I like that munrobiker, perfect for where I live.
Anyone with an Anthem set up as a trail bike?
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Out tonight on my freshly built up Anthem. I'll try forks at 100-120 and 140mm and see how it goes. Been up to Lancaster castle and down the steep banks and steps to give it a shake down and it feels nice and tight. Looking forward to Hawkshead and some challenging terrain to test it out properly.
I did attempt to measure the difference in BB height with the forks at 100-120-140 and the difference was an increase of less than a 1/4 of an inch each time - so all in less than 1/2 and inch increase in BB height. I may try some of those fangled off-set shock bushings to drop the BB and slacken the head angle some more.
One thing you may need to check is rear mud-room.
I ran an XTC once and that was dire, and I don't remember the demo Anthem I tried been much better?
I've not had any problems running 2.25 Nobby Nic's on my Anthem
Yes - I've got one. I have got it set up as a 'do it all but quite light' trail bike (I don't race) to complement my heavier Heckler build.
Hope hoops on Crest front (with Superstar 9mm bolt through)/Arch EX rear (Superstar rear 10mm bolt through)
2 x 9 set up (26/38)
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It isn't as light as I would want it to be but it is a great all rounder. I wouldn't imagine it would be as much fun/confidence inspiring in the stock 100mm fork/long stem set up.
Clearance is tight for anything that really is more than 2.3 inch at the back. With the 2.4 Ardent it was too tight for my liking so its got a 2.35 High Roller which has loads of clearance. I can't see me needing anything bigger than that for the riding I do in the Lakes.
I think that Anthem Xs in some territories are sold with 120mm travel forks. The original Anthem was sold with 80mm travel forks in the UK but Australia got them with 100mm travel forks.
"I wouldn't imagine it would be as much fun/confidence inspiring in the stock 100mm fork/long stem set up."
It is, just as much so, in fact I would probably say better as the turn in/change of direction will be better than with a 120+ fork.
I used to ride a 130mm bike and the Anthem is much more fun/confidence inspiring in stock form. I think people these days have been sold on the fact that you need lots of suspension upfront to make a bike reasonable to ride.
@FunkyDunc - I will be testing the length of travel with the U-turn on the Pikes and see what works.
On the subject of pedalling the suspension travel myth, in this months STW there is the term 'All Marketing' bike which made me chortle.
It climbs better at 100mm and ok at 120 but its shite on steep rocky tech climbs at 140. It seems to strike pedals on rocks a fair bit at 100mm. Its a little bit twangy on really rocky descents but it took everything in its stride. All in all good dirty fun.
Oh and it definitely pedals nicely. Er and crashes quite well too
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