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Old 10-29-09, 06:48 AM   #1
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Trance X2 or Yeti 575?

So here is my situation. I have a 2008 Giant Trance X2 full suspension that I bought new this past summer. It was a leftover and I got a decent deal on it. I have no complaints at all with the bike. It is a killer ride. The problem is that I have this thing for Yeti bikes and have always wanted one. I can pick up a new Yeti 575 frame for around $1200. My thinking is that during the off-season, I could buy the Yeti Frame and swap over the parts from the Trance X2. Then I could sell the Trance frame and get half the Yeti frame price back…so I am out probably $600. I guess I am not sure if this makes sense. I mean the Trance X maestro frames are pretty cool and are more than enough for my hack riding. I think it is the same frame they use on the 2010 Trance X series…Heck, I haven’t even had it for 6 months! I just can’t seem to justify the switch other than just I want a Yeti! Just seems crazy to blow $600 when I am not sure what I get besides a different name on the bike.
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Old 10-29-09, 08:00 AM   #2
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You sound just like me, I got my stumpy about 6mos ago and I am already eyeing the 2010 model. I mean what I have is more than enough for me but the new design looks very cool(looks just like yeti by the way )
anywho if you gonna do that make sure parts you have on your current bike fits on the yeti frame. I had the same idea during the summer I went and bought a new frame started swap parts from my old bike and almost nothing fit on to the new frame I had to buy almost evrything new to make it work. I am talking about from front derrauler to cables to seat post to seat post clamp. So make sure that everything fits especially your fork, if you don't you'll be in for more than you bargain for.
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I would normally be the first person here to tell you to go for the Yeti. I've been a near-rabid fan of the 575 since its inception and it has remained the trailbike of my dreams. I still have a very special place in my heart for Yeti (despite the fact that I've moved on to Transition).

HOWEVER - - I think that move would be more for the cache' of owning a Yeti. The Trance is a great trailbike; and with the Maestro, suspension, you'd be hard-put to do better. Remember that the 575 is really still just a single-pivot machine. I really don't think you stand any chance of getting $600-worth of extra riding satisfaction out of a switch like that.
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Let me add that I think the OP is gonna have a hard time getting $600 for a used Trance frame.
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HOWEVER - - I think that move would be more for the cache' of owning a Yeti. The Trance is a great trailbike; and with the Maestro, suspension, you'd be hard-put to do better. Remember that the 575 is really still just a single-pivot machine. I really don't think you stand any chance of getting $600-worth of extra riding satisfaction out of a switch like that.
Yeah...I mean I guess that is the point really. Even though I have a thing for Yeti, I am not sure I am getting that much of an upgrade. Like I said, I have 2-3 months riding on the Trance X2. I am kind of leaning towards riding it at least another season.

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Let me add that I think the OP is gonna have a hard time getting $600 for a used Trance frame.
Yeah, I just threw that out as there are a couple of Trance X series frames on ebay in the mid $400 range with a few days to go...but you could be right. I have no idea, but it really wouldn't be that big of a deal as I would probably end up passing the frame onto my older son anyway...although he really likes his Specialized HT.
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Yeah, I just threw that out as there are a couple of Trance X series frames on ebay in the mid $400 range with a few days to go...but you could be right. I have no idea, but it really wouldn't be that big of a deal as I would probably end up passing the frame onto my older son anyway...although he really likes his Specialized HT.
Yeah, and I don't mean at all to be a naysayer. It sucks that stuff drops so drastically in $$ value once it hits the dirt.
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