Grassroots Riders Comment On Their Race Machines

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From Jon Lombardo on his Anthem Advanced 27.5

This is an awesome bike!! There are many aspects of this bike that I’m impressed with, mainly the crisp handling. The suspension works flawlessly, soaking up all the northeast has to offer. I feel the bike climbs very well and the 27.5 wheels make accelerating a joy.
My personal race bike is set up close to stock. So far I really like the XT components, and have only changed the rear derailer and crankset to XTR. I changed the seat post to a carbon giant one, and left the seat( feels comfy). I added a carbon riser bar to open up the cockpit. For now I’m running the stock wheels. On the crank I’m running black spire chainrings and a stages power meter on the other side. Schwalbe Racing Ralphs front and rear for this guy, at @24psi depending on the conditions. I haven’t raced much yet but am looking forward to this season aboard my new whip. The bike is truly confidence inspiring.

 

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And from Tyler Berliner on his XTC Advanced 27.5

Things to note about the bike include the brilliant stiffness, cornering, and the shear race bike feel. Giant is a brand founded on evolution and innovation and this bike encompasses both. The bike includes thru-axles on both the fork and frame. Not only is the bike stiff, but it’s also compliant where needed. When I first saw the bike I noticed the odd geometric shape connecting the chain and seat stays. I later learned that the XTC advanced frames were designed that way in-conjunction with the smaller seatpost diameter to give the bike a good ride quality, it does. Most race bikes I have owned in the past do two things; race and go fast. The XTC has a special third attribute which puts it above all in my mind, the ride quality.

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