First Rides – 2017 Giant Anthem Advanced 0

The Anthem has been a staple in Giant’s line up of full suspension bikes the last several years. Over the years the bike has evolved from a dedicated to XC race bike to the modern version that leans heavily towards trail riding with a very versatile suspension platform and aggressive geometry.

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Giant has been using Maestro for quite some time, and the 2017 Anthem and Trance received a new Trunnion mount for the upper link. A Trunnion Mount bolts directly to the shock and uses a pair of bearings opposed to DU bushings.

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The Anthem Advanced 0 got 10 more millimeters of travel in the rear and 20mm more in the front. The front triangle is carbon with an aluminum rear that uses Boost spacing. The frame has full internal cable routing, PressFit bottom bracket, and stealth dropper routing.

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Build kit wise this bike sits at the top of the list with a SRAM Eagle kit, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, RockShox Deluxe shock and Pike fork, Giant XCR 0 composite wheels, Giant Contact dropper, and Giant carbon bars and stem. Pictured are a pair of ENVE M60 HV wheels, and Wolf Tooth GnarWolf chain guide.

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The geometry got a complete overall with the head angle getting slacked out to 68-degrees and the reach getting a little longer and the stack height a little lower.

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We dropped the stack height all the way down for a nice aggressive, forward position, and with the 760mm wide bars this bike has a dedicated trail feel.

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First rides proved a much different suspension feel from we are used too from Giant’s Maestro design. Our testing thus far has been on flowy XC trails, but also some of our more technical trails to really test the limits of this redesigned bike. We would be lying if we said we weren’t having fun. Keep an eye out for more regarding this machine in the coming weeks.

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