Short lived, but excellent.
Giant Anthem 27.5 0 Review
The Giant Anthem 27.5 is based off the same Anthem platform and Maestro suspension as former years 29er models. The 27.5 Anthem has less weight, a smaller, more agile wheelset and snappy handling. The Anthem 0 (zero) is the top of the line pro-grade bike. Full carbon and fancy bells and whistles throughout. Let’s take a look at specs.
|Frame||Advanced-grade composite w/ALUXX SL rear triangle, 4" Maestro suspension|
|Fork||RockShox SID XX, w/15mm thru-axle, XLoc Full Sprint remote, OverDrive 2 steerer, 100mm travel|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RL|
|Shifters||SRAM XX1, Trigger shifter|
|Front Derailleur||None, It's XX1 Bro!|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XX1, Type 2|
|Brakes||Avid XX World Cup, hydraulic disc, 160mm|
|Brake Levers||Avid XX World Cup|
|Cassette||SRAM XX1 10x42, 11-speed|
|Crankset||SRAM XX1, 34T|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano Press Fit|
|Wheels||Giant P-XCR0 Composite WheelSystem, 15mm Front, 142x12mm rear|
|Tires||Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo, tubeless ready, 27x2.25, folding|
The bike that I rode at Interbike Dirt Demo had a Schwalbe Thunder Burt on the front tire instead of the Racing Ralph. But that really wouldn’t change the ride experience.
How It Rides
First off, my demo on this wonderful bike was unfortunately short lived. Some idiot was riding the course backwards during the demo and as I came over a quick hill he ran straight into me. Several thousand people out riding the same trail and that idiot decides its a good idea to ride it backwards. Please don’t reproduce whoever you are.
On to the actual ride experience!
This thing is an amazing bike. Truly amazing. While I still didn’t really get a good feel for the 27.5 wheels and they still didn’t stand out to me, the ride itself on this bike was a thing of beauty.
One of the things that really stood out was how light the bike was. I’ve seen some reports that the bike weighs a meager 23 pounds out of the box. That’s pretty dang impressive for a full suspension bike and if you wanted I’m sure you could get close to the 19 pound range. That is one super light bike.
If you read the Giant Anthem 27.5 3 review then you know that I wasn’t a big fan of the wheelsize. Also the Anthem 27.5 3 felt miniature and made me feel a bit odd while riding it. Oddly enough, I didn’t feel that at all during my short lived ride on this bike. Despite it being the same geometry and sizing, the 0 model felt much more comfortable and fluid.
I will say, that despite it feeling more comfortable I still felt the same lack of speed, rolling ability and general get-up-and-go that I felt on bikes like the Felt Edict Nine or Niner Jet 9 RDO, both of which are 29ers.
What I did feel was a little bit of extra nimbleness on the dips sections and in bermed corners. Not much, but still a little bit extra. Also, quick punchy climbs seemed to be much easier than what I am used to. I think that my be because of the light weight more than the wheel size, but the faster accelerating wheels probably adds to the ease of climbing on the punchy sections.
Giant Anthem 27.5 0 Overall Thoughts
The Giant Anthem 27.5 0 is an amazing bike built for XC racing. Though I have my doubts that it would be more effective as a race machine, it is by all means one badass bike. Anyone still riding a 26″ bike should check one of these out. If you don’t want to go with the big wheels of a 29er, then this bike is exactly what you want to use. It is lightweight, quick and seems to be an excellent bike from what my unfortunately brief ride told me.
I think that I have a bias towards riding 29ers because I am so used to mine and so take my review with a grain of salt. I definitely recommend you get to a local dealer or a Giant demo in your area to test ride one for yourself because your ride may be massively different from mine. In fact, I can say at this point that all but 1 person has disagreed with me on my standpoint with 27.5′s. Which means that a lot of people either really dig the way 27.5′s ride or… they’re drinking a lot of 27.5 koolaid.