Here it is! The all-new Giant Anthem XC race whip

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:


New Giant Anthem mountain bike review
Giant gave the new Anthem the longer, slacker and lighter treatment.

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.

New Giant Anthem mountain bike review
The new frame is 250g lighter than the outgoing model.

Key Features

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.  

New Giant Anthem mountain bike review
There’s electrics here: The new Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 features a Fox Performance Elite Live Valve rear shock and Fox 34 Float SC Performance Elite Live Valve fork.

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.

New Giant Anthem mountain bike review

Select models feature the new Contact SLR XC 35 composite bar.

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.

Geometry

New Giant Anthem mountain bike review

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.

New Giant Anthem mountain bike review
“The speeds, technical challenges and level of competition keeps getting higher. The bikes and gear matter now more than ever. For the most challenging tracks, the new Anthem Advanced Pro 29 gives me everything I need. It’s super responsive, feels light and lively on the climbs, and gives me more confidence and control on descents, drops and rock gardens that are so decisive in a race.” – Antoine Philipp

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