Yes, giant have announced they WILL be phasing out 29ers over the next season or so...http://m.bikemag.com/gear/news-giant-go ... with-27-5/
Giants global marketing manager, Andrew Juskaitis, says of 29ers...
"We are not going to turn off the tap entirely this year but we do have plans to phase it out over time". That's pretty unequivocal.
I'm quite tall at 6'3" (and 3/4 - very important that!) And was happy to let my Carve go. It did have advantages, but they were more than offset by the extra weight, extra flex in the wheels, slower acceleration, ponderous slow speed handling, but mostly the extra surface area of the tyres made a tremendous difference the the weight of mud and clag they would collect in wet conditions. As someone who rides 365 days a year, that was a very bad negative. I'm after a nice flighty 29 for dry weather(hoping to blag a Genesis on loan to try that's caught my eye) but the 26" Trance is in a different league in typical "British" conditions.