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  • Anthem vrs Anthem sx (aka Rockshox vrs Fox)
  • Premier Icon mark90
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    I’m looking at getting a full sus bike for mincing about on so don’t a full on gnarpoon. A 650b Anthem is top of my list, but I would want the ‘sx’ spec of 120mm forks. Comparing two options…

    2015 Anthem 27.5 SX
    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/bikes/model/anthem.sx.27.5/19237/77334/#specifications

    2015 Anthem 27.5 2
    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/bikes/model/anthem.27.5.2/19235/77331/#specifications

    Retail price of the sx is £100 more than the 2 and it comes with marginally better brakes, dropper post and Fox CTD suspension front and rear verses the Rockshox Monarch RL and Reba on the 2. Price consideration will come down to available deals but really wondering if that £100 at retail price covers the brakes and dropper, or if it’s also an upgrade in shocks.

    The Reba would be upped from 100mm to 120mm by changing the air shaft so both options would have the same travel.

    Ignoring the brakes (a non-issue) and a the dropper, would the Fox CTD or Rockshox set up be the better option, both from a reliability and performance pov?

    I’m thinking the Fox CTD would be better performance, or at least more flexible with the options, but heard of a few issues with CTD and of course there is the legendary Fox servicing schedule.

    Premier Icon rp16v
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    I actualy did the 2 route
    however u get better level tyres, xt cassette and xt rear mech i think on the sx
    my main reason is easy servicing on the rockshox
    iv extended the forks and single ringed the front
    handles everything well tbh

    Premier Icon nre
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    I went for the ‘2’ and upped the travel to 120. Found there were more deals around on the ‘2’ vs the ‘SX’ and preferred the paint job too 🙂

    Set mine up with 1×11 XT…

    Premier Icon rickon
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    Interesting, so the 100mm fork is spaced down, so just need to remove the spacers for 120?

    Premier Icon stevemuzzy
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    Mine is older but i went for the better shock and sold the groupset/replaced with full xt. Cost about 250 to do but the ease of changing oil at home will pay that back.

    Premier Icon mark90
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    Thanks. Some interesting feedback.

    The fork travel isn’t reduced with spacers but the 100mm air shaft can be swapped out for a 120mm one. They are about £25.

    Steve, which is the better shock and are the oil changes significantly easier on which one?

    Premier Icon SilentSparky
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    I was after the SX also but Paul Cycles have the 2 for £1150 and I couldn’t find any offers on the SX.

    I’ve brought the spacer to lift the forks to 120mm like others on here also.

    Premier Icon bigbloke
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    Buy the SX, it comes set up, better imo rear shock and fork, tyres are better from the off and has a dropper post. How much would you spend extra changing fork travel, buying a dropper if u want one and putting decent rubber on?.

    I am biased though….

    Premier Icon iainc
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    I have a 15 SX, great bike and having had it for a year I’m not hankering after a change, which is a first !!

    Premier Icon mark90
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    I have nearly pressed the button a couple of times on a 2 from Pauls over the last week or so. Just still undecided. I guess the good price (around 500 quid better than the best sx price I can find) would pay for a few upgrades, dropper, tyres, etc.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Not been impressed with the Fox “performance” stuff I’ve owned in the past.

    Plus the 2 is a clear winner in the looks stakes and the Monarch should be a great shock, going by the one I had on a Reign.

    Premier Icon mark90
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    Just ordered a 2 from Pauls 😀

    Premier Icon ransos
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    I much prefer the Reba on my Anthem to the Fox fork it replaced. 120mm seems about right to me – it was a bit twitchy at 100mm

    Premier Icon mark90
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    That’s reassuring. I don’t want any recommendations for fox now.

    Premier Icon grumpster
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    Pick up my anthem 2 on Friday!! Just felt the need to share that.

    Premier Icon iainc
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    I prefer the 120mm Fox fork on my Anthem SX to the 120mm Reba solo air on my Soul….

    Premier Icon mark90
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    Sod off 😉

    Premier Icon iainc
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    😀

    I do though !

    🙂

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