2013 Giant Anthem X Advanced 29er 2 First Look

2013 Giant Anthem X Advanced 29er 2 is your mid level bike from the series, reasonably priced at $3300, especially with the component specs.Some of the highlights on the 2013 Anthem X Advanced 29er 2 is the carbon frame, Maestro suspension, Rock Shox Reba RL fork, Rock Shox Monarch RT shock plus Sram X5 and X7 drivetrain.

Giant’s first composite full-suspension 29er has arrived. With an Advanced-grade Composite front triangle and ALUXX SL rear swingarm, plus the legendary performance of Maestro suspension, this is the bike that makes fast riders faster. The handcrafted composite frame is engineered for 29-inch wheels. Its OverDrive 2 headtube offers pinpoint steering. The MegaDrive downtube and PowerCore bottom bracket boost power and control.

Feature Giant Anthem X Advanced :

• RockShox Reba 29 RL with QR15 thru-axle, OverDrive 2 steerer suspension forkand RockShox Monarch RT rear shock
• SRAM X.5/X.7 componentry
• Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc brakes
• Giant PXC29 2 rim/Giant Tracker (QR15) F/R hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, wheelset
• Color: Composite/Red/White

Strengths Giant Anthem X Advanced :

  • Amazing climber with great traction and efficiency
  • Stiff front end
  • Stiff BB area for pedaling and stiff rear triangle for handling
  • 4.85 frame weight is impressive for this level of stiffness and performance
  • Very balanced bike that has confident handling and descending
  • Schwalbe tires are some of the best OE tires to be found
  • $3300 Anthem X Advanced 29er 2 has the same carbon frame as top end model

Weaknesses Giant Anthem X Advanced:

  • $8900 highest level spec bike is very pricey
  • No carbon rear end and no 12 mm rear thru axle
  • Stem is a proprietary size
  • Head angle is steep at 71.3 degree

Bottom Line Giant Anthem X Advanced :

We’d love to spend more time with this machine but we learned that the top spec bike is one of the best climbing bikes around.  It is incredibly balanced as well and is a joy on singletrack and technical descents.

“We were glad to find that by making the bike into a featherweight, it doesn’t give up any of its willingness to charge down rough sections at full speed. The tried and true Maestro suspension was stable when climbing even with the shock’s platform turned off, yet it remained active under heavy braking on descents” They were also impressed with the latest Liv/giant Anthem X 29er W, “…a first of its kind, offering full suspension and 29-inch wheels in a women’s-specific platform.”

Full Specs Giant Anthem X Advanced :


SizesS, M, L, XL
FrameAdvanced-Grade Composite front triangle, ALUXX SL-Grade rear swingarm, 4″ Maestro Suspension
ForkRock Shox Reba RL w/15mm Thru-Axle, OverDrive 2 Steerer, 100mm Travel
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT


HandlebarGiant Connect SL, Low Rise 31.8
StemGiant Contact, OverDrive 2
SeatpostGiant Connect, 30.9
SaddleFi’zi:k Tundra 2 w/ Manganese Rails


ShiftersSRAM X5, 2×10 Speed
Front DerailleurSRAM X5
Rear DerailleurSRAM X7
BrakesAvid Elixir 3, 160mm
Brake LeversAvid Elixir 3
CassetteSRAM PG 1030 11×36, 10-Speed
ChainSRAM PC 1031
CranksetSRAM S1000, 26/39
Bottom BracketSRAM GXP Press Fit


RimsGiant S-XC29 2
Hubs[F] Giant Tracker Sealed w/ 15mm Axle, [R] Giant Tracker Performance, 32h
SpokesDT Swiss Competition, 14/15G
TiresSchwalbe Racing Ralph, 29×2.25 EVO Folding TL Ready


WeightHow much does this bike weigh? It’s a common question, and rightly so. But the truth is, there are no industry standards for claiming bike weights—and this leads to a lot of misinformation. Variances exist based on size, frame material, finish and hardware. And as bikes get lighter, these differences become more critical. At Giant, we believe the only way to truly know the weight of any particular bike is to find out for yourself at your local retailer.

Image Credit: © Giant


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