The 100mm rear, 110mm fork, linkage-driven single-pivot machine with shorter chainstays, steeper seat tube angle and a slacker 67.5-degree head angle pits the new Anthem as an endurance race whip ready for technical terrain. Here’s the lowdown from Giant:
For the new Anthem, we worked with athletes from the Giant Factory Off-Road Team to develop a progressive new machine for the demands of today’s more technical XC race courses. The new Anthem features a lighter frameset with a new rear suspension system and modified geometry to optimize efficiency and control. Engineered with a full composite frameset, this 29er has 100mm of rear suspension travel and 110mm up front. The linkage-driven, single-pivot FlexPoint Pro rear suspension makes room for shorter chainstays to improve climbing capabilities and overall agility. Other updates include new 29er-specific XC race geometry with a longer reach and a slacker headtube angle plus a lightweight, stiff composite wheelset for quick, precise handling.
An all-new Advanced composite frameset, including the main frame and rear swingarm, saves 250g compared to the previous generation Anthem. Overall efficiency gets a boost with a bottom bracket area that’s more than 20 percent stiffer—so racers can accelerate and climb faster with less effort. The frame also adds more than 7 percent torsional stiffness over the previous generation for quicker, more precise handling during intense race efforts. Beyond that, a steeper seat tube (75.5 degrees) puts riders in a more powerful pedaling position to maximize their efforts on steep climbs.
One of the key innovations with the Anthem Advanced Pro 29 is its all-new rear suspension setup. FlexPoint Pro suspension was developed by Giant specifically for XC racing. It’s engineered for efficiency, control and responsive handling, using a linkage-driven, single-pivot design that saves weight compared to the previous design. The result is a smooth, active feel that gives riders 100mm of rear suspension for sublime control on technical singletrack terrain. From chunky descents to root- and rock-strewn climbs, it offers just the right blend of XC speed and control. Beyond that, the new frameset also features a slacker head tube angle (67.5 degrees) and longer travel 110mm fork to further boost confidence and help riders tackle the trickiest descents at high speeds.
Both the geometry and the suspension setup of the new Anthem Advanced Pro 29 are optimized for its 29-inch wheels. The frame has a longer reach, and the updated cockpit includes a composite handlebar with a larger 35mm diameter and ample width for more control and leverage while descending, sprinting and climbing. These updates compliment the stability and speed of its lightweight composite 29-inch wheels.
This next-generation Anthem is the latest evolution of a bike that has helped influence the progression of cross-country racing since 2005, when it first appeared on the World Cup circuit.
We hear local availability is currently on track for January 2022 and there is no word on pricing or the specific models South Africa will receive. Learn more