Will i find better for money? anthem?

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Will i find better for money? anthem?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 16:52 pm

Hi just about to buy a giant anthem x2 2012 for £1395.
Any thoughts on this bike or anything i have missed in my search?.
The bike will be used on local bridleways, woods, trial centres etc and hopefully a little bit off racing.
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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 18:36 pm



Sorry should have said the bike is from Pauls the £1395 is with delivery charge.
I really cannot see any where better than this and am hoping the bike will be great for my riding, only got a hardtail after selling a pitch pro (awesome bike to heavy/much travel for my riding) and also selling a trek ex8 which was great but felt very soft.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby supersonic » Mon Dec 24, 2012 18:42 pm

How about the 2011 X3?

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.p ... 1b4s1p3494

Almost identical spec, but cheaper. Better version of the fork too.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 18:52 pm

supersonic wrote:How about the 2011 X3?

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.p ... 1b4s1p3494

Almost identical spec, but cheaper. Better version of the fork too.


Hi didnt realise it was a better fork, in what way?.
BUT and its a big BUT i hate the colour and im a tart!. :D

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby supersonic » Mon Dec 24, 2012 18:53 pm

The F100 is a lighter version as far as I know. Evo is the new 'budget' range.

So a better bike for £130 less...

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 18:56 pm

supersonic wrote:The F100 is a lighter version as far as I know. Evo is the new 'budget' range.

So a better bike for £130 less...


The spec is very similar but no boost valve on the rear shock, not needed on the giant suspension system?

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby supersonic » Mon Dec 24, 2012 18:58 pm

It gives a little more adjustment to the pro pedal settings, but pro pedal is not needed much anyway due to the Maestro design.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby WindyG » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:02 pm

The 2011 X3 does have a boost valve as I have one. I looked at the 2012/13 bikes and the spec is less for more money.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:07 pm

WindyG wrote:The 2011 X3 does have a boost valve as I have one. I looked at the 2012/13 bikes and the spec is less for more money.


Whats it look like in the flesh so to speak?, not sure if the color is a bit marmite love it or hate it.
Also good to have someone to speak to who owns one, how do you find it?.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:13 pm

Oh and while on the subject went to see a 2012 x1 but that was £2400, no way is the bike that much better ok its all round xt but £1000 more!.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby supersonic » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:21 pm

X3 2012 is good value too at 1k - get the Reba RL which is a better fork still, but take a hit on the spec and shock.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:29 pm

I had pretty much made my mind up that the x2 2012 was the best deal spec and looks wise, glad i asked the question now!.
x3 2012 is £900 at pedalon.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:36 pm

But its sram (not a big fan) and a monarch rear shock?.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby supersonic » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:42 pm

The Monarch R works well - lacks lockout, but may not need it. The SRAM kit is basic but functional. I'd pocket the change, and when it wears out get SLX.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby WindyG » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:43 pm

little wiser wrote:
WindyG wrote:The 2011 X3 does have a boost valve as I have one. I looked at the 2012/13 bikes and the spec is less for more money.


Whats it look like in the flesh so to speak?, not sure if the color is a bit marmite love it or hate it.
Also good to have someone to speak to who owns one, how do you find it?.


I agree it is marmite for sure, I totally love it, my frame is small so it comes in at 11.4kgs which is lighter than my Scott Hardtail and this shows in the handling and it climbs like a rocket, I have some Easton carbon handlebars on order and will most likely replace the stem and seatpost for lighter options as well. Only negative is it does pick up the mud around the rear shock.
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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby little wiser » Mon Dec 24, 2012 19:47 pm

Well im going to go to pedalon after xmas and have a look at both i think, £500 is a lot off money so little undecided.
If its a press fit bottom bracket can you fit shimano ht11 to it with adapters?, only ask as my hard tail is all xt with slx crank, maybe worth swapping bits over?.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby supersonic » Mon Dec 24, 2012 20:00 pm

You would need a Shimano press fit BB - but your cranks would work with it.

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby WindyG » Mon Dec 24, 2012 21:31 pm

little wiser wrote:I had pretty much made my mind up that the x2 2012 was the best deal spec and looks wise, glad i asked the question now!.
x3 2012 is £900 at pedalon.


The wheels on that are also a downgrade from the P-XC2 and a little heavier

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Re: Will i find better for money?

Postby b45her » Tue Dec 25, 2012 21:49 pm

http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes ... tml?b=3026

Just a thought if you looking to spend around £1300 .
ribble sportive for the black stuff

Canyon Strive AL 8.0 for the brown and green stuff.


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