Giant Reign 1 Advanced
Nope, it's not new. Giant's 2017 Reign features the same frame as the 2015 and 2016 models. The Trance is the Giant model that gets the redesign love in `17. So why the picture of a Reign? Because the 2017 Reign Advanced 1 is a stunner. Highlights include Fox suspension, front and rear, a Shimano XT 1x drivetrain and Giant TRX 1 composite wheels. Smart spec.
It's the little details. The Reign's frame might not be getting a reboot for 2017, but the new kit is impressive all the same. The Fox Float X2 rear shock is the obvious standout, but the 36 Float fork is going to make riders happy as well.
• Composite main frame, aluminum rear triangle
• 160 millimeters (6.3 inches) of suspension
• Fox 36 Float Performance Elite fork
• Fox Float X2 Performance shock
• Giant TRX 1 composite wheelset
• Shimano XT 1x drivetain
• Shimano XT brakes
• $5,199 (CAD)
The Reign received a major facelift back in 2015 that saw the geometry go about as extreme in the low, slack and long direction as possible at the time. A size Large Reign sports a 640-millimeter (25.2-inch) top tube and a reach of 458 millimeters (18 inches). Pair that with the 65-degree head angle and 160 millimeters of suspension and, well, there's a reason we're seeing a ton of Reign's being ridden around Whistler's bike park. The Reign is less all-mountain rig and more mini-park bike. For 2017, Giant reduced the leverage ratio on the Trance models
, making them pedal a bit more briskly. Kind of makes you wonder what will happen to the Reign the next time it goes under the scalpel... Given Giant's recent remodeling rate, you can probably expect a change in design (one way or the other) in the next year or two.
Clapped-Out Super Bike For Sale
There was a time when just about every serious downhill racer rode this bike: The Intense M1. A whole lot of people piloted M1s to national and world championship titles. Sure, the frames may have been painted with some other brand's logo, but there was no mistaking the profile of what was, for years and years, the best damn long-travel bike in the world. Which is why it was kind of sad to see this specimen here in the Whistler plaza...for sale...sad, dejected, sitting alongside a battered toaster oven and a couple of dog-eared romance novels. Okay, there's a bit of poetic license at work here, but you get the idea.
• One of the most gloried of DH bikes ever built
• Meticulously aged and distressed
• Equipped with Hayes brakes circa, the dawn of time
• Four hundred bucks? Really? Who wouldn't buy it?
How did it come to this? Four hundred bucks? Really? That's all? Come on, people, it's a friggin' M1! It deserves better. Then again, maybe it just deserves a new home. Hopefully, it'll find one.
Giro Terraduro Mid
The Terraduro is already a a popular shoe amongst riders who clip in, but who'd also like to still be able to walk around without looking all ungainly and spastic. A novel idea, right?
The new Terraduro Mid retains all that was good about the Terraduro model and adds a bit of height to the equation. Dirt and water are going to have a hard time infiltrating your socks, thanks to the lace shroud, ankle scree cover and sealed cleat opening. Similarly, the Vibram sole features aggressive lugs that should keep hike-a-bike stumbling to a minimum. All good things.
• Empire lacing system with shroud
• Breathable DWR Ariaprene scree cover
• Highly water-resistant with lace shroud, water gasket, and sealed cleat opening
• Updated Vibram high-traction lugged outsole with flexible forefoot for walking
• 435 grams (size 42.5)
• $190/ £159 / €189
Scott Grenade EVO Knee Pads
Grenade Pro IIs were a hard pad to beat - plenty of protection in a package that rarely slipped or rubbed your legs raw. With the new Grenade Evos, Scott was aiming to make the pads even better suited to long days in the saddle. While D30 is already well known for being comfortable (it's the soft stuff that firms up when you hit it), Scott upgraded the Evo version with a scored D30 insert that should prove even more flexible.
The new Grenade Evo pads still use a D30 insert, but this one gets a new tweak.
• Removable D30 inserts
• Lighter, more comfortable construction
• More tear-resistant pad covering
• Possible to connect Evo knee pad to shin pads
• $160 (CAD)
This new hitch rack from Yakima, the DrTray, won't be available until spring of 2017, but it might be worth the wait. The rack, which Yakima is claiming will be the lightest rack in its class, accommodates everything from fat bikes to skinny-tired road bikes. Cooler yet, Yakima claims that there'll be far fewer moments where you curse and struggle to keep handlebars from knocking into seat posts and frames. How is that possible? You can actually slide the trays back and forth (no tools required) while they're loaded with bikes.
Each tray accommodates bikes weighing up to 40 pounds. Cost for the new rack? Pricing is still being worked out, but you can expect something in the range of $579 to $600 USD for the two-tray version. You can add a third tray for an additional $229. How about a fourth tray? Nope. It's a three-tray maximum.