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    Anthem 27.5" Advanced 1 Setup

    Sharing my experience with the Anthem for those considering to buy or set up a new one.

    Medium Frame

    Pre-gear weight - 180 lbs
    Height - 5' 8"
    Inseam - 29"

    Front fork - 90-95 psi, 15mm Sag, Trail mode, stock rebound
    Rear shock - 155-160 psi, 10 mm Sag, Trail mode, stock rebound

    Tire pressure (tubeless) - 27-28 psi front & rear

    Bar length - 710 mm (cut)

    Headset Spacers - Two of the bigger spacers (Still experimenting though)

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    was going to say the front fork psi was high, but you must prefer a firmer setup.

    but cheers for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifuge View Post
    was going to say the front fork psi was high, but you must prefer a firmer setup.

    but cheers for the info.
    Normally, I run about 80 psi in my Burner fork (150mm) to get 25% sag. This fork just took more pressure to reach the sag suggestion of 15mm.

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    wonder why suggestion is 15%... i've not heard of that before

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    This is one of 5 bikes I am considering. The other 4 are Ibis HDR-650, Ibis Ripley, Yeti SB75 or Yeti SB95. Can you give me some ride details and maybe a quick review?

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    I've ridden some of the XC race bikes (Scalpel, Jet 9, Anthem 29, Epic) and own a trail bike (Turner Burner). The Anthem 27.5 is definitely closer to a trail bike than a XC bike. Firm suspension, but nothing unreasonable for the rocks and roots of OH. In terms of handling, it's not twitchy like of the pure XC bikes. It's descends very well and is very confident inspiring. The only limiting factor seemed to be the tires & rider.

    Hope this helps,

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    Quote Originally Posted by edbraunbeck View Post
    I've ridden some of the XC race bikes (Scalpel, Jet 9, Anthem 29, Epic) and own a trail bike (Turner Burner). The Anthem 27.5 is definitely closer to a trail bike than a XC bike. Firm suspension, but nothing unreasonable for the rocks and roots of OH. In terms of handling, it's not twitchy like of the pure XC bikes. It's descends very well and is very confident inspiring. The only limiting factor seemed to be the tires & rider.

    Hope this helps,
    That helps a lot. I also heard it weighs around 25 lbs which is a huge bonus.

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    Small Anthem Advanced 1, no pedals, standard build, at the shop:

    24 lbs 11 ozs.
    I don't rattle.

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    Finally got mine today. Got a huge discount because I waited for so long. 24.14 pounds for my medium frame, out of the box build, also no pedals.

    Will weigh her again tomorrow after I swap on my XT cassette and cut the steerer tube down a bit. I'm also 180 pounds geared up, so I'm going to start with the suggested 80 pounds in the front fork. Still looking for how much to put in the shock. I guess I'll go with the sag method after I put some pedals on here.

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    Sounds to me that your fork set up is high and the rear is low, I weight 175 and run 180 psi in the rear shock with 20% sag, how do you get 180lbs with 160 psi with 10mm of sag?
    btw, I ride a 29er Anthem Advanced.
    2013 Anthem Advanced 29er
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    Raced for Mongoose Bikes from Alum,Carbon to TI.
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    Just got mine on Wednesday. Size large 23.14 lbs with pedals. I'm 6'1" 200 lbs. It's set up with a 1 X 10. Xx rear cassette, X0 short cage rd, X0 trigger shifter, niner rd carbon bar, esi grips, km ti chain, shimano xt pedals, carbon water bottle cage. Still playing with stem height and going to switch to a Thomson seat post.
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