Anyone with an Anthem set up as a trail bike?
less of the willy waving, the lad asks a question, you chip in with nothing helpful.
I have a trance as I thought the anthem was a bit too race on paper but having ridden an anthem over in nz I found it really easy to adapt to and would have no problem getting one if I had to replace my trance.
as with all bikes, a longer fork always seems to improve themPosted 6 years agolegendMember
I’ve got mine with a 120mm Reba with 20mm axle, shortish stem (70mm, but did run 40mm for a while), strong enough wheels (719s), reasonably high bars and a Minion up front….. do I reach the required gnar level?
Good enough setup like that to handle anything Innerleithen can through at it (minus the drops on Matador, not sure if i’d trust the frame for that)Posted 6 years ago
I’m building a 2010 Anthem up with 140-95mm u-turn Pikes, 20mm bolt thru, shortish stem and chunky tyres to ride in the Lakes and Dales.
To avoid the trail bike debate it is intended to be a light weight cross country up and over mountain bike.
Its an experiment and the frame may break, because its blooming light!
Oh and if anyone wants to see one that someone else made earlier…Posted 6 years ago
I’m running 100-130 revs on mine, use the negative air chamber to bring the travel down to 120mm. I don’t have wide bars (690) but run with a 70mm stem. It’s got fairly normal hope hoops with mavic 721’s on it. I’d ride it over pretty much anything, but I’m too much of a wuss to jump it far (I’m the weak link, not the bike). If you want to ride like a loon, trance / reign could be what you really need thoughPosted 6 years ago
Mine’s set with 100mm stem, 100mm SIDs and 660mm bars. I have pondered running mine with wider bars and may well try it one day but I find they hinder climbing too much.
I think a 120mm fork would make it a more trail friendly bike, but I don’t find it much of a slouch in the techy stuff as it is. It’s really a blast.
As for chunkier rims, I don’t see the problem here- I’ve had Olympics on mine that’re 4 years old now and I’ve actually just had them built onto new hubs because they died first.
I’ve used it at trail centres (it’s much quicker round Glentress than anything bigger) and it’s great there. I also find that it’s perfect for the Rivelin Valley trails and I suspect it’d do nicely on some of the tamer trails like the Roman Road but I’d not take it into the depths of the Peak.
Want a spin on mine Rob? Might be a bit small but I suspect it’ll make you want one. It’s the fastest bike I’ve ever ridden.Posted 6 years agoDT78Member
If it helps I have a x1 with 100mm sids / light wheels & rocket rons and a nomad with 36s etc… I am the best part of 10% faster (garmin) round afan and cwmcarn on the anthem. Not too far off the same top speed either, just alot more squeaky moments on the anthem (= more fun)
Anthem doesn’t need bigger forks, the SIDs are fine if you can ride. I do have a spare set of uturn pikes I keep getting tempted to try on it though…Posted 6 years ago
Out tonight on my freshly built up Anthem. I’ll try forks at 100-120 and 140mm and see how it goes. Been up to Lancaster castle and down the steep banks and steps to give it a shake down and it feels nice and tight. Looking forward to Hawkshead and some challenging terrain to test it out properly.
I did attempt to measure the difference in BB height with the forks at 100-120-140 and the difference was an increase of less than a 1/4 of an inch each time – so all in less than 1/2 and inch increase in BB height. I may try some of those fangled off-set shock bushings to drop the BB and slacken the head angle some more.Posted 6 years ago
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