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    Specialized Camber vs Giant Anthem?

    So, I'm looking at getting a new mountain bike soon, and I'm having a hard time deciding on which one to get between the Specialized Camber 29er or the Giant Anthem X 29er 3. I will be doing mostly flowing fast trails, but some technical every once in a while. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
    PS- Here are links to both of the bikes that I am interested in.

    Anthem X 29er 3 (2014) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States

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    Of the two, I'd probably pick the Giant just based on specs. Specialized really cheaped out the build on the Camber for this year. Giant gets you an air fork and Shimano brakes vs. Suntour coil fork and Tektros for the Specialized.

    Definitely ride them first though - it could be that you won't like the racier geometry of the Anthem (in which case, take a look at the Trance). Also consider asking if your shop can get you a 2013 Camber Comp for cheap. It's a much, much better-specced bike and could feasibly be discounted below 2k given that it's last year's model and it retailed for around $2400.

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    Just to throw another option out there, have you looked at the Trek Fuel Ex 29er?
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    I don't see that much difference in the specs; the Suntour fork may work just as well as the RS Recon and neither of them are anything above sturdy and functional anyway. The Tektro brakes aren't my choice but they work well from what I hear. The rest is a wash.

    The big difference I see is in the frames. The Giant has a more sophisticated suspension I suppose, but the frames are prone to breakage at the top tube/ seat tube junction. The Camber seems to have that possibility well under control, plus the suspension loads go into the top tube in column instead of sideways into the seat tube.

    They're both great deals for the money. I've ridden them both a bit, and the Giant is a smooth, slick package. The Camber struck me as more ready for the aggressive side of things - a tougher bike.

    Coil forks get a bad rap when actually they are truly linear and have no air can stiction or leakage problems. Once you have the right spring - which you can get when you buy the bike if it isn't already in there - it's set for life unless you lose or gain a lot of weight. If you get too light for the spring, celebrate by trading it for the next lighter one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulerias View Post
    The Camber struck me as more ready for the aggressive side of things - a tougher bike.
    Still beating the crap out of mine (Camber Elite) after buying it off a Demo fleet in '11 (XXL). I've been very happy with this bike and still treat it like a bulldozer. BTW 220 - 6'3 with orangatang arms. Tubeless offers more ops to abuse the weld points (I think). The Aio RL rearshock needed some tender care. Was fixed with blue lock tight - for real. Still on the first wheel set - knock on wood. Don't know how they've changed it in two years but it suits me very well. That's MHO.

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    Considering what you will be riding, I recommend the Anthem. It can handle what you will use it for.

    Both bikes have nice suspension systems but IMO, the Maestro suspension is better at everything than the Brain/Horst link suspension of the Specialized and much easier to dial in as well. Similar to hydraulic disc brakes, it is more of a set and forget kind of stuff. I have the Niner Jet RDO with the CYA suspension system and it works like the Maestro if you are going to take a look at it.

    Unsure if this will help, Carl Decker and Adam Craig raced the Anthem at Downieville.

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