Official reaction: I don’t know how I will ever ride without them again.
Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 0 Medium
Wheels Giant XCR 0 25mm internal width
Maxxis Rekon Race 2.25 front and rear
Live Valve suspension
Rider weight 187lbs/85kg
Bike weight 25.03lbs//11.35kg
Under normal riding conditions I ride my pressure at 21r/20f. The trail was Technical, heavy roots, short rooty climbs, and damp. After a couple test laps I settled on 17/16. The bike felt lively and had plenty of pop, spun up fast. I couldn’t wash the front tire out and I tried. At one point I was riding in what felt like melted snickers bars. In the middle of a peanut butter filled corner I had one of those “we are going down” moments but at the last second the rear tire hooked up, the bike stood up and jumped forward.
It felt like there was a transition in the corners where the bike felt loose for maybe a .15 inch before the bead would grip. This wasn’t really a negative and did not cause a loss of confidence. I attributed this to the Cush Core XC vs Pro differences. I have never rode the Pro version but would definitely put them on a trail bike.