Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1

Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 is a  powerful cross-country race bike. It offers a comfortable position that enables you to maximize the amount of wattage you can put through the pedals. This is due to the suspension’s gripping and flexible characteristics.

Because of its great geometry, robust suspension at both ends, and powerful brakes, it descends with confidence and speed.

The suspension may be locked or unlocked during a race thanks to Live Valve, but because there is no on-bar adjustment, you run the risk of being in the wrong setting mid-lap.


ModelAnthem Advanced Pro 29 1
TypeMountain Bike


This expert-level, all composite cross-country flyer combines progressive 29er geometry’s improved control and stability with trail-smoothing maestri suspension. This is your ticket to the top step if cross-country racing is your thing.

Advanced-Grade Composite Frame

The front and rear triangles, as well as the rocker link and rocker arm, are made of Giant’s Advanced composite carbon fibre.

Giant has eliminated the Maestro suspension linkage’s virtual pivot point for the new Anthem. The brand’s Flex Point Pro single-pivot linkage powered, flexstay configuration is now used in the new bike. As a result, the chainstays and seat flex to mimic the articulation of a pivot point.

Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 Geometry

The Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 bike’s geometry is contemporary, with a loose 67.5-degree head angle, a steepish 75.5-degree seat angle, a long 470-mm reach, and a short 70-mm stem on a large-size bike.

Giant’s new back end also allowed them to shorten the rear triangle, keeping the chainstays at 435mm across all three sizes.

Live Valve System

The claimed battery life of 16 to 20 hours appears to be accurate, and charging is quick. The system switches to open mode by default when the battery dies.

It’s important to emphasise that Live Valve is a complicated system and that different settings can significantly alter how a bike feels. If you decide to purchase a bike with Live Valve, be prepared to spend some time playing with the system in order to gain the best benefit for your riding.

The Fox 34SC Performance Elite fork up front features 110mm of comfortable travel. The top-cap mounted Live Valve solenoids regulate the FIT4 damper, which is used in the fork. The StepCast (SC) chassis weighs less than the traditional 34mm chassis while adding stiffness.


The detailing is good, and the chainstay and interior of the seat stay both have a lot of rubber chain protection. With fastened cable guides directly beneath the headtube, the internal cable routing is fairly tidy. These leave the downtube at the bottom and can either run externally down the inside of the non-drive side chainstay to the rear derailleur or internally through the chainstay to the derailleur.


The suspension sensor wizardry and enigmatic magic box of the Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 will likely generate the most discussion of the specifications, not only because of the claimed performance but also because it is so infrequently specified. The 110mm Fox 34 Stepcast Performance Elite fork and the Performance Elite rear shock, both of which have been specially adjusted for Giant, are both compatible with the Live Valve system. The mode button on the battery unit under the downtube can be used to adjust the suspension settings, as can the Bluetooth-connected smartphone app.


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S, M, L, XL


Matte Black/Gloss Carbon/Chrome


Advanced-Grade Composite front and rear triangles, 90mm Maestro suspension


Fox 32 Float SC Performance Elite Remote, 100mm, FIT4 damper, remote lockout, Boost 15×110 Kabolt, 44mm offset, custom tuned for Giant


Fox Float DPS Performance Elite Remote, 165/42.5, custom tuned for Giant


Giant Contact SLR XC Flat, 31.8


Giant Contact SL


Giant Contact, composite, 27.2mm


Contact SL (neutral), composite base, SST rails, UniClip accessory mount




Shimano Deore XT

Front Derailleur


Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore XT, Shadow+


Shimano Deore XT hydraulic (F:180mm, R:160mm)

Brake Levers

Shimano Deore XT


Shimano Deore XT, 12-speed, 10×51


KMC X-12


Shimano Deore XT, 32t

Bottom Bracket

Shimano, press fit


Giant XCR-1 29 Carbon WheelSystem, 25mm inner


Giant XCR-1 29 WheelSystem, Boost


Giant XCR-1 29 WheelSystem, DBL technology


Maxxis Recon Race 29×2.25, foldable, TLR, EXO, tubeless


Tubeless prepared


Medium size weighed at 11.45kg

Pros & Cons


Suspension is well controlled

Live Valve works amazingly

Enhanced geometry

High in specifications

Good value for money


Single bottle cage

Lack of internal frame storage


What type of bike is giant Anthem?

High-performing XC race bikes include the Anthem. It pedals well, in part because of the grippy and (perhaps, settings-dependent) supple suspension, and it features a comfortable position that lets you put as much power through the pedals as possible.



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With the current crop of multi-faceted cross-country bikes that see potential to win races not just on the ups but also on the downs, Giant has obviously worked hard to bring the Anthem up to date.

Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 offers 100mm of front suspension travel and 90mm of smooth rear suspension travel thanks to its full composite frameset engineering. A shock with a trunnion mount is part of the Maestro rear suspension system, which results in a lower leverage ratio for effective pedalling and braking. Shorter chainstays can be used thanks to the novel linkage, which also increases overall agility and climbing potential. Additional changes include wider Boost hub spacing and an integrated Giant WheelSystem that give you extremely strong and stiff wheels for confident, accurate handling on XC terrain. The Advanced Forged Composite upper rocker arm is lighter, stiffer, and stronger than aluminium.

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