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Posted: Jan 7, 2015 at 16:35 Quote
Official thread to post and discuss the 2015 reign..

Keep on topic

I have a reign advanced 1 and am loving it!

Any tips on suspension set up etc?

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ka81 wrote:
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Posted: Jan 7, 2015 at 17:24 Quote
Reign 2 here, trail riding keep the rear end to 25-30% sag. Bike park 30-35%. Just came off a decked out Trance 27.5 but have to admit the Reign just feels 100% right. The Trance was awesome but the Reign is def in another level. One major difference I found was the Reign likes to jump and be in the air. I found the Trance a bit more nervous and required more fitness. No major compromise in climbing. When it comes to descending...wow what a machine. I was really reluctant going from the Trance to the Reign because the majority of riding I do is east coast single track with short punchy climbs. THE best bike I've ever ridden hands down.

Posted: Jan 7, 2015 at 19:54 Quote
Rlvinas wrote:
Reign 2 here, trail riding keep the rear end to 25-30% sag. Bike park 30-35%. Just came off a decked out Trance 27.5 but have to admit the Reign just feels 100% right. The Trance was awesome but the Reign is def in another level. One major difference I found was the Reign likes to jump and be in the air. I found the Trance a bit more nervous and required more fitness. No major compromise in climbing. When it comes to descending...wow what a machine. I was really reluctant going from the Trance to the Reign because the majority of riding I do is east coast single track with short punchy climbs. THE best bike I've ever ridden hands down.

I currently am running the monarch plus on 30% sag and am really liking it, the LBS i bought the bike from said that for park days to run 35% which i will definitely have to try out.

I have only had the bike for 4 days and 5 rides but it is already clear that it is an awesome bike! it handles the rough crazy well and corners soo nice! when pointed back up the hill it doesn't disappoint either, infact i am quite shockedat how well this thing climbs! certainly not like a slack 160mm all mountain bike!

looking forward to getting more time in on this thing before a few up coming races!!

Posted: Jan 8, 2015 at 5:04 Quote
Out of the box my 2 model weighed a leg busting 33lbs. I've got her down to low 29's which isn't bad for a 6" travel aluminum bike.

This is my third Giant Maestro bike and have to say that the rear end outperforms the others. My trance had a Pike 150 and Debonair 200x57 (158mm rear travel). The Pike would easily soak everything up front but the rear would get overwhelmed on the fast chunky stuff. Now don't get me wrong the Trance is awesome but the Reign feels like it has a Pike in the rear if that makes sense, its that well balanced.

Posted: Jan 8, 2015 at 6:58 Quote
Rlvinas wrote:
Out of the box my 2 model weighed a leg busting 33lbs. I've got her down to low 29's which isn't bad for a 6" travel aluminum bike.

This is my third Giant Maestro bike and have to say that the rear end outperforms the others. My trance had a Pike 150 and Debonair 200x57 (158mm rear travel). The Pike would easily soak everything up front but the rear would get overwhelmed on the fast chunky stuff. Now don't get me wrong the Trance is awesome but the Reign feels like it has a Pike in the rear if that makes sense, its that well balanced.

I've just ordered my reign 2 should be here Saturday, only downside I seen was the weight looking at the specs,
What all have you changed to bring the weight down if you don't mind sharing?

Posted: Jan 8, 2015 at 7:21 Quote
Kevlmcm wrote:
Rlvinas wrote:
Out of the box my 2 model weighed a leg busting 33lbs. I've got her down to low 29's which isn't bad for a 6" travel aluminum bike.

This is my third Giant Maestro bike and have to say that the rear end outperforms the others. My trance had a Pike 150 and Debonair 200x57 (158mm rear travel). The Pike would easily soak everything up front but the rear would get overwhelmed on the fast chunky stuff. Now don't get me wrong the Trance is awesome but the Reign feels like it has a Pike in the rear if that makes sense, its that well balanced.

I've just ordered my reign 2 should be here Saturday, only downside I seen was the weight looking at the specs,
What all have you changed to bring the weight down if you don't mind sharing?

Stan's Flow wheels, RF Turbine Cinch 1X, XT shifter/derailleur, Zee brakes, XT cassette. The wheels in the stock build are good so it doesn't really feel like its 32+ lbs on the trail.

Posted: Jan 8, 2015 at 11:59 Quote
The reign advanced isn't that light for a carbon bike either so once its all paid off I plan to start lightening it up, thinking I'll go 1x10 maybe some lightbicycle rims and a lighter stem because the truvativ is quite a porker

Posted: Jan 8, 2015 at 12:34 Quote
I used to get wrapped around the axle as far as total weight until I realized that a 30 lb bike with a light wheel set feels faster than a 28 lb bike with heavy wheels. Besides the rotational mass which we always almost mention on wheel upgrades but not always think about sprung weight. The lighter the wheels the faster they are going to react to successive hits.

Sweet ride bro!

Posted: Jan 8, 2015 at 12:39 Quote
That's right man! Thinking I definitely will be buying either some lighter rims or wheels, just have to decide if I want to keep the wheels ones I have for downhill duties and buy a whole new wheel set or just get rims.. Hmm.

Going on my first burly ride on it soon so am stoked to see how it handles!

Posted: Jan 8, 2015 at 13:12 Quote
Sweet, let me know what you think.

Posted: Jan 17, 2015 at 10:44 Quote
Evening gents,

Are you looking to save some weight/spec up your Reign?

I've just got my £4000 Reign 1 in Orange and I'm selling the whole group set. (Brakes, rotors, chainset, rear mech, shifter, cassette and xd driver, chain etc) as I am replacing everything for Saint. It is all 100% unused and looking for a new home.

Open to offers.

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 at 1:19 Quote
What rear shocks are people running in their 2015 reigns? Running the stock monarch debonair in my reign 2 and considering an upgrade to something burlier.

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 at 1:29 Quote
One thing I ha e noticed with my reign 2 is that it climbs better than any other bike I have owned xc or otherwise. I think it's because I am 6'5 on the XL and it's the first bike that has actually fit me properly.

Needless to say it descends brilliantly, and I haven't even really dialed the suspension settings to the optimum for my weight yet. The thing is so planted and grippy.

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 at 1:34 Quote
Rlvinas wrote:
One major difference I found was the Reign likes to jump and be in the air.

Interesting, I have found mine a little less playful but just steady as hell, although I might just need some more time to learn how to chuck it about some.

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 at 1:47 Quote
dirch wrote:
What rear shocks are people running in their 2015 reigns? Running the stock monarch debonair in my reign 2 and considering an upgrade to something burlier.

The monarch plus that came in my advanced 1 has been flawless.. I was actually noticing how well it was performing mid sketchy rock garden on my last ride. Seems like it can take hit after hit and not be phased. If you want more tunability id look into a cane creek inline if your downhills aren't too long or a double barrel air if you have lengthy descents or are an aggressive rider

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