- If I couldn't get a Whyte T129S and ended up with a Giant Trance X 29er….
I’d say you’d be more likely to be disappointed with the Whyte. Giants are superb bikes and pretty much unbeatable for the money.
EDITPosted 4 years ago
Whyte bike frames have a poor 2 year warranty, extendable to 4 years if you register the bike. Giants have a lifetime warranty. I know which I’d choose.roverpigSubscriber
Owners of Whytes will say yes, owners of Giants will say no, but only you can decide. They are both just bikes at the end of the day and in the grand scheme of bikes (from DH bikes to road bikes) they are pretty much indistinguishable to most normal folk. Just go for whichever one floats your boat and enjoy it. Personally I’d rather have a bike than not.Posted 4 years agopipiomMember
I’ve had 2 Anthems and now got Trance 29er X0….in my opinion they have been well sorted bikes from the get go…..if I’ve sold on to replace I’ve ways got good money and rapid sale…Giant’s aftersales (plus my awesome LBS ) has been brilliant……I rode the Trance last night and we did a mixed bag of gnar, it just ate it up in a similar fashion to my Tallboy….my opinion, I know but hopefully helpful…Giant, great VFM and backup!!!! Obviously can’t comment on Whyte.Posted 4 years ago
I’m just umming and arring, I’ve fancied a Whyte since they got such great reviews, and I think it looks great.
However they are hard to get hold of, whereas the Giant isn’t and I prefer the LBS that sells Giants.
Some good points above, plus of course a useful dose of subjectivity.
Got a test ride lined up in January for both the Trance 27.5 and the Anthem 27.5 (again Giant customer service great, still waiting for Whyte dealer to let me know if/when a test ride might be possible), but as I’ve already got a 29er (Fargo) it would make sense in terms of tyre swapping etc to stick with that wheel size.
Anyway, most of the fun is in the chase isn’t it?
Apparent last year they were lying, 29ers are sh!te, 27.5 is THE answer!
I know that is the forum interpretation, but it’s not the view I seem be getting from Giant – no more 26ers, 29ers for as long as the demand is there.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Vain I know but I don’t think I could allow a Trance 29er in my garage. It’d be like having a ginger child.
The Whyte should be a good buy now, they’ve gone through the essential “sell a bunch and have them break” phase that Whyte seem to depend on for prototyping, changed the design a bit, sorted.Posted 4 years ago
I went to look at a spesh camber evo the other day and the whytes look better and were better VFM. Can’t understand the haters? Last year, I though the Trance 29er 1 was a great bike to ride, looked better in the flesh than on photos, and great colours. The Giant told me they were crap and left this years model in ridiculous colours!!!!! Still the black, stealth anthem 29 er looks better than last years colours!!!
On the idea of demand or not enough of it. Last two years, Giant have sold out of the bike I wanted by early summer!!!!! So put off purchase, then they make my choice obsolete (!!) or hideous colours.Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
Not sure I can stomach the frame shape of the Giant Trance X29, it just looks too short and as though it has been involved in some sort of front end collision.
The Whyte is easier on the eye and is like a Specilaized but better specced for the money.
Have you ridden either bike – I haven’t? I’m only going on reviews in amgs and that doesn’t really mean a lot, but both are well thought of and I don’t think you’d go wrong with either.Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
Whyte demo’s specifically the T-129, seem to be reliant on your LBS requesting the demo fleet to attend. Which if your LBS has the interest/numbers is great, not so easy for one off individuals.
The joys of a having a model in great demand, they sell too well for a demo to be kept/necessary.
Whyte are posting demo’s days on there FB page, as LBS’s request them, but you might need to travel & get in quick to reserve the model you want to try.Posted 4 years agotony24Member
can i also suggest you try a whyte m109. Ive had mine for about 6 months and its a lot of fun to ride. i did cwncarne on it in my fastest time the only bike ive been able to get up the whole climb with ease and had the most fun ever coming down. for a 29er it is really easy to move around even the switchbacks were not a big issue.
its worth a testPosted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
There are some bargain Trance X29s about
Pauls Cycles have a X0 Trance 29er for £2,199 – £1,300 under RRP if you take a medium or large Trance X0 linky
Or an X2 for £1125
You won’t see a Whyte being discounted like that. The Trance X0 is pretty much full XT drivetrain and brakes (sneaky SLX cassette aside) and comes with a dropper post.Posted 4 years agoandypaul99Member
I really like the new range of 27.5 trance, but the 29 still had great reviews – there are a few owner reviews on mtbr.
Giant definitely make the best frames, i know there will be loads of people on here that will disagree, but the ALUXX SL frames are sublime, really light and just the right amount of flex to be comfortable.
I am slightly Giant biased (you can probably tell) but for good reason i think. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
kryton – i am in exactly the a same boat. Last summer I demoed both for a few days – did the same combination of 3-4 hr XC rides and mucking about on singletrack/steeper stuff. So which was the bigger compromise? The anthem just, although this could have been Racing Ralphs v Nobby Nics as i was sliding all over wet roots on the anthem!!
On the last day of the demo, I took the Trance for a long XC ride and expected to notice a difference between this and the Anthem. But is was so marginal and the Trance was so nice on a long ride (29er v my current old 26 HT??) that I felt the Trance would be better. Then they sold out of both!!
Hence the M109 v T129 debate with the whytes and the ? over the spesh camber evo!!!
choices, choices!!!Posted 4 years ago
See I had an old anthem and then a turner five spot. Anthem was great as was turner. Anthem went up better than turner but turner came down better
If I did lots of trail centers id go trance but as I prefer natural trails in the dales and moors I think anthem is the better for me
Less travel but less weight to lug aroundPosted 4 years ago
teamhurtmore – Member
Indeed. Then again I already know I have a great trail bike in the ASR5. I’m off to Wales in January and intend to pump the shock up “race hard” on one of the 4 days I’ll ride and see how it fairs. A couple of hundred quid lightening it up might be the compromise if I want to use a FS for a race.Posted 4 years ago
Nick – Member
Kryton – it’s not a spacer anymore, its the entire spring assembly that needs swapping out, see here on page 10 of the service manual.
Not sure how much this costs, I’ve heard £35-£70….available here for $85….
As you can probably tell, I have been having similar thoughts to you..,
Ah. That looks complicated to a mechanical idiot like me. Hmmm. I guess it’d be a case of riding it first and then only changing it if I felt a bit more was needed.Posted 4 years ago
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