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    Giant Reign 2011-13 vs 2010-09-08?

    Hi All,

    Just a quick question for those who's had experience with these 2 Giant Reign frame shapes.

    I've had Giant Reign 08 and 10 in the past. 2010 frame with Fox 36 150 mm was just fabulous: fast, plush, and overall nice.

    The only thing I did not like was some flex in the frame. I'm a heavy guy who has been riding frames with thru axle rears for a while and I like stiff frames.

    I'm currently thinking of buying a newer shape Reign (not X), probably 2013 as a frame only. The question is: is it stiffer overall/in the rear? It's still QR and although I plan on running a bolt-on axle there's still chance it will be a bit flexy. At least the 2010 model year was despite bolt-ons.

    Do you have any real world experience with newer shape frames in comparison with older shape or other bikes as benchmarks?

    Any info is highly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Andrey.

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    How big are you? Just curious. The frame shape has little to do with flex. More the design of the tubing and it's relative thickness. If you're a big guy, you're going to get most FS designs to flex at the pivots. It could also be the wheels you were using.

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    I'm around 210-220 lbs geared.

    The shape itself sure may be not related to flex. By 'shape' I mean 'design' or 'model year'. It's been told that newer design, 2011 onwards is stiffer. But it's really hard to find direct comparisons.

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    Well, yes. Part of any bicycle companies marketing includes saying how much stiffer their new bikes are every year. Hell, my Advanced is a whole 3% stiffer in the BB than the aluminum model. I guarantee you I can't tell.

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