was a low volume can on that one, but after the service, it was transformed... I'm looking at getting one of their Monarchs possibly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frango
    Amazing build But, it would look muuuuuuuch better if it was M or even S
    I kind of agree. Aesthetically smaller bikes look better to me too. But, I could never ride one... Ever get your shorts caught on your shifter?
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    RAD.

    Is that a threaded BB? I thought the 2011 Trance went press fit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHANguyen
    RAD.

    Is that a threaded BB? I thought the 2011 Trance went press fit?
    Threaded... One of the other draws to getting this frame instead of the 2011 Reign. (They designed this frame in 2009.)
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    Gotcha! Didn't realize the Advanced was not redesigned..makes sense now to why the aluminum Trance is press fit..

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    Short update:

    Short story: the bike is exceeding my expectations. It's light enough that I'm dealing with the 1X10 gearing with ease. It does quite well in the steep, techy type stuff, and it loves to turn. I still can't push it as hard as my 160mm bike, but it's only the slightly less-stiff fork.

    Currently, I'm struggling with the bar height. Certain tight turn situations leave the front end feeling too tall. I have a pair of flat bars to try, but I'll suffer from zero shifter/top tube clearance if I spin the bars in a crash. (I currently only have a millimeter of clearance.) I further improved the bike with the addition of a 55mm stem. Still climbs good enough for me!

    The tires are good, but I think I'm ready to go to some Maxxis LUST Minions or Highrollers. The front tire (a non-UST model) just wont seal up, no matter how much Stans I throw in it. I air it up and there's a few small holes in the casing that remain open... They're great tires for most situations, but not knowing my tire pressure has led to some frustration.

    The Angleset has been problem free. No popping or noise at this point, but the Angleset on my DH bike is going up for sale. Can't get rid of the popping noise.

    Next on the list; some platform pedals.
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    Awesome looking bike UncleCliffy! How tall are you? I am 5 11 and trying to decide between m and L

    Thanks
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    That is shmick.

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    Bump.

    2 full seasons on this thing, and I'm going for number 3...

    Changes from initial build:

    Easton Havoc 35 bar/stem, Minion EXO/Highroller 2 tires, and a Push-build Monarch RT-AM.









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    whats the length of travel on forks?

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