Giant previews 2019 Trance E+

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Trance E+ 3 Pro $5999

As the e-mtb movement picks up steam in Australia, images and info about Giant's 2019 sparked-up Trance has dropped.

Kicking off at $5999, the 140mm rear-travel Trance E+ range comprises four bikes that top out at $8999, with all four bikes using Yamaha motors. The Trance E+ 0 Pro, 1 Pro and 3 Pro are based around alumnium frames with a 66.5-degree head and 74-degree seat angle, while the alloy SX E+ Pro has slacker 66- and 75.5-degree angles and slightly shorter reach numbers, too.

The SX also gets a 160mm Fox 36 fork and a coil rear shock, while the other bikes make do with 150mm travel forks. Every bike has a dropper, bespoke MRP chainguide Praxis low-Q factor cranks and 27.5 x 2.6in wheelsets with Maxxis rubber.

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Trance SX E+ Pro $8299

The base model $5999 3 Pro uses a mix of 11-speed Shimano SLX gear, Tektro twin-piston brakes and Suntour suspension, while there's Fox suspension and SRAM Eagle GX and twin-piston brakes on the $6999 1 Pro and $8299 SX.

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Trance E+ 3 Pro $6999

The $8999 Pro 0, meanwhile, goes all out with Shimano XTR 12-speed and Fox Factory springers front and rear.

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Trance E+ 0 Pro $8999

All four use the same 80Nm Yamaha Syncdrive Pro motor equipped with five different modes controlled via a small handlebar controller. The battery pack has been downsized, but still packs a 500w/hr punch.

In Eco mode, Giant claims the Trance can travel up to 110km, and 45km in the gruntiest Power mode. Its central Active mode is good for a claimed 60km. The battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 2hrs 20min via a fast charger, and 100 per cent in 3hrs 40min.

Speaking of batteries, the relocation of the battery underneath the downtube means that the bikes get bottle cages.

Final specs and weights should be out in the next couple of weeks.

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