Yoann Barelli's Giant Reign - Crankworx Whistler 2015

Aug 8, 2015
by Mike Levy  
Whistler Tech.


Barelli's Crankworx Bruiser

While originally calling France home, Giant's Yoann Barelli packed up and moved to what is many mountain biker's dream destination: Whistler, British Columbia. That means that this weekend's Enduro World Series event is on home turf for the transplanted Frenchman, so, given that Barelli probably understands the unique demands of the local terrain better than most, it only made sense to take a close look at his bike.

As expected, Yoann is aboard a 160mm travel Reign that's assembled around a production frame that anyone could go out and purchase, although it is a lot more bike than we've seen on in the past. He's also made some notable setup choices to tailor the carbon bike to Whistler's demanding trails. One of those is to ride a large-sized frame that's on the outer limits of the sizing spectrum for Yoann's 5' 8" height. That decision comes down to the extra length up front that the large frame affords over the medium - a 25.2'' top tube compared to 24.4'' - which Yoann says helps to increase stability due to the bike's longer wheelbase when he's at race pace.

The downside is the higher stand over that moves the top tube a bit less than an inch closer to Barelli's wedding tackle, and sees his Reverb seat post nearly slammed down to its collar, although neither really matter once he's moving. It's worth mentioning that Giant has upped the front-end length on bikes like the Reign for 2015, and that Yoann using a large-sized frame highlights the often unique demands of a racer who's much closer to the limit than most of us will ever get to.


Whistler Tech.
  Yoann has chosen a 170mm travel Lyric for the extra travel and slacker head angle that it provides.



Suspension

We're likely to see a lot of pros "up-forking" their bikes by going with a longer travel slider up front compared to what they might use when racing on less demanding terrain, and Yoann is doing exactly that by choosing a 170mm Lyric that supplies an added 10mm over what he has on tap behind him. The extra travel helps, no doubt, but the even longer wheelbase and slacker head angle that it provides is probably more notable for Barelli, with the front end sitting at 64.5 degrees, half a degree slacker than stock.

There's about a 144 gram weight penalty over a Pike, courtesy of a burlier fork chassis, but that will be of little concern when Yoann is smashing down the Top of the World or Hey Bed trails on race day. It is interesting to see him not use the Torque Caps that RockShox says provides even more rigidity, although it could just be a matter of availability right now.

Yoann didn't divulge much when it came time to talk about his suspension setup, but we have seen other top racers run a slightly more forgiving spring rate up front that they say makes the bike more merciful over the countless small and mid-sized rocks and roots that can wear a racer out during the long day in Whistler. He's gone with a coil-sprung Vivid R2C shock for the same reason, with a 450 in/lb steel composite spring from EXT that's said to be lighter than a titanium version of the same rate.
Whistler Tech.
Downhill bike suspension for the Whistler EWS course.



Bike Setup

Rather than go with a set of ultra-wide, carbon fiber rims as we see on some bikes, Yoann has mounted up a set of rather conventional 1,750 gram Rail 50 wheels from SRAM, one of the team sponsors. The aluminum rims have a 23mm internal width, and he says that he's happy to take the 220 gram weight penalty over the lighter weight Roam 50s (that have a 21mm internal width) in exchange for the increased rim width, rigidity, and reliability.


Whistler Tech.
'First Ride' denotes a softer than production rubber compound that puts a priority on traction rather than tread life.
Whistler Tech.
It sounds like there's going to be some wild weather for this weekend's EWS race, so a fender makes sense.


The Giant team runs Schwalbe rubber, so it's no surprise to see a set of fresh Magic Mary tires mounted up that should work well on the rowdy trails. His front tire is rather special, though, as it's one of the rare 'First Ride' models that, while sporting a VertStar compound designation, is actually built with an even softer rubber compound than what's available to the average consumer. Traction is priority number one, and being a factory rider gives the team access to some trick, non-production options that allow Schwalbe to put out-and-out performance ahead of longevity. The Magic Mary on the back of his bike employs a production compound, and both tires are built with Schwalbe's SuperGravity casing.


Whistler Tech.
Yoann mounts his Reverb remote up close to his left grip.
Whistler Tech.
A Truvativ stem with a spacer under it, combined with a Stevie Smith edition Boobar that sports some additional rise, makes for a tall-ish cockpit.


Photos by Matt Wragg


98 Comments

  • + 158
 Hey guys, the reason why I gave the middle finger is because it's @mattwragg that took the picture... and I hate this guy!! hahahaha Wink
  • + 8
 punk ass kid with disco slippers Smile
  • - 33
flag KK11 (Aug 9, 2015 at 9:18) (Below Threshold)
 Effing moron. Nice way to represent jag-bag.
  • + 3
 @yoannbarelli ....nice ! Please share, why not like Matt?
  • + 4
 I meant to upvote but I downvoted by accident. I am bad at internetting and I feel bad.
  • + 2
 Pinkbikers! Educate yourselves, squating down, putting your tongue out and shooting the bird means something different in France. I'm still in therapy from when i found out.
  • + 90
 y u give me finger r u mad at me yoann pls respond
  • + 4
 be thankful he doesn't ask you to smell it
  • + 62
 Wait... So you're telling me that Schwalbe makes a tire that has an even shorter life than the ones I have? That tire must hold like crazy.
  • + 109
 the tire disintegrates to bald while mounting it to the rim
  • + 27
 The last Schwalbe tire I bought lasted 6 rides. No Fucking lie!
  • - 2
 You guys should try dragging your brakes less...my front Vertstar Magic Mary lasted a year and I have lift access for 4-5months of the year...
  • + 4
 They are straight up bad with respect to longevity. Never again will I buy one, when they only last a month or so or twenty rides. For $90 a tire, it just isn't worth it.
  • + 7
 First Ride or One Ride...?
  • + 4
 First AND last ride..
  • + 2
 @SintraFreeride - 6th ride was a race. "Tubeless ready" tire had approx 16 punctures which sealant took care of, one pretty big gash that I needed a tube thrown in. Also, side knobs were ripping off the tread presumably when doing hard cornering. Neither of these were braking issues.
  • + 20
 Someone just got an angry email from the PR team at Giant...
  • - 43
flag meathooker (Aug 8, 2015 at 17:20) (Below Threshold)
 Seriously unless he pulls a top three this weekend if pull his support. Not classy.
  • + 55
 fuck classy, this is mountain biking, this is EWS not UCI.
  • + 27
 You obviously have not met Yoann. I'm sure Giant is well aware of his attitude, as this is him on a normal basis.
  • - 62
flag meathooker (Aug 8, 2015 at 18:13) (Below Threshold)
 No I haven't heard of him. He's not a top guy. Is he even a top 10 rider?
  • + 41
 Ruh roh, a middle finger. Cover your child's eyes, the mtb industry is full of demons. Cmon that's how you greet fellow bikers
  • + 31
 Barelli finished in the top 10 overall rankings for EWS in 2014, and won two stages at the last race of the year in Finale Ligure as well. Currently sitting 13th overall in the EWS rankings, despite having a DNF and scoring 0 points at the season opener in Rotorua (a torn calf muscle is why). Also 3rd in this years Megavalanche. So yeah, he is a top guy.
  • + 5
 @meathooker, do you live in cave or what?? Haven't heard of him? looool i understand your responses now...
Barelli is a cool lad, always showing off and never took himself too seriously! I think that's what many of us like to see from Pro MTB riders!
  • + 6
 @meathooker
Eating your own words for dinner? Hope it's filling.
2nd place today in Whistler and 9th overall before taking the podium today.
Cedric Gracia would show the finger in race runs and in videos, and the only ones bitchin were sore asses and my parents It's mountain biking, and they're French. Get over it.
  • + 6
 Man...it sure is lucky for Barelli that he didn't see meathooker's comments. Poor old Yoann couldn't possibly have been able to finish an EWS race in 2nd place today if he found out he wasn't a top guy just because some random dude on Pinkbike had never heard of him before.
  • - 8
flag meathooker (Aug 9, 2015 at 20:03) (Below Threshold)
 Wow I stand corrected.
  • + 1
 The Giant bike company is certainly known for their bad-boy 'DGAF' attitude. They'll probably use that image for their 2017 hybrid marketing package.
  • + 11
 I'm curious about 'over forking' a bike. It seems the opposite of what downhill bikes do (which tend to be the most aggressive bikes), as they usually have 8 inches in the front, but 8.5 or more in the rear. Why is it often opposite on a trail/enduro bike?
  • + 45
 Welcome to pinkbike, you don't get an answer.. just neg props.
  • - 2
 You have misunderstood the meaning of overforking.
  • - 2
 You lose sense of the ground under you. It becomes very vague.
  • + 5
 @panaphonic I understand it. Putting a fork that has more travel than the rear. I'm curious why no trail bikes reflect dh bikes by having more travel in the rear than the front
  • + 14
 Overforking is putting on a fork that has more travel than the fork that bike was originally designed with. It doesn't have anything to do with the amount of rear suspension travel.
  • + 1
 Kleinblake, im pretty sure the fact that they have to pedal the bikes to the top of the hill is the a big part of the reason they travel bias is different on trail bikes. Also no matter how light your bike is, much more than six inches of rear travel is hard to bunny hop and quickly maneuver on tighter(enduro) trails.
  • + 16
 You have to overfork because Lyrik said so. Pike is useless now...
  • + 3
 To be fair, some bikes (eg transition) sells bikes that come stock overforked
  • + 3
 @panaphonic I understand overforking has nothing to do with rear wheel travel. I'm asking why no trail bikes do the opposite of downhill bikes.
  • + 5
 I think it has to do with head tube angle more than suspension travel. DH bikes have head angles in the 62-63 degree range for more stability at speed. 65 is considered at the slack end for enduro/trail bikes. Overforking slackens the head tube angle because of the longer fork. Or to quote straight from the article (because I was just feeling that dense tonight), "The extra travel helps, no doubt, but the even longer wheelbase and slacker head angle that it provides is probably more notable for Barelli, with the front end sitting at 64.5 degrees, half a degree slacker than stock. "
  • + 9
 DH bikes tend to be ridden from the back while Enduro bikes you ride more centered. More centered means more use of the fork vs rear suspension.
  • + 1
 If he wanted a slacker headangle he could have just used an angleset. Using a longer fork probably has to do with a) the extra 10mm of travel and b) the added handlebar height off the ground.
  • + 6
 My Transition is overly forking awesome.
  • + 1
 Adding a longer/ taller fork will change your wheelbase as well. More travel plus more wheelbase plus more slack = more faster on the dh brosef.
  • + 1
 But putting a bigger fork PLUS changing a softer spring makes about an equal ride height and angles. These articles are just plain confusing, or dare i say stupid, most of the time...
  • + 0
 bigger wheelbase = bigger base of support = more stability
  • + 8
 Whistler is that way!
  • + 3
 Rather than go with a set of ultra-wide, carbon fiber rims as we see on some bikes, Yoann has mounted up a set of rather conventional 1,750 gram Roam 50 wheels from SRAM, one of the team sponsors. The aluminum rims have a 23mm internal width, and he says that he's happy to take the 220 gram weight penalty over the lighter weight Roam 50s (that have a 21mm internal width) in exchange for the increased rim width, rigidity, and reliability.


spot the mistake
  • + 97
 you only used one t in butter
  • + 2
 correct sir peanutbutter was taken Frown
  • + 19
 Good catch.
  • + 4
 great article @mikelevy
  • + 3
 Three too many commas?
  • - 4
flag speedy06 (Aug 8, 2015 at 17:19) (Below Threshold)
 All SRAM rims are 21mm on the inside, only the outside width differs between rims.
So surly he chose a Roam 50 over a Roam 40?
But even then the Roam 50 is still 1530g for a 27.5" rim, so where did the 1750g come into it?
I'm confused.
  • + 7
 @speedy06 - He's on Rail 50s, not Roam 50s. The article has since been corrected. They have different internal widths: 23mm vs 21mm.
  • + 7
 Who makes that fender?
  • + 33
 Kindergarteners obviously. So crude
  • + 3
 "This is what the pros do, you don't need it because you aren't very fast."

Yeah, that's getting pretty tired. I suppose I DO need to run Torque Caps because I'm too slow to run without them?
  • + 1
 Wow, Giant is making the Reign's front end longer? I demoed the current Reign and the front end already seemed long, great for descending, but a but of a handful on the ascents. I'd they make the front end longer it's going to be a truly gravity only machine, especially if they slacken the ha with a 170.
  • + 2
 Just get the next size down..
  • + 1
 Like the coil setup, recently went back to coil on my Mojo HD, the neg air spring in air shocks for me really kills it. Keen to try these new steel hybrid coils that available as I have Ti. Maybe lighter but will it have the same snap the Ti has? The short coil setup he has pictured look like it would ramp up nicely towards the end of the travel but still nice and active at the beginning which is where I feel most air shocks struggle to compete, they are eithergood at one or the other or a compromised mix of the two.
  • + 3
 " 'First Ride' denotes a softer than production rubber compound that puts a priority on traction rather than tread life."

So ... why not call it 'Only Ride' ?!
  • + 4
 Because every ride on that tyre is the first ride only?
  • + 5
 French version of the haka?
  • + 1
 First ride ultra soft compound? hah why not just call it VertStar Compound which they already have... I burned through a set of those in a month and a half of riding on the local trails... How much softer do you want!

And another Lyric on an enduro race machine?? Looks like old man Pike just isn't cool anymore....
  • + 2
 I love U! Yoann Barelli my favourite mountain biker! I also use the giant's reign27.5,It' the most awesome mtb I have ever rideSmile
  • + 3
 Not sure I really get the middle finger... :/
  • + 53
 It means "f*ck you" in many cultures, particularly in the West I'm pretty sure
  • + 24
 He's French. He doesn't know WTF is going on.
  • - 14
flag davecheng (Aug 8, 2015 at 20:20) (Below Threshold)
 @ThisIsDan Not sure if sarcastic, or racist... :/
  • + 7
 Seems pretty literal. Definitely not racist, and not sarcastic. .....Yea, it definitely means fűck you.
  • + 3
 5'8" and riding a large Reign. Damn that's a long bike for a short rider.
  • + 1
 I would LOVE to go to work, tell people to fuck off, and still have a job the next day...my life sux
  • - 2
 this is a spankingly nice bike, don't get me wrong, but am i the only person that is starting to see new Reigns and thinking "yawn"...its kinda like in a classroom full crazy teenagers, this bike is the school teacher.
  • + 4
 Yes, you are the only one
  • + 1
 Yeah you're the only one. If you like long wheelbase bikes, the reign and glory should be near the top of your list.
  • + 3
 Giant=yawn for me...
  • + 0
 Intense= i'm a sucker, to me
  • + 1
 Does anyone know Where can you buy these EXT springs in this length?
  • + 1
 Reign is a good frame , maestro square edge performance no Bueno
  • + 1
 Anyone know what fender he uses?
  • + 1
 interesting to see he's keeping the coil shock
  • + 1
 What mud guard is Yoann using up front?
  • + 1
 Joanne barelli is awesome, his fiancé is smoking hot.
  • + 1
 ...Another dream bike!
  • - 1
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