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    Giant Trance E+ 1 Pro Demo

    Giant had a bike demo out at South Mountain Park in Phoenix, so I grabbed a Trance E+ and headed out for a short test ride. My impression of the bike; very good. The rear suspension tracks the trail very well; on both gravel and rock the bike tracked much better than my Haibike SDURO.

    I looked up both bikes on the linkage design blog; I think that the big difference is that the Trance has a much more linear spring without a large ramp at the end, so that it uses full travel. Power delivery is also better controlled; either that or the 2.6 inch tires just have a lot of traction.

    Overall, the bike just felt right; very comparable to my Fuji Auric which also uses most of its suspension travel most of the time because of the rising leverage ratio of its linkage. Similar bikes but without the motor would be an Ibis Mojo 3 or Pivot Mach 5.5.

    The electric Trance is an excellent bike - buy this if you primarily ride rough trails but not big drops.
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    Mine will be here soon cannot wait!!

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