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  • timc
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    ef52
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    hi all, as you may of guessed im im having a bit of trouble deciding which one would best suit my needs. i would say 60 per cent of my riding will be trails ie Glentress and cannock ,but i want to get more adventerous round the scottish highlands.could the anthem cope?

    Have you ridden both? Your trail conditions are very different to mine, but FWIW I went Trance X.

    I demoed the Anthem X as I was looking for a 29er option to replicate my raceable XC 26er, however I hated the handling and while the rear suspension was very capable it felt a touch too firm.

    I then demoed the Trance X just because I was curious to try a trail bike. The handling felt almost like my 26er and the Maestro system controls that amount of travel pretty much unnoticed on the climbs, and the longer legs are a blast. It changed my thinking to having a trail bike and my existing XC bike, rather than 2 XC bikes. This extends my riding opportunities especially as I’m getting older and quite a bit slower now.

    giantx4
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    Trance of course

    Premier Icon mtbfix
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    For what you say you’ll be riding, Trance. Much as I love my Anthem I am trying to soften it a bit from its XC roots to make it a bit more friendly when you hit the steeper, twistier stuff.

    trance. quite possibly the default option for anyone wanting a full sus but unsure what to get.

    robhughes
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    Trance for sure.Love mine more than my custom spicy. 😀

    Even better with this and dual flow shoved into the pike. 😉

    giantx4
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    Buy trance… U know it makes sense….

    andypaul99
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    If your style of riding is pushing limits / bigger drops more knarly downhill then the trance is the boy, if climbing and going fast XC is your forte look no further than the anthem.

    ef52
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    thank you all, the trance it will be!! show me more of your trances please,they are a lovely looking bike

    Premier Icon bobsoff2
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    Anthem copes well with most things thrown at it.. u want “hard core” ?
    get Trance..

    joshbosh12
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    Trance, i’ve had mine a year and i love it! It climbs excellently and descents like a champion!

    robhughes
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    ef52.Be sure to put 140 forks on the trance if you get one.It completely changes the bike.Slackens it off a bit and it handles 100% better.Iv,e even tried 150 rtl ti revs on it but prefer the modded pikes. Mine has a 3mm offset top bush as well.Rides like a dream.That is all… 😉

    Mine earlier today – modelling 150mm Revs.

    Managed to break my crank shortly after 🙁

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Few folks suggest an Anthem X with 20mm more on the fork to de-xc it slightly makes the anthem x into a really capable trail bike, if you don’t need everything the trance brings all the time.

    i’ve just sold my mate’s anthem… i was going to rebuild it for him with a 120mm fork (as mentioned above) as it would then do a good job of replicating the turner flux i used to run (with 120mm front and 105mm rear), but in the end he bought my turner 5 spot and says it is like night and day… the anthem is pretty much unbeatable as a full sus xc rocket ship, but if you want to have a bit more ‘fun’, the trance will be properly in the ‘zone’… i love them so much, i very almost bought one myself!

    ryanctj
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    Trance! Love it, it does everything you can throw at it, from trail centres to all day epics. I ride with others who’ve got bikes three times the price and the Trance matches the best of them.

    My first one:

    My Current One:

    ef52
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    Thanks all I’ll take on board your advice ,keep sending the pictures !! I want one so badly now , but I’m off the bike for a while now due to a injury ! I was at bedgebury , on a right hand corner lost the front wheel on my xtc landed heavily , may of fractured my left wrist , so the hospital thinks ! Even with the X-rays showing nothing . I recon just badly brused .
    “If you don’t fall of every now and then , your not trying hard enough ! “
    More pictures please !!

    29ers
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    Trance X29er a great bike but does not like mud and its a swine to clean!

    OP, from the X I’d assume you’re looking at the 29er versions. A lot of people here are talking about the 26ers.

    giantx4
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    Mine owns many a KOM… Mainly xc i ride,but any downhill & trance eats it up nicely!…. even in the snow 🙂

    antares
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    Seeing as everyone says Trance I’ll say Anthem


    Anthem X1 by Jeevester, on Flickr

    andermt
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    If you haven’t got one on order you may want to check availability of the Trance 29er. I attempted to buy one a few weeks back and was told they were sold out in my frame size (XL) for the rest of the year!

    I ended up buying a Trek Rumblefish instead.

    ef52
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    thanks for the advice , but im going for the 26″ .ive asked a few people about 29s, and there response was nt as thou it was the best since slice bread ! the trance x has slx breaks ,is it me, or does slx breaks feel spongy . thinking off changing them for hope breaks.keep sending the pictures 😀

    trance. quite possibly the default option for anyone wanting a full sus but unsure what to get

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    I completely agree.

    Trance. Slx brakes are amazing and reliable too.

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    The 26″ Trance is certainly very versatile. I’ve got a test ride booked on the 29er in a few weeks, but it will need to be pretty damn good to justify the cost of an “upgrade”.


    mtbtomo
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    Londerinoz – the Trance X is (was?) the longer travel (130mm) version of the Trance. There was a period when they sold both the Trance and the Trance X. Now they only do the Trance X in either 26 or 29 formats.

    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Any reason not to be considering the Reign also? Bit more AM than either the Trance or Anthem but a lovely bike.

    Cheers

    Danny B

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