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I referred to the other two Giant Bicycles I’ve review as squishy speed machines. They aren’t even close to the speed and squishiness of the Trance! With 5.5 inches of travel I glided all over the mountain!
To stay fare to the Anthem 27.5 and Anthem X 29, I rode the entry level Trance to get a feel for this monster at the ground level. Pretty effing impressive.
By now you should know I’m a big advocate for the 27.5 wheel set. Best of both worlds they say… and when I pick up a BRAAPPmobile for myself, it will most definitely be one with a 27.5 set up. When you add that with a crap load of suspension… you glide over objects with a lot of speed.
FAST, lots of squish, solid entry level drivetrain.
That’s a lot of squish. This model comes with a front lockout. A rear is needed for sure. It would also be nice to have adjustable suspension (this comes in upgraded models).
I really enjoyed the Trance 27.5 3. It was the most fun bombing down the mountain. When it came to climbing, things got a bit interesting… but the intent for this model is more so for said bombing down the mountain.
If you do more down than up in your mountain thrashery… go with the Trance 27.5 3. If you have a little more funds in your wallet… go with the upgraded models, the better components will serve you well to turn this downhill monster into more of an all around mountain ripper!
I got into mountain biking back in 2004 and rode pretty hard till 2010 then gave it up for different activities. After riding cyclocross for the last few years and watching folks transition from cross to mountain, my interests peaked.
Local bike shop owner and buddy of mine Matt Blevins (Blevins Bicycle Co.) carries Giant Bicycles. When he first got them in/opened in 2011 (with 2012 models) I honestly wasn’t that amped on them. Each year since then Giant has complete transformed with aesthetically pleasing design/color ways and quality set up right out of the box. They seriously are nailing it!
A lot has changed in MTB’s the last 4 years. From 26″ to the 29″ wave (yes I know 29″ wheel sets have been around for a long time, but it seems the last 4-5 years they’ve been set as the standard) and now 27.5″… the choices!
The Giant Anthem is my introduction to 27.5″ and let me tell you… this thing is fast as hail!! My initial thought (transitioning from cyclocross) is that this must be how monster truck drivers feel. Seriously… there are no boundaries with this squishy speed machine! I spent this last Saturday and Sunday riding the mountain trying to find some of the gnarliest climbs and descents.
On climbing: Obviously it’s totally different from anything I’ve been use to lately. It was a bit weird to get a hang of. I’d stand to climb and squish right through my power with each pedal stroke. I learned it most efficient sitting back and staying as smooth as I could to limit bounce in the rear suspension. On really steep climbs I’d stand, stay low, and up on the handlebars to achieve the same effect.
On descending: HOLY BALLZ THAT’S FAST!! That’s really all you need to know.
The next few weekends I’ll be riding a couple different Giant models and comparing them. I’m looking forward to spend more time on the mountain with these squishy speed machines.
Go to Giant Bicycles and check out the specifics on the Anthem 27.5 3. Keep in mind this is the lowest end model of the Anthem 27.5 and it still handled AMAZING right out the box.
Same here, but I’ve not owned a legit MTB in many moons. Watching a lot of people pick up a gnar shredding mountain machine makes me want to get back into it.
Go to Geekhouse and check out Marty’s Wormtown 29er build. This sucker is pretty rad!!