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I'm looking for a bike to dabble a bit more in racing, and durable enough for daily riding. As for endurance riding, I do some epic rides, but it's rare. I'm not one to climb out of the saddle, as that is not the most efficient for my little out of shape self. And, if you swear that you won't tell, my stats are 5'9/145lbs.

What are the thoughts on reliability, climbing, bob, etc. You guys know what your opinions are, I want to hear it.

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:) Me
 

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WOW!!! Thats quite a range you have there. All kidding aside, I think you need to look at what your primary use will be. If you are going to be a dedicated racer, the Racer X will be the tool. If you are going to race a few times per year and trail ride the rest of the time, then save some money and go for the Anthem.

If you search the Titus forum you will see that the population that owns an X is COMPLETELY happy with the bike. The thing to consider is that there will be quite a price range between the X and the Anthem.

From what I have read, both are great bikes in their own right. You need to decide which one works best for your riding style and your budget.

OH YEA!!! See if you can ride both to see what you like best.
 

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Racer X

I'd say get the racer x and climb out of the saddle! :)

Enjoy
 

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Chelle said:
I'm looking for a bike to dabble a bit more in racing, and durable enough for daily riding. As for endurance riding, I do some epic rides, but it's rare. I'm not one to climb out of the saddle, as that is not the most efficient for my little out of shape self. And, if you swear that you won't tell, my stats are 5'9/145lbs.

What are the thoughts on reliability, climbing, bob, etc. You guys know what your opinions are, I want to hear it.

Thanks

:) Me
The anthem is significantly more affordable depending on which model you go for. The frame is identical across the line though. Another bike that is a great value that is comparable is the Iron Horse Azure. Both have very efficient suspension. I own a precursor to the Azure and can attest to how well it climbs and it's lack of bobbing.

The Titus is an awesome bike from everything I've read and seen. But the frame alone costs as much if not more than some complete Anthems and Azures. I think you might want to spend some more time considering your needs and budget as this difference is significant.

The Titus is very light. the Anthem frames are also light. The Azures are slightly heavier but they say it was designed with enduro riding in mind.
 

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The one big thing, bigger companies (Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc) offer a much better components/$ than Custom and Semi-Custom/Smaller businnesses. That said, a lot of people are extremely happy with spending the extra cash on the Titus. Just my 2 cents, but X0 Carbon derailler and shifters, hayers carbon levers, hydro discs, R7 platinum, crossmax tubeless rims for only $5200 CDN is a smokin' deal. But hey, its all up to you and what you think about it.
Good luck:thumbsup:
 

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If money is no option go for the Titus. Yes big companies will give you more bang for the buck, but when you compare the 2 frames you will see Titus's attention to detail a bit more refined. I went from a Giant NRS(no bobHT like) to a Salsa (fine and light frame except too short top tube)and finally to the Titus (its as if they based the geometry on my frame) and have never looked back. worse case scenario, buy the anthem and if you don;'t like it sell the frame and transfer the parts to a Racer-X. Oh yeah, best way to choose is to see which bike fits ya the best. That was my mistake on the Salsa and I can't say I was ever overly happy with the Giant's fit either.

Good luck and enjoy whatever you choose
 

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Just remember, every frame has a lifetime warranty now-a-days, but it's all a matter of finding the frame design that works best for you. With every big name, and even the smaller name companies, there has always been people that loved certain frames, and hated certain frames. The one thing I like about the Anthem (which I plan to buy soon:p ) is that if you don't like the frame, you still have some pretty high end components to switch to another frame.:thumbsup:
Hope you find your true dream bike:D
 

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Chelle said:
I'm looking for a bike to dabble a bit more in racing, and durable enough for daily riding. As for endurance riding, I do some epic rides, but it's rare. I'm not one to climb out of the saddle, as that is not the most efficient for my little out of shape self. And, if you swear that you won't tell, my stats are 5'9/145lbs.

What are the thoughts on reliability, climbing, bob, etc. You guys know what your opinions are, I want to hear it.

Thanks

:) Me
I have an Anthem 1 custom build (2006) with full XTR and had a 2006 Trek Top Fuel 110 (with full XTR and REBA World Cup forks). The Anthem shits on the Top Fuel!

I have just purchased another Anthem 1 frame (sexy blue) and transplanted all my Top Fuel components onto it, and am gonna sell the Trek frame.

The Anthem is fantastic. Believe the hype! :thumbsup:
 
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