Bike Check: Nicol Carsten’s Giant Anthem

Bike Check: Nicol Carsten's Giant Anthem

Nicol Carstens is a regular podium contender at any major South African mountain bike race. In 2019, riding alongside Marco Joubert, the pair managed an impressive second place in the African Men’s Category at the Cape Epic. Their 11th in the GC underscores the talent within the team.

Bike Check: Nicol Carsten's Giant Anthem
Nicol is currently on a 2020 Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 0 in a decidedly sparkly Saturn color.
Bike Check: Nicol Carsten's Giant Anthem
It is a size medium frame with Giant’s Advanced-Grade Composite throughout and 90mm rear-wheel travel.
Bike Check: Nicol Carsten's Giant Anthem
Nicol uses the Fox Float Factory Live Valve and has it set on 155psi with 2x volume spacers. He does make slight changes to the air pressure depending on the race and terrain.
TOKAI - 14 October 2020 - during a Bike Network photo shoot with Nicol Carstens and his Giant Anthem. Photo by Gary Perkin
Upfront Nicol uses a Fox Float 32 Stepcast, in Kashima coating with the Factory Live Valve. It is a 100mm fork which he runs at 90psi with 2 volume spacers.
Bike Check: Nicol Carsten's Giant Anthem
It’s a SRAM XX1 crankset with Quarq powermeter and a 36t chainring.
TOKAI - 14 October 2020 - during a Bike Network photo shoot with Nicol Carstens and his Giant Anthem. Photo by Gary Perkin
The rear mech is Shimano XTR with a 10-51t XTR cassette.
TOKAI - 14 October 2020 - during a Bike Network photo shoot with Nicol Carstens and his Giant Anthem. Photo by Gary Perkin
Did someone say sparkles?
TOKAI - 14 October 2020 - during a Bike Network photo shoot with Nicol Carstens and his Giant Anthem. Photo by Gary Perkin

I ride my bike pretty much stock standard. I change pressures a lot but the setup always stays the same. I call this thing my SpaceShip because it glides everywhere.” – Nicol // @nicolcarstens


IMAGES: Gary Perkin


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