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    Custom Anthem X 29ers...

    Let's see those customizations or Anthem X builds!

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    Here is mine:

    Frame: Anthem X 29 2012 size XL
    Fork: RockShox Reba RLT with pushloc
    Wheels: NoTubes Arch EX + DT Swiss 350 + DT Swiss Supercomp
    Tyres: Rocket Ron 2.25 & Racing Ralph 2.1 (tubeless)
    Cranks: Shimano XT 36/28
    Bar: Easton Haven carbon
    Shifters: SRAM X.0 Gripshift
    Brakes: Formula R1 160mm/160mm
    Stem: RaceFace 70 mm
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.9
    Cassette: Shimano XT 11-34
    Pedals: Shimano XTR
    Saddle: Selle Italia XLR XC
    Seatpost: RockShox Reverb
    Grips: ODI
    Chain: KMC 9-speed

    weight: 25.2 lb
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    I built this for my fiance. This baby is 26.1 pounds.

    It's a 2013 Anthem X women's edition with Monarch RT.

    Fox F29 RLC 100mm
    Stan's Crest wheelset with stock hubs
    SRAM 1250 22-32-44 crankset
    SLX 3x10 shifters
    SLX cassette
    XT rear derailleur
    SLX front derailleur
    Giant 90mm inverted stem
    Giant 680 low riser bar
    Avid Elixir R 160mm/160mm rotors
    WTB Nano 2.1 RACE tubeless
    Giant Connect seatpost + Affinity Ti saddle


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    Quote Originally Posted by DerrickT View Post
    I built this for my fiance. This baby is 26.1 pounds.

    It's a 2013 Anthem X women's edition with Monarch RT.

    Fox F29 RLC 100mm
    Stan's Crest wheelset with stock hubs
    SRAM 1250 22-32-44 crankset
    SLX 3x10 shifters
    SLX cassette
    XT rear derailleur
    SLX front derailleur
    Giant 90mm inverted stem
    Giant 680 low riser bar
    Avid Elixir R 160mm/160mm rotors
    WTB Nano 2.1 RACE tubeless
    Giant Connect seatpost + Affinity Ti saddl
    One of the first I've seen! Well played sir
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerrickT View Post
    I built this for my fiance. This baby is 26.1 pounds.

    It's a 2013 Anthem X women's edition with Monarch RT.

    Fox F29 RLC 100mm
    Stan's Crest wheelset with stock hubs
    SRAM 1250 22-32-44 crankset
    SLX 3x10 shifters
    SLX cassette
    XT rear derailleur
    SLX front derailleur
    Giant 90mm inverted stem
    Giant 680 low riser bar
    Avid Elixir R 160mm/160mm rotors
    WTB Nano 2.1 RACE tubeless
    Giant Connect seatpost + Affinity Ti saddle

    Did she demo this bike or did you buy it for her as a surprise? I'm considering this for my wife or the Santa Cruz Superlight 29er in small but I can't find the Giant WS anywhere to demo for her. What to do?...

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    Here is mine. Posted before but couldn't resist :-)
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    Verstuurd van mijn GT-I9100 met Tapatalk
    12 Anthem X29
    13 XTC 29

    07 Epic Marathon carbon
    04 Stumpjumper FSR Anniversary
    03 Stumpjumper FSR Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. 14 View Post
    Did she demo this bike or did you buy it for her as a surprise? I'm considering this for my wife or the Santa Cruz Superlight 29er in small but I can't find the Giant WS anywhere to demo for her. What to do?...
    She previously rode a Cypher/Trance so we were fairly familiar with Giant's geometry.

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    my 2012 anthem x29 1



    things i've changed so far..

    -american classic mtb 29 wheel set (tubeless w/ stans)
    -schwalbe rocket ron 29x2.25 - front
    -schwalbe racing ralph 29x2.1 - rear
    -kmc x10sl chain
    -shimano xt cassette
    -jagwire teflon cables & housing
    -sram lock on grips
    -shimano dx pedals
    -ism adamo peak saddle

    -reversed stem
    -custom fork mount mudguard

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetrocket View Post
    -american classic mtb 29 wheel set (tubeless w/ stans)
    -schwalbe rocket ron 29x2.25 - front
    -schwalbe racing ralph 29x2.1 - rear
    -kmc x10sl chain
    -shimano xt cassette
    -jagwire teflon cables & housing
    -sram lock on grips
    -shimano dx pedals
    -ism adamo peak saddle

    -reversed stem
    -custom fork mount mudguard
    Looks good! Weight?
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    Anthem X 29er Pics Thread

    + crest wheelset when racing.
    Now using Formula ORO brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    Looks good! Weight?
    thanks!.. last time i checked it was around 27.6 lbs.. the shimano dx pedals and the adamo peak saddle are the ones on the heavy side..

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    [-ism adamo peak saddle

    How do you like your Adamo saddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EndoanaJones View Post
    [-ism adamo peak saddle

    How do you like your Adamo saddle?
    well it took some time getting used to it but afterwards i like it very much now hehe no more numbness in the gooch

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    2011 Anthem x29er

    Large frame. Upgrades include

    XTR trail brakes + Icetech rotors (180 f&r)
    Ritchey carbon bars
    ZTR race gold wheelset
    Schwalbe tyres (tubeless)
    XTR trail pedals

    weight: 11.65kgs (25.7lbs)

    I was shocked to learn that being 40 meant that I was a 'veteran'.....I still believe that I am 29

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetrocket View Post
    well it took some time getting used to it but afterwards i like it very much now hehe no more numbness in the gooch
    Yeah, I hate it when 'Mr Happy' takes a nap on the bike. I might have to demo an Adamo. I'd love to demo an Anthem too. I hear they're really sweet.

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    2012 X0 Medium frame, Monarch RCT3 shock, SID RLT Forks
    Full Sram XX Groupset & Brakes
    Stans Crest Wheelset, Racing Ralph tires
    Easton EA70 Post
    Selle Italia saddle
    Ritchy WCS Carbon bars, ESI Grips
    CB Mallet Pedals

    weight 23.93lbs
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    Nice build! Let's see a scale shot?
    I'm a mountain bike guide in southwest Utah

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    2012 Anthem X 29er 1 (small frame)
    X0 drivetrain, cranks, brakes (HS1 180/160mm front/rear rotors)
    XX cassette, 1091R chain
    Easton EC70 XC riser bar (685mm)
    ESI silicon grips
    Crank Brothers Cobalt 11 offset seatpost
    ZTR Crest 29er laced to Chris King hubs, DT Super Comp spokes, blue alloy nipples, custom blue decals
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo running tubeless
    XT SPD pedals

    Weight: 25.0 lbs / 11.3 kg
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    How is the Monarch shock vs the Fox RP23?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Pride View Post
    How is the Monarch shock vs the Fox RP23?
    I personally don't care for the RP23's I find them to be far too active. Also the rebound damping is very fast compared to the Monarch's. When riding rp23's I end up turning the rebound damping almost all the way closed to keep from bouncing down the trail.

    I have not ridden one on the Anthem X but the last two bikes I tried with an RP23 one was VPP and the other was a single pivot and both behaved the same way as I described above. I think the Monarch's are the best rear shocks for the $, just my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    I personally don't care for the RP23's I find them to be far too active. Also the rebound damping is very fast compared to the Monarch's.
    But what if terrain ridden is multi root and small stones. Terrain looks flat but in fact You need o fly over those bumps - my feeling is that fast rebound is needed than and Monarch in my Anthem seems to be too slow.

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    The maestro rear matched with the monarch is one of the best rear suspensions I've ridden, in most situations, I ride lots of roots in FL too. Ive never noticed a "rebound" issue myself on the RT. If you are having trouble with rebound you might consider contacting PUSH industries.
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    Here's my experience. I work for a shop (for free stuff) on evenings and they sell Giant. FYI

    For two months I rode an Anthem X29er 2 with the Monarch, loved it. It pedaled great and had good manners on the trail. Compression damping was top notch.

    For the last two months I've been riding an Anthem X29er 1 with the RP23. I definitely do not like how it rides. I find myself using the pro pedal often and I don't feel like I can stand up and pedal. It actually amazes me that a great suspension design can behave so differently with two different shocks. Kind of eye opening on what a shock can do for a bike. Makes me wonder how many other bikes I, or other people decided they didn't like and it could have all (or most of it) been fixed by a different shock. I highly recommend to any Anthem owner that they swap out to a Monarch.

    As an aside, the Fox fork on the the 2 is unimpressive as well. For many reasons I have never found a Fox fork that rides as well as a comparable Rock Shox.
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    Ok i lowered the preasure about 10PSI in my Monarch and it made a huge difference - maybe because it was my weight edge. Well at my 176 LBS monarch with 200PSi seemed to be stiff but at 190PS almost all roots were eaten. Obviously SAG increased from 20 to 25% but i consider it as typical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Here's my experience. I work for a shop (for free stuff) on evenings and they sell Giant. FYI

    For two months I rode an Anthem X29er 2 with the Monarch, loved it. It pedaled great and had good manners on the trail. Compression damping was top notch.

    For the last two months I've been riding an Anthem X29er 1 with the RP23. I definitely do not like how it rides. I find myself using the pro pedal often and I don't feel like I can stand up and pedal. It actually amazes me that a great suspension design can behave so differently with two different shocks. Kind of eye opening on what a shock can do for a bike. Makes me wonder how many other bikes I, or other people decided they didn't like and it could have all (or most of it) been fixed by a different shock. I highly recommend to any Anthem owner that they swap out to a Monarch.

    As an aside, the Fox fork on the the 2 is unimpressive as well. For many reasons I have never found a Fox fork that rides as well as a comparable Rock Shox.
    Great insights! I do like the way my RP23 smooths out the trail but do not like the feel when I get out of the saddle. I thought in the stiffest setting it would firm up better. I am even running about 5 PSI over my riding weight.

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    I went for something more trailworthy then pure race

    The upgrades worth mentioning are:
    C29SSMax UST wheels and Schalbe Tires
    2.2 Knobby Nic Front/2.0 Racing Ralph Rear
    Fox F29 120 Kashima Fork (that doesn't seem to want to get all it's travel)
    Shimano XT Shadow Rear Der

    I may be upgrading to the TranceX 29 when it comes out -
    more trail/technical riding worthy and more playful with the slacker angles, more travel and compact rear triangle
    it sounds and looks good, and I like the fact that Adam Craig won Super D on it here in Idaho!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrdr98 View Post
    Fox F29 120 Kashima Fork (that doesn't seem to want to get all it's travel)
    Any complaints or disadvantages of having 120 instead 100on front ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Here's my experience. I work for a shop (for free stuff) on evenings and they sell Giant. FYI

    For two months I rode an Anthem X29er 2 with the Monarch, loved it. It pedaled great and had good manners on the trail. Compression damping was top notch.

    For the last two months I've been riding an Anthem X29er 1 with the RP23. I definitely do not like how it rides. I find myself using the pro pedal often and I don't feel like I can stand up and pedal. It actually amazes me that a great suspension design can behave so differently with two different shocks. .
    Couldn't have said it better myself. When I bought my Tallboy it came with the RP23 and I was so disappointed in the rear end I almost sold it after a few rides. Fortunately I took others advice and bought an RT3 for it, world of difference
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    Quote Originally Posted by Placek View Post
    Any complaints or disadvantages of having 120 instead 100on front ?
    120mm works great on the Anthem, but it will slacken your HT angle just a touch so if you need super quick steering stick to 100mm
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    I tried a F120 on mine and there was too much flex and steering was too slow. For some reason all my Fox Forks steer slower than my equivalent forks with higher AC i.e. Rock shox and DT Swiss.
    Now running DT Swiss EXM 120 and it much stiffer and quicker in the steering than the F120.
    Giant OEM tune F100 RLC is still plusher though, even with less travel.

    + 1 on the RT3 vs the Giant OEM tune RP23.

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    Guys all those doubts appear when trying to setup Reba RL100 and Monarch RT.

    I definitely need remote and couldnít find plushness without braking-diving with REBA so in fact changes are inevitable.
    My first thought was to go for FOX FLOAT 100 and RP23 but as you write Athem doesnít seem to work good with RP23, on other hand FOX forks look pricey.

    So now possible options are:

    • Go for RS but Solo AIR and damper with remote (maybe Monarch XX)
    • Go for Manitou Tower Pro and Swiinger damper


    How Do You think Ė which setup will be more suitable for Anthem 29 when taking in account XC riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Placek View Post
    Guys all those doubts appear when trying to setup Reba RL100 and Monarch RT.

    I definitely need remote and couldnít find plushness without braking-diving with REBA so in fact changes are inevitable.
    My first thought was to go for FOX FLOAT 100 and RP23 but as you write Athem doesnít seem to work good with RP23, on other hand FOX forks look pricey.

    So now possible options are:

    • Go for RS but Solo AIR and damper with remote (maybe Monarch XX)
    • Go for Manitou Tower Pro and Swiinger damper


    How Do You think Ė which setup will be more suitable for Anthem 29 when taking in account XC riding.
    Having a hard time understanding what your saying... So because of brake dive your wanting a remote lockout? I don't see how that will help, your going to lockout your fork every time you need to hit the brakes?

    The best setup listed above is the Reba + the Monarch shock. If you just don't know how to setup your suspension you need to take it to a LBS, but thats no reason to spend hundreds on other suspension you won't know how to setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    Having a hard time understanding what your saying... So because of brake dive your wanting a remote lockout? I don't see how that will help, your going to lockout your fork every time you need to hit the brakes?

    The best setup listed above is the Reba + the Monarch shock. If you just don't know how to setup your suspension you need to take it to a LBS, but thatís no reason to spend hundreds on other suspension you won't know how to setup.

    Ok my mistake - wanted to put everything in one word

    My first reason to change suspension is a need to have Remote (at least for front) because my Anthem lacks it. Because i don't have possibility to tune the fork or damper by sending it to specialist than it's better for me to sell the old one and buy a new one.
    Second reason is the progressiveness of Reba and Dual Air maintenance. I found it impossible to have Reba plush on all travel length - at first comfy but on next 3cm stiff - would it be the same with solo air? I made multiple tests and adjustments but have the fork too rigid (no fun of riding) or to plushy (diving when braking) .

    Now the question is what to buy.
    If i have Your knowledge and experience on anthems with various of manufacturers than would like to have advice which manufacturer characteristic suits anthem the best. Should i stay with RS but just change the susp to "remote included" or maybe change entire suspension to get more linear characteristic?

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    It really sounds as though its a setup and tuning problem. Likely if you spend all the money on some other suspension you will have same issues if its not being tuned properly. The Reba is a great fork that does not dive, is plush, light weight, provides 100% travel and so fourth... BUT if its not tuned exactly right you might have some of the issues you described.

    You say you have no one to help you tune it, but then you will end up with the same problem if you replace it with something else. I would try to find a bike store or expert before you spend a lot of money on any changes.
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    That's reasonable to first ensure that it's the matter of setup than fork itself. On the other hand the only way for me to have remote is just to change fork (have no option to tune it by PUSH or similar).
    In that case the choice would cost but that's something i'm ready for.
    When looking at actual Antem setups on Giant www it appears that all have RS setup (probably solo-air) - is that because better fit than FOX ?

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    If want to compare mfg rather than individual forks, Rockshox forks generally dive less but blow through their travel easier than Fox forks. But the trade off is usually a harsher ride over sharp edge hits. It's a fine balance on in tuning both. You may be running too low a pressure on your Reba to get a smooth ride? Does your fork suffer from too much stiction. That can have a big difference in fork performance. On my Rockshox forks I always add more oil to the lowers than recommended. You can also run lighter oil then raise your air pressure. You can also add a fork elastomer bumper in to your air chamber to lower the air volume and make them more progressive.

    The Fox F100RLC that came on my 2011 AX 129er is very very good.I run it at low pressure[probably about 25 to 30% sag ] and It gives amazing performance for a 100mm fork. Giant do get custom tunes on their supension and an aftermarket F100 RLC may be very different. Most of My Fox forks ride differently as they have different OEM or aftermarket tunes. That's one of the reasons why Fox is so abundant as an OEM product.

    I also have some DT swiss XMM forks and they have less fork dive than both Fox and Rockshox but once again you will get a harsher ride over sharp edge hits. Very good travel adjust and lock out as well.

    Also look at your shock pressure. If you run low fork pressure you must also lower the shock pressure or you will unbalance the bike and it will dive in to corners.

    Are you racing? On a 100mm fork you really do not need lock out or be worried about fork dive.
    Go take some 150mm or 160mm bikes for a ride and you wont ever be worried about fork dive on a 100mm travel bike again.

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    The problem is probably not with the Giant itself but my feeling of suspension and way it works during racing.

    1. When setup with 20-25%of SAG and pos(>=)neg than itís good for pedaling and climbing bud to stiff for descends and trail when small root sensitivity is required, also 30-40% of travel in unused. In fact fork uses about 50mm from itís 100mm all the time, next 20mm is used only on big bumps, and rest 30mm is unused at all.

    2. When setup with 30 of SAG pos(<)neg than becomes too soft for race, starts to bump in every crank move, this case works brilliant on descent single tracks when I just forget about my wrists and almost all travel length is used. Bear in mind that when I only stand on pedals or brake than 50mm of travel is lost (this I see as brake-diving)

    Was wondering if any fork can be adjusted to be firm/stif on road but at the same time wok with all travel when trail riding. Unfortunately never rode FOX but watching YT have feeling that it uses all travel and works smooth on itís full length but when it comes to race it doesnít become so bumpy.
    Is that correct?

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    Sorry i have no experience with the 100mm Reba. I set up my Revelation so it is negative spring neutral at any given Pos pressure. This is very close to pos >= neg. Any higher neg and, as you say it starts sucking down and loosing travel. I check by pulling up on the bars. if the fork lifts then the neg is sucking the fork down. Quite frankly I find the pos/ neg chamber adjust on the Revealtion has very little affect on the overall feel of the fork.

    I don't use it but have you tried pos=Neg or neg > pos and then adding compression with the compression adjust? Some like it but I don't.

    Like I said all Fox forks differ due to OEM tunes .Fox forks generally are more progressive so it is harder to use all the travel but you get more brake dive. However their small bump compliance is usually much better. On the Fox you can however dial in low speed compression to help stop brake dive and is more effective than the Rockshox which is both low and high speed compression combined.On both forks this will also make them not so good on sharp edge hits. Rock shox forks tend to be linear. That is they are firmer at the start and middle but then use all there travel on big hits. So in theory they should be bettter for racing. I suggest simplifying the tuning process by making pos= neg and then just try air pressure adjust and lighter oil weight so you can ride with more pos press. Like i said I think the dual air makes very little difference in ride quality anyway. Hence being dropped by RS for 2013.
    My DT Swiss EXM forks are even more linear. At lower pressures than recommended[ like I use all my forks] they are however very good on the small bumps firm in the middle and then use all their travel even easier than Rock shox. Good for racing. Not so good for Trail.

    With my 2011 F100RLC I get to use all of my travel and it's very smooth throughout the travel. To me the brake dive is fine but then i ride a lot of 150mm travel bikes and i run both my forks and shocks soft so as to use all the travel. For racing and I do ride with higher pressure in both the fork and shock but I just try and concentrate on being smooth.It's only on the smooth long climbs I lock them out.

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    I havenít tried neg>pos with increasing compression however i thing it might blur the result because it increase stiffness by unregular way Ė this is only my feeling.
    My feelings about pos=neg were similar to pos>neg meaning stiff but not sensitive, used first part of fork and rest only with huge bumps.
    I'm afraid the same would be in RS 2013 - simply give same pressure and consider it's the proper one.

    I think i'll try 2 more theories.

    Fist - give the pos 60% of rider LBS and neg=pos-10PSI
    Second - give the fork RiderLBS/2.9 and damper RiderLBS/1.1

    First is quite close to what i have already tested but second means much lower than have now.

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    Sounds like a good idea

    With my revelation I ride neg=pos-10PSI[ more progressive] and pos pressure = rider[ nett ]/2.46 . Any lower and they bottom out too easily. Obviously different for the shorter travel Reba. When I use a travel spacer and drop them to 130 travel they are more progressive[ loose 20mm of air chamber volume] and I can run them at pos press = rider[nett]/ 2.9. It bottoms out but since it is now more progressive it just squeezes up nicely.This is similar to the way a Fox fork functions. More brake dive though. With a RLC you then add a few clicks of low speed comp as desired.

    For trail riding on my AX 29er, with a 2011 F100 RLC, I ride with press = rider[nett]/ 2.9
    and shock press = rider[nett]/ 1.14 . When racing I will add 5 psi to both and usually run the shock with mid platform and add 4 clicks off low speed comp to the RLC fork.
    It's great that with just a few tweaks the bike changes from a good trail bike to a race bike.

    From memory [ i don't use them],on the RS fork BB motion control, you need to move comp knob about 2/3 before the orifice closes enough to make much difference. The gold knob controls blow off threshold and only really makes a difference when Comp is fully closed.



    Some of my other Fox forks need lower pressure= rider [nett] / 3.2
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    I've ridden it with both 100 and 120

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    No complaints at all with the 120. With the 100 I had complaints!
    Climbs excellent
    Steers the same. If people say it steers slower with the longer fork, I don't feel that.
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    Nothing too crazy. Stan's Flows with Hopes and Racing Ralph 2.35s. 203 front rotor, stock 180 front put to back, some anodized capiler mounts. PUSH on the fork this winter.


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    What year is your Reba? Did you need to do any mods to get the Pushloc to be compatible?

    Quote Originally Posted by preludedriven View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclyle View Post
    What year is your Reba? Did you need to do any mods to get the Pushloc to be compatible?
    It's this year's Reba (2012) and it comes stock with the Pushloc remote

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    Have ridden it over much of Moab, Colorado, Central PA, VT, eastern Canada. Bunch of XC and stage races too. Great bike, makes for great rides and stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Nothing too crazy. Stan's Flows with Hopes and Racing Ralph 2.35s. 203 front rotor, stock 180 front put to back, some anodized capiler mounts. PUSH on the fork this winter.

    203 on the front and 180 on the rear!? This bike must be able to stop in mid-air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMTB View Post
    203 on the front and 180 on the rear!? This bike must be able to stop in mid-air.
    Hahahahaha! Unfortunately, no. If I didn't weigh 255lbs, then yeah, it'd be overkill. As it stands right now, it's pretty much perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Hahahahaha! Unfortunately, no. If I didn't weigh 255lbs, then yeah, it'd be overkill. As it stands right now, it's pretty much perfect!
    Curious..what's the weight of the bike as pictured? Looks really good.

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    Here is a Custom Anthem!!!!

    Only thing left that is original is the FRAME AND SHOCK
    X9 shifter
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    front view Raccoon Mountain TN

    love this bike
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    Is that's short cage rd? How are the shifts? I'm 1x10 also

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    1x10

    Yes it is a short cage SRAM X0, works perfect had a short cage X9 up until recently also worked great

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    ok where are the upgrades from Xmas

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    I'm looking at a 2012 Anthem X 29er 2, and it looks like everyone on here with that bike has gotten rid of the crankset pretty quick. Is there that much flex, or is this just everyone's preference?

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    Xmas upgrade

    New Monarch XX shock w/remote Locout
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    Frame is all that is left original

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    Monarch vs RP2 thoughts? Nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cale399 View Post
    New Monarch XX shock w/remote Locout
    Which tune is that MM or LM ? Asking becuse standard RT3 is LM.
    Does the cable work fine when being so curved?

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    Cable work fine, I have no idea what tune I order it and they installed it...I'll take it for a full ride in GA mountains with everything in and report back on the feel

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Monarch vs RP2 thoughts? Nice bike!
    I ditched the stock RP2 for a Monarch RT3 after riding the Monarch on my bike at a RS demo event. It felt like night day and to me.
    The RP2 never would get full travel unless I set the sag to 35-40%, and then it would blow through the mid stroke.
    The Monarch would get full travel on the bigger hits set at 27-30% sag and always feel supportive, compliant and not mushy.
    I had swapped he stock Fox 100mm fork for a 120mm Reba early in the game with similar results. The added 20mm on the fork helped ALOT with pedal strikes I was having in technical terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    I ditched the stock RP2 for a Monarch RT3 after riding the Monarch on my bike at a RS demo event. It felt like night day and to me.
    The RP2 never would get full travel unless I set the sag to 35-40%, and then it would blow through the mid stroke.
    The Monarch would get full travel on the bigger hits set at 27-30% sag and always feel supportive, compliant and not mushy.
    I had swapped he stock Fox 100mm fork for a 120mm Reba early in the game with similar results. The added 20mm on the fork helped ALOT with pedal strikes I was having in technical terrain.
    What year/model Anthem did you change to 120mm fork? Any issues with change? Can you post pics

    I consistently bottom out my 100mm RebaRL and looking for more travel.
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    Dimitrin:

    Is Your RT3 LM or MM tune?
    Did You applied 120mm by Yourself or this was made by Your local dealer - asking to know if chenging to 120mm is formally allowed by Giant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    I ditched the stock RP2 for a Monarch RT3 after riding the Monarch on my bike at a RS demo event. It felt like night day and to me.
    The RP2 never would get full travel unless I set the sag to 35-40%, and then it would blow through the mid stroke.
    The Monarch would get full travel on the bigger hits set at 27-30% sag and always feel supportive, compliant and not mushy.
    I had swapped he stock Fox 100mm fork for a 120mm Reba early in the game with similar results. The added 20mm on the fork helped ALOT with pedal strikes I was having in technical terrain.
    Thanks for the feedback. The pedal strikes are my biggest grief with my Anthem. I find the RP2 to be good for me, but the fork is too progressive making that last 20mm of travel virtually unusable (while maintaining decent sag and air pressure). I'm going to have Push rework the fork, but that won't help with the pedal strikes.

    Again, nice looking bike.

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    For those who have put XT brakes on their Anthems, did you have to do any hose trimming?

    I have a 2012 AX2 size medium that I plan on upgrading to XT brakes soon. Hoping it would be a plug & play install to avoid LBS having to do the work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclyle View Post
    What year/model Anthem did you change to 120mm fork? Any issues with change? Can you post pics

    I consistently bottom out my 100mm RebaRL and looking for more travel.
    Only positive results for me. In fact, I swapped back to the Fox 100mm 3 1/2 months later and absolutly hated the original fork. I quickly put the 120mm back on and never looked back.
    I will get off my lazy butt and post pics. Thanks for the prodding!

    Quote Originally Posted by Placek View Post
    Dimitrin:

    Is Your RT3 LM or MM tune?
    Did You applied 120mm by Yourself or this was made by Your local dealer - asking to know if chenging to 120mm is formally allowed by Giant.
    I discussed it with the shop, and then called Giant and spoke with two individuals that totally assured me that it was reasonable and even somewhat popular, with no affect on warranty. I was told 20mm was not enough to overly stress anything out.

    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. The pedal strikes are my biggest grief with my Anthem. I find the RP2 to be good for me, but the fork is too progressive making that last 20mm of travel virtually unusable (while maintaining decent sag and air pressure). I'm going to have Push rework the fork, but that won't help with the pedal strikes.

    Again, nice looking bike.
    This was the main reason that I started to contemplate the Reba, because I could never get that last 20mm on the Fox, unless the sag was set so deep that the mid-stroke suffered.( which would also compound the pedal strike issue.)
    If you are having pedal strike issues, you may want to consider scoring a deal on a 120mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Placek View Post
    Dimitrin:

    Is Your RT3 LM or MM tune?
    Did You applied 120mm by Yourself or this was made by Your local dealer - asking to know if chenging to 120mm is formally allowed by Giant.
    Sorry, I forgot to address the tune question!
    It is an MM tune. The bike was spec'd for 2012 with a LM tune, when I called RS to ask about this I was informed the the "L" was for the rebound tune and that the only difference it would make is that I would be able to dial in less rebound dampening for the "M" vs. the "L".
    So I set my rebound dampening at about 1/3... and love charging trail on this bike!

    I will try to post some pics and weight info this evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jclyle View Post
    For those who have put XT brakes on their Anthems, did you have to do any hose trimming?

    I have a 2012 AX2 size medium that I plan on upgrading to XT brakes soon. Hoping it would be a plug & play install to avoid LBS having to do the work.
    I did have to trim the hoses. Not a big deal, just follow the instructions and use the included tools/fittings.
    And take your time.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    Only positive results for me. In fact, I swapped back to the Fox 100mm 3 1/2 months later and absolutly hated the original fork. I quickly put the 120mm back on and never looked back.
    I will get off my lazy butt and post pics. Thanks for the prodding!


    I discussed it with the shop, and then called Giant and spoke with two individuals that totally assured me that it was reasonable and even somewhat popular, with no affect on warranty. I was told 20mm was not enough to overly stress anything out.



    This was the main reason that I started to contemplate the Reba, because I could never get that last 20mm on the Fox, unless the sag was set so deep that the mid-stroke suffered.( which would also compound the pedal strike issue.)
    If you are having pedal strike issues, you may want to consider scoring a deal on a 120mm.

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    Thanks for taking the time to put in the links!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    I ditched the stock RP2 for a Monarch RT3 after riding the Monarch on my bike at a RS demo event. It felt like night day and to me.
    The RP2 never would get full travel unless I set the sag to 35-40%, and then it would blow through the mid stroke.
    The Monarch would get full travel on the bigger hits set at 27-30% sag and always feel supportive, compliant and not mushy.
    I had swapped he stock Fox 100mm fork for a 120mm Reba early in the game with similar results. The added 20mm on the fork helped ALOT with pedal strikes I was having in technical terrain.
    Ive been preaching this for 2 years and multiple FS platforms people think I'm just anti Fox but its not a small difference! It can transform a bike! Glad you enjoyed it
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. The pedal strikes are my biggest grief with my Anthem. I find the RP2 to be good for me, but the fork is too progressive making that last 20mm of travel virtually unusable (while maintaining decent sag and air pressure). I'm going to have Push rework the fork, but that won't help with the pedal strikes.

    Again, nice looking bike.
    A 120mm fork would help quite a bit with pedal strikes...
    I do all my own stunts, but never intentionally...

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    New 42t big ring/bash guard (they seem to last me about a year)
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    Some goodies I got for Christmas that I havenít installed

    RockShox Reverb seat post
    Shimano XTR rear derailleur with the magic gold button
    Pushed original RP2 shock

    The dropper post is for when I take the bike to destinations like Oregon. I have found that geometry of this bike seems to facilitate getting behind the seat with a fixed post for most of my riding. I was previously a hard advocate for dropper post on all bikes until I started riding this bike.

    The Pushed stock RP2 is an experiment. I truly have found the combination of Maestro suspension and the RS RT3 shock to be so capable that I spent the coin and had the stock shock Pushed to see if it made any note worthy improvements.

    I had not weighed the bike in quite a while. Used the bathroom scale technique. Probably not the most accurate, but all I have available.
    197.2-170.4= 26.8 lbs with pedals, Big Air 40g inflater and sealant in the tires, which is how I ride it.

    I have pics of the above mentioned items (including the scale) but this freakin website won't let me post them. I just wasted the past hour of my life repeatedly uploading images, then being redirected to log in, just to be told that the tread link is invalid.
    Just 20 minuets prior it allowed me to upload the images in the previous post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    Ive been preaching this for 2 years and multiple FS platforms people think I'm just anti Fox but its not a small difference! It can transform a bike! Glad you enjoyed it
    Dude, I totally agree. I have even had Fox Fan Bois give negative rep because of it. Some of the local riders look at me like I'm tweaked in the head when the topic comes up... although I may be tweaked in the head... it doesn't negate how the new RockShox stuff rides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    It is an MM tune. The bike was spec'd for 2012 with a LM tune, when I called RS to ask about this I was informed the the "L" was for the rebound tune and that the only difference it would make is that I would be able to dial in less rebound dampening for the "M" vs. the "L".
    So I set my rebound dampening at about 1/3... and love charging trail on this bike!
    .
    Thanks for info - that's very helpfull .But to be really sure before i order MM i need to ask.

    If i have now LM (L rebound) and ride normally 3 clicks (counter clockwise on rabbit side) from med (zero) position. Is that mean that in M rebound i need to ride on medium (zero position) or 6 click rabbit side?
    Secondly - did the Giant installed you MM and there was no doubts it will fit the suspension similarly to LM - if so than it would mean there is no such a big difference LM-MM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    Here are some pics
    Things I changed
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    Rockshox Monarch RT3 shock
    New 42t big ring/bash guard (they seem to last me about a year)
    Single clamp foam grips
    Geax Gato TnT front tire
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    Helicopter Tape on cable rub points

    Stock items
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    The SLX 3x10 drive train has been worry free and smooth shifting
    What is the green contraption at the bottom of your seatpost? Tool storage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cale399 View Post
    Cable work fine, I have no idea what tune I order it and they installed it...I'll take it for a full ride in GA mountains with everything in and report back on the feel
    If you are going to ride in the Bull Mtn area let me know, I will join with my AX also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclyle View Post
    What is the green contraption at the bottom of your seatpost? Tool storage?
    Pretty sure that's his air canister for emergency tube replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jclyle View Post
    What is the green contraption at the bottom of your seatpost? Tool storage?
    Yes, that is my inflator. It weighs less than a pump, is much more convenient/faster to use and holds air between uses. It will completely inflate a 2x2.3 tire twice with air to spare.
    Oh yeah, it's not air... it's propane. I guess I could use it to roast lizards or rats if I got stranded in the wilderness .... or impromptu trail side appetizers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Placek View Post
    Thanks for info - that's very helpfull .But to be really sure before i order MM i need to ask.

    If i have now LM (L rebound) and ride normally 3 clicks (counter clockwise on rabbit side) from med (zero) position. Is that mean that in M rebound i need to ride on medium (zero position) or 6 click rabbit side?
    Secondly - did the Giant installed you MM and there was no doubts it will fit the suspension similarly to LM - if so than it would mean there is no such a big difference LM-MM.
    I am not sure I understand your concern here, let me elaborate a little.
    I don't consider the med position zero, I consider it 5 clicks of rebound dampening which half of the available rebound dampening (10 clicks total). I consider zero all the way toward the rabbit, which is no clicks, and no applied rebound dampening.

    I am able to use less rebound dampening with the 'MM' than I would with the 'LM' tune.
    For example with the 'MM' tune I use 4 clicks of rebound dampening, with the 'LM' tune I may use 6-7 clicks.
    As far as fit, as long as the eye to eye, stroke and eyelet diameter of the shock are the same then yes it will fit perfectly with the existing hardware from the original shock.
    What I was told by Sram, the only difference between the 'LM' and the 'MM' tunes are that the 'MM' has a little more dampening in the rebound circuit, and that I would be able to apply fewer clicks of rebound dampening with the 'MM'.

    I hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    I am not sure I understand your concern here, let me elaborate a little.
    I don't consider the med position zero, I consider it 5 clicks of rebound dampening which half of the available rebound dampening (10 clicks total). I consider zero all the way toward the rabbit, which is no clicks, and no applied rebound dampening.

    I am able to use less rebound dampening with the 'MM' than I would with the 'LM' tune.
    For example with the 'MM' tune I use 4 clicks of rebound dampening, with the 'LM' tune I may use 6-7 clicks.
    Max Rabbit means quick rebound after compressing, turtle means slow rebound. Way of adjusting it depends from our weight and type of terrain.
    In actual LM i'm on 4 clicks from rabbit in 10 clicks scale.
    If i change the damper to MM than will i be able to get similar rebound? Would it be 0-1 click or 7-8clicks in 10click scale (i assume that MM has also 10 clicks scale)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Placek View Post
    Max Rabbit means quick rebound after compressing, turtle means slow rebound. Way of adjusting it depends from our weight and type of terrain.
    In actual LM i'm on 4 clicks from rabbit in 10 clicks scale.
    If i change the damper to MM than will i be able to get similar rebound? Would it be 0-1 click or 7-8clicks in 10click scale (i assume that MM has also 10 clicks scale)
    I am no official expert by any means, but that would seem a very reasonable assumption.

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    MM is more dampened on rebound than LM. Thus by going from LM to MM you would need more hare (a fast rabbit) :-)
    If you can get enough hare is hard to tell.
    Anyway, I was able to order a custom (completely) assembled 2013 LM RT3 from parts from www.gabelprofi.de
    Will receive it end of next week and update here. No decals on it since the 2013 decals are not available yet..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapsac View Post
    Anyway, I was able to order a custom (completely) assembled 2013 LM RT3 from parts from
    Is that a regular store item or You ordered it by mail? Do You know any US store maybe?

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    Here is my custom LM RT3 2013 Monarch. No decals yet, not in stock.
    Will be put on the bike this week.
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    Some new mods

    A few new mods to the bike. Tubeless Arch ex's and the hope QR seat post clamp.Also have a new matching blue derailer hanger but no pics yet.

    First time tubeless and the difference is amazing

    A Ralph on the back and a Ron on the front both aired up with a track pump althought the Ron was a bit harder to inflate as the bead was a bit looser. Followed the Stans procedure with no dramas
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    Nice bike! Love that gunmetal gray! If you could find a Fox 15QR skewer from a 2011 Anthem, it'd blend in nicely with the QR seat collar.

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    Re: Custom Anthem X 29ers...

    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Nice bike! Love that gunmetal gray! If you could find a Fox 15QR skewer from a 2011 Anthem, it'd blend in nicely with the QR seat collar.
    Yes, but he would need to buy a Fox fork then
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    delete
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    Oops, wrong post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sworkspilot View Post
    Love my bike!
    Wow!! Awesome XC race machine. Did you buy the frame and build it ground up? Ride impressions? Weight?
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