Hi Giant gurus!
I am looking at the 2008 Giant Reign to be my second bike. (I currently ride my lightweight Ibis Mojo for XC). I think that Giant's Maestro suspension design will be similar in feel, efficiency and plushness to the Mojo's DW-Link.
I plan to build the Reign (with a Fox 36 TALAS fork, DT 5.1D wheels and 2.4 tires) making it a bighit bike to be able to tackle some light freeride and downhill but still be able to pedal up short and moderate climbs. But before I make a purchase of the frame from the local bikeshop, I would like to ask you the following questions:
1) What is the frame weight of the 2008 Giant Reign with stock Fox airshock?
2) What is the rear shock's eye-to-eye length and stroke? (Is it a 7.875" x 2.0"?) <- Edited. In my original post I mistakenly put 2.785" x 2.0"
3.1)What if I upgrade to a 7.875" x 2.5"shock? How much increase in travel <-Edited. In my original post I mistakenly put 2.785" x 2.5"
3.2) Will the increased rear travel have any frame/seat tube clearance issues?
4) Is 32lbs a reasonable target weight for my built-up 2008 Reign? (Build specs below)
FRAME: Giant Reign size medium / 18
SHOCK: Fox DHX Air
FORK: Fox 36 TALAS RC2
CRANKSET: Shimano XT 44-32-22T
CASSETTE: Shimano XT (CS M770) 11-34T 9-speed
CHAIN: Shimano CN-HG93
FD: Shimano XT
RD: Shimano XT Shadow
SHIFTERS: Shimano XT triggers
BRAKESET: Shimano XT Servowave 180f/160r rotors
RIMS: DT Swiss 5.1D
HUBS: Industry 9 or Hope Pro II
TIRES: Kenda Nevegal 2.35 DTC
STEM: Thomson Elite 70mm
HANDLEBAR: Truvativ Hussefelt DH 2" riserbar
SEATPOST: Maverick Speedball with remote
SADDLE: WTB Rocket V
Grips: Oury lock-on
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet
Rider: 5'8" 160lbs (with gear and pack)
Thank you in advance!
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