Three High-End Models Launched
Giant, the Taiwanese bike manufacturer, has unveiled its new range of electric mountain bikes (eMTB) called the Giant Trance X Advanced E+ Elite. The lineup consists of three high-end models, with one being the lightest eMTB ever offered by the brand. The Elite 0, Elite 1, and Elite 3 complete the new series.
Elite 0: The Lightest eMTB by Giant
Weighing in at just 19 kilograms (41.8 lbs) in size M, the Elite 0 is relatively lightweight for an electric mountain bike. eMTBs can easily weigh 25 kilograms (55 lbs) or more. Giant has not specified the weight of the other two models, the Elite 1 and Elite 3.
Elite Pricing for Elite Models
The price tags for the new models are as follows: $13,000 for the Elite 0, $10,500 for the Elite 1, and $6,500 for the Elite 3. These prices are not only quite high, but they also vary significantly between models. However, the range does share some common features.
Shared Features Across the Range
Each model’s frame is made of carbon, a material known for its light weight. The frame geometry is designed for trail-oriented riding, with a slightly narrower top tube to improve control, according to the press release. All three bikes are equipped with the SyncDrive Pro motor, co-developed with Yamaha, delivering a generous 85 Nm of torque. This promises a dynamic, lively, and powerful ride. The EnergyPak Smart 400 battery weighs just 2.3 kg (5 lbs), further contributing to the lightweight design.
Built-in RideControl Go and Ergo 3 Controls
The Elite family also features the integrated RideControl Go command in the top tube of the frame, complete with an on/off button and a small color screen indicating the assistance mode and battery charge level. The Ergo 3 control on the handlebar is used to manage the modes.
Differences in Suspension, Seats, and Transmission
To understand the differences between the models, one must examine their respective technical specifications. Each model has a different suspended fork: the Elite 0 features the high-end Fox 36 Factory (150 mm travel), while the Elite 1 has a Fox 36 Performance Elite (150 mm) and the Elite 3 sports a RockShox 35 Gold RL (150 mm).
The seats also vary, with the Elite 0 and Elite 1 opting for a Fox Transfer Factory and Tranz-X Rad+ telescopic seat, respectively. The Elite 3 has a more conventional Giant Romero saddle. The transmissions differ as well: SRAM XO1 Eagle AXS 12-speed for the Elite 0, SRAM GX Eagle AXS 12-speed for the Elite 1, and Shimano Deore 12-speed for the Elite 3. Hydraulic disc brakes also differ between models: SRAM Code RSC, SRAM Code R, and Shimano BR-M420, all with 4 pistons.
Available Now in USA
Giant USA confirmed that all three models are available in the country, and the French website is already offering them for purchase in four sizes: S, M, L, and XL.