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    I have to say, my Anthem just keeps feeling better. I've finally got the suspension tuned where I want it, now I just need to sort out the brakes. Does anyone else who has the Elixir 1's (I guess this is just X2 level in the US?) feel like the brakes are a little weak? Have you done anything about it? I'm thinking about a larger rotor up front.

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    I have had my 2013 Anthem x 29er 2 for two weeks now. The Elixir 1's are horrid. The front squeels loudly and seems like I have no braking power. My other bike (Gary Fisher Hi FI delux) has Elixir 5's which are much better. I have just ordered shimano XT to replace the Elixir 1s and going with a 180mm rotor up front.

    Other than the brakes, I love this bike. Very fast and turns like a 26" bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    I have to say, my Anthem just keeps feeling better. I've finally got the suspension tuned where I want it, now I just need to sort out the brakes. Does anyone else who has the Elixir 1's (I guess this is just X2 level in the US?) feel like the brakes are a little weak? Have you done anything about it? I'm thinking about a larger rotor up front.
    Yes, the brakes are weak. Going 203mm up front and swapping the OEM 180mm out back. Parts have arrived, should be able to get it done this weekend. I have a thread in the brake forum regarding this, so I'll be posting my results there once the new rotors have bedded in and I've got some riding time on the new setup.

    If the experiment fails, I'm going SLX or XT next spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Yes, the brakes are weak. Going 203mm up front and swapping the OEM 180mm out back. Parts have arrived, should be able to get it done this weekend. I have a thread in the brake forum regarding this, so I'll be posting my results there once the new rotors have bedded in and I've got some riding time on the new setup.

    If the experiment fails, I'm going SLX or XT next spring.
    I've been looking at a rotor swap as well, my concern is my bike came with a 170mm on the front, and I'm not certain that a 180 will be enough. I'm not sure the back needs more power, but the front certainly does. I'm looking forward to hearing how your swap works out.

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    First thing I did was ditch the Deore brakes on my X3 for a set of SLX brakes, kept the 180/160mm discs... braking is perfect!

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    Another happy Anthem Rider

    Picked mine up in Sydney about 3 weeks ago. Been making a few changes and now happy with it.

    Comes in a 11.2kg with the following spec:

    XT Cranks
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    XT Shifters
    Easton Bars
    Stans Arches Wheels
    Formula The One Brakes and Rotors
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    I just picked up my anthem x advanced 29er yesterday. With all the stock parts,including reflectors it was 26.0lbs on the Park digital scale at the shop. That's about what my xtc composite weighed out of the box (including crank bros candy 3 pedals in both cases.). I put my enve wheels on w sram rotors and an xx cassette and dropped a tad over 3lbs. My frame is an xs. I haven't ridden proper off road yet,but bounced around on it yesterday. Wow is the rear suspension nice to have! I love my xtc composite but this may be better on my booty,and not much slower. My xtc is at 21lbs w the enve wheels. Don't think I can get the anthem that low.
    This may hurt a little..

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    Had my X 1 for two weeks now and ridden it every day! It is completely stock and so far apart from some brake noise, which was quickly sorted out, it is just fine. I have not tried to save any weight yet as I have a few pounds to drop off myself before I worry about changing bits.Have added a Garmin 800 and despite some reviews I read I am very happy with it. Seemed a very simple device not sure why folks were having so much trouble with it. How durable it is remains to be seen.

    Brakes are Elixr 5's and seem very powerful! Love the shocks you don't notice them woking until you look down. Compact gears seem fine, certainly not missed the granny ring and top end speed on the flat is really good. Climbs really well even with me on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40Lucky View Post
    22.75 Lbs as you see it.
    Racy and beautiful! Carbon wheels right?

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    Just ordered my 2013 Anthem X Advanced 29er 1. US specs. Should be here in a week or so.

    Does the bike come with the rim strips needed to convert the wheels to tubeless?

    Do the XT shifters have the i-Spec integrated mounts?

    Can anyone verify this post: For all those buying Anthem X's, remember to install a couple 1.2mm chainring spacers in the seatstay pivot bolts - the swingarm is welded too wide to match up with the linkages, so bearings will get damaged and rough if you don't realign things properly. Makes them run smoother for longer.

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    It seems like you guys are enjoying your anthems. Anyone here have ride experience with SC tallboys before you bought an anthem? Ive got it narrowed down to the anthem 29 x 2 and tallboy AL(will be built up so that it compares to the anthem 2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidcarson48 View Post
    Just ordered my 2013 Anthem X Advanced 29er 1. US specs. Should be here in a week or so.
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    Kirt!

    It's in. Gotta get it set up and whatnot, but I hope to be out on it in the next week or so.

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    rim strips & Tubeless valve kit

    Just built up my son's athem x 1 this evening ... heading to camp eagle in the morning for a marathon race in south texas!!! Bike came with racing ralphs with tubes but in the box of goodies was the rimstrip & double sided tape along with valves

    Full XT kit with the exception of the chain which is a stylish KMC full chrome, relief cutouts, hollow pins etc. Stock wheels appear to be pretty nice with the smooth bearings & reported DT internals.

    I'm thrilled with my Anthem X



    Quote Originally Posted by davidcarson48 View Post
    Just ordered my 2013 Anthem X Advanced 29er 1. US specs. Should be here in a week or so.

    Does the bike come with the rim strips needed to convert the wheels to tubeless?

    Do the XT shifters have the i-Spec integrated mounts?

    Can anyone verify this post: For all those buying Anthem X's, remember to install a couple 1.2mm chainring spacers in the seatstay pivot bolts - the swingarm is welded too wide to match up with the linkages, so bearings will get damaged and rough if you don't realign things properly. Makes them run smoother for longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhbeeton View Post
    ...Full XT kit with the exception of the chain which is a stylish KMC full chrome, relief cutouts, hollow pins etc. Stock wheels appear to be pretty nice with the smooth bearings & reported DT internals...
    I'm a little confused, is the anthem x 29er 1 as shown on the Giant Website the 2013 anthem with the currently shipping spec? It's showing as an SLX bike with an XT rear derailleur. Did yours come out of the box with full XT?
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    I've got the 1 here in Australia and it's SLX/XT

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    I'm a little confused, is the anthem x 29er 1 as shown on the Giant Website the 2013 anthem with the currently shipping spec? It's showing as an SLX bike with an XT rear derailleur. Did yours come out of the box with full XT?
    I guess it is the carbon version... Anthem advanced 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by plupp View Post
    I guess it is the carbon version... Anthem advanced 1
    Ah yes, there you go. I looked at the advanced to see but what came up was the advanced 0, and it had sram xx so I got confused. Didn't think to look at the advanced 1 and see what its spec was.

    Thread title doesn't mean that every post will be about that bike...
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    full xt

    exactly per the spec sheet

    DRIVETRAIN
    Shifters Shimano Deore XT, 2x10 Speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Brakes Shimano Deore XT, 160mm
    Brake Levers Shimano Deore XT
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    Crankset Shimano Deore XT, 26/38
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhbeeton View Post
    exactly per the spec sheet

    DRIVETRAIN
    Shifters Shimano Deore XT, 2x10 Speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Brakes Shimano Deore XT, 160mm
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    Yes, but that's the Anthem X Advanced 29er 1

    That's where my confusion came in: the thread title is 2013 Anthem X 29er anybody?

    That bike, the aluminum one not the carbon fiber one, that's what I was looking for information about. I just assumed that this bike you're talking about was the aluminum one.

    See? So the one I'm looking at, the 2013 Anthem X 29er is an SLX bike with and XT rear derailleur. Exactly per the spec sheet.
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    I stand corrected...

    Didn't see the forest for the trees... sorry boss, didn't mean anything by it.

    Yes, the Anthem X advanced 1 has got a bigger price tag and a slightly updated spec.

    On that note: I have a brand new XT rear derailler/ shifter/ brakeset that is for sale to make an x5-7 or Deore-SLX build a bunch nicer ... i had a preference for the SRAM gripshift and went that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Yes, but that's the Anthem X Advanced 29er 1

    That's where my confusion came in: the thread title is 2013 Anthem X 29er anybody?

    That bike, the aluminum one not the carbon fiber one, that's what I was looking for information about. I just assumed that this bike you're talking about was the aluminum one.

    See? So the one I'm looking at, the 2013 Anthem X 29er is an SLX bike with and XT rear derailleur. Exactly per the spec sheet.

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    Canada and USA don't get the beautiful blue X0 model? What the heck is up with that? We have the X1 and then the Advanced Zero. Uh...can you say hole in the line-up big enough to drive a tractor-trailer? The X1 is $2799 and then the Advanced Zero is $8399. I don't necessarily want the components and shocks of the aluminum zero model, but I'd like to have the option. Also, the blue colour is awesome. I don't like when companies change bike models per country. Mexico gets an aluminum X0 model with some grey and blue colour. Canada and the USA don't get the alum X0? Why would they do this? Annoying.

    For those who prefer rock shox, have you had a chance to try the new CTD Fox forks and shocks?
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    Alternative

    I went with the athem x advanced 0 frameset ( black with blue) and built it up with an xo drivetrain & brakes, rotor xc2 crankset, fox fit 100 15mm fork, Easton ea90 wheelset and raceface 3/4 riser carbon bar. Fizik tundra saddle, crank bros foam grips and some Rubena tubeless tires makes for a cost competitive trail monster bike!!!

    Don't let the marketing guys get you down

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhbeeton View Post
    I went with the athem x advanced 0 frameset ( black with blue) and built it up with an xo drivetrain & brakes, rotor xc2 crankset, fox fit 100 15mm fork, Easton ea90 wheelset and raceface 3/4 riser carbon bar. Fizik tundra saddle, crank bros foam grips and some Rubena tubeless tires makes for a cost competitive trail monster bike!!!

    Don't let the marketing guys get you down
    Yeah, I suppose I am over-reacting a bit. I am not normally one who is picky about colour. I guess it's bc blue is a fave colour of mine and the part spec is different too. I will look into the individual framesets and whether we can get them in different colours or perhaps even special order a 2013 aluminum X0 complete bicycle. Building up from the frame could be quite costly.

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    #jhbeeton

    Where r u located and what was the cost of your build?
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    Was wondering about comparisons of the Anthem X 29'er vs similar Niner FS bikes. I noticed the Jet 9 has 3" of rear wheel travel and the RDO costs as much for the frame and fork as an entire Anthem X 29 complete bicycle. Curious if the handling of the Niner bikes is quicker, but even if it were, at what cost?

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    Hey guys, here's mine...



    Started life as an X3 with Deore components, but I upgraded to all XT - including 2x10 cranks, I-spec shifters, Shadow+ RD, brakes and UST wheelset.

    Have raced it a couple of times and it's fast!
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    Great looking bike mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Yes, the brakes are weak. Going 203mm up front and swapping the OEM 180mm out back. Parts have arrived, should be able to get it done this weekend. I have a thread in the brake forum regarding this, so I'll be posting my results there once the new rotors have bedded in and I've got some riding time on the new setup.

    If the experiment fails, I'm going SLX or XT next spring.
    Just to follow up on my post, went with a 203mm front rotor and put the OEM 180mm on the back end. Same G3 rotor style up front as the one in the back. I now have sufficient braking power. The back is a bit too easy to lock up, so I might go back to the stock 160mm, but the 203mm front end has alleviated all of my braking issues.

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    I may pick one of these up this year and the spring bike show is an awesome place for it, but...that means no decent test ride on trails before buying. I like a lot about the bike and feel it's a worth while gamble. I like quick and sharp handling though, as I sought out the 70 deg head angle 26" Brodie Mettle I have now and love it for it's quick handling. I just hope that the Giant Anthem X 29'er is quick enough handling for me, but I suppose I could always tweak it to suit. I like so many other things about it like light weight and great rear suspension etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morkys View Post
    Was wondering about comparisons of the Anthem X 29'er vs similar Niner FS bikes. I noticed the Jet 9 has 3" of rear wheel travel and the RDO costs as much for the frame and fork as an entire Anthem X 29 complete bicycle. Curious if the handling of the Niner bikes is quicker, but even if it were, at what cost?
    Check out these you tube clips: Giant Anthem X 29 vs 26 vs Niner-Part 1 - YouTube and Giant Anthem X 29 vs 26 vs Niner-Part 2 - YouTube which compare them.

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    I just watched a Youtube video comparing the Giant Anthem X 29'er to a Niner Jet 9. I notice that the Anthem X 29 has specs listed for a longer chainstay than other comparable bikes, but the Anthem X 29 wheelbase specs out shorter than other bikes, size for size. I figure there is a balance there somewhere and the Giant seems to work for many people. I admit I like quicker handing bikes, so I should probably ride it and compare it to another 29 FS bike.
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    Morkys - I like my new Anthem 29er, and for fast and flowy courses, firetrails/railtrails, and all day epics its just perfect. But, I wouldn't describe it (or any other short travel 29er I've tried) as "quick handling". I have a 26" Trance I use for tight and technical courses with lots of jumps, which I still find superior (and more fun!) in those kind of situations.

    I can't say this is a fault in the design of the Anthem, I just don't think there's any such thing as a 'do-it-all' bike, and each is optimised for a certain type of riding, and not so good at others.

    So, for me the Anthem 29er excels as a light and fast XC race bike, but if you ride a lot where a very nimble bike is required, maybe you should hang onto your 26" Brodie as well. Its horses for courses IMHO, and always good to have a choice of steed to suit different riding conditions.

    As always, just my experience, others may differ...

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    2013 Anthem X 29er anybody?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1355112992.517491.jpg2013 Anthem X 29er anybody?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1355113009.497374.jpg
    Hi guys
    Here's my new toy. I've been riding a Xtc composite but the longer rides have been taking their toll so caved and went FS. I'm no spring chicken turning 50 next year but kept telling myself a hard tail wasn't that bad and I should harden up.
    First thing I did was make the tires tubeless with stans yellow tape and spoof. Sealed first time. Carbon wheels feel great.
    It took a few rides to get comfortable but after a couple of 5 hour rides I can say it great!

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    Curious as to why the Stans tape and not the tape supplied with the bike? Also, why'd you change out the stem?
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    Have always had no problem with the Stans tape so why change? Wheels didn't come tubeless so it was an easy change. Not a fan of the GIant stem and wanted it slightly longer also changed the seat and bars from my Xtc. I've been riding an XL hard tail but have gone down to an Large for the Anthem as I'm on the boarder of both sizes. Wanted to use this as an all rounder rather than just a XC bike and I can't be happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morkys View Post
    Was wondering about comparisons of the Anthem X 29'er vs similar Niner FS bikes. I noticed the Jet 9 has 3" of rear wheel travel and the RDO costs as much for the frame and fork as an entire Anthem X 29 complete bicycle. Curious if the handling of the Niner bikes is quicker, but even if it were, at what cost?
    I own a Jet9 and an Anthem. Overall, they are very similar. I don't have much of a preference between the two. The rear of the Jet feels a little softer, meaning it's more comfortable sitting over small bumps than the Anthem.

    The RDO, for me, is the harshest of the three. It drives well, but lap times were similar to the other two. So far, I've had no interest in purchasing one based on a couple hours of seat time. What I really wanted was a carbon 3" jet, but niner saw fit (like giant) to pander to the "more travel is always better" crowd. With the way they're being cleared out currently I'm skeptical whether the aluminum jet will return another year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
    I own a Jet9 and an Anthem. Overall, they are very similar. I don't have much of a preference between the two. The rear of the Jet feels a little softer, meaning it's more comfortable sitting over small bumps than the Anthem.

    The RDO, for me, is the harshest of the three. It drives well, but lap times were similar to the other two. So far, I've had no interest in purchasing one based on a couple hours of seat time. What I really wanted was a carbon 3" jet, but niner saw fit (like giant) to pander to the "more travel is always better" crowd. With the way they're being cleared out currently I'm skeptical whether the aluminum jet will return another year.
    Thanks for the feedback, however, the more I look into it, even the aluminum 3" travel jet seems more expensive vs comparable Anthem x 29'er. So Niner has no 4" rear travel aluminum bike?

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    @jeffzx12 - nice bike. Could you tell us what the weight on that bad boy is? With pedals? Also any particular reason you aren't a fan of the stock Giant stem that came with it or was it just a length thing? (I have an Anthem X Advanced 0 on the way soon...and I love the chunky look of the Giant Contact SLR Overdrive composite stem...plus am hoping that it is way stiff).
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    Hi Tyrone

    With pedals 23.72 pounds or 10.74kg2013 Anthem X 29er anybody?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1355464313.372647.jpg

    it's a size large with tubeless RaRas and xtr pedals. I do prefer the Xtr spec shifters/brakes on my xtc and might transplant them at a later date.

    I changed the stem for a syntace that's just a bit longer as my other rides are all XL and I prefer being a bit stretched out. Not a great fan of the boxy giant stem and have no stiffness issues.
    So far loving the Anthem.

    Cheers Jeff

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    Can you share the year and model you have along with any changes to stock components? That is an excellent weight!

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    With pedals 23.72 pounds or 10.74kgClick image for larger version. 

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    it's a size large with tubeless RaRas and xtr pedals. I do prefer the Xtr spec shifters/brakes on my xtc and might transplant them at a later date.

    I changed the stem for a syntace that's just a bit longer as my other rides are all XL and I prefer being a bit stretched out. Not a great fan of the boxy giant stem and have no stiffness issues.
    So far loving the Anthem.

    Cheers Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffzx12 View Post
    Hi Tyrone

    With pedals 23.72 pounds or 10.74kgClick image for larger version. 

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    it's a size large with tubeless RaRas and xtr pedals. I do prefer the Xtr spec shifters/brakes on my xtc and might transplant them at a later date.

    I changed the stem for a syntace that's just a bit longer as my other rides are all XL and I prefer being a bit stretched out. Not a great fan of the boxy giant stem and have no stiffness issues.
    So far loving the Anthem.

    Cheers Jeff
    Which version is that? Is that an Advanced Carbon or an aluminum zero or 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffzx12 View Post
    Hi Tyrone

    With pedals 23.72 pounds or 10.74kgClick image for larger version. 

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    it's a size large with tubeless RaRas and xtr pedals. I do prefer the Xtr spec shifters/brakes on my xtc and might transplant them at a later date.

    I changed the stem for a syntace that's just a bit longer as my other rides are all XL and I prefer being a bit stretched out. Not a great fan of the boxy giant stem and have no stiffness issues.
    So far loving the Anthem.

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    it's a size large with tubeless RaRas and xtr pedals. I do prefer the Xtr spec shifters/brakes on my xtc and might transplant them at a later date.

    I changed the stem for a syntace that's just a bit longer as my other rides are all XL and I prefer being a bit stretched out. Not a great fan of the boxy giant stem and have no stiffness issues.
    So far loving the Anthem.

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    Which version is that? Is that an Advanced Carbon or an aluminum zero or 1?

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    it's a size large with tubeless RaRas and xtr pedals. I do prefer the Xtr spec shifters/brakes on my xtc and might transplant them at a later date.

    I changed the stem for a syntace that's just a bit longer as my other rides are all XL and I prefer being a bit stretched out. Not a great fan of the boxy giant stem and have no stiffness issues.
    So far loving the Anthem.

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    it's a size large with tubeless RaRas and xtr pedals. I do prefer the Xtr spec shifters/brakes on my xtc and might transplant them at a later date.

    I changed the stem for a syntace that's just a bit longer as my other rides are all XL and I prefer being a bit stretched out. Not a great fan of the boxy giant stem and have no stiffness issues.
    So far loving the Anthem.

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    Which version is that? Is that an Advanced Carbon or an aluminum zero or 1?

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    Hi guys
    It's a 2013 advance carbon in size large.
    Changes I've made are.......
    Carbon Wtb Valcon seat (for comfort)
    Syntace 105mm stem .yes they fit o/d
    Ec70 carbon flat bars and chunky Esi grips
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    Converted wheels to tubeless.
    I was looking for a bit of comfort on the 4 plus hour rides. Loving it so far . I have read so many good reports on the Anthem.
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    Just picked up my Anthem Advanced 0 a few days ago. Haven't ridden yet due to 4 days of straight rain here in NorCal.

    Converted the P-XCR 0 wheels to tubeless with the Ralph's and they both seated up first try but the rear has been steadily losing air every day. Need to work on that a bit....

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    They're nice looking bikes aren't they.Accept the stem.

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    Looking good. The Ralph's leak though their sidewalls until sealed. I stuck them on their side on a bucket as per stans advice and they have been good since. I've been riding it regularly and man does the rear tire wear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gvs_nz View Post
    They're nice looking bikes aren't they.Accept the stem.
    Man I love the chunky stem!
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    I agree with gvs. Looks like a piece of liquorice . Lol

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    I have the XL Advanced 0. Your tires will eventually firm up from the tubeless conversion. Mine have been solid now for several months. Besides tubeless, I put on some Ergon GS1 leichtbau grips and the Ergon SM3-L Pro Carbon Saddle. With those two mods, a carbon bottle cage, Garmin mount, Xpedo Ti/Ti pedals and a bell, it weighs in at 23lbs 6oz. It was under 23 with the stock saddle and foam grips. Like others, I am building this as an ALL day rider and I wanted some comfortable contact points.

    The other poster who's L is 23.7lbs..., not really sure what possessed you to swap out the top of the line carbon parts for mid grade aluminum ones. To each their own I guess.
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    Anthem 29 X1 vs. Anthem Advanced 29 X2

    After looking at and riding several options, it looks like the replacement for my Trance X is going to be an Anthem X29er. I was looking at the X1 Aluminum as it's at a good price point and has decent spec. But the Advanced X2 is so close in price that it makes a compelling case for itself as well and it would fall within my budget also.

    So here's the thing, is it worth settling for a lower spec to get the carbon frame? I know everything is upgradeable, but realistically not right away. With the slightly lower price of the aluminum X1, I can afford to get a different wheel set almost right away for example, but not with the carbon one as it would put me slightly closer to the top of the budget. There's also shocks. How are the RS shocks on the carbon X2 vs the Fox CTD stuff on the Alu X1? Is the Rockshox actually a better riding setup than the Fox as some claim, or is it a step down?

    At this point I'm leaning towards the Advanced for the frame (plus much better color), but I haven't written off the Alu X1 because I can get lighter hoops on it sooner, and I think I can more easily live with the other components (drivetrain) for longer. Only wildcard is suspension, as I'm not likely to upgrade that soon at all so I wouldn't want to be stuck with something I won't be happy with. Lastly, my understanding is an Alu X1 in M will be about 27#, how much does the Advanced X2 weigh?

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    I think it might be important to take into consideration that there are people who have ridden Anthems equipped with both Fox and RS suspension who feel that the Maestro system responds better to the RS shocks. I can't speak to this myself, as I've not ridden a Fox equipped Anthem, my Anthem 29 X2 has RS suspension. But I think if I could afford to make the choice facing you, I'd go on and pick up the carbon frame.

    Hopefully someone with experience on both types of shock and speak up and maybe help you a little more.

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    I've posted several times here about my experiences on both types of shocks on the Anthems. The RS wins hands down vs the Fox IMO. On the Adv 2, the RS comes with a tuneable gate that is pretty nice. The carbon frames are noticeably stiffer than the aluminum ones and they still come with Giants lifetime warranty. Yes, the 1 has much nicer parts and that is something to consider. I have several friends with the Adv 2's and they love them. One has gone ahead and upgraded his completely. It now is full XT with the wheels from the Adv 1 (which are awesome btw). It is a medium and weighs in at 25.2lbs with pedals. My other friends Adv 2 is stock and comes in around 27lbs for a medium. I think these are genius bikes that work for just about anything. I'd go for it if you can and plan on upgrading over time.
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    I had the same concerns about AL versus CF. I ended up with the Advanced 1 mostly for the RS suspension, full XT including brakes, and a wheelset with a competitive weight (1750ish grams). I'm glad I grabbed the carbon, but not necessarily for the carbon. If that makes sense. The wheelset has been surprisingly good with very little flex (on par with my Flow QR wheels) and the XT brakes are far better than any Avid product I've used.

    It cost me a little more, but I don't have upgrade-itis. Although I'm loving the lightweight bike so much that I am considering building up a chinese carbon wheelset this winter.
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    Where r u located and what was the cost of your build?
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    I'm in North Dallas and ride out of Cadence Cyclery in McKinney. Due to my early want for the bike and the still to be delivered pre-order, we went with the build up option. Cost came in at what the advanced 1 ( xt) build would have but I got the fox fork that I was looking for.

    A later post asks whether there's a perceived difference between the RS & fox equipped bikes... My take on it was that the Sid option was a tad bit more supple but the fox was more moto in appearance and big hit stability. I just love how solid the 15mm front end performs.

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    I was a bit skeptical of RS at first as my prior suspension experience had been Fox only but I am very pleased with the RS on my advanced 1 (corrected). Stock except for carbon fiber bar, xt brakes, and Mavic Crossmax SLR rims - it weighs 23.9 lbs (small frame with xtr pedals).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ha-evolution View Post
    I was a bit skeptical of RS at first as my prior suspension experience had been Fox only but I am very pleased with the RS on my advanced 2. Stock except for carbon fiber bar, xt brakes, and Mavic Crossmax SLR rims - it weighs 23.9 lbs (small frame with xtr pedals).
    That's super light for so few changes to stock. Got any pics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    That's super light for so few changes to stock. Got any pics?
    The weight drop from the SLR's + tubeless was significant. The XT brakes probably weigh more than the stockers but are worth it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GT5050 View Post
    There's also shocks. How are the RS shocks on the carbon X2 vs the Fox CTD stuff on the Alu X1? Is the Rockshox actually a better riding setup than the Fox as some claim, or is it a step down?
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    Don't know about the cTD shock but Giant's Fox tune on their bikes has been very soft for the last couple of years. The pre boost valve M tune fox shocks on previous giants were much better.The monarch works well because it is more linear . So it bobs less but squeezes out slightly more travel. It's along way down to the CTD lever so you want to set and forget or have a shock where you don't need to be reaching down to the lever.
    The Ax has less antisquat than the Tx 26" combined with L tune in both Fox and RS adds ups to a pretty active trail friendly setup if you use a lot of sag.Combine that with mid platform on the Rs or T on the CTD and you should get a set up which both climbs well but blows through on the bigger stuff. If you don't mind a bit more load on the legs , full open and lots of sag lets it suck up the big stuff better than on the TX 26". If you don't like the idea of using mid platform on the Rs you'll have to go to M tune. The monarch can be harsh with too much pressure and work well with a bit less air pressure.

    IMHO giant Fox fork tune is good and fox is usually best in the 100 to 120 fork game not so in 140 to 150mm. Have not used CTD though. My 2011 AX1 RLC is superb. Sucks up everything. My previous experience with Rs is a bit too linear and blow thru travel too easy. May have changed for 2012/ 2013?The fox still has a little squeeze out at the end so you can run them low to suck up sharp edge stuff then they just pull up at the end . Makes them feel like they have much more traevel Not a good trait with longer travel forks and inherent fork dive so you need much more pressure or comp damping which means they pull up to short or become harsh. RS is better out of the box in longer travel.
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    That's the "old" Adv 1 if I'm not mistaken. They have since discontinued that color scheme and relegated it to the Anthem 4.

    I'd still like to see a pic of your bike on the scale if you get a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    That's the "old" Adv 1 if I'm not mistaken. They have since discontinued that color scheme and relegated it to the Anthem 4.

    I'd still like to see a pic of your bike on the scale if you get a chance.
    Correct it's the one (the middle one) - forgot about the 0. I'll see what I can do about a scale pic.

    Looks like I was off by a pound on the weight.



    J/k that's my XTC Comp on the scale - the 1 adv was 24lb 13oz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ha-evolution View Post
    Correct it's the one (the middle one) - forgot about the 0. I'll see what I can do about a scale pic.

    Looks like I was off by a pound on the weight...the 1 adv was 24lb 13oz.
    Thought so. Thanks! It looks like a really nice ride. I'm curious about the wheels. Let us know how they roll!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Thought so. Thanks! It looks like a really nice ride. I'm curious about the wheels. Let us know how they roll!
    I must have been thinking of lbs owner's bike - he got a adv 2 and replaced the sram components with xtr and same slr rims his weighed just under 24.

    The wheels are great can't compare to stock as I bought the bike with the Mavics. Hubs are kind of loud but the wheels are holding up well for their weight.

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    Sorry to be nit-picky, I'm really not trying to pick a fight so I apologize in advance.

    I get really tired of people posting low bike weights on the internet without evidence to back it up. People read these posts and get unrealistic expectations of what a bike weighs, or can weigh with a few modifications and then they get upset with their dealer when we have to explain why it can't happen. I've seen it several times.

    Case in point, your bike prior to the pics and your realization (or admittance) that it was wrong. Now your LBS owners bike. There is no way it is under 24lbs with the mods you have described. Think about it. The Anthem Advanced frames are the same regardless of the level. So you and the LBS have the same wheels but his bike is 1 pound lighter than yours? Just because he put on XTR components? They are light but not that light. Pics or it didn't happen. Unless he also swapped out the very heavy, stock handlebar/stem/seatpost/saddle and lock on grips, he's still over 24lbs.

    I'm really not digging on you, just trying to clean up mis-information before it ends up in a customers hands in a google search.

    I'm giving you + rep for having an awesome bike and being passionate about it.
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    Has anyone purchased a 2013 advanced frame? I have one on layaway at my LBS and am trying to piece together the build. Couple things I am trying to plan for in advance, I so far have collected an X.0. crankset and a MRP 36T bling ring, my intent is to use a E13 XCX ST chain guide I already have. I also already have a hawk racing PF bearing set I was going to use on a different bike that never happened, the hawk comes with the spacer to run a sram spindle so think I am good there, has anyone set up their Anthem 1 x with a bling ring yet? just wondering if I need to worry about guide alignment with additional spacers or if it will be a straight forward install. I also just ordered a tapered Sid, I was worried about the overdrive 2 deal, but poked around the headset quickly while at my LBS and it appeared to be for a traditional tapered fork, is this correct? Thanks for any light that can be shed.

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    You may have to play around with the spacers in the PF BB but you should be fine. As far as the OD2 steerer...you definitely need a new steerer on your fork or you need to get a reducer head set. Not really sure where to get either. I can do some research and get back to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    You may have to play around with the spacers in the PF BB but you should be fine. As far as the OD2 steerer...you definitely need a new steerer on your fork or you need to get a reducer head set. Not really sure where to get either. I can do some research and get back to you.
    Thanks for the quick reply, I was concerned about the OD2 but did a rough test fit thru the plastic bag to a spare fork at the LBS and it apperared to be a traditional 1.125. Hoping this is the case, if not I will have to get to work on a adapter. I also noticed a oversized crown race supplied for a traditional straight steerer that leads me to believe I may be worried about nothing. Guess maybe i will stop by my LBS and unpackage the headset and put my concerns to rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Unless he also swapped out the very heavy, stock handlebar/stem/seatpost/saddle and lock on grips, he's still over 24lbs.
    Feel free to take the number with a grain of salt I'm sure he did a bunch of other mods to the bike also as he does own a bike shop. I did not ask him for a pic nor do I have a full list of mods done to his bike. I only brought up his bike because I was trying to explain how I goofed on the weight of my bike to begin with. I weighed it over six months ago when I first got it and haven't reweighed it again until yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthem1 View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply, I was concerned about the OD2 but did a rough test fit thru the plastic bag to a spare fork at the LBS and it apperared to be a traditional 1.125. Hoping this is the case, if not I will have to get to work on a adapter. I also noticed a oversized crown race supplied for a traditional straight steerer that leads me to believe I may be worried about nothing. Guess maybe i will stop by my LBS and unpackage the headset and put my concerns to rest.
    2012 framesets were sold with normal OD headsets. Should it be a OD2 headset, you can simply swap out the top headset part (ZS) and install a 1 1/8 ZS top part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapsac View Post
    2012 framesets were sold with normal OD headsets. Should it be a OD2 headset, you can simply swap out the top headset part (ZS) and install a 1 1/8 ZS top part.
    Yeah, now that I look at what I have postedI I think I have answered my own question haha. If giant supplied an additional crown race for a straight 1.125 steerer my guess is the top bearing and cap are indeed 1.125. Not to mention my lack of even finding an aftermarket OD2 steerer equipped fork. My guess is if you want OD2 at least in the near furture, you would probably have to go with a complete bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthem1 View Post
    Has anyone purchased a 2013 advanced frame? I have one on layaway at my LBS and am trying to piece together the build. Couple things I am trying to plan for in advance, I so far have collected an X.0. crankset and a MRP 36T bling ring, my intent is to use a E13 XCX ST chain guide I already have. I also already have a hawk racing PF bearing set I was going to use on a different bike that never happened, the hawk comes with the spacer to run a sram spindle so think I am good there, has anyone set up their Anthem 1 x with a bling ring yet? just wondering if I need to worry about guide alignment with additional spacers or if it will be a straight forward install. I also just ordered a tapered Sid, I was worried about the overdrive 2 deal, but poked around the headset quickly while at my LBS and it appeared to be for a traditional tapered fork, is this correct? Thanks for any light that can be shed.
    The frameset comes with the headset adapters for 1 1/8" lower and upper race so you can go with any fork .... I too went with the 1.5-1.125 to have easy stem changes. I'm considering the single front ring but am currently running 2x qrings and not sure if I want to give that up

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhbeeton View Post
    The frameset comes with the headset adapters for 1 1/8" lower and upper race so you can go with any fork .... I too went with the 1.5-1.125 to have easy stem changes. I'm considering the single front ring but am currently running 2x qrings and not sure if I want to give that up
    Its nice to have gearing options, I wanted to keep this drive train as simple, quiet and bombproof as possible. I got a sweet deal on X.0. shorty in blue on ebay for $119, think the seller still has a few left. I still have a few more pieces to pick up but hope to have the bike on the trails by February.

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    Anyone have an actual weight on a 2013 Anthem X1 29er (Aluminum)? Checked it out at the shop and felt relatively light for the price point, but never put it on the scale.

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    Dunno about X1 but 2013 alu X3 in M weighed 12.95 kg excl pedals 100% stock.
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    In the German catalogue they list the alu X3 at 13.0 kg and the alu X1 at 11.9 kg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapsac View Post
    In the German catalogue they list the X3 at 13.0 kg and the X1 at 11.9 kg.
    Nice find! Thanks!

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    Have my X3 down to 12.2kg, will post pics as soon as i am allowed..

    I still have the stock stem and saddle, which I hope mat get the bike to under 12kgs

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT5050 View Post
    Anyone have an actual weight on a 2013 Anthem X1 29er (Aluminum)? Checked it out at the shop and felt relatively light for the price point, but never put it on the scale.
    Had mine on the scale today at LBS while changing over to tubeless. 27 lbs with tubeless setup and CB eggbeaters. Everything else bone stock.

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    Right about what I thought. Not bad for a FS Aluminum 29er at that price. What frame size?

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    I suspect they base their price on what the market can handle .Here in New Zealand the price is $8900 which equates to approx $7440 US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT5050 View Post
    Right about what I thought. Not bad for a FS Aluminum 29er at that price. What frame size?
    It's a large frame. I agree, for the money I was unable to find a better deal for a brand new bike. I am still getting used to it coming of a 26" jekyll, but so far I love it and am very happy with the purchase.

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    12.21kg with pedals...

    Have changed the saddle for a Phenom, stem and seatpost will get changed soon also... Maybe Kashima suspensions also...

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    What are the differences between the 2012 Anthem X 29 and the 2013?

    What are the important differences between the two?

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    There are different models of Anthem X29 and they only vary in component spec. It is the same between the year models. There weren't any changes to the frame.
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    I have strongly been considering the Anthem X29 as well. I have struggled deciding where the best bang for my buck is. I struggle with the idea of over buying and under buying for that matter. Looking at a 3,000 dollar budget, where do you think my best use of dollars are in the giant anthem line up. Nicer aluminum bike, or maybe a lesser carbon bike, or not sure. I ride a couple times a week at my local trail for a workout, and I plan larger rides on my weekends. I don't see a lot of serious racing in the future, but I like to push myself. I will probably do some large organized rides and maybe an adventure race that includes some biking. My objective is a nice ride, easily maintained, and something that will last longer than I want it to. I get lost in which groupsets are best for a guy like myself. I test rode a complete xt bike, and I was pretty impressed. Currently, I ride a hard tail 29er trek sram bike. Beyond the weekend warrior, but not racing everyweekend. Where would you spend your money in the anthem line up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    There are different models of Anthem X29 and they only vary in component spec. It is the same between the year models. There weren't any changes to the frame.
    Right. I was just wondering if somebody had gone over the parts specs differences and determined what was better or worse between models. I was kind of hoping to have the option of trying a 1 x drivetrain using the Gen Lee adapter with an SRAM cassette, although you need a different crank or at least a different chainring, and with the 2013 Anthem X 29'er they don't have SRAM. The X9 works better with the Gen Lee adapter. Oh well. Just a parts swap/sell away either way...lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCollarBulldog View Post
    I have strongly been considering the Anthem X29 as well. I have struggled deciding where the best bang for my buck is. I struggle with the idea of over buying and under buying for that matter. Looking at a 3,000 dollar budget, where do you think my best use of dollars are in the giant anthem line up. Nicer aluminum bike, or maybe a lesser carbon bike, or not sure. I ride a couple times a week at my local trail for a workout, and I plan larger rides on my weekends. I don't see a lot of serious racing in the future, but I like to push myself. I will probably do some large organized rides and maybe an adventure race that includes some biking. My objective is a nice ride, easily maintained, and something that will last longer than I want it to. I get lost in which groupsets are best for a guy like myself. I test rode a complete xt bike, and I was pretty impressed. Currently, I ride a hard tail 29er trek sram bike. Beyond the weekend warrior, but not racing everyweekend. Where would you spend your money in the anthem line up?
    I think this is an easy decision. For general trail riding with maybe a little racing or endurance rides, I would go with the Anthem X 1, the top AL model. Everything on the build is pretty solid. The SLX drivetrain is great and the Fox suspension works well and is nice and plush. For $2875, it's a steal.

    I have an Anthem X Advanced 1 and my buddy has the Anthem X 1. His bike is only about 1 pound heavier than mine (with an Arch EX wheelset on his bike) and is a little more plush with the Fox bits.

    His Avid brakes have been great (read: quiet) and for $500, you can get yourself a nice, light wheelset.

    The Anthem X Advanced 2, in my opinion, isn't as great a value. You get lower end SRAM bits, still have Avid brakes and the heavy wheelset, and the carbon frame, while stiff as hell, only saves you a few hundred grams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morkys View Post
    What are the differences between the 2012 Anthem X 29 and the 2013?

    What are the important differences between the two?
    Giant lists archived models on their website. Shouldn't be difficult to pull up a 2012 and a 2013 on your screen and compare them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morkys View Post
    What are the differences between the 2012 Anthem X 29 and the 2013?

    What are the important differences between the two?
    If you compare the Anthem 29er X1 2012 vs 2013, the suspension went to Fox CTD, the drivetrain went from SRAM with a 26/39 crankset to Shimano with a 24/38 crankset (resulting in the lower gearing which is better for climbing) and cable guides for a dropper post on the frame were added.

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    Wow! Either you all have money growing on trees, 6 to 7 thousand dollars a pop for a high end bike is a lot of mula. Anyways, my LBS sales those bikes mention on this thread, for about a little bit over half the cost. If, I'm not mistaken the Anthem X sl 0 was between 3 and 4 grand. But, then again it all comes to the love of riding and enjoying the great out doors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inochi View Post
    Wow! Either you all have money growing on trees, 6 to 7 thousand dollars a pop for a high end bike is a lot of mula. Anyways, my LBS sales those bikes mention on this thread, for about a little bit over half the cost. If, I'm not mistaken the Anthem X sl 0 was between 3 and 4 grand. But, then again it all comes to the love of riding and enjoying the great out doors.
    ? Pretty confused. Uh, What?
    I'm a mountain bike guide in southwest Utah

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    Trying to decide between the 2013 aluminum AX 29'er 1 or the 2.

    What are the big differences?
    Weight? Components? A bit of both?
    Is it worth getting the X1 or could I get the X2 now to save a few bucks and spend money over time to lighten/improve it? Or should I bite the bullet and get the X1?

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    I finally jumped in. The AX1 29'er felt lighter than the X2 and components seemed better and worth it, so I picked this up at the Toronto Spring Bicycle show today. 29'er here I come

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    Less expensive (after factoring in my shock upgrades on the Brodie) and yet the Giant is abt 2 LBS lighter than my 2008 Brodie Mettle 26" FS bike...with xtr spd pedals and a few sessions of stepping on and off a pretty accurate bathroom scale with and without my bicycles, I came up with 27.6 LBS for the Giant AX1 29'er. My Brodie is 29.5.

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    Lily inspects the bike for contraband and other danger by sniffing.

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    The only thing I don't like about the 2013 AX1 is the paint job. Is it better in person?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strangedezign View Post
    The only thing I don't like about the 2013 AX1 is the paint job. Is it better in person?
    Thank-fully, yes, it is better in person. It does look sharp. The website picture doesn't do it justice. I would much prefer the beautiful blue AX1 29'er colour in other regions, but in Canada we get the above. Still, it looks very slick and clean and the yellow accents are excellent. If it weren't for the yellow accents, I would think it bland. I was thinking of trying to source a foreign market blue model but I bought this one at the Toronto bicycle show at a sale price now so I'm ready to ride in a month or two, so, I compromised my colour choice a bit.
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    Very nice and congrats on the new ride. You've got a fun summer ahead of you!
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    Thanks. Yes, I can't wait. Look out Durham Forest, Greenwood and Don Valley...here I come

    P.S. BTW, is anybody with a 2013 Anthem X 29'er with FOX CTD installing the remote lever? I read comments that they are a bit on the large side but it still could be handy to have. Not essential, but handy.
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