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2013 Giant Reign 1 Bike (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Very Good)
2013 Giant Reign 1 Bike 2013 Reign_1
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    “The "one" bike?”

    The Good: Looks great, love the blue/black/white frame colours and matching fork and wheels. Decent wide bars (730mm) , MRP chain guide, dropper post and full slx 2x10 drivetrain are the component highlights. The bike pedals like a champ and defies its weight on the climbs - its deep suspension soaks up the bumps and it cruises the climbs. On the downs, the bike is stable thanks to the slack head angle (67 deg) and rails the corners. The bike has stacks of grip and is easy to control even when sliding. The TALAS fork is brilliant for climbing. With the right tyres it is huge fun on the downs and can be pushed hard in corners.

    The Bad: The bike is let down by the CTD shocks I think. I am still tweaking the fork and have added float fluid to the airchamber to make it more progressive and not dive too much in descend mode. Not quite there yet though. The shock is better, but the bike does not always feel as if it has 150 mm travel. I think it also requires a more progressive air spring and am waiting for a spacer kit to tune it. Off drops and jumps it sometimes feels harsher than I think it should (comparing it to the 100mm bike I used to use on the same terrain). Only other gripe I had initially was the low BB - i solved the problem by adding air to the shock and running it in trail mode. The stock tyres are weak and not up to being run tubeless with an agressive rider. They tried to burp off the rim on several ocassions and I eventually destroyed the rear tyre after 5 rides. Now running a Purgatory and Hans Dampf Super Gravity on the front.

    Overall Review:

    Overall this is a pretty amazing bike - the rear suspension design allows efficient pedalling and uphills are easy despite the weight -which with decent tyres is around 14.5 kg. Desceding the rough stuff was not the revelation I had hoped it would be but the bike is extremely competent.After 14 rides, I am still sorting the suspension  and I think it will be a great descender once I am finished with it. It definitely has the capacity to be the One bike that does everything. I would race an XC/marathon race on it with a longer stem and lighter tyres. Best of all, this is the last of the 26" Reigns and possibly the last Reign ever!

    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


    Model Year 2013
    Riding Type Trail
    Sizes and Geometry

    S, M, L, XL View Geometry

    Size S M L XL
    Top Tube Length 22.2 23.2 24.2 25.2
    Head Tube Angle 67.5 67.5 67.5 67.5
    Head Tube Length 4.6 5 5.9 7.5
    Seat Tube Angle 73.5 73.5 73.5 72
    Seat Tube Length
    Bottom Bracket Height
    Chainstay Length 17.2 17.2 17.2 17.2
    Wheelbase 43.5 44.5 45.4 46.4
    Standover 31.6 31.9 32 32.6
    Frame Material ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, Maestro Suspension
    Rear Travel 6"
    Rear Shock Fox Float CTD Boostvalve Performance
    Fork Fox 32 Talas CTD Evolution with 15QR Through Axle
    Fork Travel 120-150mm
    Head Tube Diameter 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" Taper
    Headset OverDrive 2
    Handlebar Giant Connect SL, Low Rise, 31.8mm
    Stem Giant Connect SL, OverDrive 2
    Brakes Shimano SLX, 180mm Front / 160mm Rear Rotor
    Brake Levers Shimano SLX
    Shifters Shimano SLX, 2x10 Speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX Shadow Plus
    ISCG Tabs ISCG Tabs
    Cranks Shimano SLX
    Chainrings 26/38 Tooth
    Bottom Bracket Shimano, Threaded
    Pedals N/A
    Chain KMC X10
    Cassette Shimano HG62, 11-36 Tooth, 10-Speed
    Rims DT Swiss E540
    Hubs Giant Tracker Sealed/CNC with 15mm Axle Front; Giant Tracker Performance, 32 Hole Rear
    Spokes Forged Steel Black, 14/15G
    Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 26" x 2.25", Tubeless Ready, Evolution Folding
    Saddle Giant Performance MTB
    Seatpost Giant Contact Switch with Remote
    Seat Post Diameter 30.9mm
    Seatpost Clamp
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
    Max. Tire Size
    Bottle Cage Mounts
    Colors Blue/Black/White


    Price $3200.00
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    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry