Giant Anthem X
Comfortable climber: The Anthem X 29er 4 eats up climbs where
traction is limited and square edges are plentiful. The Maestro rear
suspension keeps the rear wheel hooked up and the rider comfortable enough to ride as long as your legs will allow.
The stability of the Anthem means that it isn’t an ultra-playful bike. Lifting the front wheel over obstacles and
throwing the bike around the trail can be a bit of a
challenge and isn’t really what the Anthem is designed for.
If you’re after a livelier ride on the way down, look to
Giant’s new Trance X 29er.
Braking: Many cross-country bikes have trouble maintaining traction under heavy braking. Once again, Maestro
does its thing. The Anthem remained confidently planted,
even on steep, hardpack descents littered with braking
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
For many cross-country riders, 27-inch-wide handlebars
may seem wide enough, but we think going with an option
in the 28- or 29-inch range would add another level of control to the Anthem.
If you are looking to upgrade one area of the bike, make
it the wheels. While Giant’s S-XCs are fine, upgrading to a
lighter, stiffer wheelset will help the bike track better
under hard cornering and lighten the load on steep climbs.
The Anthem X 29er 4 is a solid trailbike with capability and versatility far beyond its price tag. With a smart
component spec and the same frame as the top-tier
Anthem X model, the 4 is dialed for recreational trail riders out of the box, yet can be upgraded as the owner’s
skills progress. ;
Bang for your buck: Giant’s Maestro rear linkage relies on its
mechanical design, meaning you don’t need a top-dollar shock
to get great performance. Even at a relatively modest price
point, the Anthem comes with a Shimano 3x10 drivetrain and
hydraulic disc brakes.
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
GIANT ANTHEM X 29ER 4
12. 75" high
3. 9" (front)
3. 9" (rear)
RockShox Recon Silver TK 29
RockShox Monarch R
Giant S-XC 29er 2 ( 29")
Schwalbe Racing Ralph ( 2. 25")
Giant Connect ( 27. 2" wide)
Shimano M552 (42/32/24)
Shimano HG62 10-cog (11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28- 32-36)
29 feet (per crank revolution)
5.1 feet (per crank revolution)
None (weighed with Shimano XTR Race)