I'm upgrading to a race oriented full suspension 29er through my LBS. My team has a deal with both Cannondale and Giant and I'm looking at Giant's Anthem Advanced 1 and Cannondale's Scalpel 29er Carbon 2
Both bikes have their pros and cons as I see it but I'm looking for some advice from people who are familiar with the individual components or better yet, the bikes themselves.
Anthem X Advanced 29er 1 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States
Full XT groupo, including brakes.
I got to test ride one and I liked it.
Aluminum rear triangle, so it's heavier.
Isn't available for 3 weeks (through my LBS)
SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2 - Scalpel 29er - Full Suspension 29er - Mountain - Bikes - 2013
Lefty (from what I hear, the new ones are great and require less maintenance)
Lighter, all carbon frame.
Nicer drive train, including carbon crankset
Avid brakes, which I hear are prone to problems
I won't be able to test ride before I buy, though I've ridden the hardtail version of this bike and enjoyed it.
Above is a basic outline of the bikes as I see it. I'm wondering if anyone has experience wit stuff like Maestro suspension on the Giant, vs the Rockshox Monarch on the Canndondale.
Are Avids as bad as they say? I could replace with XT brakes if all else fails.
Bottomline: Both look like killer bikes, and I'm going to buy one of them; Just not sure where my money will be better spent. Help me out!
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