When it’s all about staying at the front of the pack, this XC dream machine delivers lightning fast speed and control. Giant's Anthem Advanced 2 is an XC legend that returns with big updates for 2017. Featuring an updated platform with 110mm of rear suspension travel and 120mm up front, plus the superior all-around performance of 27.5-inch wheels, the new Anthem Advanced delivers lighter weight, better efficiency and improved control. The rear suspension features an all-new trunnion mount shock and Advanced Forged composite rocker arm for added strength and stiffness. And all-new, wider Boost hub spacing (110 front/148 rear) results in stiffer wheels for added control plus an improved chainline for optimal drivetrain performance. For riders seeking the lightest, fastest and most efficient Maestro-equipped Giant, this is the ultimate XC speed machine.
27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.
Efficiency: Increasing the wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle at which round objects meet square objects). The lower the angle, the easier it is to roll over obstacles and maintain momentum.
Traction: With a larger diameter, the tire's contact patch increases, putting more rubber on the trail. A 27.5-inch (650B) has nearly the same contact patch as a 29er for superb acceleration, braking and cornering.
Weight: The weight of a 27.5 wheel, tire and tube is only 5% more than an identically built 26-inch wheel. Compare this to a 12% increase with a 29-inch wheel. Lighter wheels mean a lighter bike, and better climbing and acceleration.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Advanced-grade composite w/ ALUXX SL rear triangle, Advanced Forged composite upper rocker, 110mm Maestro suspension|
|Fork||RockShox Revelation RL Solo Air, Maxle Stealth, Boost, OverDrive, 120mm travel|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Deluxe RT, Trunnion mount|
|Rims/Wheels||Giant XCR 1 Composite DBL WheelSystem; 21mm, Tubeless compatible|
|Hubs||Giant XCR 1 Composite DBL WheelSystem; 28h, [F] Boost 110x15mm, [R] Boost 148x12mm|
|Spokes||Giant XCR 1 Composite DBL WheelSystem; Sapim Laser|
|Tires||[F] Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5x2.25, Snakeskin, TL Easy, Trailstar [R] Schwalbe Racing Ralph, 27.5x2.25, Snakeskin, TL Easy, Pacestar|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP, Press fit|
|Chain||KMC X11 EL|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X1, Type 2|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM XG-1175 10x42, 11-speed|
|Handlebars||Giant Contact Trail, 31.8mm|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide R|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, [F] 180mm [R] 160mm|
|Saddle||Giant Contact Neutral|
|Seatpost||Giant Contact SL Switch-R, 30.9mm|