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My Anthem X3 Updated 14-9-13

Postby WindyG » Mon Nov 05, 2012 22:05 pm

Decided it was time to upgrade from my Scott Aspect to something a little better, a 2011 Giant Anthem X3 much better spec than the 2012 even if the colours are a bit marmite for some. So far only added pedals Shimano PD-M540's and swapped the Maxxis Crossmarks for Ignitors. I work for a scale company so have access to calibrated scales and including pedals it weighed 12.4 Kgs. Just need to get it muddy now :D

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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby chez_m356 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 00:34 am

WindyG wrote: even if the colours are a bit marmite for some.Just need to get it muddy now :D

i think they went a bit overboard colour matching the cables, but the mud will soon sort that out :lol: a great bike you got yourself there mate, very nice :D
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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby fnq59 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 06:41 am

I have the X0 from a few years ago, you will love it!

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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby hopper1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:43 am

WindyG wrote:Decided it was time to upgrade from my Scott Aspect to something a little better, a 2011 Giant Anthem X3 much better spec than the 2012 even if the colours are a bit marmite for some. So far only added pedals Shimano PD-M540's and swapped the Maxxis Crossmarks for Ignitors. I work for a scale company so have access to calibrated scales and including pedals it weighed 11.4 Kgs. Just need to get it muddy now :D



Is that Scales and Balances, Thetford?... I bought a 20kg calibration weight from them for my Quarq's :wink:
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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby WindyG » Tue Nov 06, 2012 17:48 pm

chez_m356 wrote:i think they went a bit overboard colour matching the cables, but the mud will soon sort that out :lol: a great bike you got yourself there mate, very nice :D


Still I can always change them later on if I need to, the better spec was more important.

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Is that Scales and Balances, Thetford?... I bought a 20kg calibration weight from them for my Quarq's :wink:
Nice bike, by the way.


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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby mikeyj28 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:06 pm

how does your bike ride?
Have you taken it for a good test? Do you plan on doing any upgrades?

Nice bike by the way and a good choice!!
Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.

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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby WindyG » Thu Nov 08, 2012 18:01 pm

Had quick 20 miles ride, very impressed, very light, gear changes are smooth, couldn't fault it at all. I think I have the front shock set up bang on, rear might need a little tweaking. I also managed to crash it as well :lol: went straight over the handlebars when the front slipped away from me in some mud.

As for mods, saddle first as I don't like the Fisik one, the shape seems more suited for road use so it'll go one my road bike, I'll change the seatpost for a lighter one but other than that, I'll see how it goes.

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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby mikeyj28 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:09 pm

WindyG wrote:Had quick 20 miles ride, very impressed, very light, gear changes are smooth, couldn't fault it at all. I think I have the front shock set up bang on, rear might need a little tweaking. I also managed to crash it as well :lol: went straight over the handlebars when the front slipped away from me in some mud.

As for mods, saddle first as I don't like the Fisik one, the shape seems more suited for road use so it'll go one my road bike, I'll change the seatpost for a lighter one but other than that, I'll see how it goes.


What size is the seatpost? Are the wheels good/nice and light?

Hope your bike is still in one piece
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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby WindyG » Thu Nov 08, 2012 21:51 pm

The seatpost is 30.9, wheels are good enough for now I won't replace them until I need to.

Bike was fine it just landed in some mud as did I, wipe off and get back on. If you don't fall off your not trying hard enough :-)

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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby raceface gt » Thu Nov 08, 2012 22:05 pm

Nice bike buddy,

Nowt wrong with a bit if colour.

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Re: My Anthem X3

Postby WindyG » Sat Jan 26, 2013 16:18 pm

Some new upgrades to the bike to drop a little bit of weight off, Easton EA50 Stem, EC70 Carbon Bars and EC70 seatpost, Hope Head Doctor and Zefal bottlecage, had to change the bottle cage as the shape of the Elite I originally fitted made it hard to get the bottle out due to the small frame. Full spec at the bottom.

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Frame: Giant Anthem X3 AluxX SL aluminum, Fluid Formed TM 4.0"/100mm Maestro Suspension
Rear Shock: Float RP2
Forks: Fox F100 RL-11
Bars: Easton EC70 Carbon Low Riser
Stem: Easton EA50 100mm
Headset: FSA
Grips: Giant Lock on


Front Brake Lever assy: Avid Elixir 5
Front Caliper: Avid Elixir 5
Front disc: Avid HS1 160mm
Rear Brake Lever assy: Avid Elixir 5
Rear Caliper: Avid Elixir 5
Rear Disc: Avid HS1 160mm
Hoses: Shimano


Shifters: Shimano SLX
Cables: Shimano
Front Mech: Shimano SLX
Rear Mech: Shimano XT Shadow

Seat: Fi'zi:k Tundra 2 Manganese rails
Seat Post: Easton EC70 carbon
Seat Post Clamp: Giant

Cranks: Shimano SLX Hollowtech 2
Chainring(s): Shimano 24/32/42
Chain: Shimano HG74
Cassette: Shimano SLX
Pedals: Shimano M540 SPD
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Integrated Press Fit

Front Wheel: Giant P-XC2
Rim: Giant P-XC2 DW aluminium
Spokes: Sapim Race
Hub: Giant Tracker
Tire: Maxxis Ignitor

Back Wheel: Giant P-XC2
Rim: Giant P-XC2 DW aluminium
Spokes: Sapim Race
Hub: Shimano M525
Tire: Maxxis Ignitor

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby paulneenan76 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 22:32 pm

It's certainly marmite colours, I don't dislike it, different is good. Strangely, the pictures you recently took make it look more appealing to me for whatever reason. My mate has the same one in the more usual white n blue and I think I like yours better - don't tell him though ;D
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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby WindyG » Sat Jan 26, 2013 23:43 pm

Cheers, I bought it for the spec primarily, I had been looking at 2012 bikes in the shop which were blue and white when I saw one of these hung on the racks, the colours didn't really bother me,I knew it wouldn't look good to some but I don't care about things like that anyway :-) Need to change the wheels at some point as these are a bit heavier than I would like.

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby The Spiderman » Sun Jan 27, 2013 09:19 am

Nice work . I reckon silver cables would look good on that. BTW saddle looks a long way forward on the rails?

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby WindyG » Sun Jan 27, 2013 09:50 am

The Spiderman wrote:Nice work . I reckon silver cables would look good on that. BTW saddle looks a long way forward on the rails?


I might change them to a different colour when they need doing, in no hurry. Been playing with different saddles and positions, i'm quite comfy with it there though.

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby WindyG » Sun Jan 27, 2013 15:31 pm

I've also removed the indicator windows off the SLX shifters as to me they were pointless anyway plus it's 20g less weight :-)
Future plans will be new wheels undecided on what yet, saddle, will go for a Charge Spoon and then I'll go 2x10 when the chainrings need changing.

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby The Spiderman » Sun Jan 27, 2013 21:17 pm

Those Tundra saddles are reasonably light at 220g.The Spoon will be heavier if you are concerned about weight. Might be worth looking at the Charge Knife instead.

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby WindyG » Sun Jan 27, 2013 21:39 pm

Nice one, that Knife does look a good option, the Tundra is light but the shape doesn't suit me which is why I've been playing about position wise.

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby The Spiderman » Tue Jan 29, 2013 07:32 am

The Tundra is firm, certainly less flex in it than the Gobi that I also have. However, I also have a road bike with an Arione saddle and I've done 125 miles on that so figured that since the Tundra is the mtb version and a similar shape it ought to be ok.

Saddle tilt definitely has an effect on comfort , and making sure your sit bones are in the right place.

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Re: My Anthem X3 Updated 26-1-13

Postby The Spiderman » Tue Jan 29, 2013 07:40 am

As for wheels I've got Roval Controls on mine mostly because I got them for a very good price on ebay, but if I were to be looking at the moment I'd find it hard to look past the £300 Superstar lightweight option.

Worth losing the weight from the wheels, makes the bike feel much livelier.


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