Built to give Giant World Cup pros every advantage, this is quite simply the fastest XC bike ever produced by Giant. We took the world’s best-performing suspension system, Maestro, and mated it with the incredibly lightweight, stiff and sharp-handling Advanced SL-grade composite frame. With the massive MegaDrive downtube, super-stiff PowerCore bottom bracket and all-new OverDrive 2 oversize headtube, you have a complete high-performance system that takes the mountain bike beyond integration.
Fox F100 FIT RL Terralogic with QR15 thru-axle, OverDrive 2 tapered steerer suspension fork and Fox FLOAT RP23 Adaptive Logic rear shock with Kashima coating
Shimano XTR componentry
Giant Contact SLR composite stem, handlebar and seatpost
Strengths: Light, fast and pretty to look at. All XTR equipment and very reliable.
Weaknesses: None with the exception that the bike is way too good for the current riders ability.... give me time though!
After months of considering other bikes made by Specialized, Lapierre, Santa Cruz etc, etc. I stumbled upon this little gem. On researching I began to challenge what bikes were used by the successful professional mountain bikers out there and worked on the logic, if it's recommended by them, then it must be something special. Living in the UK, Liam Killeen is the UK No 1 ranked mountain biker in the country and his favourite bike is the Giant Anthem X Advanced SL. I have to agree with him since buying this bike. It's light, responsive, fast, and, although not a critical requirement of a bike, very nice looking! I managed to pick this up used at less than half the cost of its brand new price tag but if paid full price wouldn't be giving 5 chilli's - shop around if you're interested and you may be lucky. You can actually turn heads with this bike! It does everything it needs to with the utmost efficiency. Buy this bike and every ride will have you grinning cheek to cheek. You'll be flying past the competition. It does everything well, and just that little bit better than every other bike I've ever ridden.
a Weekend Warrior
from NY, NY
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2011
Strengths: I just picked this bad boy up at half off to clear inventory for the 2012 model. The thing is a frigging work horse. It's quick, can take a beating and is really the best bike I have ever ridden.
Like everyone said, if you have the cash this is one of the best bikes ever made.
Similar Products Used: Marin Eldridge grade, cannondale trail 2
Bike Setup: Stock
from Prevost, Quebec, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2011
Strengths: In fact, the bike it self ! Great stability, took rough sections with ease (even if you are tough with), very light, great rear suspension (Maestro) : the bike seems to look at you with a smile and asking you «give me more»...«come on, you're not fast enought»...
Weaknesses: With very powerfull strokes in pro-pedal mode, you can still feel a little bit of rebound.
You have to use your imagination and change some parts to give it a «attractive» and «killer» look (but that dont change his strenghts).
If you have the cash, go for it. You can't mistaken. It would help you to race like a champion, like Ned Overend.
Take great care and clean it, the bike always repond as well as the first day you bought it. Even if the bike didn't look very attractive when you see it, you can make some changes and give the bike a very great look, if you want to...
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I've been on 29ers for a couple years now and I'm loving them. Recently, I've been thinking of adding a 26" XC race bike to the stable. Most of the courses I race on are tight, but some of them are also rooty. Don't know if I'd be wasting my money getting a 26" inch bike. I thought maybe the Anthem ... Read More »
Just wondering if anyone else is waiting for, or has received a 2011 Anthem X Advanced SL 0?
I placed my order two weeks ago and I've been told that it will be available until the end of the year.Read More »
It's my first post here. I have a Giant Trance 2, 2005 model, and I love it. Now I want to upgrade to carbon and stay with Giant. The FS options are Anthem X Advanced SL or Trance X Advanced SL. I like the Trance but I think the 120 mm front with the 5.0 rear curse, it's too long for me, so ... Read More »