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#101 out of 420 Full suspension bikes
Brand: Giant



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  • basshunter
    *****

    I got the 2011 Anthem X1 26" bike as my first real bike, for racing and everyday riding. This is almost a perfect bike for my style of riding. Crazy fast, super comfortable. I use it for XC racing and as an everyday rider. I even entered a mild super-D event and it rocked it! solid drivetrain with XT where it really counts, and SLX on the things that just need to work well. I have found that the harder I push the bike, the better it handles. the suspension is set a little stiff for everyday riding, but as soon as you open up the power on it, it makes sense. It eats downhills for breakfast, then launches up the next hill without even flinching. I am looking at the new 27.5 carbon model for my next race season.

    Pros
    Maestro
    Fork
    Tires
    Drivetrain
    shocks are tuned for racing
    good stock wheelset

    Cons
    shocks are tuned for racing

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  • breeves_2000
    *****

    I highly recommend this bike to the novice XC rider as well as the more experienced one.

    Pros
    This bike is great. It's the first one I've really liked since my Gary Fisher Sugar. The rear suspension isn't too active and this bike it light and tough.

    Cons
    The EA50 stem, handlebar, and seatpost should be at LEAST the EA70 to be on par with the rest of the components. The WTB laserdisc wheelset is nice, but not very sturdy.

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