2011 Giant Reign 0 - First look

Aug 9, 2010
by Jordan Holmes  
Giant Bicycles wrapped up their 2011 Summit dealer launch in Whistler BC, just before Crankworx kicked off. We got the chance to get some shots of the 2011 lineup, and included in this was the revamped Giant Reign 0. Here is a quick overview...

Check inside for more info on the 2011 Giant Reign 0...For 2011 the Giant Reign 0 went through some very beneficial changes. Giant equipped the bike for 2011 with a tapered headtube for substantially increased front end stiffness. They have also incorporated a press fit bb system into their bike, as well as post mount style brake mounts. This eliminates the need for an additional adapter, and dropping the overall weight of the bike. Cockpit duties are handled by the new Giant Contact bar and stem, and the near bottomless Maestro suspension system is as supple as ever. Maestro technology is the full suspension platform that every Giant performance mountain bike utilizes.

Canadian price on the 2011 Giant Reign 0 is $4499, Giant offers the Reign starting at $2249.

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2011 Giant Reign 0
2011 Giant Reign 0

Tapered headtube
Tapered headtube

Upper linkage detail
Upper linkage detail

Press fit bb and lower Maestro linkage
Press fit bb and lower Maestro linkage

Post mount rear brake
Post mount rear brake

Giants new Contact system - bar stem combo
Giants new Contact system - bar stem combo

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101 Comments

  • 21 5
 There should be a little counter on the bottom of the screen for every time someone uses "sick" or "pinned" on this website. The vernacular is pretty narrow... er, I mean ...ugh SICK, brah!
  • 9 1
 they just want to be one of the first to post and dont take the time to make a real comment in fear of not being in the first few posts...


anyway, the bike looks promising to say the least, and at a $2249 base price thats a really good deal since i know giant doesnt skimp on parts
  • 1 0
 Agreed, the bike looks nice, but it would be nice to see something about geometry and weight. All in due time, I guess.
  • 4 0
 I'm still hoping Giant pulls their heads out of their ass and shortens the XL headtube length. I'm 6'2" and like the XL for climbing, but last years bike had a 7.5 inch headtube. Add that length to a 150mm fork and it's like having ape hangers...
  • 1 0
 All the headtubes have been shortened! I have the 2010 Reign 1 in XL and the headtube is definitely massive. But word on the street from my manager who jsut got back from the summit is the headtubes are all going to be a bit shorter.
  • 1 0
 This is good news if it's true. My 09 Trance X shares the freakish 7.5 inch headtube. I've wanted to put a 140mm fork on it for some time, but I'd still have a tall front end with flat bars and a negative rise stem!
  • 1 0
 My boss let me look through his copy of the 2011 Giant catalog the other day. The headtubes on the XL bikes have stayed the same which is disappointing. The other sizes lost a bit of heatube height though.
  • 1 0
 If you're familiar with Giant, you know their geometry charts lie. I bet it's still 7.5 though. Fail...
  • 3 0
 Nope, doesn't do it for me. I'm sure it's an amazing ride and all, but to look at I just don't like the Giant frame. Not sure why, maybe too organic for me - I'm a scaffold lover at heart I think.
Anyway, nice spec, nice bike (I'm sure) but not ever going to grace my garage.
  • 1 0
 As much as I normally dig Giant bikes, I do have to admit they sure have some UGLY WELDS! Smile

they saved 115 grams from LY bike, I bet they could loose another 50 grams if they smoothed out those welds!!! Smile
  • 2 0
 Curious about the rear post mount, seems like so many "new industry standards lately. Good to see this one though, I can't remember the last time I saw International Standard calipers, everything seems to be Post mount, and the less adapters needed the better!
  • 2 0
 It's definately more elegant. Turner has replaceable inserts in theirs though. I could see someone gacking their threads on this thing...
  • 2 0
 Your just not happy unless you have something to complain about huh UNC... Smile
  • 1 0
 Hahaha. As much as I bitch, you'd think I'd apply for a design position or something. Wink
  • 6 4
 With all the adjustable headsets and the bump stop headsets that use 1.5" head tubes, manufacturers are still using E2 or whatever Giant want to try and re-name things (including hydro forming). I would like to see the FEA proving that fitting the equivalent of an E2 cup sizes into a 1.5" top and bottom cups is not as stiff as an E2.
What will the cost implications and availability of a press fit BB for replacement?
Cable routing seems a little strange.
Strip that reap post mount and a new rear end is required!!! I know a couple of people do it to a fork lower.
No through axle/maxle on the rear, which would improve stiffness.
Interrupted seat tube means you need a gravity post (which is heavy) to make it a practical 6" bike for everything, or you need 2 posts/saddles ready to go!
To me it looks like Giant are a long way behind the competition in terms of what the market wants from a 6" bike in 2011.
  • 10 4
 sick
  • 5 1
 SHIP IT!!!
  • 9 18
flag borocks (Aug 9, 2010 at 11:53) (Below Threshold)
 did anyone else notice the guy telling us about the bike has something wrong with his speech
  • 14 3
 lol ya i was about to post about how this guy sounds llike hes either william shatners far cousin, or hes chewing gum or something lol
  • 2 1
 lol so true
  • 3 1
 william shatner! exactly what i was thinking. Razz
  • 1 1
 What are you talking aboot?
  • 1 0
 Nice chances. That's what I call healty evolution of a product instead of desperately trying to come up with something totally new. But too bad they didn't go for a postmount 180 standard for the rear break though.
  • 4 0
 its so difficult to watchh the video because of the way he is speaking
  • 2 0
 that linkage is soooo dope
  • 1 0
 why did the Reign 0 get a shock downgrade? I like the upgrades, I like the new colors, particularly the Reign 2 color. But somehow I see no point to upgrade from my 2008 Reign 0 to a 2011.

instead of the reign it should be something bigger to make any sense for me. Reign X is to close to the Reign. and the 2011 faith colors are..... well not my taste.
  • 1 0
 Where can I see what the 2011 Faith looks like?
  • 2 0
 as for the shock it is because the dhx doesn't work as well as the rp23. I know a few people who swapped their dhx shock out on their reign for the rp23 because of the midstroke wallow of the dhx. I have ridden my friend's reign with a rp23 and i was amazed by the plushness. as for the 2011 faith...your local giant dealer should have a catalog if they went to utah to demo the 2011s. The 2011 faith comes in two builds. The nicer one is an uglyish sage green and the lesser one is a ok looking red...can't remember the specs on either as i just skimmed the catalog because i was working. i think the prices are around 3500 and 2500 or so.
  • 1 0
 Respect. Thanks guys.

Oh why? Why do the cables still run down at the bottom of the downtube? Frown

Do you guys think that if I might buy a Reign SX in a size small, that it will make a decent slopestyle bike to do all kinds of mental stuff with? I know this doesn't have anything to do with the first look of the 2011 Giant Reign, sorry...
  • 1 1
 don't get your hopes up; the 2011 reign sx is hideous...black and ELECTRIC LIME GREEN paint....
  • 2 0
 I've seen the '11 model and for the some or other reason, I really like it :S The colour scheme on the Reign SX looks better than the one on the Faith for next year...

Which model will be better suited for slopestyle riding? The Faith or the Reign SX? The SX looks lighter and more nimble.
  • 1 0
 I just saw this today when my boss and manager got back from the summit. I am signing up for one of these bad boys! I love my 2010 Reign 1, but I since I work at a Giant dealer, why not upgrade. I have a 2010 Reign 1, size XL, with a shimano drivetrain up for sale now!
  • 2 0
 haha megadrive, overdrive, powercore - the bottle holder on this bike is MADE for powerthirst - seriously check it out on youtube. Any one sick of all these cheesy names as I am.
  • 1 0
 Been away from the sport for a while but a few years ago DTSWISS rims were nicknamed "SwissCheese" because they were soooooo weak. Have they changed ?? Love the new Giants, but leery about the DTSwiss rims on most of them.
  • 3 0
 No ISCG 05 and a press fit BB = no guide.

A pretty big mistake on a 160mm bike IMO.
  • 1 0
 Nice bike but not a lot of difference since the 2010 already had a tapered head tube. Interesting that they would reduce the rear travel to 160mm, guess they want to create more separation from the Faith.
  • 1 0
 Wow. So I saw the dealer price list for the new 2011 bikes at work today. I am no longer getting this bike. As sick as it is the price is a bit much. Maybe a new reign 1 is in store, or I may jsut upgrade my 2010 reign 1.
  • 5 2
 i like it alot wish i had it
  • 4 0
 Wicked Astonishing!
  • 1 0
 After seeing so many happy owners of the 2010 version, this revised 2011 model has me eager to try one out. Nice work Giant.
  • 2 0
 I am a happy owner of a 2010, wish they went tapered/shorter head-tube for the 10s though
  • 1 0
 They didn't know to do it yet cause it was too soon to know what everyone else would do.
  • 1 0
 wouldn't it be sick if they made a carbon model like the Trance or SC Nomad. I still wouldn't mind throwing a leg over it though.
  • 1 0
 Having owned the previous Reign frame I can only guess this will be stiffer and even more versatile. Beautiful frame, well done Giant!
  • 4 2
 lol @ the above comment.
This looks absolutely positively DIALED.
  • 7 0
 "lol @ the above comment."
why didnt you just respond to it?
  • 4 0
 cause nightmareterror is sick and has this shit pinned brah
  • 1 0
 I just wish they would squeeze in a longer stroke shock for lower leverage rates, and an uninterrupted seat tube.
  • 1 1
 More details on the "bar and stem combo" please. Also whats the weight looking like???
Sweet ride, I would love to try her out!!!
  • 1 1
 These are just Giant's house-brand components. Nothing terribly fancy or interesting. Not bad for house-brand stuff though, mind you.
  • 1 0
 wrong reply link, dont mind my comment smike
  • 1 0
 Once again they failed to fix the mid rear shock travel issue pointed by Mountain Bike Action.
  • 1 0
 Please fill me in... What are you talking about?^^
  • 1 0
 correct "reply link" : i would also like to know, havent heard about this before
  • 1 0
 Great, it looks like Norco now. :\ They should have kept the old design IMO.
  • 1 0
 for more....information...on... this, and other models...contact....
That video is funny as hell Smile
  • 1 0
 that is one hell of a bike really like it.....the crank arms look awesome same with the whole colour scheme to....
  • 1 0
 i feel like that dude in the vid is ziggity zonked outta his gord. but cool bike none the less
  • 3 1
 looks amazing
  • 3 4
 I like the new feature where you can see the neg/pos props. I also like how people like cuxy just come in and neg prop everyone. Some 24 year olds must be really bored.
  • 1 0
 Will there be a carbon version?
  • 2 0
 hopefully next year, they never seem to do a new frame with a new carbon frame too. They always seem to wait a year till the carbon version.
  • 1 1
 and the new Reign Xs, look f*gly.. I dont know who have told giant to do such color schemes, they look so walmart-ish...
  • 1 1
 Giant is a wallmart-ish company. No mistake here, some bikes they did are worth remembering like Dh-Team, ATX DH or previous Reign-X. These were damn great bikes. They manufacture these top end DH and XC race bikes only to attract buyers to buy these cheaper wallmarts giving a impression of having racing technology in them. Though their prices are pretty ok so I won't complain here.

It has to work like that we have to have companies doing this stuff just so our uncles mom's or friends not being bike nutters, can buy a affordable good bike. And Giant is NOT whining that much how great they are. Just compare to Trek or Scott. Sure these guys have better graphic designers but are these bikes that much better than Giants. You decideWink
  • 1 1
 These are already released? There's one in my lbs. Looks alot better in real life .
  • 2 1
 nah, his speech is fine, he is just Canadian..
  • 1 0
 ?????
  • 1 0
 i thought he sounded like adam west
  • 1 0
 Anyone else think it looks quite steep?
  • 2 3
 You know what motha f*cka, the head angle is perfect! You know why? No you don't, that's why I have to tell you. The head angle is perfect because right now, it may seem steep, but with rear sag, the HA is going to be more slack. Also, on an all mountain bike, who wants a slack HA to climb with? Not me. Not this man!
  • 3 0
 Wow boy(not quite a man yet) chill out. He make a rude or wrong comment, he just asked a question. Next time try answering the question and helping he/she out. This is not a knock on you mate. Peace...
  • 1 0
 Some people like slacker bikes. I just always thought the reign O is meant to be a bit more downhill orientated than the normal reign. And then the reign XO is basically a mini free ride bike. But you know just posting an innocent opinion on this website means you get some lil douche flaming the hell out of you just to get their fix of (non) existent power. That is all sir.
  • 1 0
 They'll probably run out of frames in the beginning of summer AGAIN.
  • 1 0
 With the global recession in effect I can understand them low balling LY. (course that should have gave them a clue to have more framesets ready to sell???) It will be interesting to see how things this year go.

Course it is funny that they start selling them at the end of summer, maybe that's why they run out at the beginning of the following summer??? Smile (maybe we just don't buy our bikes at the right time??? Smile )
  • 2 0
 Reign on me!
  • 1 0
 ITS not even tht nice new gt line is mutch better
  • 1 0
 you would rather have a GT over a Giant? wow..
  • 1 0
 the guy in the vid needs work ,the bike looks really nice
  • 1 0
 hahahah this guy seems stoked
  • 2 2
 What's so special about the new "contact system" bar and stem combo!?
  • 4 0
 It really is amazing that they paid someone to come up with that one!!!What next cranks as a new rotational drive system or tyres as a vulcanised load assistance system??
  • 2 0
 It's just the name... it has nothing to do with any sort of special technology.
  • 2 0
 Well, that's fuckin dumb. haha!
  • 1 0
 so fresh!
  • 1 0
 Sick as fook!
  • 1 0
 got 2 love giant
  • 1 2
 why did they drop the dhx 5.0? this doesnt seem an improvement
  • 1 0
 Since the DHX 5.0 doesnt exist anymore and its succesor is double the price..
  • 1 0
 I think most manufacturers are dropping the DHX Air series in favour of the XV cans, especially for bikes which are more intended for pedaling. The DHX series is targeted more as an air alternative to a DH coil shock. I've tried pedaling with a few and they don't feel great, especially compared to the Float series. And the larger volume of the XV's give it better big hit capabilities, as well as small-bump compliance.
  • 1 1
 @Muttley: I think he's referring to the DHX Air 5.0.
  • 3 1
 Oh, the DHX air is just renowned for having horrendous mid stroke dive and generally being rubbish, these new XV's are from what ive heard, fantastic.
  • 1 2
 I've ridden a DHX Air 5.0 and 3.0, and they were both terrible at pedaling, no matter how I tuned them, with or without propedal. I would choose an XV over a DHX Air any day.
  • 3 0
 Thanks UncleCliffy, you answered one of my questions with what Turner do for the post mounts. The idea makes more sense with inserts.
  • 1 2
 for the .0001% of people stupid or unlucky enough to ruin the threads they can THEN use a helicoil insert and there good to go. Until then why complicate things...

There's more than enough seat tube for the majority of people, they've been doing this for quite some time with great success. E2 is lighter, and the overwhelming majority of riders don't need to adjust HA angle on a 6 inch "trail" bike beyond 68.5. Press fit replacements are widely available already and likely to be the standard. Cable routing is nitpicking.

BUT, I do agree that renaming everything is a bit over done.
  • 1 0
 Good comments - especially re the non-straight seat tube
  • 1 0
 for the .0001% of people unlucky enough to ruin the threads they can THEN use a helicoil insert and there good to go. Until then why complicate things...

There's more than enough seat tube for the majority of people, they've been doing this for quite some time with great success. E2 is lighter, and the overwhelming majority of riders don't need to adjust HA angle on a 6 inch "trail" bike beyond 68.5. Press fit replacements are widely available already and likely to be the standard. Cable routing is nitpicking.

BUT, I do agree that renaming everything is a bit over done.
  • 1 0
 how come every time I reply to betsie way up there my comment ends up down here? Smile

I re-posted it cause I thought it was deleted... LOL
  • 1 0
 Once I got my seatpost cut to the shortest it would go and still have enough insert for the highest my seat would ever go, I had no problems: commuting super high; enduros; or riding double blacks at N* and Whistler. I didn't need any more range than what can be had.

My '08 Reign is the best bike I've ever had, even though its heavier than this model and has a steeper HA. This one would rock my world.
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