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    2018 Trance Advanced 2 27.5 - feedback appreciated

    My LBS is closing out Giant and has some deals. I threw a leg over an XL 2018 Trance Advanced 2 (27.5 version on sale at $3150) and was impressed, cockpit/reach a good fit. Carbon frame & wheels, only 28 lbs, felt nimble. 11-speed SLX. Seat dropper felt smooth although the position of the control (top of handlebar) felt a bit odd.

    I have some reservations about the RS Revelation fork on the í18 Advance 2 - how do they compare to a RS Pike or some of the Fox 34 forks? While the bike seems like a great package/value overall, itíd be very spendy to upgrade to a Pike or similar level fork later. The shop also has a 27.5" 2019 Trance 2 on sale at $2565 (2018 & 2019 seem to have the same geometry). Rides nice, but at 31 lbs not as light as the Advanced. They donít have an XL Trance 2 29er in stock. From reading forums & bike sites, it looks like 29ers are being promoted by the industry and are out-selling 27.5 bikes, hence the deeper deals Iím seeing on the 27.5ís.


    I ride in chunky, hilly NW terrain and my days of jumping are long since past. I value climbing & light handling over downhill bombing. Not interested in direct sale brands, want to work with a LBS. Max budget of $3k-ish. Any pros/cons on the Trance and particularly the Advanced 2 spec are appreciated!

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    I have a 2017 Trance advance 2. It is a good all around bike, playful, climbs surprisingly well and handles the chunky stuff. The 17 model had a Yari fork which works okay for a 200+ lb rider. I have not ridden revelation fork. For around $3k, it is a good value.

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    Thanks dcr1. Yeah, I'm kind of on the fence because of the Revelation shock that Giant spec'd on the '18. The Yari they spec'd on the '17 sounds like a better bet.

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    I have a 2017 Trance Advanced 2. I never rode the bike with the Yari because I had a Pike from my previous Trance and immediately swapped forks.

    The Yari has the same chassis as a Lyrik. Think Enduro fork on a budget. Instead of the Charger2 damper in the Lyrik, Yari gets the simpler, budget minded Motion Control damper. Still a fine performing damper, just slightly less refined and less tunable. You can upgrade a Yari with the Charger2 damper upgrade kit. I did this upgrade to the Yari on my hardtail, along with the DebonAir air spring. Now it is basically a 130mm Lyrik.

    The Revelation fork..... same story, except it is a Pike chassis with the Motion Control damper. A "trail" fork. Not as burly and stiff as an "enduro" fork. Lighter weight, but not as much so as a "XC" fork. As with the Yari, you can upgrade the Revelation with the Charger2 upgrade kit. Afterwards, you will basically have a Pike, at a much lower cost than buying an entire fork.

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    Thanks erb16, good info on upgrading the fork's internals.

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