I recently purchased a Giant Trance SX to replace my aging 2010 Specialized Enduro Evo. The bike feels great (first time on 27.5) but is being massively let down by the suspension.
Coming from a James and Arthur tuned setup on the Enduro (2013 Marzocchi 55 Switch TA/Fox RC4 coil), the stock fork and shock feel like a pile of crap. A Fox 34 Talas CTD Evolution and a Float CTD are what it came with. The rear shock feels harsh at correct sag and blows through the mid stroke. The fork has no damping on Descend mode and bottoms easily, and is notchy in the Trail mode with very little small bump sensitivity, and rides low in it's travel.
I know this bike was a fairly popular seller around here so what have people done to overcome the shortcomings of the suspension?
Some options I have been pondering:
Get rear shock Push'd or worked on by James
Get Avalanche cartridge for fork
Get 2014 Fox CTD damper for fork
Sell fork and buy used Pike
Sell fork and buy new Marzocchi 350
Any other, hopefully cheaper, tuning options that I am overlooking here?