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.
27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.
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.
Pedals sold separately
|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|
|Hubs||Giant Performance Tracker Disc|
|Tires||Schwalbe, Front: Nobby Nic Evo, 27.5 x 2.25; Rear: Racing Ralph Evo, 27.5 x 2.25|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano Press Fit|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT Shadow Plus|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano HG81, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Handlebars||Giant Contact, low rise|
|Brake Levers||Shimano SLX|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotors (front/rear)|
|Seatpost||Giant Contact SL Switch-R dropper|