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    Giant Stance - Post your mods, pics and specs

    As the tittle says

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfonsoBarraza View Post
    As the tittle says
    Beuller?...
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    Anyone..?

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    Your point? They're looking to get more of a photo/build thread going most likely.
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    Here's mine...






    Upgrades so far:

    Stans Wheels
    Koozer hubs
    Forte Platforms

    So far so good

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfonsoBarraza View Post
    Here's mine...






    Upgrades so far:

    Stans Wheels
    Koozer hubs
    Forte Platforms

    So far so good
    Hopefully your's is a '16 and has the updated rear triangle since you're hitting jumps? Broken chain stay issues on earlier models kept me from getting one. Ended up with an Anthem 3 which is fine but at times wish I had a little more travel.
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    I have a 2015 and no issues. Love it. Added a KS eTEN dropper, shortened the stem with a 40mm and added 40mm riser bars both Truvativ Hussefelt. Adjusted the controls for one finger braking. Swapped out the stock grips with OBI Rouges. And finally just added Shimano Saint MX80 pedals.

    As far as the Chainstays breaking, Stance's may have a few more issues then other bikes, but I have seen no stats on this, and Anthem's also have had frame breakage issues, as have many other bikes of all brands. Bottom line is Giant has a life time warranty and replaces broken frames for free, so I'm not worried about it.

    And I can find nothing about any change in the triangle for 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armii View Post
    I have a 2015 and no issues. Love it. Added a KS eTEN dropper, shortened the stem with a 40mm and added 40mm riser bars both Truvativ Hussefelt. Adjusted the controls for one finger braking. Swapped out the stock grips with OBI Rouges. And finally just added Shimano Saint MX80 pedals.

    As far as the Chainstays breaking, Stance's may have a few more issues then other bikes, but I have seen no stats on this, and Anthem's also have had frame breakage issues, as have many other bikes of all brands. Bottom line is Giant has a life time warranty and replaces broken frames for free, so I'm not worried about it.

    And I can find nothing about any change in the triangle for 2016.
    A specific thread on the issue.There are posts within other Stance threads as well. Not saying the breakage is unusual or limited to Giant (heck a ride buddy has broken a Giant NRS, 3 Turner Sultans and recently a Niner RIP9) but apparently breakage not happening without some carnage to the rider(s). And I believe its the Anthem 29er that has had the frame issues. Giant has great replacement warranty. Mute point I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Hopefully your's is a '16 and has the updated rear triangle since you're hitting jumps? Broken chain stay issues on earlier models kept me from getting one. Ended up with an Anthem 3 which is fine but at times wish I had a little more travel.

    Nope, it's a '15 model... So far no problems, however I bought this bike to enjoy it, not to be worried about it

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    Mods;
    STEM- Promax X4 Riser Stem 100mm 35 degree
    SADDLE- WTB Speed
    PEDALS- WELLGO MG-1
    CASSETTE- Shimano HG400 12x36 9 speed
    CRANKSET- SRAM 30T
    FENDERS- Shockboard
    MUD GUARD- DIY
    CHAIN KEEPER- DIY
    I love this thing. Big improvement from riding a 38 lb 29er the last 4 years. Stem was swapped due to disc issues and seat cause I'm getting old. 3X to 1X mod w/new 12/36 as the old bike prepped me for not needing 3X on this one.

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    Nice setup. Looks like some great forest riding, where's that area?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Nice setup. Looks like some great forest riding, where's that area?
    On my AF base in WA. I have a great workout 11.5 mile loop. Some like this, some pavement, some single track, some steep ups and downs.
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    Any more pics?? More stance owners??

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    I'm gonna vent here, so take it with a grain of salt.

    I don't think you'll see too many posts as the Stance is towing the line as a somewhat respected bike by the elitist MTBR majority. I've been reading these forums for over 6 years thru 3 bikes, but haven't posted hardly at all until I got my Stance mainly due to how people are treated by them if you don't have a high dollar bike with top spec components and gear. What items that are reviewed in the review section backs this up. Even today on every thread someone gets slammed for doing something different than their norm whether it works or not.
    Luckily a few years ago someone started BIGBOXBIKES.com forum due to this at the time I was looking for my last bike. It was like home.
    The Stance is a trail bike, nothing more, nothing less. But for the price, one of the best there is. Now that I have a bike that's acceptable to them, I will make sure I keep my comments to trail riding/fitness/old age/component modification threads. I'm a cheap bastard, hence the Stance, but I will buy a 1 gram heavier item that costs 1% of the price of the elitist item and know not to tell them that.
    God help the guy who says he did, rides his Stance on jumps/DH/races.............
    I'm glad that you and others got a Stance and started this post as I've been gun-shy due to the above.
    Vent over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BADDANDY View Post
    I'm gonna vent here, so take it with a grain of salt.

    I don't think you'll see too many posts as the Stance is towing the line as a somewhat respected bike by the elitist MTBR majority. I've been reading these forums for over 6 years thru 3 bikes, but haven't posted hardly at all until I got my Stance mainly due to how people are treated by them if you don't have a high dollar bike with top spec components and gear. What items that are reviewed in the review section backs this up. Even today on every thread someone gets slammed for doing something different than their norm whether it works or not.
    Luckily a few years ago someone started BIGBOXBIKES.com forum due to this at the time I was looking for my last bike. It was like home.
    The Stance is a trail bike, nothing more, nothing less. But for the price, one of the best there is. Now that I have a bike that's acceptable to them, I will make sure I keep my comments to trail riding/fitness/old age/component modification threads. I'm a cheap bastard, hence the Stance, but I will buy a 1 gram heavier item that costs 1% of the price of the elitist item and know not to tell them that.
    God help the guy who says he did, rides his Stance on jumps/DH/races.............
    I'm glad that you and others got a Stance and started this post as I've been gun-shy due to the above.
    Vent over.
    I will be one of those snobby turds and say big box bikes are crap. Not only is the quality crap many of them are simply unsafe. I wouldn't allow anyone in my family to ride one.

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    So do you have a Stance, or are you just here to insult people

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    Quote Originally Posted by armii View Post
    So do you have a Stance, or are you just here to insult people
    Ordered a Trance last week but tested a Stance at my LBS. Not trying to offend anyone, just stating that department store bikes are crap. They are a poor investment, unsafe, lack quality and the revenue from them goes directly to corporate bigwigs and not a bike shop that benefits your local community. If that is insulting then you are hyper-sensitive and need to put some buttsore cream on your rear. I don't care. Just stating my opinion.

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    Ok... I started this thread for a different reason... let's get back to the topic. No matter what others say... I enjoy my stance, and I can use it as I want (jumps, trail bike, drops...) You don't need to care if the other spent a hundred or thousands of dollars on a bike, the point of MTB is to have fun no matter what bike you have, isn't it?


    Happy trails.

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    Fair enough, OP!

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    I plan to post pics as soon as I remember to take them.

    And I love my Stance.. I have a friend with a custom built Specialized FRS, and a Giant Trance. I like the feel and handling of my $1400 Stance better than his $2400 Trance, and actually he said the same thing after riding my Stance. Of course neither bike compares to his $8000 custom build FRS, but I'm not spending that much on a bike.

    Well at least not this year .
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    The Giant stance reminded me a lot of my Santa Cruz Solo. Short wheelbase, snappy acceleration and just enough suspension for intermediate difficulty trails. Shame they don't offer it in the carbon variety.

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    Just having fun on my local single track



    Don't let this thread die Stance owners

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    Great pic...makes me wish all this damn snow was gone and I could hit the trials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armii View Post
    I like the feel and handling of my $1400 Stance better than his $2400 Trance, and actually he said the same thing after riding my Stance.
    You sure sound like a heretic to me. Withdraw from that sinful thoughts or the fire of the stake shall clean your soul

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    I picked up a 2016 Stance 1.0 pretty stoked about it.

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    I love mine I will put up pics soon
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    I don't know who programmed to put a lock-out front fork on our unworthy Stance 2s, but now that I'm remembering to use it, it's like having a lower tooth count on my chainring on my steep climbs. Kudos.
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    Pics of 1x9 30T 12/36 conversion with bling and DIY chain guide. 35mm stem with bling cap and spacer, and 50mm rise Answer 720mm handlebar.
    I'm done unless I go 1x10 30T 11/42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BADDANDY View Post
    Pics of 1x9 30T 12/36 conversion with bling and DIY chain guide. 35mm stem with bling cap and spacer, and 50mm rise Answer 720mm handlebar.
    I'm done unless I go 1x10 30T 11/42.
    I went with a 35mm stem and 50mm rise on mine also.. I only went 680mm wide on my bars.

    I think optimum setup would be 1x11 with an 11-42 cassette.
    But I think your current 1x9 is pretty sweet.
    I'm running the stock 11-34 I almost never leave the 30 ring, could probably just take the front derailleur off.

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    I just ordered 1x10 Deore shifter, SLX RD, Sunrace 11/42, and KMC-10 chain.
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    My 2016 Giant Stance 2. I got a killer deal on a new take off ten speed drivetrain minus cranks so that has been upgraded along with the seatpost and handlebar.

    I am getting ready to replace the grips as I don't care the for ESI's I put on there. For my style of riding the bike is perfect.

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    I installed a 1x10 Deore shifter, SLX RD, Sunrace 11/42, and KMC-10 chain. Test ride will follow if the rains ever stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey View Post
    I am getting ready to replace the grips as I don't care the for ESI's I put on there. For my style of riding the bike is perfect.
    I went with ODI rouge lock ons, I love them.

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    Here's my 2015 Stance 1!
    I believe this picture is from the first ride I took it on. I bought it late last summer and got a decent deal (in my opinion) since the 2016s were on the way. I can't say I've seen too many of this model/color on here.

    I added my Shimano M520 pedals and changed the Maxxis tires out for Continental Mountain Kings. It may be "just a trail bike" but fortunately all I do is "just" trail riding, so it works great. (the water bottle and seat bag have since been removed since I now carry an Osprey pack)


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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    I will be one of those snobby turds and say big box bikes are crap. Not only is the quality crap many of them are simply unsafe. I wouldn't allow anyone in my family to ride one.
    Interesting video.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Picked up a few weeks ago a couple of Stance 1 bikes. So far really liking these bikes!

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    2015 Stance

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    Here's my 2015 Stance 1. I have hundreds of miles on this bike in the Phoenix area. Rocks, roots, dust, dirt, and zero issues so far. I think it's perfect for me being a strong beginner on my way to intermediate.

    Upgrades:
    20T chainring
    Stan's Crest wheels
    Wellgo flat pedals
    KS dropper seatpost
    grips
    70mm Giant stem
    High Roller II 2.3 front, Ardent 2.25 rear, tubeless
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    Newest pic with new wheels and tires, carbon seatpost and bars, and ten speed drivetrain. Love this bike.
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    I just put a 2015 Stance 2 on layaway (waiting for my CX bike to sell.) I think I got a really good deal on it. I am already looking at upgrades, I can go to 1x10 pretty cheap and easily. Anything else that anyone has found that is a must upgrade on the Stance? I will probably swap out tires immediately and do gorilla tape tubeless (looking at Kenda Honey Badger and Slant Six.) I am pretty excited, I have been riding 29er hardtail for many years and this will be a new adventure for me. I will post pictures once I have it in hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhiker View Post
    I just put a 2015 Stance 2 on layaway (waiting for my CX bike to sell.) I think I got a really good deal on it. I am already looking at upgrades, I can go to 1x10 pretty cheap and easily. Anything else that anyone has found that is a must upgrade on the Stance? I will probably swap out tires immediately and do gorilla tape tubeless (looking at Kenda Honey Badger and Slant Six.) I am pretty excited, I have been riding 29er hardtail for many years and this will be a new adventure for me. I will post pictures once I have it in hand.
    You'll like the Stance! My wife and myself picked up the Stance 1 2016 a couple months ago and we love them. I also changed out the tires and went tubeless. For my wife's bike, I got her the Maxxis High Roller II for front and rear. On my bike I got the Maxxis Aggressors for the back, and the Minion DHF for the front. For our needs, the tires are great.
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    Mammoth Lakes bike riding...

    Brought our Stance 1 2016 bikes to ride some trails out at Mammoth Lakes. Second day we got caught in the rain. Still loving the bike riding.
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    Nice posts and pictures. My next bike will be FS. Not sure If I should go with the Trance 3 or Stance 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmich View Post
    Nice posts and pictures. My next bike will be FS. Not sure If I should go with the Trance 3 or Stance 1
    I haven't checked how much of a upgrade there is on the Trance 3 vs Stance 1? I am sure it has upgrades, but check if it is better to get the Stance 1 and upgrade the parts? I have seen a few Giant bikes out here in Mammoth Lakes.

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    Finally got a hold of my stance. I took it out mostly stock this weekend. Totally different feel than my 29r hardtail but that is to be expected. I was able to get some Stan's ZTR Crest, put the SLX + rear der on there, just waiting on some new shifter cables and some chain ring bolts so It will truly be 1x10. Super fun bike. I have a couple more local runs then it will be out to CO in a month!

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    Nice bike but why all the upgrades? You're swapping wheels, shifters, cables, rear derailleur... BUT no dropper post in sight?

    And with all these upgrades wouldn't it have been cheaper to buy a Trance in the first place?

    Did you get discount? (the Stance 1 sells for same price as Stance 2 right now, and after end of next month they'll probably have to give the Stance 2 away for free)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Calf View Post
    Nice bike but why all the upgrades? You're swapping wheels, shifters, cables, rear derailleur... BUT no dropper post in sight?

    And with all these upgrades wouldn't it have been cheaper to buy a Trance in the first place?

    Did you get discount? (the Stance 1 sells for same price as Stance 2 right now, and after end of next month they'll probably have to give the Stance 2 away for free)
    Because I can.....that's really all the reason one needs isn't it? Actually I got a killer discount from my local shop because it is a 2015, it was still WAY cheaper than the Stance 1 on sale. The wheels were free from a friend and everything else I had sitting around. I thought I had shifter cables but alas, I must have used them up. So far this upgrade is costing me $4.00. A dropper post will come one of these days. Saving about $1000 over the Trance 3.

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    2015 Stance

    This is my first bike. I saved and sold things to scratch some money together and I found mine used but he had done lots of upgrades to it which I'll list below.

    Here is a pic from my first ride out.

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    Here is what he'd already done to it:

    Fox Evolution CTD 130mm/32mm Stanchions

    Raceface Atlas Blue Bars 775mm

    Raceface Atlas Red Stem 65mm

    Hope Rear QR rear

    Giant Aftermarket Pedals

    Giant Aftermarket Grips

    KMC SLTi 9spd Chain

    Lizard Skin Chainstay Protector

    Hope Pro Evo 2 Front Hub 15mm Thru Axle

    -(Standard Stance 2 comes with 9mm QR)

    -Wheel rebuilt by LBS

    Rebuilt Rear Suspension with new components

    -Rebuilt by LBS

    SLX Rear Mech

    -Tuned by LBS

    Converted to 2x

    -Tuned by LBS


    I guess I did alright since he had some upgrades done to it. Again, it's my first bike and even though it's used, I like it.

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    New Stance 1 owner here and it is my first mountain bike. I primarily just trail ride with some beginner to intermediate downhills thrown in. I'm new to mountain biking but not new to off-road. I raced MX/hare scrambles in the 80's-90's. Only mods to my new ride so far is ergo gp1 grips. I have beat my body up over the years. The outside of my palms were killing me after 3 miles on my first ride. The new grips solved that. I like the rear tire but not too confident in the front so a new front tire will be my next mod. I not one to throw a bunch on there at once so I can tell for sure what helps and what doesn't.

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    For some reason I have been feeling sick today. Got another ride planned with my son and a couple buddies. Going to get out there and see how it goes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Romaxy View Post
    New Stance 1 owner here and it is my first mountain bike. I primarily just trail ride with some beginner to intermediate downhills thrown in. I'm new to mountain biking but not new to off-road. I raced MX/hare scrambles in the 80's-90's. Only mods to my new ride so far is ergo gp1 grips. I have beat my body up over the years. The outside of my palms were killing me after 3 miles on my first ride. The new grips solved that. I like the rear tire but not too confident in the front so a new front tire will be my next mod. I not one to throw a bunch on there at once so I can tell for sure what helps and what doesn't.
    I have the same problem. Outside of my palms are hurting a little after the ride. It was bad at the beginning, it is getting better now.
    I'm gonna look for new grips though. Main reason, is that they are slipping on the bars....

    I got mine at the end of June. First full suspension bike. I love it so far. DO not really feel like i need any upgrades right now. Except grips, and maybe good pedals.
    More you beef it up, more it will handle like a cow....

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobiemario View Post
    I have the same problem. Outside of my palms are hurting a little after the ride. It was bad at the beginning, it is getting better now.
    I'm gonna look for new grips though. Main reason, is that they are slipping on the bars....

    I got mine at the end of June. First full suspension bike. I love it so far. DO not really feel like i need any upgrades right now. Except grips, and maybe good pedals.
    I went with ODI Rouge grips, they clamp both ends, very stable. If the grips don't help the palm issue, you might consider rotating the bar back to change the bar angle.


    As long as I am posting, an update on my mods, I took off the front gears and am now running 1x9 with a 12/36 cassette and a 32t oval front ring.

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    Here's the current set-up on my '15 Stance 1

    Front Tire: Continental Mountain King 2.4
    Rear Tire: Continental Mountain King 2.2
    Rotors: Shimano XT RT76 2 piece (stock sizes)
    Pads: NukeProof semi-metallic
    Grips: Ergon lock-on (not the weird shaped ones)
    Pedals: cheap Shimano 520s

    the best thing I've done to my bike though is ride it! Seeing some aluminum shining through on the crankarms and an ever-growing number of scratches and scrapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armii View Post
    I went with ODI Rouge grips, they clamp both ends, very stable. If the grips don't help the palm issue, you might consider rotating the bar back to change the bar angle.


    As long as I am posting, an update on my mods, I took off the front gears and am now running 1x9 with a 12/36 cassette and a 32t oval front ring.
    How would you compare it to stock setup after driveline upgrade?
    More you beef it up, more it will handle like a cow....

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    I also most never used the high or low (no long steep climbs here in Florida) range anyway and with the 32 front with the 12, I still have enough gear to run 12 to 14 mph on the road, fast enough to keep up with my wife on her hybrid bike. Being oval with the 36 gives me the ability to climb as well as I did on the stock 30/34.

    If I start riding places with longer climbs I will probably need to go to 10 speed with a 11/40 cassette.
    The biggest advantages are no longer accidentally change ranges on rough terrain and not getting the 40t big ring caught on obstacles.

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    Hey all,
    First post as I have recently just bought my first FS bike a 2016 Giant Stance 2, been a dream coming from riding a low spec Focus 29R.

    Current Ugrades to the Stance are:
    45mm Funn Stem
    Clarks Lok-on Grips
    Crankbrothers Doubleshot Pedals
    DIY Front Mudguard

    Hoping to Convert to 1x11 soon perhaps the new SRAM NX11 Groupset.

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    Great ;mods for that bike, I did the same short stem, lock on grips, and good pedals. You just need a dropper seat post.

    I moved my brake levers outside the shifters to get them adjusted for one finger braking and did a 40mm riser bar over the stock 20mm rise.

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    Hey I'm a huge noob in regards to upgrades. I like trail riding and hitting some beginner/intermediate jumps. I'm that idiot who bought a MB at Target and tried taking it off some jumps. It's safe to say I broke the back tire and damaged the rear derailleur. I'm looking into the Giant Stance 2 considering what I've read about the ability to upgrade. I see tires are a must in almost every upgrade I've seen...any other ideas for the style of riding I do? Anything is appreciated

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    You're also a huge noob in navigating the forum. There's a dedicated wheels and tires subforum with tons of tire suggestions, just read up on it

    What kind of beginner are you that you're already "jumping" your bike? If that's your riding style you're better off with a Trance

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    Oh whoops...sorry about that. I'll check other posts.

    It started with basic trails with roots and no dropoffs. Then I decided to hit up Duthie Hill (Issaquah, Washington). It has a lot of manmade track in the back. I had never done it before so I just hit the dropoff which dropped into a hill then hit a jump. Definitely not hitting any big jumps. I made my way up to a little bigger dropoff and was able to complete the track many times while getting some ok air on the jumps at the end. Thanks for the reply even though I suck at navigating. Didn't even think about it. My bad

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    actually tires on the Stance are pretty decent, Maxis Ardents are very good all around tires for trail riding.

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    I got Easton Lockon grips on my Stance 1. They made huge difference. Night and day.
    Comfy. Grippy. Stay in place.

    Also just got RaceFace Chester pedals two days ago. They are super grippy too. I wish they were maybe 1/4 inch wider. But that may be matter of getting used to it.

    I don't have plans to do any other upgrades. I like the bike just the way it is. Drivetrain. Tires. Wheels. Only reason I might upgrade it one day, would be Maestro suspension. But that means getting the Trance
    More you beef it up, more it will handle like a cow....

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    Stance 1 Vs Stance 2 ????

    I did the comparisons on Giants webiste, but being a newbie this doesnt help. Opinions from owners appreciated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbed06 View Post
    Stance 1 Vs Stance 2 ????

    I did the comparisons on Giants webiste, but being a newbie this doesnt help. Opinions from owners appreciated?
    The Stance 1 has a great spec for the price (1x11, 23mm rims and a dropper post). You could either get this or a Trance 2 for 600$ more. The Trance frame is worth the price increase IMO.

    Don't bother with the Stance 2 or the Trance 3. There are better cost saving opportunities in life...

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    I got 2016 Stance 1 for price of stance 2 in June.
    But for 2017 models I'd get a Trance. It has better suspension.
    I know at some point I will end up with trance.
    Stance 1 has good components though.
    More you beef it up, more it will handle like a cow....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Calf View Post
    The Stance 1 has a great spec for the price (1x11, 23mm rims and a dropper post). You could either get this or a Trance 2 for 600$ more. The Trance frame is worth the price increase IMO.

    Don't bother with the Stance 2 or the Trance 3. There are better cost saving opportunities in life...
    this. my exact thinking. and why i'm going trance 2.

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    I've been riding my 2015 Stance 1 for a little over a year now and my brother just purchased a 2016 Trance 2 so I'll do a little comparison.

    Both are a medium and weighed in at around 30 lbs per my bathroom scale. The trance comes with a better wheelset so his is set up tubeless. The Stance lacks the dropper post and chain guide which probably helps keep the weights equal. I'm not sure how necessary the guide is since the rear derailleur does have a clutch which works well. The chain guide is just noisy and would drive me crazy.

    The drivetrains are pretty much the same but having the clutch is nice for keeping the chain under control. Bars are about 3" skinnier on the Trance which feels downright weird now that I'm used to the Stance which is 730mm I believe.

    Brakes are also about the same, really nothing to write home about there.

    The big difference of course is the Maestro vs single pivot rear suspension. For me, the single pivot works great. The only time I'm unimpressed with the performance is on the one trail that has a steep descent with some very serious washboarding. At high speeds it can't seem to keep the rear wheel under control very well. I might be able to play with the suspension to deal with that better, but I like how it performs on 95% of the other trails I ride so I'm hesitant to mess with it. The Trance also gives you a couple more suspension settings to play with but doesn't have a remote fork lockout like the Stance.

    I do need to get some more trail time on the Trance before I can give a better evaluation of the difference in suspension design.

    I will say though that I cannot get the Trance to wheelie lack my Stance. I just looked at the geometry and noticed that the Trance has chainstays that are a hair longer (0.2 inches) but a full inch longer wheelbase.... I believe that is what is trying to keep the front on the ground, for better or worse.

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    I still have wire-bead tires for the time being, but I'm planning on going tubeless eventually so I wanted a set of wheels better suited for the job. I took a gamble and went with the Crank Brothers Cobalt 2 set. I know they don't have the best reputation, but I figure between the 2 year warranty and Nashbar's satisfaction guarantee I should be ok. Also, I'm only 135 lbs and don't ride anything too crazy. Weight is down from 30 lbs to 28.5 per the bathroom scale (I do know that I've shaved 702g so far).



    Here's a picture with the original wheels doing a set of stairs, just because:

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    Looking to go to a 1x10 setup on my 16 stance 1, but not sure which front chain ring to go to. I searched and couldn't find which BCD to order, and which front chain ring in a 32t do you guys recommend? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky1malone View Post
    Looking to go to a 1x10 setup on my 16 stance 1, but not sure which front chain ring to go to. I searched and couldn't find which BCD to order, and which front chain ring in a 32t do you guys recommend? Any advice would be greatly appreciated
    That is an FSA Comet crank, not totally sure about the 2x set up, but the 3x Comet setup is 96mm bolt center. I went from 3x9 to 1x9 (eventually I will go 1x10 or 1x11) and switched to a 32t One up chain ring and because they have oval mounting holes, so they will work on 94mm or 96mm bolt centers, and the tabs needed to be ground down a little to fit.

    I would assume any rings designed to work on both 94mm and 96mm could have the same issue. After I ground down the tabs and got it to fit, the One Up works very well. I have both a round One Up 32t and an oval One Up 32t. Right now I am using the oval.

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    I cant post pics but im Itz Fitz on FB and i ride alot in Socal..
    I put this bike to the test on Mt Wilson and that was drops jumos fast rock gardens, tight switchbacks great response to braking and getting into grind on a quick climb... I Had been chased by a bear so i used the bike for all its worth..

    Itz Fitz on FB

    Oh i fckn bent my front wheel, any suggestions?

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    Here's my 2015 Stance 2 in its natural habitat of the Mojave Desert of Southern California. I've had it for about a month now.
    XT 1x10 with a wolf tooth 32 ring and 42 cog
    SLX brakes
    Giant connect dropper
    I would like to upgrade the rear shock tp something with a remote lockout. I absolutely love this bike. Just came off a GT Karakoram 29r hardtail, what a difference
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    I think the Stance is a great bike and am suggesting a buddy buy one. I have one concern on it and it's about the rear triangle. (No. Not that concern) Can it fit a thruaxle? Or qr only? I see folks throwing Stans Wheel sets on their stances. Is it w qr?

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    QR only. I have looked for one with a through but not available

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danibee View Post
    I think the Stance is a great bike and am suggesting a buddy buy one. I have one concern on it and it's about the rear triangle. (No. Not that concern) Can it fit a thruaxle? Or qr only? I see folks throwing Stans Wheel sets on their stances. Is it w qr?
    Pretty sure you can get end cups to run a 10mm qr t/a with the dropouts on the Stance.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Yes, I believe most wheels have an option to press in an insert for use with a QR axle.

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    New owner of a stance 2 ..going to be paying attention to this thread for upgrade ideas ..

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    Get good pedals and locking grips for sure.
    Congrats on new member of family
    More you beef it up, more it will handle like a cow....

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    Couple new tweaks to my '15 Stance!
    -Thomson Elite seatpost
    -super lightweight ESI grips to make me faster
    -RaceFace 30T narrow wide. I'm hoping I can get strong enough to deal with the loss of hte 24T granny gear!




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    new member here.. here's my 2017 stance 2.

    Raceface Next Carbon Handlebar
    Blackspire Snaggletooth 34T Chainring
    converted to 1x9 setup
    Lizradsking Lockon grip
    DMN seatpost dropper (not in the pic though
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    Quote Originally Posted by zyk09 View Post
    new member here.. here's my 2017 stance 2.

    Raceface Next Carbon Handlebar
    Blackspire Snaggletooth 34T Chainring
    converted to 1x9 setup
    Lizradsking Lockon grip
    DMN seatpost dropper (not in the pic though
    c.guide tensioner
    Nice mods. Have you tracked the weight of it setup now?
    I'm in middle of doing similar mods to lighten up and add performance to mine:

    -1x using a 30t e13 n/w ring
    -Sunrace 11/40t 9 spd extd cassette
    -Giant SL carbon bars
    -DT/Stans Arch wheels
    -RS Revalation 130mm RL fork
    -ks Lev 125mm seat dropper
    -WTB Vigelante/Wolverine tubless
    -XT Trail pedals
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Hey Stance owners!

    I have a question for ya. My girlfriend is considering getting an Embolden 1 (women's version of the stance). There isn't really any info out on the Embolden yet, so I figured I'd ask here...

    How do you feel the Stance does on long sustained climbs? I'm having trouble finding much useful feedback on the flexpoint suspension. The new embolden 1 has a pretty killer parts spec for 2100. Any feedback is very welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfonsoBarraza View Post
    As the tittle says
    I have a 2017 Stance 2 with an FSA Comet 2x crankset. Has anyone put a single ring on it for 1x and what is the bcd pattern?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Guys are decals on top of clear coat or under ?
    I have a good deal for 2016, but I despise the green color
    If there's an easy way to get rid of the green decal then I'm in, but otherwise the color will steer me away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pol4k View Post
    Guys are decals on top of clear coat or under ?
    I have a good deal for 2016, but I despise the green color
    If there's an easy way to get rid of the green decal then I'm in, but otherwise the color will steer me away
    You'll learn to love the green once it gets mud on it. Earthtones....
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    RaceFace Atlas pedals
    Dropper post
    206mm discs
    ODI grips
    c-guide thing for the chain
    11-speed rear cassette
    Roxshox fork 150mm travel from a Trance (I think?)
    Toseek CF handlebar
    Wake shorty stem
    XOX chain guide thing
    blah blah blah

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    I just joined mtbr...
    This is my 2016 Giant Stance 2
    So far I've only upgraded the wheels, but the front one will be coming in two weeks.

    Upgrades/Customizations:
    Xpedo Spry Pedals
    Front Fender
    Stan's Flow MK3 Rims laced to purple Hope Pro 4 hubs with green decals (front not shown in pic)
    Tires: Maxxis High Roller II (F), Maxxis Minion SS (R) (HRII will be added once I get the front wheel)
    Set up tubeless
    ODI Vans Lock-On Grips

    In the near future I'll be upgrading to a 1x11 XT drivetrain and adding a 150mm Fox Transfer Factory dropper post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudee47 View Post
    I just joined mtbr...
    This is my 2016 Giant Stance 2
    So far I've only upgraded the wheels, but the front one will be coming in two weeks.

    Upgrades/Customizations:
    Xpedo Spry Pedals
    Front Fender
    Stan's Flow MK3 Rims laced to purple Hope Pro 4 hubs with green decals (front not shown in pic)
    Tires: Maxxis High Roller II (F), Maxxis Minion SS (R) (HRII will be added once I get the front wheel)
    Set up tubeless
    ODI Vans Lock-On Grips

    In the near future I'll be upgrading to a 1x11 XT drivetrain and adding a 150mm Fox Transfer Factory dropper post.

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    No offense meant but I see it many times yet still don't understand the reasoning behind this.

    Why are you buying a low spec model just to spend lots of money for upgrading nearly everything (wheels, tires, drive train, dropper post...) right out of the box? After all that you'll have spent more than a higher spec Trance would've cost you in the first place but will still be stuck with a low end fork and weak brakes not to mention the frame...

    Wouldn't it make more sense to just sell the bike and buy a model that comes stock with a spec as close as possible to your desired spec as for any upgraded components you'll have to pay retail prices while the bike manufacturer himself pays much lower OEM prices, thus a FOX fork is about three times more expensive for the consumer than it is for the manufacturer so upgrading never makes sense from a financial point of view IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Calf View Post
    No offense meant but I see it many times yet still don't understand the reasoning behind this.

    Why are you buying a low spec model just to spend lots of money for upgrading nearly everything (wheels, tires, drive train, dropper post...) right out of the box? After all that you'll have spent more than a higher spec Trance would've cost you in the first place but will still be stuck with a low end fork and weak brakes not to mention the frame...

    Wouldn't it make more sense to just sell the bike and buy a model that comes stock with a spec as close as possible to your desired spec as for any upgraded components you'll have to pay retail prices while the bike manufacturer himself pays much lower OEM prices, thus a FOX fork is about three times more expensive for the consumer than it is for the manufacturer so upgrading never makes sense from a financial point of view IMO.
    I upgrade a low spec bike because as a high school student working a less than $300 a month job, upgrading a lower spec bike as I save up money makes more sense for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudee47 View Post
    I upgrade a low spec bike because as a high school student working a less than $300 a month job, upgrading a lower spec bike as I save up money makes more sense for me.
    So you're putting all your hard earned money into upgrading your bicycle ?

    You make the upgrades almost sound like a necessary medical procedure to be done and again no offense meant but don't you think with a 300$ monthly income riding a "stock wheelset" on a modern mountainbike is the least of your troubles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Calf View Post
    So you're putting all your hard earned money into upgrading your bicycle ?

    You make the upgrades almost sound like a necessary medical procedure to be done and again no offense meant but don't you think with a 300$ monthly income riding a "stock wheelset" on a modern mountainbike is the least of your troubles?
    First of all, the only thing I need to support for myself is mountain biking. Everything else my parents can pay for. Since I can't justify asking them to buy bike parts, I buy them myself.

    Second, why do you care so much? It's my money and I'm gonna spend it how I want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudee47 View Post
    First of all, the only thing I need to support for myself is mountain biking. Everything else my parents can pay for. Since I can't justify asking them to buy bike parts, I buy them myself.

    Second, why do you care so much? It's my money and I'm gonna spend it how I want to.
    Yeah maybe steelshin should kick in the difference of what you sell your bike for and the top line model he thinks you should've bought initially. 😎
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    Or at least get you a mid level carbon model! 👍
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudee47 View Post
    I just joined mtbr...
    This is my 2016 Giant Stance 2
    So far I've only upgraded the wheels, but the front one will be coming in two weeks.

    Upgrades/Customizations:
    Xpedo Spry Pedals
    Front Fender
    Stan's Flow MK3 Rims laced to purple Hope Pro 4 hubs with green decals (front not shown in pic)
    Tires: Maxxis High Roller II (F), Maxxis Minion SS (R) (HRII will be added once I get the front wheel)
    Set up tubeless
    ODI Vans Lock-On Grips

    In the near future I'll be upgrading to a 1x11 XT drivetrain and adding a 150mm Fox Transfer Factory dropper post.

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    Sweet rig!

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    I bought a new 2016 Giant Stance 2 in the beginning of last summer. And it's about beat at this point. I don't even jump it. I had to replace the rear bearings in the hub once. The rear wheel is shot. The stock maxxis tires are crap and don't hold air for running tubeless. The 3x9 is ancient and needs to die.

    That being said. I love it. I swapped out the 3x9 for a single 32 tooth up front and new crank. The rear wheel is still shot but it and the front is running tubeless 2.35" bontrager xr4's. I put some new locking grips on it. I put a cool saddlebag on it and a water bottle holder that holds an air pump too. I like to ride my 1-2 hour rides without a backpack. Oh, and I put a 90mm stem on it. Because I'm like that. I got some race face chesters for the flats too.

    I'd also love to not have it be the only bike I ride. I'd love a new plus bike. But I absolutely destroy this giant on the local trails in Michaux State Forest.

    I have no idea what a nice bike rides like. I have no business riding one since right now I can't afford one. My times keep getting faster and faster and I am keeping up with some of the locals with their fancy shmancy bikes too.

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    Got a 2016 stance 2 for 1200 out the door and they threw in a set pf teva lock on grips. I picked this bike up about ten days ago, threw on my spikes spank pedals from my old bike and hit the local uphill grind. Skyline Trail in Corona soCal. I'm just getting into shape again and have never done a lot of heavy climbing on a mountain bike before. She'll do.

    I have been riding the bike almost daily for the last week and a half. One thing I do to get a feel for the bike is to ride around my block. This is not your average block. We live in unincorporated Riverside County. No curbs and unsealed roads that are ROUGH. Starting from my driveway it's 2 more houses to the end of the block. It's a 5 to 10 percent grade to that corner. I hook a Right and it's immediately 20 percent up to the next corner and it's some seriously chunked up road. Very ruted amd might as well not ne paved at all. Fire roads are in better shape. It's almost flat for the first half of the next leg then the decent starts with a high off camber shulder rising ten feet on the right that has a miniature rock garden to a sweeping right turn. Here's the steep descent with driveways that drop into each other and then a good drop back to the road in time for the last right back to my house. It's almost exactly a quarter mile and has just about everything to test a bike out on. Steep climb. Loose gravel on the road. Washy shoulders. Some technical goat trails off the sides of the road. Descent drops and a couple downhill turns with sketchy footing to test the brakes and tires. She'll do.

    I can say with confidence that the stance 2 is a good deal. I only baught the stance because my bike I was riding had become unridable and unrepairable at a time when I can't afford to replace it and I don't want to stop riding with my kids 1 to 3 times a week. They both want to race cross country on their schools team next season so I was going to have to get them something along these lines anyway. I can hand this bike down at the end of the summer when I can afford the Trance 2 for myself. My youngest already rides the wheels off this one every chance she gets. I know it will be a good bike for her. Heck, it's a good bike for me. I just know I'm going to want more suspension.

    Today I put a DNM dropper with 110mm travel on the bike. I'm very happy with it because it sets all the way down in the post and I get descent height out of it while still getting the seat well out of the way when I want. It's sure going to be nice to have that 150mm on the trance though. But back to the DNM. It was supper easy to instal. It was already charged up and I didn't have to add any air at all. The lever is pretty nice and fits betwen my rear up shift lever and the grips real nice and is easy to use. The cable housing already has ferrules and the cable the apropriate length to install as is. It's longer than it should be for this application, but I don't have a housing / cable cutter and don't want to use diagonal wire cutters. I'll just have the guys at Jensen trim it up when I take it in for the initial tune up. That is unless I buy the right cutters first but they're 30 bucks unless anyone knows a better deal. There's a cable guide for under the seat and. 2mm allen screw locks the cable to the dropper lever under the seat like I'm sure all the others do the same way. There is a cable tip included for when you cut the cable to the right length. I've never installed one of these before but I am a helicopter mechanic. It took me five minutes to install the lever, rout the cable (including wrapping it around the top tube a couple times to take up the extra length), drop the post, set the cable and swap my sear in. I like this dropper because it gets almost as low as short cut post but still gets me to almost perfect uphill height. If I know I'm going to be doing a long climb I can just take it up a couple more inches and still be able to drop it on the fly and that makes me really happy. I chose this post after a few days of checking my options and first seen this on on Seth's bike hacks YouTube channel.

    This is the post. I highly recomend it but I would say if you do buy it, check out Seth's video and buy it off his link and hook him up. I think his channel is pretty good so why not kick him a little return.
    DNM Mountain Bike Dropper Seatpost Remote Lockout 30.9x330mm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BW4T5WW..._URQfzbS3MDG1H

    Oh yea. I also moved the brake levers to where they belong. I don't understand why they come from the factory/dealer with the levers installed the way they do. The bike has hydraulic brakes for God's sake.

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