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 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!