Bicycling (South Africa) - - Fetish - R35 460 GI­ANT-BI­CY­CLES.COM – JM

TThe An­them is the Toy­ota Hilux of bikes, and you buy one for the same rea­son you buy a Hilux: abil­ity off-road, and bul­let­proof re­li­a­bil­ity. I rode one of these around Le­sotho for a week, and it didn’t put a foot wrong.

The Mae­stro sus­pen­sion was bal­anced up the climbs and stable on gravel-road de­scents. In­deed, the An­them re­mained com­fort­able for hours in the sad­dle.

This en­try level model has a qual­ity al­loy frame, gears for days (2x10 Shi­mano De­ore) and de­pend­able Rock­Shox sus­pen­sion (100mm up­front, 90mm at the rear). Fel­low cy­clists won’t fawn over your bike at the cof­fee shop after the ride, but that’s not the point, is it?

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