For the 2015 season, Giant introduced a new bike to the trail mountain category. The Stance differs from the Giant Trance on a couple different levels: first and foremost, the Stance has a different suspension platform called Flexpoint. Flexpoint is a single pivot derivative that relies on the seat-stays flexing a bit to allow for the 4.7 inches of travel that the Stance offers. The Flexpoint suspension platform on the Stance is both inexpensive for Giant to manufacture and doesn’t require Giant to pony up for any expensive patents. The Trance trail bike differs in that it features Giant’s renowned Maestro suspension, which is a floating pivot point design, and costs quite a bit more to both manufacture and to sell than Flexpoint.
The Stance is offered in three models, the Stance 0, Stance 1, and Stance 2. As with all Giant products, the higher the number the less expensive the bike. The Stance 2 comes in at an incredibly low $1470, the Stance 1 at $1905, and the Stance 0 at $2650. At Start Haus we carry both the Stance 2 and Stance 1 models.
The Stance 1 features a solid Shimano Deore drivetrain with a Shimano XT rear derailleur. The suspension is by RockShox and features a Recon Gold RL Solo Air with remote lockout and a Monarch R shock in the rear. The Stance 2 at the starter price point has Shimano Alivio shifters a Shimano Altus front derailleur, Deore rear derailleur and Shimano M355 hydraulic disc brakes. The suspension is a RockShox 30 Gold fork and RockShox Monarch R.
Sales for the Stance have been very successful. It’s obvious that there is a substantial market for price-point full suspension bikes that have great components. And it rides great! If you’re thinking about your first full suspension bike or searching a trail bike on a budget you’ll want to check out the Giant Stance. With almost 5 inches of travel the Stance can handle just about any terrain the mountain can throw at you. For the price, the Stance will likely blow your mind on the way up and the way down.
Check out the bike here.