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    Trance 27.5 shock upgrade. (monarch plus?)

    Hi All,

    I've had a 27.5 Trance 2 for a couple of weeks now and I'm not super stoked with the rear shock, recently its started leaking oil like crazy so I would like to purchase an upgrade before I send the old one in for repairs. Reading around I have seen many have opted for the monarch plus, this is the one I have had my eye on, but I'm not sure which tune to order, or if I need the high volume or low volume canister?

    Does anyone here own one of the 27.5 trances that come with a non-plus monarch, what tune does it have?

    Any help/suggestions/thoughts, even opinions would be appreciated

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    Honestly if it were me i'd look at a float x ctd with the Avalanche kit. Speed Sensitive Damping and real Hi/Low comp adjustments.
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    I believe my trance 3 has a medium low tuning on it

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    Resurrecting the thread...

    I tried to install my X-Fusion Vector HLR to my Trance and it's a no-go. The Reservoir (piggyback) hits the frame at like 1.5" travel.

    What shocks are compatible with the normal Aluminum frames?

    I see the Float X on the Trance Advanced, but that is a carbon frame and it may be a little different around the downtube area than the aluminum ones.

    Anybody has replaced the shock on their Trance 27.5?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jk025 View Post
    I believe my trance 3 has a medium low tuning on it
    Mid reb/Mid Comp? I asked in a different thread and the answer I got was M/M. Nothing mentioned about low or high. And the sram website says Mid Reb / Mid Comp, Air Volume: Standard, High Volume.

    So all I need to do is to buy a Monarch Plus with M/M tuning?

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    Anything further on this. I would have thought more folks would be changing out the Fox RP23 or the like for better work gear. What is the shock size on the 2014 Trance 27.5
    Is it a 7.875 x 2

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    Yeah, its a 7.875x2.0(200x51).

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    Good, do you know if the 7.875 x 2.2 will work like folks have done on the Reign?

    Also to ask the question Warp asked. What shocks are compatible with the Trance 27.5 aluminum frames???

    Really close to pulling the trigger on a Trance 27.5 SX. I have most of what I would swap out.

    Add 40 or 42 tooth on rear cassette or change to 2 x 10.
    Shimano XT brakes or XO Trails
    Rear Shock. I have Vector Air HLR (does not fit as per Warp), and Monarch RC3 Plus.
    Front Shock, would replace down the road with new 36 RC2 or possibly just change internals.
    Swap Giant Post for my KS Lev (5" drop on Lev vs 4" drop on Giant post)

    Realistically, I like the build better on the Trance 1 27.5.
    Drivetrain, mostly SLX/XT mix but worried on 2x10 without a bashguard.
    Front shock - 32 would have to go right away for 34, Pike or 36
    Rear wheels are a little more light duty as compared to Trance SX

    oh well, first world problems.

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    Another thread resurrection...

    I came across Jeff Lenosky's bike. HE rides a Trance Advanced with a X-Fusion Vector Air.... WTF? How did they fit it?

    I will have to contact X-Fusion...

    Does anyone knows what mods have to be done to the Vector to fit the Trance?
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    HI,

    I was thinking about RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 High Volume Rear Shock 200x57mm for my Trance 27.5, I read this shock in this size willl fit, but is the high volume option ok for Giant suspension ?
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    On Trance SX 2015 you had factory installed RockShox Monarch Plus Debonair RT, so i guess your shock will be no problem for Trance.

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    did you notice HIGH VOLUME I mnetioned. Was the stock RS MONARCH high volume can ?
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    I will work, maybe even better than Debonair. It's hard to tell, I've only used DA cans on Trance so I can't comment, but a lot of Trances come with regular Monarch (HV I guess) and work fine.

    HOWEVER, I would suggest you try it first. I had 200x57 Monarch RT3 DA which I changed to 200x51 Monarch Plus RC3 DA that I like better as I don't believe you gain anything with a longer stroke shock in terms of suppleness and lose climbing (geometry changes with more sag) and general trail feel and you risk rear swingarm hitting seat tube (it happened to me when I tested because while there is room between seat tube and rear swing arm at full compression, by applying more force as you would when landing a jump, frame flexes enough for it to touch the seat tube).

    After playing around with a bike for almost a year, I came to the conclusion that the bike feels best with 150mm in front and 140mm in the back. It can tackle anything and still retain playful feel and relatively fast steering response which makes it more fun to ride and throw around.

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