Bike Check: Reece Wallace's Custom, 90s Themed Giant Glory

May 12, 2021 at 4:28
by James Smurthwaite  


It's going to be hard to miss Reece Wallace on the trails this year. We've already seen his search and rescue themed Giant Reign in March but now he's back just a couple of months later with a custom downhill bike too.

Reece says he's had black or subtle bikes for most of his life so he wanted to go "all out" with the theme on his new Glory. He said, "I'm a child of the 90s, and wanted a bike to reflect the ridiculous colours that were prevalent at the time... It's fun having a bike that looks like a cyclone popsicle."

Reece runs his medium frame pretty much stock apart from custom shimmed suspension that makes it extra stiff and more progressive. Reece says the bike suits his needs out of the box so he didn't feel the need to make a bunch of other modifications. Let's take a closer look at his custom bike that was painted by Fresh Paints of Whistler.
Liam Wallace photo
Rider Name // Reece Wallace
Age: 30
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165lb
Instagram: @reece_wallace

Liam Wallace photo
Model Name Details
Frame: Giant Glory
Shock: DVO Jade, 525-650lb progressive DVO spring
Fork: DVO Onyx DC D1, 120 PSI
Wheels: Industry Nine Grade 300, 27.5" front and rear
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5" front, Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4" rear, 30 PSI front & rear
Drivetrain: SRAM, 10-24T cassette
Cockpit: Chromag, 760mm bar
Size: Medium
More info: giant-bicycles.com

Liam Wallace photo
Although 5'11" (6' on Tinder), Reece runs a size medium to allow for a slightly shorter reach and smaller bike for free ride applications

bigquotesI wanted to design a bike that popped. I've had black or subtle bikes most of my life wanted to go a different direction this year. I'm a child of the 90s and what better way to pay homage to this than slapping together some insanely bright colours. Fresh Paints Whistler killed the paint and looking forward to ripping my Glory this year.Reece Wallace

Liam Wallace photo
Liam Wallace photo
The bike is totally custom painted from tip to tail.

Liam Wallace photo
Industry Nine even helped with the paint job thanks to these fade spokes.

Liam Wallace photo
This small motif is a nod to Reece being a qualified pilot.

Liam Wallace photo
Liam Wallace photo
Reece's DVO suspension is custom shimmed and he runs the shock with a 525-650lb progressive spring. He says it, "makes for great small bump off the top, but ramps quickly for hard landings and steep lips. The best-case scenario for jumping a DH bike."

Liam Wallace photo
Industry Nine hubs keep things clicking over.

Liam Wallace photo
Liam Wallace photo
Reece's contact points come from Chromag including a 760mm bar, a graphic saddle and Kris Kovarik's signature Dagga pedals.

Liam Wallace photo
Reece runs 200mm rotors on his Glory.

Liam Wallace photo
Reece is clearly already feeling at home on the new whip

Liam Wallace photo
This bike pops in more than one way.

Paint by: Fresh Paints Whistler
Images courtesy of Liam Wallace & Industry Nine
Special thanks to Brechin Lanes Bowling


118 Comments

  • 271 9
 The world champ gets a lot of custom bikes. Perks of being the fast reece Wink
  • 15 204
flag richlong28 (May 12, 2021 at 6:20) (Below Threshold)
 You're confusing Wilson with Wallace!
  • 58 96
flag toad321 (May 12, 2021 at 6:23) (Below Threshold)
 I feel this joke has got old very quickly
  • 110 2
 @richlong28: you're confusing a serious comment with a joke
  • 154 4
 @toad321: it won’t be old as long as there’s someone who thinks it’s serious and tries to correct it
  • 31 0
 the scottish flag theme is a really nice touch
  • 9 0
 This needs to be in the community guidelines. Randy, Session, Reece, Yeeeeeeah, Rachel's brothers... What else do people need to look out for?
  • 4 2
 i dont have a clue why you got downvoted 7 times and counting you're spot on. being good at something means you can get you serious perks. Smile
  • 3 0
 @kanoakea-mtb: I think he's playing us.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: prolly lol
  • 20 0
 @BenPea: Don't forget Dick Pound
  • 3 2
 @TannerValhouli: it won't be old as long as there's someone who thinks the person who pretends to take it seriously is serious and tries to correct it
  • 1 3
 Too bad @reecewallace is a goof. #zonepoacher
  • 4 0
 @p3riderforlife: but he’s a LICENSED PILOT
  • 2 4
 @TannerValhouli: So could you with family money $$$
  • 3 0
 @TannerValhouli: so am I... just not a world champion licensed pilot.
  • 5 0
 @BenPea: I think from now on to avoid confusion they should be referred to as Reece 'Reece Wilson' Wallace and Reece 'Reece Wallace' Wilson respectively.
  • 92 4
 Should be rainbow stripes surely?
  • 26 0
 The whole bike is a rainbow
  • 13 134
flag richlong28 (May 12, 2021 at 6:20) (Below Threshold)
 You're confusing Wilson with Wallace!
  • 39 1
 @richlong28: All in huh?
  • 13 0
 @richlong28: omg man 2 in a row it's a joke..
  • 5 0
 @richlong28: pretty sure you want to get downvoted
  • 53 3
 Looks cool, but not very 90s mtb to my eyes... having lived and mtb’d through that period.
  • 13 2
 Yeah I'm trying to figure out what makes it a 90's bike, I never had anything like that back then.
  • 16 3
 "Video blue" was "the shizzle" circa 1998
Maybe you never made it out of the purple ano phase...

Don't worry... oil slick is still here for you.....
  • 12 0
 @baulz: He really should be riding a Klein Adroit in this edit if he really wanted to impress us 90's guys.
  • 5 0
 Would be way more convincing to just give it the colorway of a 90's Klein.
  • 5 0
 @Mikevdv: The Sid blue fad didn't last long, Judy yellow was a much bigger deal.

I couldn't afford the purple ano phase while it was cool
  • 3 0
 Mate i can see any 90`s more end of 80`fluro.
  • 1 0
 i think its just the wild colors that they are trying to make it seem like that.
  • 7 0
 @baulz: Don't forget the red Judy DH version with the full 3" of travel! I always have envy when running my Judy SL with a mere 2.5". No way could my bike handle what theirs could....
  • 1 1
 Do any of these colors actually go together? Bit much in my eyes…
  • 22 2
 Since when does Reece ride for Gia....... Ahhhh just effing with you hahahhaha!
  • 18 1
 This bike, even in its "current" iteration, remains on of my favorite looking dh bikes but JEEZ it's overdue for an update! What the heck, Giant?
  • 26 6
 what does it need? one of the last DH bikes that hasn't been stretched out to shit and wagon wheeled. Nice for jumping. Wish other companies would keep a shorter DH bike with smaller wheels for people that don't care about racing.
  • 5 0
 I think it says a lot about the design that, other than geometry changes, that frame has been rocking for over a decade. I picked up an old one from 2011 a few years ago for throwing around at the park and it was a joy to ride...other than the fact that it was just too small and short.
  • 4 5
 you need to look into Giant to understand why they do that to their bikes, Giant is a Company which owns factories that Manufacture bikes for most brands in the world, thats their core business, selling Giant branded bikes is their somehow "side" business; unlike trek, specialized and the others who are bike companies only.
  • 1 0
 @big-red: 2011 is an older-style model, it uses a shorter shock than the current one (2015+), there are other differences, too.
  • 1 1
 @luckynugget: usually a dh-frame is a race frame, it’s built for speed over total gnar. And, for example, it sure can have some of its suspension pivots higher in order to compete with current top-offerings from other brands that are better performing on the race circuit. Just an example... Smile
  • 3 1
 was updated in 2018 and might have been slightly ahead of its time. Apart from not being a 29er, the geometry is very close to most modern brand offerings. Will be interesting to see how Thirion does on the WC this year.
  • 1 0
 @CSdirt: what was changed in 2018? The last update I know of was 2015
  • 3 0
 Giants only need updating once a decade, if that.
  • 4 1
 @luckynugget: An above average suspension design.
  • 1 0
 @makripper: they changed the suspension curve and some geo. Same with the reign. Cant find where I read that though.
  • 1 0
 @big-red: look out for that under seat tube crack
  • 1 0
 @donpinpon29: Thanks for the heads-up. I actually sold it last year when I replaced my trail bike to something a little more park-worthy. Frame still looked solid as a rock then though.
  • 1 0
 @CSdirt: I don't think so. Compare geo 2016 to 2019 and zero difference
  • 1 0
 @luckynugget: I managed to snag one of the last remaining 2021 27.5 commencal Supremes. Now discontinued as they are replaced by the mullet. Shorter guys like me (5'5") may not like 29 so we're running out of options. mullet is just too much for me to handle
  • 1 1
 @makripper: Giant constantly makes minor tweaks to their bikes without announcing it.

They refine angles, move cables, change mounting and routing.

They work well so why change just for the sake of change.
  • 1 0
 @anotherstoneinthewoods: they really don't lol. my 2016 was the exact same as a 2019 besides colour. geo was exactly the same to a tee. its pretty easy to find on google

www.giant-bicycles.com/ca/glory-advanced-0-2019

www.giant-bicycles.com/us/glory-27dot5-2-2016
  • 16 0
 Those wheels tho!!! Really pulls the room, errr, bike together, man.
  • 8 0
 You got the wrong guy mannnnnnn
  • 8 0
 Yeah that's just like your opinion man
  • 6 0
 Dude.
  • 11 0
 That is f*cking Gloryous
  • 4 0
 Awesome!

Own a 2015 Reign with DVO coil and Vorsprung up front and it transformed the performance of the bike.

Interesting how the Glory’s rocker arms are two piece without a bridge. The older Glory frames had aluminum rockers with bridge and all the other Giant full suspension bikes have a one piece carbon rocker with a bridge.
  • 2 0
 The Glory never had a one piece upper link, only the prototype 29er from late 2019 had a one piece pre-production, welded-together kind of thing. Waiting for a updated Glory and 27.5 Reign.
  • 2 0
 @gloryzero: good to know! Thanks.

27.5” Reign? Giant is going to produce a 27.5 again?
  • 1 0
 @kmsafety: was more a wish than a guess Wink
  • 8 1
 1st.. I think it looks killer.. but 90's? Where's the plaid Eddie Vedder / Kurt Cobain style? 80's more like it..
  • 2 0
 Someone's turning in his grave.
  • 3 0
 It's got a bit of a '90s rave aesthetic going on, IMO.
  • 2 0
 @chakaping: aciiiieeeeed!
  • 2 0
 @erikvehmeyer: Nice one, top one, sorted. You know the score. etc.
  • 7 0
 Great project to be a part of! Looks fantastic Reece!
  • 7 1
 I thought that he was on the Trek Factory team?
  • 18 1
 He was. Then he married Miss Mia Wallace and switched to Giant.
  • 6 0
 Marsellus will be legit pissed.
  • 6 0
 That green coil though...feels out of place
  • 6 0
 Indeed. Needs a white coil.
  • 6 1
 Insert world champion confusion meme joke here>
  • 6 0
 Insert shocked answer from the non-regular pinkbike user who does get the meme here>
  • 3 1
 That is neither 80s or 90s. The bikes it reminds me of most - unsurprisingly - are the 2017 Giants with blue/yellow paintjobs.
  • 1 0
 loving every single one of these custom bikes for Reece Wilson. This one especially strikes a cord for me, reminds me a bit of my 2015 SC Nomad Miami Vice colors. That will always be the "the one that got away" bike.
  • 2 0
 My bike mechanic OCD is fully twitching with the valve stems not being lined up the the Maxxis logo. I can’t see anything else.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for pointing that out. Fack!
  • 1 0
 If they were lined up, the rim stickers would be out 90° vs hot patches. Pick your poison I guess. Alignment seems way less relevant with tubeless, no longer needing to reference your tube for where a thorn might be in your tire.
  • 3 0
 I find it depressing that some people (young) think of the 90s the way I think of the 70s
  • 3 0
 I love how the spokes fade from blue/pink to white.
  • 3 0
 damn that thing is siiiiiiiiccccckkkk
  • 3 0
 That would be the bike ridden at Stranger Things, love it.
  • 3 0
 Just cannot believe how beautiful that thing is
  • 1 0
 Pink and neon yellow Lycra skin suit will finish the look perfectly!
Looks amazing! Beautiful painted and finished, can’t imagine the pain when you find the 1st stone chip
  • 2 0
 Glory-available to pros.....and not even on the US website. Next level COVID unavailable.
  • 3 0
 Sweet paint job, but more 80's...I had Jams that colour.
  • 2 0
 Awesome paint job!

Would Industry Nine give ME fade spokes if I wanted 'em? I don't see them on their website...
  • 2 0
 Looks like the bike is from the neon 80s.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully this means that @DVOSuspension is close to releasing the progressive coil in DH lengths for the general public
  • 1 1
 I never saw anything like this in the 90's. I rode a metallic lime green 1993.5 Kona Kilauea with silver components and a green Marzocchi Bomber.
  • 3 1
 I'm surprised theres no jizz in that bowling alley from the black lights
  • 1 0
 Love the Buffalo behind you. Is that on display in Comox?
  • 2 1
 " 6' on Tinder " is GOLD!!!
  • 1 0
 In theory that should have been gross, but its amazing and I love it
  • 1 0
 What bike is this suppose to be modeled after?
  • 1 0
 Brings back memories of shell suits and Adidas popper bottoms.
  • 1 0
 Wouldve been better in Scottish colours.
  • 1 0
 Sober, subtle, discreet, deliciously hideous... everything I "like".
  • 1 0
 oh god this is best custom paint job ever !!!!
  • 2 0
 fade spokes Smile
  • 2 1
 Wow! Love how they found a frame designed in the 90s too!
  • 1 0
 Looks fukcing awesome in the air, handy that.
  • 1 0
 When is the bike giveaway?
  • 1 0
 Sick
  • 1 0
 Nice!
  • 1 0
 Cotton Candy
  • 1 0
 Love it
  • 1 0
 I want it
  • 1 0
 Looks rad!!
  • 1 0
 Sweeet!!!
  • 1 0
 Smile Reece, smile!!!
  • 4 4
 Nice Trek!
  • 7 0
 Considering that Giant makes all of Treks bikes these days....I think that’s the other way around.

20 years ago, even a $600 Trek was made in-house (and out of US sourced tubing, no less). Since then, Trek has outsourced all of their bike production. They’re still great bikes, I had (and loved) a last gen Slash and still have (and love) a Farley.
  • 3 0
 @wyorider: Offshoring was their Waterloo.
  • 1 1
 @suspended-flesh: heh heh.

I think the bike quality has stayed consistent, but it’s kind of a bummer they weren’t able to stay stateside with production.
  • 3 0
 @wyorider: "weren't able to" ?

I picture a southpark-like scene with a ton of companies coming out of the woodwork just like OJ Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey's parents to join in saying "yeah, we WEREN'T ABLE to stay in America either"
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