2011 Giant Reign 0 Review

Jun 6, 2011 at 0:15
Jun 6, 2011
by Connor Macleod  
 
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With so many big-bike riders sporting all-mountain bikes, it's safe to say trail-riding is cool again. Call it what you like, all I know is that you leave the shuttle behind, earn your turns, and have a wicked time. Giant's 29-pound Reign 0 fits neatly into the trailbike end of the all-mountain spectrum. With a three-chainring crankset and a lighter-weight component spec, the Reign 0 is designed to be a more versatile version of its burlier, gravity oriented Reign X brother.


Giant's Reign 0 is intended to serve up trailbike climbing and pedaling performance to all-mountain riders. Pinkbike wrung it out on the North Shore where, aside from some chain issues, it proved very capable.
Giant's Reign 0 is intended to serve up trailbike climbing and pedaling performance to all-mountain riders. Pinkbike wrung it out on the North Shore where, aside from some chain issues, it proved very capable.


Pinkbike was excited about the 2011 Reign 0 when we previewed it, and looked forward really pushing the its limits on the North Shore. While the Shore boasts some bona fide all-mountain trails, we also wanted to see how the Reign 0 would fare on the area's more technical terrain - both climbing up it and coming back down. The Reign 0's wide-range, 30-speed Shimano DynaSys gearing combined with six-inch suspension and capable frame geometry promised to be a recipe for all-day shred perfection

Component Selection: The Reign 0 is Giant’s flagship model, and it boasts a great parts kit. Fox Suspension front and rear makes for a balanced and easily tuned ride. The Fox 32 Talas FIT RL (w/ 15QR thru-axle and tapered steerer) continues to amaze me, with 150 millimeters of travel, tons of adjustability and it weighs less than four pounds. Previous Reigns sported the Fox DHX Air shocks, while the 2011 version uses a lighter-weight RP23 with a lightly larger-than-stock air cannister. Arguably, Shimano's 30-speed DynaSys XT drivetrain provides a mega-wide gearing range, which makes for easy climbing gears, and more top speed than a typical gravity-oriented bike has. The lack of a roller-guide or a bash-ring, however, takes away from the Reign 0's ability to thrive over super rough terrain, although those who ride on smoother ground may not require the added weight and complexity of a guide.

The Reign 0 rolls on DT Swiss Tricon M1700 wheels which look great and ride even better. The 1600 gram wheelset is tubeless and sports bladed spokes (for aerodynamics, of course). Tires are always a personal preference so I’ll just give it to you straight: Kenda’s are great value, and this is a high-end bike. At least you are getting the best Kenda’s - 2.35” dual compound Kevlar Nevegal’s. I’ve always found the Nevegal’s to have a very blocky tread with questionable wet-condition traction - so they really don't shine on the North Shore. Also, I was disappointed to find that the Nevegal's were not tubeless ready like the DT Swiss wheelset. I would suggest that next year Giant should spec their premium models with tubeless ready all-condition tires.

Giant understands that every all-mountain and trailbike should be equipped with an adjustable seatpost. The Reign 0 uses the Crankbrothers Joplin, and when it works (as it did on our test bike), it adds a lot to the capability of the bike. While the Joplin can be troublesome, if you keep the cable and housing free moving, and the post clean and lubed, it should be reliable.


At well under 29 pounds, the 2011 Giant Reign 0 is one of the lightest six-inch travel aluminum all-mountain bikes on the market.<br><br><span style='font-size:17px'>Giant Reign 0 details:</span><br><br>- Intended for trail and all-mountain riding<br>- Six inches of rear-wheel travel<br>- Fox 32 Talas FIT RL fork and Float RP23 rear shock<br>- Shimano XT 3 x 10 drivetrain<br>- DT Swiss Tricon wheelset<br>- Weight 28 pounds, 5 ounces(<i>size large w/o pedals</i>)<br>- MSRP $4,850 USD
At well under 29 pounds, the 2011 Giant Reign 0 is one of the lightest six-inch travel aluminum all-mountain bikes on the market.

Giant Reign 0 details:

- Intended for trail and all-mountain riding
- Six inches of rear-wheel travel
- Fox 32 Talas FIT RL fork and Float RP23 rear shock
- Shimano XT 3 x 10 drivetrain
- DT Swiss Tricon wheelset
- Weight 28 pounds, 5 ounces(size large w/o pedals)
- MSRP $4,850 USD


Reign 0 frame notes: Giant has completely revamped their Reign platform for 2011, which was first introduced in 2005. Its eye catching hydroformed frame tubes give the bike more stand-over clearance and lateral rigidity, while keeping its weight in check. Better still, Giant kicked out the Reign's head angle to 67.5 degrees - slack enough to take on steeps and drops without eroding the bike's trail worthiness for climbing thanks to the travel adjustable Fox fork. Suspension is Giant's well proven dual-link Maestro design, which also strikes a great compromise between pedaling firmness and smooth response over rough terrain. Maestro suspension keeps the shock and linkage low in the frame, which makes room for one water bottle (or battery mount) and keeps the bike's center of gravity low. In case you were curious, Frame numbers for the medium-sized Reign 0 are: 73.5-degree seat angle, 23.2-inch top tube, 17.2-inch chainstays, 31.9-inch stand-over, 44.5-inch wheelbase and depending upon the fork-travel setting, either a 67.5 or 68.5-degree head angle. Frame sizes available are small, medium, large (tested) and extra-large.


Giant Reign frame details: (clockwise) Giant's Overdrive tapered head tube uses an internal FSA sealed headset. Dual-link Maestro suspension takes a lot of abuse, but the lower link caught and damaged the chain during testing. Giant's
Giant Reign frame details: (clockwise) Giant's Overdrive tapered head tube uses an internal FSA sealed headset. Dual-link Maestro suspension takes a lot of abuse, but the lower link caught and damaged the chain during testing. Giant's "Contact" house-brand stem and handlebar performed well, but the grips lacked a locking feature.


Specifications
Release Date 2011
Price $4850
Travel 152
Rear Shock Fox Float RP23 Boostvalve w/ XV Sleeve
Fork Fox 32 Talas FIT RL w/ 15QR Thru Axle and Tapered Steerer, 120-150mm Travel
Cassette Shimano Deore XT 11x36, 10-Speed
Crankarms Shimano Deore XT, 24/32/42
Bottom Bracket Shimano Press Fit
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow,10-Speed
Chain Shimano HG-74
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT M770, Direct Mount
Shifter Pods Shimano Deore XT
Handlebar Giant Contact, Low Rise 31.8
Stem Giant Contact
Brakes Avid Elixir CR (Giant LTD Edition), [F] 185mm [R] 160mm
Hubs DT Swiss Tricon (Giant LTD Edition) w/ 15mm Front Axle
Spokes DT Swiss Tricon
Rim DT Swiss Tricon M1700, Giant LTD Edition
Tires Kenda Nevegal, 120 tpi, 26x 2.35 Folding
Seat Fi'zi:k Gobi XM (Giant LTD Edition) w/ K:ium Rails
Seatpost Crank Brothers Joplin-4 Remote, 30.9



The Reign 0 is well suited for trail riders who are ready to turn up their game.
The Reign 0 is well suited for trail riders who are ready to turn up their game.



Riding the Giant Reign 0: The Reign was tested predominantly on the B.C.'s North Shore, and riding “all-mountain” on the North Shore is considered “freeride” by most other places in the world. The Reign 0 is not the perfect choice for aggressive all-mountain riders, but testing any bike in the North Shore environment is like truth serum for its technical handling skills. Weighing in at less than 29 pounds with a 30-speed drivetrain, you have a gear for every pound of bike, which makes for one hell of a climber. Add four inches of remote-controlled seat-post adjustment to get your height perfect, a Pro Pedal Shock and a travel-adjustable Talas Fox fork to tune up the head angle to the terrain, and the Giant will climb anything - and you’ll have fun in the process. Its pedaling/climbing geometry is spot on. With the fork dropped to 120-millimeters the head angle sits at 68.5 degrees which helps to keep the bike comfortably on line while climbing steep pitches, even when tired and pushing hard to crest a difficult section of trail.

Suspension Setup: I used about 25 psi more pressure in the Fox fork that is recommended, but 110 psi kept the TALAS high enough in its travel to handle the many drops and steps typical of North Shore downhills. When I was setting the rear suspension, I was concerned with the amount of air pressure the Fox RP23 required to achieve the correct sag setting. I weigh 190 pounds, and needed 275 psi in the shock to sag about 20%. Generally most suspension requires pressure settings which are close to the rider's body weight. That noted; Fox incorporates a negative spring that resets to the pressure of the main spring chamber when the shock compresses, which may have given me a false sag reading. The Maestro suspension seemed to have a falling rate that started with a firm feel and then became softer as it compressed past the first 25-percent of its travel. I was happy with the Maestro Suspension, which felt bottomless off drops and jumps, however, when I hit choppy terrain aggressively, I found that the rear suspension lacked the suppleness that I expect from a six inch travel all-mountain chassis.

Cornering and steering: The Reign 0 has a relatively low bottom bracket and a decently slack head angle, which make for solid cornering and a good steering feel at speed or in diffucult terrain. Kenda's Nevegal 2.35-inch tires are better dry-condition options, but the Giant managed to claw its way around the damp soil and wet roots well enough to translate the Giant's secure feeling front end. A plus for the Maestro suspension is that its one-piece, triangulated rear triangle and stiff suspension linkage feels rigid when pressed hard around a turn. The low bottom bracket and very balanced feeling chassis made intentional and unintentional slides non-issues. Considering the lightweight nature of the bike, this came as a pleasant surprise and added a very pleasing element to the ride.


Giant's Reign 0 felt at home in tough conditions, but its suspension came up a bit short when faced with bigger North Shore gnar.
Giant's Reign 0 felt at home in tough conditions, but its suspension came up a bit short when faced with bigger North Shore gnar.


Technical performance: Those unsure of the industry's “shift” to ten-speed drivetrains can be rest-assured that it works. The Reign 0 uses a Shimano Deore XT DynaSys 3x10 setup, which is decidedly cross-country. For those who ride aggressively, a 2x10 is better suited for true AM performance because you need the extra ground clearance and a bash guard. That noted, Shimano's ten-speed XT ensemble shifts crisply and cleanly - wet or dry - and the low-profile Shadow rear derailleur does a great job avoiding trouble in the form of snagging brush and bashing rocks. Braking is controlled and consistent over all types of terrain. The custom colored Avid Elixir calipers clamp lightweight Clean Sweep X rotors and deliver plenty of power and modulation. I would swap out the rear 160-millimeter rotor for a larger one if you spend most of your time riding steep and technical terrain.

bigquotesDespite my dislike for in-house components, I was impressed with Giants carbon Contact bar and stem combo. The bar measured 27.5 inches, and it has a nice sweep and a low rise. - Connor Macleod


Giant's Contact carbon handlebar and stem combo were impressive, which is rare for house-brand components. The handlebar measured 27.5 inches, and it has a nice sweep and a low rise. The stem is a lightweight 90-millimeter model with an 8-degree rise. I ended up swapping the stem out for a shorter 60-millimeter item, which made a big difference in handling over the hyper-technical North Shore terrain. The Giant grips felt cheap and lacked a lock-on feature. The rider is connected to the bike via the handlebar, so I would expect better grips on a bike that is specifically intended for aggressive riding.

Unexpected chain problem: Some six-inch-travel bikes can be ridden hard without a chain guide and never toss a chain, but the Reign 0 is not one of them. The lower Maestro link rotates close to the bottom bracket and when the chain falls off between the inside chainring and the bottom bracket cups, the lower link often pinches the chain - sometimes damaging it beyond repair. The fact that it costs about $65 for a new XT chain is reason enough to lament this unusual defect. The logical fix would be to install a chain guide. The lack of a dedicated ISCG chain-guide mount on the Reign 0 is a deterrent to this fix, and although MRP and e-thirteen make guides designed to retrofit to a thread-in-type bottom bracket cup, Giant spec'ed a press-in style Shimano bottom bracket that will not accept those types either. The sole option is to mount op one of MRP's clean looking 1x guides to the direct mount front derailleur bracket.


The Reign felt great in the corners thanks to its modern steering geometry, low bottom bracket and Maestro suspension.
The Reign felt great in the corners thanks to its modern steering geometry, low bottom bracket and Maestro suspension.


Pinkbike's take: Trail riders looking to tackle more aggressive terrain on a sub-30-pound long-travel bike with a great parts spec will find happiness with the 2011 Reign 0. Top marks for Giant's contemporary steering angles, adjustable Fox TALAS fork and versatile XT drivetrain. The Reign 0 may fall short of a full-blown gravity-oriented all-mountain machine, but that is not its intended purpose. This is a well-balanced and technically capable machine designed to be a huge confidence booster for trail riders who may have come from an XC background. Riders who don't want to give up climbing performance, but want to pin it on the descents. Giant has always offered great value and the Reign 0 is no exception, it's decked out with all of the best parts and put together in a wicked package If you buy the Reign 0 to ride park and freeride-type trails you will be a bit disappointed with its lack of a chain-guide provision and firm-riding rear suspension - but there is an onslaught of gravity specific all-mountain bikes to serve that genre. Giant makes those too.


Check out the Giant website to see more of the Reign 0 and the rest of their long-travel lineup, and give Pinkbike your take on what a perfect lightweight all-mountain bike would be.
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77 Comments

  • + 4
 Why is it when a new model comes out, seems the only good are the components, frames rarely. Whats worth $5 grand here? Oh you can drop the seat while riding, IF you have OCD and clean it 24-7. You know you got yourself a good bike when you can ride it hard and hang it up wet! This is just my opinion which means nothing to you!
  • + 4
 The price is justified. Top of the line for air shocks, DT Swiss Tricon wheels that are strong and tough yet only weigh 1600 grams. Full shimano XT, Avid Elixir CR's. And the height adjust post is great on this style bike. I put one on my 2011 reign 1 and use it all the time, it allows me to climb efficiently, yet drop the saddle quickly for descents. I don't clean my bike at all and am not sure why that matters? I lube my chain and thats about it, if the bike is really dirty I hose it off then lube everything, and that is it.
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 I guarantee you most of that dropped chain problem would disappear if you went with a 2x10 or 1x10 setup. There is way too much chain suck with a 3x10. Especially with that 42 tooth front ring, 36 tooth cassette and long cage derailleur!
  • + 2
 I have to agree with you on this point. I have a 2010 Reign 0 and never loose a chain when running 2x9. I have dropped it twice when in 3x9 so I can imagine 3x10 would be worse. And what the heck are you doing riding the shore with a big chain ring on your bike...ever? Seems a silly thing to me. I ride in the Okanagan and ride 2x9 for 95% of my rides.
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  • + 2
 I don't have any problems with house-brand components to bring the prices down on lower-end models, because there's really nothing wrong with them and they work fine, but in my opinion, they have no place on a top-of-the-line model.
  • + 6
 have you looked at the house brand components? they are better than most top of the line parts from the name brands
  • + 0
 I have, and I do believe they are high quality. I wouldn't go so far as to say that they are better than most top of the line parts from the name brands though. There's nothing wrong with house-brand components, but I would expect more from a top-tier model.
  • + 8
 As far as I'm concerned, and as you said, in-house parts are great for lower-spec bikes, since it keeps cost down. However, if the manufacturer feels that their in-house stuff performs well enough relative to the name brand parts, I'm still ok with that, since, again it keeps the cost down. I mean, they're not stupid - if their own products aren't up to snuff, they won't put them on a top-of-the-line bike. Well, hopefully not, lol. Besides, worse case scenario: you just have your LBS switch out the parts you don't like when you buy it. That's what we usually do anyways, right?
  • + 4
 let's not forget raceface was once an in-house brand for rocky mountain and look at how many people rate them so in-house brands are not that bad at all.
  • + 2
 I sell Giant Bikes and their in house components are great. The Connect SL bar and stem on this bike are super light and stiff. The Connect SL stuff is priced really well and hangs with all the top brands. The bar that comes on this bike weighs less than the Easton Haven alloy bar and the same as my Race Face SixC carbon bar from a few years ago. There is nothing wrong with in-house parts. Sure some parts don't belong on high end bikes, but Giant is making some high end in-house parts.
  • + 2
 For a fair comparison, the bar is also narrower than both the Haven and the SixC. Don't get me wrong, I am not slighting house-brand components, just stating my opinion. And if Giant were to read these comments (which hopefully they do), I would like them to know that I, a potential customer, would rather not have house-brand components at this price range - and I don't think I'm the only one who thinks that either. I don't often hear people say "Man, I wish they would spec MORE house-brand components on their bikes!". Wink
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 Good review, but one thing that struck me is that the suspension felt overly firm in chop, combined with the fact that you had an oversprung pressure in the shock. You did say that you felt the need to overpressure possibly because of a false sag reading. Maybe I missed it, but did you try with the normal pressure for your weight?
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  • + 1
 I agree with this review - the Reign is a fantastic bike that climbs almost as well as it descends, and it descends very well. I could ride all-day epics and I also took it to Whistler and it... survived. It is very versatile. It was perfect for my favourite Northern California rocky trails. Both my Reigns were 3x9, yet I still had to keep in mind to pedal during rougher descents to get the chain back on before it was pinched. That was definitely the major problem of the bike. If I didn't have to pedal up as much as I did, a chain guide would have fixed all that ailed her.
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  • + 1
 I see everyone has moved past the house brand parts, but just gotta put a few cents in! I think house brand parts on any bike over $1500 is bull shit. I liked when companies where teaming up with after market manufactures! i felt it gave you more bang for you buck and added appeal and selling points for a bike! If these big companies keep trying to dominate every aspect of the industry(which they all are trying to do; i.e. to sell specialized, something like 45% of your accessories need to be their brand) then where will innovation come from. And what does that do to the shops that like to have a diverse selection! Hopefully this makes sense and some of y'all feel what I'm putting down! Oh yeah and for the chain drop issue remember it is a trail bike and it is being run with no guide. Remember a "trail" bike ....
  • + 1
 Like I said above. Why spec an Easton Haven alloy bar when Giant makes the Connect SL alloy bar the is a tad bit lighter. It may not look flashy, but it works just as well and allows the bikes to be that much more affordable. I also work i na shop that sells nothing but Giant bikes and a pile of Giant P and A and we get by just fine. Sure I upgrade my OE Giant parts to other stuff, but that is because I can.
And as for teh chain drop? I run my 2011 Reign 1X10 with no chainguide setup at all and it works flawless. I use this for trail riding and shuttling, if you build the bike right you don't need a guide. It is all about chainline and chain tension.
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  • + 1
 I have this very bike and love it. It is fast on the trails and can do a 3ft drop like nothing. As for the chain drop issue, I fixed that in 20 minutes. Removed large chain ring, installed bash guard, took out 4 chain links. Bingo, now barely any chain slap on hard downhills via the tighter chain tension. I have bottomed out the shock several time on rough stuff and now don't drop the chain. Why does a bike like this need a big ring anyways. I use my 29er carbon hardtail for going warp 8 on smooth trails. On that note, for anything but the smoothest of trails I find I go just as fast with my Reign and my body doesn't hurt after a 3 hour ride. I give this bike a big thumbs up!
  • + 1
 Sorry for double post. The first one didn't show initially now I see it has. Anyways, I gave a little update on speed on this one :-)
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  • + 1
 I own this 2011 Giant Reign 0 and must say it is very good. Thought it wouldn't be enough bike but I was wrong. The 32mm stanchions are fine and the bike rides the trails and all mtn very well. I'm 170Lbs and can launch a 3ft drop like it was nothing. As for the chain problem, I fixed that in 20 minutes. Removed the large ring, installed bash guard, dropped the front derallieur, chopped out 5 links from the chain (then added one back with SRAM quick link). Now it is very tight and doesn't even slap the chain stay when desending wide open. My bike is about 28.5Lbs with XTR all mountain pedals. While the other guys are pushing their big DH sleds to the top I'm riding to the top and then doing the same decents as them. However, I think if you are over 190Lbs you might start being too heavy. 200Lbs+ I wouldn't recommend as the rear shock won't handle it (go for Reign X).

Btw, who the heck needs a big ring on a bike like this! When I want to go warp 8 on the smooth flats I have a carbon 29er Hardtail.
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  • + 1
 hey guys! i just bought myself a giant reign 2 2011 and upgrading it right now: ordered elixir brakes, fox dhx air - cause i liked them more in the earlier modelyears. AND the thing is: i really want a chainguide cause i REALLY hat bikes where the chain is bumping all the time. Cause as you might have realised i am not a native speaker and i didnt get the point what the author was saying about that in the article! PLS HELP!!!
I know that it has no iscg5 but i could use chainguides like blackspire stinger or e13 heim 2 or? of course i would mount a combination of 22-36 (good idea?) - OR is it not possible to use a chainguide because of the press in style bottom bracket???
what be really nice if anyone could help Wink
thx!!

michael.ablasser@gmx.net
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  • + 1
 I love that Giant and others spec in house stuff, I like it even better when they get custom stuff like matching bits, makes for a solid looking bike, If I am paying thousands of dollars I want it to work great and look great too! Not that in house stuff isn't good, look at the $10,000 specialized S-works rocket, plenty of specialized stuff on there.
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  • + 1
 I now my question is more long term use, any one had rear suspension bearing problems. I heard, from a lbs,the Reign bearing last about three months riding north shore style trails, anyone confirm this?
  • + 3
 Well I have had an 08 ReignX for two years and the bearing are finally in need of a change. I did pop the seals off occasionally and add grease though. I have had to change the DU bushings on the shock eyelet probably like 6 times and the bolts that hold the shock are showing wear. (Not sure if this applies to the new bikes)
  • + 1
 Yes my bearings are shot, haven't looked into replacements yet though.
  • + 1
 dmik, I think that was problem with the first generation Maestro bikes. Giant changed to better bearings. I'vehad four Maestro bikes and the last three have been fine.
  • + 1
 The guy who bought my 2009 Reign X just brought the bike in to the shop the other day to get the bearings done, this guy rides all year around rain, snow, mud, whatever. He also does no maintenance and rides often and hard. I am finding that bearings tend to last about 2-3 years if you take care of your bike before they start needing replaced.
As for DU bushings, if the top shock bolt gets a little loose your DU bushing is gone and it goes quick. But other than that I am doing them for people depending on how/ where/ what/ and the conditions they ride in every 1-3 years. It all varies, but we have had great luck with the bearings out on the East Coast.
  • + 1
 Do you guys do much drops or jumps? Any DH type riding or mostly smoother trails? Cause my bearings feel very rough like the balls have flat spots. And i have replaced the DU bushing once already, it was getting about 0.5mm of up down movement. This is on a 2010 bike bought new and ridden hard all winter on the shore and burnaby mtn.
  • + 1
 I know I do everything on my bike. Drops, jumps, light DH, long trail rides, and I have had great luck with my bearings lasting more than a year.
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  • + 1
 I know 3 separate people with the Reign X and all 3 have broken the lower link & one guy has broken
3 times. I think people should know this before buying a bike that has issues.
  • + 1
 This was an issue in 2010, I broke my linkage after 1000km of abuse. 2011 have updated linkages
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  • + 1
 maybe spend some more time tuning the rear suspension. My 2011 reign rides almost like my DH bike, and is MUCH more plush than the other AM bikes that I demoed like remedy and scratch.
  • + 2
 I find my Scratch pretty plush.
  • + 1
 i find my slayer SS pretty plush
  • + 1
 It is true, it's all about bike setup. It is a very fine line between a suspension setup that works well for climbing and descending. I try to achieve both and I have gotten pretty close this year on my new 2011 Reign, but I always lean towards plush because the air shocks will just beat the crap out of you if they are too stiff.
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  • + 1
 Replace the rear shock with a DHX Air to minimise bottomouts and you're set.I replaced the RP2 on my Reign 1 and it feels great now.
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  • + 3
 question giant hasnt a slopestyle bike
  • + 1
 No they dont. They have the STP which is street/DJ. Smile
  • + 1
 Most of giants factory riders are running faiths for slopestyle/freeride, one of them was running a fox rp23 with angleset to get a similar geo
  • + 4
 Giant has a slope style bike, Reign SX.
  • + 1
 maybe the reign sx 2009 but the new one isn´t a slopetyle isn´t it
  • + 6
 Its because slopestyle doesn't actually exist.
  • + 1
 Reign SX isnt available in Europe.
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  • + 1
 I had a 2010 reign 1 and never really liked it. The suspension would bottom out all over and it did feel like a sofa as previously commented
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  • + 2
 I've got to get myself an all mountain bike, so I think this shall go on the wishlist.
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  • + 1
 i speak some german but dont post a german link to answer a whole bunch of english speaking bikers questions Smile
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  • + 2
 If you threw a burly fork on it could you do light FR?
  • + 3
 get the Reign X instead and you can do light FR on it
  • + 1
 Taletotell I couldn't see why not? A 160mm front fork would slacken the bike out a bit; probably stiffen the front end a bit. Connor you didn't mind that Talas 150 when stuffing it off steep rollovers? Do you think maybe the Reign would have been nice with a 150 or maybe like srru said - at that point why not get a ReignX.
  • + 1
 only problem with a plain reign is that there's no mount for a chain guide (it uses press fit bearings). you'll end up using a chain guide that attaches to the seat tube but no roller/pulley at the bottom making for a noisy, slapping chain if you choose to go gnar on this bike. i suggest you go for a reign X instead. its got a longer travel, slightly slack head tube, and a chain guide for a 2-chain ring crankset!
  • + 1
 Reign x is a dedicated FR bike for those who have to pedal sometimes. Sounds to me like giant could just make a few minor changes and the reign would make the reign x obsolete. If you think you need another .7 inches of travel just go up to 7 with a faith. 6 inches will do it for most FR anyway.
  • + 1
 @taletotell Reign X is 6.7 travel frame not 6, the forks are 160 though but I'm sure you can try 180
  • + 2
 I said the reign x had .7 inches more than the reign. That equals 6.7. I stand by my original point. If the reign was a better AM ride the reign x could be shelved.
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  • + 1
 i have a reign and the chain slaps around a lot on any downhill. Is there any sort of chainguide you can put on one?
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  • + 1
 i have one from 08 but last time i weighed it, it was 40lbs just woundering if im seeing things?
  • + 1
 depends on what components you have on your bike. i have a 2007 and it weighs 32 lbs with X7 shifters, RD, lyric fork, M540 clipless pedals and race face bits.
  • + 1
 I have a '11 reign 2 with just a few up grades and flats and it weighs in just under 30lbs, about 29.8 on a digital hanging scale, the bike is kill, it's super plush and can do anything. I can keep up with my buddies with freeride bikes on the jumps and liht dh and I can hang with my xc buddies on 29ers. It is about as close to the do it all bike as I could find at a reasonable price rang, the reign 0 is a bit spendy with all it's bells and whistles, and for those questioning the house products, doesn't giant make a grip of all the products for a lot of higher end bike companies?
  • + 1
 cglasford tells no lies. Have a '10 Reign X2 with a few upgrades/changes and it's been an epic all arounder that even sees some DH runs cause it eats em up and it's so light and fun to whip around. Currently running Havoc carbon bars and RF 2x9 gearing. Works great for the rough technical gnar in the Banff area. All I want to change now is the size of the rear disc - the stocker is a little small for my style of aggressive riding.
  • + 2
 I 3rd cglasford's statement. My XL 2011 reign 1 with heavy modification is 30lbs even. I use it for light DH and freeride and all mountain and XC riding. I take this thing shuttling and we just did a 4 hour all mountain ride yesterday with everything from steeps, to drops, to climbs, to rock garden decent. It is a wicked all round bike.
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 another solution to the chainguide predicament is e*thirteens XC-ST guide. it mounts to the seat tube and works great.
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 Sometimes you cannot mount to a seat tube when you have a direct mount either the tube isn't in the right spot or the direct mount is in the way.
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 It works on Giants such as the Athem X, Trance X, and Reign. I have a 2011 Trance and my chain never drops even on DH trails.
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 this chain dropping problem on giant maestro happened to me a couple of times but it was rare (i have a 2009 anthem X and 2007 reign) but if it does happen, the chain gets stuck between the crankset and the lower link which you end up scratching the link most of the time instead of braking the chain when you try to tug/pull the chain from getting stuck. consolation here is that the scratch you make on the lower link is hard to see not unless you remove the crankset.
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 Does the lower link snap just as easy as the one on the Reign X?
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 No. That was specific to the 2010 Reign X.
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 When they did the redesign in 2010 to eliminate the pierced down tube they needed to redesign the lower link. When they did this they had to notch the link out to allow for clearance on the ISCG tabs. The link ended up breaking right where the notch was for the tabs. So they redesigned the link for all the warranty repairs and put it on the 2011 reign x as well.
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 is north shore in BC??
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 yuppers, unless you're talking surfing. Then is it's hawaii
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 oh! i love this game! 2 words...
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 yep, sofa, just in chinese, love it!
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 Tubeless is over rated. Giant dosen't need that on the future bikes. I hate tubeless.
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 i agree i hate burps
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 This bike needs a lower leverage ratio than 3:1
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 And yet 2:1 is the lowest anybody has acomplished yet with a 12 inch curnutt shock. That bike was aptly named th foes 2:1
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 Yeah that totally works if you speak german
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