anthem 1 29er or epic comp carbon 29er if same price?
I think the anthem is the best value when the epic is at regular price but when the epic is about the same as the anthem X1, which one is best value?
Note: I did test drive both on the road (not on the trail) and I would be happy with either...
That may change on the trail though...
Basically it is Carbon Vs alu. Both bikes are good. Anthem a bit more trail than epic. But still both excellent bikes.
Maybe this can help u decide..
If you are a average rider that will not be getting too extreme on the bike. (You dont crash that much)The Epic might be the slightly lighter(Not by much afaik) and more racier for your needs. Brain vs maestro. Both do the job. Good pedaling efficiency.
I see the Anthem as a bike that can take multiple falls with no problems. This is best suited to a more extreme trail rider. Or maybe trails with more rock.
I,m not a carbon skeptic. I have used carbon 3 road and 2 mtbs. If I crash/ding my bike. I like to be able to inspect damage and make an informed decision whether it is safe to use again. I,m afraid carbon doesnt give you this option.
I ride a beat-up anthem with confidence(Waiting on 29X) I couldnt ride a beat up carbon bike with confidence. Any shop mechanic will say the same.
For not being a carbon skeptic, you certainly sound like one. And no. Any shop mechanic will not say the same thing you do. It's easy to inspect carbon for damage, it's just slightly more involved than inspecting an alloy frame.
Originally Posted by pb11
Santa Cruz Test Labs - Food for thought.
Anyway, now that that's out of the way. Both are great bikes. I think you'll notice the better components on the Anthem more than the carbon front triangle on the Epic.
The Epic will probably take longer to dial in, but that's just the nature of the Brain. I've also heard of reliability issues with the 2012 version of the Brain, I never had any issues with my 2011.
If the frame material isn't important to you, you could always get the alloy version of the Epic Comp and upgrade the parts (better wheels, in particular).
Frame weight of alu Anthem X29 is a bit less than Epic Comp Carbon. Weight frame only incl shock:
2350 Niner Jet RDO med carbon
2356 Specialized Epic S-Works 29 med carbon
2406 Giant Anthem x1 29 2011 med alu
2505 Giant Anthem x1 29 2012 med alu
2645 Specialized Epic comp carbon 29 med carbon+alu
3078 Specialized Epic comp 29 med alu
2281 Trek Superfly 100 19" carbon
2472 Santa Cruz Tallboy large carbon
2486 Giant Anthem x2 29 2012 large alu (zelf gewogen)
2985 Niner Jet large alu
3141 Fuji Outland 29 1.0 alu
12 Anthem X29
13 XTC 29
07 Epic Marathon carbon
04 Stumpjumper FSR Anniversary
03 Stumpjumper FSR Pro
00 Rockhopper Pro