• 11-14-2011
    JustinBeer
    2011 Giant Anthem X 29er 2 vs. 2012 Stumpjumper FSR Comp...?
    Hey 29ers, looking for a little help here with a big decision.

    I currently ride an '09 Giant Trance X3 (26er) and I absolutely love it, although I am 100-percent ready to make the jump into a 29-inch wheel bike. Last weekend on a 3-day Fat Tire Festival, I rented a 2011 Giant Anthem X 29er 2 and immediately felt right at home on the bike. It was fast, rode excellent and kept me closer to my fast buddies all weekend.

    I ride in central Florida so most of my riding is over roots, in between tight trees, little drops with big roots and quick 2-story climbs followed by equal sized drops. I prefer a "composed' bike as opposed to something that is "flickable and light in the rear"... I am a decent technical rider but could use some additional endurance and strength, which I feel the 29er gives me (cheating, lol).

    So, I like the Anthem but my LBS also has a 2012 Stumpjumper Comp FSR and they are gently pushing me towards it. On looks alone, I am sold but during my test ride I noticed the Stumpy felt a little "larger" and more "school bus like" compared to the Anthem. The handle bar was really wide, maybe that was the issue?

    Anyway, at 2500 for the 2011 Anthem 29er X 2 vs. 3000 for the stumpy, what would you recommend?

    Thanks!
  • 11-15-2011
    HEMIjer
    you rode the anthem feels right and it is cheaperr, your ridinging doesnt seem like you need (maybe you want?) the extra travel seems decsion is made. I am biased though towards the Anthem.
  • 11-15-2011
    JACKL
    I too rode the 2012 Stumpy FSR Comp, in a parking lot and small field by the LBS. I would agree it does feel a little big and slightly clumsy compared to my current ride. Yes IMO the bars are too wide which is changeable. But it is a 130 travel bike with a 69 degree HTA, and a long wheelbase (47.4 in the XL size), so I don't think it's possible for it to have a tight racy feel. I played with the fork and shock settings to tighten them up and that helped some. I bet the 69 HTA and long wheelbase would be great for stability on hairy decents though. Sounds like it might be more suspension than you really need. I'm in a similar boat, but have not ruled it out at this time. I think it would be a sweet bike over the rough stuff.
  • 11-15-2011
    davidcarson48
    I agree. Anthem for Florida. And $2500 on a leftover seems a little steep. Someone posted elsewhere that they paid $2000 for an 2011 X 2.
  • 11-15-2011
    osorio
    I have now made two long rides with my 2011 AX 2 29er. It flicks around like a 26er with the stability of a 29er on downhill singletrack and in General. I won't place the value of a bit more travel over this bike's handling. I know a trek dealer who is thinking about bringing the Giant line-up into his shop to differentiate himself from the massive Specialized and Trek sales world, and because Giant has such a good offering across the board. Anthem for me.
  • 11-15-2011
    Mindless Mayhem
    Yes, I paid $1,999 about 2 weeks ago for a 2011 Anthem X2. Here's a link to that thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/di...al-748656.html and another one that has pictures with ride impressions: http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/ne...on-750938.html.

    Based on these, you probably won't have a hard time guessing which I'd reccomend for you! ;) Seriously, the X2 would be an amazing bike for your riding in FL. I'm using mine as my go to bike for all my riding (even the the shuttle runs - downhill rides with my sons) here in AZ.
  • 11-15-2011
    slimphatty
    I got my 2011 X3 for $1900 out the door at my LBS with a bunch of goodies. I use it on the mountain and on the road. Go for it!
  • 11-15-2011
    airborn22
    Anthem is a much better bike and cost less. How can this even be a question on which one to get? Anthem all the way! I have put over 1300mi on my anthem 29er x1 this year, best bike I have ever rode. I also have ridden the stumpy rides like a tank.:nono:
  • 11-15-2011
    jeffj
    Stumpjumper and Anthem is more of an apples to oranges comparison. Two different bikes IMHO. The Camber is a closer competitor to the Anthem. Figure which out which type is for you and then compare apples to apples.

    The Stumpy is fairly long legged and kind of overkill for average XC work.
  • 11-15-2011
    LCD
    Giant! I've been riding my Anthem X 29 since late summer here in the mountains of Utah (plus a little Moab and Fruita action!) and I'm totally loving it. It's light, climbs well and is a stable descender.

    Plus Giant has the better warranty. On full suspension bikes Specialized considers the chainstays, seatstays and links to be part of the suspension (not the frame) and only covers them for one year. I had a chainstay snap on a Specialized after a little over one year and they wouldn't cover it.
  • 11-15-2011
    JustinBeer
    Just brought home my brand new 2011 Anthem!

    Thanks for the advice everyone, it really helped make the decision. I am glad I went for it... made a great deal and the bike is home safe with me. Now it's time to ride!!
  • 11-15-2011
    mojoman
    congrats on the new bike. I was looking at both these bikes as well. The Stumpy at 130mm is more than you would need. The Anthem is racey and nimble for a 29er. I bought the Stumpy because I got a better deal on it, and it came with I9 wheels. I am happy with the Stumpy FSR expert for the type of back country riding over large drops and super chuncky down hills that I am doing.
  • 11-16-2011
    gajet13
    I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a new 2011 Giant Anthem X 29er 2. I have read some really postitive reviews, but I am really concerned about the recall. Has anyone out there had there anthem crack? I am also looking at a 2011 Rumblefish 2 and finally a Moots Smoothie FS 26. Thanks for your feedback
  • 11-16-2011
    Conspearasea
    Congrats JustinBeer, I have a 2011 Anthem X29er 3 that I have upgraded to full XT ,Carbon bars and gone tubeless. I've ridden this bike at Alafia, Carter Rd, Graham Swamp and Mala Compra ( all FL trails), all of which have some short climbing and drops, technical stuff and even some great jumps......This thing is a GREAT handling bike.

    I really disliked the bars, and upgraded after about 6 months of riding the giant bars. FSA K force Carbon riser bars are what I went with and they are great on my bike.

    As for the question about cracking frames, for the most part that entire recall issue was taken care of quite a while ago. Mine has taken quite a beating and just keeps on going.
  • 11-17-2011
    Nick_Good
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JustinBeer View Post
    Just brought home my brand new 2011 Anthem!

    Thanks for the advice everyone, it really helped make the decision. I am glad I went for it... made a great deal and the bike is home safe with me. Now it's time to ride!!

    I just bought the same bike Tuesday. Giant Anthem X2 29er. I can't wait to hit the trails this weekend.
    -nick
  • 11-17-2011
    gvs_nz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Conspearasea View Post
    I really disliked the bars, and upgraded after about 6 months of riding the giant bars.

    Took me about 6 secs sitting on it in the garage.
  • 11-17-2011
    LCD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gajet13 View Post
    I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a new 2011 Giant Anthem X 29er 2. I have read some really postitive reviews, but I am really concerned about the recall. Has anyone out there had there anthem crack? I am also looking at a 2011 Rumblefish 2 and finally a Moots Smoothie FS 26. Thanks for your feedback

    My understanding is that this was an issue in one batch of the early production frames (like from a year or more ago) and shouldn't be an issue with any current stock. A search in here will probably turn up more detailed info)
  • 11-26-2012
    CS2
    A year late to the party but has anyone looked at the 2012 closeouts? I'm seeing them in the $2,100 to $2,200 range which seems OK but nothing special.
  • 11-26-2012
    mojoman
    there are good deals on bikes right now. I just bought a horsethief for about $2400, brand new...X9/X7 build.
  • 11-26-2012
    fat alberto
    I have a 2011 AX 29er 2. Great bike. Perfect for rooty, hilly x-country. No problems with bike after 2seasons. Just upgraded the wheels to Arch EX , but the stock wheels (P-XC 2) are not bad and go tubeless quite well.

    A 2012 AX 29er 0 or 1 would be a great bike to find right now at a year-end discount.

    The recall was prior to the full release of the 2011 and is not an issue.
  • 11-26-2012
    davidcarson48
    The 2012 X 0 have long since sold out. I have seen a few X 1 models around, but the 2013 X 1 is a solid deal at $2800 retail and i love the color scheme.
  • 11-27-2012
    JeroenK
    This choice is a no-brainer.
  • 11-28-2012
    AK47
    I also have a 2011 Giant AX2 29er, and it rocks... Only change I made was an upgrade on the wheels (Mavic C29SSMAX; stock wheels are not bad, tho).
  • 11-29-2012
    jpstandish
    I've been a 26" MTB guy for 27 years, but recently demoed both the new 2013 Trance X0 and X3 29ers. I have to admit I really do like the 29" wheels, and the scrunched-in design of the new Trance 29ers makes it feel a lot like a 26", handling-wise. I was quickly spoiled by the trick components on the XO, and riding the X3 afterward was a seriously disappointing downgrade. But $4,200 for the XO is a little pricey, IMO.

    The other main issue for me is the current trend to lose the big chainring. (I know I know. Single-speeders would be scoffing at my whining.) Truth is I rarely even use the small chainring, but there are trails here in Colorado and Moab that really do sometimes call for that extra low granny gear. Even with a 10-speed rear cassette, the granny gear on the 2x10 Trance takes you further per pedal revolution than gear 2 on my 3x9 Trance ('09 and '11).