I've been saying for so long that the path to 650b for Giant was so clearly to build a Carbon 650b Reign X that the owner of my LBS sent me a tweet about this stuff coming to light saying he was going to recommend me for a PR job at Giant. I wonder if he can get that done fast enough to get me an employee discount on one of these beasts when they first come out?
Even though I've got a new Banshee Spitfire V2 frame coming in (of course to run with 650B) a Giant Reign 650 in carbon is a freaking lust for bike IMHO. Maestro rocks (even though the New Banshee VPP KS Link has surprisingly similar kinematics and very different from the SC or Intense VPP and why in my eyes it's better) and this was the bike I was really hoping for in aluminum actually so the carbon is sweet icing on the cake. Nice updates also with the 12x142 axle, ISCG tabs etc. Now just hang a new 150mm Pike on the front and yowzah.
In my case I couldn't wait and needed a bike to ride ASAP and the pricing will be most likely to much for my wallet to handle. Also Giant will probably not do a frame only option which really sucks. Hopefully production models get introduced at Sea Otter because to me they look way beyond prototype stage.