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2016 Giant Reign 27.5 1 Bike (discontinued)

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Surprising All Rounder

The Good:

Excellent descender, surprisingly capable climber, excellent performing build kit, tubeless kit included, proper large sizing

The Bad:

Cost is relatively high for alloy frame and X1, some flex from separate upper maestro links, some noises and creaks

Overall Review:

I've had my Reign 1 for around 3 months now, and the bike continues to get better as I continue riding it. It's so good on the downhills my Demo 8 is for sale, and it climbs as well as many smaller trail bikes I've ridden. The Pike dual position air I've found to be a great asset, as with the fork in 130mm mode the bike feels like a much more aggressive trail bike making getting round feel much more natural, and extended climbs much easier. On the descentsyou can forget about finding the easiest line choice and instead plow through the harshest yet most direct route.

The sizing would seem quite large, and the top tube figures are quite long but don't be fooled, the bike feels the like its sizing would suggest. I'm on 6ft and I love the size of my large. The custom offset Pike is something I'm still not sure on though, as it makes the bike's handling very fast for its size and is phenomenal once at speed, but at slower speeds I find it has a tendency to over-steer on narrower tracks. The Monarch RC3 is another item I think has good points particularly when hauling down some gnarly terrain, but can be too active yet somewhat harsh mid stroke at slower paced riding.

Only real gripe is the noises coming from the pinned PG1180 cassette, and the general creaks coming from the linkage/bb area. It's quiet as long as you're prepared to keep the linkages, seat tube, and general area clean and free of dust, and I recommend applying anti-seize to the hanger and thru-axle area.

I'd easily say this is the most all-round capable bike I've owned that never feels out of its depth!


Product Giant Reign 27.5 1 Bike
Model Year 2016
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L View Geometry
Size S M L
Top Tube Length 23.0" 24.4" 25.2"
Head Tube Angle 65° 65° 65°
Head Tube Length 3.7" 3.7" 4.5"
Seat Tube Angle 73° 73° 73°
Seat Tube Length
Bottom Bracket Height
Chainstay Length 17.1" 17.1" 17.1"
Wheelbase 45.6" 46.9" 47.9"
Standover 28.2" 28.1" 28.8"
Reach 40.9 cm 44.4 cm 45.8 cm
Stack 57.7 cm 57.7 cm 59.5 cm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
Rear Travel 160mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch Plus DebonAir RC3
Fork RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air with 15mm Thru-Axle, Custom 46mm Offset, Tapered Steerer
Fork Travel 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Handlebar Giant Contact SL DH, 31.8mm
Stem Truvativ Holzfeller
Brakes SRAM Guide RS, Hydraulic Disc, 200mm Front/180mm Rear
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RS, Hydraulic Disc
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X1 Trigger, Rear Only
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM X1, Type 2
ISCG Tabs Yes
Chainguide MRP AMG Guide
Cranks SRAM X1
Chainrings 32 Tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM, Press Fit
Pedals N/A
Chain KMC X11L
Cassette SRAM XG-1180, 10-42 Tooth, 11-Speed
Rims DT Swiss M 1700 Spline 2
Hubs DT Swiss M 1700 Spline 2
Spokes DT Swiss M 1700 Spline 2
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary, 27.5"x2.35", Tubeless Easy, Snakeskin, Trailstar Front
Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 27.5"x2.35", Tubeless Easy, Snakeskin, Pacestar Rear
Saddle Giant Contact SL Neutral, SST Tubular Rails
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Quick Release
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142mm x 12mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Matte Black/Grey
Warranty Lifetime Frame for Original Purchaser
Weight N/A
Price $5,350
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