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    Anyone on the new 27.5 anthem?

    It's 110 rear and 130 front. It seems like it would be great for long rides but I haven't jumped on one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by party_wagon View Post
    It's 110 rear and 130 front. It seems like it would be great for long rides but I haven't jumped on one yet.
    Really? 100+ views nobody on one of these yet? Maybe they opted for the A29er instead....
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    i had a 17 anthem advanced 1, it had a fox 34 120 on it though. I prefer the 29er. I put rocket ron 2.6 and 2.8 on it and it was a fun and fast ride. Really smooth and efficient suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeduda View Post
    i had a 17 anthem advanced 1, it had a fox 34 120 on it though. I prefer the 29er. I put rocket ron 2.6 and 2.8 on it and it was a fun and fast ride. Really smooth and efficient suspension.
    The new 27.5 anthem seems like it has pretty good geometry for an endurance bike. It is pretty close to the Santa Cruz Tallboy. It comes 110 rear with a fox 34 130 front.

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    Serious question. Why are you considering a 27.5 wheelsize for an endurance bike? Seems like 29er dominates the category. I couldn't move away from the bigger wheel to the 27.5 but I also haven't ridden a "racey" 27.5 bike. I'm by no means a bike snob or a wheel size yeller but I'm curious.

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    I rode my 27.5 anthem for last years lumberjack. I don't think it made me any faster or slower than the 29er. It was a comfortable ride and that's what mattered most to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeduda View Post
    I rode my 27.5 anthem for last years lumberjack. I don't think it made me any faster or slower than the 29er. It was a comfortable ride and that's what mattered most to me.
    Makes sense... What made you choose the Anthem 27.5 over a 29er when you were getting a new bike?

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    I get the "family" discount on Giants, i wanted to try something different that wasn't full on moto knowing i would probably go to the new 29er that was coming out the next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yahsper View Post
    Serious question. Why are you considering a 27.5 wheelsize for an endurance bike? Seems like 29er dominates the category. I couldn't move away from the bigger wheel to the 27.5 but I also haven't ridden a "racey" 27.5 bike. I'm by no means a bike snob or a wheel size yeller but I'm curious.
    $2600 for a complete bike when I already have a set of spline 1501 27.5 is a tempting package. Giant alloy frames are only 200 grams heavier than the carbon counter parts. Nino didn't fare poorly on 27.5. He dominated on 27.5. I'm on 27.5 because the closeout deals are better. Jenson is selling 27.5 Fox Factory Stepcast for $300 right now. The 29er one is like $800. I like the $4k build as an endurance build but would also consider doing a frame and fork purchase since I already have most of the other stuff for a build.
    Last edited by party_wagon; 03-08-2018 at 01:37 PM.

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    I'm on the yellow '18 27.5 and so far I like it. I rode it in Pisgah with some endurbros last Saturday and then Sunday I went and laid down a PR on the local 1:30 xc loop. I wanted a bike that could hang onto the back of local xc races but still go ride the rowdy stuff in the mountains, and this bike really nails it.
    I'll ride the Pisgah 111k and ORAMM on it this year. Those will be a couple of true tests. If you are racing "traditional", smoother, xc marathon events I would probably look into the 29er. The aluminum version with GX Eagle and carbon wheels looks like a pretty good value.

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