TRICKS, TIPS OR UPGRADES?
The geometry on the bike is aggressive enough that we probably wouldn’t put a flat bar on this bike, but riders looking for an
even more aggressive position might want to swap out the stock
riser bar. Our biggest complaint about this bike was the lack of
a remote lockout on the shock. A Full Sprint remote would have
made a huge difference and kept us from having to reach down to
switch the setting on the shock.
Our Anthem came stock with a 32-tooth chainring, and we definitely could have used a bigger size. It’s a small upgrade, but we
would also like to see better grips. The grips that came stock wore
out fairly quickly and weren’t that comfortable.
The Anthem is a bike designed to get you to the top step of
the podium. The build kit, the geometry and the price tag are all
designed for speed on the cross-country racecourse. The top-shelf
price tag will deter some from heading for the Advanced 0 model
tested here; however, Giant offers three other versions of this bike
with every bit of the carbon frame technology. Those bikes are not
22. 5 pounds
RockShox RS-1 100mm travel
RockShox Monarch RL
SRAM Rise 60, 27. 5"
Schwalbe Racing Ralph ( 27.5x2.25")
SRAM XX1 32t
Giant Contact SLR Low Rise (740mm)
SRAM XG1195, 11-speed ( 10-42)
KMC X11SL DLC
None (weighed with XTR pedals)
GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED 27. 5 0
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
Finding a balance: The Anthem has an impressively stiff front
end, especially with the addition of the RS-1. We did notice some
flex out of the rear triangle and linkage during hard efforts out of
the saddle, but overall, this bike delivers a very stiff chassis worthy of handling the hardest efforts of the fastest racers.
Race hard: Giant wanted to create a race bike that put racers in a more aggressive position. We would have preferred a
slightly stiffer rear end to match the unbelievably stiff chassis
of the RockShox RS-1 front end, yet the Maestro suspension
did its job dutifully and provided a race bike that felt truly fast.
only loaded with value but also ripe for upgrades as your racing
resume grows. We would be hard-pressed to find a 27.5-inch
cross-country chassis that rolls as quickly as this one does. We
highly recommend this bike—not only for top-level athletes, but
for those aspiring to that top podium spot. ❏