Recently I added a new bike to my stable. I’ve been looking at full suspension 29ers for a while. When I rode the Slickrock trail earlier this year, I had rented a Giant Trance 29er, and I found I liked it a lot. I had ridden the same bike at a Giant demo day about a year back, and I more or less fell in love with it. But when it came time to buy a bike I ended up settling for the Trance’s little brother, the Giant Anthem X29er. I figured I didn’t really need the extra suspension travel that the Trance offered, and would rather have something that’s a bit better at climbing than descending, since I’m not big on fast/technical/rocky descents anyways, so the more XC oriented Anthem seemed like a better fit. But the biggest reason I went with the Anthem was that it was on sale. =P
I’m finding that the new bike is great, but it’s not a huuuuuge improvement over my old bike. I do feel faster and more confident on descents, but I feel like I was climbing faster on my old hard tail. It might just be that I need to adjust my suspension better. But all in all, I’m happy with the new ride and am looking forward to growing into this bike. I plan to keep my trusty old Bianchi hardtail too, so if people want to try mountain biking, they can try out my old ride.