Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5 - 2016

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 R ...(Read More)

Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5
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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.

27.5-Inch (650B) wheel/tire performance.

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.

Specs

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
Crankset SRAM X01
Chainrings 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM, Press Fit
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01, Type 2
Rear Cogs SRAM XG-1180, 11-speed: 10-42
Shifters SRAM X01
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

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