Gi­ant An­them Ad­vanced Pro 29er 1

A speedy ma­chine for your XC events

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - re­viewed by Brad Hunter

A speedy ma­chine for your XC events

Gi­ant’s 2018 An­them lineup has mul­ti­ple wheel sizes with al­loy or car­bon frame op­tions. But for the Pro mod­els, it’s all about light and fast. This style of bike does not take kindly to look­ing at the scenery or stop­ping for self­ies. This bike ex­ists to be your Strava weapon or to be used full-throt­tle at any XC race event. It de­mands, and then re­wards, your full at­ten­tion.

The bike fea­tures a full car­bon frame, seat­post and rims, dual re­mote sus­pen­sion lock­out for the Fox 32 Step-cast 100-mm fork and Float dps trun­nion rear shock, 1 x 12 GX Ea­gle driv­e­train and tube­less setup right from the fac­tory. All these high­lights add up to an out-of-the-box, race-ready rocket.

To test the An­them on my home trails in Squamish more safely and en­joy­ably, I in­stalled a 100-mm 27.2-mm-di­am­e­ter dropper post from my steel hard­tail. Cur­rently, there are lim­ited choices for dropper posts in that di­am­e­ter but they do ex­ist. With my high-seat-rid­ing skills fad­ing since mov­ing west two years ago, I felt the mod­i­fi­ca­tion would make for a more ac­cu­rate com­par­i­son to most other bikes I have tested here.

The light com­pos­ite wheels shod with Maxxis Ikon Maxxspeed tires ac­cel­er­ate quickly, but will not be your al­laround best tire choice when tem­per­a­tures drop and the trails are wet and slick. With tire pres­sures low enough to at­tain trac­tion on roots, I felt the tire side­walls be­ing pushed over dur­ing ag­gres­sive cor­ner­ing due to such lit­tle flex in the wheels and stiff frame. A spare set of hoops with stick­ier, more knobby tires would be my ad­vice if you want to help this bike be more than just your race steed, or you don’t like swap­ping rub­ber ev­ery­time the weather changes.

The re­worked Mae­stro sus­pen­sion makes the most of the 90 mm of rear travel. There was no harsh­ness at any point in the travel. The min­i­mal sag kept the bot­tom bracket at a sweet spot with no pedal strikes. It is re­fresh­ing to be run­ning full-length crankarms and not have to time ev­ery pedal rev­o­lu­tion on tech­ni­cal ter­rain. The 29" wheels def­i­nitely help this shorter travel bike hold speed, putting me into cor­ners a bit faster than ex­pected. But the sram Level tl brakes, with a 180-mm-di­am­e­ter ro­tor in the front and 160-mm disc in the back, took care of that speed with con­sis­tent mod­u­la­tion and am­ple power. Di­al­ing in the reach ad­just does re­quire an Allen key but should only need to be done once. Now that Gi­ant has slightly steep­ened the seat-tube an­gle on this model and lis­tened to the masses by in­creas­ing the han­dle­bar’s width to 780 mm, my big­gest gripe, which is pretty mi­nor, is with the grips. They are a bit too soft, squirmy and vague feel­ing for such a pre­cise han­dling bike.

This An­them doesn’t claim to be a do-it-all bike, but what it was in­tended for, it does very well. At $5,199, it puts a sec­ond play bike within reach.

“All these high­lights add up to an out-ofthe-box, rac­eready rocket.”

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