Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2016
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Description

Climb fast and descend faster with Giant's Anthem SX 27.5. The ALUXX SL aluminum frame creates a responsive rig that's fast on the climbs and a hard charger on the descents. The roughest trails are buttery smooth courtesy of the 100mm of travel in Fox's Float Performance Elite shock, while the Fox Float Performance Elite fork with 120mm of travel up front squashes the big hits and mutes the chatter with equal ease. Giant double-wall 27.5-inch aluminum wheels are nimble enough for weaving technical lines and big enough to steamroll everything else, and they're wrapped in Schwalbe rubber for railing the corners. A trail chameleon like this needs a drivetrain that can handle the ups, downs, and everything in between, which is why Shimano's Deore/SLX/XT adorns this rig. And with all that speed, you'll need reliable brakes that can modulate, so Shimano's SLX discs are on the case. And, a Giant Contact SL Switch-R dropper post gets you in the best position possible for shredding descents.

Features & Info

Geometry chart

27.5-inch (650B) wheels

27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.

27.5-Inch (650B) wheel/tire performance.

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.

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Specifications

Frame
Giant ALUXX SL aluminum, Maestro suspension, 4-inch travel
Fork
Fox Float Performance Elite, OverDrive steerer, 15mm thru-axle, 120mm-travel
Rear Shock
Fox Float Performance Elite
Rims/Wheels
Giant P-XC2
Hubs
Giant Performance Tracker Disc
Spokes
Stainless-steel, 14/15g
Tires
Schwalbe, Front: Nobby Nic Evo, 27.5 x 2.25; Rear: Racing Ralph Evo, 27.5 x 2.25
Crankset
Shimano SLX
Chainrings
38/24
Bottom Bracket
Shimano Press Fit
Front Derailleur
Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs
Shimano HG81, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters
Shimano SLX
Handlebars
Giant Contact, low rise
Stem
Giant Contact
Brake Levers
Shimano SLX
Brakes
Shimano SLX hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotors (front/rear)
Saddle
Giant Contact
Seatpost
Giant Contact SL Switch-R dropper