Lots of testing of different brands, styles (XC, trail, AM), wheel sizes etc last year in search of the one bike does it all for me (XC tris, duathlons, Mtb orienteering, surrey hills, Lakes etc). Oddly found that XC suits me better than most trail set ups and that I suit 29ers or vv. So came down to Giant Anthem 29er (Spesh epic comp elite was the best to ride but 4k!!??)
Then all the anthems sold out so wait for this year. Then out comes the 2013 Trance 29er (great early reviews and looks v nice in the shop) and the 2013 anthem 1 has rather nasty graphics (at least on the web the yellow looks gopping). So looking forward to testing the trance, but irritated that if I like it, there will be the usual one versus two bike debate.
1. Trance (29er) plus XC hard tail or
2 Stick with the Anthem 29er as a one bike fits all
3. Use the trance in XTT, orienteering and just accept compromise
Has anyone ridden the Trance 29er yet?
If go for option 1 - any rec's on value XC 29ers (probably ht) - what are XTC composites like?
Has anyone seen the 2013 Anthem 29 1 in the flesh. Does it look better than on the web?