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Giant Anthem 3 Vs Marin B17 1

robsie71robsie71 Posts: 7
edited April 2019 in MTB buying advice
Anyone with experience with either of these 2 bikes? Will be used for xc/trail riding. Really like the look of the Giant, any major disadvantage to the 10 speed Vs the 11 speed?

I'm just getting back into MTB after a long break...I still have my 20 year old Marin Rift Zone so looking to upgrade! So moving from 3x 9 to 1x 10 or 11....will it be a big difference on climbs? ... green.aspx ... black.aspx



  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,097
    As an Anthem owner is say go giant just for the better suspension. Ideal for XC, love mine. I run 2x10 and prefer it to 1x for the riding i do, i have a 11spd hardtail and CX bike and tbh it makes no difference to me when riding. Go with the one that fits best.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,603
    I'd get the Anthem.
    My wife has an Anthem and my son used to have one. They are cracking bikes. The 2018 model is even better with 130mm forks and 110mm rear suspension.

    If you can stretch your budget a bit the 2018 Anthem 2 is a really good buy, although only S, M and XL in stock. Better forks, brakes and drive chain and is 11-speed.
    “Life has been unfaithful
    And it all promised so so much”

    Giant Trance 2 27.5 2016 ¦ Bird Zero Mk1 ¦ Giant Revolt Advanced 2 2019 ¦ Giant Anthem 3 2015 ¦ Specialized Myka Comp FSR 2009
  • robsie71robsie71 Posts: 7
    Thanks for the responses...I'm pushing my budget already :-P

    I did look at the Anthem 2...I considered a second hand 2017 but it's only 120mm up front, so planning to upgrade a few things over time to give me the newer bike!
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,097
    My SX has 120 and I've never had an issue at any UK trail centre doing the reds and some blacks, admittedly I don't jump with it. It's done Glentress, Dalby, Llandegla, Brenin, Cannock, Sherwood, Fort William ten under the Ben, Swinley, plus numerous others. An extra 10mm up front won't make an awful lot of difference.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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