The Trance is still a looker in e-MTB formMatthew Allen / Immediate Media
E-MTBs have evolved rapidly in the last few years and the integration of batteries and motors has got progressively neater. Giant’s latest range includes four electrified versions of the Trance trail bike and this one is the second most affordable.
It’s powered by a Yamaha SyncDrive Pro motor and Giant’s own EnergyPak 500 battery unit, which is tidily integrated into the downtube.
That massive battery is slickly integrated into the downtubeMatthew Allen / Immediate Media
The Trance has 140mm of rear travel and uses the same Maestro suspension platform as Giant’s other higher-end bikes, including the forged composite rocker arm. Bounce is supplied by Fox, with a stout 150mm 36 up front and a Float DPS Performance shock.
Shifting is a mix of Shimano SLX and XT-level components, while the brakes are non-series Shimano M520 four-pots. The finishing kit is all Giant.
The Juliana is very appealing thingMatthew Allen / Immediate Media
The do-it-all Furtado, Juliana’s 130mm trail bike, is back with a bang and some impressive updates.
Based around the same unisex frame as the Santa Cruz 5010, it boasts new pivot link uprights designed to give a stiffer, sturdier feel and a ‘flip chip’ which allows you to switch the geometry between a steeper high position and slacker low position for when riding gets more downhill focussed. That gives it a head angle switch from 66.5 degrees in the high position to a slightly slacker 66.2 degrees in the low position.
The C-grade carbon frame is marginally heavier than the premium CC carbon frame-maker Santa Cruz also produces but is also a little cheaper as a result.
The bits bolted on includes a SRAM NX groupset paired with Guide T brakes, plus a Fox Float DPS Performance Shock and Fox Rhythm 34 forks with a lighter, women’s-specific trail tune.
We’ve been testing this bike as part of Bike of the Year 2019, so you can expect to see a full review of this beasty in the near future!
It’s a bit sunny for a waterproof jersey today…Felix Smith / Immediate Media
Ion’s Scrub Select jersey is somewhat unique, in that it’s a jersey that’s also waterproof. It’s not waterproof-jacket-waterproof (if that makes sense), but Ion claims that the 5,000mm waterproofing and 5,000 gr/m/24hr breathability makes it a handy addition to your wardrobe for those rides in light rain or splashy conditions.
Shiny, stretchy, shower-proofFelix Smith / Immediate Media
It has a slightly shiny finish and a very slight rustle to it too, however, the fabric has a 4-way stretch built-in. The inside of the jersey has a brushed finish that feels ok against the skin, while a glasses wipe and zipped pocket finish the features.
There’s a wipe for your glassesFelix Smith / Immediate Media
There’s a pocket for your keysFelix Smith / Immediate Media