- The best full sus XC bike – advice needed
Having had an Anthem SX for 3 weeks I have to agree with above 😀 Still love my Soul but on my local stuff – tight techy singletrack, very rooty, the Anthem is miles faster and a good deal smoother !
They weigh the same and the Anthem climbs a treat. It is very forgiving even though same travel upfrontPosted 4 years agomark88Member
I used to have an ali Anthem and rode regularly with a mate on carbon Epic. Epic was lighter though obviously not a like for like comparison. Epic was faster climbing and on flats, feeling very solid like a hard tail. I found the Anthem had too much pedal bob unless locked out. Anthem was probably the better of the two downhill and more suited to trail centres where you may want something a bit less racy. Also expect to see several Anthems every time you leave the house. A mate raves about his Spark, which I would say is getting to the ‘trail’ end of the spectrum.Posted 4 years agoDT78Member
Another vote for an anthem. You don’t even need a super expensive one to be fast. I had an unfashionable 26er for a couple of years. I didn’t have a problem with pedal bob, was very fast up and down. Only issue I had with it used to get through shock bushes relatively fast and I had to do a full rebuild on the shock twice. I reckon this was because I was riding downhill just as fast as on my 6″FS.
I’d get a cheaper one, then replace the bits when they wear out.Posted 4 years ago
I’m amazed someone got pedal bob they couldn’t cope with on an anthem. That’s a setup issue. And even with the shock setup soft the current CTD setting in T eliminates any bob for me, even when sprinting off a start.
£6k though gets you a lot of bike. If it’s a raw race bike go with NJEE’s advice. If – like me – you also want a trail bike stick with the Anthem IMO and keep the OEM wheels for training and playing on.Posted 4 years ago
Giant Anthem advanced then £5500 – carbon & SID’s you’ll find your limit WAY before its limit
As above though, get the one though thats feels right to ride, oh and matches the paint job on your (im guessing) Q7 or Toureg? 😆 (just joshing its your money spend it as you see fit!)Posted 4 years agoThe Flying OxMember
If you can get over the looks, you’d have to try very hard to beat one of these:Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got one of their older 26″ carbon bikes and it still amazes me now how light and agile it is. The handling was a bit “razor’s edge” for my liking with the original DT Swiss 100mm fork so I stuck a 120mm on and it’s been tamed slightly, but still a total xc weapon.martinhutchSubscriber
Do they not make these any more then?
Fork is only 100mm too – makes it sound more XC to me at least.Posted 4 years agoadshMember
You could do worse than read the test of the anthem and spearfish in our host mag.
Say what? Where?
Issue 89 – summary page 124.
Anthem fastest, Spearfish most popular with testers. I got my spearfish for long distance at which it’s sublime and it’s none too shabby on XC either.Posted 4 years ago
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