For 2022, GIANT have gifted the Trance X E+1 with a new motor and bigger battery. The new GIANT SyncDrive Pro2 draws its power from a big 750 Wh battery and is even more powerful than its predecessor. But what is the new Trance X E+1 capable of? We put it through its paces to find out.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2022 for € 6,500 – 11 budget eMTBs in our eMTB group test

Giant Trance X E+1 | Giant SyncDrive Pro 2/750 Wh | 150/140 mm (f/r)
25.46 kg in size L | € 6,199 | Manufacturer’s website

Remember that child in kindergarten who never wanted to play with the other kids and always preferred to climb trees on his own? That’s exactly how the new GIANT Trance X E+1 2022 behaved in this group test: it’s a tremendous climber with the right motor but can’t be bothered with any other disciplines! The new 85 Nm GIANT SyncDrive Pro2 motor is smaller, lighter and even more powerful than the 80 Nm SyncDrive Pro of the previous Trance X model but retains its basic characteristics. While the 2022 Trance X E+ is also available with a carbon frame, the top-spec alloy version in this test costs € 6,199 and tilts the scales at 25.46 kg (size L).

The GIANT Trance X E+ 1 2022 is damn stubborn and wants to climb high

Even with a tall stack of spacers under the stem, the pedalling position is front-heavy, putting a fair amount of pressure on your wrists. On steeper climbs, the position is nicely balanced, distributing the weight evenly between the wheels and keeping the 29″ front wheel planted on the ground. The super-active rear suspension controls 140 mm travel and sticks to the ground like velcro, generating tons of traction on technical climbs. Try and convince the GIANT to do anything other than climb, and it will refuse – just like that weird kid who wanted to stay on the tree. Downhill, the heavy front requires great physical effort and good riding skills, making it hard to bring the GIANT to life. At the same time, you’ll have to wrestle the long chainstays to pull manuals and pop into the air. While handlebars with more rise would definitely help, they wouldn’t eliminate the root cause of the problem: the geometry of the bike and short head tube. Although the even weight distribution keeps the front wheel tracking in open corners, the Trance X E+1 is a lot more fun uphill than it is downhill.

The GIANT SyncDrive Pro2 motor is smaller, lighter and slightly more powerful than its predecessor. The smaller installation space results in better ground clearance, which comes in handy on technical climbs.
The minimalist RideControl GO display provides the most important riding data about the support modes and charging status. It’s the only display in the entire test field that sits flush with the top tube.
Tower of Babel! Even with all the spacers under the handlebar, the cockpit of the GIANT is too low, making for a hand-heavy riding position. Only a handlebar with plenty of rise will help with this.
The 750 Wh battery can be easily removed from the frame with a simple Torx key.

Giant Trance X E+1

€ 6,199


Motor Giant SyncDrive Pro 2 85 Nm
Battery EnergyPak Smart XL 750 Wh
Display Ride Control Go
Fork FOX 36 Performance 150 mm
Rear Shock FOX Float X Performance 140 mm
Seatpost GIANT Contact Switch Vario 170 mm
Brakes Shimano XT M8120 220/200 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT/SLX 12
Stem GIANT Contact SL 45 mm
Handlebar GIANTContact Trail 780 mm
Wheelset GIANT AM 29"
Tires MAXXIS ASSEGAI EXO/Dissector EXO+ 2.6"

Technical Data

Size S - XL
Weight 25.46 kg
Perm. total weight 156 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 130 kg
Trailer approval no
Kickstand mount no

And again… the flip chip serves no purpose at all! Already in the low setting, the geometry and seat tube angle are too steep for most riding situations – no one needs a steeper setting!
Welded by an apprentice? The weld-seams are huge and aren’t smoothed out properly.
As far as looks go, the Bosch LED remote can take example from the Ride Ergo3 remote. The buttons can be freely assigned via the app but don’t provide the best haptic feedback.
Exemplary – the 220 mm front rotor of the GIANT Trance X E+1 is the biggest in the entire test field and packs a punch even with heavy riders and on long descents.
Size S M L XL
Seat tube 400 mm 425 mm 450 mm 475 mm
Top tube 577 mm 610 mm 637 mm 667 mm
Head tube 95 mm 100 mm 110 mm 120 mm
Head angle 65.7/66.5° 65.8/66.5° 65.8/66.5° 65.8/66.5°
Seat angle 76.0/76.7° 76.0/76.7° 76.0/76.7° 76.0/76.7°
Chainstays 473 mm 473 mm 473 mm 473 mm
BB Drop 30 mm 30 mm 30 mm 30 mm
Wheelbase 1,205 mm 1,239 mm 1,268 mm 1,300 mm
Reach 439 mm 457 mm 482 mm 510 mm
Stack 606 mm 611 mm 621 mm 630 mm
Helmet MET Bluegrass Rogue Core MIPS | Glasses 100% Glendale | Backpack USWE Flow 25 Protector
Jersey ION Tee Seek LS | Shorts ION Scrub | Kneepad ION K-Pact Zip | Shoes ION Scrub Amp

The new SyncDrive Pro2 motor is based on Yamaha’s PW-X3 powerhouse and paired with GIANT’s in-house system components. The minimalist RideControl Ergo3 remote is well-positioned and sits flush with the left grip, but doesn’t provide the same excellent haptics as Shimano’s remote. However, the three small buttons can be freely assigned via the RideControl app. GIANT dispose with a display on the handlebar, integrating their minimalist RideControl GO multipurpose button in the top tube, which displays the charge level and riding modes. GIANT’s in-house 750 Wh battery can be easily removed from the down tube with a Torx key while an external range extender boosts battery capacity to 1,000 Wh.

Even Reinhold Messner would be impressed by the climbing performance of the GIANT Trance X E+1

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – The latest generation of the GIANT Trance X E+1 in detail

GIANT also tuned the motor characteristics in-house. The progressive Automatic mode modulates support according to the riding situation but is a little shy at the first pedal stroke, leaving you to your own devices before the motor kicks in. In this regard, the Bosch eMTB mode plays in a different league. In the strongest support mode, however, the motor shoots forward as soon as you touch the pedal, developing plenty of power even at low speeds and allowing you to tackle very steep climbing sections. In addition, it’s far more forgiving of wrong gear choice than other motors but also highly sensitive to pedal input, which can take some getting used to. Despite its powerful motor, the GIANT can’t keep up with the excellent traction of the Moustache Trail 7, which proved the best climber in the entire group test.

The GIANT Trance X E+1 prefers to fight gravity rather than follow it. Downhill, the extreme geometry forces you in a very aggressive position, which requires a vigilant riding style and can be strenuous in the long run.

Except for the motor, the GIANT has lots in common with its predecessor. Among other things, it has the same high 156 kg max. permissible weight (highest in test), leaving a whopping 130 kg payload for epic gear-laden eMTB Alpine crossings. Steep trails on a loaded bike call for powerful and reliable deceleration, which the Shimano XT brakes with a 220 mm rotor at the front deliver in great quantities. The shrunken motor blends in well with the frame while the curved edges soften the blunt squareness of the massive down tube. However, the massive weld seams and, above all, the alignment of the tubes, don’t make for a high quality impression. The flip chip, which we’ve already criticised with the previous version of the bike, still serves no purpose. Even in the slack setting, the seat angle is steep enough, pushing the rider towards the low front and thus making the high setting totally pointless.

Tuning tip: handlebars with plenty of rise

Climbing beyond the tree line. Tester Erik grinds his way up the steep climb from Baiersbronn to the Tannenfels peak without breaking a sweat onboard the GIANT Trance X E+1.









Value for Money






Intended Use

Everyday use



Fast & rowdy

Technical climbing


The transition to the new motor generation was a real success for the new GIANT Trance X E+1 2022! However, the latest iteration of GIANT’s eMTB relies on the same extreme geometry, which restricts its range of applications significantly. As a result, the new Trance X E+1 remains a bike for climbing freaks. With its front-heavy riding position, it’s less suited for fun trails, steep descents and long tours, where it struggles to keep up with the strong all-rounders in this group test.


  • excellent motor integration
  • strong climbing qualities
  • high max. permissible weight


  • demanding handling downhill
  • narrow range of applications

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The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2022 for € 6,500 – 11 budget eMTBs in our eMTB group test

All bikes in test: Bulls Sonic EVO AM-SL1 (Click for review) | Canyon Spectral:ON CF8 (Click for review) | Centurion Numinis R2700i (Click for review) | FOCUS JAM² 7.9 (Click for review) | Giant Trance X E+19 | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 975 (Click for review) | Mondraker Crafty R (Click for review) | Moustache Trail 7 (Click for review) | Orbea Rise H15 (Click for review) | Rossignol Mandate Shift XT (Click for review) | SCOTT Patron eRide 920 (Click for review)

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Words: Rudolf Fischer Photos: Robin Schmitt, Mike Hunger

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Rudolf Fischer

In his previous life Rudolf was a dab hand at promoting innovation, putting his brain behind big-ticket patent assessments that easily ran into six-or-seven-plus figures. These days, the self-confessed data nerd’s role as editor at DOWNTOWN and E-MOUNTAINBIKE is no less exciting. Given his specialism in connectivity, Rudolf’s often placed on the front line of future mobility conversations, but he’s also big into testing new bikes–both on the daily as a committed commuter and intensively for our group tests. The business economist graduate is as versatile as a Swiss penknife, and that’s no hyperbole. Away from two wheels, his background in parkour means he’s a master of front, side and backflips, plus he speaks German, English, French, Russian and a touch of Esperanto. Japanese remains woefully unmastered, despite his best home-learning attempts. Good to know: Rudolf’s sharp tongue has made him a figure of fear in the office, where he’s got a reputation for flexing a dry wittiness à la Ricky Gervais... interestingly, he's usually the one laughing hardest.