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