Giant Anthem or trance? really confused.
Mite be treating myself and I believe Giant make the best full sus for my budget.
I currently have a HT specialized carve pro and love it. Fast and it suits my build and height (6ft 4inches).
I’m suffering with a bit of arthritis on hip so I don’t want a too aggressive bike. I’m not sure wether 29 is the way to go because 27.5 are selling well and seem to be most popular.
My rides will consist of cannock Chase, parks, canals.
£2000 is about my limit.
Any Suggestions grateful, thanks.Posted 4 years agobruders338Member
I agree with blindboy. the Anthem has less travel (more a race/XC bike) so not so aggressive but the trance (trail) 2 for £1900 in my opinion is such a nicer bike, with alot of bike for the money..
27.5 all the way
on the down side these bikes are popular and giant are out until week 15ish i belive. unless you do alot of ringing around different stores
Thats my 2pence worthPosted 4 years agoandysredminiMember
I have a trance and an anthem. If I could only pick one it would be the trance. You can do pretty much anything on it and it’s definitely the more fun bike of the 2.
The anthem is an amazing bike that is very fast on the ups and flats but lacks the fun on the downs of the trance.
Back to back on a local 5 mile loop with a fairly even mix of ups,flat and down I am faster overall on the trance with the time lost on the ups and flats being made up on the downs.
Different bikes for different rides though at the end of the day and neither will disappoint.
AndyPosted 4 years agoemac65Member
Another Anthem 29er owner,can’t fault it.I also ride The Chase a fair bit(it’s my local)& it’s perfect for the trails there.The Trance’s angles are a bit slacker & as you’re never more than 2 minutes away from the next climb on the Chase,is a bit overkill for it imo.
I’ve also got a few other bikes,but since having the Anthem it’s the one that’s had the most use.Giant’s wheels are pig heavy though !Posted 4 years agoLegomanMember
+1 for try before you buy.
Local Giant dealer has Anthem x2 and Carbon Trance demos, you can take em for a weekend & they don’t even ask for a deposit. Great service, presume other branches would offer similar so why not make the most of it.
For the record, I’ve got an Anthem! Love it. But also loved the Trance I had before it.Posted 4 years agov9gssSubscriber
Bargain for last years colours.
Spend the rest upgrading!Posted 4 years agoNickSubscriber
I had exactly the same dilemma as you, so I test rode both, me and a friend took them out and did 20 miles on them a month or so ago.
I went for the Trance in the end, it was way more fun going down, more comfortable overall and like you I had a budget of 2k so the black Trance 2looked much nicer than the white and green Anthem 2
Wrote about it on my blog I did
I’ve already got a 29er (Fargo) which will be my main non-suss xc machine now as I’ll strip the 456 down and recycle the bits into a bike for my wife.
I was tempted by a 2013 Anthem 29er at 400 quid off, but well the Trance won me over 🙂Posted 4 years agoBlazin-saddlesMember
Anthem 29er here too. Mines the advanced carbon version but in essence the same bike. Used it from everything from Elite level racing to a few descents of the megavalance course. Best bike I’ve ever ridden in 20+ years of riding. Tried the 650b, didn’t like it as much. I’m 6’2 for reference.Posted 4 years agotownydcMember
I have a Trance 27.5 2, the “stealthy” one, at 6ft 2″ I ride a large and it feels great, rides well and gives me more confidence with the slacker angles and more travel.Posted 4 years ago
Being the height I am it looks right too.
I also own an Anthem X4 26er which I use for the flatter longer rides where I’m not pointing it downhill so much. Both bikes are great and both come in to their own on certain rides.
For comfort, looks and “funability” the new Trance wins hands down though.teamhurtmoreSubscriber
Perversely, the choice is harder this year IMO. Last year, the bikes were more similar. I demoed both over one weekend and did exactly the same rides on both bikes. The decider was the 3-4 hours XC blast that I thought would be better in the anthem, but the trance felt as good. Therefore buy the trance.
This year, the two bikes are more clearly differentiated whit he extra travel only the Trance. In some ways that makes it easier, but in others (I only want one do it all bike) it’s actually harder than last year. If that makes sense.
2014 Trance 29er 1 looks horrible colour wise – was that a plot to make people go for the 27.5!!!!Posted 4 years agoNickSubscriber
2014 Trance 29er 1 looks horrible colour wise – was that a plot to make people go for the 27.5!!!!
Worked for me…. Wouldn’t have minded a go on a Trance 29er even though it is truly gopping to look at, but it wasn’t available from Giant to test ride…. (maybe another ploy!!!)Posted 4 years ago
ive just sent details off to http://www.test-ride.co.uk/ and they have only 27.5 for test riding?? plugging!!
ide like to try both 29 and 27.5 anthem & trance.
Bet I end up sticking with specialized and getting a stumpjumper. local branch is 3 miles from home and they have all models to test ride. you cannot fault specialized for customer service.Posted 4 years agorickonSubscriber
I’m suffering with a bit of arthritis on hip so I don’t want a too aggressive bike
Well then, a trail bike will be slacker, with the Anthem you’ll be more head down, bum up. But you can still have the stem the right way up, fit risers etc….
I’d still get the Trance though 😉Posted 4 years ago
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