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!