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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
    Giant contact seatpost
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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.
    Quote Originally Posted by skull leader View Post
    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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    what size is it? beautiful color scheme.
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