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2013 Giant Reign 2 Bike (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Outstanding)
2013 Giant Reign 2 Bike 2013 Reign_2
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    “Excellent all around bike!!”

    The Good: This bike is great on the uphills, destroys the downhills, and (with the correct shock tuning) absolutely flys through the rough stuff without a hitch.

    The Bad: In all honestly I have nothing bad to say about this bike.

    Overall Review: Sweet bike. It climbs, descends, transitions between the two with ease, and jumps great. This bike has eaten up every type of terrain that I have put it through, and has been really fun to ride.


    The Good: climbs good not too twitchy on rocky tech ups, comes down smooth and wants to be playful and loves the rougher stuff. get the right shock tune to maximize suspension, upgrade to a 36 160mm, slacker, and your all set. needs stiffer wheelset to offset slightly flexy rear end feel.

    The Bad: rear end flex but ill put that on my flexy dt x430 wheels

    Overall Review:

    sweet, fun, poppy, corners predictable.

    “Truly a do it all bike”

    The Good: Very Pedal efficient Jumps good. Feels like a little DH bike coming down. Drifts surprisingly steady. Comfortable for long climbs. As I ride in Ashland, OR we have a lot of fun descents but they take a lot of work to get up to.

    The Bad: Nothing, This bike is a slayer

    Overall Review:

    Upon purchasing this I immediately changed a few parts out : Chainguide, Straightline Pedals, Shimano XT Brakes, Super Short Stem, Race Face Atlas Freeride Bars (uncut). After riding with these upgrades I have no desire to change out anything else. Even these tires are pretty dope and are predictable. I also ride a 2007 Santa Cruz V10, and I set to replace my 2007 GT iDrive 5 3.0 with this Reign. I still have my V10 but the more I ride this Reign the more I love it. I can pedal all day long and still flick and throw cutties around with the Reign. Super Fun Bike. I am really impressed of the downhill capability this has. Of course the shuttle days I always will bust out the V10 but until then I am loving the Reign.

    If you know Ashland, we are a great place for Enduro. After living here for 8 years I finally have a bike I can confidently claim "it can do everything." Back to the XC portion, the Reign pedals way better than my GT did. Pretty incredible how efficient this Reign and how comfy the climbs are. If you are thinking about getting one I highly recommend choosing the parts I did.

    “Very fun bike”

    The Good: Light (13.4kg w/pedals), handles like a dream, if you really push it you'll find that the front and rear tires loose traction at the same time allowing for some fun two wheel drift. Corners well and suspension works well.

    The Bad: Press fit BB, no chain guide mount tabs, rear shock is too linear for my liking, stock narrow bars.

    Overall Review:

    I'm 170cm and brought a small, if your around that hight, I would probably go for a medium, unless, like me, you enjoy a small bike. I have upgraded the forks to talas to make steep climbs easier, but the standard forks feel awesome too. Running ~20% sag still bottoms out hard on 1m drops. Fixed this by putting grease in the shock air spring to decrease the air volume creating a more progressive feel. You can also buy spacers from fox that do the same thing. I would like to go 1x10 but the lack of chainguide tabs and the press fit bb makes that difficult. I havent had much joy with the press fit bb, it sezed after 5 months. This bike has its issues, however they arecompletely overshadowed by its handling and performance.

    “Great Bike”

    The Good: This bike is a great all around bike that can do it all. I have rode this bike in some of the heavy downhill trails of Colorado and had little problem on technical climbs and descents. I use this bike mostly as a cross country bike in the midwest. I can still kill climbs going up and also can handle heavy descents in the same ride. The brakes perform great and I like the slack geometry, makes it easy to get that front wheel up.

    The Bad: There is a little bit too much bobbing on the climbs and because of the type of suspension, there is a lot of chain feedback, which causes some trouble with shifting. I need to tune up the bike more often because of this. The rear suspension is a bit soft, so I find myself bottoming out more than I might want, but I prefer stiffer suspension, so that might just be me.

    Overall Review:

    Overall this is a great all mountain bike that is great on climbs and descents. I like the bikes more slack geometry, like on many giants. If you are a road rider, a trek's more leaning forward type of position mat be more comfortable. Also, this bike isn't good for drops or riding around the neighborhood, but of course this bike isn't made for that.

    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 RockShox Monarch RL High Volume
    Fork RockShox Revelation RL Solo Air with 15QR Through Axle
    Fork Travel 150mm
    Head Tube Diameter 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" Taper
    Headset OverDrive
    Handlebar Giant Connect, Low Rise, 31.8mm
    Stem Giant Connect
    Brakes Avid Elixir 1, 180mm Front / 160mm Rear Rotor
    Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1
    Shifters Sram X5, 2x10 Speed
    Front Derailleur Sram X7
    Rear Derailleur Sram X7
    ISCG Tabs ISCG Tabs
    Cranks Sram S1000
    Chainrings 24/38 Tooth
    Bottom Bracket Sram, Threaded
    Pedals N/A
    Chain KMC X10
    Cassette Sram PG 1030, 11-36 Tooth, 10-Speed
    Rims DT Swiss 465D
    Hubs Giant Tracker Sealed, CNC Front; Giant Tracker Performance, 32 Hole Rear
    Spokes Forged Steel Black, 14/15G
    Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance, 26" x 2.35"
    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 Lime/Charcoal/Black


    Price $2400.00
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    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry