Ok, ive had a Giant Anthem for 18 months, my first descent bike. Other than htis I have had little experience. Im 16.5st and about 6ft1.
Done lots of trail centres and just a few Cumbria loops, I've really pushed the 100mm bike to its limit without causing it damage. I can do Llandegla in about 2hrs15 on the Anthem.
I've been looking for a bike that is at the lighter end of the "AM" category. Something that can handle the beating but can still get me up the hills without too much more effort. Im also looking at a Euro trip and perhaps some Gravity Enduro (not expecting to win though, or finish)
As everyone knows, the web based direct from manufacturer bikes are impossible to beat for value but the problem comes from the gamble. The unknown, the risk...
The bike is a bargain, €3000 for a top spec bike. I got the bike on the RTW through work so I have no idea how much it is actually going to cost me + I dont think im going to pay VAT on it either.....shh
Im taking it out at the weekend for the first time however the local route tells me that the bike is light enough for anything, the geometry is east to get used to after the Anthem. The components are better than I could have hoped for, doesnt make a noise.
Im a chav, so I like the paint job but I know its not to everyones taste.
The wheels are light, tubeless, and feel bomb proof.
Done like the cable routing under the down tube but they are secured well. I wrap my bike in self amalgamating tape so this makes it difficult. My Anthem is like new underneath.
Needs a bash.
Ill let you know how I get on at the weekend.
Here is the spec - http://www.yt-industries.com/shop/de/Bikes/Wicked160ltd
Here are the pics