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So after finally getting all the little things taken care of minutes before the start of the weekly nite ride, I was off to get a feel for my new streed. Mind you I have not done a fitting yet, I took the seat and post directly of the old Anthem and ran it as such. I was running a 120mm stem previous but opted for a temporary 110mm to get me started. Anyway on to my impressions of the first outing. The first thing I noticed was how quick this bike is out if the hole, I keep telling my self that there is no way the rear suspension on this bike can be as efficient as the old Anthem due to a 1/4" more stroke on the Fox but it is and that was with me running to little air in the rear. The new X seems as quick turn to turn as the old 72 degree HT versioned Anthem while feeling a lot more stable. Speaking of the old 72 degree head angle, this particular ride is a fast, rooty, twisty single track layout. The old Anthem could get very light in the rear when banging thru these same roots where as the X was more point and click. The ride quality in the rear is the biggest noticable difference, these same roots would jar my fillings loose where the X is as supple as my Trance:) My build included the new SID world cup, I came away very impressed! The ride quality exceeds my old Fox right out of the box:thumbsup:
 

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I'm a new Anthem X2 owner. I'm coming off a Santa Cruz Bullit and Heckler for the last 7-8 years (I don't have experience in the 4" travel category). I was very surprised how "endless" my Anthem X felt going down the rough stuff. Needless to say, I'm very pleased with how efficient the Maestro suspension is going up technical sections (great traction without the wasted "squish"). I love this new "kind" of bike and wonder why I waited so long to make the switch from longer travel trail bikes.
 

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Saturday will be the first technical XC ride on the bike at Boyette Scrub here in beautiful Tampa, then I am off for a fitting. This ride consists of lots of rocky, rooty whoops and will be a good test of the Sid's tracking ability. I will post up some ride impressions.
 

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For me, this will be a Giant Anthem X0 in a few days.

I come from a TREK Fuel EX 9.7 (12,7 Kg). I didn't use the 130 mm of the fox because I'm not and I never will be a DH racer.

I love bikes very light and fast and with a minimum of comfort (I'm 56 years old)

Knowing my past, Can you say me if I could have a deception with the X0 ?

Sorry for may bad english and thanks in advance for your answers.

Pat
 

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I have just finished building my new X0 frameset with all the parts I had been using on my carbon XTC race rig from this year.

Finally taken the full suspension plunge........and boy am I pleased with it - this frame ROCKS!!!!

Its has built up to 21.54lbs including pedals, bottlecage and cateye wireless and on 2.1 Nobby Nics.

Gave it it's first run yesterday and its just superb. Razor sharp and honestly feels quicker on any climb I tackled yesterday as the traction was so good. I can't quite put into words just how good I think this bike is.

My build is...

X0 Frameset
Stans Race 7000 Wheels
Magura Durin 100 Forks
Extralite bones chainset + ceramic bearings
Full X.0 drivetrain with gripshift
Thompson Masterpiece seatpost + elite stem (100mm)
Controltech carbon bar ends
KCNC 600mm flat bars
Eggbeater 4 Ti pedals
XTR Cassette
Hope Mono Mini Pro brakes (160mm F, 140mm R)
Specialised Phenom Ti saddle
USE Titanium spinstix QR's
Furious Fred/Racing Ralph/Nobby Nic depending on conditions....
 

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Anthem1........

Is your Trance the regular Trance or X?
Please compare how your Anthem X compares to your Trance (hopefully regular Trance). My Trance rides very well but would like to make it lighter.

Thanks
 

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I have the original 05 Trance with a Reba fork and pushed Fox float 3. The trance is a little plusher ride, and turning is slower. Where with the Anthem turns are just a thought and your railing, with the Trance turns are a little more deliberate. I love both bikes for what they do differently, for instance this past weekend I rode a new trail system that consists of narrow ridges, swithbacks and techy climbs and decents. The Trance with it's slower handling and confidence inspiring ride allowed me to hang on the rear tire of some trail thrashing regulars. Once I commit this trail to memory I will unleash the FURY of the Anthem. The Anthem, partly due to it's weight and it's more efficient pivot is quicker out of the hole and the fact that Giant relaxed the HT angle a degree did wonders for the slow speed handling of the new X versus the original Anthem but high speed handling on the X seems to be just as quick as the original. I am currently looking for an 08 Trance frame to replace my 05, the newer frame features the same geometry with a large weight savings altho no where near my 5 pound Anthem X frame.
 

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Anthem 1 again.................

I am on a similar situation. I have an 05 trance 1 frame built up by myself, 24 to 25 lbs. Rode and raced during 2008 a regular Anthem. I liked the Anthem, but I am not 100% satisfyied with it. Did a "Climbing" time trial (about 6 miles) and 3/4 of the way into the race: beaten, tired, etc the climb turned rocky and technical. Partly I was tired and out of gas, but felt the suspension was not doing much for me transmitting much of the terrain irregularities right up to my but and spine. Felt like I had to struggle much to maintain traction. A suppler suspension allows smoother pedaling which is welcomed when every pedal stroke is a struggle. I may prefer a bit more weight on a frame in exchange for a smoother suspension.
When going from my 05 Regular Trance to my Anthem, I also noticed the Trance to be "Stiffer" and this extra stiffness produced a better feeling suspension.
I have also thought about going to the later 4.2" Trance models in order to save some weight, the 05 small Trance frame weights 7lbs. But I am not sure the performance will be the same. That extra weight may be providing the Stiffness I like, and the newer 4.2" Trance had the pivots repositioned.
So, now I have to decide what to exchange my anthem frame for, Anthem X, or newer 4.2" Trance.
 

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G'day Anthem1,
Glad you like your new ride.
I seem to remember a discussion about efficiency of Anthem X compared to Anthem and that extra half inch.
Glad to hear words from the converted. ;-)
Best wishes for the season,
Bear
 

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I've got my Anthem X setup on the indoor trainer right now with a slick on the back... I can't believe how efficient the frame is... I'm just floored, even with pro-pedal fully off on the RP2 shock. I can't wait to get some temperatures that are above zero in Canada!
 

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G'day Hardcore11,

Mate I feel for you. Injury forced me off the bike in 2007 for five months. Not riding = unhappy time.
Here in Sydney it has been in the high 20s to mid 30s (degrees Celcius, that is). Sunday last was a cooker - we set out mid afternoon with the temp at 36 degrees C. HOT!
If that's a medium size Anthem X then send it over.
Happy to give it some loving.

Best regards,
Bear
 
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