Giant's New DH Shoes and the Rebirth of the Anthem 29 - Sea Otter 2017

Apr 22, 2017 at 13:53
by Mike Kazimer  
Sea Otter 2017 Giant Anthem 29

Back in 2014 Giant made the decision to fully embrace the 27.5” wheelsize, save for a few select models, in the process eliminating the Anthem SL, their purebred race whip, from the lineup. After a three year absence the Anthem 29 is set to return, and Carl Decker showed up ready to race at the Sea Otter Classic aboard an early version of the bike. The final details are still being kept under wraps, but Giant did say that the bike has 90mm of rear travel and a 100mm up front, and a full carbon frame.


Sea Otter 2017 Giant Anthem 29
Sea Otter 2017 Giant Anthem 29
In addition to the full carbon rear end, the new Anthem's uses a carbon fiber rocker link.


We're starting to see more and more XC racers experiment with dropper posts, typically ultra-light options with a scant 40 or 60mm of travel, but the Anthem was designed with a rigid seat post in mind. That's not to say you can't run a dropper – you can, but it'll need to measure 27.2mm, which isn't as common of a size. Full details about the Anthem should be announced in June, with availability beginning sometime in the fall.



Sea Otter 2017 Giant shoes
Sea Otter 2017 Giant shoes

On the other side of the spectrum of riding styles, Giant has two new shoes in the works aimed at all-mountain and DH riders. Along with the the typical goal of finding the right balance of comfort and sole stiffness, Giant is working to make the shoes as water resistant and quick drying as possible. Nobody likes to have shoes that weigh twice as much after a few laps in the rain, which is why hydrophobic materials are used wherever possible. According to Giant's Jeff Schneider, the weight of the DH shoe only changed by 30 grams after it was soaked in water.


Sea Otter 2017 Giant shoes
Sea Otter 2017 Giant shoes


The DH shoe is a lace-up affair, with a velcro strap over the top of the foot, and an asymmetric cuff for extra ankle bone protection. The all-mountain version currently uses two velcro straps and a ratcheting upper strap, but the final design isn't set in stone – Giant may tweak it a little bit before the official unveiling later this year. Both models are designed for use with clipless pedals, but a low top flat pedal version may end up being added to the mix.






82 Comments

  • 48 4
 All those first shoes are missing is a little white Jordan embroidery
  • 28 4
 I thought they needed a Giro logo.
  • 18 1
 @drummuy04: I think they look like a cross between Giro and Shimano (neither a bad thing).
  • 3 0
 Haha, yeah. The first pair could seriously pass as basketball shoes. Though I am a die-hard 5.10 fan, I love how Giant designed the ankle support. The rising arch along the inside to help prevent you from folding your ankle abnormally...pretty unique, pretty cool.
  • 2 0
 Giant Impact2s and Terraduros
  • 1 0
 @cwatt: Agreed.
  • 41 13
 Lol. What a joke. Thought 27.5 was the wave of the future Giant?
  • 22 1
 They're just meeting the demands of the market. Same reason Specialized even make a 27.5 after stating they never would.
  • 6 2
 I thought it was a stupid move at the time. Who but Nino wants to race world cup XC on a 650b?
  • 11 0
 @j-t-g: not even Nino. He is on a 29'er.

@Clarkeh just meeting the demands of the market is exactly what they're doing. Which is fine. Just pretty funny after all the articles, with diagrams, graphs, charts about how they're the only ones onto it. what is interesting here is the carbon rear end, that's neat and brings a little bit of excitement to the brand.
  • 6 1
 @j-t-g: yep agreed.. They probably lost sales due to that dumb ass move!
  • 13 2
 Giant realized they fucked up changing the anthem in to a bigger travel, non xc race bike.
  • 3 1
 @rrsport: totally.

At least they're able to admit when they're wrong, I suppose.
  • 3 0
 I remember test riding a trance 29 in 2013 I think and I asked about 27.5 because that was starting to happen and got told that was stupid not different enough from 26. Waited a year and bought a trance275.yoyoing
  • 4 1
 They eating their words, all 27.5 of them.
  • 3 2
 @headshot: How are they eating their words? Giant never stopped selling 29ers. Why all the comments about Giant quitting 29? The only bike that went away was the Trance 29er. 2 models of Giant Anthem 29 is still in the 2017 catalog. They also introduced 6 new 29er hardtails last year for the 2017 season. Giant is simply updating the current Anthem 29 to full carbon and Boost, metric, etc.
  • 2 1
 @OzarkBike: I never said they stopped. I think its more about the hype with which they promoted their 27.5 offerings which the press and pundits took to be an indication of which way Giant saw the wheel size wind blowing. It seems the wind is changeable...
  • 3 1
 @OzarkBike: They pretty openly condemned 29ers for a few years, they even stopped making the xtc advanced in 29, which was pretty much THE bike in their range that needed to be 29
  • 2 0
 Just reread their article on here from a few years back, with all the charts and graphs about how 27.5 has all the benefits of 29 but not the drawbacks.

The pendulum is swinging back to 29 this year it seems, with lots of enduro and trail bikes on wagon wheels. As an engineer that works in product development, I laugh at how this is going down and try not to hate.

m.pinkbike.com/news/650B-For-All-Giants-Elite-Level-Mountain-Bikes.html
  • 1 0
 @cajohnst: I agree. Super funny stuff. It is this article with the graphs and charts and so many words that I'm referencing in my first comment.
  • 4 0
 @cajohnst: You and me both. When that article came out I remember thinking this line from Giant was especially funny: "Bikes with 27.5-inch wheels displayed some of the best characteristics of 26 and 29-inch wheels—but without the compromises associated with each."
  • 1 1
 @CreberFilms: WRONG! The haters on Pinkbike just confirm my point. Giant did not stop making 29ers nor the XTC 29. There were 2 carbon models in the 2016 catalog. Then this year 2017 they were completely revamped.

www.giant-bicycles.com/us/search/bike-archive?keyword=xtc
  • 3 0
 @OzarkBike: no carbon 29er FS race bikes. All their top tier "halo" bikes, even in XC, were 27. The 29ers were an afterthought.

They're years behind at this point with a brand new Trek Top Fuel, Cannondale Scalpel, Scott Spark all coming out in the last year or two. Though this makes sense with their expanded UCI XC team since there was no way those guys were going to run hardtails all year...
  • 21 3
 You must have giant feet to fit those shoes.
  • 12 1
 You know what they say about guys with big feet. They wear large shoes.
  • 7 0
 The Anthem looks like a nice update. It's about time Giant made a proper XC race bike again Smile
The chain stays look a bit shorter maybe about 435-440mm and the head angle is a bit slacker than the older 29er Anthem.
Will be interesting to see the weight and final angles. But why did they reduce the rear travel?
  • 6 0
 Looks like this one goes more true XC to leave room in the lineup for a modern short travel trailbike
  • 3 0
 @bvwilliams: I think you nailed it. Trance 29 return seems likely at this point
  • 6 2
 @tehllama: Have you not seen what they did to the anthem this year?? This is there way of going "we f*cked up, we're sorry, here's an xc race bike again"
  • 6 0
 Too bad the TT needs to be so high and straight.
  • 1 0
 To keep the chainstay length shorter on the Meastro suspension and several other suspension designs, they have to shorten the travel without modifying the seat tube too much. Glad to see they are finally filling in that XC gap that has been missing for awhile.
  • 10 0
 About time. The Anthem just makes sense as a 29". I've ridden the older one a number of times and its a rocket.
  • 7 0
 Hope they can pull off a modern geo XC 29er (are they finally giving up on the front d?), but 27.2 seatpost is the wrong decision. Recently put a dropper on my XC race rig and I won't be looking back.
  • 1 0
 It's extra stranger because my 2012 anthem has a 30.9" seat tube
  • 8 0
 AM shoes need the high inner ankle. I love my shimanos have that now.
  • 6 0
 Shoes look like shimanos, but in a good way.. what's with the nutcracker top tube? Kinda thought it would run two bottles with that roadie-esque stand over.
  • 4 0
 Ya I think that top tube looks just lame for 2017..
  • 1 0
 Hopefully each shoe comes in all black.
  • 2 2
 Looks freaking ugly! Come on Giant, time to spend more than tree fiddy on design for once
  • 10 3
 Still waiting for a Trance and Reign 29.
  • 6 0
 Would be into a giant 29er with 120mm.
  • 3 1
 Welcome back giant 29er! The old one was a blast to ride, and actually converted a 29er hater like myself. Not many 29er designs were introduced so relatively early and stayed unchanged for 5-6 years, and that says a lot! The 27.5 version was far from reaching its' older brother's performance and reputation. So i say - welcome back!
  • 7 2
 Kinda got trolled, I saw 29 first then DH... not quite yet.
  • 4 0
 Don't worry Mike, I've cleaned the picture for ya

www.pinkbike.com/photo/14644159
  • 2 0
 Keep the all mountain shoes with the ratchet and velcro please. I'd like another option that isn't moving towards boa or laces.
  • 2 0
 Nice looking kicks... Here's hoping that a flat pedal model becomes a reality... In the hi top version... Not
  • 3 0
 cause next is Glory 29' (im guessing)
  • 4 3
 I hope they strengthened the two places on the seat tube where carbon Anthems crack. This was an issue for the 2014-16 model and wasn't fixed for the 2017 27.5.
  • 4 0
 Funny that, I had an old Alu Anthem 29er for a few years, and now I'm on a 29er Anthem Advanced since a year and a half, but I've never had any issues with frames cracking. I did have two of the 27.5 Anthem Advanced in between, and the first one of them cracked in that area... I also ran the new 2017 Anthem 27.5 for a little while, but to me that just simply did not an XC race bike, as it was too slack, too heavy and seemed to lack the small bump compliance that's been so great with the other Anthems. Hopefully this is the bees knees!
  • 2 1
 Yup! Snapped my 16 Anthem within the first 2 weeks!!
  • 2 3
 @tlestrell: I've cracked one 29er, and five 27.5 frames. And so did everyone, and I mean everyone, who owned a 2014-16 or a 2017. They have an excellent lifetime warranty to the original buyer but buyer beware. I will never own another one, and I've owned heaps.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: never broke either of mine....
  • 3 2
 @OzarkBike: many people cracked theirs and they didn't know because they didn't know where to look. Many blamed the creaking on the press fit BB. Have a look for a vertical line on the seat tube behind the shock. Have a look for cracked paint around where the rocker pivot inserts into the seat tube. There are few people on earth who have had as many Giant mtbs as me, so, again, but I would be the biggest knob to let anyone buy one without warning you of the problems Giant won't tell you about. Downvote me for trying to help out complete strangers.
  • 3 0
 So how are these Giant shoes going to fit people with small feet?
  • 3 0
 Hope the 2018 giant reign have same beautiful carbon fiber rocker link
  • 2 0
 Damn... I was thinking about getting the trek fuel but that anthem looks pretty sick...
  • 2 0
 Let's have the Trance in 29 again, please. The old 29er was great and the new carbon 27,5" looks fantastic.
  • 3 0
 wow nice soles!!!!
  • 3 2
 Those shoes lool pony Just get some old skools Half the price, probably twice the life xD
  • 1 0
 Old skools all day 'ery day!
  • 1 0
 @abgs87: yeeeeh budddday
  • 3 2
 Damn that's a nice bike. Good stuff Giant, knew you couldn't stay out of the 29er game too long lol
  • 1 0
 If you drew a straight line from the head tube to half way up the seat tube you'd have a much more appealing bike....
  • 1 0
 be a sweet cyclecross bike with some road parts
  • 1 0
 Everybody on team giant rode the anthem 27.5 in slalom lmao
  • 1 0
 I dub thee the nutcracker.
  • 5 5
 the shoes are fairly hideous...
  • 4 3
 Awesome looking bike
  • 3 3
 I love the bike and the shoes
  • 1 0
 Nope not never
  • 1 1
 No real 29er's no Giant.
  • 1 3
 I hope it has 20 inch chainstays .... for stability!
  • 6 9
 100mm travel up front & 90mm out back? Man, why bother!
  • 24 1
 This a bike for people with calves more than twice as big as their biceps. It has just enough travel to keep the wheels gripping while they put down more Watts than an entire herd of Flymos.
  • 5 2
 man up
  • 1 4
 Good job Giant, way to totally copy Specialized and Shimano's shoes!
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