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    Default 2017 Trek Fuel EX 29 vs 2017 Giant Anthem 2

    G'day

    Im moving from a hardtail to a dual suspension and both of these bikes are at my price point.

    Does anyone have an opinion on either of these bikes, or both?

    Bike will be used for general trails and single track.

    Thanks, Matt

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    Default 2017 Trek Fuel EX 29 vs 2017 Giant Anthem 2

    Hi Matt,

    The only way you'll know is to test ride both bikes, which shouldn't be too difficult given they are from the two biggest bike brands.

    I haven't ridden the anthem, but the Fuel has become more "trail" (slacker, longer, more travel) than previous generations and is probably no longer similar to an Anthem.

    I owned the previous generation of Maestro suspension, so I don't think you'd can go wrong with either bike, but I do think the new Fuels are awesome bikes.

    Did I mention you should test ride?

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    I think the fuel plus is more the cross country bike like the anthem , and the fuel ex is more trail/fun orientated ,

    I was making a decision years ago between a trance and a rumblefish and picked the rumblefish because it fitted me better , have leaned towards trek since , they just seem to fit me better , giant I always feel I'm between sizes ,

    ride both and see what works for you .

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    I currently have a 2017 Anthem Advanced 1 as a loaner while the shock on my trance is being warrantied. I wouldn't say it is super XC as it rides all sorts of terrain very competently almost AM style. My only beef with the Medium is it needs a shorter stem to carve a little better on the more agressive trails. In three rides I have done about 1500m climbing and it does that well and I am happy to ride everything fully open (the trance really needs trail mode for climbing nasty stuff). I have also ridden some very messy rutted steep trails and that was fine too. Coming from a hardtail it would feel very plush.

    There are some crazy deals on 2016 Anthems currently if you look around. Depends if you want it to be a little more XC than AM.

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    I currently have a 2017 fuel ex9.8 29er - had an anthem sx 27.5 before that (2016).
    I was very happy with the Anthem - especially the climbing, but I love the trek. Out of the box it was ok but I ditched the wheels for carbon twe's which really livened up the acceleration and handling and am now also running 1x11, it is an awesome bike that I will be hanging on to for a while now.
    Great for trail riding, the odd race and some longer XC type training rides - does it all well enough for me.
    I recommend you have a ride on one if you can.

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply all.

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    I would choose the Fuel. Can do everything the Anthem can, just less race focused.
    Would be more enjoyable with the more travel too.

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    had my heart set on a 16 EX but didn't like the 9's yellow so waited for '17s. Demoed a 2017 9 and really didn't like it at all. Found it very slow to accelerate, manoeuvre and overall i couldn't get comfortable (yes, i had the correct size). I had the impression the back end weighed a tonne and couldn't really flick it around or have fun with it. after doing a loop that i know very well i was noticeably more fatigued than normal. not sure if this would have been different with the 9.8 model due to weight reduction. it did have heaps of cornering traction but that's to be expected with the OEM tyres fitted.

    Demoed a 2017 Anthem advanced 2, and didn't like it on the first day. I think perhaps after riding a 29er for so long i had forgotten how quick small wheels are to change direction so it felt a little skittish and nervous. However, it was a medium when i really needed a large so that didn't help on the first ride either. Second day of demo i had an absolute blast and ended up buying one. No complaints so far except for the Nobby Nic up front. fast, light, and fun. can handle anything i am game enough to throw at it. the redesign this year makes it much more capable than the old very XC focused anthem.

    I think it will depend largely on where and how you ride as always though. i ride brisbane trails that are largely XC pedally type trails (Bunya, Daisy Hill, Gap Ck, Mt Cotton, Cleveland) so i needed a bike that would provide fun on downs but not destroy the ride day because the ups sucked - the anthem is easily faster and more enjoyable to pedal uphill than the EX for me. Plus, I like a bike that is fun to throw around (even though mostly XC), will come off the ground easily and will be controllable when doing so. couldn't do any of those things with the EX and it felt just like a steam roller. The anthem felt great once my riding style adjusted back to smaller wheels.

    but, you gotta test ride mate. they may feel completely different for you, your style, your location. Lots of reviews around for the EX because they were released earlier. Flow reviewed the Anthem 2 which i had actually read after buying the bike and i agree with their assessment of the feel completely.


    cheers

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    Thanks Danimal,

    I can't actually find many reviews on the Trek Fuel Ex 7.

    I have been sized as a large on Treks and had a coupe of different stores size me as a medium on the anthem so am a little confused as to sizing.

    I am leaning towards the Anthem 2.

    Does the difference between the 27.5 and 29 inch wheels determine the choice in bike?

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    Default 2017 Trek Fuel EX 29 vs 2017 Giant Anthem 2

    The short answer is no.

    Also, my experience of the feeling of the Fuel Ex was the opposite to Danimals, which is why I can't suggest a test ride enough.

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