Giant's 2018 model range sees two all new frame designs and updates to the favourites.
The Anthem range in aluminium
The three models of aluminium Anthem offer some incredible bikes. From the $2999 Anthem 3 with RockShox suspension, Shimano 1x10 (with a 11-42 cassette) and a Giant dropper post, through to the $5299 Anthem 1 with GX Eagle and RockShox Pike RC Solo Air and Deluxe RT Debonair - these bikes are set to shred.
The Anthem 2 hits a sweet spot at $3699. The frame is set off in an awesome black and red, and the Fox 34 and Float DPS EVOL suspension will be plush and reliable while the Shimano SLX 11-speed drivetrain will deliver all the range you need with an 11-46 cassette, plus run for ages and be cheap to look after.
This bike is right on the money for a high-performance short-travel trail bike for under $4k. Infact you could walk out of a Giant dealer set to ride for not too much more than $4000 once set up with pedals, plus some fresh shoes and helmet.