• 06-08-2014
    bikeboardorblade
    The Lyrik and 2.25 shock have been great for me. The X- Fusion Vengeance is also available with a straight steerer tube.
  • 06-09-2014
    Mikecito
    1 Attachment(s)
    Attachment 899914

    For fun, i put the front wheel from my new Troy on my 2012 XL Reign 2. 650b with a 2.35 Hans Damph has room to spare.
    When I have some money to burn, I think a new wheel set will make this thing a monster truck :-)
  • 06-18-2014
    beach_boy
    1 Attachment(s)
    Update picture. Finally ditched my crappy 36 Vanilla R. Wanted to go with a Vengeance, but ended up getting a Lyrik RC2L DPA.

    Attachment 902032
  • 06-18-2014
    Haggis
    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)
    What was the problem with the Vanilla 36?
  • 06-18-2014
    beach_boy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    What was the problem with the Vanilla 36?

    Nothing really. Worked just fine. Just wanted something with more adjustability. Hands down, the Lyrik out performs the Vanilla though.
  • 06-19-2014
    bikeboardorblade
    I highly recommend upgrading the damper to the DH damper. Sooo smooth.
  • 06-20-2014
    I_AM
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
    I highly recommend upgrading the damper to the DH damper. Sooo smooth.

    Interesting. I have a Lyrik Solo R. Would this work?
  • 06-22-2014
    I_AM
    What crankset works on a 2011? Is it the 83mm? Thinking about an upgrade. Does the Z crankset work?
  • 06-26-2014
    headshot
    Nice thread. I have had a 2013 Reign 1 for just over a year from new. Mods so far are - tyres - HD 2.35 Front and Nevegal 2.3 rear. 785mm Funn Fatboy bars. 50mm Giant AM stem. 1x10 drivetrain with 34 RF Narrow Wide ring. Rear shock stock bar the biggest air can reducer Fox make installed. Fork - stock but serviced adding more and heavier weight lube oil to lowers and some float fluid to the air spring to reduce the air volume - now runs at 70 psi and does not bottom out too easily in descend mode.
  • 06-26-2014
    bikeboardorblade
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    Interesting. I have a Lyrik Solo R. Would this work?

    I would assume so, a call to Sram to confirm it would be worth it though.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    What crankset works on a 2011? Is it the 83mm? Thinking about an upgrade. Does the Z crankset work?

    The zee has been awesome for me. Loaded up I'm about 180 and can't detect any flex. The Reign uses the 68/73 version. Only downside is the finish wears off super fast, especially if you ride anywhere where there's sand or the dirty turns gritty with any moisture.
  • 06-27-2014
    I_AM
    8 Attachment(s)
    First. I want to thank everyone in this thread for answering all my noob questions. Its awesome just seeing everyone's passion for the Reign. I eventually ended up selling my 2011 Giant Reign 2 frame and got a new 2011 Giant Reign 0 frame from my LBS. I transfer the crankset and brakes over but will slowly upgrade as I go.

    Frame comparison
    Attachment 904287

    The new build
    Attachment 904286

    Went with a Lyrik R. I didn't get the lockout as I kept forgetting to unlock on descents on my Fox 32.
    Attachment 904288

    Shimano Zee RD, Race Face Narrow Wide 34, Deity Compounds
    Attachment 904289

    Race Face 740mm, Odi Rogues, Rockshox Reverb
    Attachment 904290

    Got a good deal on these Shimano XT Wheelsets
    Attachment 904291

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  • 06-27-2014
    cfanto
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    First. I want to thank everyone in this thread for answering all my noob questions. Its awesome just seeing everyone's passion for the Reign. I eventually ended up selling my 2011 Giant Reign 2 frame and got a new 2011 Giant Reign 0 frame from my LBS. I transfer the crankset and brakes over but will slowly upgrade as I go.

    Frame comparison
    Attachment 904287

    The new build
    Attachment 904286

    Went with a Lyrik R. I didn't get the lockout as I kept forgetting to unlock on descents on my Fox 32.
    Attachment 904288

    Shimano Zee RD, Race Face Narrow Wide 34, Deity Compounds
    Attachment 904289

    Race Face 740mm, Odi Rogues, Rockshox Reverb
    Attachment 904290

    Got a good deal on these Shimano XT Wheelsets
    Attachment 904291

    Attachment 904292Attachment 904293

    That's sweet!
  • 06-29-2014
    tim300wsm
    I'm just getting back into riding and have been piecing together a new bike. I just bought a reign 0 frame I'm putting together with a vengeance hlr dla a wheelset I laced up with dt swiss hubs and a sun inferno 31 and intense 30 and xo drive train with an afterburner 210 crankset
  • 07-02-2014
    a-prince10
    Hey guys,

    Looking to change up the fork on my 2013 Reign 1. I'm pretty new to mountain bike parts configuration and looking for some help. Trying to figure it out on my own but it's somewhat of a headache.

    I believe this requires me to get a new hub, stem, spacers, headset and a head tube reducer for the top.

    Am I missing any parts?

    Thanks!
  • 07-02-2014
    tim300wsm
    You can buy a new fork without having to replace anything else as long as you pick one that works with what you have. If a shop told you that you need to replace all of your components they are lying to you.
  • 07-02-2014
    a-prince10
    I'm trying to buy a used fork but from what I have read Giants head tube taper is not traditional (1 1/4" rather than 1 1/8"). This size issue makes it somewhat hard for me to find the right fork and why I'm trying to get those parts. Also the 2013 Reign 1 comes with a 15mm QR and I'm looking to get into the 20mm T/A forks which is why the new hub.

    I could be totally wrong about this just trying to piece everything together before I spend $$.
  • 07-02-2014
    bikeboardorblade
    You are correct, you do need a number of new parts. You can get away with just the upper headset, and there's probably a reducer available. (1 1/4 to 1 1/8).
  • 07-02-2014
    tim300wsm
    You can get a new xfusion vengeance on ebay with a tapered steer for 400ish
  • 07-02-2014
    a-prince10
    hmmm thanks for the help guys think I have it figured out.

    Cane creek makes a cheap alternative to reducing the upper headset diameter rather than buying a whole new headset.

    Wish Giant didn't do this I honestly would be fine with the "30%" less stiffness they claim so I didn't have to buy all new parts. House brand hubs have no conversions either :(

    Oh well you win some and lose some
  • 07-06-2014
    chyu89
    3 Attachment(s)
    Here's my 2013 Reign 2.

    some upgrade over wear and tear stuffs like dropper, RD, FD.

    Attachment 906363
    Attachment 906364
    Attachment 906365

    Giant stock dropper is crap.

    Looking forward on better fork and shock :D
  • 07-07-2014
    I_AM
    I really like the color of the 2013.
  • 07-07-2014
    Hotwhls
    That looks like a Spike Spank stem what size is it. 35mm or the 50mm I just ordered the 35mm red for my 2011 Reign. I had a 70mm and I wanted to try something shorter. How do you like the stem?

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chyu89 View Post
    Here's my 2013 Reign 2.

    some upgrade over wear and tear stuffs like dropper, RD, FD.

    Attachment 906363
    Attachment 906364
    Attachment 906365

    Giant stock dropper is crap.

    Looking forward on better fork and shock :D

  • 07-07-2014
    chyu89
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hotwhls View Post
    That looks like a Spike Spank stem what size is it. 35mm or the 50mm I just ordered the 35mm red for my 2011 Reign. I had a 70mm and I wanted to try something shorter. How do you like the stem?

    Yeah, it's a Spike Spank 50mm. So far fit just fine for me.

    Poor thing about the stem is the top cap, it breaks when you tighten too hard or fairly hard. I broke mine few times of tightening, the material is very thin. Have to use stock top cap.
  • 07-08-2014
    Hotwhls
    So I just ordered a Spike Spank 35mm stem for my reign. I have the Answer 780mm DH bars. I had a 70mm stem with these same bars and I just wanted to try something shorter. Is anyone else running a 35mm length stem on there reign or am I crazy going this short?
  • 07-08-2014
    bikeboardorblade
    I'm running a 40, with a 780 bar. Love it. I would have gotten that same stem buti found mine for $15.
  • 07-08-2014
    I_AM
    I'm running a 35mm with 740mm bar. Love the combo.
  • 07-09-2014
    chyu89
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hotwhls View Post
    So I just ordered a Spike Spank 35mm stem for my reign. I have the Answer 780mm DH bars. I had a 70mm stem with these same bars and I just wanted to try something shorter. Is anyone else running a 35mm length stem on there reign or am I crazy going this short?

    Stem is all bout your self riding preference ,yr arm length. Mine 50mm w/ 760mm bars.
  • 07-24-2014
    xjrides
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    I tested my Fox Van-R without the coil spring on it and it went through full range with no problem...


    So I ended up getting a new monarch pluc rc3 debonair in 7.875 x 2.00. Let all the air out, at full compression it is a mm or two from the front derailleur cable. The shock, however, still has 5-8 mm left on the shaft, indicating an internal spacer seperates this from the 2.25 stoke model.

    My question remains the same: how would I run an extra inch of travel on my 2010 reign size Large? Are you guys not running from derailleurs? Obviously removing the derailleur fixes this. Furthermore, are you implying one would buy a new shock at $500+, press in the hardware, mount it up, only to cycle it and find it does not fit? What then? Sell it on ebay and buy the shorter stroke?
  • 08-07-2014
    clone185
    I've been riding a 2013 Reign 1 for 12 months and are really enjoying it. I'm now trying to decide on whether to start spending money on upgrading the fork and shock or is the money better spent on buying the new 650B model or even the Trance SX. My bike has the OD2 system so a fork upgrade also means new upper headset and stem which makes it more expensive, thanks Giant. I was looking at the X Fusion Slant with 160mm travel which looks to be the 26" version of the Sweep. I've read a good review on this when compared head to head with the Pike. Anyone had any experience with this Fork?
  • 08-10-2014
    chyu89
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by clone185 View Post
    I've been riding a 2013 Reign 1 for 12 months and are really enjoying it. I'm now trying to decide on whether to start spending money on upgrading the fork and shock or is the money better spent on buying the new 650B model or even the Trance SX. My bike has the OD2 system so a fork upgrade also means new upper headset and stem which makes it more expensive, thanks Giant. I was looking at the X Fusion Slant with 160mm travel which looks to be the 26" version of the Sweep. I've read a good review on this when compared head to head with the Pike. Anyone had any experience with this Fork?

    PIKE is definitely THE fork for now. Not sure bout the new 36 thought.

    I've have same mindset with you, sell the bike, get a new 2015 reign 2. Instead changing parts and repairs which might or definitely cost even more than and complete bike upgrade.
  • 08-11-2014
    clone185
    Definitely worth considering, still waiting for all of prices to be released here in NZ but it's looks like they could be around 10-12% more than the USA prices based on the 2015 XTC 29er which has already been listed on some local bike shop websites.
  • 09-03-2014
    I_AM
    Anyone fit a Cane Creek Double Barrel shock?
  • 09-11-2014
    Drewbis1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    Anyone fit a Cane Creek Double Barrel shock?

    I just fitted a Pike 150 RCT3 on my 2013 Reign 1 tonight. The DB Inline will arrive Monday. I'll let you know how it changes the ride. I was in the same boat as most of you. Sell the bike and get a 650b or upgrade the suspenders on this bike. I opted for the latter. This is a great bike. And surprisingly, the Pike with an uncut steerer is lighter than the stock Talas 32; and slackened the head angle another .5 degree.
  • 09-11-2014
    clone185
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drewbis1 View Post
    I just fitted a Pike 150 RCT3 on my 2013 Reign 1 tonight. The DB Inline will arrive Monday. I'll let you know how it changes the ride. I was in the same boat as most of you. Sell the bike and get a 650b or upgrade the suspenders on this bike. I opted for the latter. This is a great bike. And surprisingly, the Pike with an uncut steerer is lighter than the stock Talas 32; and slackened the head angle another .5 degree.

    I ended up going with the Rockshox Pike 150mm Solo air, same as you and so far it seems really good. I've only done a short night ride and I'm impressed so far. This weekend I'll give it a good hit out and dial it in a bit more. I kicked around the idea of the dual position 160mm fork but I think the 150mm offers a better balance. I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts on the DB Inline because I'm considering doing that too.
  • 09-12-2014
    tjteo
    Same difficult decision. Keep my 2013 Reign 1 and upgrade it with a 160 Pike or move to Reign 27.5 2?
    Any help will be appreciated!
  • 09-12-2014
    Paris Galanis
    I suppose that you should answer this question with your wallet. Your bike is great and only 2 years old so I don't see why you would you like to sell it?

    Yes there is a lot of hype about 27.5 but honestly I am not convinced to sell my 2013 Reign SX in order to buy a new 27.5.

    Regarding the Pike everyone says that it is a great fork and quite cheap compared to Fox 36, BOS etc. So you can sell your existing fork and buy it without overspending.

    On the other side you can sell your bike and buy the new Reign 27.5 but I suppose that you will need to spend much more money so as I said decide with your wallet.
  • 09-12-2014
    clone185
    If you still enjoy riding your Reign then upgrade it. The 26 inch Reign is a aggressive trail bike while the new Reign is a long wheel based enduro race bike, two completely different bikes in my opinion. Where I ride there is a 400m vertical climb to access the trails so that's why I decided to go with the 150mm pike, I didn't want to ruin it's ability to climb well. I was seriously considering getting the Trance SX but I was still enjoy riding my Reign so upgrading it made more sense plus it cost a lot less to change the fork rather than changing the whole bike.
  • 09-12-2014
    frango
    As for Reign, wheels 27,5 is not the best upgrade... it's geometry.
    My wife has got 2012 Reign 2. Few months ago I ordered 2015 Reign for her. Few weeks ago I demoed 2015 Reign Advanced 0 in Whistler.
    I loved the bike. It rides so much better.
    If you can afford complete new bike. Go for it! :D You won't regret ;>
  • 09-12-2014
    Drewbis1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by frango View Post
    As for Reign, wheels 27,5 is not the best upgrade... it's geometry.
    My wife has got 2012 Reign 2. Few months ago I ordered 2015 Reign for her. Few weeks ago I demoed 2015 Reign Advanced 0 in Whistler.
    I loved the bike. It rides so much better.
    If you can afford complete new bike. Go for it! :D You won't regret ;>

    Thanks for the advice. I've got little time on 27.5 wheels and wouldn't mind getting into one soon. Especially with the slacker geometry of the Enduro style bikes. I'm personally going to give it another year or 2 of riding this bike to see if 27.5 is a trend or a new industry standard. With all the hype from nearly every bike manufacturer, seems like it's going to be the new standard.

    As for anyone looking for a Pike, I found a great deal from Merlin Cycles in the UK. All my orders typically go to my local shop, but the Pike at Merlin was just over $600 with free 3 day shipping to my door. Yes, 3 days from the UK to Portland, OR for free. Just a heads up...
  • 09-12-2014
    Drewbis1
    Has anyone put a medium cage rear derailleur on their reign with a 2x setup? Total capacity of the medium cage is 35 teeth, and the stock gearing is set up for 37 teeth. But Santa cruz uses 37 teeth stock gearing with a medium cage XT rear derailleur.
  • 09-12-2014
    I_AM
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drewbis1 View Post
    I just fitted a Pike 150 RCT3 on my 2013 Reign 1 tonight. The DB Inline will arrive Monday. I'll let you know how it changes the ride. I was in the same boat as most of you. Sell the bike and get a 650b or upgrade the suspenders on this bike. I opted for the latter. This is a great bike. And surprisingly, the Pike with an uncut steerer is lighter than the stock Talas 32; and slackened the head angle another .5 degree.

    Thanks! I have no plans moving from 26 build anytime soon. I'm thinking of the next upgrade. Modify my Lyrik or upgrade my rear shock. Though I have not had any issues with my rear shock. I just got this frame this year brand new from Giant. 2011 Giant Reign 0 for reference.
  • 09-12-2014
    tim300wsm
    I just put a x fusion vengeance and a rockshox monarch plus rc3 on my reign 0 and a set of guide rsc brakes should be here next week.
  • 09-12-2014
    beach_boy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drewbis1 View Post
    Has anyone put a medium cage rear derailleur on their reign with a 2x setup? Total capacity of the medium cage is 35 teeth, and the stock gearing is set up for 37 teeth. But Santa cruz uses 37 teeth stock gearing with a medium cage XT rear derailleur.

    I have used both a medium and short cage on a 2x setup. With the short cage (SRAM X9) I was running a 36/22t on the front, and a 11-34 cassette. After a mishap with a rock I was forced to purchase something new and since I wanted a clutch and it was the right price, I went with a new SLX medium cage. With that switch I also changed my cassette to 11-36. There is slight drag on the 36t but not that bad that it's noticeable.
  • 09-13-2014
    madman4you
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Madiba View Post
    Thomson X4 1.5 stem on my Reign 1.

    Attachment 885846Attachment 885843Attachment 885844

    Madiba,

    How did you get that 1.5 stem to fit on your steerer? The OD2 is 1 1/4" ?
  • 09-13-2014
    Drewbis1
    I can now say after a test ride yesterday that the Pike 150 is legit. I am unbiased as this is my first Rockhox fork ever. I usually just ride whatever comes on the bike so this is my first fork upgrade. Just rolling thru the berms and rollers from the parking lot to the trailhead of Sandy Ridge, I could already feel the difference in the Pike vs the Talas 32. The pike is incredibly stiff and much plusher in its compression stroke. It's not just marketing hype surrounding this fork, it is truly a great upgrade. It has transformed my bike to be something I've been trying to achieve with the Talas 32 for over a year.

    Cane Creek DB Inline thoughts to come next week...
  • 09-13-2014
    I_AM
    Awesome Drewbis. Though I have an older Lyrik. When I put it side by side to my Fox 32 it made it look like a toy. Can't wait to see what you think of the CC DB.
  • 09-13-2014
    clone185
    Sounds good Drewbis1. Rained all day Saturday so couldn't get out to try mine. It's been fine today so the tracks should be drying out, will head out in a couple of hours for a ride.
    I've owned four bikes now with Fox 32 forks, talas and float models and I can't say I rate them very high. They are ok but not great, maybe the 34s and 36s are better.
  • 09-17-2014
    Drewbis1
    2 Attachment(s)
    Is this how the Reign is supposed to be? With a Pike and DBinline?
    Attachment 924295Attachment 924296
  • 09-17-2014
    I_AM
    From factory? Yes!!! Any ride reviews?
  • 09-17-2014
    Drewbis1
    Not yet. Hopefully will get out this weekend, but also looking to ride the big bike.