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    2013 Giant Anthem x - 4 good first FS?

    Hey all.
    Im getting back in to mtbing after about 8 years of having kids and stuff. I was looking at about any 29er to get me back into the sport. My last bike was a 1999 Raliegh M400, awesome at the time, i mean it had Rock Shox dude!
    I will be using the bike for everything., trails, exercise on the road and leisurely rides with the fam. Im 35..or 6... or 7..I dont know years old so i probably wont be wearing a jersey anytime soon but will def. dream about it. I just want to go out and have as much fun as physically possible on two wheels. BTW i did ride xc motocross during me eight years off the bike so i do understand singletrack. ok nuff of that

    i have a 2013 Anthem x 29er 4 on hold at my lbs. I guess 2013 is the first year for the lower end anthem cuz i cant find any info anywhere except Giant's website.

    im having a hard time pulling the trigger not because of the cost but because of the components. Dont get me wrong i dont really WANT to spend 1900 on a bicycle but i will if it keeps me riding. I rode a few hardtails before i got on any FS bikes and i was sold the first stroke on this one. Kind made me feel like i was on a 30+ lb dirt bike.

    Not so worried about the drive-train, i know its not the best but i think it will work until it doesn't and im fine with that. relatively cheap upgrade when needed. My biggest concern it the RS. Not so much a cheap upgrade when needed

    Its a Rock Shox Monarch R. Probably the crappiest of crap from what i can gather but maybe not? don't know. And the brakes probably not the best either but im sure they will work for a while. Honestly if i could buy the bike with mechanical discs i would. kinda scared of the whole bleeding on the trail scenario. Maybe im being a wuss?

    front tire might need to go right away from what i have read but that should be about it.

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    Frame ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 4" Maestro Suspension
    Fork Rock Shox Recon Silver TK, OverDrive Steerer, 100mm Travel
    Shock Rock Shox Monarch R

    Shifters SRAM X5, 2x10 Speed
    Front Derailleur SRAM X5
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X5
    Brakes Avid Elixir 1, 160mm
    Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1
    Cassette SRAM PG 1030 11x36, 10-Speed
    Chain KMC X10
    Crankset SRAM S1000, 24/38
    Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP Press Fit


    WHEELS
    Rims Giant S-XC29 2
    Hubs [F] Giant Tracker Sealed, [R] Giant Tracker, 32h
    Spokes Stainless Steel, 14G
    Tires Schwalbe Racing Ralph, 29x2.25 Performance Folding

    any way thanks for reading and any help or advice will be appreciated.

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    I think its a solid new build for an FS29er.

    I bout the trance x4 and should held out for the x3 because I upgraded immediately. Still managed to find better components than x3 and am around the same price so I lucked out.
    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    It's a great bike and the components are solid. The fork is fine and the Monarch is a great shock. Upgrade as you wear things out. Oh, and the Racing Ralphs are excellent tires.
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    Santa Cruz Superlight D is the same price.
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    Do the Anthem! I have a similar history to you.....took a multi-year break from riding, background in BMX, and 38 years old, and jumped back in with a 2011 Anthem X 29er 2 and I love it! It climbs like a machine, goes downhill with great stability, Maestro is an amazing suspension, and there is a ton of value in Giant in general with the stock components on their bikes. I have about 125 miles on mine so far over the last couple of months, and I couldn't be happier with my choice. I did a lot of research, and I just kept coming back to the Anthem. Let us know what you ended up with when you make the decision.
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    Thanks for the input guys. I will let you know when i have it.

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    Yes the Anthem X 29er is a good bike, Go for it.
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    This is actually such a great bike that I was talking to my LBS owner (he is a FELT/Giant dealer) about the new FELT Edict 9 and he said that he is so convinced that Giant hit the nail on the head with the Anthem X29 that he will not be bringing in ANY FELT FS bikes... For what it is worth he was an old pro mtb racer back east and only picked one up last year after riding a carbon 26" race frame for years. He said that if I took out the AX 29er and didn't like it he would order a "demo" Edict 9 specifically for me to try and compare, not charge me a dime (normally he would ask for 15% down on a bike order), and would even throw money towards the Edict 9 purchase price if I liked it better and bought it.

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    Yup, what they said. The Anthem X is an excellent all-round bike and makes me smile every single time I ride it - even after 9 months. It climbs brilliantly, pedals very well, and can whip along singletrack once you've honed your technique. The Monarch is a solid performer, the Elixir 5s have great feel and power but are not as easily adjustable as the higher-spec versions. Cable discs aren't even playing the same game let alone in the same ballpark. What you feel about the front tire will depend on your riding style and the tracks you ride on most often - personally I've left the Racing Ralph on the back and gone for something with a bit more tooth on the front. If you like the ride, get the bike and upgrade as necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    It's a great bike and the components are solid. The fork is fine and the Monarch is a great shock. Upgrade as you wear things out. Oh, and the Racing Ralphs are excellent tires.
    ^This^

    Its a great way to get back into biking and the Anthem X is a very reasonable price point also.

    2012 does have a X4 build and they are currently available. The components are not complete crap so dont even worry about all the upgrades, your good to go on that spec
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    Thanks again guys. I think I will bring her home tomorrow

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    Post some pics WHEN you do!! LOL

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    Done Deal! thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyokie View Post
    Done Deal! thanks guys
    Pics, or it didn't happen.

    Nah, I'm just messing with you! But I still like to see pics of the new whip!
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    Like her so much I asked her to move in.

    Scored a Nevegal for the front. $20. Now its time for some dirt and scratches.
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    WTF? 2. Huh sry

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyokie View Post


    Like her so much I asked her to move in.

    Scored a Nevengal for the front. $20. Now its the for some dirt and scratches.
    Very nice, Enjoy
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    did the wheels come set up tubless from the LBS?
    You did good dude, that is a great ride!

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    Thanks man. No they're not tubeless. Thought about trying the DIY tub less thing though once I understand the benifits a little better.

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    benefits=
    improved ride quality.... lower pressures will absorb some trail chatter, Tires are part of your suspension, ask any ridged single speed rider
    much better grip and traction due to lower pressures
    no worries about pinch flats
    less puncture flats.... sealant takes care of those
    possibly shave some weight

    the gorilla tape conversion is $20 total for two wheels... two stans valves = $16, one roll of 1" gorilla tape =$3

    That is possibly the best deal going for a full sus 29r right now... that frameset is a proven winner, and I replaced my Fox shock with a monarch RT3 after a on trail demo... HUGE improvement over the Fox.
    It seemed as though the tune of the off the shelf Monarch was better suited to the suspension action of the bike than the Fox product.
    That may be the reason the Fox product is no longer offered on that bike??

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    Cool. Will the racing Ralph's do ok tubless. Probably use the nevegal on the front. Its a wire bead. Any problems there?

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    I'm pretty sure youll be fine with both of those tires. I actually like cheap wire bead tires, especially on the rear were they end up getting worn out quicker..... it makes it easier to afford regular replacements.
    If I was you I would run the Nev up front and wear out both Ralphs on the rear.
    You will need a bottle of Stans, and use two full scoops in each tire when you set them up.

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    I'm having a hard time finding out if the fork is air sprung or coil. On shop I called said coil and one said air. I didn't think the 29 recon came in a coil. How are you liking it so far?

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    Apparently it comes in both flavors. If you look at the pics on the spec sheet you will see one with a spring adjustment knob and one with the air.....thingy. the specs also says Solo Air / Coil

    Im assuming that all the Anthem's will be solo air

    i love it so far. I will be getting a different saddle for sure. Its now bad but i did 15 road miles sunday morning and my sit bones were a little sore. But i also haven't been a bike for long periods of time in a while so it might just be that im a little soft.

    Converted the front to ghetto (gorilla tape and new valve) tubless with the stock rim last night and so far so good. Still had air in it this morning so hopefully im GTG.


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    Ok. I'm going to get mine right now, I love a 2x10. No nonsense and you actually get as many gears as a 3x9 I believe, due to cross chaining. Any idea on the weight? It's got to be lighter than my other choice, a camber 29er.

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    not sure on weight. i will weigh it tonight. i found another thread on here that said it weighs 29.75lbs not sure if thats with pedals or not.

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    Did you get a chance to weigh in your bike? The one I had weighed did have pedals. I'd be interested to know if it came in the same or if there are variations. Yours is a large, right?

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    just did came in at 28.2lbs and this is with what i would consider heavy pedals

    yeah its a large and both tires now are tubless with gorilla tape and 2 scoops of stans
    which didnt work so well on the back with the racing ralph. it was flat this morning. Guess i need to soak it to see where shes leakin.

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    just sprayed the back tire and wheel down with soapy water and didnt see 1 single bubble grow. so not to sure where the air got away at. maybe the bead seated better the second time?

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    Hmmmmmm...wonder how to explain the weight difference between yours and the one I had weighed....which was 29.75. I can't imagine that going tubeless lost you over a pound of weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyokie View Post
    just did came in at 28.2lbs and this is with what i would consider heavy pedals

    yeah its a large and both tires now are tubless with gorilla tape and 2 scoops of stans
    which didnt work so well on the back with the racing ralph. it was flat this morning. Guess i need to soak it to see where shes leakin.
    Thats less than what a Med X2 build weights, might need to check another scale...
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    yeah i figured this would be the responses i would get. i was surprised too. i will try another scale or check mine

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    put a 10lb dumbell on my scale (its my wifes) it read 10lbs dead nuts. stood the bike up on back tire scale read 30.6 lbs 6 times soo not sure why i got 28ish before. ohh well guess my legs will just have to get stronger

    and by the way two tubes and the green rim strip thingy's weigh in at a whopping .8 lbs

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    Hows the performance so far?

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    Wish I could tell you but I haven't had a chance to get it out on the trails since I bought it. That's all about to change though. I live on 50 acres and I'm working on my own single track. Pretty much have it laid out jut need to figure out how to get rid of the grass and weeds and get down to dirt. I prolly need to have about 20 guys to come over and ride it a few times to get it beat into shape. I have done a few 15 mile road trips on it and loved it.

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    I'll tell you. Just bought mine Tuesday and have 20+ miles on it so far. Its a rocket ship. It feels very nimble and handles great on tight, tight switchbacks. Climbs like a hard tail and bombs the downhill. I was nervous about going with 4 inches of travel but not anymore. It might be new bike euphoria but I love it so far. With 800$ you could buy a manitou tower pro fork and a set of Stan's crest and lose a little over 3 lbs off the bike.

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    P.s get that thing on the dirt where it belongs.

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    Ill take that racing ralph off your hands if you dont want it

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    Quote Originally Posted by em6901 View Post
    I'll tell you. Just bought mine Tuesday and have 20+ miles on it so far. Its a rocket ship. It feels very nimble and handles great on tight, tight switchbacks. Climbs like a hard tail and bombs the downhill. I was nervous about going with 4 inches of travel but not anymore. It might be new bike euphoria but I love it so far. With 800$ you could buy a manitou tower pro fork and a set of Stan's crest and lose a little over 3 lbs off the bike.
    do you have the Anthem 4 ??

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    Sorry a lol late to this thread. But I'm confused I'm new to this forum but I'm looking at the same bike at my lbs and are specs are different. Here the components on the 13 are all shimano. Now I also am looking at the 2012 witch they have 1 bike left and it's spram and avid components. It's my first 29er and my first full suspension bike so idk what year of bike to get.

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    Lil * not lol mybad

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    Components change from year to year. You may want to look at exactly what each component is, not just on a shimano or sram level, but whether, for instance the sram is X1 or X5 or whatever for each component. One other thing to keep in mind is that many people feel the Maestro suspension works better with RS suspension components than with Fox, so maybe it comes down to that for you when picking between years.

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    I'd focus on the price you want to pay. You are probably getting a smokin deal on the '12 and it'd be hard to justify any component difference for the '13.
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    It is SRAM x5 but I'm unfamiliar with all this component stuff due to I'm new. I have a trek 4500 series hard tail. Jus wanna upgrade. And since its layaway he said 12 or 13 would b $1700 out the door For either year. Thanks guys all this helps this newb

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    Re: 2013 Giant Anthem x - 4 good first FS?

    Well then, go for the newer model. It will help when/if it comes time to sell it.
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