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    2012 Anthem X 29er

    ... might as well start the thread now, cause thats when we might finally be riding them.

    I hope they offer a Maxle rear dropout and some zip-tie style routing for a dropper seatpost, it is the "X" version afterall. I'm sure some people will want the chainstays to be shortened up a bit. Will they follow the big S and add a 142mm rear?... any other thoughts while they're still putting on the finishing touches?

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    lol

    I don't think they'll go the dropper seatpost. I think they'll probably complement their 29er lineup with a Trance, and offer that with the routing for a dropper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubas
    lol

    I don't think they'll go the dropper seatpost. I think they'll probably complement their 29er lineup with a Trance, and offer that with the routing for a dropper.
    I'd agree with that - would make more sense I think.

    Are we still likely to get a carbon Anthem X 29'er for 2012 after this years unfortunate debut?

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    I'm still worried about getting the alloy one this year!

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    ... everyday we're getting a little bit closer.

    I would say at this point, the carbon Ax 29er may be a 2013 pipe dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubas
    I'm still worried about getting the alloy one this year!
    I hope for your sake, that by 'this year', you mean 2011...

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    Giant used to be good about bringing out an aluminum version of a new bike and following it up with a carbon version the next. Such as the 26" anthems that came out in 06 and the carbon one followed in 07 and then the anthem x came out in 09 and now there is a 2010 carbon anthem x.

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    they did not make a carbon XTC 29er this year, one year after it's AL release... and with the problems facing the AX29er, how could they ever push a carbon to market in less than a year?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikwashere
    they did not make a carbon XTC 29er this year, one year after it's AL release... and with the problems facing the AX29er, how could they ever push a carbon to market in less than a year?...
    They could probably do it since they are the largest producer of carbon fiber bicycle frames in the world. Hence the name that "giant" bicycle manufacturer. I bet they have the resources to produce any frame they want, at any time.

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    new road range for MY 2012 so dont expect any revolutionary new models or changes on the dirt side of things. Other than a carbon version and a 142 rear end the AX 29 is dialled, perhaps as mentioned soem would like the rear centre shortened but its prob not a possibility with the dual link setup??? Cant wait to see the race team AX 29er now they are on Sram :P

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    I heard there will be a Trance X 29er. 120mm of travel. We will see.

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    Heres a pic from Giants facebook page from crankworx. Looks as though there may be a new color way for what looks like an Anthem 29er behind the table and off to the right. This is of course just using a guess on wheel size relative to other objects. There was no official mention of this from Giant at crankworx or any pictures, which seems surprising. Though, based on frame shapes in the giant line up, it seems to have to be an anthem of some sort. Could it be carbon, or just black?
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    BOOOOOOO! 2012 Anthem X 29er Zero is SRAM equipped! Looks like I'm not getting a Giant 29er this year.

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    Looks like ALL the AX 29ers are SRAM equipped.

    Was looking foward to a bike with a full XT spec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestyBikes View Post
    BOOOOOOO! 2012 Anthem X 29er Zero is SRAM equipped! Looks like I'm not getting a Giant 29er this year.
    Why don't you like SRAM? Any special problems?

    I actually thought SRAM and especially their 2x10 was better than Shimano...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckajvah View Post
    Why don't you like SRAM? Any special problems?

    I actually thought SRAM and especially their 2x10 was better than Shimano...?
    It's not that SRAM isn't good...its that Shimano is better. Why might you ask?

    When in a bike stand, SRAM components are totally fine. When conditions are dry, SRAM is fine. When it comes to building a bike as light as possible, SRAM is your choice. Heck, I have SRAM Red on my Look 695SR and it's really nice (Dura Ace cassette and chain, however).

    If you want your drivetrain to shift in the sloppy, muddy conditions, with leaves jammed in the cassette, grime everywhere, and powershifting into gears with heavy torque with consistent reliability, SHIMANO is your only choice. The SRAM components would skip in the nasty stuff and the Avid brakes would constantly require adjustment from rubbing, it was clear that it required more upkeep.

    I had a Specialized Epic Carbon Comp (2010) equipped with X7 and X9 components (spec'd with Shimano cassette and chain), and it was fine until the aforementioned nasty conditions. I was so disappointed with it I was contemplating converting the entire drivetrain to XT...when I found that the Giant Trance X1 (2011) was full XT (including the wheels) and bought the entire bike instead (I subsequently sold the Specialized for what I paid).

    My buddy has a S-Works Epic (SRAM XX) that is crazy light (21 lbs) and his XX brakes are ALWAYS whining and rubbing when we go out to the trails. His drivetrain is fine, but it's also a $8500 bike (no way I was upgrading to XX parts...I would just go XTR instead).

    There's my $0.02. My next bike will be a carbon 29er with full XT (the new 2012 stuff).

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    Here is some pics and specs

    This is what we are getting Down Under so i assume yours will be the same, I hope to be getting the 0 depending on price but the 1 is $2699 aus and the 0 is to be around $3300 aus, will finding out later this week after the Giant show when my mate gets the price. Looks like the 0 is still chrome but at least they got rid of the blue brake lines and outers too much bling for my taste
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    Considering no major changes in the line - I am pretty pleased with my recent purchase of the 2011 29x1 at model end pricing - has beat my expectations for a bike - and Im coming off a niner hardtail and yeti 575. Seems I may have found the single bike that married em both - not as plush as the 575 but I've bombed it down the same trails and it simply works quite well - I had no idea the maestro was soooooo good at so much!!

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    ^ what's your riding weight and terrain? I'm 250lbs coming from a 2009 GF Paragon (hard tail) and looking to make a leap to a 29er fully. Giant is tops on my list with the new RM Elements to be taken under consideration when I can get more info. All reports on the Anthem X29 seem superb with no real negative on bob, chainstay length, or brake jack.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Sorry for the highjack. The 1 model is in my sight for next year due to SRAM vs Shimano (my terrain is dry and "easier" on the drive train) and I think that the Fox might suit me better than the SRAM.

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    I roll about 170 ish with riding gear/camelback...

    This years models are nicely reduced - Giant offered incentives to dealers to move em

    I have a mixed build hardtail - combo xt/sram x9, x0 - both work great IMO - and are pretty close

    this years x1 with full xt and fox rlc is a great buy if you can swing it now

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    Up here in Canada, we only get the 1 and the 3 models, both of which are sold out so I have to wait for 2012 models....thanks for your views!

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    Good to see the 2012's have a handlebar with some rise.

    The flat bar on the 2011 AX29er didn't feel right. Swapped out mine for an Easton EC70 Carbon bar with 20mm rise. Much better!!

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    Agree RE the bars - I mounted the same easton carbon low rise this weekend - felt great compared to the flat Giant bar...

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    I would guess it's the lack of backward sweep, and not the lack of rise, that makes the stock bars on the 2011's uncomfortable.

    The 2012 Anthem 29er 1 looks great . Thanks for posting the pic.

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    The Anthem X 29er 2 in black looks pretty sweet for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OxygenDeficit View Post
    The Anthem X 29er 2 in black looks pretty sweet for the money.
    where did You seen it?

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    Anthem X29 (X1)

    I test rode this bike (2011) and really liked it. I cant however get over the fact that is looks like it belongs back in the early '90's. I really like the look of the X2 which red and black is a good color combination together. The white accents also improve the look of the bike.

    Are the X1 and X0 going to be only two levels in the Anthem X29 line for 2012?

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    Does anybody know if giant modified the maestro pivot locations for the different chain ring size of the 2x10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TREKROX View Post

    Are the X1 and X0 going to be only two levels in the Anthem X29 line for 2012?
    My dealer told me there will be a X2 as well.

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    We got a 2012 Ax29 2 in at the shop, and it looks hot. I really dig it this year.

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    ^pics please!!!!

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    2012 Anthem X29 (0) (1) (2)

    I talked to a LBS (Giant dealer) and the 2012 Giant catalog is showing that all three models of the Anthem X29 are going to be SRAM equiped. One of the posts in this thread is indicating the X0 will be Shimano XT. Guess I will have to consider the 2011 models then.

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    On the X0 model they appear to be offsetting the fact they haven't gone carbon with the lighter Sid fork. Looks like they had to match the starchy xc race ride characteristic with a monarch out rear. Not as good a trail bike as 2011 Ax1 and 2012 Ax1.

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    Anthem X 29er 2012





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    2012 models/specs are up on their website!

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    Ordered my 2012 anthem 29er x1 today (UK). Arrives in 4 lllllooooonnngggg weeks....

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    New ride... 2012 Anthem 29er

    Giant Anthem X 0 29er

    With mods

    XT drivetrain 2 x 10

    American Classic 29er Rims

    Rear shock - Fox RP2 Boost Valve

    Crank Brothers 15mm carbon riser bar

    Avid BB7 disc brakes

    ODI Rogue Lock on grips
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    Pretty certain I'm glad I purchased the 2011 model X1. I like the looks (polished aluminum) and spec (Fox/Shimano XT) better than the 2012 X0 with its SRAM stuff. I like my SRAM road group (Rival) over Shimano's offerings in the same price catagory, but I'm not a big fan of the mountain bike stuff that I have ridden.

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    I like the new xt cranks. What does the bike weigh in at with those wheels?

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    The Australian X0 comes with full XT, not SRAM, which is on the X1 instead. I also prefer Fox shocks, so had the bikeshop take those off the X1 to replace the SID and Monarch.

    Yep love the 2x10 XT, great set up.

    Weight - 27.3 lbs. Medium frame.

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    Ordered x2, should be here in Poland in March

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    I picked up my 2012 X-0 a couple weeks ago and absolutly love it! The Rockshox fork and shock seem to work very well on this bike and offer plenty of adjustability. The Sram X0 setup has reduced the number of required shifts for me considerably and I am totally sold on the 2 x 10. I am coming off a 2010 Trance X-1 and expected to give up some manuverability in the tight single track but so far I have been very happy with the whole package.

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    Hej,

    Were are you ordering your bikes? I am looking where to order the anthem x0 or x1 in Europe. And what would be the proper price? you can send me PM



    Thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas266 View Post
    Hej,

    Were are you ordering your bikes? I am looking where to order the anthem x0 or x1 in Europe. And what would be the proper price? you can send me PM



    Thanks!!!
    find Your dealer here Giant Bicycles / Bikes /

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    the are no dealers in Sweden according to this web site so I can order were ever I want, but where the price can be better


    Is it possible to ship it from USA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas266 View Post
    the are no dealers in Sweden according to this web site so I can order were ever I want, but where the price can be better

    Is it possible to ship it from USA?
    Pedalogerna will get bikes in november at earliest according to their website.
    pedalogerna.com/cyklar/giant-2012/mtb-29
    25k SEK for X1, 30k SEK for X0

    I'll probably wait until spring before getting an FS 29er but post your findings if you spot them anywhere else

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    just saw the CARBON Anthem X 29er

    [The carbon bikes are on their way ..... look for the debut at Sea Otter!

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    Carbon is here! 2013 Anthem X Advanced 29er will be out in May 2012 in Australia and US. Check this out bikeradar.com

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