Giant’s new Anthem Advanced Pro 29 gets a lighter frameset, new rear suspension system and modified geometry to make it a bike for those wanting a competitive advantage on XC terrain.
The Anthem first appeared on the World Cup circuit in 2005, and the sharp eyed might have spotted prototypes of this latest model on the 2021 UCI World Cup circuit, where team racers including Antoine Philipp have been testing and racing them this year.
The speeds, technical challenges and level of competition keeps getting higher. The bikes and gear matter now more than ever. For the most challenging tracks, the new Anthem Advanced Pro 29 gives me everything I need. It’s super responsive, feels light and lively on the climbs, and gives me more confidence and control on descents, drops and rock gardens that are so decisive in a race.Antoine Philipp
For 2022 the Anthem Advanced Pro 29 has an all-new Advanced composite main frame and rear swingarm, saving 250g compared to the previous generation Anthem. The bottom bracket area is apparently more than 20% stiffer for more efficient acceleration and climbing. It’s also claimed the frame also adds ‘more than 7% torsional stiffness over the previous generation for quicker, more precise handling during intense race efforts’. A steeper 75.5 degree seat tube should also help on those steep climbs, while a slacker 67.5 degree head tube angle and longer travel 110mm fork will help on the descents. The frame has a longer reach, and the updated cockpit includes a 35 mm wider composite handlebar for more control and leverage.\
The all-new rear suspension setup includes ‘FlexPoint Pro suspension’, developed by Giant specifically for XC racing. It’s a linkage-driven, single-pivot design that saves weight compared to the previous design.
The result is a smooth, active feel that gives riders 100mm of rear suspension for sublime control on technical singletrack terrain. From chunky descents to root- and rock-strewn climbs, it offers just the right blend of XC speed and control.Giant
Two models of the Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 20 will be available in the UK:
- Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 – £6,999
- Anthem Advanced Pro 29 2 – £4,999
|Model Name||Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1||Anthem Advanced Pro 29 2|
|Colors||Chameleon Saturn / Carbon||Black Diamond / Carbon|
|Sizes||S, M, L||S, M, L, XL|
|Frame||Advanced-Grade Composite front and rear triangles, 100mm FlexPoint Pro suspension, 12x148mm thru-axle||Advanced-Grade Composite front and rear triangles, 100mm FlexPoint Pro suspension, 12x148mm thru-axle|
|Fork||Fox 34 Float SC Performance Elite Live Valve, 110mm, FIT4 damper, Boost 15×110 Kabolt, 44mm offset, custom tuned for Giant||Fox 34 Float SC Performance Remote, 110mm, FIT4 damper, Boost 15×110 Kabolt, 44mm offset, remote lockout, custom tuned for Giant|
|Shock||Fox Performance Elite Live Valve, 165/45, custom tuned for Giant||Fox Float DPS Performance Elite, 165/45, custom tuned for Giant|
|Handlebar||Giant Contact SLR XC Flat, composite, 760x35mm||Giant Contact XC Flat, composite, 760x35mm|
|Grips||Giant XC Pro S:32mm, M:32mm, L:34mm||Giant XC Pro S:32mm, M:32mm, L:34mm, XL:34mm|
|Stem||Giant Contact SL XC, 35mm S:60mm, M:70mm, L:70mm||Giant Contact SL XC, 35mm S:60mm, M:70mm, L:70mm, XL:70mm|
|Seatpost||Giant Contact Switch dropper, remote |
S: 125mm travel / 30.9 x 395mm, M: 125mm travel / 30.9 x 395mm, L: 150mm travel / 30.9 x 440mm
|Giant Contact Switch dropper, remote |
S: 125mm travel / 30.9 x 395mm M: 125mm travel / 30.9 x 395mm L: 150mm travel / 30.9 x 440mm XL: 150mm travel / 30.9 x 445mm
|Saddle||Fi’zi:k Antares R5 with K:ium rails||Fi’zi:k Antares R7 with S-Alloy rails|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore XT SL-M8100, 1×12||Shimano SLX SL-M7100, 1×12|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT RD-M8100||Shimano SLX RD-M7100|
|Brakes||Shimano Deore XT BR-M8100, hydraulic, Shimano RT-64 rotors [F]180mm, [R]160mm||Shimano Deore BR-M6100, hydraulic, Shimano RT-56 rotors [F]180mm, [R]160mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Deore XT BL-M8100||Shimano Deore BL-M6100|
|Cassette||Shimano Deore XT M8100, 10×51||Shimano SLX M7100, 10×51|
|Chain||KMC X-12||KMC X-12|
|Crankset||Shimano Deore XT, 32t S:170mm, M:175mm, L:175mm||Shimano SLX, 32t |
S:170mm, M:175mm, L:175mm, XL:175mm
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano, press fit||Shimano, press fit|
|Rims||Giant XCR 1 30 WheelSystem, 30mm inner width||Giant XCR 2 29 WheelSystem, 25mm inner width|
|Hubs||Giant XCR 1 30 WheelSystem||Giant XCR 2 29 WheelSystem|
|Spokes||Giant XCR 1 30 WheelSystem||Giant XCR 2 29 WheelSystem|
|Tires||Maxxis Recon Race 29×2.4, foldable, TLR, EXO, tubeless||Maxxis Recon Race 29×2.4, foldable, TLR, EXO, tubeless|
|Extras||Factory tubeless set up, 2.4″ max tire size, 34t max chainring size, Giant/MRP CS chain guide||Factory tubeless set up, 2.4″ max tire size, 34t max chainring size, Giant/MRP CS chain guide|
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