Giant enters the 29er market for 2011 with the all new Anthem X 29er. Some may have seen it raced by Giant XC pros back in April at Sea Otter where it won it’s first event, the Classic Super D. Developed with the help of those same racers, the Anthem X 29er features a lightweight FluidForm ALUXX SL frameset, confident geometry, and Maestro Suspension… with the added benefits of 29-inche wheels. The new bike should be one of Giant’s most versatile XC bikes. We’re definitely looking forward to getting some real time on this bike for a full fledged review. In the meantime, check out this video from Outdoor Demo, where Andrew from Giant highlights some of the features of the new Anthem X 29er.
NEW ANTHEM X 29ER HIGHLIGHTS GIANT’S 2011 OFF-ROAD LINE
Anthem XC series welcomes a 29er to the family, while other Maestro Suspension bikes including Trance X and Reign see major technology updates
FRIEDRICHSCHAFEN, Germany — Giant unveiled its much-anticipated 2011 Anthem X 29er—along with three other updated Maestro Suspension-equipped off-road performance bikes—today at the Eurobike Demo Day event.
The Anthem X 29er arrives with an XC racing pedigree and several professional wins to its name already. Giant Factory Off-Road Team racer Carl Decker helped develop the 29-inch-wheel version of the venerable Anthem X platform, and in April Decker won the first race he entered with it, the pro Super D at the Sea Otter Classic. Decker won again with the Anthem X 29er in June’s Test of Endurance, a grueling 50-mile XC event in Oregon.
“The bike feels amazing and I’m still getting used to what it can do,” Decker says. “Obviously it’s really stable on fast descents but I also love the control it gives you. You can stand up and climb with way more traction.”
“That versatility is exactly what we were aiming for,” says Giant Mountain Bike Category Manager, Kevin Dana. “We wanted to have the shortest, quickest wheelbase possible without compromising overall stability. It’s a fine line, and we relied on feedback from test riders like Carl to nail it.”
To give the Anthem X 29er quick, race-worthy handling while minimizing wheel flop, engineers designed the ALUXX SL aluminum frame with a 71.5-degree head angle and standard fork offset.
In addition to 4 inches of race-proven Maestro Suspension, the Anthem X 29er benefits from a host of new Giant technologies including its OverDrive headtube with 1 1/8-inch top and 1 1/2-inch bottom headset bearings for greater rigidity and steering precision; a MegaDrive oversize rectangular-section downtube and oversize toptube for maximum torsional stiffness; and a PowerCore press-fit bottom bracket.
The Anthem X 29er also features ample rear tire clearance—enough to run a 29 x 2.3-inch tire—and is compatible with 2×10 or 3×10 drivetrains.
The main goal with Giant’s other 2011 Maestro-equipped performance off-road bikes—including the Anthem X cross-country bike, the Trance X trail bike and the Reign all-mountain bike—was introducing new features and technology without adding weight. Each of these models has received significant modifications to improve their individual ride qualities.
Anthem X, Trance X and Reign all benefit from the addition of Giant’s MegaDrive oversize downtube and toptube design, which makes the frame torsionally stiffer without adding weight. Each also features a more rigid OverDrive headtube and the new PowerCore press-fit bottom bracket for optimized pedaling efficiency.
The 2011 Anthem X frameset weighs in at 2350 grams for a Medium size frame with paint and hardware, which, even with all the new features, is equal to the weight of the 2010 frameset. Overall, the new design modifications result in a frame that’s 2 percent stiffer than last year’s model.
The Trance X, Giant’s popular trail bike offering 5 inches of Maestro Suspension technology, features a newly designed straight top tube for maximum stiffness and weight savings. It also features an effectively slacker head angle (0.5 degrees via a 5mm taller for spec) for increased control. The modifications result in a frame that’s 75 grams lighter than last year’s Trance X and also 4 percent stiffer overall.
And Reign, the all-mountain offering with 6 inches of Maestro Suspension, features a slightly slacker head angle (0.5 degrees less) for more confident handling in aggressive terrain, plus a shorter headtube to give it a lower center of gravity. With the new modifications, the 2011 Reign weighs 115 grams less than the 2010 model.
The 2011 Anthem X, Anthem X 29er, Trance X and Reign off-road performance bikes will be available at Giant retailers later this summer. For more information on these and the rest of Giant’s new 2011 line, please visit giant-bicycles.com.