Giant Anthem Advanced 2007 review

The thick end of five grand is a lot of wedge to drop on a bicycle, especially one designed for getting muddy, so is the Anthem Advanced worth it? Well, Sort of. Giant has definately invested a great deal of their time and cash in researching the geometry of the Anthem, because from the first pedal turn you know that this bike is making a connection between you and the ground that's almost telepathic. You feel like you're heading into turns a split-second before your synapses have fired the decision from your brain to your arms.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £4,699.00 RRP | USD $6,299.99

Our review

A serious wad of cash gets you a seemingly telepathic frame backed up by a fine array of quality components.
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The thick end of five grand is a lot of wedge to drop on a bicycle, especially one designed for getting muddy, so is the Anthem Advanced worth it? Well, Sort of.

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Giant has definately invested a great deal of their time and cash in researching the geometry of the Anthem, because from the first pedal turn you know that this bike is making a connection between you and the ground that’s almost telepathic. You feel like you’re heading into turns a split-second before your synapses have fired the decision from your brain to your arms.

There’s no denying the overtly XC nature of this bike. Point it uphill, apply power and you’re climbing as quickly and efficiently as it’s possible to do on a mountain bike, and it’s thanks to Mavic, Easton and Shimano XTR for that.

But although some credit must go to those guys, most of it must still go to Giant because infused into the frame and very soul of the bike is something unusual for an XC race bike… a desire to be ridden fast downhill.

There’s no denying the overtly XC nature of this bike

Okay, so with a shade over three inches of rear travel, the speed and severity of the downhill must be measured carefully, but there is no getting away from the fact that this bike likes a bit of rough and tumble, too.

It’s not all plain sailing, though. We found our medium-sized Anthem to be large in both height and length for our 32in inseam and 5ft 9in tester. Some bodging of positioning components made it rideable, but we’d go for the small size if you’re not sure. That said, the size did seem to melt away when the bike got moving. The Easton carbon stem and riser bar does twist about a bit, but it’s not a deal breaker.

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The frame is available on its own for £2250 which is where the ‘sort of’ at the top of the review comes from. Because although the bike is a real ripper, you can get a whole lot of bike elsewhere for a lot less cash. The issue being, will ‘another’ bike have the same indefinable quality that this one has…

Product Specifications

Product

Name Anthem Advanced
Brand Giant

Bottom Bracket XTR Hollowtech III
Seat Angle 73
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.0
Rear Tyre Barracuda
Front Tyre Size 26x2.0
Front Tyre Barracuda
Available Sizes 14.5 Inches 16 Inches 18 Inches 20 Inches
Available Colours Black/White Blue/White
Wheelbase (in) 41.9
Standover Height (in) 31
Chainstays (in) 16.7
Stem EA90
Shifters XTR Rapidfire
Seatpost Easton EC70 Carbon
Saddle Gobi
Brakes XTR
Rims Cross Max SL-R
Rear Shock Float RP23
Rear Hub Cross Max SL-R
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR
Head Angle 72
Handlebar Monkey Lite
Front Hub Cross Max
Front Derailleur Shimano XTR
Frame Material T800 Carbon Composite
Fork F80X
Cranks XTR
Chain XTR
Cassette Shimano XTR 11-34
Wheelset CrossMax SLR