• Drive system: Giant/Yamaha Syncdrive
• Riding style: Trail/all-mountain
After a relatively subdued entry into the world of e-mountain biking, Giant is aiming to make a big splash this year with the Trance E+ and the Liv Intrigue E+.
They've embraced the bigger is better theory of e-mountain bike design, with the men’s and women’s bikes both featuring a 140mm rear end using Giant’s proven Maestro design, and a minimum of 150mm travel at the front end.
The geometry also reflects progressive trail/enduro thinking, with a long top tube 66.5-degree head tube angle and 470mm chainstays, which Giant says will provide a "playful and aggressive" geometry.
All models are equipped with the Yamaha-built SyncDrive Pro, which offers multiple levels of tunable support up to 120rpm. The Trance E+ and Intrigue E+ also feature a new 500wh integrated downtube battery that can be extracted "with the push of a button". A new smart charger has also sped up charging times, providing more than 60% of a full charge in 90 minutes.
Last but not least, Giant has also updated its handlebar remote, removing the display unit on the previous remote in favour of a simple grip-mounted four-button remote.
Giant is releasing three standard Trance-E models and one Intrigue E+ model in Australia, as well as an SX variant which adds 100mm of front end travel. All models employ alloy frames.
• Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro: $5,999
• Giant Trance E+ 1 Pro: $6,999
• Giant Trance E+ 0 Pro: $8,999
• Giant Trance SX E+ Pro: $8,299
• Giant Intrigue E+ 2 Pro: $5,999