- First Full Suss Giant Trance, Camber or AN Other
I usually ride a hardtail but I’ve been thinking about going down the full suspension route.
I’ve only got £1300 so was looking at a Giant Trance 4 or the specialized Camber.
I ride everything from Wharncliffe woods to the peaks and maybe the odd trip to Dalby etc.
Anything else in my price brand I should be looking at?Posted 6 years agoOllyMember
love my trance.
it floats over rough stuff, and climbs brilliantly.
the maestro link is everything it claims to be 🙂
on the flip side, when you come to change the bearings, there are 10 of the buggers, which isn’t cheap.
it does only have one shock bush, (though that does wear quicker than it would on a single pivot for instance, as it rotates a long way with each bump. they should have put a bearing in the upper link and direct bolted it onto the shock without a bush instead IMO, but that would come with a weight and cost penaltyPosted 6 years agopopartpoemMember
I have a 2008 Trance X0 and it climbs brilliantly and descends with confidence.
Shorten the stock stem though, and pointing downhill gets better.
Also, the current X4 has the same frame as the X1, so, when the time comes, you only need to upgrade the components (if you feel it needs it).Posted 6 years agobrakeswithfaceSubscriber
Trances are great with the following caveats:Posted 6 years ago
1. Bugger to clean – lots of little nooks and crannys that were obviously never designed for this side of the Atlantic.
2. Horrendous number of pivots when the bearings need replacing.
3. There’s a couple of the top pivot bearings that seem to have a habit of not lasting all that long.brakeswithfaceSubscriber
Not sure I’d let it put you off, they’re excellent frames. Just worth being aware that the bearings do need attention, and that there’s a fair few of them. The same may well be true of lots of other more complex suspension designs anyway, the trance is the only one I’ve owned.Posted 6 years agomonkeychildMember
The mrs uncle has had a trance (not an x) for about 5 years and hes used and abused it (hes a big fella) and its still going strong.Posted 6 years ago
So my theory is being a hell of a lot lighter (70kg) mine shouldnt take as much of a pounding and hopefully give me a trouble free life lol.tomasoSubscriber
The Trance is good and a safe bet.
Camber is also good but some of the spec choices aren’t great – Tektro brakes
Canyon is more of an unknown in the UK but you can’t argue with the price. See how far up the Giant and Spesh range you have to go to match a Canyon Nerve XC 5 or 6? Cutting out the importer and shops margin makes them hard to beat on spec.
For my peace of mind I’d want to spend some time on the Canyon just to see how it rides, but the direct sales route makes this a bit tricky.Posted 6 years agogeordiemick00Member
I used to own an FSR XC which the camber has evolved into and it was an excellent buy, it had 12 months of being ridden 4-5 times a week. I started off at 21st and was 18st when it was nicked. Great VFM and the Camber’s are a beautiful loooking bike too. I’ve never been took with the ‘only a mother could love’ look of GiantsPosted 6 years ago
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