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    Trance X 29er Caught in Action???

    So I happened upon this video recently shot promoting the Oregon Enduro Series. Adam Craig looks to be riding something new - looks to be a 29er, initially I thought it was the Anthem X 29er. But then I noticed in a few of the shots that it looked to be something different than anything in the current lineup.

    The frame is much more curvy than anything they have now, a bit like the 2008-2010 Trance X in a way. Looks to be aluminum also...

    The video is here. Pause at 4:51 to get a really good look, but there are shots at other points in the video as well....

    What do you guys think? Am I on the right track, are we seeing a sneak peek here?

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    The rear shock frame design certainly looks different. J:

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    ok ok ok will start saving money

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    Looks like the shock link is bigger than on the AX29, also the seat tube has a bigger bend (to accomodate the larger travel of the rear triangle?). Perhaps just an optical illusion...
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    Well we can speculate as to what it is exactly, but we can rest assured that it is indeed something new. Word is we'll learn all about it very soon, possibly next week - my bet is still a wagon wheeled Trance.
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    Should we hope for a 650b Trance?

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    Very interesting......

    I'm not overly excited about 29" bikes but a 29" Trance at least gets my attention. Much more than the Anthem 29 which always struck me as too much of a compromise for my tastes.

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    So what is it??

    Is it really the much anticipated Trance 29er?
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    I'm pretty sure it's not an Anthem - this has a curvier seat tube and a curved top tube along with a seemingly larger rear triangle and Maestro linkage. A pretty reliable source indicates that we'll learn about this bike as early as next week, which in itself indicates that it's something new. But I could be wrong...we shall see.

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    Looks like a Ahthem to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plupp View Post
    Should we hope for a 650b Trance?
    650b, 650b!.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_spec View Post
    Looks like a Ahthem to me.
    Perhaps we'll see next week

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    Oh sorry just another boring 29er thread. Nothing to see here move along.

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    Pretty sure that a carbon anthem 29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by discodave View Post
    Pretty sure that a carbon anthem 29.
    I'm not too sure it is.

    Head tube area, curved top tube and curved seat tube are all quite different from the Anthem Advanced.

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    I had heard a few weeks ago there will be an aluminium 29er Trance for 2013 - looks like this could be a prototype.

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    That last picture above and the burst of dust in the video makes it look like that front tire burped.

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    It's def not the anthem carbon 29er frame looks way different.

    As for 650b your dreaming ! Giant have been slow on the uptake of 29er long travel dual suspensions. I'm tipping it will be 2 or 3 more seasons before giant does any MTB 650b stuff. And I only think it will happen if they keep getting more and more popular. Just my opinion though

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnAnySunday View Post
    I'm not too sure it is.

    Head tube area, curved top tube and curved seat tube are all quite different from the Anthem Advanced.
    Quote Originally Posted by mudmav View Post
    It's def not the anthem carbon 29er frame looks way different.
    I'm with you guys - the question isn't whether it's an Anthem or something new, the question is what is this a prototype of?

    When it comes pretty much straight from the horses mouth that we'll learn all about this bike next week, it kind of confirms that something new is a coming - at the very least it's not a denial that this was something new.

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    Anthem 29er @ Race 1 of the Oregon Enduro Series
    http://paparazzijen.shutterfly.com/1758

    Not Anthem 29er @ Race 1 of the Oregon Enduro Series
    http://paparazzijen.shutterfly.com/1712

    I think the not Anthem 29er was doing pretty well up front in the hands of AC, I believe he won the event
    Last edited by GT5050; 06-03-2012 at 10:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb-ripper View Post
    Super ugly, no question. Will still be interesting to see what develops, and what the production line looks like, especially if this is to be the Trance X 29er. Thanks for sharing the pic!

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    I guess ugly is in the eye of the beholder. I like it! I'm glad they came to their senses and brought back the curved top tube (I hope)...

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    I think what throws off the looks on this particular bike is the dropper post combined with the black frame - makes the seat tube look way long. I'm sure when it hits production it'll look sweet. I too like the curved top tube. Definitely shreds though - Adam Craig took this beast to a win this weekend in its first Enduro, and there weren't exactly slouches behind him...

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