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Giant’s versatile Trance X was bound to get a big-wheel makeover, and the company took pains to ensure it still competes in the trail category. To that end, there’s clearance to spare around the voluminous Schwalbe tires, the chainstays remain a reasonable 17.8 inches, and the standover is even lower than on the 26er TranceX. Uninterrupted, internal cable housing is becoming de rigueur on all-condition bikes, but they rattled distractingly on the Giant. A few riders also complained about the rear brake hose being routed in harm’s way under the downtube. To get the full review, click here.