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    2010 Anthem X's

    Well, I havnt' been to my LBS yet to look into buying an '09 Anthem X1 or X2 ... I guess they're sold out?
    If that's the case, I guess my purchase will have to wait until late summer when the 2010's arrive.
    Anyone know what we can expect from the new models (aside form the carbon version)?
    Any changes in specs, etc.?

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    Hi
    I’m also thinking of buying a Anthem X and would be interested to know if there will be any changes. Don’t know whether to wait for the 2010 model or buy a 2009 if I can find one.
    I take it Jaxson your in America?

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    Yes, I am.

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    Theirs very low stock over here in the UK too. They must be selling off the old stock in preparation for next years models. I just ordered a medium X0 this afternoon. It should be here by the weekend. Iíve been looking at bikes for a month now and decided to just bite the bullet and order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSake
    Theirs very low stock over here in the UK too. They must be selling off the old stock in preparation for next years models. I just ordered a medium X0 this afternoon. It should be here by the weekend. Iíve been looking at bikes for a month now and decided to just bite the bullet and order.
    Congrats! That's a nicely spec'd bike Let us know how you like it!

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    Like FSake I'd been looking at bikes for a couple of months. Really wanted to get an Anthem X frame and build it up myself but the frames sold out weeks ago. The importers only had a few bikes left in my size (medium) so I thought I'd better get one before they were gone.
    I've now been riding my X1 for a couple of weeks and I'm well impressed, it's just incredibly capable. It has a bit of an Audi personality - not flash, but really well engineered and surprisingly quick. The X1 is also an incredible bargain, spec-wise, particularly given the recent massive Shimano price hikes here in the UK.

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    Iím still waiting on mine to arrive. Should have it in the next couple of days. The X1 was very tempting but I thought id splash out on the X0. Means I wonít want to upgrade as much stuff later on. Prefer the colour of the X0 as well. Only thing Iím not looking forward to is the Mavic Crossmax SL rear hub. Is it true there only 21 points of engagements? Iím coming from a Chris King and 21 points of engagement just seems stingy.

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    Well, I would have preferred the frameset (colour is the same as the X0) but I'm getting used to the orange :-).
    I didn't go for the X0 because I'm not sure about the Race Face cranks, the reviews weren't very positive about them, and I didn't want Crossmax SLs - I intend to go for some ZTR Olympic on XTR hubs soonish, and swap all the Evolve stuff for EC90. 'fraid I don't know about the freehubs.
    Hope yours turns up soon!

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    Yeah, sad to say the back wheel will probably have to be upgraded eventually if indeed it only has 21 points of engagement. Iíve just been spoilt with the Chris King. Those Industry Nine hubs look good. Havenít saw any reviews but 120 points of engagement does sound tempting. Iíve had some Race Face cranks over the years and havenít had any problems. Where did you see the bad reviews?

    Have to say the Giant website and Catalogue doesnít do any of the Giant bikes justice. They look so much better on other sites and in the flesh. Wasnít too fussed on the X0 until I saw it on the forum. The Orange X1 looks nice, just not quite as nice as the White and blue X0 .

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    Anthem X frsameset!

    For everyone depressed that the frame set is sold out.... I was able to find some at Derby Bicycles in Denver Colorado....

    What Giant did is take the X3, and X4 models and put the RP23 shock on (which is what is spec'd for the X0 frame set.

    I ended up getting the black (x4 version, with RP23) for 1,489 shipped to PA...

    I will post pics. when the frame comes in (should be some time this week!)

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    Did not know they even have an X4 model. Anyways, glad you found one and keep us posted with the build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nis240sxt
    Did not know they even have an X4 model. Anyways, glad you found one and keep us posted with the build.

    My mistake, they do not have a X4, The frame I am getting is the X3 (black and brushed metal)


    Will surely, post the build once I get it completed!

    Quick list:

    SRAM XO Twisters
    FOX 15 QR RLC
    Mavix Crossmax ST
    Thomson Seat post
    Ritchey Bars and Stem
    X9 RD
    XT FD
    Avis Elixir CR brakes
    Gore cables (sealed)

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    No worries, i just built up my X3 also. Here's the specs and was pleasantly surprised by 21.9 lbs. Keep us posted and enjoy it!

    Size S Anthem X3:

    EC90 flat bar, ESI silicon grips, XO twist shifters/rear der, Deore front der, Truvative Noir Cranks w/GXP BB, Ritchey 100mm WCS stem, Magura Martas, SID Race 100mm, USE Sumo seatpost, WTB Deva SLT, SRAM PC991 chain, Stan's ZTR Olympic Disk wheelset w/ DT swiss 240s (32/32) 3x front/rear, Kenda SB8s DTC 1.95 tubeless with stan's juice and crank bros smarty pedals.

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    Well i got mine!!!

    Think i got the only one in Ireland! it was showing 1 medium in stock on the stores website so i shot down to get,the owner was surprised as he didn't evan know he had it! Here is the quick build with 2009 sid world cup mavic slr's and XT group comes in at 23lbs thats 3lbs lighter than my last anthem with an extra inch of travel!
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    That's a badass ride, snoop69!
    Gonna race that machine?

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    He ought to!
    Frame looks a bit to small?

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    Well Snoop Iím going to have the second one in Ireland. Technically Iím in Northern Ireland if you want to be fussy, but its the same Island at the end of the day. Hope it rides as well as it looks.

    Was it a medium frame that you bought? What height are you out a matter of interest?

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    I bought the last frameset in sweden today in size large... Will be swapping over the parts from my old anthem. Full xtr gruppo with Crossmax Slr wheels and ritchey wcs parts. My wheels are a bit noisy so I will buy new Crossmax SL next week. Hope it rides as good as it looks

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    Iíve bought a Medium X0 and Iím 6ft 1ish. I put my details through the Size checker website and the medium was the closet size that would suit me. Large was too big and medium was just too small. I would rather have a frame thatís just too small and change stem lengths etc. Has anyone else found themselves in between Giant frame sizes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSake
    Iíve bought a Medium X0 and Iím 6ft 1ish.
    Wow, I'm 5ft 7 and the Medium feels just right for me - I have flipped the stem over to lower the bars a bit, but most people seem to do that. You'll need a very long seatpost!

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    Well I rode my mates Trance in Medium and itís not much different geometry wise and it fitted alright. The seat post was highish, but not overly high. I have quite a short inseam for being so tall.

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    Kings are pigs compared to the Crossmax hub, this is a XC rocket not a AM rig. Give the Crossmax a try, the ease with which these wheels spin up along with their laser like tracking due to their stiffness will make you will forget about engagement.

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    I will give them a go Anthem1. I come from a bike trials background so Iím used to quick engaging hubs. Was hoping to have the bike today but the distributor has mixed the order up so I hope to have it tomorrow. I gave the front end of my current bike to my brother so if I donít get it tomorrow I will be without a bike over the bank holiday weekend. Was hoping to get out on the trials bike and the Anthem. Fingers crossed I do.

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    Little set back in my Anthem X build.... as many know Giant is sold out of the frameset..... I found a dealer in Colorado (will hold name for now) that I was able to buy and ship a frame to PA..... My box came Friday...... but to my surprise they shipped a Giant OCR C3 (entire bike) instead!

    Turns out Fedex made a mistake when they picked up the orders from the shop and sent my bike to Boston, and I some other guys' bike.

    Talked to the shop and they said everything will be squared by this Wed. If I do not get my frame by Friday I will be sure to let everyone know which LBS to avoid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSake
    Iíve bought a Medium X0 and Iím 6ft 1ish. I put my details through the Size checker website and the medium was the closet size that would suit me. Large was too big and medium was just too small. I would rather have a frame thatís just too small and change stem lengths etc. Has anyone else found themselves in between Giant frame sizes?
    Not to scare you, but I would think this is too small for you. There have been many other threads on this. I am 6 0' with a 34" inseam and had to make the switch from a medium that was too tight with a long stem and seat set very far back to the large, which is clearly the correct size. Not sure how you'll find it, but I would be surprised if it is comfortable to ride. Hope it works out for you.
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    Iím having a nightmare too. Bike has taken over two weeks to be shipped from England to N.Ireland. Could have flown over and cycled it back a few times over. Itís not my LBS fault; it seems to be Giant UK or Giant UK's distributor. Itís doing my head in. No bike should take this long to arrive, especially a £3,000 one. Hope you get sorted soon Domestique.

    Well I have a 31-32inch inseam Mtbmeister. If itís too short I will live with it or upgrade the frame at a later date. The bike I have at the moment is not much bigger and itís definitely too big. Does a slightly shorter bike not mean I will be a bit more upright? I donít mind that. Iím no expert but as Iíve said I rode my friendís Med trance and itís a smaller bike than the Med Anthem and it seemed alright. Youíre probably right, but I will give it a go.

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    Bike arrived yesterday. Nearly got it into the car only to notice there was a dent in the side of the frame. Shop reckons it happened when in transit. The front wheel must hit against the side of the frame when it was being shipped. Iím not having much luck with this bike at the moment. Bike also came with Flat bars. I thought it was now meant to come with risers.

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    Damn, that's a shame.

    You must have pissed off the cycling gods or something.

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    Bad luck FSake, that's a bummer.

    The wall thickness of that downtube is barely greater than that of a coke can - I'm wondering about how I'm going to get mine on my bike carrier - I'm pretty sure that clamping the downtube will squash it. Guess I'm going to have to buy a new carrier that clamps the front forks.

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    Yeah, must have pissed someone off. Or itís a sign I should have went for the Specialized Epic Marathon.

    Bikeshop has let me borrow a Giant Anthem 2 (08) to tide me over until I get a replacement. Replacement should be here Monday. I canít believe bikes are shipped with wheels sitting loose in a box with no protection around the skewers. Boxes are meant to be shipped vertically but this never happens. I know someone who works in a famous bike store and he says he sees £2-4000 bikes just thrown into the backs of Lorries. Seems the couriers and people loading them on the trucks just donít care.

    So far I have to say Im not impressed with the service that Giant UK has provided. It will be 3 weeks on Monday since I first ordered my bike, which was in stock. They even refused to send the bike on its own next day delivery so I could have the bike for the weekend. If this kind of service keeps up this might be the last Giant I buy.

    Sorry for the rant. I Just had to vent.

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    Have you actually spoken to Giant to find out why it took so long to arrive? They might have a very good reason for the time it took and why it came with the wrong bars.

    When I ordered my Giant Trance Giant UK didn’t have any and yet managed to get one from Holland to my LBS within 24hours, part of which was over bank holiday. I find bicycle/parts distributors in the UK to be very hit and miss, one time you order something and it turns up like greased lightning and the next time it takes two months, they send the wrong component and there’s a ****ing letter missing off the graphics.

    My experience with Giant has been very good but given the cowboys that deliver the stuff and how good other distributors are it doesn’t surprise me that problems do happen and could easily have happened if you got the Specialized.

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    They have two warehouses apparently, one with the cheaper bikes and one with the more expensive bikes. They forget to pick the more expensive bikes on two separate occasions when they were shipping out their orders to my LBS.

    They said they have bikes with both Risers and flat bars but couldnít look into the box to guarantee I got the one with risers. For all the length of time it would take and after what just happened to the other bike youíd think they would put extra padding in the box to make sure it didnít happen again. When they where putting the extra padding in they could check the bars. Iíve read somewhere the bikes with the flat bars where the earlier models. The newer model s where changed to risers as the bike was rather twitchy with the flat bars.

    The sidewalls do seem very thin. I think I will be putting my bike into the back of the car for the foreseeable future. Once I get it that is.

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    I waited 5.5 months for my X0

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSake
    T The newer model s where changed to risers as the bike was rather twitchy with the flat bars.
    My X1, bought a month ago, had flats. I wouldn't describe it as twitchy, just maneuverable. But then I was always with Keith Bontrager's original opinion on the flats vs. riser debate. Risers are just an offensively bad engineering solution.

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    Iím used to risers and would prefer to have them on my bike. Itís not a deal breaker and Iím sure I will soon get used to them if the new ones comes with flats too. Iíve saw a lot of adverts of the Giant Anthem X0 in magazines with Riser bars. Itís strange they advertise one thing and give you something else. I also think the bike looks better with risers, but Iím sure thatís a personal preference thing.

    I donít mind waiting for a bike if itís not in stock, but Giant UK had plenty of stock.

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    Sorry to hear that FSake,

    I too an still having issuses with getting my bike.... after 3 weeks (being shipped the wrong bike (OCR C3) FedEx screwing up, I still do not have a bike.

    I've talked to the LBS owner multiple times and am getting pretty pissed off about the whole situation. I was told I would have the bike by this Wed (after a bothced delivery), and it is now Friday. I will give the LBS till this afternoon for my shipment to come in, but Im not holding my breath.

    In another week I will be able to file a "dispute charge" with my credit card company.... I really hope the Anthem X comes, I don't want to have to wait till the 2010's are out in August.

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    Just a little teaser..............2011 Anthem will be a 29er
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    I sympathise with you Domestique. I have to say though my LBS has been good. I would just blame Giant UK and their courier. Giant wanted to send out a new frame from Holland that would have taken an additional week so my LBS could replace the damaged one. They werenít having any of it and pushed to get a completely new bike.

    I hope you get your bike soon Domestique.

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    Update: I finally got my frame, but the rear shock was a RP2 (which is what came stock on the X3 frame (black and white), but the LBS had promised me that since they were selling these at the Frameset price ($1448) Giant had swapped the RP2 for the RP23....

    I called the LBS, and they said they would send a RP23 out on Monday..... we will see.

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    Thatís good you got your frame Domestique, pity about the shock. I was out on the 2008 Anthem 2 last night. What a flying machine it is. Going over the rough bumps and still being able to put the power down is amazing. Maybe I went a bit overboard by going for the X0. If the 2008 anthem 2 is that good the X0 is going to be totally amazing. I will definitely need riser bars as I felt my hands veering towards the end of the short flat bars. Bike feels fine length wise but the seat post had to be put quite high for me to feel comfortable. Actually the post was near at its maximum and it still needed to go up a few millimetres. The post was a 309mm Race face ride XC seat post. The X0 comes with a 400mm seat post so hopefully I should be alright. As said before I think an 18inch is just too small, but the large is a good bit too big. I reckon a 19inch frame would be perfect. You cant have everything though.

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    Hey Domestique. Did you get your RP23 shock yet? Iím still waiting on my bike to arrive. LOL.

    If my bike arrives with flat bars and I want to upgrade to risers am I best sticking with Race face bars? Seems people around here keep their bar, seat post and stem the same make. I suppose it just looks silly to mismatch makes.

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    Nope, Bill at Derby was suppose to ship it Monday and call with a tracking number, but when I called later in the week he said "it was in the back f the store to ship and now is not here, so it must have shipped" and when I asked about a tracking number he said "FedEx didn't email it him yet".

    I have since placed a dispute with my credit card company and the better business bureau.... I am hoping to get get 400-500 dollars back on my credit card. It would cost me at least that to buy the shock $389 and then have a bike shop install it with the proper bushings etc.

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    ... and if we just ...

    I finally got my bike on Monday. It came with riser bars too, which I’m extremely happy about. I don’t know if Giant actually looked through the boxes they had or I got extremely lucky; but it saves me going out and buying a set of risers for it. I’ve took it out for two short spins so far. Its definitely feels more comfortable and quicker than the 2008 X2 the LBS lent me. I hope it stops raining so I can take it out for a good ride. I will get some photos posted soon, hopefully before it gets too dirty.

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    FSake, glad to hear it! I too have good news... I finally heard back from my credit card company after disputing the charge with them and better business bureau and the credit card company refunded the ENTIRE AMOUNT ($1,489.00)!!!!

    Soooo...... My anthem X frame set only has the RP2, but I got the frame for free! I also finally got my bike built up, but haven't been able to ride it yet. Still playing around with the stem size and if I want to keep the flat bars or try risers (I have both)....

    But will definetly post pics when I'm totally happy with everything. At this point I am just going to ride the heck out of the RP2 and when it is shot then buy the 2010 FOX RP23 with Boost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domestique
    FSake, glad to hear it! I too have good news... I finally heard back from my credit card company after disputing the charge with them and better business bureau and the credit card company refunded the ENTIRE AMOUNT ($1,489.00)!!!!

    Soooo...... My anthem X frame set only has the RP2, but I got the frame for free! I also finally got my bike built up, but haven't been able to ride it yet. Still playing around with the stem size and if I want to keep the flat bars or try risers (I have both)....

    But will definetly post pics when I'm totally happy with everything. At this point I am just going to ride the heck out of the RP2 and when it is shot then buy the 2010 FOX RP23 with Boost!
    I have been on the shop's side of a credit card chargeback a few times.

    Don't get too comfy. That money will come out of your account again as soon as the place you bought the bike from responds to your dispute and tells your CC company that you still have the merchandise. The only way to keep your money is to return the frame.

    The only way to keep the frame is to come to an agreement with the shop about the shock and pay for the frame.

    Also, if you somehow get to keep the frame and your money the shop can send a collection agency after you and ruin your credit rating. That means you will pay for that frame over and over every time you buy a car or take out any loan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formulaone33
    I have been on the shop's side of a credit card chargeback a few times.

    Don't get too comfy. That money will come out of your account again as soon as the place you bought the bike from responds to your dispute and tells your CC company that you still have the merchandise. The only way to keep your money is to return the frame.

    The only way to keep the frame is to come to an agreement with the shop about the shock and pay for the frame.

    Also, if you somehow get to keep the frame and your money the shop can send a collection agency after you and ruin your credit rating. That means you will pay for that frame over and over every time you buy a car or take out any loan.
    It's possible, but considering the facts and that I laid everything out very clearly to the credit card company and the better business bureau I don't see how I can be held accountable for the numerous lies from the shop and the "bait and switch tactics"

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    I would find it hard to believe you would get the frame for free as well. Donít go spending the money is what I would say. Hereís hoping you do get it for free though..

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