Giant Anthem X0 XC Full Suspension

4.73/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $5600.00


Product Description

  • RockShox SID World Cup 100mm suspension fork
  • SRAM X.0 drivetrain, Avid Juicy Ultimate disc brakeset
  • Race Face Next handlebar and seatpost
  • Mavic CrossMax SL wheelset


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dantheman762 a Racer from Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2011

Strengths:    Incredibly light for an aluminum frame and it's stiffness is even more surprising (I'm 160lbs, high-tempo, low-wattage rider). I found one of the last '09 X0's in the country and this thing is unbelievable. I'm coming off of an '07 Fisher Hi-Fi, so this is my first XC race bike and I definitely made the right choice. Climbs like it has a motor, tracks perfectly through rough downhill sections and is laterally stiffer than my old Hi-Fi trail bike. I was skeptical about the braking being active without any rear pivots, but Giant's Maestro design is no hype - it's the real deal! It carves corners noticeably tighter than my old trail bike (no surprise there, especially after I swapped the 110mm stem for a 100mm), but without the expected twitchiness on the rough downhills. I feel like I haven't lost 20mm of travel at all, so it's a win-win.

Weaknesses:    RockShox SID World Cup is a little finicky to set up with the dual air chambers, but this is my first Rock Shox fork, so no big deal. Because the bike sat in a shop for 2 years, one of it's oil seals is leaking, but not a big issue and not a fault of Giant or RockShox.

Bottom Line:   
Handles like a dream, climbs like it has an engine and is 1/2lb heavier than the super-expensive Advanced SL Carbon version... it's a no-brainer - this Anthem X0 is the best value in a lightweight xc race bike ever. No wonder they stopped offering the X0 spec after 2009. If you can find one, even used, buy it! If I could give it 6 chilis, I would have.

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Favorite Trail:   TJ's Way, Superfly

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Impala Bicycles (Whi

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Cake, Gary Fisher Hi-Fi (26er), Motobecane Fly Team Titanium 29er, Norco Faze.

Bike Setup:   2010 Anthem X3 frame, but with all of the '09 X0 parts transplanted (due to the fact that the '09 X0 I found was an XL and I needed a size Large, so they swapped everything over for me... for $3200 no less!), but I sold off the stock drive-train and brakes for a SRAM XX set-up. Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.1 Evo tires (Stan's converted) on stock Crossmax SL wheels, Time ROC ATAC XS pedals, swapped the stock Race Face cockpit out for Easton EC70 post and bars and EA70 stem (100mm from the stock 110mm). So, it's a bit of a mix-and-match bike, but in essence, it's an '09 X0... unless they made any geo changes from '09 to 2010?

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Veda a Cross Country Rider from Indonesia

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2010

Strengths:    The cheapest of world class XC race full suspension aluminum frames. Very sharp handling, great weight balance, great suspension when combined with RP23, climbs very well though not as well as DWlink frames, takes lots of abuse.

Weaknesses:    Not as stiff as others especially compared with the much more expensive Pivot Mach 4 but the Anthem X frame is lighter by 200-300 gr. The Mach 4 also pedals like a hardtail while this one needs the propedal on to be almost like a hardtail.

Bottom Line:   
It's awesome for the price, actually probably unbeatable but there are weaknesses such as mentioned above and wide side to side flex at the rear triangle. But that flex also helps keeping the tires planted at turns and could be the way it was intended by the engineers. Summary: it felt noticeably worse than frames costing almost twice as much but for the price it's probably impossible to beat and would make the perfect practice bike for newbies or a great training bike for experts. Good resale too. 3 stars because 5 stars is probably impossible to attain for any frame.

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Favorite Trail:   Melimbra

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Giant Authorized Dea

Similar Products Used:   None but I've tried and tested lots of other xc race style full suspensions.

Bike Setup:   Built from zero using X9 + XT sets comes out to 12kg exactly when using Panaracer Fire XC tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by skeres a Racer from melbourne, australia

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2010

Strengths:    Light and very responsive for a hardtail.

Weaknesses:    Could always be lighter.

Bottom Line:   
After stepping off a Yeti 575, the bike is much more responsive to ride, but a little less capable of absorbing drops and jumps. I know you have heard it before, but this bike climbs extremely well, and tracks even better down high speed rough and steep surfaces. It's the most all round cross country race bike I have ever owned, at a price that I couldn't go past.

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Favorite Trail:   Cressy Climb (going down)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Cycleworks

Similar Products Used:   Giant xtc, Yeti 575, Scott Scale.

Bike Setup:   Anthem X frame, Fox F100RLC forks, Formula Oro24 Breaks, Mavic SLR Wheels, SRAM XO (Twist grip shifters, rear derailleur) XTR Front derailleur, XT cranks, time Atac pedals, Crossmark tubeless tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dr. Chris a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2010

Strengths:    easy to use gears and good balance, great brakes, good travel in suspension and very easy to set up.
love the XTR gear selection, you are always one hit away from dropping down 3 gears to keep going in tough terrain


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line, we always get screwed in Australia with prices of just about everything, this bike is no exception, however, if i ask myself would i buy it again, YES i would.
The quality Giant have put into the welding and equipment used on the bike make this the F1 of MTB's. I feel confident with all terrains. LOVE IT!!.

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $8900.00

Purchased At:   Port Melbourne Cycle

Similar Products Used:   no similar bike, this is the best


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by carbonlink a Cross Country Rider from Hacienda Heghts, CA

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff no bob suspension, light AL frame, fast forward motion feel

Weaknesses:    only one color to choose (white)

Bottom Line:   
considering this is aluminum and not carbon this is Light and fast bike, Maestro suspension really works. the 15 QR gives you confidence on bombing down the hill.

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Favorite Trail:   Turnbull Canyon, Whittier

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Buenapark Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic

Bike Setup:   Fox 32 RLC 100mm 15 QR, Crossmax ST, Carbon Easton bar, XTR and XT combination, Raceface deux crank, Hayes stroker Carbon IRC mibro tubeless

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim naylor a Cross Country Rider from taos n.m. usa

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2009

Strengths:    great suspension and stiff laterally

Weaknesses:    hard to setup shock

Bottom Line:   
great handling xc bike. The semi custom builders better lookout. close in stiffness as motolite and half as cheap. similar ride to motolite, but not as stiff in head tube area.

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Favorite Trail:   sbt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   taos cyclery

Similar Products Used:   titus moto lite

Bike Setup:   cheap mavics, xtr shifting and brakes, fsa carbon seatpost and matching cranks, fox 32 talas rlc only use first two settings. answer carbon riser bar. albert tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sutty86 a Cross Country Rider from Tasmania, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2009

Strengths:    Spec, Weight, Looks, Quick but stable steering, Suspension action is very smooth and predictable, very good climber.

Weaknesses:    My bike is size XL, although the braking power is OK i think the 6" front and 5" rear rotor is a bit small for the average rider weight that fits on an L and XL frame. The bike should come with 7" front and 6" rear rotor. I.e Scott spark/scale,
The frame is very light for and aluminium frame so its dents very easily!


Bottom Line:   
The only things i will be changing on the bike will be XTR cranks, Ceramic BB, and upgrade the brake rotors to 7" front and 6" rear and i will proberly cut 20mm from the bar width.
The bike is a dream to ride, the suspension is super easy to set up, i have played with the pressures on the fork but the factory recomended psi for my weight is pretty spot on (135psi) however i do run 5 psi less in the positive air chamber for better small bump complience.
I only ever have the RP23 pro-pedal set to 1 as the design of the suspension keeps pedal "bob" to a minimum.
Over all its nearly imposible to get a bike that rides this well with a spec this good for the price unless you go secondhand!

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Favorite Trail:   Stubbs Road

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Derrico Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized stumpjumper,Giant trance,Santa Cruz superlight, Avanti competitor

Bike Setup:   Colour: White/Black/Brushed Alloy
Fork: Rockshox SID Team w/PopLoc 4"/100mm
Rear shock: Fox Float RP23 w/multi-adj. ProPedal
Rear derailleur: SRAM X-O 9 speed
Front derailleur: Shimano Deore XT 34.9
Shifters: SRAM X-0 trigger shift 27 speed
Crankset: Raceface Deus XC X-Type 22x32x44T
Bottom bracket: Raceface Deus XC X-Type
Chain: Shimano XTR 9 speed
Cassette Shimano Deore XT 9 speed 11-34T
Brakes: Avid Juicy Ultimate w/6"front & 5"rear rotors
Brake levers: Avid Juicy Ultimate
Wheelset: Mavic Crossmax SL UST Tubeless Disc wheelset
Tyres: Maxxis Crossmark UST Tubeless 26x2.1
Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg beater SL
H.bar: Raceface Next SL Composite low rise
Stem: Raceface Deus SL
Seat post: Raceface Next SL Composite
Saddle: Fi'zi:k Gobi XM W/MG rail + carbon reinforced
Grips: Ritchey WCS True Grip Foam Black
Bottle cage: Blackburn Carbon Matte

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SoloSteve a Cross Country Rider from Calgary, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2009

Strengths:    Light, stiff, agile. Very responsive but tough enough to take some abuse when I want to get aggresive.

Weaknesses:    Stock grips

Bottom Line:   
Awesome ride. Very responsive, quick acceleration, and slightly more comfortable on agressive descents than my Advanced.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Cyclepath Calgary

Similar Products Used:   Anthem Advanced

Bike Setup:   SID World Cup, stock Race Face cranks, bars, stem and seatpost, Crank Brother Cobalt wheelset, XTR shifters and derailleurs, Ergon GX-1 grips, Crank Brother Eggbeaters, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Gympie

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2009

Strengths:    Light,stiff, responsive,comes with full XTR groupe set.The faster you go the better the handeling

Weaknesses:    A little vauge steering at low speed in tight stuff, i may need a shorter stem.

Bottom Line:   
As i said this review is for the X LTD.This is an awsome bike,I cant believe how balanced it is, i have fliped the stem and droped the bar height as low as it will go and i still don't feel over the bars on steep decents. Had a little problem with pedle bob at first but found by running round 12/15% sag in the shock has solved this.Comeing from a 140mm travel bike i thought i would struggle a little but the anthem feels like it has more than 100mm travel and with a good height of the bottom bracket it gets over the top of just about everything i could on the prophet but easier.It took me a bit to sort the shock but the fork was so easy to set up with all the info right there on the fork and it is faultless and the remote lock is A1. The only gripe i have is the steering at low speed in tight single trail,but this could be the 100mm stem,perhaps i would be better suited to a 90mm stem to sharpen the steering a little.
If you are after one bike that ticks all the boxes,no coulors them in,then this is it.Hard tail acceleration with dual suspention comfort.
I am giving it 5 chillies for value cause i got a great deal,plus you pay the same price for a bike one to two kg's heavier with a Heins variety of spec.

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Favorite Trail:   Non specific

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Pedle Power

Similar Products Used:   Giant Hard tail,Kona Kula Delux, Cannondale Prophet

Bike Setup:   Stock Anthem X LTD, Full XTR groupe set, Race Face Next riser bar, Race Face Duce SL 100mm stem, Giant Carbon seat post, Sid world cup fork,Fox RP23 Shock, Fi zi K Tundra saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Dee a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane Australia

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2009

Strengths:    comfy,light, light whels for good acceleration, absorbs drops far better than my hard tail, good value for money,climbs well for a dually

Weaknesses:    stock seat totally uncomfortable,steering vague at times,(could just be the operator tho), have been over the bars a few times too (might just be the operator again)

Bottom Line:   
great value especialy before the aussie dollar fell through the floor,very comfy, wheels light but strong and straight,
Would recomend it to anyone who still wants a bike that will climb well but doesn't plan to win x country races or to any one who wants to have fun and the older guys over 40 who find the hard tails to harsh.

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Favorite Trail:   nivana or stupidly happy

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3800.00

Purchased At:   strathpine cycles

Similar Products Used:   Stumpjumper fsr (I thought it wasn't nimble enough)

Bike Setup:   xtr wheels and crank for an extra $300 bucks,what a bargain,specialised seat( comfy) and head stem reversed(negative angle) and spacers taken out and put on top to try to get some weight over the front wheel

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Crafty Canuck a Cross Country Rider from BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2008

Strengths:    Incredibly light, suspension works very well. Did I mention it climbs like a goat? Agile, fast, a dream to hammer. I used to race, this bike really makes me want to race again.

Weaknesses:    Not a bike you want to buy if you want a ride that will cover your mistakes.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike to buy if you want to go fast and have the skill to push this bike, it will reward you. The Aluminum frame is fast and dialed, but definitely high strung, if you soften up the suspension the XO gets a lot more compliant, which can be nice. Still if you want a bike that dishes out a bit of fogiveness on your average ride, this isn't the bike for you. If you are good and don't have to prove it, this bike is for you.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Lots, Giant, Dekerf, Rocky Mountain, Specialized, Brodie etc, etc

Bike Setup:   As per Canadian spec. Lovely Spec, just loverly.

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