On review we have the all-new Giant Anthem 2, a completely different beast to the outgoing 2016 model with a far more aggressive character. Before we get testing let's see what is in store.
The not-so-minor details
Giant Anthem 2
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Seriously good spec for the price.
FOX 34 fork.
Shimano SLX 1x11.
The Anthem 2 is one up in the range from the base model at $3499, the middle of three aluminium frame Anthems with a $2499 and $4999 model on either side. Spend more and there is the Anthem Advanced range, with a composite/carbon front end and a higher spec. There is also a 29er Anthem still in the range that uses the older 2016 frame with current components.
For more on the 2017 Giant range including the new Trance, Reign, women’s specific LIV and XTC hardtail check out our overview here: Giant and LIV 2017 highlights.
While the Anthem has been around many years, the 2017 takes a slight shift in direction away from the cross country category it’s known for, taking a step into the trail bike category with more suspension travel, dropper post and slacker angles.
Visibly different is the new carbon one-piece rocker link above the rear shock, and the new side mounting (called a trunnion mount) shock. The introduction of the trunnion mount has allowed Giant to use a longer stroke rear shock and at the same time positioning it lower in the frame.
Fork travel is 120mm with the new FOX Rhythm 34 fork using the new GRIP Damper. With boost hub spacing at both ends the fork looks especially beefy and wide, and a meaty tread Schwalbe Nobby Nic front tyre confirms the new Anthem is going to love hard riding.
Giant’s dropper post is a sight for sore eyes, we’re over the moon to see dropper posts gaining spec on a shorter travel and lower price bike like this, excellent stuff!
We’re pleased to see Shimano’s new SLX 11-speed drivetrain as standard, no front derailleur necessary with the great range delivered by a 11-42t cassette and 30t chainring. We have recently reviewed the incredibly great value SLX groupset here – Shimano SLX review.
Time to get it dirty, stay tuned for our review over the next few weeks.