Giant TranceX: very well thank you. It took a few rides to adapt to the FS style of riding i.e. sitting down more and accepting more downhill traction and speed. I rode it hard in the autumn of last year, including a nice mini Welsh trail centre road-trip and the 60 mile SWR course. It was especially handy doing the Beast on a wet day at Coed-y-Brenin; I would have suffered on my old HT. Made a few minor changes:
*Ghetto tubeless the Nevegals - worked well
*Replace big ring with bashguard before it got too mashed to use
*Keep flipping between a play setup (chopped down seatpost and flats) and an XC setup (tall seatpost and SPDs) depending on the ride.
I haven't changed my opinion: it's an XC/trail bike rather than a lite freeride. I sometimes have a nagging concern that I should have got an Anthem!
Shocks seem to be OK so far but I plan to pay TFT for servicing after the spring riding.