Bike Check: Nicol Carstens's Giant Anthem Advanced 29

Nicol Carstens and Marco Joubert rode the 2019 Absa Cape Epic together as Team Imbuko Giant. The pair put in a solid effort just missing out on a top ten finish with 11th place overall and bagging second in the African Jersey competition. As the team name suggests, they rode the race on Giant bikes, namely the Anthem Advanced 29.

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Carstens's bike is similar to the stock Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 0 retail bike with some preference changes to the tyres, gearing, and cockpit.

 

Nicol Carstens's Giant Anthem Advanced 29


  • FrameGiant Anthem Advanced
  • ForkFox 32 Float SC Factory Live Valve
  • ShockFox Float Factory Live Valve
  • WheelsetGiant XCR 0 29 WheelSystem
  • TyresMaxxis Ikon 2.2
  • HandlebarGiant SLR Carbon 720mm
  • GripsGiant Contact SLR
  • StemGiant Contact SLR composite 70mm
  • SeatpostGiant Contact SLR composite
  • SaddleGiant SLR
  • BrakesShimano XTR
  • ShiftersShimano XTR 12-speed
  • DerailleurShimano XTR 12-speed
  • CassetteShimano XTR 12-speed
  • CrankarmsShimano FC-MT900-1
  • ChainringcSixx 36T
  • PedalsShimano XTR
  • Bottle cagesGiant Carbon side entry

 

The obvious talking point on the Imbuko Giant team bikes is the Fox Live Valve suspension. To put it simply, Live Valve uses sensors to adapt the suspension as the bike travels over terrain. The system consists of three parts: a control and battery unit (in this case mounted on the down tube); sensors in the control unit, on the fork and near the rear axle; and the live valves in the shock and fork. The sensors send signals to the control unit which interprets this data to operate the live damper valves in the shock and fork with millisecond speed.

 

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The delivery of power is controlled by Shimano's 12-speed XTR gearing with XTR brakes, and the non-series crankset Shimano is shipping to make up for manufacturing problems with the polished XTR cranks. The exception to the Shimano rule being a highly reflective cSixx 36T chainring.

 

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The Anthem rolls on Giant's own XCR 0 29 wheelset featuring carbon rims with a 25mm internal diameter. The tyres are Maxxis Ikon with a 2.2 inch width front and rear.

 

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The cockpit is largely from Giant's SLR range, much of it the carbon variety. Nicol has set up his bike with a 720mm wide handlebar and 70mm long stem.

 

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11 Comments

morneS555, Apr 18 2019 02:23

Not the first time i've seen this so now i'll ask:

WHY are people too lazy to take the orange installation warning sticker off Shimano brake rotors????

The mind does not comprehend.

BlinkFan, Apr 18 2019 02:59

Not the first time i've seen this so now i'll ask:

WHY are people too lazy to take the orange installation warning sticker off Shimano brake rotors????

The mind does not comprehend.

 

It says - "Do not remove"...

 

It's like that "Health Warning" tag on your keyboard.

Adr!@n, Apr 18 2019 03:04

It says - "Do not remove"...

 

It's like that "Health Warning" tag on your keyboard.

 

It doesn't even say 'Do Not Remove'; just a picture warning you not lose fingers.

Clinton H, Apr 18 2019 05:57

Giant Mtb bikes are about as exciting as a dead pot plant ! I trust it rides better than it looks .

Spannervalley, Apr 18 2019 07:48

Sick bike. Sick technology. Love the colour. Love the bike.

Chingy182, Apr 19 2019 07:53

First time I'm hearing about this Live Valve suspension thing from under my rock.

Sounds pretty awesome.

I'd just hate to know how much it costs to fix if something goes wonky with the sensors.

Baracuda, Apr 19 2019 10:08

Giant Mtb bikes are about as exciting as a dead pot plant ! I trust it rides better than it looks .

 

Agreed. But the international review rave about this bike. A bit more fun that the Epic, yet still quick.

PeterF, Apr 19 2019 04:39

Agreed. But the international review rave about this bike. A bit more fun that the anthem, yet still quick.

What do you mean "more fun than the Anthem"? It is an Anthem.

Jorrie, Apr 21 2019 08:41

Weight?

Forthelove, Apr 22 2019 03:23

Heavy for the costs .

The Captain, Apr 28 2019 07:44

Congrats to the jockey of this bike, not the mechanical one, the actual Nicol Carstens, who won the Elite mens WP XCO race, held at Zewenwacht Wine Estate yesterday.

 

The bike was obviously fast, and looked the part out there - coming from a Spez owner, but that is neither here nor there, I just love most bikes.