From steep climbs to technical descents, this updated XC ninja lets you do it all and do it faster. The quick and agile Anthem 2 is updated this year with a new trunnion-mount Maestro rear suspension system for even smoother trail performance. The new Advanced Forged composite rocker arm adds strength, giving you 110mm of smooth, active rear travel. The lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frame is engineered specifically for 27.5 wheels and a 120mm suspension fork. New this year is Boost hub spacing (110 front/148 rear), which improves wheel stiffness for added control, while adding tire clearance and improving drivetrain performance. The frame also features Giant’s OverDrive steerer tube for razor-sharp handling, plus a PowerCore bottom bracket for maximum pedaling stiffness and power transfer.
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||ALUXX SL-grade aluminum, Advanced Forged composite upper rocker, 110mm Maestro suspension|
|Fork||Fox 34 Rhythm, Grip damper, 15mm QR, Boost, OverDrive, 120mm travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float Performance, Trunnion mount|
|Hubs||Giant Performance Tracker Disc, [F] Boost 110x15mm 28h, [R] Boost 148x12mm 32h|
|Spokes||Sapim Race, 14/15g|
|Tires||[F] Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5x2.25, Performance, Folding [R] Schwalbe Racing Ralph, 27.5x2.25, Performance, Folding|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano, Press fit|
|Chain||Shimano HG 601|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano SLX, Shadow+|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano SLX 11x42, 11-speed|
|Handlebars||Giant Contact Trail, 31.8mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano M615|
|Brakes||Shimano M615, hydraulic disc, [F] 180mm [R] 160mm|
|Saddle||Giant Contact Neutral|
|Seatpost||Giant Contact SL Switch-R, 30.9mm|