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  1. #1
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    making 2009 anthem 5" bike

    is it possible to put a 5 " travel rear shock in an anthem frame? I know it will take a 5 " travel fork but not sure about the rear??

  2. #2
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    would probably cause more problems with suspension travel clearance, BB height, and overall handling than its worth... but im not an expert

  3. #3
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    You don't need to be an expert. Don't mess with the rear suspension travel by putting in a longer shock. It will mess everything up.

    I suggest getting the longest travel fork Giant recommends (or you'll void any warranty you have) and getting some wide bars and a shorter stem if you're looking to make a more relaxed/freeridish bike outta the anthem.

    Either that or sell it and just buy the bike you actually wanna ride!
    "You can become a very fast donkey, but you'll never be a thoroughbred..."

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    My Anthem has a 120mm front fox shock. It rides great. I wouldnt want to mess around with the rear though. The BB already hangs low in my opinion, adding a longer travel shock might cause issues here, as well as how it would handle overall.

    Thinking about how it would change the gemoetry without actually testing it, I suspect that a longer travel shock might end up trying to 'buck' you off the bike when trying to travel at speed over bumpy ground?

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