As usual with Giant, the bike is better looking in person than on the website. Lots of nice design details, as well as a cool paint scheme and some very good color matching. The entire build kit is well thought out, you can't go wrong with a full XT group. They choose the reasonable 24/36 tooth double chainring combination, the bike comes stock with their no-frills but tough as nails dropper post. The hubs have DT Swiss internals, the rims are tubeless (it basically seems like a DT wheelset with Giant written on it) and the Schwalbe Nobby Nics are tubeless ready. They even include valve stems, all you need to do is pull the tubes, slap on the valves, pour in some Stans and you are ready to go.
One nice design feature is the optional internal cable routing. The bike is shipped with the front and rear brake cables routed internally, while the rear brake hose is routed using bolt on clips down the downtube. However, there is an internal routing option for the rear brake, as well as the dropper post cables. Of course we had to use the internal options, and although it took some doing, it was worth the effort as the bike looks so clean and now the rear hose is well protected. We threw some low profile rotor bolts into the bolt holes along the down tube that were no longer being used, but Giant includes little plastic plugs that serve that purpose.
Converted to tubeless with generous servings of Stans, and test ride pedals, our completely stock build medium demo bike weighs 28 lbs. We think that's a pretty impressive weight for an aluminum 5" travel 29er with a dropper post. (We have weighed the frame only, and it comes in just over 6lbs in a large.)
So far we have a small and a medium demo bike, and we should have a large arriving soon. We currently are charging $60 a day for our demo bikes, with that money going towards any bike purchase that you make in the future. As our demo fleet grows, we may be offering a multiple bike / multiple day demo package that will allow you to check out all the bikes we offer for a lower price. Stay tuned, and give a ring if you'd like to schedule a ride on the new Trance X 29 0!
Lastly, we are stocking these framesets in all sizes, incase you are particular on your build kit or already have all the parts you need. The frameset sells for $1550, and comes with the top of the line Fox CTD with Kashima coating. Also the framesets have a unique paintjob that isn't offered on any of the completes, so you will see far fewer bikes just like yours out on the trails. Give us a call or shoot an email for a custom build quote (we are very competitive with our complete bike custom build pricing)!
I will leave you with a photo of my boy Julian, doing his best to test the gear we sell and ensure that it is up to snuff for you, our loyal customers.