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    Replacement fork for Anthem Advanced X 29er

    I have worn the stancions on my Fox Float fork that came stock with the bike. Any suggestions on a good replacement. I am thinking used but may go new. Maybe even go up to 120mm travel.
    I ride and old guy race in Western Canada (Calgary to the Coast) so technical trails, lots of climbing, and I am no too bad going downhill.

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    I would....and this is just me...find a 120mm pike or fox 34 to put on it. I suspect there should be plenty of those available in the "slightly used" market with many bro-riders opting for bigger/longer forks on some bikes than what came stock. My stock Reba blew up, and I put an older fox 32 I had laying around on my bike. I feel like the 32mm stanchions are....well, a bit noodley. But then I'm a bigger guy. A budget choice for a new fork might be something like a Suntour Aion. Be aware, putting a 120mm fork on an Anthem 29er may void your frame warranty.

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    Thanks,
    I am a bigger guy as well so thats a good point. If I go new it will be Fox or RS but would prefer a gently used option instead.

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    Want to buy a Fox 32 off of a 2012 Anthem? This one: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/anthem-x-29er-1-2012

    Probably has about 2,500 miles on it. Been sitting in the shed unused for three years or so.

    $75 + shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbr4527 View Post
    Want to buy a Fox 32 off of a 2012 Anthem? This one: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/anthem-x-29er-1-2012

    Probably has about 2,500 miles on it. Been sitting in the shed unused for three years or so.

    $75 + shipping.
    The fork on that bike can be extended out to 120 mm by moving a pin in the air spring assembly (quick workshop job).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    <snip> and I put an older fox 32 I had laying around on my bike. I feel like the 32mm stanchions are....well, a bit noodley.
    Fox 32's were not just a "bit" noodly. They were more noodly than the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    The Pike/Fox 34 advice is good. Or even a RS Revelation (which was also 32mm stanchions) - the Rev is SOOOOO much less noodly than the Fox 32. In my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Fox 32's were not just a "bit" noodly. They were more noodly than the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    The Pike/Fox 34 advice is good. Or even a RS Revelation (which was also 32mm stanchions) - the Rev is SOOOOO much less noodly than the Fox 32. In my experience.
    Well, my Reba was 32mm stanchion too, and it was also noodly. I stand by my advice for something with larger stanchions for big guys, even just riding XC. My single speed also has a 32mm stanchion fork on it, which is somewhat noodly, but I couldn't find any straight steer forks with 34mm stanchions.

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    I'd definitely go for a 120mm fork, it makes the Anthem a much better trail bike and I'd also say got for a 34-35mm stanchion fork like an F34, Pike, Trace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Well, my Reba was 32mm stanchion too, and it was also noodly. I stand by my advice for something with larger stanchions for big guys, even just riding XC. My single speed also has a 32mm stanchion fork on it, which is somewhat noodly, but I couldn't find any straight steer forks with 34mm stanchions.
    You can't. You have to go with a Fox 36 if you want a beefy fork any more for a straight head tube.

    And I'm not surprised you found the Reba noodly.

    Revelation ≠ Reba, even given the similarly sized stanchions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post

    Revelation ≠ Reba, even given the similarly sized stanchions.
    Oh, I believe you. But I've reached my conclusions and I'm old and set in my ways. Future forks for me will have 34mm or larger stanchions because I don't figure I can go wrong that way. I've learned I should idiot proof processes as much as possible for other people. Since I'm a bigger idiot than most, I try to make double sure I've done the best I can for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Oh, I believe you. But I've reached my conclusions and I'm old and set in my ways. Future forks for me will have 34mm or larger stanchions because I don't figure I can go wrong that way.
    It's a good policy. I'd probably go even further and say don't bother with anything less than 35mm - Pike, Fox 36, Ribbon, etc.

    I've learned I should idiot proof processes as much as possible for other people. Since I'm a bigger idiot than most, I try to make double sure I've done the best I can for me.
    Be patient - I believe that we are going to see the return of coil forks in the trail/AM/enderpo categories...

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