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I almost had a heart attack and had to rush to re-read what I wrote. I definitely don’t give Giant credit for “pushing the envelope” or innovating in any way on anything so you had me worried. That’s not to say they don’t make great bikes for reasonable money but generally speaking they’re 2-3 years behind whatever they’re making for Trek (who also don’t generally get accused of jumping off the jagged edge) and sometimes their rigs don’t really land at all.
My conclusion is about the general future of self-powered mountain bikes and specifically about the relevance of Andrew’s Anthem SX in the conversation:
“…_five years and an angleset later._”
Andrew’s bike is over-forked and sporting a -2* Angleset and I think in that guise it’s a neat conversation piece. Mulleted I think it would be even more the case.
The flip side is a Process 111 with an Angleset (mulleted or otherwise) is even more rad. My point simply being that I think aggressive fully-people-pedaled bikes in the future will share more in common with these capable rigs than the aggressive Enduro bikes of today.
Carl Decker is an animal. But that’s a great example of the capability of a short travel bike with good rubber (I bet he would have loved that Angleset though).
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