Singletrack Tests "Giant's Most Capable Anthem Yet"!
16 March 2017
Singletrack magazine recently featured the 2017 Giant Anthem as part of their “Big Names” bike test. Reviewer Wil Barrett had the new and updated XC/trail bike to test on local British trails for three months, and reported on his experience with it.
“For 2017, the Anthem gets its biggest redesign yet,” Barrett wrote. “Showing a substantial swing toward trail bike territory, there’s an all-new frame with Boost hub spacing, a bump up to 110mm of rear suspension travel, and reworked geometry that includes a slacker 68-degree head angle and shorter 42.8cm chainstays.”
Barrett also detailed the updates to the Anthem’s Maestro suspension system, writing: “A new Metric-sized Fox shock bolts on via a trunnion mount, which trades the old DU bush in the upper eyelet for two cartridge bearings. The rocker link itself is a one-piece composite number that Giant claims is 50% lighter and stronger than the alloy version of old.”
As for the ride, Barrett wrote that the updates are noticeable. “Small-bump sensitivity has improved out of sight, with the Anthem delivering more comfort and more traction on scrabbly climbs. There’s decent bottom-out control for bigger hits, but the 110mm of travel now feels like it’s suspending the rider, and not just protecting you from the harsher hits. Handling has also taken a massive leap forward, with the new Anthem standing as a terrific example of the modernization of cross-country.”
Summing it all up, Singletrack concluded that this is “Giant’s most capable Anthem yet.”