Top story on Bike Radar at the moment has to do with planned carbon models from Giant in 2013.
I had heard that we can expect to see the carbon Anthem X 29 debuted at Sea Otter this year. The other talk about a carbon Reign X with tweaked geometry would be fantastic.
I believe they left out the possibility of seeing a Trance X 29 pop up in 2013 as well. As usual, I'm going to say that it will be alloy only at first. The longer travel 29er market seems pretty hot right now, I don't see them ignoring it.
Speaking of carbon Giants, I've been able to get out a few times now on my new Trance X Advanced SL. It is very impressive. I've noticed that I can't really tell whether the ProPedal is on or off while climbing, which tells me that the bike is a very efficient climber. It is also shockingly plush, which is a lot of fun when combined with great pedaling efficiency. This is definitely the most versatile bike I have owned. With two wheelsets, I will happily race it XC and at the endurance events (my XT build came out to 25lbs with carbon wheels). For some more demanding trails, I'll put some stronger, less expensive wheels and big tires on.
We have 3 of the 2011 Trance X Advanced SL framesets in the shop right now. The original retail was $2,900. We are selling them for $1,950. The frame comes with a headset, and of course Giant's lifetime warranty.
Man, I am excited to get this bike out on something other than the foothills!