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    2019 Anthem 1 (27.5) vs 2019 Spark 950

    Hi all, Iím new to the forum and I would appreciate your opinion/ feedback on these two bikes. Iím in the market for a bike that can be used for XC racing,but still be capable when the trails turn rough. My LBS has these two bikes for roughly the same price. Thanks!

    https://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/p...spark-950-bike

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/an...-nx-eagle-2019

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    Both are nice bikes.

    But the Spark is a nicer bike.
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    Have you ridden both? I prefer the Scott based on specs and looks. The Giant does have Fox though, I have had back luck with RockShox & prefer Fox forks. If you can take them out for test rides (on trails) then buy the one you have more fun on.

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    I have not ridden both. Iíve seen both however and I tend to like the looks of the Giant better. It seems better specíd as well

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    Unless you're really short, why would you want small wheels for XC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markus_krk View Post
    Unless you're really short, why would you want small wheels for XC?
    maneuverability in tight sections. Do you think this is a bad choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidattack View Post
    maneuverability in tight sections. Do you think this is a bad choice?
    From everything I've read and seen, if you are serious about XC racing, "almost nobody" races on 27.5 anymore. There are just too many advantages to the 29er. Maneuverability in tight sections will depend more on bike geometry and cockpit setup (stem and bar length).

    Pretty much any new full sus XC bike with modern geometry will be able to handle most all mountain trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squidattack View Post
    maneuverability in tight sections. Do you think this is a bad choice?
    The bikes geometry is more of an influence on handling than the wheel size. I race on a 2018 Anthem Advanced Pro 1 29. A lot of the trails I ride have constant 180 turns because they are packed into small areas of local parks. I don't feel the 29 is any disadvantage in those turns and is much faster everywhere else.

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    Unless you are really duking it out for a top spot, the difference between 650b and 29er isn't going to be much of a deciding factor. I'm putting together my old 130mm 650b trail bike back together for rides where my Enduro is overkill, and plan to use it for a 24 hour race in the November.

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    At a quick glance, this is how I would decide:

    1. Which bike you like better of the two, for no other reason than "I like that one".
    2. If you want a trail bike where you are doing more up an down than racing, the 650b bike. A bike that you are using more for XC racing than climbing and descending, the 29er.

    In a perfect world, I would have a 29er and a 650b Enduro. When I am trail riding I prefer the big wheels, but when I am playing around, I like smaller wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidattack View Post
    maneuverability in tight sections. Do you think this is a bad choice?
    Yes definitely. 29-ers require some adjustment of the technique, so initial impression can often be they don't turn as good as the smaller wheels, but the problem is rather with the rider and not the bike itself.

    The only real advantage of the small wheels is air time - but I don't think you're planning to jump a lot on an XC bike. And you'll be much slower on 650b. 29-ers are just faster. Period.

    But really the best advice is to test ride both and see for yourself what you like the most.

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