The Anthem 2 is a fun and flickable 110mm, 27.5-inch offering from Giant. This nimble steed rips through corners and hunts down every site hit. It bunny hops and manuals at will and speedy acceleration adds to the fun. These antics combine with solid downhill and superior climbing performance to make for a solid, straightforward trail option. A few testers experience a suspiciously high number of pedal strikes aboard this bike. Other notable drawbacks are a less than ideal tire and rim width and an outdated cockpit setup with a long stem and narrower bars. Still, this bike is outfitted with an impressive value to performance ratio thanks to its spectacular build kit. The Giant sports Fox suspension, a Shimano SLX 1x11 drivetrain, Shimano Deore M615 brakes and a Giant Contact SL Switch dropper post.
The Anthem is a fantastic option if you're more comfortable with smaller wheels and prefer a quick, responsive ride. This bike is well-equipped out of the box, is capable on a wide variety of terrain, and excels in tighter, more technical trails. Those seeking 29er style momentum or cutting-edge geometry might look to the charging Santa Cruz Tallboy.