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    Opinions on the Giant Anthem X 29er for a newbie?

    I'm still pretty new to riding and don't yet have my own bike. I've been borrowing from a few friends whenever I ride and so I've had the chance to try out a few different types. Based purely on feel and not a lot of experience, my favorite bike has been the Giant Anthem X 29er.

    I wonder what opinions you seasoned riders have of of this bike?

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    I'm maybe only a little more seasoned. I rented an Anthem 29er while on a business trip early last year. I hadn't ridden a mountain bike for a few years, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. About 6 months later I bought my own. I've been riding with a group of more experienced (yet younger & more in-shape) riders. I don't ride as fast as them, but they don't totally drop me either. Best of all, I'm still enjoying every ride.
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    It's a very stable, capable bike, and a decent value.

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    You cannot go wrong with it. I bought one last year and I am growing into it with every ride. I did not get high end one because I am able to upgrade the parts as I go and realize what I want. I would say go with it you will never be sorry.

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    The bike is light (27lbs) and the reviews from several websites praise how well it handles. As long as you are happy and comfortable with the bike it seems to be a good deal.

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    I just picked up a 2012 Anthem 29er X2. It's my first MTB since 2001 and I'm absolutely stoked. I spent today on some out of the way fire road in east San Diego county. I cannot believe some of crap that I'm able to roll. I'm a novice for sure, but this bike is very stable and as light as it is, I'm able to throw it around and make corrections when I think I'm losing it. I'm not taking any big drops or anything but this bike just keeps rolling. Speed is your friend.

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    Go for it, especially if you've ridden some stuff and like the Anthem. It's got a good XC geometry, but tolerates being pointed down hills and small (18") drops don't bother mine. It's a bike you can be confident on, and as you gain skill, the bike will keep pace. No one said a new rider had to start out on a cheap hard tail, it's much less expensive to buy a nice bike to start with.

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    You didn't mention the type of riding or where you're riding. The good news is the Anthem is pretty versatile and performs well from XC racing to trail riding. The pros use this to win XC and super D races and one of the UK bike reviews had it in the top 3 trail bikes.

    I'm on my second Anthem after putting 2 years of riding on my first. The only reasons I sold my first was size and wanted the carbon version.

    Fit is very, very important! My first was my first 29 and even though I had plenty of previous MTB experience(26" bikes), thought it was best to er on the smaller side do to the big wheels. I was between a L and XL, thought the large would be more "flickable" so went L. After about a year of riding/tuning with different stems etc came to the conclusion the L was too small. My new bike is XL and I'm running less post and feel more dialed.

    Maestro is a great suspension and IMO works better with the monarch/RS fork than the Fox components. The Fox stuff is good but the RS seems a little better in tuning, travel and"feel" at least to me. If it comes down to choice between models go with the RS. If you get the Fox have it tuned when it's time to service. I had my Fox Pushed before I sold it and that was a great improvement, well worth the price.

    I'm biased towards the Giant but other bikes on your radar should be: Niner jet9 (RDO is awesome but you could get 2 anthems for the price), SC Tallboy and Airborne Hobgoblin, if you can get a test ride. There are some great rides in the 29 arena. For the price the Giant and Airborne have the bang for the buck edge.

    Remember, fit is important, size matters!

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    Like others here have said, an excellent versatile bike. Supposedly built for XC, but I stuck a 120mm fork on mine and it makes for a great trail bike.

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    Are the anthem and the trance essentially the same bike or no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSkillet View Post
    Are the anthem and the trance essentially the same bike or no?
    No, the Trance is more trail oriented (not as "XC") than the Anthem. More relaxed geometry and riding position, with more travel. I've been riding an Anthem 29er for a few years, and thought I wanted a Trance 29er when they came out. After a demo ride, I realized the Anthem fits my riding style and terrain better, and just feels right for me. Both great bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSkillet View Post
    Are the anthem and the trance essentially the same bike or no?
    Anthem = 4 inch suspension travel, XC oriented geometry.
    Tance = 5 inch travel suspension, Trail oriented geometry.

    Both great bikes.

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    I demo-ed an Anthem last spring and was impressed with how solid and stable the it feels, especially at speed. I'm still partial to my Spearfish, but the Anthem would be on my short list if I were looking to replace it.

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    I'm going t have to take a good look at this bike as well! Giant makes a great bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducatirider2 View Post
    No, the Trance is more trail oriented (not as "XC") than the Anthem. More relaxed geometry and riding position, with more travel. I've been riding an Anthem 29er for a few years, and thought I wanted a Trance 29er when they came out. After a demo ride, I realized the Anthem fits my riding style and terrain better, and just feels right for me. Both great bikes.
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    Anthem = 4 inch suspension travel, XC oriented geometry.
    Tance = 5 inch travel suspension, Trail oriented geometry.

    Both great bikes.
    Ah thanks for clearing that up guys. Im in the same situation as OP...got into sport borrowing my friends 2001 Diamondback Xr8 FS.

    Looking to taking the plunge on something nice especially for someone just starting..I think I might go for the Trance 29er X

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