Trance SX E+0 pro Mullet Project

Oct 18, 2019
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Bristol
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YT Capra CF Pro
#1
So I have had a Trace SX E+0 pro for a couple of weeks and so far it has ticked all the boxes. But I cant help feeling that the front is quite low, I expect that this is because I am use to a 29'er with a 180mm shox. So I am going to fit the 180mm fork as well as the 29in wheel and try that. It will only take an hour to swap them over so I will add some photos when it is done.

I noticed when I moved from a 27.5 to a 29er how much faster it was on the trail, not so great on the really steep stuff due to the larger rear wheel. So a Mullet ( 29 front 27.5 rear ) is worth a try. yes I know it will change the geometry slightly but a slightly slacker head angle is not a bad thing.

Notice: there is nothing wrong with the current setup, it is just me having the options/parts to try this and see how it feels.

Any one else done this ?
 
Sep 16, 2018
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Barcelona
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#2
I don't, but take care with the seat angle, the SX has 73.5°, not good at all, but with these changes you say, it will be around 72°.
In my stock SX, I need to move the seat forward a lot for a decent pedalling.
Cheers.
 
Oct 18, 2019
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Bristol
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YT Capra CF Pro
#3
Yes lots to learn. This will either be a horrible ride once done, or be ok. Either way whilst I have access to the parts then I might as well try it and see how it feels. I will try and measure as much as I can before and after the change etc, bar height, fork angle, seatpost angel etc and pass the details on in case anyone else fancies trying this in the future.
 

The Flying Dutchman

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Jan 16, 2019
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Wellington NZ
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Giant Trance E+ 1
#4
Have I got this right? you want to put a 29er and a 180mm fork on your SX Pro!?

To say this will "change the geo slightly" is an understatement :LOL:

You're going to raise the crown by at least 40mm which is going feel drastic on the trail. If you were going to mullet your bike, why not go for a 150mm fork? This would only increase the crown by 10mm and have a balanced suspension ratio front to rear. If the front still feels low then I'd focus on adding height above the headtube (spacers, stem & bars).
 
Oct 18, 2019
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Bristol
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YT Capra CF Pro
#5
HI, Not quite sure what you mean, but I think you think the SX E+0 pro has a 140mm fork on it. It actually has a 160mm fork as standard. So adding a 180mm fork will only be 20mm. But as sag is 30% so will be slightly more than a 160mm. So with the sag it is going to not be that much higher, yes they there is the extra 3/4inch wheels size ( to the hub ). We can discuss angels and heights all day, i dont really want that as this is just a trial as I read other people are doing the same with positive results. Also it is dependent on what type of trails you ride and what bikes you have ridden before.

But as I said, I am not saying Giant has it wrong, the trance is a perfect bike. I am just going to try it as I have the opportunity to and would like to understand how it makes the bike feel, better or worse.
 
Jan 28, 2020
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Spain
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Giant Trance E+ 1
#6
for me the trance feels low on the handlebar. Im gonna install a higher rise handlebar...we are unlukcy is not a 27'5+ fork so 29" wheel doesnt fit.
 
Jan 16, 2019
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Wellington NZ
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Giant Trance E+ 1
#7
HI, Not quite sure what you mean, but I think you think the SX E+0 pro has a 140mm fork on it. It actually has a 160mm fork as standard. So adding a 180mm fork will only be 20mm. But as sag is 30% so will be slightly more than a 160mm. So with the sag it is going to not be that much higher, yes they there is the extra 3/4inch wheels size ( to the hub ). We can discuss angels and heights all day, i dont really want that as this is just a trial as I read other people are doing the same with positive results. Also it is dependent on what type of trails you ride and what bikes you have ridden before.

But as I said, I am not saying Giant has it wrong, the trance is a perfect bike. I am just going to try it as I have the opportunity to and would like to understand how it makes the bike feel, better or worse.
It's your bike and you can what you like :) But I'm willing to bet that it's not going to be any improvement on any type of riding.

I've built a mullet bike recently (WIP pic below) and I'm glad I kept the crown height increase down to +10mm, doesn't sound like a lot, but it is on the trail. The original bike was 160mm rear and 170 front on 27.5 wheels. When I went mullet, I went for a 160mm fork.
The trance may let you get away with an extra 20mm crown height but 40mm will be whack.

Let us know how it goes! :)
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Sep 17, 2019
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Looking to get one
#9
I put a Spank Spike 50mm riser bar on mine (with new 31.8mm diameter stem 35mm length) and the height feels perfect now. I think a 29er up front with the stock handlebars would work nicely. Who makes a 180mm travel 29er fork?
 
Oct 18, 2019
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Bristol
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YT Capra CF Pro
#10
HI,

I have a YT Capra CF PRo 29'er that has 180mm Factory Fox forks on it ( were 170mm but has the 10mm reducer removed ). So have the parts to try this, they will not stay on the Giant as I was the options to ride either bike. But would like to try and it would only take an hour to swap.

So Fox Factory 180mm fork with E13 Carbon front wheel with 29x2.6 Magic Mary.

I was hoping to swap thing over the weekend but did not get time. I will let you know ( with photos and measurements ) once complete.

lee
 

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