Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 100 of 258

Thread: Anthem x.......

  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    419

    Anthem x.......

    Hey, just picked up a copy of Mountain biking australia. They have a small photo of the new anthem x. Shock now seems to be mounted vertically like the trance / reign, but no swoopy hydoformed tubes. Unlike the new trance / reign frames, all the tubes seem fairly straight.

    Its only a small photo, but Giant seem to have some weird arse colour coordinating thing going on with the fork lowers and crown being a light blue colour, as well as the front half of the steerer tube in the same colour. Oh and a white seat and grips.

    The small write up mentions the frame is a little over 100 grams lighter than the previous model. Looks like they will also be doing a full review in the next issue, Nov / Dec / Jan.

    Sorry dont have a scanner, so cant show you the photo.

    Cheers

  2. #2
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    Don't worry about the colours. It's not a production bike (yet.)

    The fork pictures sounds like the latest Rock Shox SID world cup.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  3. #3
    X-Ray Guy
    Reputation: Jawz's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    320
    ugh just a tease without pictures...

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by sicwombat
    Hey, just picked up a copy of Mountain biking australia. They have a small photo of the new anthem x. Shock now seems to be mounted vertically like the trance / reign, but no swoopy hydoformed tubes. Unlike the new trance / reign frames, all the tubes seem fairly straight.

    Its only a small photo, but Giant seem to have some weird arse colour coordinating thing going on with the fork lowers and crown being a light blue colour, as well as the front half of the steerer tube in the same colour. Oh and a white seat and grips.

    The small write up mentions the frame is a little over 100 grams lighter than the previous model. Looks like they will also be doing a full review in the next issue, Nov / Dec / Jan.

    Sorry dont have a scanner, so cant show you the photo.

    Cheers
    Did you check on here before posting, what you describe has already been posted here.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=434137

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    419
    Oh yeah, didnt see that. Although the picture in the magazine, although small, shows the whole bike.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by Benno
    Try my above link, there are a few shots but not the whole bikeÖ

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22

  9. #9
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    Quote Originally Posted by got beer?
    SWEET! I like it.

    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    41
    What's on the front end of that orange thing?

  11. #11
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121

    The new...

    Quote Originally Posted by Notahammer
    What's on the front end of that orange thing?
    ...Rock Shox SID.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation: NJ-XC-Justin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    1,068
    Wow, it looks great! I was worried. The black with blue looks killer. I think the orange would have looked better with a white bottom instead of the gray. Or maybe a richer gray. But I think i like it on the XO. sweet.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    I think it is Orange and Brushed Aluminum

  14. #14
    X-Ray Guy
    Reputation: Jawz's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    320
    the black and blue is on my shopping list for next year

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: NJ-XC-Justin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    1,068
    Quote Originally Posted by Jawz
    the black and blue is on my shopping list for next year
    We might not get those colors in the US. Shame, the black/blue kicks ass.

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    439

    Mont St. Anne

    Anyone get pictures of Craig's bike there?

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012



  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    62
    Nice paint jobs, but they bike looks the same as last yr in terms of frame etc

    Pretty disappointing to me.

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    09 stumpjumper isnt getting much upgrades this year.lucky giant anthem is...as it pretty much justify with the 15% hike.but i still find the current model nicer

  20. #20
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    791
    I love my '07 anthem frame. I don't see a need to change so soon.

  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    28
    Hi there - good work on the 09 Anthem X pics.

    Does any one know if the maestro suspension design is the same between current and new 09 anthem - ie the only real difference between the current and 09 frame the 09 vertical shock design and travel increase and no change to the suspension dynamics/wheel path with possble weight reductions.

    I am nervous I may need to trade my 07 white anthem 0 on the new 09 if the maestro system has been improved.

    Thanks

    B

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwibert
    Hi there - good work on the 09 Anthem X pics.

    Does any one know if the maestro suspension design is the same between current and new 09 anthem - ie the only real difference between the current and 09 frame the 09 vertical shock design and travel increase and no change to the suspension dynamics/wheel path with possble weight reductions.

    I am nervous I may need to trade my 07 white anthem 0 on the new 09 if the maestro system has been improved.

    Thanks

    B
    i dont really think there is any change in the masetro suspension system.i might be wrong.but from what i see....it remains the same

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    I'm sure it has been changed slightly now that they are using the lower shock mount and lower pivot as the same mounting point (for weight savings). Whether or not it is an improvement is probably a matter of opinion.

  24. #24
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    16
    Hi All,

    I have seen the Oz bike magazine as well, but the question is why did Giant do a 90 degrees turn on the Anthem and flip the horizontal rear sus to vertical?

    Did the Giant designers wake up one day and realised that the world is not flat, but round and threw the original horizontal sus design into the rubbish bin and say, hey folks we made a mistake, vertical sus is the way to go......but what about the previous years of Anthems that we are riding? Is there any design fault in them? less efficient then the vertical sus? why the sudden about turn?

  25. #25
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    Quote Originally Posted by lattner
    Hi All,

    I have seen the Oz bike magazine as well, but the question is why did Giant do a 90 degrees turn on the Anthem and flip the horizontal rear sus to vertical?

    Did the Giant designers wake up one day and realised that the world is not flat, but round and threw the original horizontal sus design into the rubbish bin and say, hey folks we made a mistake, vertical sus is the way to go......but what about the previous years of Anthems that we are riding? Is there any design fault in them? less efficient then the vertical sus? why the sudden about turn?
    I don't know if the leverage ratio curve is much different, or if it is the same, but the change might just be for "style" or simply "change" to keep the line "fresh." There will be magazines which will review the new design, and bring more attention to the bike.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  26. #26
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    439
    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I don't know if the leverage ratio curve is much different, or if it is the same, but the change might just be for "style" or simply "change" to keep the line "fresh." There will be magazines which will review the new design, and bring more attention to the bike.
    The co-pivot presumably reduces weight (It did on the Trance and Reign.) as Benno mentioned, and the repositioning of the shock was probably necessary to eke out that extra 1/2" of travel, and potentially to tweak leverages.

  27. #27
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    82
    I am interested to see what the rear shock positioning change does to the travel but one thing I notice is I will be able to get my water bottle in and out easier.

  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by SoloSteve
    I am interested to see what the rear shock positioning change does to the travel but one thing I notice is I will be able to get my water bottle in and out easier.
    And shoulder the bike easier which is useful in races and where I live.

  29. #29
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    791
    Quote Originally Posted by lattner
    ......but what about the previous years of Anthems that we are riding? Is there any design fault in them? less efficient then the vertical sus? why the sudden about turn?
    There's absolutely no problem with the current anthem. I find it to be a perfect combination of plushness and efficiency. Mine weighs about 23.5 lbs and will be at 23 lbs with a few more tweaks. It makes a great xc and endurance bike. No problems here.


  30. #30
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    16
    Hi All,

    Don't get me wrong, I love my Anthem bike as well, but when the Anthem bike 1st came out it was to replace the NRS. The NRS itself has a vertical shock, so we have a vertical replace by a horizontal, no idea whats going on there either and now it seems that Giant has done another U-turn.

    There has been comparison done in this forum between the Anthem and NRS and now it seems that Giant has made the decision which shock position is preferred.

    If this is a marketing ploy, why break the Anthem line? Can't there just give it a new series, rather then Anthem 09?

  31. #31
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    i think people are getting too hung up on the vertical vs. horizontal orientation of the shock.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  32. #32
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    Quote Originally Posted by EGF168
    And shoulder the bike easier which is useful in races and where I live.

    I dunno the Anthem is pretty good for this. Just grab the shock with your hand and rest the nose of the saddle on your shoulder. Only problem is it doesnt lift the bike up super high but it's perfect for girly men such as myself.

  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation: CRogge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    291
    General shock orientation has absolutely nothing to do with suspension behavior. It is all in the linkage and pivot point geometry and how they activate the shock.
    Ride More

  34. #34
    mtbr member
    Reputation: CRogge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    291
    Is anybody else hoping that the Anthem X colors we are seeing on the Russian website aren't the colors we will be getting here in the US? I was planning on buying and Anthem X at the 1 or 0 level, but I just don't know about the orange or the baby blue.
    Ride More

  35. #35
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    183
    How does the new cable routing on the down tube affect placing water bottle holders?

    Can't remember ever seeing that kind of routing on a bike before but to my mind a holder would interfere unless it was designed specially??

    Or am I way off?

    Personally I could care less about shock position as long as the bikes goes fast and looks like it goes fast so can't wait to see these guys in the flesh.

    Although the new SID does not look very cool. Give me a white FOX RLC anyday.

  36. #36
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    16
    Hi All,

    Don't get me wrong, I love my Anthem bike as well, but when the Anthem bike 1st came out it was to replace the NRS. The NRS itself has a vertical shock, so we have a vertical replace by a horizontal, no idea whats going on there either and now it seems that Giant has done another U-turn.

    There has been comparison done in this forum between the Anthem and NRS and now it seems that Giant has made the decision which shock position is preferred.

    If this is a marketing ploy, why break the Anthem line? Can't there just give it a new series, rather then Anthem 09?

  37. #37
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    Quote Originally Posted by lattner
    Hi All,

    Don't get me wrong, I love my Anthem bike as well, but when the Anthem bike 1st came out it was to replace the NRS. The NRS itself has a vertical shock, so we have a vertical replace by a horizontal, no idea whats going on there either and now it seems that Giant has done another U-turn.

    There has been comparison done in this forum between the Anthem and NRS and now it seems that Giant has made the decision which shock position is preferred.

    If this is a marketing ploy, why break the Anthem line? Can't there just give it a new series, rather then Anthem 09?
    dude, you made the same post an hour ago.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  38. #38
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    Quote Originally Posted by CRogge
    General shock orientation has absolutely nothing to do with suspension behavior. It is all in the linkage and pivot point geometry and how they activate the shock.

    good knowledge

  39. #39
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by gixer7
    How does the new cable routing on the down tube affect placing water bottle holders?

    Can't remember ever seeing that kind of routing on a bike before but to my mind a holder would interfere unless it was designed specially??
    They must have designed the cable routing so you can get a bottle cage in between the RD and brake cable, otherwise it wouldnít be there. Thereís also a second bottle cage mount nr the BB on the down tube as well as the top of the down tube, somehow I donít see the onboard beverage system being a problem.

    As far as cable routing goes, I think Giant has some of the best, they seal some positions where mud/water would run down and generally keep them out of the way unlike Specialized and others who run them on the down tube and under the BB so they get covered in mud, the cables only last 4 weeks if not properly sealed and it really scratches up the down tube.

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    Giant have been using that cable routing on all of their bikes since 2007. As for the similarities between the Anthem X and NRS............are you kidding?

  41. #41
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    Quote Originally Posted by Benno
    As for the similarities between the Anthem X and NRS............are you kidding?
    Yeah, saying they made the X more like the NRS is hardly an accurate statement.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  42. #42
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by Benno
    I dunno the Anthem is pretty good for this. Just grab the shock with your hand and rest the nose of the saddle on your shoulder. Only problem is it doesnt lift the bike up super high but it's perfect for girly men such as myself.
    Really? I hadnít tried it that way on the Anthem, with my (size LG) Trance I put my arm through the front triangle and shoulder the top tube using my hand to take a bit of the weight off which is something that is not possible on most other bikes.


  43. #43
    mtbr member
    Reputation: farmertan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    669
    Quote Originally Posted by EGF168
    Really? I hadnít tried it that way on the Anthem, with my (size LG) Trance I put my arm through the front triangle and shoulder the top tube using my hand to take a bit of the weight off which is something that is not possible on most other bikes.
    Hey EGF168, just curious, what does your Trance weigh the way it's built?

  44. #44
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by farmertan
    Hey EGF168, just curious, what does your Trance weigh the way it's built?
    About 27lbs with heavy flat pedals, sadly I have 2 weighing scales, one says 29lbs the other says 23lbs so I need to get some new digital scales but it feels pretty light to me.

    The stock Trance 1 weighs 26.41 in size M.

  45. #45
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    413
    Anthem X is all about streamlining the mtb line up. Most riders are not hard core XC racers. They want a light, plush XC bike with 100mm travel front and rear....thats what the Anthem X is. You get 20mm more travel and a more plush feel with no increase in weight.

    I bought a Trance X2 and now I wish I had waited for the AnthemX since it will certianly be quicker handling and be almost as plush.

  46. #46
    mtbr member
    Reputation: CRogge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    291

    I think I'll build mine...

    Like this (except with XT brakes on the front too! Sorry, lame photoshop attempt)
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ride More

  47. #47
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    Quote Originally Posted by formulaone33
    Anthem X is all about streamlining the mtb line up. Most riders are not hard core XC racers. They want a light, plush XC bike with 100mm travel front and rear....thats what the Anthem X is. You get 20mm more travel and a more plush feel with no increase in weight.

    I bought a Trance X2 and now I wish I had waited for the AnthemX since it will certianly be quicker handling and be almost as plush.

    i got my ANTHEM team w/ rp23 shock with float 100rlc in the front.its much better feel this way.

  48. #48
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    439
    I'm more than slightly embarrassed to post this video I found in another thread--it (and it's music) is terrible--but it contains some shots of the Anthem X.

    http://www.kmtb.com/bbs/zboard.php?i...egory=1&no=218

  49. #49
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by perioeci
    I'm more than slightly embarrassed to post this video I found in another thread--it (and it's music) is terrible--but it contains some shots of the Anthem X.

    http://www.kmtb.com/bbs/zboard.php?i...egory=1&no=218
    In all fairness the video is actually pretty good quality, it was just the idiot in charge of backing music.

    I heard Craig was doing wheelies everywhere on the Anthem X at that race, sounds like heís having fun on it.

  50. #50
    Closeburn
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    20
    Quote Originally Posted by perioeci
    I'm more than slightly embarrassed to post this video I found in another thread--it (and it's music) is terrible--but it contains some shots of the Anthem X.

    http://www.kmtb.com/bbs/zboard.php?i...egory=1&no=218

    Thanks Mate great viid, old school style not current world cup golf course groomed, no personailty.....I was waiting for Jonny T and Ned to start doing battle
    "While I breath I attack'
    Eddy Merckx

  51. #51
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    I still prefer the original Anthem shock mount (love the picture yater, you really make the Anthem look like one fast and beautiful racehorse), I hope the original Anthem stays the same and only the X series got the vertical shock treatment.

    But you guys are right, how would Giant be able to fit 1/2 inch into the current Anthem design. But honestly, because of the vertical shock mount and straight tubes, the Anthem X looks kinda the same as other bikes, the horizontal shock mount really make the Anthem stand out in the crowd despite the classic straight tubes.

    Anyway, one thing for sure is Giant wont win any design award for the 09 XC Category because the new 09 Epic looks awesome!. 09 Top Fuel (carbon) is another Epic contender but if you compare Top Fuel aluminum, I guess its the worst looking one among the three.

    P.S: Thank goodness Giant got their paint right for the 09 Anthem X, the color combination looks better then the current one and I love the Horizontal Giant tag instead of their logo cause my shiny silver Giant logo is starting to chip off, now Im thinking if I should just pry out the logo and only leave the emboss of it or not.
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  52. #52
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    the horizontal shock mount really make the Anthem stand out in the crowd despite the classic straight tubes.
    The anthem IS the crowd. You can't throw a stick at an XC race without hitting at least three anthems before it falls to the ground.

    Personally, I like a more traditional look. To me the new Fuel looks ugly. In the end, looks don't mean $#!+ though.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  53. #53
    illuminator82
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    251
    lower shock mount for:
    1 more travel; dont think giant could get it to 4"+ the way it stands now
    lower COG; equal better handling
    maybe changed the leverage ratios
    more water bottle mounts

    it is a way better design than the trek ripped dw pivot bike
    and specy- sheesh if they can get their shocks to hold air, maybe, just maybe...nahhhh

    as long as front fork has lockout this one has me written all over it...lol

  54. #54
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    84
    I just picked up the most recent copy of MB Action and Giant already has Anthem X adds in it. My local shop still doesn't have a clue as to availability though.

  55. #55
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    127
    anyone have the geometry numbers for the X?

  56. #56
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    Quote Originally Posted by brook_63@yahoo.com
    lower shock mount for:
    1 more travel; dont think giant could get it to 4"+ the way it stands now
    lower COG; equal better handling
    maybe changed the leverage ratios
    more water bottle mounts

    it is a way better design than the trek ripped dw pivot bike
    and specy- sheesh if they can get their shocks to hold air, maybe, just maybe...nahhhh

    as long as front fork has lockout this one has me written all over it...lol
    i like the way you pointed out the weakness....haha.....

  57. #57
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    I still prefer the original Anthem shock mount (love the picture yater, you really make the Anthem look like one fast and beautiful racehorse), I hope the original Anthem stays the same and only the X series got the vertical shock treatment.

    But you guys are right, how would Giant be able to fit 1/2 inch into the current Anthem design. But honestly, because of the vertical shock mount and straight tubes, the Anthem X looks kinda the same as other bikes, the horizontal shock mount really make the Anthem stand out in the crowd despite the classic straight tubes.

    Anyway, one thing for sure is Giant wont win any design award for the 09 XC Category because the new 09 Epic looks awesome!. 09 Top Fuel (carbon) is another Epic contender but if you compare Top Fuel aluminum, I guess its the worst looking one among the three.

    P.S: Thank goodness Giant got their paint right for the 09 Anthem X, the color combination looks better then the current one and I love the Horizontal Giant tag instead of their logo cause my shiny silver Giant logo is starting to chip off, now Im thinking if I should just pry out the logo and only leave the emboss of it or not.

    hey i agree that the horizontal shock mount design is far fiercer and faster looking.

  58. #58
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by mereel
    anyone have the geometry numbers for the X?
    Anyone? Anybody? Geometry? Would love to read a 70 degree head angle. Anybody know how the Anthem X's will be priced?

  59. #59
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    439
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnMarshall
    Anyone? Anybody? Geometry? Would love to read a 70 degree head angle. Anybody know how the Anthem X's will be priced?
    70.5 would be nice, 70 even better. I'm personally hoping for a slightly longer top tube or steeper seat tube on the medium, but I'm sure it's unlikely.

  60. #60
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gambo2166's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    394
    The 3 is in stock now at Giant. Im on my way to pick mine up at UPS now..

  61. #61
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gambo2166's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    394
    I got it in my hands... The frame with headset cups in is 5.1lbs the finish looks great. Cant wait to hang all my XTR on this and ride it sunday!!

    I will post pics later tonight

    here a little info on the new bike..
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/news/12744/

  62. #62
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    439
    Pictures now! Measure the effective top tube!

    Very cool, what size?

    Quote Originally Posted by gambo2166
    I got it in my hands... The frame with headset cups in is 5.1lbs the finish looks great. Cant wait to hang all my XTR on this and ride it sunday!!

    I will post pics later tonight

    here a little info on the new bike..
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/news/12744/

  63. #63
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    anyone with the latest mountain biking australia?scan a copy of giant anthemX reviews for us here man....

  64. #64
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by gambo2166
    I got it in my hands... The frame with headset cups in is 5.1lbs the finish looks great. Cant wait to hang all my XTR on this and ride it sunday!!

    I will post pics later tonight

    here a little info on the new bike..
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/news/12744/
    nice gambo. can't wait to read your impressions...

    How did you get it shipped to you from Giant?

  65. #65
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gambo2166's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    394
    Ok I got some pics. Bike built is 23.8 super sweet bike..

    To answer your question JohnMarshall I work at a Giant Dealer..
    Attached Images Attached Images

  66. #66
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    wow, that is sweet, a 10 kg bike, and by looking at the components, there are still room to make it lighter, well I guess it does look good in real picture.

    Giant seriously need to hire a good photographer because their bike pics make their bikes look ugly.
    Remember Trance X anyone?

    Can't wait to see how does Trance X advanced will be
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  67. #67
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gambo2166's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    394
    Its far from full race trim, Im thinkin sub 22 lbs easy.. Cant wait to ride it tomarrow..

  68. #68
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    23
    What size of the frame?

  69. #69
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gambo2166's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    394
    18 inch M

  70. #70
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Franco94's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    128

    Great looking bike

    What's the bottom bracket situation - has Giant gone to BB30 this year?

  71. #71
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by gambo2166
    Ok I got some pics. Bike built is 23.8 super sweet bike..

    To answer your question JohnMarshall I work at a Giant Dealer..
    Thank you Gambo.... that is one sexy bike you've built.

    Have you ridden it yet? How does it feel?

    I'm anxious to have my own X3.


  72. #72
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by Franco94
    What's the bottom bracket situation - has Giant gone to BB30 this year?
    Nope, just a standard BB size, you rarely see anything apart from Race Face and Shimano crankset/BB on Giant FS bikes and both of them donít support BB30 yet.

    Cool bike gambo, look forward to hearing what you think of the ride.

  73. #73
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    What's the bottom bracket situation - has Giant gone to BB30 this year?
    Nope
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  74. #74
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    Giant seriously need to hire a good photographer because their bike pics make their bikes look ugly.

    Remember Trance X anyone?
    Some other manufacturers take photos of the bikes in size large rather the size medium Giant uses, it makes the bike look more balanced and of course the simple fat is that my dads medium Trance X looks ugly in some of my photos but looks better in person, maybe Giantís just arenít photogenic from some angles and in some sizes.

  75. #75
    mtbr member
    Reputation: craign's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    160
    What's the head angle like with the 100m fork?

    Thinking about getting a frame somehow to replace my 07 Trance frame. Wonder if they'll be available frame only? Maybe not here in Aus, but probably in the US?

    It'd lose me at least 1.5 pounds...

  76. #76
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    169
    one impression,nice weight,nice Trail-looking-build

  77. #77
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    Any chance we will be seeing Anthem X in the Olympics?
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  78. #78
    mtbr member
    Reputation: NJ-XC-Justin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    1,068
    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    Any chance we will be seeing Anthem X in the Olympics?
    I highly doubt it given the course's tech-free build. And Adam had them rush the uber-light carbon HT in time for this race. Probably won't be a dualie within sight.

  79. #79
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    Any chance we will be seeing Anthem X in the Olympics?
    I think both Oli and Adam are riding the new XTC hardtails, there will be a feature in MBUK about Oliís XTC after the games...

  80. #80
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    211
    an other pic of the anthem x

    /sorry for its quality and size/


  81. #81
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by NJ-XC-Justin
    Probably won't be a dualie within sight.
    Well what to we have here, technically is itís a dualie although itís running the zero pivot rear suspensionÖ


  82. #82
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    Oh yeah there will definitely be duallies at the olympics. Specialized, Scott, and Cannondale.
    And isn't that "technically" a soft tail?

  83. #83
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by Benno
    Oh yeah there will definitely be duallies at the olympics. Specialized, Scott, and Cannondale.
    And isn't that "technically" a soft tail?
    Oops my bad, I forgot there were such things as soft tails but zero pivot is just Cannondaleís name for it.

  84. #84
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    Oh yeah there will definitely be duallies at the olympics. Specialized, Scott, and Cannondale.
    I hope so, I want to see the new ones!!!, Im quite sure Sauser will be riding a full sus.
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  85. #85
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    198
    I havnt' ridden too many dualies, but I can't understand how a 3.5" travel bike could be much different than a 4"?
    Anyways, I'm going to continue to race next year and I'm looking for comfort. Giant has a Demo Day in Nashville, IN., ( 240 miles west of me!) in October, but are only offering the 3.5" travel Anthem there to ride.

  86. #86
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    Well most riders wont feel it but some will especially those riders who are very picky on the geometry or weight or travel.
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  87. #87
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    979
    I think the biggest difference in feel, for those that owned a previous generation anthem, will be the 100mm fork. It would be nice to see a real head angle spec on the new frame. I'd like to see an anthem with (like old gen) 72deg HA and 100mm fork.

  88. #88
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by rfxc
    I think the biggest difference in feel, for those that owned a previous generation anthem, will be the 100mm fork. It would be nice to see a real head angle spec on the new frame. I'd like to see an anthem with (like old gen) 72deg HA and 100mm fork.
    That’s one of the things that really annoys me, Orange has a new bike called the ST4 somehow they have managed to make it just as fast as the Anthem but with a seriously slack head angle that allows it to just plough through everything, the Anthem X on the other hand with very steep angles is going to dig into the bumps, slow me down and try to pitch me over the front on the rough stuff, that’s the only reason I’m not riding the first generation Anthem now and will most likely be the reason I stick with Trance over the Anthem X. I really want the Anthem X but if they keep the same angles the suspension will dive into bumps where I ride even worse with 4in travel.
    Last edited by EGF168; 08-13-2008 at 05:42 AM.

  89. #89
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    Yeah but they steer so fast I love them. I am not a big fan of slack HTA. I am sure that Craig specified a pretty steep HTA. He keeps the bikes racer friendly
    Oh yeah steep HTA also means longer top tube with shorter wheelbase.
    I predict the Anthem X HTA will be 71 degrees.

  90. #90
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by Benno
    Yeah but they steer so fast I love them. I am not a big fan of slack HTA. I am sure that Craig specified a pretty steep HTA. He keeps the bikes racer friendly
    Oh yeah steep HTA also means longer top tube with shorter wheelbase.
    I predict the Anthem X HTA will be 71 degrees.
    Iíll make sure I find somewhere to test one to find out though, unfortunately my main Giant dealer swears heís never sold an Anthem so he might not get them in.

  91. #91
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gambo2166's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    394
    Cant sell them if you dont have them

  92. #92
    mtbr member
    Reputation: EGF168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    3,419
    Quote Originally Posted by gambo2166
    Cant sell them if you dont have them
    Perfectly true, hopefully Jackie will be doing the bike ordering for 09 cos Iíve got a feeling if it was up to Simon there would be nothing with under 6in travel.

  93. #93
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    127
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-AU/...in/2333/32050/

    Giant AU has updated their site with the X including spec and geometry
    71 head angle for those placing bets

  94. #94
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,121
    Quote Originally Posted by mereel
    71 head angle for those placing bets
    i approve.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

  95. #95
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    Quote Originally Posted by Benno
    Yeah but they steer so fast I love them. I am not a big fan of slack HTA. I am sure that Craig specified a pretty steep HTA. He keeps the bikes racer friendly
    Oh yeah steep HTA also means longer top tube with shorter wheelbase.
    I predict the Anthem X HTA will be 71 degrees.


    Ahem

  96. #96
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    I really doubt we'll get the Anthem X LTD.........much to my dismay.

  97. #97
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    198
    So, Benno, is the Anthem X going to be your race machine next year?

    Excuse me if I'm a bit lost here everyone, but has the 3.5" in Anthem been discontinued??

  98. #98
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    Excuse me if I'm a bit lost here everyone, but has the 3.5" in Anthem been discontinued??
    Nah, I don't think so, in the future maybe, but right now its a high probability the answer is no.
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  99. #99
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Benno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    Yes to Anthem X for me. I was actually gonna race a Trance Advanced this year but there was a mix up after I foolishly ordered a bike from another company that never arrived. At the last minute I picked up another Anthem Advanced cause it happened to be in stock and I didn't have time to get the Trance and switch over the parts I wanted. So long story short, I want more travel

  100. #100
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    198
    I talked to my guy at the LBS the other day. He said that the Anthem X 2 is pretty much XT spec'd, and I like XT stuff. Sounds like the whelset isn't anything special ... I'll build a set with XTR hubs and Stans' rims. Fox RL fork (but no real adjustability with the compression on that one, right, Benno?). Also the RP2 shock.
    Anywho, he quoted $2900.00 US for that particular bike, but also mentioned he might be getting into a different pricing "tier" in the next couple weeks, and that I might be able to get the bike for a bit less than the original quote.

    I'd still like to check out the 3.5" Anthem as well.

    Looks like my Fisher Xcaliber 29er is going to be my gravel road bike soon.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •