I've been looking for a full suspension 29er, as I'm ready to go back to full squish after 4 years on a Gary Fisher Paragon (which has been a great bike). I started off focusing on the Anthem X 29er, and really enjoyed my demo ride of one last weekend.
However, it sounds like the TX and SB95 might be more fun w/ the extra inch of travel, and maybe more maneuverable w/ the shorter seat stays? I have no interest in racing, just want a fun bike that motivates me to ride as much as possible and get back in shape.
Anyone have feedback on these two that might help me decide? I've ridden them in a parking lot, but that doesn't help a whole lot. Here are the pros and cons as I see them.
+ a bit cheaper
+ std. drop seatpost
+ 2x10 drivetrain (everthing else is pretty much the same, all XT)
+ sexy as hell in the black
+ 34mm forks vs. 32 on the Giant
+ brand name components (Thompson seat post, stem, etc.) vs Giant house brand stuff
- 2 yr. frame warranty vs. lifetime on Giant
- costs a little bit more
I expect that I'd be happy w/ either one, but would appreciate any guidance that would make the decision easier.
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