Product Announcement by Giant
Newbury Park, Calif. (April 15, 2012) — Giant, the world leader in composite bicycle manufacturing, today unveiled its first composite full-suspension 29er mountain bike, the Anthem X Advanced 29er.
Handcrafted with an Advanced-grade composite front triangle and ALUXX SL aluminum rear swingarm, the Anthem X Advanced 29er is a meticulously engineered off-road machine for competitive cross-country racers and riders. It was developed with input from Giant pro racers including Factory Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker to be the most efficient full-suspension 29er ever built by Giant.
“Our goal wasn’t to simply produce a lighter bike,” said Kevin Dana, Giant Global Off-Road Category Manager. “We set out to give our pro racers the ultimate XC machine. It’s lighter, yes, but it also has a stiffer, more precise front end, super-efficient pedaling performance, and the refined feel of a perfectly engineered composite machine.”
One thing Giant XC racers made clear: They weren’t willing to abandon the balanced ride quality that made the original Anthem X 29er such a capable all-around racer. So Giant engineers focused on retaining that ride quality, and the superior performance of Maestro Suspension, while also maximizing the clear performance gains of its composite frame materials.
The result: a frame that weighs 185 grams less than the same size Anthem X 29er and also achieves significant gains in steering and pedaling stiffness.
“We kept the same geometry as the Anthem X 29er,” Dana said. “And the beauty of having such deep expertise in composite engineering is that we were able to custom tune this bike so that it feels both stiffer and more compliant at the same time. The combination of the Advanced-grade composite front triangle, Maestro suspension, and super stiff, durable ALUXX SL rear swingarm gives it an amazing feel on the trail.”
The new frameset borrows some of the technologies Giant initially introduced in its composite road bikes, including OverDrive 2, an oversized fork steerer tube tapered design. With a 1-1/4 inch top bearing and 1-1/2-inch bottom bearing, OverDrive 2 delivers precise steering and front-end stiffness. Add in the massively oversized composite downtube and toptube, a technology Giant calls MegaDrive, and the result is a 7 percent boost in steering stiffness.
Power transfer and lower frame stiffness is handled by the PowerCore bottom bracket and chainstay area, an oversized section that houses a fully integrated 86-millimeter-wide BB. That, combined with the MegaDrive downtube, increases pedaling stiffness for optimum efficiency.
The entire front triangle —downtube, headtube, toptube and seattube—is handbuilt and molded as one single unit for optimal structural integrity. Internal cable routing gives the bike a cleaner look, hiding front and rear derailleur cables away from dirt and debris.
The Anthem X Advanced 29er series will be available in several different models, with the top-of-the-line model weighing just over 22 pounds. They will be available in the U.S. and Australia in May, and will be offered globally later this summer.
A few reactions from the first people at the Sea Otter Classic to demo the 2013 Giant Anthem X Advanced 29er and the Liv/giant Anthem X 29er W.