Well after a lot of research I managed to fix it - got some high rise bars but they weren't really giving me more than 25mm above the standard. THEN I discovered scooter clamps were for 1 1/4" tube! SO got one with 4 clamp bolts and 70mm long from ebay (£6) some aluminium 1 1/4" tube for around a fiver and a long headtube bolt from ebay (M6 bolt 110mm long) for around £3. Total cost £14. Oh yeah huh, new bars about £30 but could have used the originals but didn't want to cut them. So take off stem and you are left with 35mm head tube - haha that's halfway up the scooter clamp! Put the clamp on the head tube. Cut 70mm of aluminium tube. 35mm in the top half of the clamp, then put the stem back on the protruding 35mm of tube. Fit the new head bolt, tighten and then do up all the clamp and stem bolts. Hey presto - another 70mm of rise! BUT some of the cables and pipes are now tight. SO cut off about 30mm of the end of each side of the bars to bring the controls nearer the stem, giving more slack. Total bar width now from 740 to 680. So much better! I mean if you can adjust the seat up and down by 200mm why cant you move the handlebars at all?! I am 59 and the Anthem is great for trails but I don't want to be head down all the time - gives me backache and neck ache! Maybe I should have got an XL but both Chevin Cycles and All Terrain Cycles told me 'large' and no way XL as did Giants own sizing chart
Riser stem or adapter for Giant Anthem
If you want to be more upright then (1) inline seatpost - no layback, (2) shorter stem, (3) riser bars. My stock 26er Anthem was quite rangey with it's layback post, 110mm stem and 680mm bars - it now feels very different with an inline reverb, 80mm stem and 730mm bars. Small changes can make a big difference to how it feels.
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