Well, I went out to try out whether I would be getting the Trance or Anthem. I decided on the Anthem, and was very impressed with the weight. Needles to say it was love at first sight, and at that moment , I was ready to stop at the local LBS's and pick up an 09. Reality set in when I hit the trail on it. This bike had to be the most squiggliest bike I have ever ridden. It did not descend well at all, or climb. This bike would not track straight at all! I'm going to blame the majority of the problems I had with it due to improper bike setup, and it does not fit my riding style.
In my opinion, even if, and thats a big if, it was setup correctly, I would give it the edge over my 29er because of the cool pop lock switch. This switch was fun to play with while riding. Seriously, I was never happier than to get back on my stable fast Giant (Voodoo) 29er, as the Anthem was not the bike for me, even at the low price!