XC speed meets aggressive trail charging with Giant's Anthem Advanced SX 27.5. The Advanced-grade composite frame with ALUXX SL rear triangle creates a nimble feel that's fast on the climbs and ready to charge on the descents. Courtesy of RockShox's Monarch RT DebonAir shock, 100mm of travel keeps rear wheel traction pegged, while the RockShox Revelation RL with 120mm of travel up front takes on the big hits and the chatter with equal ease. 27.5-inch Giant composite wheels are nimble enough for weaving technical lines and big enough to steamroll everything else, and they're wrapped in Schwalbe rubber for sticking the corners. A trail chameleon like this needs a drivetrain that can handle the ups, downs, and everything in between, which is why SRAM's 1x11 X01 powerhouse adorns this rig. And with all that speed, you'll need reliable brakes that can modulate, so SRAM's Guide RS discs are on the case. A Giant Contact SL Switch-R dropper post lets you get into the best descending position possible, too.
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||Giant Advanced-Grade Composite w/ALUXX SL aluminum rear triangle, Maestro suspension, 4-inch travel|
|Fork||RockShox Revelation RL, OverDrive steerer, 15mm thru-axle, 120mm-travel|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RT DebonAir|
|Rims/Wheels||Giant TRX 1 Composite WheelSystem, 27.5-inch|
|Spokes||Sapim Race, 14/15g|
|Tires||Schwalbe, Front: Nobby Nic Evo, 27.5 x 2.25; Rear: Racing Ralph, 27.5 x 2.25|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM, Press Fit|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01, Type 2|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM XG-1180, 11-speed: 10-42|
|Handlebars||Giant Contact SL, low-rise|
|Stem||Giant Contact SL|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide RS|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc, 170/160mm rotors (front/rear)|
|Saddle||Giant Contact, Forward|
|Seatpost||Giant Contact SL Switch-R dropper|