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    Trance 2 / Trance X2 Fit Question

    Kicking around the idea of getting a Trance 2 or X2. Was wondering how I might fit on a small / 16". I see about the only diff is the top tube length of an inch which would not bother me as I do not like to reach anyway.

    What other key differences are there in a S and M frame?

    I am 5' 8.5" with a 32" inseam and weigh 175 lbs. My present ride is a Marin Rock Springs 17.5" and it feels like a monster. Though tech speaking it is the right fit, it just does not seem "flickable" enough to me.

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    I am 5'7" almost 5'8". I ride a small trance x1and like the feel of it. I could go with a medium if I wanted to run a shorter stem, but the small feels good. I am longer in the legs with a shorter torso so the small really makes the reach perfect for me. I do more technical rides and like the control of the small, but if I were doing longer distance rides I might opt for a medium to feel a little more relaxed. Being in between sizes is tough. Try to ride both and see what feels natural. Hope this helps.

    Oh yeah, I like full extension on my pedal stroke so I had to go with a longer seatpost. The only problem is that I can't lower it very far if needed.

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    What you are saying is basically what I am thinking. I rarely ride "long distances" for a long stretch of time. Mostly go out for a few hours and hit a variety of trails.

    Right now I feel too stretched out on my 17.5 so I think a 16 might work about right.

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    I'm 5' 9.5" with a 32" inseam. I ride a medium 08 Trance X0. For me the size feels perfect. I test rode a small before purchasing and it felt tight inside the cockpit. I generally ride for a couple hours at a time with a little bit of everything and the X0 handles most of my needs. I would recommend heading to your LBS to test a few and see what feels best.

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    I'm barely 5'-7" and ride a small Trance X1. If I were 5'-8", I'd go with medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baklamente
    Oh yeah, I like full extension on my pedal stroke so I had to go with a longer seatpost. The only problem is that I can't lower it very far if needed.
    What is the height of your saddle from center of Bottom Bracket to the top of the saddle? I am measured at 29.5" for this setting with my inseam. That is where I start and then drop it for tech stuff.

    In looking at the Giant web site, (if what I am seeing is correct) with a 350mm seat post on a 16 I would only be able to raise the seat to about 27-28" to the safe line.

    I know a medium is what is called for in my size, but I am a very tight person (cannot touch my toes). Reaching for the bars is very uncomfortable for me on long rides.

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    Does the Trance Frame tend to run smaller or larger in their sizes than other brand Frames? Seems My Medium Marin Runs Large for a Medium frame.

    I am basing The sizing of this Small Giant on the fit of my Medium Marin. The Marin seems too big too me.

    TT:
    Marin - 23
    S Giant - 22

    Head angle on each is the same

    Stand over:
    Marin - 31
    S Giant - 30.2

    Wheel base:
    Marin - 43
    S Giant - 41.9

    Seat Tube
    Marin - 17.5 center to center
    S Giant - Appears on the site to be 16 center to top ??

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    For most riding my saddle sits at about 28-29 inches. I have a 32.5 inch inseam (if I measured correctly). I went with a 410 mm seatpost because I was pushing the limits of the stock post. This gives me a good riding position for most terrain, but I am limited to lowering it to to 26.5 inches. I am definitely at the limits of a small, with not a ton of options for saddle height (unless I throw on a shorter post).

    I get knocking and clicking in my knee if I don't get good extension, so this works fine for me. I agree with Haisai, that if I were any taller (or had a longer torso) I would be fine on a medium.

    I think a lot of it depends on how dialed in you want the fit to be. A medium would give you more options, but if the small is a perfect fit (like for me) and you don't need a lot of room to adjust then it is the way to go.

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    I just remesured my height to confirm what the Dr. Office told me. I am 5' 8.5" and my inseam measure according to bike fitting techniques is 31.5.

    I think I will go to the shop today and ride the medium. That is all they have in stock. and compare it too my currennt bike.

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    OK, well that was weird. I didn't really see that coming.

    I saw this new 2008 Trance 2 on ebay .... Small .... for $999 and free shipping. I put an offer in for $750 yesterday and the seller countered with $919. I started asking questions about it here and all but had myself talked out of a small.

    As I sat here eating soup I watch the clock tick down on the bike. Another offer was made and countered. I watched. 3 min .... 2 min .... 1 min 45 sec .... still no one is dealing. I say what the heck, counter him with $800. I hit the counter bid button, 30 seconds left .... 24 seconds .... refresh .... I win !!!!!!!!

    I do not know weather to be happy or kick myself in the butt. Oh well, I guess for a New l 2008 Trance 2 Things could be worse. I can always sell it for what I have in it if it does not work out for me.

    Thanks for all your help and thoughts.

    Mike

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    Congrats on your new purchase. Remember that you can always fine tune the fit of a bike by changing out the stem with a different length and/or adjusting the seat back and forth.

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    I agree Haisai,

    I got to go to the shop this afternoon and ride both a Giant 18 and 16 hard tale that looks very much like the Trance without the suspension.

    To me there was not that much diff in the 2 except I would need a longer seat post with the 16. I actually like the 16 a bit beter with the way I ride, but both felt good. The 18 made me feel stretched out, and that is why I was leaning toward a Small 16. But with the 16 I hit my knee on the shifter once in a turn.

    Both were fitted with a 60 mm stem, so that is pretty short. These were all set up as rentals. I am guessing the Trances come with a longer stem than a 60mm.

    Does anyone know what size / length stem the 16 Trance comes stock with? If it is a 90 mm this should be perfect. Then all I need is a 400mm seat post.

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