Giant Anthem Help ?
The Anthem is a well sorted bike and likely to meet your needs. Spec level depends on price – that one is a solid spec with decent quality, but not top drawer kit. Buying new you get the Giant warranty, which is very good.
I have a 2015 SX, which has some better components and 120mm, rather than 100mm travel forks, but I’d be happy on the one you’re looking at for that type of riding.
They are great bikes !Posted 1 year agojodyMember
I would go the extra £150 and take the next model up (if large is your size) as Pauls cycles still have them on offer. Lighter wheels, SLX spec with clutch mech, better fork etc.
The Anthem will serve you well, its a great bike and more than capable for what you will throw at it.Posted 1 year agomark90Member
That is what I have just done, a 2015 27.5 2 from Pauls. Should be deleivered today 😀
Also worth nothing that the Reba forks on the higher spec 2 model are apparently upgradable to 120mm by changing the air shaft, I have one of those on order too and will be giving it a go. This effectively gives you an SX.Posted 1 year ago
Having had my SX for a year now, and ridden it on varied terrain, I don’t have much negative to say about it at all, a great all round bike, good sorted spec, seems to do the same as an Orange or Santa Cruz that would cost twice the price 🙂 (albeit I haven’t owned the latter, i have ridden one, and I did have a 5 for years 😀 )
Infact the only thing that annoys me a little about it is that it rattles, mainly the cables, which are internal. A very minor irk though !Posted 1 year ago
Hello – I am 82kg and 6:2ft. Long time hard tail 29er rider and want to buy my first full suss bike. My budget is around £1,000. I have pretty much set my heart on a “Giant Anthem”. I have found a new 2015 Giant Anthem 27.5 with the spec below for near this price, or would I be better getting a higher spec second hand SX or better ? Do you think the spec below would hold me back (no clutch deralieur). I mainly ride forrest, trail centre and occasional lakes, peaks and highlands. I want an all round full sus for cross country, minor road riding to centres and good on mountain trails. I think the SX is a better choice but struggling to find a large second hand ?
2015 Giant anthem 27.5:
Frame ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 4″/100mm Maestro SuspensionPosted 1 year ago
Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch R
Forks RockShox Recon Gold RL Solo Air, 100mm travel, 15mm Axle OverDrive Tapered Steerer
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore, Shadow+
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Shifters Shimano Deore 20 speed
Chainset Shimano Deore, 24/38
Bottom Bracket Shimano Press Fit
Chain KMC X10
Freewheel Shimano HG50 11-36
Stem Giant Connect, ±8-degree rise
Handlebars Giant Connect Trail, Low Rise, 730mm
Front Brake Shimano M395 160mm
Rear Brake Shimano M395 160mm
Brake Levers Shimano M395
Rims Giant S-XC 27.5
Front Hub Giant S-XC 15mm
Rear Hub Giant S-XC 135mm QR
Spokes Stainless Steel
Tyres Schwalbe Racing Ralph, 27.5×2.25″ Performance Wire
Saddle Giant Contact Forward
Seatpost Giant Connect 30.9mm
Pedals The manufacturer does not supply pedals with this bike
Am I right in thinking I should be going for a large. I am 6:2ft (189cm), I normally ride a 21inch frame in a hardtail but think I would benefit from a slightly smaller frame.
Also how do you find the stem, looks like the Giant ones are all pretty long 110mm ?Posted 1 year ago
Hi – Yes I was told Giant come up fairly big in frame size, so should be good with the large.
The Anthem comes with 2.25 stock tyres but could it take a 3inch tyre easily or would this rub on the chain stays ?Posted 1 year ago
Also… I always rode 29er but am going for 27.5, I take it this is the better size on the Anthem ? or would the Anthem X29er suit 6:2ft better ? My main issue with my hardtail is it is clumsy on jumps and not easy to get airborne.
The shadow + does have a clutch though doesn’t it?well mine has on my anthem 3.Posted 1 year ago
I am 5’10 and have a medium which is what giant recommend, but I wish I’d have bought a large and put on a shorter stem .
It’s been a good bike though,although I’d now like a bit more travel up front.
Slightly off topic but I keep looking at the trance 1 on Paul’s cycles,for under £1700 ,for a harder hitting trail bike than an anthem I don’t think I’ve seen anything with such good value for money. Anyone have any opinions on that?Posted 1 year agolegendMember
iainc – Member
a great all round bike, good sorted spec, seems to do the same as an Orange or Santa Cruz that would cost twice the price (albeit I haven’t owned the latter, i have ridden one, and I did have a 5 for years )
It is indeed a cracking bike, but you’re taking things a bit far there. a 120/100mm (front/rear) travel is not comparible to a 160-140/140 Five. They are indeed very capable bikes, and absolute rockets on the flat and uphill , but when it comes to heading down (especially anything steep) the geometry of the very XC Anthem starts to get interesting. It’ll also make you wince when landing anything of a decent size or into anything rough.
Legend – #Enduro’d on bothPosted 1 year ago
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