Video: Giant Teases New 29er “Ultimate Trail Bike”

Uploaded today, Giant Bicycles is teasing a new 29er full suspension mountain bike as the “Ultimate Trail Bike”.

It’s a bit fast paced to get much out of it, but if you follow Giant’s past logic, they’ll introduce an alloy frame first, gauge rider interest, then roll out a lighter, stiffer, better-in-every-way carbon version the following year. If they keep the naming scheme, it’s looking like a Trance 29er is in the works. This one’s pegged for an August release, so look for some hands on at Eurobike if not before.

What we could catch was a slightly longer rocker arm than what’s on the Anthem 29er models, and it has a reinforcement beam midway through it. Frame (at least this test mule) is definitely alloy and, unless the lighting is really off, looks to have a standard QR rear. This could just be a prototype, but seems odd that the ultimate trail bike wouldn’t use a thru axle front and rear.

Leave a comment if you spot anything else interesting!

Thanks to Kevin for the tip!


Rob King - 07/02/12 - 8:42pm

It has “Trance X” written on a sticker on the rear shock (0:37).

Bayard - 07/02/12 - 9:25pm

Really a trail two nine lol.

Rockyrider - 07/03/12 - 8:43am

The rear wheel looks pretty flexy in the super slo mo.

Steve - 07/03/12 - 9:12am

Ultimate trail bike…lol.

Henry - 07/03/12 - 9:55am

There was a photo gallery a few weeks back of the first Oregon Super D race (cannot for the life of me remember which site.) This bike was definitely raced there!

Alexander - 07/03/12 - 11:48am

GT Zaskar 100 9r Carbon is ultimate trail bike, everything else is fake

Sevo - 07/03/12 - 1:49pm

Ultimate Trail bike a 29er? Umm yeah…..

I’m going out on a limb here, but really the ultimate trail bike would be a 69er….26″ in the rear and 29″ up front. I road a Carver hard tail for some time like this. Sweet bike.

Why 69er? On a trail bike I feel the flick ability of a 26″ rear wheel is huge. Trail riding I feel nimbleness is paramount. 29 up front is nice for cornering, steep technical situations. A few big name industry people still feel the 69er is the way to go…however public perception is a tough hurdle. Mind you, not with the moto crowd who’ve seen such in dirt bikes for 30 years.

Currently I think the best trail bike I’ve ridden is the Santa Cruz TRc….it has a unique geometry you need to get used to, but it rips once you do.

Bayard - 07/03/12 - 7:25pm

The 69 pleasures both desires at once

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