Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro 2020 Review Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike

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Is the Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike Good Enough to Sort out Rough Trails in 2020?

The Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro is the latest improvement of the Trance range.

The geometries, suspension set, the quality of the motor and battery are just the right combination to get a high performance when doing mountain biking.

I know there is a lot of electric mountain bike competitors out there offering good stuff. Read our review to find out the improvements on this Trance model.


Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro Technical Specs

MOTOR- Class: Pedal Assisted - C2.
- 36v, 250W.
- 80Nm torque.
- Yamaha.
FRAME- Material: aluminum.
- Type: high step.
- 155 cm (XS) to 198 cm (XL).
BATTERY- EnergyPak Smart 500.
- Range (av): between 25 miles (40 mk) to 62 miles (100 km) a single charge.
- Chemistry: Li-Ion (500Wh).
- Volt & Amp: 48v; 14Ah.
- Charging Time: between 5 to 6 hrs to 100%.
DRIVE-TRAIN SYSTEM- SX Eagle series.
- SRAM.
- 11 to 50 teeth in 12 sprockets (12 speed).
TOP SPEED- 15 mph (25 km/h) before motor cuts off.BRAKES- Tektron Orion quad-piston hydraulic braking disks.
CONTROLLER- RideControl One (read the controller section for details).OVERALL WEIGHT- With battery: 25 kg (55 lbs).
RIDING MODES- Technically four (4).
- One walking mode available for a total of five (5) modes.
TIRES AND SUSPENSIONTires:
- 27.5" Maxxis.
- Minion DHF (front), High Roller II (rear).

Full Suspension:
- RockShox 35 Gold RL (front).
- Fox Float DPS Trunnion (rear).

Frame and Design

Material

The E+ 3 Pro 2020 is crafted with ALUXX SL-grade aluminum. It also features an advanced forged composite, which adds stiffness when needed.

Stiffness aside, you will also have smooth movements thanks to the dedicated suspension system (140 mm Maestro – rear), as well as the front fork offering enough compression (150 mm).

What makes the frame also beautiful is the way the cables were routed internally. The less think you want to have is cables getting tangled going downhill.

The geometry

At first glance, you will see a simple frame strong enough to tackle single track trails, but what makes it interesting is the top tube.

The top tube design is there to improve and support the rear suspension when in action.

Another thing to highlight is the available frame sizes. It will range from XS – 155cm (61″) to XL – 198cm (78″). Of-course, you have to evaluate the reach length and the stand over height too.


Tires and Rims Performance

The Trance E+ Pro 2020 rolls exclusively on 27.5″ diameter and 2.6″ wide tires. This is for both, front and rear tires.

Giant knows that for an electric mountain bike for hard trails, the performance of the front and rear tire needed to be different.

27 inch Maxxis Minion DHF and high roller II emountain bike tires

The front tire

The front tire is a Maxxis Minion DHF, basically designed to provide traction when taking corners so they perform best at high speed (mostly due to the large blocks along the edges).

NOTE

The maximum tire pressure recommended is 50 psi. However, it is advisable to lower the pressure (not too much) before going onto loose ground for additional grip and control.

The tread is good enough to penetrate the soil without loosing to much energy transmitted by the motor.

Lastly, you will see the front tire has a kind of “rounded” shape, which increases the control when changing direction.

The rear tire

Off-course, the rear tire is also Maxxis. In this case, the Trance E+ 3 Pro was fitted with the High Roller II reference.

Why not to have the same reference for both tires?

You could’ve had the same reference for the front and rear tires but it is important to note that you need higher traction at the rear one.

Having said that, the High Roller II was built with mud clearance in mind. This means the treads are going to cave into the soil, providing higher traction and performance at acceleration.

NOTE

In terms of tire pressure, the maximum recommended is 40 psi. Make sense that the rear tire has lower pressure than the front one, again for better grip and control.

Note that the design is more flat and the tread along the edges stick out more than the front reference.

The rims

Another factor to consider is the quality of the rims. Knowing you will be putting all you got on the tires, the rims needed to be up to the task.

In this case, the 35 mm Giant AM rims were the best fit for the Maxxis tires as they provide strength for jumps.

In terms of the spokes, these are maid of stainless steel, a material that works well

Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro 2020

4.5

Frame & Components Quality

4.8/5

Braking Performance

4.8/5

Speed & Torque (motor)

4.8/5

Controller & Assistance

4.8/5

Battery Range

4.6/5

Overall Weight

4.0/5

Portability & Maneuverability

4.0/5

What we like

  • ✅ Built up with well known manufacturer parts.
  • ✅ Powerful braking system.
  • ✅ Minimalist controller to reduce distraction.

What we do not like

  • Seems to be only designed for man.
  • Expensive but worth every dollar.
  • A bit heavybut make sense considering all the elements involved.