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Advice on the Giant Athem x 1 29er

Jesse Erasmus

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hi guys, please can i have your thoughts on this bike. specs below. i read it was rated 2nd in Trail bike of the year (2013)




Model Year 2013

Frame size Large Wheel Size 29"


Frame Alux alu

Fork Fox Evolution CTD Factory Racing

Wheels Giant P-XC2 Tubeless

Brakes Avid Elixir 5

Crankset Shimano SLX - 2X

Rear shock Fox CTD

Front derailleur Shimano SLX

Rear derailleur Shimano XT

Shifters Shimano SLX 2x10

Cassette Shimano SLX 11/36T

Seatpost Connect SL Saddle Fizzik Tundra 2

Stem Connect SL Handlebars Connect SL 730MM

Tyres Maxxis Tubeless

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Sounds about fair price.


I bought a 2010 Anthem X1 for about R14k earlier in the year, but it was a realllly pretty frame with some labels coming off on the rims and fork.


I think the ballpark price seems reasonable.


BUT, you HAVE TO have a proper look at it and even pay a bikeshop to go through all the joints and shocks to ensure you don't have some costly repair bills as soon as you take ownership.


I love my Anthem, good value. 

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Just bought an exact copy a few weeks back... Fortunately mine was pristine condition and having just gone through the fork and shock oil change and fluid service, they're perfect too...


Paid the same asking price, however when a seller is upfront that the bike is well used, be prepared for a couple extra k on fork and shock services, bearings, and any other changes..


Ive changed mine to 1x10 and thoroughly enjoy it. Wonderful ride and very little pedal Bob.

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Good bikes, but I would hesitate buying a 2011-2013 second hand as they were very prone to cracking at the seat tube - top tube stay. Later bikes the problem was solved by adding a bit more meat at the joint.


Drive trains and Forks etc you need to know what you looking at when buying second hand too, and maybe just budget in the cost of some pads, cassette and chain.


There was a batch of Fox forks around that time that was also known for wearing stanchions if not services regularly.


Can't go to wrong with and Anthem though.

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