Bent upper link on Reign LTD 2016?

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Bent upper link on Reign LTD 2016?
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Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 5:38 Quote
Got a 2016 Reign LTD near Rome in November 2015, went to Finale Ligure and San Remo riding for 20 days. Arrived in Brazil and was looking to the bike and notice that the uper link was bent. Looking from the top tube I can see that the shock is more to the left side of the frame and the uper links have diferentes shapes, one is straight and the other is bent to the inside. I see that the lower link is completely asimetrical but I think the upper link should be simetrical and its not. There is no play in the linkage but I can see the swingarm is more to one side of the frame.
Are those uper link a simetrical? Does anyone have the same problem?
For what I see the uper link is so thin, small and are free without any reiforcement like Treks uper link that is in one piece.
Thank you very much for your attention.

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 5:40 Quote
https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/13105382/
https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/13105376/

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 8:31 Quote
This is normal, part of the design.

The lower links and shock are offset to the left to make room for the drivetrain and the upper right linkage curves out to clear the seat tube and meet the near symmetrical rear triangle.

This is normal for all reign frames.

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 8:32 Quote
mudmandhbrazil wrote:
https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/13105382/
https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/13105376/

Just to help your post.



Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 10:01 Quote
Thank you for the answer. You are saying that because you have a Giant Reign, work with Giant bikes or because you think the uper link is asimetrical?

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 10:41 Quote
mudmandhbrazil wrote:
Thank you for the answer. You are saying that because you have a Giant Reign, work with Giant bikes or because you think the uper link is asimetrical?

I both have one and was a bike mechanic for Whistler Blackcomb this summer where I worked on around 20 of the reigns. It's the same with all the giant linkages and we had around 300 Giant Glorys.

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 11:00 Quote
Thanks again for your answer.
But the problem is, when I look from the top tube to the rear shock I see that the shock is twisted to the left side, the eyes of the shock are not aligned with the top tube and for this is not normal.
Do you have a da 2016 Reign? My friend have a 2013 Reign and the upper links are perfect simeteical

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 11:22 Quote
mudmandhbrazil wrote:
Thanks again for your answer.
But the problem is, when I look from the top tube to the rear shock I see that the shock is twisted to the left side, the eyes of the shock are not aligned with the top tube and for this is not normal.
Do you have a da 2016 Reign? My friend have a 2013 Reign and the upper links are perfect simeteical

I have the 2015 reign which is the same as the 2016 frames. if the eyelets don't lineup then it's not just the offset of the linkages and contact giant.

I'd have to have a look at it but from the photos it looks like a normal reign.

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 11:48 Quote
Thank you very much endeed

Posted: Jan 27, 2016 at 11:07 Quote
Yep Spudlord is correct, it is normal and built that way.

All of the Maestro suspension bikes have asymmetrical upper and lower linkages. It has to do with pushing the whole shock further to the left to give more space to the drive side and have proper chainline and linkage clearance.

A lot of suspension bikes have an offset rear shock by the way.

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