Reece Wallace's Custom Search & Rescue Inspired Giant Reign 29

Mar 9, 2021
by Giant Bicycles  


Words: Giant Bicycles

Reece Wallace was recently inspired by Canada's Search & Rescue fleet to paint his new 2021 Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29. Reece modelled the bike after the de Havilland DHC-5 Buffalo airplane. The plane has been a staple in Canada's Search & Rescue efforts for decades, and as the plane is slowly being retired, Reece thought it would be a suiting tribute to pay homage to the plane and crews for their years of service.

Liam Wallace photo

Liam Wallace photo

Though the Reign is 50 years newer than the Buffalo, they're both built for flying and share the same stripes

Liam Wallace photo
Carbon build up from exhaust - these are work horses

Liam Wallace photo
Liam Wallace photo
Royal Canadian Air Force meets mountain bike

Like many people know, Reece has an affinity for aviation and wanted to pay homage to the amazing work Canada's modest, yet instrumental air force have done

Liam Wallace photo
Romeo Whiskey - India Delta Charlie, or Reece Wallace - Image Design Custom

Liam Wallace photo

Liam Wallace photo
A sergeant from the armed forces and one of their PR personnel. Nerding out about bikes and planes

Liam Wallace photo

Liam Wallace photo
Giant pilot Reece Wallace


Liam Wallace photo
Liam Wallace photo
DANGER

Liam Wallace photo

bigquotesCanada's Search & Rescue squadrons have helped thousands of people over the years, including many mountain bikers, and it's cool to honour this with one of my favourite bikes and airplanesReece

Liam Wallace photo
Liam Wallace photo
All in the details - matte gold Industry Nine hubs to match

Liam Wallace photo


Photos & Video: Liam Wallace
Paint by: Image Design Custom

Special thanks to the Comox Air Force Museum & Canadian Forces Comox Base

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#RideUnleashed


110 Comments

  • 352 13
 Wow I guess being world champion has its perks!
  • 20 156
flag ptrcarson (Mar 9, 2021 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 That was Reese Wilson
  • 21 144
flag fasian (Mar 9, 2021 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 Reece Wallace and Reece Wilson are two different gents. Both worthy of custom paint.
  • 122 0
 @ptrcarson: woosh
  • 23 0
 Congrats @reecewallace !
  • 39 0
 @Caiokv: over their heads faster than that plane flying 10 feet off the ground
  • 8 61
flag ptrcarson (Mar 9, 2021 at 9:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Noeserd: I get it now, don't think it was very funny but understand how others do...
  • 45 0
 @ptrcarson: and i always thought germans were the ones without humor ;-)
  • 4 0
 I bet he loves a buttery biscuit base !
  • 6 61
flag Bomadics (Mar 9, 2021 at 13:34) (Below Threshold)
 Wow, massive down votes for the two guys who pointed out the truth, sorta sums up world politics lately.
  • 4 26
flag fasian (Mar 9, 2021 at 14:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Bomadics: meh, typical for Pinkbike forums. simple is as simple does.
  • 10 0
 Meanwhile, in Canada, people are having "fun"...
  • 12 0
 @Bomadics: its an inside joke which a lot of people know about
  • 8 0
 @Fullsend2-13: An outside, inside joke.
  • 109 1
 That's one of the coolest ideas for a paint job I've heard of and the execution is even better than I could have dreamed up. It's not beautiful, but it is so well-executed that it has a utilitarian appeal, and the wear and tear details are so well done, it makes it look like an old, trusty tool, just like the SAR planes. Awesome job!
  • 26 2
 What? It is most definitely beautiful.
  • 3 0
 @jaycubzz: I wouldn't call the S&R painted Buffalo beautiful, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think sjma summed it up nicely (although I would go so far as to say it is the coolest paint job I've ever seen on a mtn bike.)
  • 4 0
 @jaycubzz: my wording might have been sloppy. The craftsmanship is top notch and the execution of the idea seems nigh on perfect - but it’s not classically beautiful.

To anthropomorphize, it’s a masculine shape and artwork applied with significant (though intentional) flaws due to use - battle scars, if you will. These aren’t typically seen as beautiful, but they tell a hell of a story and prove that someone has been tested under extreme circumstances.

Kintsugi somewhat takes the thought of damage & repair = beauty into physical form, although that typically uses goooooold, and since this bike has DVO suspension, we can’t do that here Smile
  • 4 0
 @sjma: ah like, the difference between a pristine aston martin vanquish and an aston martin DBR9 still wearing its gulf livery and battle wounds from the 24hr of le mans. Both beautiful, but in different ways.

Fair enough.
  • 3 0
 It's the equivalent of the ol' 'Chicks dig scars' statement.
  • 1 0
 One of the coolest bikes ever!
  • 71 0
 Thanks Giant & Image Design Custom! As Bush said, 'Where wings take dream'. Shoutout RCAF!
  • 3 0
 Fabulous build Reece!
  • 72 1
 where are the rainbow stripes?
  • 5 72
flag ptrcarson (Mar 9, 2021 at 9:14) (Below Threshold)
 Reece Wilson has those... different Reece
  • 41 0
 Congrats on Leogang 2020; Wilson!
  • 33 0
 Stoked that we got to work on this one and a pretty rad tribute on the paint scheme!! Don't go scratching that paint now Reece...........
  • 7 0
 Great work! You really nailed it! That bike looks cooler and cooler the more I look at the pics of it and the plane!
  • 4 0
 I think it is one paint job that may look better with scratches.
  • 25 0
 By far the coolest tribute bike I've seen. As someone who serves in our Forces Im positive that's highly appreciated throughout. Good on ya Reece!
  • 18 0
 Once of the nicest paint jobs I have ever seen
  • 14 0
 GODDAM THATS GOOD
  • 10 0
 Make sure you let us at the flying club know when you bring it to Squamish. Lots of the mtb/aviation nerds are going to want to check it out!

There will never be another aircraft as awesome as the Buffalo in my opinion.
  • 11 0
 Thats an epic bike i love the search and rescue theme id be proud to be rescued by that bike
  • 12 0
 RAD. Love the little wear an tear/exhaust details around the pivots!
  • 8 0
 This. If you're going to flash a bike in my face that I'll never be able to afford, at least make it a bitching design or some awesome custom build. Also, never new how rad search and rescue planes were!
  • 7 0
 The bike looks faster with this paint job
  • 3 0
 Sick bike!! Side note literally 90 percent of non xc bikes have Assguyor DHF front and DHR2 rear. Obviously good tires but makes me think mtbers are heard animals ha. (full disclosure currently running dhf up front).
  • 12 7
 Shouldn’t this be a Trek?
  • 3 0
 Wow, my favorite custom paint job in a long while. Looks awesome. I wish pro bikes would more often have race car style liveries.
  • 1 0
 How dare he copy the Ohlins yellow I also did to paint my ZEB lowers... To be honest though love the yellow bits on my bike, lools better and less cheap than fluorescent orange that was all the craze back when I had that on my SB6. Thank god no manufacturers have cottoned on etc Ohlins with the limited edition fork, I like my colourway and how not many people have it.
  • 2 0
 My Pa flew with SAR 442 Sqn and ran the RCC for western Canada.
I immediately sent this article to him.
“Mountain biking? Never heard of it.” Said my moto riding Father.
  • 1 0
 That is a sick theme. I originally imagined it as powerslave Aces High theme when i saw the insta clips with yellow. This is cooler.
I had the idea for a powerslave theme on my maiden where its a sand color and pyramid-brick pattern on the bottom tube and rear triangle, with hieroglyphics on the rear triangle tubes. Top tube sky blue with small white bird shapes. At the head tube is the pyramid tip just like it looks on the album cover. Rocky logo in it’s usual place in standard blue lettering outlined in yellow.
  • 1 0
 All that work and they couldn't swap out the DVO green for some red anno to match the Plane... I am a huge fan of DVO, but to do all this work and not swap out the green anno and sag indicator rings seems like a miss to me. Just my 2cents (the cost of a red o-ring). PS everything else executed perfectly
  • 4 0
 That Giant Reign has Search and Rescued my Heart. :-)
  • 4 0
 my loins are frothing uncontrollably at the sight of this
  • 4 0
 I'm just a guy on a Buffalooooooo
  • 2 0
 LOVE THIS. In my MTB dream world these custom themed models are standard. I want bikes that look like a hot wheels...this "high-end", luxury, toned down era needs to end.
  • 2 0
 Bike and plane! Two of my favorite things! Dam that's a great looking bike!
  • 3 0
 RW-IDC Reece Wallace I Don't Care how far out the landing is!
  • 2 0
 finally someone understands what custom paint job is, finally forks painted to match the frame
  • 2 0
 Gorgeous paint job!!! The "exhaust fumes" detail is next level.

Shoutout them SAR boys doing the good work.
  • 1 0
 So many neat little details. Also appreciate the danger/propeller near the cranks.
  • 1 0
 Why doesn’t Giant spec their bikes with DVO suspension? Every now and then I see a Giant sponsored enduro racer spec the bike with DVO.
  • 2 0
 dopest bike ive seen in awhile
  • 1 0
 AXS really gives a clean cockpit... was wondering where the gear abs dropper cables were for far too long!
  • 3 0
 Onlyplanez
  • 1 0
 Super cool paint job theme!!! Blows away anything I've seen in a long time. NAHMBS level right there.
  • 1 0
 going back to my yellow Norco Buzz, I'd say that Yellow is a great bike color.
  • 1 0
 That's sick Reece! Always loved the look of the Canadian CL-415s that have a similar livery.
  • 2 0
 Wow, His DHR Rubber isn't warped to FCUK!!
  • 2 0
 Very Cool, You nailed it Reece.
  • 1 0
 I spent a lot of time in that hockey rink in the background, so I know the SAR Cormorants and Buffalos very well
  • 1 0
 Damn!!!! That's the coolest paint job I've ever seen on a bike hands down! Wow that's sick! Mad respect \m/ Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Every time I see a custom painted bike I keep wanting to custom paint mine more and more
  • 1 0
 Damn that's a gorgeous bike. The details are amazing. Congratulations @reecewallace.
  • 1 0
 Yay, I always look forward to seeing that plane fly overhead while I’m out in the beautiful Comox Valley! Nice tribute!
  • 1 0
 That is such a nice job. Bike is worth infinity to me, but I'll give you about tree fitty.
  • 1 0
 With this music choice he has earned the nickname Reece „Hot Rod“ Wallace! wHisky!
  • 1 0
 Beauty and great nod to the hardworking and humble rescue teams! Nicely done sir.
  • 1 0
 Amazing bike! Amazing Rider! still funny how people still mix the two Reeces up ha
  • 2 0
 That's rad
  • 1 0
 Amazing and badass. Thanks for all your help
  • 2 0
 That's really nice.
  • 2 0
 great looking.
  • 1 0
 Cool paint job and all but where can I get that hat?
  • 1 0
 Looks very good. Well done.
  • 1 0
 What a beautiful paintjob! The attention to details is next level!
  • 2 0
 what a rad bike
  • 1 0
 Wow. Inspiring and really cool!
  • 1 0
 beeauutifull!!! and thanks PB for the photos to doing it justice!!
  • 1 0
 Very very cool and pretty original too. Hats off to the painter.
  • 1 0
 I thought Reece was Scottish??
  • 1 0
 What pedals is he running, look great in that red
  • 1 0
 when you're bike is worth more than your plane
  • 1 0
 Raddest Paint Jobs I've seen in a very long time!
  • 1 0
 DAMMMMMMMMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
  • 1 0
 Pretty sweet build and cool bike!
  • 1 0
 Who painted this? Amazing.
  • 1 1
 Ronald McDonald
  • 1 0
 A paint job on a bicycle that actually looks like a bicycle paint job.
  • 1 0
 Bike looks sick, love those I9 wheels....
  • 1 0
 That's a ridiculously badass bike. Amazing work.
  • 1 0
 I really wish it had race face turbine cranks.
  • 1 0
 Absolutely love that bike, what a scheme, he nailed it
  • 1 0
 That’s SARTECH af!
  • 1 1
 Looks like a Search un (rescue)
  • 1 0
 So sic!
  • 1 0
 Will it fly!!!
  • 1 0
 Way to go champ.
  • 1 0
 a work of Canuk art
  • 1 0
 Super nice!
  • 1 0
 Not that one*
  • 1 1
 looks much better than the RM instinct...
  • 1 0
 Winter burgers ?
  • 1 0
 nice work Reese.
  • 1 1
 Jazzy plastic bike!
  • 1 3
 Best looking Giant I have ever seen. For some reason, Giant has some fugly bikes.

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