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    im thinking of putting a fox van r coil shock on the rear and a fox 36 talas up front? any thoughts on this?

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    I have a 36 Talas on mine and like it. My Reign is a 2010, and when I built it up the new 2 position Talas (120-160) were already out. I choose the 3 position Talas 100-130-160 as the 130 does provide a decent trail position, 100 for wall climbs and 160 for flying down. The 120 setting on the new Talas forks is just a little too low for my liking on anything but steep climbs. I should add that I also have installed a lower external headset cup from RWC that in essence acts like another 10-12mm of fork travel. So my Reign in 160mm travel setting is really like 170+. It works excellent and for with setting the head angle back another 1/2 degree to where I really should be.

    On the back, you could go with a coil and by all reports it works well. That or replace the Fox rp23 or DHX Air with a better shock. I currently have a Monarch RC3 Plus and a Vector Air HLR and both are miles better than the RP23. My only experience on the DHX-Air on the Reign was a rental bike in Moab, ok for decending but not that great for climbing or trail riding.

    Other choices would be a DB Air or Vivid R2C. All air shocks as you will notice. I think that the newer air shocks are close enough to the all out decending performance of the coils while dropping weight and providing a large range of adjustability by simply adding or removing air.

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    its price im really worried about. don't good air shocks cost a fair bit more than a coil? and theres less fiddling with a coil as well right?

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    I would spend your cash on a coil shock. Also, make sure you get a 7.875 x 2.25. This will give you an extra .75" of travel in the rear.

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    sounds good. there wont be to much bobbing with a coil will there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigred543 View Post
    sounds good. there wont be to much bobbing with a coil will there?
    Nope. Assuming you have a reasonably smooth pedal stroke it should be fine...

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    Does it ride funny to pair a 140mm fork to Reign..
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    Quote Originally Posted by microbike View Post
    Does it ride funny to pair a 140mm fork to Reign..
    No, they used to come with a 140 stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24v View Post
    No, they used to come with a 140 stock.
    thanks for your quick reply.

    Do you happen to know Reign headset ID is it 44mm?
    cause trin to get a taper fork convertor for my straigh headtube but it is in 44mm ID

    http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=539{5}31

    This is the item. I hope it work into a 2010 Reign frame
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    2010 Reign uses a straight 1 1/8" fork. I don't believe tapered will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24v View Post
    2010 Reign uses a straight 1 1/8" fork. I don't believe tapered will work.
    This is correct.

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    how hard is it to switch between air and coil? say i want to go for an xc day can i switch back to air easily or does it need to be fitted correctly and vice versa

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    Re: Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)

    Quote Originally Posted by bigred543 View Post
    how hard is it to switch between air and coil? say i want to go for an xc day can i switch back to air easily or does it need to be fitted correctly and vice versa
    Why would you? Either you like how the coil operates or you like hoe air works. There is no reason to switch back and forth.

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    so no point in switching?

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    Re: Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)

    No no point and switching back and forth. Its not that you get better performance with air or coil, just different. Some like how coils perform and some air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by microbike View Post
    thanks for your quick reply.

    Do you happen to know Reign headset ID is it 44mm?
    cause trin to get a taper fork convertor for my straigh headtube but it is in 44mm ID

    http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=539{5}31

    This is the item. I hope it work into a 2010 Reign frame
    anyone can help with an answer.

    Internal diameter of 2010 Reign headset.
    Is it 44mm ?
    thx
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    Re: Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)

    Tapered wont work. Tapered is 1.5 bottom to 1 1/8.

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    2013 giant reign 2

    Deity CZ special handle bars
    Deity Fantom 50mm Stem
    Rockshox Lyrik 160mm Fork
    DT Swiss 350 strait pull hub
    Updated pedals to Crank Brothers Candy after the photo
    couldn't be happier



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    Nice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chef7734 View Post
    Tapered wont work. Tapered is 1.5 bottom to 1 1/8.

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    I think you'll find you can run a tapered fork with these (there is also a Cane Creek alternative).

    The initial tapered bit of the fork sits in the external cup beneath the headtube. As the fork tapers down it passes into the straight headtube and fits. The Cane Creek version you can just purchase the lower external cup/bearing - that's the only bit you need change since the upper is 1 1/8 already.

    If you search you will find others who have already done it. (Tapered fork on Reign straight headtube)

    It will add 8-10mm under your headtube and therefore your A2C length, slackening your head angle about half a degree. In fact any upper assembly using the S.H.I.S. code: ZS44/28.6 and any lower assembly using the S.H.I.S. code: EC44/40 should work.

    Cane Creek 40.EC44/40.Bottom Assembly

    1 1/8 headtube and tapered fork - Pinkbike Forum
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    Re: Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)

    Quote Originally Posted by greatbigjezza View Post
    I think you'll find you can run a tapered fork with these (there is also a Cane Creek alternative).

    The initial tapered bit of the fork sits in the external cup beneath the headtube. As the fork tapers down it passes into the straight headtube and fits. The Cane Creek version you can just purchase the lower external cup/bearing - that's the only bit you need change since the upper is 1 1/8 already.

    If you search you will find others who have already done it. (Tapered fork on Reign straight headtube)

    It will add 8-10mm under your headtube and therefore your A2C length, slackening your head angle about half a degree. In fact any upper assembly using the S.H.I.S. code: ZS44/28.6 and any lower assembly using the S.H.I.S. code: EC44/40 should work.

    Cane Creek 40.EC44/40.Bottom Assembly

    1 1/8 headtube and tapered fork - Pinkbike Forum
    I did not know about that. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great solution. I know you could not get a traditional zs headset in there for a 1.5 lower.

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    I did the same but in reverse for my Fox 34 with a 1.5 straight steerer. So now I have an external cup on top. (Nukeproof brand)
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    What's up guys! Been lurking this thread for a while and just finished a big rebuild on my 2008 Reign, figured it was time to post! Had the frame glass-bead blasted.

    Almost nothing left from stock..

    170mm Lyrik RC2 DH
    Monarch Plus RC3 2.25 stroke (thanks to this thread!)
    Zee FR Rear mech
    Zee shifter
    MRP 1x Guide
    32t Blackspire Chainring
    Shimano SLX 11-36 cassette
    Hayes Stroker Trail Brakes (stock)
    Truvative Holzfeller Stem 60mm
    Crank Bros Iodine 2 720mm Bars
    Replaced all suspension bearings with EnduroMAX
    Mavic Crossmax XL wheelset

    Before:
    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-before.jpg

    After:
    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-after.jpg

    Bought the Monarch from craiglist and it has the low compression tune, seems to be blowing thru travel pretty easily right now... Ordered the high compression tune piston from ebay since that is what RS recommends for a leverage ratio of 3:1 http://www.bike-components.de/downlo...rage_ratio.pdf hoping that gets it dialed!

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    That thing looks sick! I have mine setup pretty similarly. The monarch plus with a high tune (and a low volume air can for 200lb rider) is absolutely perfect on this bike. The difference is night and day. Enjoy!

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    Thanks ekoostick!! Good to hear!

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