Join Date: Jul 2011
Bikes: Santa Cruz Blur TR, Cannondale Quick CX dropbar conversion & others
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The S-Works Epic can get ridiculously pricey, but if you are comparing similarly equipped Epic and Anthem Advanced models they are similar in price. There's only one aluminum Epic model now, I think, and the aluminum Anthem still has like 3 trim levels.
Anyway. They're both good bikes. I prefer the Giant's suspension for two huge reasons:
1) far easier to dial in
2) no brain to break -- and they do break, sooner or later
Giant's Maestro suspension is really great. However, you need to ride both bikes and make your own decision. You don't necessarily have to demo the exact model you will buy, but you DO need to demo the right size. And it needs to be a trail demo, not farting around in a parking lot.