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    Trance X1 or Anthem X1

    Hello,

    I'm in the market for a new bike.

    I'm relatively new to mountain biking. I live in Eagle, CO and there are plenty of singletrack trails to ride here.

    I have a 2002 Giant Ranier hardtail which I rode last season. I'm looking for something that is lighter with a full suspension.

    My employer had a bike purchase deal with a local bike shop and I can buy a Giant at 10% over dealer cost.

    I'm not really interested in racing, just riding the trails. I'm 45 years old, 5'9" 180 lbs.

    I'm considering the Trance X1 and the Anthem X1.

    Which would be a better fit for my situation?

    Thanks!

    Alan

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    A lot would depend on what your trails are like and what you like to ride - ie long rides, long climbs or more varied aggressive terrain etc. That said, since your not looking to race, I would say the Trance X is a more versatile bike. It will pedal almost as efficient as the anthem but will be quite a bit better when descending and ridden in more aggressive terrain. I've ridden a Trance X for a couple of years now as my xc bike and while it pedals wonderfully on long rides and steep climbs, I am constantly surprised at how capable it is when pushed hard.

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    It entirely depends on what kind of riding you want to do...I would pick the Trance X1 as its an all mountain and you'll definitely appreciate that extra 25mm of travel. With propedal you will only be ever so slower than the anthem on climbs which would only matter if you're a racer.

    When I first got into biking, I got the Anthem X, realised I'm not really into climbing, long rides..etc so I sold it for a Reign X which I really enjoy for all mountain, down hill,single tracks and technical trails

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    I have a 2011 Trance X2 with an upgraded fork (Fox 140mm FiT) and brakes (Avid Code R). Although I think the Trance X is a good bike you may want to consider the Anthem X 29er (I also own an Anthem X3 29er).

    Although I have a number of bikes whenever I go riding I invariably pull out the Anthem X 29er, it has all the agility of an Anthem X and the obstacles clearing power of a 29er. The Anthem X has awesome powers of descent:

    Giant Anthem X 29er - YouTube
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    My friend is a non-racer but rides very aggressively and likes to race his buddies 24/7 through tight, twisting, short up & down accelerations and long fast rough fireroads.
    First was a Reign. Great on downhills but too heavy for his uphill finish line sprints, ha.
    He settled on a 2011 Anthem X1 and put a 125mm fork from a 2011 Trance. Along with a carbon riser it is now a hybrid all-mountain xc bike: light, pedals great, has the slackened head angle and extra travel. But he would not buy one stock and ride as-is. Too steep, limited front travel, twitchy.

    I'd go Trance in your shoes.

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    I'm in the same boat right now. Good luck to you.

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    Trance X1 would be my choice. I'm in SoCal and if I only could have one bike, that would be it. The suspension platform pedals very nicely, the added inch of travel is a HUGE bonus in my opinion and, with the right build / upgrades, you can have it under 28lbs pretty easily.

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    I faced exactly this recently. Got a great deal all lined up at my local Giant store on an ex demo Anthem X2 - like silly cheap. Probably could have taken it out of the store, put it on a forum or eBay and made money. I took it for a test ride and I was blown away. It really is an incredibly quick bike, constantly pepping to go faster. I liken it to a thoroughbred race horse - really pointy, twitchy, super stiff and climbed like a rat up a drain pipe. BUT, you have to be up for that. After 10 miles I was in tatters, and I'm not massively unfit. It's that style of ride.

    Got back to the store and ordered a Trance X2 at full price (I'd hired one for a day in Moab so knew what to expect) and I'm delighted with my choice. More laid back, still responsive, more fun and still a better bike than I am a rider.

    This is just my experience. The next guy will come along and say he loves the Anthem for all the reasons I rejected it, and I can totally see why. Giant have two absolute winners in the Anthem and the Trance IMO. You just need to decide which one is for you. Try before you buy and I think you'll know straightaway. That said, you sound like you're a pretty similar kind of rider to me, so if someone put a gun to my head and told me to choose for you I'd go for the Trance in this case.

    Nice problem to have! Good luck.

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    Thank you very much! I'm absorbing all this info. My friend had an anthem and said it was definitely quick, but bad a sore back at the end of the ride. Im only after a 29er at this point so I guess that rules the Trance out for now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tundra_5.7 View Post
    Im only after a 29er at this point so I guess that rules the Trance out for now!
    ...though maybe not for much longer if rumours are to be believed

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    I went through the Trance vs. Anthem debate myself a few months ago. I settled on the Trance, I'm glad that I did, and I'd guess that it'd be good bike for you.

    The Anthem is pretty much a pure bred race horse. The Trance is also a good race platform, but it's easier to set up for all day grin n' grind rides. That extra inch of travel is pretty nice to have. I have mine set up half-way between an XC and an AM bike, and I love it to death. It is equally at home on buff rolling singletrack and chunky trails.

    You're in Eagle, CO? If I'm remembering right, that means you're only a few hours from Fruita, and from Fruita it's only a hop, skip, and a jump to Moab. If you have any interest in riding out there, the Trance would be a better fit.

    Both are great bikes, though. Good luck with the purchase!
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    Thanks everyone for all of the advice! I think I've settled on the Trance!

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    Shoulda got the Reign.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalanchis View Post
    Thanks everyone for all of the advice! I think I've settled on the Trance!
    You will be happy

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    I apologize I was involved in this conversation and similar one that I had created. I was getting email notifications via email and replying on my iphone thinking it was my own thread. I didn't mean to jack yours! I'm glad you made a decision and good luck.

    Again, my apologies!

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    Did you manage to ride both? Even though the advice has come out strongly in one direction it really should be your own decision. Here in the UK Giant has launched a Ride It scheme allowing you to book bikes via your local dealer. Don't know if they have something similar where you are.

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    23-pound all-rounder

    Climbs like goat....descends like a rock:

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