Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1 2020
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GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED PRO 29 1 (2020)

In this preview, I’m going to explain what you need to know about the 2020 Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1, before buying it.

Cutting to the heart of it though, there are two main reasons why you should consider it:

First, if you’re spending a lot of time riding smooth, fast and flowy trails.

And second, if you’re searching for a new lightweight, carbon fibre dual-suspension mountain bike.

And now the details:

THE CARBON FRAME

It’s made from carbon fibre. Almost anything high-end is these days.

But why?

It’s lighter than aluminium yes, but not by that much. It’s used because of two reasons:

It’s much, much stiffer than aluminium. This means quicker power delivery to the trail - it’s significantly more efficient.

And it’s more comfortable. Carbon fibre is exactly that - a weave of fibres. It absorbs harsh impacts quickly distributes it over a larger surface area. So the ride over chattery rocks and tree roots feels muted.

Advantage:

You’re less fatigued over longer rides or on particular technical trails.

Giant uses a premium blend of carbon called Advanced-grade (hence the name Anthem Advanced). And it’s one piece.

Another important design change to note is that Giant now uses a carbon rear triangle as well. In the past it was aluminium.

This means:

Compared to an aluminium rear triangle, a carbon front and back end deliver significantly more torsional stiffness.

You need this because:

Increasing torsional stiffness further improves the Anthem Advanced Pro 29er’s handling. This is because the frame doesn’t flex in corners and rolling over rough terrain.

In other words, it holds it’s line better on the trail.

It’s also worth noting that all pivots roll on sealed bearings. These are used for two reasons:

First to stop grit and dust from contaminating the bearings and therefore the rotation action of the rear swingarm.

And second, to allow the rear shock to feel supple and ease into its travel seamlessly. Because any friction here has a disastrous impact on the rear suspension’s performance.

THE GEOMETRY

When setting out to make the ultimate lightweight cross-country mountain bike, Giant completely re-engineered the Anthem Advanced 29er’s frame.

This is the short of it:

They reduced the back end length by and 25mm and the increased the front length.

This is why:

Giant wanted this new one to be more agile, a better climber and quicker to respond to rider input. They also wanted better high-speed stability and a more comfortable rider position for endurance or marathon racing.

And this is how they did it:

Giant reduced rear centre’s length by 25mm. This change in itself delivered more response, better climbing and increased agility for tight cornering.

Then Giant decreased (slackened) the head tube angle from 71.5-degrees to 69.0-degrees.

A huge change. This made the Anthem Advanced far more stable at high speed. And planted in technical terrain and steep descents.

And also:

Dropped the bottom bracket height (J) from 43mm to 45mm; adding to the Giant Anthem’s grounded feel at warp speed.

Climbing ability and position on the bike also improved by making the seat tube angle steeper, from 73.0-degrees to 73.5 degrees.

NEW 12-SPEED SHIMANO

Shimano has finally caught up and delivered us a brand new 12-speed groupset.

Everything on the new 2020 Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1 is Shimano in the form of XT (second-tier) and SLX (third-tier) mountain bike components. So this Anthem Advanced build is all about affordable cutting-edge performance.

Rather than reading about all the new stuff, here are some videos (much more fun).

This is an introduction video from Shimano:

FOX SUSPENSION

As this is a lightweight cross country mountain bike, it only makes sense to use Fox’s lightest cross-country suspension fork (ever) - the 32 Step-Cast.

Fox has three levels of front suspension; Factory (first tier), Performance Elite and Performance.

There’s not much difference between the Factory and Performance Elite; making the Performance Elite the best value product in the range.

What makes it so good?

It’s a closed-bath damper (called FIT4). This means the oil and the air are separated (a good thing). An internal bladder houses the air and it’s surrounded by oil.

Separating the two prevents cavitation from occurring - causing air bubbles in the oil. Once this happens, the suspension feels firmer; resulting in a harsh ride.

It’s also worth noting that both front and rear suspension units have a remote handlebar switch that instantly locks the suspension for sprints and transitioning from off-road to the road, without needing to bend down.

It also features adjustments such as:

Air Pressure is based on rider weight. More weight equals more pressure. This affects Sag; how much the suspension compresses when you sit on it.

Rebound determines the speed of the suspension’s return speed. Set it fast for extremely rocky or tree root infested trails. Or slow for smooth and flowy single track.

Even though we setup the suspension, before you walk the Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 out the door, the following suspension tuning guides will help you too:

Fox 32 Step Cast Fox Float DPS

NEW CARBON WHEELS

The Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1 is built with Giant’s new hookless carbon rims. In fact, hookless rims are so beneficial that all aluminium and carbon Giant performance rims are now hookless.

So, what’s hookless?

Hookless rims erase the hook at the tip of the rim. Removing this hook has numerous advantages:

First, it removes the stress concentration at the rim tip. This tip is very tight and to wrap carbon fibres around this area introduces a certain weakness. The ‘flow’ of the fibres are interrupted, sacrificing the strength of the rim - especially under impact.

Not so with hookless.

It also makes the rim wider. Wider (to a certain extent) allows the tyres to open up and accommodate more air volume. This delivers better traction on loose surfaces and comfort.

The rims are laced to Giant branded hubs (they’re actually DT Swiss). And being sourced from DT Swiss is a very good thing because these guys make one of the most reliable and easily serviceable hubs.

Both hubs roll on precision sealed bearings. So they are going to be extremely durable and require minimal maintenance.

It’s also worth noting that Giant hasn’t just designed a rim and built it with some spokes and hubs. It’s a complete wheel system.

Everything from spoke tension, spoke angle, spoke positioning on the rim and impact resistance through a specific carbon-layup has been considered and implemented in its design.

GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED PRO 29 1 (2020)

In this preview, I’m going to explain what you need to know about the 2020 Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1, before buying it.

Cutting to the heart of it though, there are two main reasons why you should consider it:

First, if you’re spending a lot of time riding smooth, fast and flowy trails.

And second, if you’re searching for a new lightweight, carbon fibre dual-suspension mountain bike.

And now the details:

THE CARBON FRAME

It’s made from carbon fibre. Almost anything high-end is these days.

But why?

It’s lighter than aluminium yes, but not by that much. It’s used because of two reasons:

It’s much, much stiffer than aluminium. This means quicker power delivery to the trail - it’s significantly more efficient.

And it’s more comfortable. Carbon fibre is exactly that - a weave of fibres. It absorbs harsh impacts quickly distributes it over a larger surface area. So the ride over chattery rocks and tree roots feels muted.

Advantage:

You’re less fatigued over longer rides or on particular technical trails.

Giant uses a premium blend of carbon called Advanced-grade (hence the name Anthem Advanced). And it’s one piece.

Another important design change to note is that Giant now uses a carbon rear triangle as well. In the past it was aluminium.

This means:

Compared to an aluminium rear triangle, a carbon front and back end deliver significantly more torsional stiffness.

You need this because:

Increasing torsional stiffness further improves the Anthem Advanced Pro 29er’s handling. This is because the frame doesn’t flex in corners and rolling over rough terrain.

In other words, it holds it’s line better on the trail.

It’s also worth noting that all pivots roll on sealed bearings. These are used for two reasons:

First to stop grit and dust from contaminating the bearings and therefore the rotation action of the rear swingarm.

And second, to allow the rear shock to feel supple and ease into its travel seamlessly. Because any friction here has a disastrous impact on the rear suspension’s performance.

THE GEOMETRY

When setting out to make the ultimate lightweight cross-country mountain bike, Giant completely re-engineered the Anthem Advanced 29er’s frame.

This is the short of it:

They reduced the back end length by and 25mm and the increased the front length.

This is why:

Giant wanted this new one to be more agile, a better climber and quicker to respond to rider input. They also wanted better high-speed stability and a more comfortable rider position for endurance or marathon racing.

And this is how they did it:

Giant reduced rear centre’s length by 25mm. This change in itself delivered more response, better climbing and increased agility for tight cornering.

Then Giant decreased (slackened) the head tube angle from 71.5-degrees to 69.0-degrees.

A huge change. This made the Anthem Advanced far more stable at high speed. And planted in technical terrain and steep descents.

And also:

Dropped the bottom bracket height (J) from 43mm to 45mm; adding to the Giant Anthem’s grounded feel at warp speed.

Climbing ability and position on the bike also improved by making the seat tube angle steeper, from 73.0-degrees to 73.5 degrees.

NEW 12-SPEED SHIMANO

Shimano has finally caught up and delivered us a brand new 12-speed groupset.

Everything on the new 2020 Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1 is Shimano in the form of XT (second-tier) and SLX (third-tier) mountain bike components. So this Anthem Advanced build is all about affordable cutting-edge performance.

Rather than reading about all the new stuff, here are some videos (much more fun).

This is an introduction video from Shimano:

FOX SUSPENSION

As this is a lightweight cross country mountain bike, it only makes sense to use Fox’s lightest cross-country suspension fork (ever) - the 32 Step-Cast.

Fox has three levels of front suspension; Factory (first tier), Performance Elite and Performance.

There’s not much difference between the Factory and Performance Elite; making the Performance Elite the best value product in the range.

What makes it so good?

It’s a closed-bath damper (called FIT4). This means the oil and the air are separated (a good thing). An internal bladder houses the air and it’s surrounded by oil.

Separating the two prevents cavitation from occurring - causing air bubbles in the oil. Once this happens, the suspension feels firmer; resulting in a harsh ride.

It’s also worth noting that both front and rear suspension units have a remote handlebar switch that instantly locks the suspension for sprints and transitioning from off-road to the road, without needing to bend down.

It also features adjustments such as:

Air Pressure is based on rider weight. More weight equals more pressure. This affects Sag; how much the suspension compresses when you sit on it.

Rebound determines the speed of the suspension’s return speed. Set it fast for extremely rocky or tree root infested trails. Or slow for smooth and flowy single track.

Even though we setup the suspension, before you walk the Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 out the door, the following suspension tuning guides will help you too:

Fox 32 Step Cast Fox Float DPS

NEW CARBON WHEELS

The Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1 is built with Giant’s new hookless carbon rims. In fact, hookless rims are so beneficial that all aluminium and carbon Giant performance rims are now hookless.

So, what’s hookless?

Hookless rims erase the hook at the tip of the rim. Removing this hook has numerous advantages:

First, it removes the stress concentration at the rim tip. This tip is very tight and to wrap carbon fibres around this area introduces a certain weakness. The ‘flow’ of the fibres are interrupted, sacrificing the strength of the rim - especially under impact.

Not so with hookless.

It also makes the rim wider. Wider (to a certain extent) allows the tyres to open up and accommodate more air volume. This delivers better traction on loose surfaces and comfort.

The rims are laced to Giant branded hubs (they’re actually DT Swiss). And being sourced from DT Swiss is a very good thing because these guys make one of the most reliable and easily serviceable hubs.

Both hubs roll on precision sealed bearings. So they are going to be extremely durable and require minimal maintenance.

It’s also worth noting that Giant hasn’t just designed a rim and built it with some spokes and hubs. It’s a complete wheel system.

Everything from spoke tension, spoke angle, spoke positioning on the rim and impact resistance through a specific carbon-layup has been considered and implemented in its design.

GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED PRO 29 1 (2020)

In this preview, I’m going to explain what you need to know about the 2020 Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1, before buying it.

Cutting to the heart of it though, there are two main reasons why you should consider it:

First, if you’re spending a lot of time riding smooth, fast and flowy trails.

And second, if you’re searching for a new lightweight, carbon fibre dual-suspension mountain bike.

And now the details:

THE CARBON FRAME

It’s made from carbon fibre. Almost anything high-end is these days.

But why?

It’s lighter than aluminium yes, but not by that much. It’s used because of two reasons:

It’s much, much stiffer than aluminium. This means quicker power delivery to the trail - it’s significantly more efficient.

And it’s more comfortable. Carbon fibre is exactly that - a weave of fibres. It absorbs harsh impacts quickly distributes it over a larger surface area. So the ride over chattery rocks and tree roots feels muted.

Advantage:

You’re less fatigued over longer rides or on particular technical trails.

Giant uses a premium blend of carbon called Advanced-grade (hence the name Anthem Advanced). And it’s one piece.

Another important design change to note is that Giant now uses a carbon rear triangle as well. In the past it was aluminium.

This means:

Compared to an aluminium rear triangle, a carbon front and back end deliver significantly more torsional stiffness.

You need this because:

Increasing torsional stiffness further improves the Anthem Advanced Pro 29er’s handling. This is because the frame doesn’t flex in corners and rolling over rough terrain.

In other words, it holds it’s line better on the trail.

It’s also worth noting that all pivots roll on sealed bearings. These are used for two reasons:

First to stop grit and dust from contaminating the bearings and therefore the rotation action of the rear swingarm.

And second, to allow the rear shock to feel supple and ease into its travel seamlessly. Because any friction here has a disastrous impact on the rear suspension’s performance.

THE GEOMETRY

When setting out to make the ultimate lightweight cross-country mountain bike, Giant completely re-engineered the Anthem Advanced 29er’s frame.

This is the short of it:

They reduced the back end length by and 25mm and the increased the front length.

This is why:

Giant wanted this new one to be more agile, a better climber and quicker to respond to rider input. They also wanted better high-speed stability and a more comfortable rider position for endurance or marathon racing.

And this is how they did it:

Giant reduced rear centre’s length by 25mm. This change in itself delivered more response, better climbing and increased agility for tight cornering.

Then Giant decreased (slackened) the head tube angle from 71.5-degrees to 69.0-degrees.

A huge change. This made the Anthem Advanced far more stable at high speed. And planted in technical terrain and steep descents.

And also:

Dropped the bottom bracket height (J) from 43mm to 45mm; adding to the Giant Anthem’s grounded feel at warp speed.

Climbing ability and position on the bike also improved by making the seat tube angle steeper, from 73.0-degrees to 73.5 degrees.

NEW 12-SPEED SHIMANO

Shimano has finally caught up and delivered us a brand new 12-speed groupset.

Everything on the new 2020 Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1 is Shimano in the form of XT (second-tier) and SLX (third-tier) mountain bike components. So this Anthem Advanced build is all about affordable cutting-edge performance.

Rather than reading about all the new stuff, here are some videos (much more fun).

This is an introduction video from Shimano:

FOX SUSPENSION

As this is a lightweight cross country mountain bike, it only makes sense to use Fox’s lightest cross-country suspension fork (ever) - the 32 Step-Cast.

Fox has three levels of front suspension; Factory (first tier), Performance Elite and Performance.

There’s not much difference between the Factory and Performance Elite; making the Performance Elite the best value product in the range.

What makes it so good?

It’s a closed-bath damper (called FIT4). This means the oil and the air are separated (a good thing). An internal bladder houses the air and it’s surrounded by oil.

Separating the two prevents cavitation from occurring - causing air bubbles in the oil. Once this happens, the suspension feels firmer; resulting in a harsh ride.

It’s also worth noting that both front and rear suspension units have a remote handlebar switch that instantly locks the suspension for sprints and transitioning from off-road to the road, without needing to bend down.

It also features adjustments such as:

Air Pressure is based on rider weight. More weight equals more pressure. This affects Sag; how much the suspension compresses when you sit on it.

Rebound determines the speed of the suspension’s return speed. Set it fast for extremely rocky or tree root infested trails. Or slow for smooth and flowy single track.

Even though we setup the suspension, before you walk the Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 out the door, the following suspension tuning guides will help you too:

Fox 32 Step Cast Fox Float DPS

NEW CARBON WHEELS

The Anthem Advanced Pro 29er 1 is built with Giant’s new hookless carbon rims. In fact, hookless rims are so beneficial that all aluminium and carbon Giant performance rims are now hookless.

So, what’s hookless?

Hookless rims erase the hook at the tip of the rim. Removing this hook has numerous advantages:

First, it removes the stress concentration at the rim tip. This tip is very tight and to wrap carbon fibres around this area introduces a certain weakness. The ‘flow’ of the fibres are interrupted, sacrificing the strength of the rim - especially under impact.

Not so with hookless.

It also makes the rim wider. Wider (to a certain extent) allows the tyres to open up and accommodate more air volume. This delivers better traction on loose surfaces and comfort.

The rims are laced to Giant branded hubs (they’re actually DT Swiss). And being sourced from DT Swiss is a very good thing because these guys make one of the most reliable and easily serviceable hubs.

Both hubs roll on precision sealed bearings. So they are going to be extremely durable and require minimal maintenance.

It’s also worth noting that Giant hasn’t just designed a rim and built it with some spokes and hubs. It’s a complete wheel system.

Everything from spoke tension, spoke angle, spoke positioning on the rim and impact resistance through a specific carbon-layup has been considered and implemented in its design.

Colour Metallic Navy
Frame Advanced grade composite main frame, Advanced grade composite rear triangle, Maestro 90mm travel, Boost
Fork Fox 32 Float SC Performance Elite, FIT4 Damper, 2 position Remote, 15x110 Kabolt axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travel
Shock Fox Float DPS Performance Elite, SV, 2 position remote, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact SL XC flat, 31.8mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Contact Composite, 27.2mm
Saddle Giant Contact SL, Forward
Pedals N/A
Shifter Shimano XT, 12 speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow+
Brakes Shimano SLX hydraulic disc, Fr:180mm, Rr: 160mm
Brake Levers Shimano SLX hydraulic
Cassette Shimano SLX, 10-51T, 12 speed
Chain Shimano SLX
Crankset Shimano XT, 32T
Bottom Bracket Shimano press fit
Wheels Giant XCR 1 29 Hookless Composite, DBL, WheelSystem
Tyres Maxxis Rekon Race 120tpi, TR, EXO, Folding, 29x2.25’’
Colour Metallic Navy
Frame Advanced grade composite main frame, Advanced grade composite rear triangle, Maestro 90mm travel, Boost
Fork Fox 32 Float SC Performance Elite, FIT4 Damper, 2 position Remote, 15x110 Kabolt axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travel
Shock Fox Float DPS Performance Elite, SV, 2 position remote, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact SL XC flat, 31.8mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Contact Composite, 27.2mm
Saddle Giant Contact SL, Forward
Pedals N/A
Shifter Shimano XT, 12 speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow+
Brakes Shimano SLX hydraulic disc, Fr:180mm, Rr: 160mm
Brake Levers Shimano SLX hydraulic
Cassette Shimano SLX, 10-51T, 12 speed
Chain Shimano SLX
Crankset Shimano XT, 32T
Bottom Bracket Shimano press fit
Wheels Giant XCR 1 29 Hookless Composite, DBL, WheelSystem
Tyres Maxxis Rekon Race 120tpi, TR, EXO, Folding, 29x2.25’’
Colour Metallic Navy
Frame Advanced grade composite main frame, Advanced grade composite rear triangle, Maestro 90mm travel, Boost
Fork Fox 32 Float SC Performance Elite, FIT4 Damper, 2 position Remote, 15x110 Kabolt axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travel
Shock Fox Float DPS Performance Elite, SV, 2 position remote, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact SL XC flat, 31.8mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Contact Composite, 27.2mm
Saddle Giant Contact SL, Forward
Pedals N/A
Shifter Shimano XT, 12 speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow+
Brakes Shimano SLX hydraulic disc, Fr:180mm, Rr: 160mm
Brake Levers Shimano SLX hydraulic
Cassette Shimano SLX, 10-51T, 12 speed
Chain Shimano SLX
Crankset Shimano XT, 32T
Bottom Bracket Shimano press fit
Wheels Giant XCR 1 29 Hookless Composite, DBL, WheelSystem
Tyres Maxxis Rekon Race 120tpi, TR, EXO, Folding, 29x2.25’’