a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2010
Strengths: Responsive light agile.
Weaknesses: It is breakable, crossmax wheels require a lot of maintenance, I wasn't keen on the xtr brakes replaced these with juicy's.
I loved this bike. It is a fast xc bike. Although, it is breakable. I am a 55kg female and I managed to crack the middle of top tube in a fall. Unfortunately Giant didn't warranty the frame, understandable though when you read the warranty conditions. I am now looking at an aluminium replacement.
a Cross Country Rider
from Gainesville, FL , USA
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2008
Strengths: Frame is extra stiff and very light.
Weaknesses: Not much, perhaps, cost but when compared with other bikes in this category it is right on target.
I reviewed this bike last year about one month after purchasing. I now have several thousand miles on it and multiple upgrades. I like this bike even more now than I did out of the box. This is still extremely fast and agile. Perhaps the best bike I have ever owned, right next to my 95 GT Team LTS. In my opinion the value has only gone up on this bike. This is a bike for the racer and the endurance rider. It is fast and extremely responsive. I don't know of any other bike that climbs anywhere near as well as Anthem Advanced.
Bike Setup: XTR Cranks, brakes, front and rear derailleur, Rotor Q rings and SABB, Roval E5 Wheels, DT 190 carbon shock, Fox f80X fork, Gore Ride-On Cables, Speedplay Frog Pedals, S-Works Fast Trak Tires
a Cross Country Rider
from Chattanooga, TN
Date Reviewed: December 18, 2007
Strengths: Lightweight. Fast handleing. Stiff headtube and bottom bracket.
Weaknesses: A little expensive. White not my favorite color.
This bike was a pleasant surprise when I first took the Anthem 0 on a test ride. The suspension was very efficient yet still had great small and large bump compliance. The suspension is active under braking which gives the bike great control. The anthem advanced is even better the the aluminum version. It is stiffer and at the same time a little smoother riding. My only complaint I have had is the color. I think white is a bad color for mountain bikes because it shows too much dirt. I do have to admit that the bike looks geat when clean though. I was so impressed with the ride of this bike, I sold my Ellsworth Truth to get this. I think that says alot for the ride quality of the Anthem because the Truth rides great. The anthem rides better and handles better.
Similar Products Used: Titus Racer-X, Ellsworth Truth, Anthem 0, Tance 1, Trance X1
Bike Setup: Sram X0 rear der. and shifters, XTR cassette, front der. and crankset. King hubs, sapim laser spokes and DT XR4.1 rims, Nevegal tires, Easton ec90 seatpost and Monkey Lite SL handlebars, Hope Mono Mini brakes
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2007
Strengths: Light, stiff, XTR especially the wheels
Weaknesses: 80 mm fork gives you too steep a head angle, not enough pedal clearance. I don't like the stock tires
This bike is sweet with the 100mm fork and XTR group. The XTR shifters seemed a bit touchy until I got used to them. I was concerned that the wheels would be weak, I weigh 180 and have been riding them with no problems or truing needed. I agree with others, this bike accelerates and climbs really well. The frame is very stiff and the rear suspension with the rp23 works well. it's expensive, but it is an awesome XC rig. 4 chilies for the 80mm fork, 5 with the 100.
Bike Setup: stock with slr xc saddle ,xtr pedals and straight bar with barends
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2007
Strengths: Super quick handling. Carbon frame, rear triangle, and linkage not only makes it super light but also really comfortable on the trail (23.1 lbs straight out of the box in Large, no pedals). You feel so connected, without fatigue on super-long rides. The overall build kit is the best, '07 XTR is the best ever (so much faster than my X-O Carbon last season). The Fox 80X feels better than last years X, and the Fox RP23 is a noticable upgrade from the Fox RP3 of last year.
Weaknesses: Limited Availability.
Buy it if you can. It is worth every penny. The reviews are true.
a Cross Country Rider
from Helsinki, Finland
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2007
Strengths: Weight, components, looks, handling!!!
Weaknesses: It is almost too nice, I don't push it as hard as my old bike. When it comes to the parts, the XTR disc brakes have not yet been as nice as my old Formula Oro K18. Time will show. The modulation and braking power should improve after a few more hours of use. The Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels are great except for the freewheel. How many teeth are there? I miss my instant engagement of the Hope Pro II hub... However, with this bike, one is most likely pedalling all the time and thus not paying attention to freewheel teeth, but still. I would have preferred a quicker engaging freewheel when starting to pedal even if the sprockets carried a few grams of extra weight.
The Giant Anthem Advanced is a really nice bike. I have previously made compromises on uphill performance and prioritized smooth and plush downhill performance.
The S-works SJ FSR 120 was a light and versatile bike, but lacked true uphill efficiency. I found myself all too often wishing for a hard tail when being left behind in steep hills.
The S-works had 120mm of rear travel and 130mm of front travel. Moving to the Anthem with roughly 90mm of rear travel (3,5") and 80mm of front travel... I thought the downhill performance difference would be bigger, but the only difference so far is that downhill riding needs to be a bit more active and choose easier lines than before. The loss in time on downhill streches is definitely made up for in the next uphill.
The Anthem Advanced is at its best when going uphill and riding fast flat trails. Bunnyhopping, pushing it into corners, quickly accelerating out of corners... the anthem truly excels as a really balanced race bike.
--> Much nicer than the Cannondale Scalpel which felt uncomfortably front heavy and the twitchy rear on the scalpel didn't exactly impress me either. I am sure many scalpel owners would disagree, but with my riding style and weight (80kg) the Giant feels more reliable.
All in all, the Giant has convinced me but the list price of 6700 € is too high for the bike to receive 5/5 chills on value. In performance/overall rating, I don't have the slightest doubt. For me the bike is probably going to be the first one in years that I don't sell in less than a year due to some disappointment. I have found what I looked for.
This is a follow up to my previous "Weakness" comments. The XTR shifts better (In my opinion) than any other component group I have ridden. It shifts very fast and the bike handles like it's on rails (as the saying goes). Deffinately not for the novice but a blast for everyone else. I was surprised that it handle noticeably better than my 2006 Anthem 1.
Got to ride my new Anthem today for the first time. I ran the rear shox at 175 psi and started with the fork at 80psi. I weigh 185 in riding gear and had sag of a little less than 20% on the fork and 30% on the rear shox. I noticed after warming up on the first trail I had used all the available tra ... Read More »
I'm upgrading to a race oriented full suspension 29er through my LBS. My team has a deal with both Cannondale and Giant and I'm looking at Giant's Anthem Advanced 1 and Cannondale's Scalpel 29er Carbon 2
Both bikes have their pros and cons as I see it but I'm looking for some advice f ... Read More »
Have a 26" Trance from 2007, and want a new FS race 29er.
First I thought that a Specialized Epic 29er was what I wanted, but now I think that Anthem X 29er is the bike for me.
I really like the spec. on Anthem X Adv. 29er 1, with XT and Sid, but it seems like it is sold out in Sweden in my size. ... Read More »
Is it worth it going for the Anthem X 29'er Advanced 2 instead of the Anthem X 29'er 1? Frame only options seem out of wack price wise.
I am 5 foot 9.5" tall and will weigh 165-180 riding season. I am recovering from a back injury. I ride cross country singletrack mostly with the odd obstacle or ... Read More »