Giant Introduces New Anthem 29 XC Race Bike

Jun 27, 2017
by Giant Bicycles  
Press Release

Giant Anthem 29

Giant introduced a new addition to its legendary collection of Anthem cross-country bikes, the all-new Anthem 29 range. Designed for competitive XC riders and racers, and featuring all-new 29er-specific geometry with key updates to its Maestro Suspension system, the Anthem 29 range includes three different series ranging from a superlight full-composite frame race bike to a new ALUXX SL aluminum frame series.

Engineered, designed and developed with valuable input from Giant pro riders, the new Anthem 29 range is aimed at providing XC riders with the ultimate in speed and efficiency on technical terrain. The flagship Anthem Advanced Pro 29 series features a full-composite mainframe and rear triangle, and is the lightest 29er full-suspension frame ever produced by Giant. Each of the new models in the 2018 Anthem 29 range is engineered with 90mm of rear suspension travel and 100mm up front.

“The new Anthem features a slacker head angle, longer top tube, and a slightly steeper seat angle,” said Kevin Dana, senior off-road global category manager at Giant. “When paired with a substantially shorter rear end, it provides the perfect balance of climbing efficiency and descending capabilities—something never before achieved in a pure XC race bike.”

Giant Anthem 29
Giant Anthem 29

Every model in the new Anthem 29 range has a 69-degree headtube angle and 73.5-degree seattube angle. The updated Maestro Suspension system includes a new trunnion mount shock, which produces a lower shock leverage ratio for improved pedaling and braking efficiency. The rear suspension is further bolstered by its new Advanced Forged Composite upper rocker arm, which is lighter, stiffer and stronger than the aluminum version.

“The big story here is our updated Maestro kinematics,” Dana added. “By moving to a longer shock stroke and 90mm of rear wheel travel, we were able to substantially lower the leverage curve, which allows for greatly reduced shock pressures, a wide range of usable rebound, and elimination of the ‘dead zone’ of unused suspension travel that 100mm platforms traditionally suffer from.”

Models in the Anthem 29 range are engineered with Boost hub spacing for stiffer wheel performance, added tire clearance, and improved handling on the trail. And they all feature Giant Tubeless System technology, which means every bike is delivered with Giant WheelSystems and tubeless ready tires, making it easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of added traction, smoother trail control, and a reduced risk of flat tires.

Giant Anthem 29
Giant Anthem 29

Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker has been racing the Anthem platform since it was first introduced in 2005. He has experienced the evolution of a bike that started out as a World Cup XC weapon with 26-inch wheels and sharp-handling race geometry. The first 29er version of the Anthem debuted in 2010, and later a 27.5 version—aimed at more aggressive XC/trail riding with added suspension and slacker geometry—was introduced in 2014.

This all-new Anthem 29 range marks a strong commitment to the bike’s original DNA: uncompromising XC speed, efficiency and control.

“This bike is clearly designed for racing,” Decker said. “But the beauty of it is that, with its active and smooth-riding suspension and super stable geometry, it’s also just a fun bike to go rip trails on. Doesn’t matter if you’re pinning a number on or you just want to go faster and farther out in the woods—it’s perfect for heading out and having fun on XC trails and terrain.”

Here’s a look at the three series in the new Anthem 29 range:

Giant Anthem 29

Anthem Advanced Pro 29: The flagship model of the new Anthem 29 range is engineered with a full Advanced Composite technology frameset including the mainframe and rear swingarm. Aimed at serious racers and riders seeking an added edge in pedaling efficiency, suspension performance and overall handling on rugged XC terrain, it’s the lightest 29er full-suspension frame ever produced by Giant and saves 125 grams compared to the next series down (with an ALUXX SL aluminum rear swingarm). MSRP: $8,500 USD.

Giant Anthem 29

Anthem Advanced 29: This XC race-oriented series features all the same suspension updates and new, 29er-specific frame geometry as the Anthem Advanced Pro 29 series. The key difference is this one is built with an Advanced-grade composite main frame mated to an ALUXX SL aluminum rear swingarm. MSRP: $3,900 USD.

Giant Anthem 29

Anthem 29: This new 29er features an ALUXX SL aluminum frameset that is totally reengineered and optimized for the large-diameter wheels. Like all models in the Anthem 29 range, the updated Maestro Suspension system is configured for a tighter rear triangle, giving it a quicker, more agile feel on the trail. MSRP: $3,750

With 12 years of engineering, development and pro XC racing under the most demanding conditions, the Anthem has come a long way since its introduction. The latest Anthem 29 range puts it all into one package, a pure racing machine that delivers the perfect balance of XC speed and efficiency.

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  • 83 5
 That top tube needs to chill tf out
  • 11 14
 What do you mean?
  • 28 1
 @chillrider199: old school nut cracker is what he means.
  • 36 1
 you should know chill rider
  • 11 1
 Where you hang your jersey to dry out after the race.
  • 7 3
 The 2000's called, they want their top tube back.
  • 2 1
Nut-cracker?! Haha
-It's all about stiffness ^^
  • 39 6
 Look at that, Giant back with a 29er. The same Giant who announced a few years ago that 29ers were as dead as 26ers, and that 27.5 was the one true wheel size - and supported that with a bunch of bogus high-production value graphics in their brochures. Of course, if the Trance X 29er was the measure was any indication, they were right to abandon that effort, as that bike (I owned one...) did NOT stack up favorably to its intended competition (no matter whether that competition was 27.5 or 29...)
  • 2 1
 What do you back with the 29er? It never went away. It is just updated.
  • 4 0
 I was prepared for the full irony possibility that they'd have to introduce a 29" Glory and Reign first, then get around to doing a Trance29 that doesn't suck.
  • 22 5
 Last time I mentioned this, I got downvoted out of existence, but I have had half a dozen carbon Anthems over the past few years, including the latest 27.5 version, and they all cracked. Everyone I know who owned one cracked theirs too. Giant knew about the problem for the 2014-16 production run but they didn't fix it for 2017. And it isn't the fault of the material because I switched brands and my new xc bike has copped hell and outlasted the Anthems by several thousand kilometres so far. If I was about to send thousands on a product that you had extensive knowledge of its unreliability and you didn't tell me, I'd be pretty annoyed, and you'd be an a-hole. So this is part of my duty of being a good PB citizen in warning you.
  • 4 0
 Crackandfail, Giant Mistake... What's next?
  • 7 0
 So why did you keep buying/riding them? Most folks get the willies and sell their warranty replacements.
  • 8 0
 @Fattylocks: Great question. It came down to LBS loyalty - now they stock more than just Giant and I switched brands ASAP.
  • 4 0
 Never broke any of mine..... I had 4 models in that year range.
  • 1 0
 Why kèep buying them when you full well knew they'd snap lmao I call bullshit until I see some pics of all said snapped frames!!
  • 1 1
 @OzarkBike: perhaps there were cracks but you didn't know it? The cracks occurred on the seat tube behind the shock and/or on the seat tube at the rocker pivot - not easy to spot. Did your BB ever creak on any of those carbon frames? It probably wasn't the BB. And if you owned four in three years you may not have put enough singletrack miles on them for the problem to raise its ugly head. I am talking about the Advanced frames only.

@mhoshal: Yeah, right. And I said 'cracked' not 'snapped'.
  • 1 1
 @iamamodel: cracked/snapped is basically the same thing and if it was me I'd be taking pictures and making it public I think you are completely full of the brown stuff!!!
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: show proof and enough said but I already know there is no pics!!
  • 1 0
 @mhoshal: a quick look at your profile shows you are not in the market for this bike and you are just stirring the pot, so you'll get no more from me.
  • 1 1
 @iamamodel: that's right I'm not in the market I already have 5 bikes 2 of which are giants that's how I know you're full of shit not to mention your profile just shows you're a troller. So I'd say you're the one stirring the pot!!
  • 21 1
 This must be the "release the 29er" week.
  • 12 10
 And I couldn't care less
  • 2 0
 @freerabbit: I'm pretty excited about the Orbea... The rest, not so much
  • 16 1
 "- something never before achieved in a pure XC race bike.” How can we take you seriously Giant when you say shit like this?
  • 15 2
 Looks like the idiot at Giant who decided that no one wanted a 29er anymore is probably cleaning out the restrooms and rightfully so.
  • 5 3
 Giant never stopped selling a 29er XC bike. They did just get a lot of people to buy into the 27.5 wheel. Which is not a bad option for all mountain and trail type bikes.
  • 4 2
 @alsorl: They did, however, relegate the 29er XC bikes to the lower-tier status. The XtC 29er stopped coming in the "Adv SL" trim - the lightest carbon - and the 29er Anthem X was aluminium-only for a while, and when carbon was reintroduced it was only in 10sp XT trim.
  • 2 1
 @tessar: In the U.S. there was always a carbon Anthem 29...
  • 3 1
 You are right they never stopped selling them but they halted all R&D on the 29er stuff back in 2013 because 27.5 was the future according to Giant...huge mistake.

The old Anthem rode like a squirrel on speed driving an 18 wheeler because that 18.2 inch chainstay SUCKED!!! Felt like you were pulling a trailer around the woods.
  • 10 0
 The original Anthem was a rather twitchy beast. Seem to recall those things rocking a 72 degree head angle. Sort of miss the old XC bikes that were constantly trying to kill you.
  • 21 0
 You can have mine
  • 11 0
 For people who put 4 liter milk jugs the the water bottle holder.
  • 8 0
 “When paired with a substantially shorter rear end, it provides the perfect balance of climbing efficiency and descending capabilities"

There it is kids, the money shot!!
  • 7 0
 Now please release a new Trance 29er.
  • 1 0
 didn't work well last time. If I recall correctly the Maestro linkage makes it too long and unable to run really beefy tires?
  • 1 0
 @Sycip69er: I think the geometry let it down more than anything else. Slack it, beef it and longer fork it and you've got a not awful bike.
  • 8 0
 That STA tho
  • 2 0
  • 5 0
 One thing that is awesome about the new crop of XC bikes is the ditching of the long stems.
  • 4 1
 Longer stroke shocks on XC bikes is a good thing, only they don't us what stroke they are using. My guess is that's still pretty short.
  • 4 1
 Looks pretty dope. Definitely one of Giant's better graphics packages.
  • 3 0
 Fake News!
  • 6 5
 It looks like a really heavy road bike...
  • 6 0
 Except for that rear suspension.
  • 3 1
 I don't know, these days road bikes are coming with fatter tires, huge cassettes, disc brakes, 1x, and even dropper posts, so rear suspension would be the next logical step in roadies progression to mtb... bless their hearts. @alsorl:
  • 1 0
 Basically! I didn't realize that it was a suspension post, just thought it was a little bit of a dropper. But yeah almost there...@rrsport:
  • 3 2
 I really want to love it but the top tube kills it.
  • 2 1
 Is it just me or are xc bikes getting more Enduro...
  • 1 0
 When can we expect to see the 2018 Glory Advanced 0 ?
  • 1 0
 December likely
  • 1 0
 18 Reign?
  • 1 0
 "lower the leverage curve"

You can't beat a lower leverage curve.
  • 3 4
 not impressed, geo looks good for xc and thats about it scott spark still seems better in every way also new epic is around the corner
  • 5 0
 "Giant Introduces New Anthem 29 XC Race Bike" XC race bike with XC geo, oh Giant, you so crazy.
  • 1 0
 It really looks like a GT Helion carbone expert.
  • 1 0
 Black and blue
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