Giant’s Trance X Advanced E+ carbon fibre ebike gets new Yamaha motor and updated geometry for 2022

Decreased weight and more connectivity underline updates to the brand’s trail-focused electric mountain bike

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Giant’s newest electric mountain bike, the 2022 Trance X Advanced E+, gets updated geometry and a new Yamaha SyncDrive motor.

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The new geo figures take inspiration from the Trance X Advanced E+’s burlier stablemate, the updated 2022 Giant Reign E+ that we claimed could be one of the best electric mountain bikes to date, with longer, slacker and lower geometry.

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The new Trance X Advanced E+ looks like a significant leap forward for Giant’s electric trail bike.
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Travel remains the same as on the outgoing Trance X Advanced E+, with 140mm of Maestro rear suspension. There’s 150mm at the fork and it still rolls on 29in wheels front and rear, but now has a 625Wh battery pack.

The Yamaha-made SyncDrive Pro Motor for the 2022 bike has been made lighter and more compact, while getting more torque, and is claimed to make less noise.

Prices start at £5,999 / $6,800 for the Trance X E+ 2 Advanced and rise to £7,999 / $9,300 / AU$12,799 for the range-topping Trance X Advanced E+ 0.

2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ frame and suspension details

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The brand’s Maestro suspension is critically acclaimed.
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Giant says its latest Trance X Advanced E+ has been built from a high-performance grade raw carbon material with an impressive stiffness-to-weight ratio.

To achieve the desired performance balance, the front triangle is said to be layered up and moulded as one single section of carbon in a process called Modified Monocoque Construction. The rear end is also made from carbon fibre, as is the Maestro suspension upper-rocker link.

The Maestro suspension – as used on most of Giant’s full-suspension bikes, and the Trance X Advanced E+ – has 140mm of travel. It has two co-rotating links to give virtual pivot placement that creates “the most active, efficient and independent suspension system on the trail,” according to Giant.

The suspension system is similar in theory and practice to other twin-link systems on the market, including Dave Weagle’s DW-Link, Santa Cruz’s VPP and Intense’s JS Tuned system. Pivot placement enables the brand to tune attributes such as anti-squat, progression, leverage rate and anti-rise.

In the case of the new Trance X Advanced E+, Giant doesn’t divulge any details on the system’s specific kinematics, however.

2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ motor, control and battery details

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The new Trance X Advanced E+’s Yamaha SyncDrive motor is claimed to be lighter than the outgoing model.
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At the heart of the new bike is Yamaha’s SyncDrive Pro motor that now delivers up to 85Nm of torque – an increase from 80Nm – and weighs 2.7kg, lighter than the outgoing version. Visibly, the motor is more compact than the older version, and Giant claims it has reduced noise levels.

The motor is paired with a 625Wh battery pack, but it’s also compatible with Giant’s EnergyPak Plus, a 250Wh range-extender external battery.

The bike is coupled with a new handlebar remote that has three buttons, called RideControl Ergo 3, that can be mounted on either the left- or right-hand side of the bars, and can be paired with a second remote with user-programmable controls in the RideControl smartphone app.

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Giant’s latest RideControl system includes a new bar remote and top-tube controller.
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The app connects to the bike wirelessly and permits the connected smartphone to function as a live ride data display, and can perform system updates.

The main on/off button – called RideControl Go – is integrated into the bike’s top tube and can also be used to change the assistance levels.

2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ geometry

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The geometry has been given a longer, lower, slacker treatment.
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The 2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ geometry has been given a welcome longer, lower and slacker makeover.

Its geometry is also adjustable between a high and low position, thanks to a flip chip located in the lower shock mount. This changes bottom bracket height­­, head tube angle and seat tube angle.

Headline figures include a 65.8-degree head angle, a 76-degree seat tube angle and reach numbers that span from 439mm for the size small up to 517mm for the extra-large bike.

2022 Giant Trance X Advnced E+ geometry chart
SizeSmallMediumLargeExtra-large
Seat tube length (mm) low/high400/400425/425450/450475/475
Seat tube angle (degrees) low/high77.2/7876/76.776/76.776/76.7
Top tube length (mm) low/high577/575607/605637/635667/665
Head angle (degrees) low/high65.7/66.565.8/66.565.8/66.565.8/66.5
Wheelbase (mm) low/high1220/12211239/12371268/12691300/1301
Chainstay length (mm) low/high473473473473
Stack (mm) low/high606/601611/605621/614630/624
Reach (mm) low/high439/447457/462482/489510/517

While the figures aren’t as extreme as some bikes on the market, they do represent a significant leap forwards for Giant’s trail-oriented electric mountain bike, and we suspect they’ll open up a world of performance potential for Trance X Advanced E+ riders.

2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ models, specifications and prices

Headlining the range is the 2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 0, decked out with Fox’s Live Valve 36 fork and Float X Factory shock, and Shimano’s XT M8100 drivetrain and brakes, which costs £7,999 / $9,300 / AU$12,799.

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Although it’s a 140mm travel trail bike, the new Trance ebike has a 150mm travel Fox 36 fork.
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Is Fox’s Live Valve pointless on an electric mountain bike?

While adding Fox’s Live Valve to any bike is a tech lover’s dream come true, the exact benefits of an electric mountain bike’s suspension locking itself out to improve pedalling efficiency are a little lost on me.

The need for a super-efficient suspension platform is mitigated by the addition of a motor with 85Nm of torque. Why, exactly, further steps need to be taken isn’t quite clear.

That said, Fox’s Live Valve works well, as technical editor-in-chief Rob Weaver found out on the standard-powered Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 0, so it shouldn’t hinder performance, even if the enhancements are marginal.

What alternatives are there to the 2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ electric mountain bike?

With 140mm of rear-wheel travel, the Trance X Advanced E+ is at the lower end of the ebike travel spectrum.

Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo electric mountain bike
S-Works models are Specialized’s top-of-the-line versions of their bikes.
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The closest we’ve recently tested is the 2022 Specialized Turbo Levo, with 150mm of squish, but it’s fitted with a Fox 38, instead of the Fox 36 on the Trance.

Geometry figures also don’t match up perfectly, and arguably – despite the Turbo Levo being described as a trail bike – it packs a heftier punch than the Trance X E+. Canyon’s Spectral:ON CF is close on geometry figures and travel, but has slightly more squish at 150mm.

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The Canyon Spectral:ON CF is a good performer.
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Don’t get hung up on travel figures though – the Trance X E+ looks as though it should be up there with the best of the current crop of trail electric mountain bikes.

Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 0

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2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 0.
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  • Frame: Advanced-grade composite frame, 140mm Maestro suspension
  • Fork: Fox 36 Factory Live Valve, 150mm travel
  • Shock: Fox Float X Factory Live Valve
  • Motor: Yamaha SyncDrive Pro, 85Nm
  • Battery: EnergyPak Smart 625Wh
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 12-speed
  • Finishing kit: Giant Contact SL
  • Wheels/tyres: Giant e-TRX/Maxxis Assegai EXO 3C MaxxTerra 29×2.6in (f), Maxxis Dissector EXO+ 3C 29×2.6in (r)
  • Price: £7,999 / $9,300 / AU$12,799

Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 1

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2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 1.
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  • Frame: Advanced-grade composite frame, 140mm Maestro suspension
  • Fork: Fox 36 Factory Live Valve, 150mm travel
  • Shock: Fox Float X Live Valve
  • Motor: Yamaha SyncDrive Pro, 85Nm
  • Battery: EnergyPak Smart 625Wh
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 12-speed
  • Finishing kit: Giant Contact
  • Wheels/tyres: Giant AM/Maxxis Assegai EXO 3C MaxxTerra 29×2.6in (f), Maxxis Dissector EXO+ 3C 29×2.6in (r)
  • Price: £6,999 / AU$10,799

Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 2

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2022 Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 2.
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  • Frame: Advanced-grade composite frame, 140mm Maestro suspension
  • Fork: Fox 36 Performance, 150mm travel
  • Shock: Fox DPS Performance
  • Motor: Yamaha SyncDrive Pro, 85Nm
  • Battery: EnergyPak Smart 625Wh
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 12-speed
  • Finishing kit: Giant Contact
  • Wheels/tyres: Giant AM/Maxxis Assegai EXO 3C MaxxTerra 29×2.6in (f), Maxxis Dissector EXO+ 3C 29×2.6in (r)
  • Price: £5,999 / $6,800