What a Year It’s Been!
2020 has been a crazy year for the cycling industry. The pandemic sparked the inner cyclist in many of us and caused a surge in bicycle sales as we’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, this meant that many of you were unable to buy a bike due to the limited supply. Companies are getting things in order now and the next wave of models have begun to arrive at Peak Cycles.
New Mountain Bikes We’re Drooling Over
Two models in particular that were excited about are the Specialized Enduro and Giant Trance X. Both of these mountain bikes feature some of the most innovative technology and modern geometry that you can find. Slack head tube angles, steep seat tube angles, updated suspension design, crisp 12-speed drive trains, and powerful 4-piston brakes. Let’s dive into each of these bikes and talk about what we like, what we don’t, and whether it’s the right fit for you.
The new Specialized Enduro was one of the first bikes to be released during the pandemic. It features an updated suspension design that brings the linkages down low giving the bike a planted and confident feel at high speeds. This bike was designed similarly to the Demo, the downhill counterpart to the Enduro. While the Enduro certainly excels on the downhills, it also is a capable climber and will get you back to the top of the hill.
Specialized increased the anti-squat and redirected the chainstay angles so the suspension better resists pedal bob. Additionally, the 76-degree seat tube angle keeps the rider in the center of the bike for a more balanced climbing position. We love the integration of the SWAT tube on this bike as can pretty much eliminate the need for a fanny pack or backpack. We would have liked to see this bike come with a GX groupset, but this would have brought the price up on the bike. We’d recommend the new Specialized Enduro to the type of rider who loves Enchanted Forrest, White Ranch, and other fast smashing downhills. Give us a call or visit the shop to see if we have your size in stock!
Giant Trance X
Another bike that we have stocked at Peak Cycles right now is the Giant Trance X 29er. We would describe this bike as a great all-arounder. 150 mm of travel in the front and 135 in the rear give it enough travel to make it through the toughest downhill sections while not being overkill for the climbs. Giant uses their proprietary Maestro rear suspension design with an adjustable composite flip-chip that will change the head tube angle and bottom bracket drop on the bike. Choose between a 66.2 or 65.5 degree head tube angle and a 77.9 or 77.2 degrees seat tube angle which will change the bottom bracket drop to either 30 mm or 40 mm.
Steeper seat tube angles make it generally easier to climb. Slacker head tube angles make for a smoother descent. We like the Trance X 29er 2 build which features a Fox 36 Float Rythym Fork and Shimano SLX drivetrain. The dropper post is a bit shorter than we would like to see but an easy upgrade if the rider feels it’s necessary. This bike would be best suited for someone who is looking to ride it all. The Trance X 29 is a bike that handles long days in the saddle, big climbs, jumps, bike parts, or any of the trails around here in Golden. It sits comfortably in the category of a Trail Bike.
There is no saying how long these bikes will be in stock at Peak Cycles. As a reminder, we are not doing in-person shopping at this time, so give the shop a call to see if we have your size in stock!