Large Anthem Advance Professional 29 drops Maestro, good points new Fox Reside Valve 1.5 sensible suspension system


At all times searching for that edge over the competitors, Large simply unveiled the most recent model of their Anthem XC race bike. Citing elevated “speeds, technical challenges, and stage of competitors,” Large has up to date the already-quick Anthem to tackle fashionable XC race programs. These updates not solely embody an all-new suspension structure, however an up to date Fox Reside Valve tune as properly.

All-new body with FlexPoint Professional Suspension

Giant Anthem Advance Pro 29 frame

So lengthy Maestro. For the most recent Anthem Superior Professional 29, Large began with an all-new Superior composite body and rear swingarm. Whereas the earlier Anthem used the Maestro quick dual-link suspension platform, this new bike strikes to a linkage-driven single pivot design, referred to as FlexPoint Professional. Between the adjustments to the body and rear triangle, Large claims they had been capable of drop 250g on the burden of the body whereas additionally rising effectivity with a 20% stiffer backside bracket space and a 7% enhance in torsional body stiffness.

The 100mm of FlexPoint Professional suspension eliminates two pivot factors (and the decrease rocker hyperlink) and replaces it with a versatile chainstay/seatstay junction. This claims to be lighter but in addition means fewer pivots to service down the road.

Giant Anthem Advance Pro 29 complete bike

Up entrance, the Anthem is given a 110mm journey fork for just a little further management on rowdy XC tracks.

Fox Reside Valve 1.5 Replace

Giant Anthem Advance Pro 29 handlebar with live valve 1.5 Giant Anthem Advance Pro 29 with live valve 1.5

Together with the introduction of the brand new body, Fox stunned us with an up to date model of the Reside Valve system that’s at present solely obtainable on this bike (for now). Fox tells us that the updates to Reside Valve hab been a results of testing particularly with Pivot and Large, so for now, you’ll solely discover the brand new 1.5 controller on Large bikes.

So what’s new for Reside Valve? In keeping with Fox, the updates tackle how the system feels general, addressing suggestions from varied testers that the unique system might generally really feel too agency. I might rely myself in that class—Reside Valve is extremely environment friendly, however I discovered it to be a bit too environment friendly whereas using technical terrain.

To handle that, Fox has made each software program and {hardware} adjustments for 1.5. On the algorithm facet, Fox says, “we’ve lowered the decline angle
required to activate descend mode, lengthened the length of the timer, and decreased the bump threshold. These changes mix
to enhance descending capabilities of Reside Valve dramatically with out compromising pedaling effectivity.” They proceed, “On the {hardware} facet, we’ve made some main updates as properly; Reside Valve rear shocks now function an all-new foremost piston (“mid valve”), borrowed from the Float X2 Efficiency Collection, offering a wider general tuning vary. Reside Valve forks and shocks have additionally each obtained completely new valve codes (“tunes”). These {hardware} updates praise the algorithm updates to additional enhance functionality and trip really feel. Lastly, we’ve up to date the “Closed” mode to nonetheless be agency and environment friendly, however not completely locked out, as a result of as we famous beforehand, no suspension leads to elevated rider fatigue and lack of traction/management.”

Possibly most fun is that Fox has added Bluetooth connectivity to the system which means it could now be adjusted with a smartphone app. That features toggling between the 5 manufacturing unit settings, or creating your personal customized tune.

Large Anthem Superior Professional 29 Fashions & Pricing


Giant Anthem Advance Pro 29 with live valve 1.5

Presently, Large has two full fashions listed on the U.S. going through web site, the Professional 29 1 with Fox Reside Valve, and the Professional 29 3 with out. Each look like fairly good worth for the cash with the Professional 29 3 promoting for $4,600 with carbon wheels, and the Reside Valve outfitted Professional 29 1 additionally together with carbon wheels at $7,500. A frame-only possibility will even be supplied with out Reside Valve for $3,000.

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