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Old 09-01-2011, 09:43 AM   #11
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This month's MBA mag has a review of these two bikes (well, the EX 8). It's worth a read to help your decision. I'd lean towards the Trek, myself.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:29 PM   #12
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I have a Trance and rode a buddy's Trek. They are both great bikes. The suspension design on the Giant climbs better than the Trek without having to reach for the pro-pedal switch. On the other side, the Trek has a more supple ride overall. I don't think you could go wrong either way.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:35 PM   #13
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Trance X1. You will get a better parts package on the Giant for the same or less money. X1 is a great bike. I can't speak for the Trek as I wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole, but I am sure it is "ok".
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:52 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by dhunt8705 View Post
Sorry I forgot to put the links of the bikes in. This should make things easy for everyone. Thanks again.



I noticed something interesting on Trek's site saying their front and rear suspension were tuned by Trek in California. What is that supposed to mean to us in NJ, or anywhere else for that matter. Trails in different parts of the country vary quite a bit so I would imagine the suspension would need to be tuned accordingly... if that even matters. Or is that just a marketing ploy that is supposed to impress us?
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:30 PM   #15
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Either way I dont think you can go wrong with those bike

Trance X video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvxDojjHVT8
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:40 PM   #16
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I am partial to the Trance. My X2 is the second one I've owned. It is a fun all around bike, a little porky, but so am I. Well spec'd for the price point.

Brad will not buy one because he says I am too slow. Not sure if that is because of the bike

Not to derail your line of thought, but I saw someone riding the Giant Anthem 29 at Mooch Madness. That was a really good looking bike.

I think someone else said this - your comfort level with the shop you are purchasing from should be part of your decision making process. Both bikes are sweet.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:22 AM   #17
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I've never riden a Giant but my EX9 may have been the best bike i've ever owned.
Until it was stolen!
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:45 AM   #18
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thank you all so much for opinions and info!!
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:20 AM   #19
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You owe it to yourself to at least give the Anthem 29er a hard look. We have not sold many Trance's since the Anthem came out.
We might not be good but we are slow.

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Old 09-06-2011, 10:33 AM   #20
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Love my Trance X1 -- great overall bike.

I know one of the differences between the two bikes is the riding position. I believe the Trek is "more aggressive" where the rider is bent over a little further. The Trance has a more upright riding position. When I first rode the Trance, it took me one ride to get used to the upright position. After that, I was hooked.

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