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    Quote Originally Posted by Evader 53

    Anything I should absolutely upgrade on the bike?


    I would fix that front brake line before you rip it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campisi
    I'm running a 2.25 DHX on my 08 Reign. Moved the derailleur up a bit, no problems. I'm thinking of going back to 1X9, it used to be 1X9 but I got tired of the exhausting climbs. Now after a year or so, I'm tired of hearing my chain bang all over the frickin derailleur when I come down. I miss the golden silence of a tech descent with 1X9 and chain tensioner. Never happy!
    solution: I just bought another bike, lol. Got me a glory for the gravity stuff and my reign will take on everything else. Now if I could only figure out how to bring both with me on a ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24v
    Here is my bike, and all of its current mods.

    09 Reign 1
    -Hayes Stroker Ace brakes 203/180 (I like these much better than the stock elixirs)
    -Hope hubs with Spank Rims and DT spokes (heavier than stock WTB wheels, but also stiffer)
    -Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 dual ply tires(similiar traction to the stock Nevegals, more durable sidewall)
    -Shimano SLX crankset (I like the gearing better(36/22), and have no need for a big ring)
    -Ethirteen DRS Bash/Chain Guide (works great to keep the chain on when going over rocky terrain)
    -Kona Wah Wah pedals (bike came with clipless, not my thing)
    -Crank Bros Joplin seatpost (a must have for any bike imho)
    -WTB Rocket V seat (much better on my ass than that horrible Fizik seat)
    -Thomson 70mm 0 rise stem (stock 90mm was too long, the 70 is much better for downhill riding, and only slightly worse for climbing)
    -RaceFace Atlas FR Bars(I cut them down to 710mm. The extra width, and lower rise fits me better than the stock mid rise RaceFace)


    how in the world did you rig the chain guide up? i would love to put one on my 2011 reign 2 but i have no ISCG tabs and my BB is shimano press fit..... did the 09 reign 1 have ISCG or a threaded BB? any help would be greatly appreciated. right now i have fixed my front derailleur over the middle chainring, put an ethirteen 34t single ring on, and put a raceface bash guard on to help with chain hop. ultimately i would like a chain guide like yours but cant figure out if it is even possible. hopefully someone knows something i dont and can help me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowMaybesGo
    how in the world did you rig the chain guide up? i would love to put one on my 2011 reign 2 but i have no ISCG tabs and my BB is shimano press fit..... did the 09 reign 1 have ISCG or a threaded BB? any help would be greatly appreciated. right now i have fixed my front derailleur over the middle chainring, put an ethirteen 34t single ring on, and put a raceface bash guard on to help with chain hop. ultimately i would like a chain guide like yours but cant figure out if it is even possible. hopefully someone knows something i dont and can help me out.
    The 2011 Reign changed to press fit. All the Reign's before had normal threaded BB, so I used a BB mount chain guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campisi
    I'm running a 2.25 DHX on my 08 Reign. Moved the derailleur up a bit, no problems. I'm thinking of going back to 1X9, it used to be 1X9 but I got tired of the exhausting climbs. Now after a year or so, I'm tired of hearing my chain bang all over the frickin derailleur when I come down. I miss the golden silence of a tech descent with 1X9 and chain tensioner. Never happy!
    Anybody running a bottom swing derailleur on the front to help with the chain noise?? I have been thinking of doing this. Running a 2x9 I should be able to lower it more than a top swing without getting into linkage issues. Any thoughts on this??

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    These are the hoops going with this bike. Its still in the shop being built.
    Will come with Chris King hubs front and rear.




    Look at the serials on these hoops...




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    I posted a pic earlier in this thread, but it is down, and I have changed a few things since as well.
    Here is my 2009 Reign with upgraded suspension. The front is a Fox Float RC2 160mm, and the rear is an Elka Stage 5 (7.875 x 2.25). I have not yet had a chance to ride it in the dirt, but after an urban ride with some 3-4' drops, I can say there is definitely an improvement over the stock suspension setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick

    2008 Reign 0 size small
    2010 RS Revelation Race 150 20maxle
    2011 Fox RP23
    Mavic Crossmax XL (overkill for me, want lighter wheels)
    Trail King UST (way too heavy but work good)
    Sunline V1 AM 50mm stem
    Giant contact riser bar 690mm
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    XT cranks 175mm (wish they were 170!)
    XTR 11-34 cass and chain
    Brakes and drivetrain stock (New XO grip shift 12-25-10)
    Wellgo ti pedals
    Alligator Wind Cutter rotors
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    UPDATE: I got some new XO grip shifters for Christmas and they are by far the best mod I have done to this bike. I ride dirt bikes so twisting feels more natural to me. I have also rebuilt the entire brake system (thanks to Hayes for the upgrade kit) including shortening the hoses and replacing the pistons. I now have 4 months of MTB'ing on this bike and it is a great do all bike.


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    Hi, I'm new in this forum and this is my first post... This is my 08' giant reign 2. Nothing is stock, only the headset. Hope you like it.

    Ps: sorry about my english, feel free to correct my mistakes.


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    I've just ordered 2012 Reign 2 S for my GF.

    I plan to replace front tire with ST version of Minion and keep HR on the back. When she wears it out, I am gonna install spear Minion MaxPro which was originally on the bike.
    I want to replace 3 rings crankset with 2+bash SLX crankset, and hear comes the question... how and what kind of double ring chain guide install on the bike with PressFit BB?
    I am also going to switch original h-bar to my used FSA CF GLight 710 bar
    I am going install Syncros AM Traverse SPD for her
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    Quote Originally Posted by frango View Post
    I've just ordered 2012 Reign 2 S for my GF.

    I plan to replace front tire with ST version of Minion and keep HR on the back. When she wears it out, I am gonna install spear Minion MaxPro which was originally on the bike.
    I want to replace 3 rings crankset with 2+bash SLX crankset, and hear comes the question... how and what kind of double ring chain guide install on the bike with PressFit BB?
    I am also going to switch original h-bar to my used FSA CF GLight 710 bar
    I am going install Syncros AM Traverse SPD for her
    can't do it. the only thing you can get is a top guide for that direct mount (won't be able to use a bash) and/or one of those guide wheels that clamps onto your chain stay and I think that even has to be modified. In either case though I think you will have to go 1x9. I went through this whole thing with my 2011 Reign 2. currently there are no adapters for the BB to convert it to threaded so even getting an ISCG adapter plate is out of the question. Kind of a crappy deal but if the bike is going to be ridden kinda hard I would recommend getting something because chain drop is a big issue I had with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowMaybesGo View Post
    can't do it. the only thing you can get is a top guide for that direct mount (won't be able to use a bash) and/or one of those guide wheels that clamps onto your chain stay and I think that even has to be modified. In either case though I think you will have to go 1x9. I went through this whole thing with my 2011 Reign 2. currently there are no adapters for the BB to convert it to threaded so even getting an ISCG adapter plate is out of the question. Kind of a crappy deal but if the bike is going to be ridden kinda hard I would recommend getting something because chain drop is a big issue I had with mine.
    I don't wanna make her pedal on 1x9 drivetrain in town, where the bike will be used most of the time, I think.
    I've seen some cool chain CS holders on some 2012 bikes.... Trek has something, I think... but I can't find it on the web.
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    I haven't seen any on the new treks but I have seen them on some new specialized. That style will be your best bet if you want 2x9 w/bash. If it is only going to see light trail use though why go through the trouble?

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    I found something from Exustar
    EXUSTAR 2011 Performance in motion
    and this Specialized thingy
    http://www.29eronline.com/wp-content...lk-Flo-Red.jpg
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    My first bike got stolen in Feb (see post #108) so here is my replacement. I built it from the frame up so only the shock and headset are stock.

    *Frame: 2008 Giant Reign Small (brand new)
    *Fork: Rev RLT ti maxle
    *Shock: RP-2
    *Wheels: Stans ZTR Crest, Conti X-King
    *Shifters/Cass/R. Derailleur: XO (twisties)
    *F. Derailleur: 2004 XTR
    *Brakes: Stroker Grams
    *Rotors: Alligator serration
    *Bars: RF Sixc
    *Stem/Seatpost: Thomson, Woodman clamp
    *Cranks: DaVinci 167.5, ti BB
    *Pedals: Ritchey Pro Paradigm
    *Saddle: WTB Deva
    *Grips: Oury
    *Chain: KMC X9SL
    Weight: 24.92 w/pedals, computer, bell

    The shorter cranks are about the greatest thing I did to this bike, no more pedals strikes or banging my knees on my bars. Putting 175's on these small bikes is just plain retarded! I will have my suspension Pushed later this year and will eventually go 1x9 when everything wears out. Fun bike and one of a kind!


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    Sorry about the loss of the bike... felt it once, too.
    Nice selection of parts, motochick

    BTW, you ride KTM bike, don't you? Dirt or road?
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    Yes, several KTM's, and dirt (single track) only. Except for the occasional wash that links them together. It is very hard getting used to having such a small bike underneath me, the 250lbs is just way more confident inspiring. I'm getting there tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowMaybesGo View Post
    I haven't seen any on the new treks but I have seen them on some new specialized. That style will be your best bet if you want 2x9 w/bash. If it is only going to see light trail use though why go through the trouble?

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    I dont remember the name they're using for it, but yeah its the 2012 Specialized's that have the chainstay guide. I also am wondering why you'd get a 6" travel bike for mainly street use.

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    @motochick, that's cool Not many girls on dirt bike around where I live

    @mayonays, well, my GF got back to riding in the mountains last year. She liked it very much, even though has been riding borrowed SC Bullit which was too big, too hard and too heavy for her. So, we've decided to get something more handy for her. But, as we don't live close to the mountains, but still want to ride together in town (which I can do on my Glory on proper tires), we've chosen Reign 2. It will be her do-it-all mountain bike which I hope to be allowed to borrow from time to time
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    I have a 2008 Giant Reign 1 all stock... At the moment I am debating to get a 160mm fork + angleset or buy a specialized enduro comp ? I have a good offer on an enduro but I am worried about the climbing capabilities... Any comments ?

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    I have a mate with 2010 Enduro which he loves! We've ridden ours bikes together over the past 3 years and they are both pretty matched in the climbing department. Although I have noticed that my Reign tends to bob a lot less even with the ProPedal in full open. So after many a trail side discussion, I think the Reign will climb a bit better. Yes I'm looking at a slightly longer fork too, probably going with a Sektor RL coil should be fine for riding around here. Good luck!

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    Hi mates,

    I'm looking to replace my stock DHX air 4.0 by a RS Monarch RT3. I was looking for a Pushed RS Monarch AM, but unfortunately Push dosent sell to Europe and TFTuned don't make it/sell it until now.

    I wonder if anyone already had a Monarch RT3 mounted on a Reign. I want to control the beginning stroke, you now it goes so quick in the travel at the beginning of the stroke. Need more control here, and i cannot have that with the stock shock. I wonder als about the compression tune. I think I need a hard compression tune, but not sure...

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    is the shim mod possible for a DHX?
    if so, maybe you should try that first before you resort to a different shock.
    I have an rp2, the big volume air can one, and the shim mod has been a very cheap and efficient remedy.

    check Reign 2011 high volume versus low volume RP2 sleeve results? for more info if you haven't already read it.

    and DHX air upgraded with the RP3 air sleeve for some DHX mods.

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    What is exactly the shim mod ? I don't it. I'm not really a suspension, or a shock expert.

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    check the links I've posted. there is a lot more info there than I can give.
    what I can say with certainty from my own experience is that the procedure is very very simple and totally reversible.

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    I've read them. I understand what you mean with shim mod. I'll maybe try it soon.

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    Well said..
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    Is there a good rear shock with a coil spring on it or can be added out there for the reign's 6" travel? What do you think of having a coil spring? experiences?
    Also i know it doesn't have a spring, but would the 2012 Fox DHX Air 5.0 fit a 2012 Reign 2?
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    If you find a 7.875x2.0 it will fit. For the coil I wanted to try a Van R but 8
    I don't have the reducers now and I'm sure my 500lbs coil won't fit for my weight (I'm 70kg).

    Did someone try an aftermarket Monarch on the Reign ? I'd like to change my DHX air, because I'm not convinced by it.


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    Oh yeah, and did someone put a RS sektor coil on it ? What's about the Sektor on the Reign?


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    Well i guess i should have worded my original alittle different.. Is there a better rear shock for the 12 reign? I'm not diggin the stock Fox on there. doesnt seem like a very good shock, am i wrong? thanks for the help!
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    I installed a pushed Monarch RT/AM on my 2009 reign a few months ago, really pleased with the performance so far. It came set up perfectly ,30% sag right out of the box.

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    I installed a pushed Monarch RT/AM on my 2009 reign a few months ago, really pleased with the performance so far. It came set up perfectly ,30% sag right out of the box.

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    I was wondering about that. i just heard about the "push" guys shocks and rebuilding on this thread. What type of trails and drops have you thrown at it? I was almost wondering if i should just throw cash at a pushed new one or have them do their magic on my Fox. Its off of my 2012 reign so it doesnt have much use on it, i just dont like the feel of, it seems to bottom out to easy and i think the "propedal" is a joke, it does nothing or at best very little.
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    So far I've only ridden it at my local trails which are 80%xc with some tech and jumps. The biggest drops I've hit with it are 3 footers, I'm 215lbs and the shock feels nice and plush.
    The pushed Rt/Am doesn't have a pro-pedal switch. I never used it on the stock Dhx shock, never felt like I needed it. However push offers 2 other monarch models which have pro-pedal.
    Currently debating about switching out the fox float 140mm fork for a pushed revelation. Just worried I might lose some climb ability by going from a 140mm fork to 150mm. Has anyone done this, if so do you reccomend it?

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    I am running 150mm on my reign. I love it! i wouldnt go any shorter... The climb is great and the descend is even better! i'm running the stock Fox 32 FLOAT RL w/ 15QR Thru-Axle and OverDrive Steerer that came on my 12 reign. i am also running the psi a little higher than the recommended for my weight.
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    So i take my reign into places thats for 7inches or better of travel, some pretty sketchy stuff.. should i run the RT3 or the RT-AM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbo302 View Post
    So far I've only ridden it at my local trails which are 80%xc with some tech and jumps. The biggest drops I've hit with it are 3 footers, I'm 215lbs and the shock feels nice and plush.
    The pushed Rt/Am doesn't have a pro-pedal switch. I never used it on the stock Dhx shock, never felt like I needed it. However push offers 2 other monarch models which have pro-pedal.
    Currently debating about switching out the fox float 140mm fork for a pushed revelation. Just worried I might lose some climb ability by going from a 140mm fork to 150mm. Has anyone done this, if so do you reccomend it?

    I have a 150mm Revelation Dual Air on my 2010 Reign and love it! I've also added some stack height by going to a tapered steerer and external cup headset and it's perfect. Had dual position Lyrik on for a while and it was just too much. The bike feels so balanced with 150mm in the front that I can't imagine it climbing any better at 140mm. The revelation is easy to add a spacer to and lower the a2c and travel if you ever decide it's too much. I'd also add that I've owned a ton of fox forks and the revelation dual air is easier to set up and performs better than any fox I've owned. Not a fox believer.

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    The 150mm Revelation Dual Air is MONEY on a Reign. I have a 150mm Fox Float RL and the Rev that SRAM let me demo on my Reign was sooooooo much nicer. Stiffer, tracked better, climbed better. Damn. Now I just need to save my money for a Revelation.

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    Was contemplating buying one since they were on sale at push, but it looks like all the 15mm versions are gone. Will probably wait till spring for regular version.

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    I think its just a matter of your personal preference regarding the use of pro-pedal. The rt/am is the same shock just without the pro-pedal. The rt-3 has three settings for pro-pedal and the rt has 10.

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    I'm looking at different options to improve my '08 Reign 0.

    It has now a 36 Float R fork, a DHX air 4 shock, a Reverb, 1800g wheels, elixir R brakes and a X0 drivetrain/gears.

    I'd like to improve first the suspensions with a new damping cartridge (with high and slow speed damping and rebound, made buy a French guy very high rated). I will also change the DHX for a Monarch Plus RC3. I need to hear about the Monarch on the Reign! Has someone tried it ? Would be nice to hear something.

    I will also replace the wheels. With the new ZTR Arch EX and Nukeproof hubs. What's about the hubs ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Samos View Post
    I'm looking at different options to improve my '08 Reign 0.

    It has now a 36 Float R fork, a DHX air 4 shock, a Reverb, 1800g wheels, elixir R brakes and a X0 drivetrain/gears.

    I'd like to improve first the suspensions with a new damping cartridge (with high and slow speed damping and rebound, made buy a French guy very high rated). I will also change the DHX for a Monarch Plus RC3. I need to hear about the Monarch on the Reign! Has someone tried it ? Would be nice to hear something.
    Yes - SRAM allowed me to "demo" a Monarch Plus on my Reign. It was SOOOO much better than my old DHX-4 Air. On the uphill it was quite a bit better than my Fox Van coil. On the DH it wasn't quite as plush as the Van, but it didn't blow through travel like the DHX used to. I think with some tweaking it may have been as nice as my Van coil on the way down... I only had it for a few hours, though.

    Bottom line - way better than the DHX Air.

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    I have a 2-step Lyrik on a 08 Reign1
    absolutely rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Yes - SRAM allowed me to "demo" a Monarch Plus on my Reign. It was SOOOO much better than my old DHX-4 Air. On the uphill it was quite a bit better than my Fox Van coil. On the DH it wasn't quite as plush as the Van, but it didn't blow through travel like the DHX used to. I think with some tweaking it may have been as nice as my Van coil on the way down... I only had it for a few hours, though.

    Bottom line - way better than the DHX Air.
    Which compression tune was the Monarch you have tested ? Do you know ?


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    how's the ride quality and pedalling efficiency changed after swapping for a coil shock?
    i am thinking to have one. I am only 140 lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by cscsw View Post
    how's the ride quality and pedalling efficiency changed after swapping for a coil shock?
    i am thinking to have one. I am only 140 lbs
    It probably completely depends on the coil you choose. I have a very simple Vanilla-R coil and it is simply fantastic on the DH. Uphill it's not as nice as the air shocks I've had on it... but not enough to justify pulling it off.

    Drawbacks: it's heavy as hell.

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    I have a Marz TST Coil on my Reign, really plush, tracks very well. It works great for technical climbing as traction is superb. I've been riding it for 2 summers now around the Front Range with long sustain climbs and downhills, performs fantastic. Hardly notice a difference on the uphill, especially when I can increase the lsc on the coil.

    On the other note, I've been thinking about going back to air. The weight gain of all coil is substantial, just looking at the numbers swapping to a Lyrik Air and Monarch RT-AM could save in the neighborhood of 3+ lbs but I'd save the coil for desert trips, bike park, etc. After a few other mods, dropping 4 lbs could really change the snappiness of this bike and help on big days.

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    What size is this frame. Throughout this entire thread, there isn't one labled medium frame. All labeled smalls and larges. I justy bought an 09 medium.
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    Hi, I'm new in this forum and this is my first post... This is my 08' giant reign 2. Nothing is stock, only the headset. Hope you like it.

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    file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Setting...old-photos.jpg Small pic. I dont know how to upload pics very well on this site. But anyway alot of people have been telling me how much they like this set up on PB. I must say the Geometry is perfect. Even with the higher BB height. The Vengeance 160 HLR has been lowered to 5 3/4 inches due to the long A2C height. The rear is set to 6.5 inches. The DHX has been set up with a stiff midrange so as not to blow thru the travel and now this bike pedals like mothreffer. I have built the perfect AM ride and Ive been doing it all on this bike, It pedals unbelievable. Here's the pasrt list

    09 Giant Reign 0 frame Medium w/ 2.25 stroke
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    Hi Guys, this is my first post here, this is my Reign which I bought here in Adelaide Aust in August last year. I mainly ride XC but have done a bit of DH on it. I have been very happy with its performace so far, but have not added any mods yet. Sorry I don't have a good live picture yet. Does anyone know if Giant are going to release a Reign 29er in the future ?
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    1st mod - get rid of those useless Kendas.

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    1st mod - get rid of those useless Kendas.
    I keep hearing that but I've been amazed how much grip they have on the rocky single trails, but I must admit they are very heavy and have a lot of rolling resistance. OK for a beginner like me I guess lol

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    Joplin 4, Fox Vanilla RC 2011 with 2.25", Fox 36 Talas 160, Mavic SX.. Just put the Vanilla RC on yesterday so haven't had a chance to ride it with the new rear on yet.. but the rest are amazing upgrades.. I love the 36 160 Talas..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbo View Post
    I keep hearing that but I've been amazed how much grip they have on the rocky single trails, but I must admit they are very heavy and have a lot of rolling resistance. OK for a beginner like me I guess lol
    Yeah - their grip is OK... it was the bazilionty pinch flats that did it for me.

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    This is my first ride at Prospect Hill in Adelaide, I'm in the black shirt and my son is in the front on the Kona. As you can see I'm over dressed and over weight too but I did survive the 3 hr ride.....just.
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    One more time I will try to get some advices.

    Is there someone here with a Giant Reign and a Monarch shock ?

    If yes what are the compression and rebound tune of the shock ?

    Need to get some advices before I buy it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samos View Post
    One more time I will try to get some advices.

    Is there someone here with a Giant Reign and a Monarch shock ?

    If yes what are the compression and rebound tune of the shock ?

    Need to get some advices before I buy it !

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    The only versions of freeride 29'ers Ive seen so far are smaller private experimental versions. Agressive riding with a 29er adds alot of logistical problems. For one building a strong lightweight wheelset could be an issue. I hadnt heard any such plans as far as the big bike companies go.

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    Hobbo, I'm in Adelaide too (and on a Reign - '09). The Kendas are great here all year round. they do get pinch flats easily though. my tip is convert to tubeless and run as low a pressure as possible. jezza

    ps the reign is great for eagle's/fox/mitcham/craigburn, you can ride everything incl. most dh tracks. prospect hill is probably its least fave, less gnar!

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    Hi GBJ, the Reigns are better on the hard stuff imo, I have trouble in the loose forest climbs. Fox is my favorite for sure ! I will convert to tubeless when I wear out the Kendas. Norco have released a AM 29er, its got a lot of interest in Oz right now. I was hoping Giant will bring out an AM 29er next year, the wheel strength issues have been improving a lot lately.

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    Just picked up a 2011 Reign 2 on clearance - BUT had the LBS change out to XT components as well as Avid E-7s. Just put on some 745mm bars for awesome control as well. I will update to tubeless soon (and just to kill the Kenda tire thing, they are great tires and Giant would NOT put them on every Reign sold if not- Kenda tires climb all over Moab). Will post pics soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killing_UT View Post
    <snip> (and just to kill the Kenda tire thing, they are great tires and Giant would NOT put them on every Reign sold if not- Kenda tires climb all over Moab). Will post pics soon!
    Pfft. Nevegals suck. 4,123,931 pinch flats can't be wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Pfft. Nevegals suck. 4,123,931 pinch flats can't be wrong...
    My friend has a Reign with the Nevegals on it, ALWAYS getting pinch flats but I attributed it to the low pressures he runs. Sounds like it could also be just the tire itself being trash.

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    New evolution of my '08 Reign 0 :

    Changed from 22-32-bash to 22-36
    Changed the chainguide for a Truvativ X-Guide (was a Truvativ Shiftguide before).




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    mods to my '11 reign, pretty much a frame up build:

    650b rear wheel

    revelation 140mm 29er (g2 offset) fork and 29er wheel

    should have a 2.25 stroke shock to install later this week, may have it tuned to shorten the eye-to-eye .25 keeping it at 2" stroke but lower the bb and slack the HA

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeedpaul View Post
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    Nice one Paul, what`s the BB height finally?

    mine with 650b 2.3 neo-moto front and rear is 14 5/8" with 170mm lyrik and added a top out spacer to limit the eye to eye 2.5mm. if I limit the lyrik to 160, it would be 14.5 or lower I think.

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    thanks!

    it's about the same as yours, roughly 14-5/8 give or take an 1/8th...i prefer a higher BB though, much less effort to manual and much less pedal strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeedpaul View Post
    pic to prove it happened:

    What's the tire clearance at the rear end? Seems tiny
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    1/4 inch at the tightest point, about an inch on the sides..

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    1/4" clearance will most probably lead to "mud-blasting" the frame once ridden in wet conditions :|
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    the 1/4 clearance is at the ledge at the very bottom of the chainstay, everywhere else is twice that. i'm not concerned

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    I see, clearance may have seemed tight, but was not an issue during a 5hr ride yesterday

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    5 hr Bliss

    You might want to add an on the fly adjust seat post to your rig. It's been a game changer. Lot m ore fun.slight weight penalty but well worth it.

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    me personally, always ran my mtb seats a tad low anyways, but yeah nvr hurts to try, besides its static weight localized right in the center of gravity, be tough to notice that weight

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    I dont really notice the weight but I have a bunch of weenie pals that resist the swap. If you go the preowned route (they are expensive new) , make sure you choose a company that is reliable. The 1st gen Crank brothers Joplins are bad that have a reputation for alot of warranties. You apparently can be grabbed pick up your bike by the saddle or the post will just extend and/or just spin freely and fail to decompress w/ out rebleeding.(big mess) So far I love the Command Post by Specialized (130.00). Ive had it a year with no problems. It's the only mechanical air/cable post that's been proven. The KS i-series/RS Reverb/ or Xfusion hyrdrailic ones are all supposed to be Very stable and reliable. I think Giant just released an in house one for the 2012 Reigns too. To be fair to CB, they have a new post coming out that is air/cable mechanized.And I LOVE my CB Iodine wheels!!! The new posts are like $300.00+/-. I would go with a trusted preowned one. sorry for the rant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeedpaul View Post
    mods to my '11 reign, pretty much a frame up build:

    650b rear wheel

    revelation 140mm 29er (g2 offset) fork and 29er wheel

    should have a 2.25 stroke shock to install later this week, may have it tuned to shorten the eye-to-eye .25 keeping it at 2" stroke but lower the bb and slack the HA
    wow.. unique build out.. just back into researching bikes..just bought a new reign.. Still been riding these last few years but checked out from the new trends..seems like they are

    1.) 1x10 or 2x10 drivetrains.. pretty much everywhere I read people leaving the 3 ring set up..makes sense I suppose.. I might try a 1x10 on the reign, though granny is nice now and then.. dont see the point of 2x10?? maybe missing something..basically a 3 ring with a bash guard?

    2.) dropper seat-post... I mean everyone I talk too claims this is a must have..really???.. I guess I need to check it.. seems like a fad..but maybe its the sh^%4t! I would have never guess that people would be willing to gain weight for an automatic seatpost.. but sounds really transforming.. and the people who hype it to me are hardcore bikers..

    3.) 650b wheel... what the hell! lol.. that one threw me for a loop.. still not sure why that is better than a 26 or a niner? just the sweet spot.. why not a 28.3 inch wheel?

    anyway... how does that bike work compared to a standard 26 wheel build? why did you make those choices? geometry? steering ? rolling? weight?

    hope this doesn't come off as critical.. not at all.. I'm super curious.. all these changes in the last few years ..its intriguing!

    one last thing if I do go 1x10.. anyone know the definitive set up for reign chain guide.. I read a lot about the pressed BB.. would you go with the MRP direct mount?

    thanks..

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    1) i still ride 3x9. i shift between the front 3 more than up and down the rear, when i rode 1x9, just hated shifting all the time

    2) i don't have one....i think i mentioned in a previous post, i probably run my offroad seatpost 1/2-3/4" lower than i would on a road bike....it's silly to me that i have a friend or two still set up their MTB cockpit same as their road, oh well not for me to judge.

    3) been riding a 650b on the front since 2008, just makes sense to me to have a slightly larger front wheel than rear, and about a year and half ago built up a trance 96er, rode well enough, but i really prefer either 650bfr/26rr or 29fr/650brr

    i rode my reign a couple short rides 29/26 and for some reason just felt a tad less balanced than the trance it replaced even though it was 29/26 too, could have been the longer travel slacker angles? swapped out the for for bigger offset (G2) and rear wheel for 650b and now it suits me.

    weight is still lighter than the reign as-delivered (26/26) but i built up light/strong (TL28) wheels and run them ghetto tubeless, swapped all my other semi-fancy parts from the trance...

    as far as 1x10, make sure your front ring is for singlespeed, meaining no shift ramps, tall teeth. run as thin a bashguard as you can get (why do they call them that? any bash you get on it could bend your crank spider, personally i'd rather bend the ring or guard....) and some sort of inner chain retention, probably best to go with one of the seat tube clamp types like problem solvers makes, it's a nice little plastic clamp with a stainless L-shaped piece that you can adjust right up to your chain in the highest gear. paul components makes a good one too, just costs four times as much, BUT if i'm not mistaken allows you to just run the chainring with no outer bashguard thingy..

    the reign is super versatile as shown by my build, great bike at fraction of the cost of a mojo or similar (also a very adaptable bike, loads of dudes riding them 650 fr/rr)

    hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeedpaul View Post
    1) i still ride 3x9. i shift between the front 3 more than up and down the rear, when i rode 1x9, just hated shifting all the time

    2) i don't have one....i think i mentioned in a previous post, i probably run my offroad seatpost 1/2-3/4" lower than i would on a road bike....it's silly to me that i have a friend or two still set up their MTB cockpit same as their road, oh well not for me to judge.

    3) been riding a 650b on the front since 2008, just makes sense to me to have a slightly larger front wheel than rear, and about a year and half ago built up a trance 96er, rode well enough, but i really prefer either 650bfr/26rr or 29fr/650brr

    i rode my reign a couple short rides 29/26 and for some reason just felt a tad less balanced than the trance it replaced even though it was 29/26 too, could have been the longer travel slacker angles? swapped out the for for bigger offset (G2) and rear wheel for 650b and now it suits me.

    weight is still lighter than the reign as-delivered (26/26) but i built up light/strong (TL28) wheels and run them ghetto tubeless, swapped all my other semi-fancy parts from the trance...

    as far as 1x10, make sure your front ring is for singlespeed, meaining no shift ramps, tall teeth. run as thin a bashguard as you can get (why do they call them that? any bash you get on it could bend your crank spider, personally i'd rather bend the ring or guard....) and some sort of inner chain retention, probably best to go with one of the seat tube clamp types like problem solvers makes, it's a nice little plastic clamp with a stainless L-shaped piece that you can adjust right up to your chain in the highest gear. paul components makes a good one too, just costs four times as much, BUT if i'm not mistaken allows you to just run the chainring with no outer bashguard thingy..

    the reign is super versatile as shown by my build, great bike at fraction of the cost of a mojo or similar (also a very adaptable bike, loads of dudes riding them 650 fr/rr)

    hope this helps!
    Cool thanks.. funny I thought the 1X10 would allow me to shift less.. anyway I can try it pretty easliy with the stock setup i believe.. In theory I understand using a non ramped chain ring but whats the difference between riding that w/1x or 3x.. wear I'm guessing? I thought the ramped only helped with shifting..

    I might not be strong enough yet for a 1x10 on the reign.. time will tell.. love the idea of never dropping (or rarely) a chain.. but I was looking at the Accessoires

    looks like it could be cool..just wish they would price it within reason!..lol

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    sure there's no chain guide, but like i said earlier, paul components makes a real nice clamp on one, as well as the super cheap yet effective clamp on problem solvers part.

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    I'm pretty sure that if you go with a 2011 or newer, you may have problems with 1x10 or 1x9. The new reigns don't have Chain guide tabs and the press fit BB's cannot accept a BB mounted chain guide. you need to run a front derlr to keep your chain on. The Reign X's , however, do have chain guide tabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryantaber View Post
    I'm pretty sure that if you go with a 2011 or newer, you may have problems with 1x10 or 1x9. The new reigns don't have Chain guide tabs and the press fit BB's cannot accept a BB mounted chain guide. you need to run a front derlr to keep your chain on. The Reign X's , however, do have chain guide tabs.
    I was looking at these.. the direct mount version specifically..

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...t-mount-45186]

    with a 1x setup

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    yes , that works. there is also a seperate tensioner wheel that fastens to the chainstay near where the chain rolls off the chainring. those 2 should adress the chain guide issue. Or you could get an 09 like I did. Either way, you're gonna love the Reign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryantaber View Post
    yes , that works. there is also a seperate tensioner wheel that fastens to the chainstay near where the chain rolls off the chainring. those 2 should adress the chain guide issue. Or you could get an 09 like I did. Either way, you're gonna love the Reign.
    Picked up a reign 1 2011 on closout last weekend! probably stay with the 3 x setup for a bit but tempted to try the 1x ... Why I'm trying to track down the best option for that.

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    Awesome. sounds like you got a great deal. Maybe just add the bash guard then and ditch that giant chainring. you could add the small tension wheell on the bottom. This will cut down on all the noisy, messy chain slap. Just make it a 2x9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryantaber View Post
    Awesome. sounds like you got a great deal. Maybe just add the bash guard then and ditch that giant chainring. you could add the small tension wheell on the bottom. This will cut down on all the noisy, messy chain slap. Just make it a 2x9.
    Can you recommend a bash guard for the SLX cranks.. thanks!

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    K think I got it.. going to try a 2x10 with a bash first.. then maybe a 1x down the line..

    just bought bash:

    http://www.bbgbashguard.com/images/IMG_2585.JPG

    and

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    The bionicon is on BO until end of march.. I'll report back with findings after I receive..

    cheers

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    Mainitou Swinger 4-Way?

    I have a recently rebuilt Mainitou Swinger 4-Way from an old VT. From k1creekereye's recent post it looks like to eye length is 7.5" and stroke is 2.0"

    Upper hardware: 22.2mm x 6mm
    Lower hardware: 50mm x 8mm

    Could I transfer this over to a 2008 Reign and would it be a good shock compared to the stock RP3?
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    I replaced my RP23 for a DHX. They are 7.875 X 2.0 stroke for 6 inches travel or X 2.25 for 6 5/8 travel. The 09 Reign linkage is compatible with either stroke. The BB height gets affected by a half inch higher with the longer stroke , though. 14inches high, I think. Some people will post their Ads as 8inches eye to eye, but that's incorrect. There is no such eye to eye measurement of a flat 8.0inches, thus far. If somebody lists one as 8.0 inches, it usually means 7.875 or 7 7/8 inches (it's so close to 8 inches people just say 8.) hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryantaber View Post
    I replaced my RP23 for a DHX. They are 7.875 X 2.0 stroke for 6 inches travel or X 2.25 for 6 5/8 travel. The 09 Reign linkage is compatible with either stroke. The BB height gets affected by a half inch higher with the longer stroke , though. 14inches high, I think. Some people will post their Ads as 8inches eye to eye, but that's incorrect. There is no such eye to eye measurement of a flat 8.0inches, thus far. If somebody lists one as 8.0 inches, it usually means 7.875 or 7 7/8 inches (it's so close to 8 inches people just say 8.) hope this helps
    The BB height is *not* changed by the longer stroke shock. A different i2i would affect BB height - but not a different stroke.

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    Skared's right, I forgot. The i to i remains 7.875 so the BB height is unchanged. The high BB feel of the 09 does feel on the tall side. It's just inherent in the design. It is around 14", though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideitall View Post
    Will get pics up shortly but here is the detail on my ride.

    2008 Reign 1 - Medium

    Picked up as frame, with RP2 shock. Changed out to a RP23 that I had from another bike, but was never happy as it felt quite harsh. Had the PP level dropped down a little and changed the air can to use a DHX-A. This change felt better still seemed to lack something.

    After some messing about I finally got a X-Fusion 02-PVA, did one ride, but changed it up a little, so the real first ride is tonight. What I did notice is the 02-PVA is more lively, allows you to get a little more pop yet be controlled in the travel. Time will tell how it works out.

    For wheels I run a set of Easton Havocs with smaller 2.2 Mountain King tires. Grip is okay on the dry, but not enough tread for the wet and scary on wet roots and things. On the front best to avoid loose or wet condtions. My other wheelset is Hope hubs on Syncros rims with 2.25 Advantage on the back and either 2.4 Ardent or 2.35 WTB on the front. Still looking for that tire this fairly light yet has a stronger sidewall, say something like a real 2.35 or 2.4 front will 1.5 ply.

    Recently changed the fork from a Manitou Nixon 160 IT, to a Fox Talas 160 and am liking the additional stiffness on the Fox. Bike is reasonably slack but would love to have an 09 or 10 frame an an extra degree slacker.

    Have been running a KS I-900 seatpost for a while and consider it a must have. My knees and back really notice when I don't have an adjustable seatpost.

    Shortened up the stem and am running an Easton Vice 60 or 65mm and run a wide riser bar with about 40-50 rise.

    Haven't bothered to switch back to my clipless pedals for quite sometime, so I pretty much run the flats with my 5-10.

    The most recent change was to move from a 22-32-44 to a 22-34 w/bashguard. The 32 didn't provide enough range without the big ring, so I moved up to 34. Not to certain if I could have run a 36 front even with the 11-34 cassette might prove too much.

    Enough blabbering. Will get pics up in the next couple of days.

    Well I never did get the pictures up on the 2008 frame. Have moved most of the parts over to a 2010 frame with a couple of upgrades.

    Replaced my old Shimano XT's with a new set and just yesterday installed a new wheelset with some shiny new Schwalbe tires. Running a Hans Dampf on the back and a Muddy Mary on the front. Bike is built as a solid AM rig, weighs in at just over 31.5lbs, not bad for what it can handle.

    Here are a couple of shots.
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    Hey guys, not sure if I have set up my bike wrongly or what but I am riding a 2009 small Reign 2, my current shock is a FOX DHX Air 5.0 7.875 x 2.25 but when I full compress the rear shock, the seat tube and the swing arm is knocks into each other. Anyone else having this problem?

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    On my large sized frame there is plenty of clearance at full comp with 2.25 stroke shock, could be because of it being a small size

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    Reigning Monarch

    Fun title anyway. Was out for a ride the other night, and despite a few trail side adjustments I could not get the front and rear suspension to feel right.

    On the previous ride, I had added about 5 psi front (Talas 36) and back (RP23), and it felt good, great actually. So I checked the pressure and made sure it was at the same level and off I went. The climb up on the fire road felt okay, but no real test on the suspension. The decent was a technical XC blast that varied from slow root and steep roll slopes to fast flowing and bumpy section, littered of course with a few climbs as well. It could have been one of those days where nothing was going to feel right, but it really felt like I was getting bounced around a lot more than the usual.

    So impulse buy to the rescue, I ordered a Rock Shox Monarch RC3 Plus for my 2010 Reign. Went with a medium tune with the regular air can. From what I was able to search out the higher volume air cans are not as good on the Reign or most bikes with a leverage ratio of over 2.5:1. Hopefully, this will end up being one of those, "WOW, I am glad I did that" moments and not one of those "What the hell was I thinking"

    Will report back in a week or so when the shock gets in.

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