Bike Check: Zach's Custom Giant Trance

During the height of the COVID pandemic, Path service manager Zach W. was on the hunt for a project. He was looking for a bike that was fast, lightweight, but still able to handle any descent he threw its way. Thus began the journey to create this dialed dream 2022 Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29. 

It all started with a size medium frame — and not just any frame. These Trance frames are individually painted using a garbage bag (yep, you read that right) and silver paint, making each one unique in its own way. Now that Zach had the base, it was time to soup it up with some choice parts. 

Here are a few of the details that make this Giant Trance the XC shredder of Zach's dreams:

Instead of the stock Fox 34 130mm that you'd find on a stock Trance build, Zach decided to go for less travel. He went with a RockShox SID 120mm fork for a more xc-style setup. This fork coupled with a Wolftooth one-degree slackening headset created a perfect balance between snappy XC handling and trail bike capability. 

Zach opted for SRAM XX1 AXS drivetrain best shifting on the market and wanted something clean (look ma, no cables!) and reliable on this XC steed. The wireless setup makes for a clean cockpit look that's perfect with his Syncros Hixon IC SL 780mm x 60mm one-piece carbon bar and stem.

Going fast also means you want a capable brake setup, so Zach went with Magura MT Trail SL with a 180mm front rotor and 160mm rear rotor for lightweight and reliable stopping power.

Coming in at 26 pounds with a 65.7 degree headtube angle, this isn't your everyday cross-country bike. This was designed as a short travel, lightweight, trail bike that is just as happy descending The Luge as it is racing Over The Hump. 

From wheel to wheel, this is a unique build tailored to Zach's specific riding style. Whether it's climbing a technical section or descending chunk at top speed, this bike is ready for it all. 

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