I can probably get out and test ride the Giant Anthem 27.5" but not the Ibis Ripley. I live in Michigan and must of my terrain is tight singletrack with a lot of up down hills. No long extended climbs but some technical climbs with a few switchbacks. I am 5'6" tall and am 45. Have been looking to get a carbon bike for awhile. I currently own a Ventana El Padrino 29er HT and a Ventana El Bastardo FS 650B. I don't really need another bike but you know how it is just want some new gear. So my choices are either a brand new Giant Anthem Advanced 1 that I can get for $4100 out the door tax and all locally. Or there is a Ibis Ripley that was a demo bike that is in excellent condition that I can get for $3899. I know it is a personal thing but I am having a real hard time deciding which way to go. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I am also going to post in the 29er forum to get a different point of view from that forum.
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