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2013 Giant Reign 1 Bike

Average User Rating: (Very Good)
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

Specifications

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
Reach
Stack
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
Grips
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
Chainguide
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
Warranty
Weight

N/A

Miscellaneous
Price $3200.00
More Info Giant website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry