The crack is the white line on the chain stay behind the chainring. I've attached a couple of pics showing where the crack is. This bike pedals rather well, well enough to put me in a solid third place in a couple of local cross-country races where I had by far the burliest bike. Really capable frame designed for a 140mm fork but can take up to 160mm easily. I was changing the pivot bearings at the time when I noticed it. The handling is crisp, the frame is solid.
I also ran into the low bar height. A Giant wheelset wrapped in Maxxis rubber supply you with all the confidence needed to tackle demanding terrain with authority. He spent 7 years as the head test rider for a major suspension company, averages 15-20 hours of saddle time per week, and is extremely picky when it comes to a bike's performance. The long 440mm chainstays place weight a tad forward and this is especially noticeable when compared to the Kona. The rear shock is very accessible, but does require a small allen key to adjust the rebound dial. Otherwise, the brakes have great feel and stopping power.
So any feedback on the Anthem going downhill? If you do major downhill then get the trance for its longer travel. I keep it in the 140mill position unless it gets rowdy. This bike likes to shred, it feels far faster and more capable than the 140mm of rear suspension may lead you to believe. For the most part the Trek worked real well and fit me well. Both feature easy adjustability up the climbs, down the gnarliest descents, and for everything in between. The size was right but the fit was off; too much set-back in the seat post and too long a stem.
This is a trail bike that thrives in the most challenging conditions. Multiple parts need to be replaced. Raced her and have done well. The new series Deore components on the 3 are every bit good enough for the riding I do. The shock could do with a service as it's been a while since it's been done. Frame geometry is designed around its 27. A great bike to upgrade at your own pace if you are inclined to do so.
Just spot your line, point it and go. My inseam is 33 inches, and I actually shortened the stem from 100mm stock to 80. Hoping it shows up tomorrow, that way I can ride it this weekend before my next race next weekend. I tried to get the 2 but sold out late in season. Bottom Line Giant has developed a reputation for making bikes that work well for a lot of people and that offer a lot of bang for the buck. The Racing Ralphs work very well on the terrain here in N. Edited by iRide, 17 November 2013 - 09:14.
I got a last year model myself, a 2015 Anthem 27. The L just feels small but I guess I can contribute it to the smaller wheel size. I looked at the Norco Fluid 7. The bike has been a joy to ride. Good: The frame or fork or components or accessories have cosmetic blemishes. Not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of.
One of the first things I had to do was buy brand new tires for my brand new bike. They are getting with Giant for a replacement rear triangle. Even though we were slightly stretched out over the bike with the stock cockpit, we did enjoy it on the technical descents. Part of the problem is that I have fit my Bontrager Racelite to my riding ability over the last 15 years. I once wrote a review on here about the new trance, I rode a Trance 27.
We were really impressed by how quickly the bike accelerated and could get up to speed from a near dead stop. The forks work very well, and I'm very pleased with it. The cable kept getting pulled away from the rear derailleur up into the frame during large compressions. Multiple parts need to be replaced. All specifications listed are subject to change without notice. Suspension and brakes may need to be serviced. The bike works well when pointed down the hill.