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Specialized Stumpy EVO comp or Giant Reign 1??

3/22/2013 5:09 AM

I know that Vital is generously testing a boat load of new trail/All mtn bikes at the moment but I don't think any of them are A. in my price range or B. to my liking. I think they might be testing these two I have mentioned soon but I JUST sold my cannondale and now am on the market for a new ride for the trails around my house which are tight and twisty with lots of trees, rocks and obstacles which is why I'm leaning more towards the 26 inchers (and I"m also a DH'er who is getting back into trail riding this year).

I can get a pretty comparable deal on either the Specialized Stumpjumper EVO comp or the Giant Reign 1, but I'm kinda torn here, has anyone put any saddle time on either of these bikes?? They seem pretty evenly matched, with the Specialized having slightly slacker geometry and the Giant having slightly more travel and more of the components that I like to ride (Fox and Shimano vs Sram and RS). Any input would help guys, thanks!

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/reign.1/11517/55878/
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sjfsr/stumpjumperfsrcompevo

3/22/2013 10:20 AM

the reign has no ISCG tabs, so if you've got roots and rocks and risk throwing chains regularly you may regret not getting the stumpy. love my stumpy, have not ridden the reign but it has a proven reputation for good handling

3/23/2013 2:16 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/23/2013 2:16 PM

Yo dude, we did indeed test out a Stumpy EVO during Test Sessions, though it was the carbon version. Our guys loved it. Looking at their notes, both Matt and Jess were raving about how fun it is to ride and how well it descends. Expect the review to go up by the 1st.

http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/22-Trail-Bikes-from-Vital-MTB-Test-Sessions,5045/2013-Specialized-Stumpjumper-FSR-Expert-Carbon-EVO,49357/sspomer,2

No clue on the Reign. I haven't ridden one.

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3/23/2013 5:46 PM

Thanks, I'm really starting to favor the Stumpy now anyways. The only thing I have left to decide is what size to get, I'm 5'11" with a 33inch inseam and I am going to put on a super short Holzfeller DH stem once I get it. Think I should go with the large?? I made the mistake of going to small on my last bike so I don't want to make that mistake again but idk if they run big anyways. Thanks for the recommendation!

3/23/2013 9:04 PM

Get at least a large. I'm 5-8 and I ride a large Enduro Expert Evo. The Stumpy Evo is a rad bike; so is the Reign. My first ride on a 29er was the Stumpy FSR Elite. Considering that I love slacker geometry and I still loved the Stumpy, I know I would have a party all day long on the Stumpy Evo. You will get a slightly nicer parts spec on the Reign (quality, not brand). Giant's Maestro suspension design is very well-regarded by all of my friends and my wife who ride it. That said, I'm a Specialized kinda guy myself.

3/23/2013 10:52 PM

yeah I second the large recommendation. The friend of mine who sold me on the Stumpy Evo rides a large and he's the same size as you..I'm 5'8 ish and the medium fits well.

3/24/2013 5:26 AM

Thanks guys! Large it is

4/3/2013 6:27 AM

bturman wrote: Yo dude, we did indeed test out a Stumpy EVO during Test Sessions, though it was the carbon version. Our guys loved it. Looking at their notes, both Matt and Jess were raving about how fun it is to ride and how well it descends. Expect the review to go up by the 1st.

http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/22-Trail-Bikes-from-Vital-MTB-Test-Sessions,5045/2013-Specialized-Stumpjumper-FSR-Expert-Carbon-EVO,49357/sspomer,2

No clue on the Reign. I haven't ridden one.

Any word on the review? I can't wait to check it out!!

4/3/2013 7:49 AM

astrizzle wrote: Any word on the review? I can't wait to check it out!!

Should be up this afternoon!

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4/9/2013 12:20 PM

Just want to point out that the 2013 reign does have ISCG tabs.

7/10/2013 10:38 PM

If your local trails require lots of pedaling uphill go for the stumpy.. I had it before and it really is a joy to climb with..
but it's more fun to descend on the Reign.. I think the Reign is more comparable to the Specialized Enduro
HTH
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