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    New Giant Anthem X2 = New Passion!

    Wow! I've researched 29ers forever and finally pulled the trigger on a deal I couldn't pass up. I've ridden her 3 times and am absolutely stunned at the difference from my old 26" Stumpy. She rolls great, I'm climbing stuff with ease that previously I struggled on, I've got way more confidence cornering...the difference is unbelievable! I ride with my 2 adult sons and even they can't believe how much faster I am on this bike.

    If you are "on the fence" or even remotely considering buying an AX2 - DO IT! You won't be dissappointed. There are great deals out there on the 2011's right now too.

    Anyway - here she is: right out of the box, all stock except blackspire pedals and ODI Rogue lock ons.
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    Sola Fide

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    anthems are some good looking bikes, i would love to try one out. i think swapping my stumpy fsr for an anthem with 120 up front would be awesome for where i ride.

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    Looks sweet...enjoy it!

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    How is the Fox fork on yours? I got the same bike a month ago and after the first ride had to send the fork back to Fox for warranty work. It developed a clunking sound under full compression and the lockout was weak when new. I miss the Reba on my old bike.....

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    I want one so bad!!!
    2012 Anthem X 29er in the build process
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pock View Post
    I want one so bad!!!
    I want a 2012 Anthem X 29er 0. I know people don't like the new specs, but I love the SRAM drivetrain and the Rockshox suspensions pieces. The color is awesome, too.

    Maybe when they are clearing them out next fall...

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    Lots of love for my 2011 X3. I upgraded it a bit to suit my riding style but loving the fox fork and maestro suspension. Night and day difference between the anthem and my decade old trek.

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    i just sold my 2011 X2 yesterday.

    great bike, but i need the cash. i'll own another one if the future...or a trance 29er when they come out.

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    Loving my 2011 x3. In hindsight should spent the extra coin on the x2. I did get a good deal on the 3.

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    Really do need one! Really are great looking bikes

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    The AX 2 29er really hasn't got the attention it deserves this year (2011). But it seems like it's catching up fast now.......I dig mine.

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    The AX29 is an awesome bike but comes with garbage stock bearing. I destroyed the lower shock bearing in tens months of moderate riding.

    Make sure you order a kit of enduro bearings and the Maestro Bearing Tool Kit.

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    I haven't experienced any issues with the Fox fork or the lower shock bearing, nor heard of as a known problem in my research prior to purchase. I hauled mine up to Sedona for some red rock riding and absolutely loved it.

    In case it helps anyone: I bought mine from Inkys Bikes (El Cajon, CA) for $1,999!

    These aren't demo or shop bikes - brand new from Giants warehouse. I live in AZ but a short road trip was well worth it considering the price and customer service I received from them. I dealt with Jason - if you're thinking about one of these bikes; give him a call or send an email to see what you can work out. Based on my experience; you'll be glad you did!

    I've decided to keep the Tundra 2 seat, but will be converting to tubeless on Maxxis Ardents later this week. After that - I plan to just ride the snot out of her!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindless Mayhem View Post
    I haven't experienced any issues with the Fox fork or the lower shock bearing, nor heard of as a known problem in my research prior to purchase. I hauled mine up to Sedona for some red rock riding and absolutely loved it.

    In case it helps anyone: I bought mine from Inkys Bikes (El Cajon, CA) for $1,999!

    These aren't demo or shop bikes - brand new from Giants warehouse. I live in AZ but a short road trip was well worth it considering the price and customer service I received from them. I dealt with Jason - if you're thinking about one of these bikes; give him a call or send an email to see what you can work out. Based on my experience; you'll be glad you did!

    I've decided to keep the Tundra 2 seat, but will be converting to tubeless on Maxxis Ardents later this week. After that - I plan to just ride the snot out of her!
    Thanks for sharing... what was the total out the door ? thanks!

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    God Bless that *****!!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04turbowagon View Post
    Loving my 2011 x3. In hindsight should spent the extra coin on the x2. I did get a good deal on the 3.
    There really is not that much difference between the 3 and the 2 to justify the extra $$$ especially if you are goign to upgrade. The only thing stock on my 3 is the fork, grips, and saddle. All the part went on my Niner Air9 which was sold immediatley. My 3 went from 30lbs to 23lbs.
    Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.

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    So what did you upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04turbowagon View Post
    So what did you upgrade?
    Wheels: Stans Crest
    TIres Maxxis Ikon
    Seatpost: Thomson
    Stem: Thomson
    Handlebars: Truvativ WC
    Shifters: SRAM X0
    RD & FD: SRAM X0
    Cranks: Middleburn RS4
    Brakes: Avid Elixir CR Mag w/ XX rotors
    Cables: Power Cordz
    Seatpost Clamp: Woodman 10g
    Cassette: X0
    Pedals: Beebop stainless
    Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.

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    Nice build on your X3

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    $2,175 out the door! That included a lo-rise bar too. I called about a dozen LBS and best they could do was 2,500 plus tax.
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    Even if you're not a Giant fan, it's hard to beat the proven Maestro and the company's lifetime warranty to original owner.

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    Mindless Mayhem, I am going to blame you if I get one of these by this weekend!

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    I can live with that because the blame will will come through the "perma-grin" on your face from the sheer joy these bikes bring while ripping through the trails!

    Go for it! Make sure to post a couple pics and your first ride(s) experience.
    Sola Fide

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    So far mine has been a great riding bike with the 120mm up front. One of things I like the best is the ability to fit a 2.4 Ardent in the back with plenty of room to spare.

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    Wow, that's a great setup for winter riding.

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