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    New or secondhand Anthem?

    I am about to place an order for an Anthem X Advanced 29er 1 2014.
    Anthem X Advanced 29er 1 (2014) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States
    $4500, and delivery in March 2014.

    Then I found a secondhand (only used for 80km) from 2013.
    Anthem X Advanced 29er 1 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States
    $3700, and delivered now :-)

    Only the shock and fork that is different.

    Should I go for the secondhand one?
    Then I can buy a light wheelset for the money I save, and hope I don't get any warranty issues if I crack the frame.

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    If it were me and you were preparing to spend that amount of dough, I'd go new. Full warranty and the latest refresh. I think the 2nd hand one should be cheaper for it to be competitive, but that's just me. Plus, you cant really know the history of the used bike, no matter their claims.

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    ^^^^ That. ^^^^

    The lifetime frame warranty only applies to the original buyer. No warranty on used frames/bikes. And that's one of the reasons I buy the bikes I buy, is warranties.

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    Re: New or secondhand Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    The lifetime frame warranty only applies to the original buyer. No warranty on used frames/bikes.
    Unless you get the original receipt with it too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Unless you get the original receipt with it too...
    I am sure I can get the original receipt from the seller.

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    Isn't the warranty tied with the person who bought it?

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    Having no warranty makes it a gamble, and it's up to you to decide if you've got that cash to lose, or if the money/time saved is worth it. Having someone else's receipt is not really legitimate, unless all parties are willing to overlook the obvious for your sake. If they'd come down to around 3K, that might be something to consider vs replacing a broken frame cost and money you saved. no tax too.

    I'd rather have the '13 fork and shock IMO.

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    Re: New or secondhand Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by lucifuge View Post
    Isn't the warranty tied with the person who bought it?
    Unless you sign the receipt, they have no way of knowing who bought it.

    The item is warranted and if you have the receipt, that's good enough.

    It could have been a present from someone, how would they handle that situation over there?

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    The 13 is a much better bike.

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    That "original receipt" thing has it's issues: The shop has to be willing to go along with it. Usually shop people know their customers, and if you take it to the original shop, and they know who did buy the bike, they may or may not help you. If you take it to your local Giant dealer (if it's a different shop) they also may or may not help you, pending your relationship with them. Either way, even with the original receipt, it's a crap shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    The 13 is a much better bike.
    Because of the shock and fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orpon View Post
    Because of the shock and fork?
    Absolutely. The platforms on the RS shocks and forks is exponentially better than Fox.

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    If you ride small or large frame, you can buy one brand new for $3900. personally, I would spend the extra $200 and buy one new.

    Clearance Mountain Bikes

    This outfit had an additional 15% off last weekend. I walked in thinking about buying some accessories for my 2005 Trek 8500 and walked out with a brand new 2013 anthem X Advanced 29er 2.

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    According to the specs, the granny ring on the 2014 has 24 teeth whereas the 2013 has 26 teeth (which equates to the difference of about one gear on the back). My bike came with 26/39 which I swapped for 24/38 and I now have 22/36 which gives me the granny gear I want for pinch climbs.

    If you currently have a 27 speed 26" bike, with a 22T granny ring and an 11-34 rear cassette, you need a 22T granny ring with 11-36 rear cassette on a 29" to have the same cadence in granny gear.

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