Boosting off roots, snapping out of corners, tackling steep drops: do it all with confidence on Giant's Trance 27.5 3. Up and down the mountain, the ALUXX SL aluminum frame is light and stiff to get up and go, while the Maestro rear suspension along with RockShox Monarch R shock deliver 140mm of bump-swallowing travel that lets you float over rock gardens. Up front, a RockShox Sektor Gold RL leads the charge with 140mm of forgiving travel on chattery trails or big hits. Speaking of charging forward, the wide-ranging Shimano Deore 2x10 drivetrain keeps you going with quick, smooth shifts every time. And when it comes time to dive hard into the switchbacks, Giant's 27.5-inch wheels respond with agility while the Schwalbe tires bite into terra firma and Shimano discs scrub speed reliably.
27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.
Efficiency: Increasing the wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle at which round objects meet square objects). The lower the angle, the easier it is to roll over obstacles and maintain momentum.
Traction: With a larger diameter, the tire's contact patch increases, putting more rubber on the trail. A 27.5-inch (650B) has nearly the same contact patch as a 29er for superb acceleration, braking and cornering.
Weight: The weight of a 27.5 wheel, tire and tube is only 5% more than an identically built 26-inch wheel. Compare this to a 12% increase with a 29-inch wheel. Lighter wheels mean a lighter bike, and better climbing and acceleration.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Giant ALUXX SL aluminum w/Maestro suspension, 5.5-inch travel|
|Fork||RockShox Sektor Gold RL Solo Air, OverDrive steerer, 15mm thru-axle, 140mm travel|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch R|
|Rims/Wheels||Giant S-XC2 27.5-inch|
|Hubs||Giant Sport Tracker Disc|
|Tires||Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance, tubeless-ready, 27.5 x 2.25|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore Shadow Plus|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano HG50, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Handlebars||Giant Connect, low rise|
|Brake Levers||Shimano M396|
|Brakes||Shimano M396 hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotors|
|Saddle||Giant Contact, upright|
* Subject to change without notice.