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    Student Build Thread - 2009 Giant Anthem Advanced

    Thought I'd introduce myself at the start of my thread and give a little bit of background...

    Started off mountain biking in October 2013 (coming from the road - Principia RSL 1998) after being given an old XTC 2 frame which I built up with scrounged parts - Deore, budget hydraulics, AlexRims wheels and sprung forks which were broken - rigid unless you hit them hard enough at which point they moved an inch... Total cost of the build was something like 50-100GBP.

    I rebuilt that with some nicer parts and dropped the best part of 2kg from it:


    Look at that almost road bike geometry! The axle-to-crown on those Rockshox is silly short. Sketchy on steep downhills I'll tell you.

    I worked the whole summer (2014) from uni finishing (I'm 21) and entered my first race in October 2014 with pretty much zero riding in the last two months, managed to get a couple of weeks in beforehand.

    At this point I had upgraded to FOX 32 RL front suspension, the rockshox bushings had gone - fair enough from a 10 year old fork. Took a bit of a weight penalty though...

    Did the race (8 hour) in the pairs category with my buddy but was really just an experience - upon arrival my mate drove his car over a boulard hidden in the grass parking area and ripped off his additive tank... Needless to say that was stressful and we were late to the start. Played catch up from then on, moved up to 7th overall to finish, however.

    Anyway, the point of the story is I caught the racing bug and decided a better bike was needed (the bike porn around me at that race was too much - full carbon 29er, KCNC, XTR etc). I also decided I wanted a full suspension, due mostly to being overtaken by a guy sat down, cranking a big gear over a part of the course where I was out of the saddle being rattled to pieces.

    So I got my hands on a Giant Anthem Advanced 2009 frame w/ XTR cranks at a great price - 180GBP - 280USD, although sans shock, and in need of a bearing change.

    So I'm using this thread to document the parts I get, as and when I get them - aiming to be built by Christmas with a 1500GBP - 2350USD budget.

    Final weight is estimated to be below 9.5kg, which I feel is reasonable for the money.

    Here's my build list:

    Rim , Front 650b
    , Rear 26"
    Spokes , 48 Black CN424
    , 8 Red CN424
    Hubs (front) Novatec XD711SB
    (rear) Novatec D712SB-10
    QR (front) FRM Team
    Tyres (front) Rocket Ron 27.5x2.1
    Racing Ralph 26x2.25
    Sealant Stans Notubes
    Suspension FOX F-Series Float RL
    Rear Shock FOX RP23
    Frame Giant Anthem Avanced 0 SL 18"
    Seatpost FRM ST-M10 TI
    Saddle clamp Giant w/ titanium bolts
    Saddle Carbon Toupe Pro 143mm
    Stem Uno 100mm
    Spacers Deda Carbon
    Handlebar Carbon 700mm
    Headset FSA Orbit
    Grips FRM Foam
    Brakeset Shimano XTR Brakeset
    Rotors Ashima AI2 w/ Ti bolts
    Cranks + BB Shimano XTR crankset
    Chainring Absolute Black Oval 34
    Chainring bolts KCNC
    Pedals Ritchey Logic V5 WCS
    Chain Dura Ace 7900
    Derailleur SRAM X0 9 Speed
    Shifter SRAM X0 Gripshift
    Cables Transfil Flying Snakes
    Cassette XTR 11-34 9 Speed
    Bottle cages Titanium

    Estimated final weight: 9.35kg

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Going to reduce the Fox 32 RL to 80mm and run 650b front. I set up my fork quite plush, so shouldn't be much slacker than standard (certainly not as slack as the Australian 100mm version).

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    Chinese Carbon Toupe copy:


    Fair amount of flex, construction generally good, but did have to repair a small crack at the very back.

    MT Zoom Headset cap:


    Intergrated bolt design, one-piece construction, very cool.

    MT Zoom tubeless valves:


    XTR Cassette: 11-34


    Ashima Rotors:


    ZTR Alpine 26" 32h rim:


    Will desticker at some point.

    Schwalbe Rocket Ron 27.5x2.1:


    Was quite impressed by this weight - claimed weight is 460g, unusual for Schwalbe to claim over.

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    Nice build! How much was the saddle? That will be a great light and nimble xc machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Nice build! How much was the saddle? That will be a great light and nimble xc machine.
    Thanks, got quite a few parts coming in now.

    Price was 21.50 or $33.70, so very very cheap. Mine had a small crack in the 3K weave right at the back, so I messaged the seller and they are sending me another - no exchange necessary. In the meantime I've fixed the crack with some epoxy so each saddle was 10.75!

    Frame weight: 2322g including headset and seatpost clamp (although no picture). My RP23 is having a service at the moment, and bushings are in the post - will weigh when it's all back together.

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