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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 ?
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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.

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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

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    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:
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by switchskier View Post
    Thanks ekoostick!! Good to hear!
    since the piston kits aren't terribly expensive or extremely difficult to install, might well be worth getting the med tune just for the sake of experimentation...nice reign tho, well done!! how did you remove the anodization? I have a paint-stripped '11 model and really like it raw....

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeedpaul View Post
    since the piston kits aren't terribly expensive or extremely difficult to install, might well be worth getting the med tune just for the sake of experimentation...nice reign tho, well done!! how did you remove the anodization? I have a paint-stripped '11 model and really like it raw....
    Thanks! I just found a metal finishing place locally that did glass media blasting, took the anodization right off and cost about $100. I had planned on polishing it after, but when I got it back I liked the satin-ish finish more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by switchskier View Post
    Thanks! I just found a metal finishing place locally that did glass media blasting, took the anodization right off and cost about $100. I had planned on polishing it after, but when I got it back I liked the satin-ish finish more.
    nice, glad it worked out!!

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    Giant Reign 1, 2010

    I've bought it new and then started to change the components. I've got these mods for now:

    22/36/Bash and Shaman Enduro chain tensioner (used Bionicon C-Guide before but smashed it)
    Specialized Command Post
    Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti tapered (much better then stock Float) used with bottom Cane Creek external bearing cup
    50 mm Raceface Chester stem
    740 mm Raceface Chester bars
    203/185 mm break discs


    Eventual future mods:

    Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti
    7.875/2.25 shock (still don't sure coil or spring)
    new wheelset (Mavic Crossmax SX or Hope Hoops with Flow rims)

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    2010 reign 1

    I've been following this thread for quite a while, so I thought I'd finally put mine up....she's an absolute dream bike to ride!! Just light enough to be fun on the single-trail, but an absolute monster on the downs.

    2010 Reign 1 - built up on the aggressive/DH side:

    Fox Van 180 RC2
    Fox RC4 (500lb x 2.35)
    Chromag bars and saddle
    Thomson Elite seatpost and stem
    SRAM X9/X9 with colour matched Avid Codes (frame drilled out for full length cable housing)
    XT front derailleur
    XT rotors 203/180 (with custom spacers to match the rear brake)
    Red Azonic Outlaws with 2.5 Minion/2.5 Highroller combination
    Raceface Evolve DH cranks with 36/24T front rings and 12-25T road cassette
    Blue Azonic seatpost clamp and pedals
    Blackspire chainguide
    ODI ruffians and GoPro handlebar mount, and carbon fibre downtube guard to finish it off.

    That's pretty much how she's going to stay...might change out the blue parts eventually, not quite sold on how they look at the moment.

    Sorry for the average pic, let me know what you think!
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    ja88 - Nice build! So clearance isn't an issue with the 2.35 shock? Impressive!

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    The derailleur has to be adjusted a little bit on the downtube, and the curve there messes with how it sits against the main chainring/bashguard. I ended up getting the high clamp XT derailleur to solve this. Alternatively I could have fitted an E-type derailleur to the Blackspire chainguide.

    The shock upgrade has been the most noticeable change to how it rides though, so much more responsive!!

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    Just purchased a Monarch RC3 Plus 7.875x2.25 to replace the oem Fox RP2 on my 2012 Reign 2. Can anyone tell me what, if any, mounting hardware I will need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningchicken View Post
    Just purchased a Monarch RC3 Plus 7.875x2.25 to replace the oem Fox RP2 on my 2012 Reign 2. Can anyone tell me what, if any, mounting hardware I will need?
    All I had to do to put an RC4 on my 2010 Reign was remove one of the shock's lower bushings and it fit straight on.

    Take your original shock off and compare the openings....if they are the same it'll slide right on.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningchicken View Post
    Just purchased a Monarch RC3 Plus 7.875x2.25 to replace the oem Fox RP2 on my 2012 Reign 2. Can anyone tell me what, if any, mounting hardware I will need?
    you will need to fully remove the lower bushing and install the upper spacers off your old shock, UNLESS you were to intall the RWC shock-eye needle bearing kit in place of the upper bushing. (google it, huge bang for the buck improvement)

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    Been following this thread for a while and figured it was time to contribute. I initially built up a 2009 Reign as a budget AM bike because riding a SS DJ bike around was proving to be too much of a hassle. A couple of years later and many, many miles on it, I have finally finished building it into the bike I dreamed of. I practically use it for everything from AM, XC, to dirt jumping... and everything except for DH (I let the big bike take care of that).

    Initial Build:

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    As it stands now:

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    Fox Van R (160mm)
    XFusion 02 PVA
    XFusion HiLo SL Seatpost
    Thomson Elite X4 stem (50mm)
    Race Face Atlas Bars (785mm)
    Shimano SLX Brakeset
    SRAM X9 shifters
    SRAM X9 derailleur (short)
    XTR front derailleur
    Avid Rotors 180/165mm
    Mavic Crossmax SX
    Maxxis Ardent 2.25
    Shimano SLX cranks 36/22T
    Straitline AMP Pedals
    Bionicon C-Guide
    Race Face Lightweight Bashguard
    Race Face Sniper Grips
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    nice looking bike beach_boy love the faded Giant on the frame and overall low key look to the bike. Looks like it can really tear it up, nice build.
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    Funny how it goes in waves on the Reign mods. The 2011 - 2013 were getting lots of discussion and now of late it is the early gen 2008 to 2010. I like most of how the 2008 to 2010 Reign's were built, with the exception being the extra long head tube and and 135 x 10 rear wheel.

    I had a 2008 and now have a 2010 and am quite happy with it. I have a RWC headset external cup that adds about 12-13mm height, combined with a Talas 160, it is like I am running a 170mm fork, nice and slack in full travel setting. Middle travel setting is still great for most riding and climbing with the low travel setting only used occasionally for really steep sections. On the back end of the suspension I have tried a number of shocks and am now using the Vector Air. Super plush, very controlled, and a wide range of setting to get the shock dialled to one's liking. I also have a Monarch Plus RC3 that I preferred over any Fox shocks I have tried on the Reign.

    I run two wheel / tire sets, with the heavy duty set using Hope hubs on a Flow rim for the front and a i23 on the rear (10mm thru axle). I am able to notice the 10mm thru axle for the additional stiffness it provides. The lighter wheel set is a Charge Pro, running a 10 x 135 qr out back, I can feel the difference on pressing hard into corners and steep bits with g-outs. If the newer Reigns frames had gone to a 12 x 142, I would likely move to that. Both wheelsets I have are convertable to 12 x 142.

    I believe the newer Reigns use the press fit BB. That is not a change that would make me feel that the bike has been improved.

    The updated head tube and going to a taper is fine, would still likely run a 1 1/8 fork (as I have two for the bike), but it does provide more options which is always good. The best thing about the new head tube is that it is shorter that the 2008 - 2010 frames. With the excessively long head tube it can be more challenging finding forks with a steerer tube long enough.

    I am old school on the drivetrain and am running a 2 x 9 setup 22/32 and 11-34, with bashguard and a C-Guide that keeps everything in line (yes, I know it is very antiquated, but it works). When my old XT rear D finally gives out I might try a clutch deraillear to see if that works any better, but really have no complaints over using such an out of date drivetrain.

    I have fiddled lots with brakes and finally ended up finding something that I like. Avid XO Trails with 200/180 rotors, lots of power, lots of modulation and they feel nice.

    There are lots of nice bikes out there, but nothing that has me wanting to give up what I have. Rides nice and is trouble free. Woo hoo.

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    So question for everyone running 2.25 stroke shocks on the rear...

    I'm still working on tuning the Monarch Plus RC3 for my 08 reign and setting the sag now is a bit different. Since Giant designed the bike for a 2.00" (51mm) stroke shock and now I'm running a 2.25" (57mm) stroke shock what has everyone else calculated the sag based on, the % stroke of 51mm or the new 57mm?

    My thought is that I should calculate and set sag based on 51mm since that is what the frame geometry is designed for?

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    2011 Reign

    Finally got it built up, almost to where I'd like it to be. Think we all know it can never be perfect.

    Upgrades include:

    Pro II hubs/729 rims
    Zee Crankset
    SRS+ thanks to Clutch adapter
    SLX Cranks
    Boobar bar
    Reberb
    32.5 lbs

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    Future upgrade plans:
    Either Vengeance or Lyrik
    Zee or XT clutch rear derailleur
    50mm stem

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    Just upgraded mine to the light-bicycles carbon "wide" rims. Holy crap are these nice-riding wheels...


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    Quote Originally Posted by switchskier View Post
    So question for everyone running 2.25 stroke shocks on the rear...

    I'm still working on tuning the Monarch Plus RC3 for my 08 reign and setting the sag now is a bit different. Since Giant designed the bike for a 2.00" (51mm) stroke shock and now I'm running a 2.25" (57mm) stroke shock what has everyone else calculated the sag based on, the % stroke of 51mm or the new 57mm?

    My thought is that I should calculate and set sag based on 51mm since that is what the frame geometry is designed for?
    suspension 101....change one thing at a time...So, you've changed out your shock and have 6mm longer stroke, that's one change. Use the same amount of air pressure as you did with your old shock to eliminate that variable and go ride it, if you think you need more sag, let a little air out!

    SAG is one of those things (like much of the rest of suspension-settings) that there are no hard and fast rules, just sort of general guidelines ... think about it this way, you have sag so that under your body weight you have some down travel to keep your wheel in contact over a rough stretch of trail, but at the same time you don't want to have so much down travel that you bottom out all the time...it's kind of up to you to find that sweet spot (for both the front and rear suspension),where you are using most all your travel on your usual ride, saving say that last 10% of travel for your most rough conditions... hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeedpaul View Post
    suspension 101....change one thing at a time...So, you've changed out your shock and have 6mm longer stroke, that's one change. Use the same amount of air pressure as you did with your old shock to eliminate that variable and go ride it, if you think you need more sag, let a little air out!

    SAG is one of those things (like much of the rest of suspension-settings) that there are no hard and fast rules, just sort of general guidelines ... think about it this way, you have sag so that under your body weight you have some down travel to keep your wheel in contact over a rough stretch of trail, but at the same time you don't want to have so much down travel that you bottom out all the time...it's kind of up to you to find that sweet spot (for both the front and rear suspension),where you are using most all your travel on your usual ride, saving say that last 10% of travel for your most rough conditions... hope that helps!
    Thanks! Yup I get it. Just curious where others landed on this, but like you said it's a lot of personal preference.

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    I set mine to get about 16mm of the 57mm travel with me seated in as normal a riding position i can get while being still enough to have a buddy measure.

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    For anyone looking into a Monarch Plus RC3, I have finally got the thing tuned to what I think is perfection. It took me three months of reading on here and messing around with the shock to get it there but I can now highly recommend this upgrade for the Reign.

    Story goes like this:

    I bought a used, but in great shape Monarch+ off craigslist, the tune was L rebound L compression, so I bolted it up, set the sag to about 25% and went out and rode.. ended up blowing thru the travel on almost every waterbar and the bike just felt way too mushy... Reading on here brought me across the leverage ratio guide from RS and for our Reigns with 3:1 LR they recommend the high tune. Went to my LBS and special ordered a new main piston with the high tune. Installed the new piston and rode again, but this time it the bike felt way too harsh.. I had over shot. So after some more digging on these wonderful forums I found the compression shim stack info, used the shims from my old low tune piston with shims from my new high tune piston to build a custom shim stack that is closer to a medium tune (compression and rebound). The bike is just about perfect now. I'm ~170lb geared up running ~28% sag, use 80% of the travel and bottom out on larger drops (over 4-5'). Couldn't be happier.

    tl;dr - Medium tune for Monarch Plus RC3 is the way to go on the Reign!

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    Picked up this 2011 Reign 2 today for $1000.00. Original owner only rode it 4 times and twice was on the road only. Had all reflectors and warning stickers still on it. Was a steal for me. This is my first full suspension bike and I'm loving it!

    What would you upgrade first on the Reign 2? I'm going to slowly upgrade items as I grow in the sport with the Reign. My goal if possible is to attend an Enduro Race next Spring or Summer. Are the Reigns capable and what uprades would I need to be looking into? THANKS!

    Oh yeah I made that ramp to practice jumping haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    Picked up this 2011 Reign 2 today for $1000.00. Original owner only rode it 4 times and twice was on the road only. Had all reflectors and warning stickers still on it. Was a steal for me. This is my first full suspension bike and I'm loving it!

    What would you upgrade first on the Reign 2? I'm going to slowly upgrade items as I grow in the sport with the Reign. My goal if possible is to attend an Enduro Race next Spring or Summer. Are the Reigns capable and what uprades would I need to be looking into? THANKS!

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    Dropper post and carbon wheels, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    Picked up this 2011 Reign 2 today for $1000.00. Original owner only rode it 4 times and twice was on the road only. Had all reflectors and warning stickers still on it. Was a steal for me. This is my first full suspension bike and I'm loving it!

    What would you upgrade first on the Reign 2? I'm going to slowly upgrade items as I grow in the sport with the Reign. My goal if possible is to attend an Enduro Race next Spring or Summer. Are the Reigns capable and what uprades would I need to be looking into? THANKS!

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    I was in the same situation. Depending on the budget I would second the dropper post, and then a wider bar. The stock one is even xc skinny. A chainguide would also make a big difference. After that a fork. Lyrik or Vengeance.

    It is definitely enduro capable. It pedals well and rips on the downhill. Just needs a few tweaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
    I was in the same situation. Depending on the budget I would second the dropper post, and then a wider bar. The stock one is even xc skinny. A chainguide would also make a big difference. After that a fork. Lyrik or Vengeance.

    It is definitely enduro capable. It pedals well and rips on the downhill. Just needs a few tweaks.
    Agreed, dropper post would be my first pick, then bar and stem as required to make the bike fit to your liking (bar width and rise, stem length & rise as well)

    I run a Biocon (sp?) C-Guide on my Reign, helps with chain slap and to keep the chain on as well.

    After that, depending on terrain and especially if you are a heavier rider I would look to a fork with a little more to it. I have both a Manitou Minute Pro 140 (20mm axle) and a Talas 36 160mm. The Manitou gets used when I want to go as light as I can on the bike and still have a solid fork, the Talas for the extra stiffness and 20mm additional travel.

    Past that a better rear shock then perhaps wheels. Have fun with the new bike, they are very capable in a variety of conditions.

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    Thanks everyone for all the great input. From the suggestions from everyone's mom dad sister brother and dog I will be getting a dropper post first. Shorter stem and wide handlebars second.

    Another note I'm like 5'6 and the bike is a medium. I would have probably preferred a small but it was such a good deal I couldn't pass it. Any way to make it feel more fitted? It doesn't feel too big and it might just be this is my first higher travel bike.

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    Bar and stem will help. I think they come stock with a 70mm stem. For what it's worth, I'm 5-7 and am planning on a 40mm. It seems the Reign has a bit longer feeling top tube, so that should help. Depending on your inseam and height you may be limited on how much drop you can get out of your dropper post.

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    If you're planning to race I'd focus *directly* on lighter wheels... after the dropper. The wheels on that stock Reign 2 are likely going to be boat-anchorish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    Picked up this 2011 Reign 2 today for $1000.00. Original owner only rode it 4 times and twice was on the road only. Had all reflectors and warning stickers still on it. Was a steal for me. This is my first full suspension bike and I'm loving it!

    What would you upgrade first on the Reign 2? I'm going to slowly upgrade items as I grow in the sport with the Reign. My goal if possible is to attend an Enduro Race next Spring or Summer. Are the Reigns capable and what uprades would I need to be looking into? THANKS!

    Oh yeah I made that ramp to practice jumping haha.

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    Thats a great deal on a great bike! I too recommend the dropper, shorter stem and wider/lower rise bar. I also recommend getting rid of the stock Elixir 1's (they are trash IMO) and getting a different seat. Eventually, once you get into riding more, I would upgrade the suspension (front and back).

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    My Reign

    My 2011 Reign, great Bike i ride everything on it & The Reign loves it & always puts a smile on my dial I'm 5ft 7 & 70kg so frame is a small & mods are a listed, Fox 2012 36 Talas, 700mil SRAM bar, 70mil stem,Sun ringle charger pro tubeless wheel set, Xo Shifter & derail, modified RP2 rear shock - shimmed & 350 psi nitrogen for pro pedal stiffness, Hans dampf front tyre & Purgatory 2.3 rear both tubeless, Reverb seat post. Bike currently Weighs 13.5KG but future plans include 1X11 carbon cranks which will shed some grams. All mods listed made a big difference to performance.
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    Does anyone else find that their cable creak by the first side mount on their downtubes? Any suggestions on how to silence it?

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    Where at? A few more detail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
    Where at? A few more detail?
    Right at the point where the brake and rear derailluer cables are zap strapped to the frame. It's the very first attachment points, right by the welds for the top & bottom tube and the headtube.

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    Gotcha. I'm not a fan of how Giant routes the rear derailleur. My thought is that the more bends or curves a line has to make, the worse its performance will be. Or the quicker it will degrade. Not as much of an issue with hydraulic lines, but still (feel free to ignore my stupid long brake cable ) . I have everything routed and connected to the top tube, and it seems to make for a much cleaner setup.

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    Hello everyone!
    Such a great topic! Loads of useful info here I'll soon post more exact photos of my mods on reign
    I got a question to you - do you think if this angleset would fit my frame? (it is 2008 reign 2) - 1 5 Degree EC44 - ZS44 - Angle Headset Semi-Integrated type
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    Quote Originally Posted by sznajder View Post
    Hello everyone!
    Such a great topic! Loads of useful info here I'll soon post more exact photos of my mods on reign
    I got a question to you - do you think if this angleset would fit my frame? (it is 2008 reign 2) - 1 5 Degree EC44 - ZS44 - Angle Headset Semi-Integrated type
    I think you need an EC44-ZS49 eg this one is for an old style glory may be the same for old style Reigns 1 0 Degree EC44 - ZS49 - Tapered Headtube Reducer e g Old Giant Glory

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    nope, the one he has linked is the correct one.
    straight 44 HT on the 08-10 reigns.
    just make sure you choose the one for the correct HT length.(L-XL have too long HTs for the listed options)

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    Thank you guys for your help!
    HT is 14,48cm so the 137-145mm should be all right

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    Is it me or did all these pictures get deleted? I'm looking for someone who has done a 2011 or up Chainring guide like a MRP or some sort? Any solutions? From what I have read many said issues with the bb? I am planning on just going single in the front.

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    I think they did get deleted. I have a 2011 and had to get an adapter. Here's mine: Giant Reign - bikeboardorblade's Bike Check - Vital MTB
    If you're interested and in the U.S. I'll sell the adapter and the guide to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24v View Post
    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)

    You have the tire I wanted to get but was afraid it wasn't gonna fit I have a 2013 reign with the revalation front shock I do a lot of dh so this is great to hear!

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    What spring rear shocks will fit a 2013 reign?

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    I am buying rear shock for reign 1 2013, want to get monarch plus LV can MM tune i weight about 70kg geared. I know on the old models 57mm stroke shock was an option. So can i mount 57mm on reign 1 2013? Original is 51mm stroke. Please help if someone know, because i must place my order tommorow. Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by sch3ll3 View Post
    I am buying rear shock for reign 1 2013, want to get monarch plus LV can MM tune i weight about 70kg geared. I know on the old models 57mm stroke shock was an option. So can i mount 57mm on reign 1 2013? Original is 51mm stroke. Please help if someone know, because i must place my order tommorow. Thx
    Yes - as long as the eye-to-eye is the same the stroke is irrelevant.

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    Why a M tune on the compression? Leverage ratio calls for a H. I have the MH HV and run it in the mid setting 95% of the time. I couldn't imagine the compression being any softer.

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    Well i was told MM would be fine. So do you actually run this shock on reign? Since i am not a big guy (70kg with gear on) i thought MM tune will be ok. How much do you weight if its not a secret? Thanks for answer both of you, really appreciated.

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    I run this shock on my 08 Reign. I got to demo this shock straight from SRAM before I purchased it, this was their recommendation. Upon further investigation, I agreed. I used to run a Pushed Fox RP-23 on it, it was crap. No pedaling platform whatsoever. I can tell a difference in pedaling this bike on the low setting and mid setting, thus my reason for asking why anyone would want a M tune. If you don't pedal chunky, steep, rocky, ugly uphill terrain like I do, then I guess the MM would work. I actually like the mid for descending, too, I ride fairly aggressive. I weigh 155 geared, about the same as you. My fork is a Pushed Rev 150, so far so good.

    If you go to the longer stroke, make sure your front der. clears a bottom out. And it will steepen your HTA just a touch as well. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
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    If you go to the longer stroke, make sure your front der. clears a bottom out. And it will steepen your HTA just a touch as well. Good luck
    If the eye-to-eye is the same... how is this possible?

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    The 2.25 was for the Reign X, a 6.7 in travel bike. The Reign calls for a 2.0 and is 6in travel bike. Longer stroke, more travel. Might work on a L or XL, may or may not work on a M or S. Just saying to check before you buy something that might not work. FWIW, I have a 2.0 on my regular Reign....not Reign X, a different bike. You will LOVE the new shock if you are running the stock Fox junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    The 2.25 was for the Reign X, a 6.7 in travel bike. The Reign calls for a 2.0 and is 6in travel bike.
    Yes. I am aware of this. I have a 2.25" stroke shock on my Reign. The eye-to-eye of both shocks is *exactly* the same. Thus... there is NO geometry change - only increased travel.

    Am I missing something?

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    Sorry, didn't realize they changed the stroke for the newer models. Should be good then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    Sorry, didn't realize they changed the stroke for the newer models. Should be good then.
    No - they didn't. But you can simply take a shock for a Reign-X (2.25" stroke) and replace the stock Reign shock (2" stroke) with no changes to geo. The eye-to-eye on both shocks is 2.875"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Yes. I am aware of this. I have a 2.25" stroke shock on my Reign. The eye-to-eye of both shocks is *exactly* the same. Thus... there is NO geometry change - only increased travel.

    Am I missing something?
    Skared, I have a 2008 Reign and run a Monarch Plus 57mm stroke, it works great. I'm not aware of anything major that has changed in the area of the shock in the 2013, so I'm guessing fit will not be an issue for you. On the tune, I had a high comp tune and it was definitely too harsh for me, so I agree on the M compression tune choice. I ended up messing with my shim stack until it was close to a med tune. I also have the high volume air can and ended up using the RS rubber band things to reduce the volume to add some more progressiveness to avoid bottom out (was bottoming on 4-5 footers to flat only tho) so the LV air can might be perfect. I'm running 1x10 so I don't have a front derailleur, some folks on this thread caution that the 57mm stroke shocks can sometimes hit but from what I've read most have remedied this by moving the derailleur down a bit.

    Good Luck!

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    Well after a day of research i found out that i just cant find a 200/57mm stroke shock with low volume canister. As soon as i look at 57mm they are all high volume? Is that an issue for a light rider like me (70kg)? I also got a great deal on 200/51mm monarch plus but also is high volume canister. They are all MM tuned. So if i you have any information about my dilemma i would really appreciate it. Ty in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by sch3ll3 View Post
    Well after a day of research i found out that i just cant find a 200/57mm stroke shock with low volume canister. As soon as i look at 57mm they are all high volume? Is that an issue for a light rider like me (70kg)? I also got a great deal on 200/51mm monarch plus but also is high volume canister. They are all MM tuned. So if i you have any information about my dilemma i would really appreciate it. Ty in advance
    I would say you're fine with HV canister...

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    Re: Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)

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    I would say you're fine with HV canister...
    I would concur. The bonus with the HV canister is you can add spacers to reduce the volume. In other words, you can make an HV canister the same as a LV canister.

    With that said, my 2013 Reign 2 started leaking down (I had an LV canister - even if though giant specs the bike with HV ??) . The shop rebuilt it with a HV canister.... So far, I preferred the LV when pedalling.

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    Ty for reply. There is one final question if i may... so i was offered a monarch rt3 2013 hv mm really cheap, the catch is that is tuned for a bike that nas 150mm rear travel, meaning that it has 2,63:1 leverage ratio and reign has 3:1 (and i am going to increase to a 170mm of travel on reign). So do you think i should go for this costum tuned shock or no? This is the last i ask of your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by sch3ll3 View Post
    Ty for reply. There is one final question if i may... so i was offered a monarch rt3 2013 hv mm really cheap, the catch is that is tuned for a bike that nas 150mm rear travel, meaning that it has 2,63:1 leverage ratio and reign has 3:1 (and i am going to increase to a 170mm of travel on reign). So do you think i should go for this costum tuned shock or no? This is the last i ask of your help
    If the price is right, you can order different tune pistons from your LBS, and it's pretty easy to install. If you get the shock cheap enough don't worry about the tune, you can always retune it.

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    I had been running a Monarch Plus RC3 on my 2010 Reign and quite liking it. Picked up a new shock X-Fusion Vector Air HLR to try out, really liked the Vector. A couple of weeks ago I put the Monarch back on and rode some of the same trails I had been riding with the Vector. There is a pretty big difference.

    First off I live in Vancouver and ride my Reign on the shore on most of the same trails I would ride my bigger bike.

    The Monarch handles most of the trails quite nicely, but does get overwhelmed on really rough trails or on g-out type hits in that you feel the bottom out. I run 30% sag, which feels really nice over everything else. For pedally trails or smoother flow trails 25-27% sag works, but feels too harsh over rough terrain. Overall the shock feels lively and works excellent.

    On the smoother trails the Vector is not quite a lively as the Monarch and I tend to add a little more LSC. The rebound adjustment is a little hard to get to so I don't mess with it too much. The rougher trails is where the Vector out performs the Monarch. I still run about 30% sag, but do not bottom out or at least I don't feel them.

    As good as the Monarch is, it simply does not provide the amount of external adjustment as the Vector. So for those of you worried about which air can to get on the Monarch, you might want to consider going another direction and getting a shock like the Vector that provide for a wider tuning range and can handle everything you can throw at it and more.

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    One more Reign 2008:


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    Just wanted to share my do-it-all '11 Reign specs/mods...

    suspension:

    7.875x2.25 fox van RC shock with Ti spring, roller bearing in place of upper DU bushing.

    fox 36 van 180 lowered to 155mm (for the slightly more offset and extra bushing overlap than the 160 van)

    wheels:

    pacenti TL28 rims, front 650b/27.5 with hope hub and neo-moto 2.3 tire, rear 26" w/king hub-Funn bolts and rampage 2.3 tire ...both ghetto tubeless

    drivetrain:

    X9 9sp shifters, XT dyna-sys 10sp rear derailleur (yes mine works fine w/X9 9sp shifters no spacer), SLX front derailleur, XT 11-32 9sp cassette, raceface turbine 22-32-42 front rings (yep, 42 not 44) XTR/DA 9sp chain.


    brakes/everything else

    SLX brakes 203fr/160rr

    thomson stem/post

    flite saddle

    answer carbon bar

    PD540 pedals

    roughly stripped the white paint, and lightly brushed with 000 steel wool...

    And finally/most recently, I removed 5mm from the bottom of my head tube to get the steering angle as close to where I want it as it's going to get with the longer fork and bigger 650b front wheel....

    over the past two years I have tinkered with nearly every wheel combination on this bike (26/26, 650/26, 650/650, 29/650) and at least three different suspension setups (what it came with, reba 29er fork/monarch rt3 shock, and what it has now) , and I have said this before, it is truly the swiss army knife of bikes..

    pics:

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    **late edit** haha, I need to get out a pick and clean off that leftover paint!!

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    Hi All,

    Looking to swap out forks from my standard reign large 2012.

    Look ingot o go a Rock Shox Pike rct3 dual position 160, I was wondering if any one has any advice and experience with these on your reign? How will head angle be affected? Any information would be thankful


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    How was your rear tire clearance with the 650b. Why did you go back to a 67er? Is the current wheel set up your favorite, or just where your at right now?

    Thanks! Nice ride...
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    I wanna get a remote lock out so I have to go with the monarch xx I do some pretty narly dh and some times ride xc trails its such a ***** to lock out the rear on my rl when a big hill comes up so I just leave it on descend. Do you think the xx would handle dh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stiingya View Post
    How was your rear tire clearance with the 650b. Why did you go back to a 67er? Is the current wheel set up your favorite, or just where your at right now?

    Thanks! Nice ride...
    rear tire clearance looked a little tight at one spot with a 2.3 neo-moto, but it was really not an issue, OVERALL though I just really prefer how it rode with 29/27.5, and really really prefer how it rides now with 27.5/26...

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    2011 Giant Reign 1 chain guide option

    Just recently purchased a 2011 Reign. I'm really liking this bike. Still want to change the fork and rear shock. Good information on this forum. Glad to find it. One of the first things I did was to install a chain guide using a clutch mtb adapter. The Straitline Silent Guide is amazing. I use it on my DH bike as well.
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    Hi ive got a 2013 medium giant reign 2, looking at swapping the rockshox revelation forks for some fox 36s, just wanting to know the minimum length the steerer tube has to be to fit with standard stem and headset? Any help much appreciated. Dan

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    Hi ive got a 2013 medium giant reign 2, looking at swapping the rockshox revelation forks for some fox 36s, just wanting to know the minimum length the steerer tube has to be to fit with standard stem and headset? Any help much appreciated. Dan
    Have you tried measuring the forks you already have

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    Quote Originally Posted by danstokes29 View Post
    Hi ive got a 2013 medium giant reign 2, looking at swapping the rockshox revelation forks for some fox 36s, just wanting to know the minimum length the steerer tube has to be to fit with standard stem and headset? Any help much appreciated. Dan
    I'd be interested in that revelation for another bike I have, what model?

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    You couldn't do that!!! Ones a fox and ones Rockshox, they won't measure the same...









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    has anyone run the clutch adapter with a blackspire stinger with a 2x crankset? is it possible?

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    Latest ugrades:

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    Since about anything will be an upgrade from the 32, trying to decide just how much fork to upgrade to. Will a 44 or Revelation suffice, or do I go with a 55 or Lyrik? Decisions, decisions...

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    Gooseberry Mesa. If my memory is correct it's on the practice loop. A couple weeks ago was my first time down there, and I will definitely be going back. Incredible riding and scenery.

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    I recently bought a used '09 Reign x1 with a Fox 36 VAN 180 FIT RC2 front fork.

    I am curious about swapping the Van for a Fox 36 TALAS 160 FIT RC2.

    Both forks seem like they are available used for a similar price, and I would not mind paying a little on top if necessary.

    What do you guys think of this idea? I am not riding freeride/downhill type stuff and I get the impression this fork is too much for what I am riding.

    Would the Talas in the 120mm position have a noticeable improvement in climbing? I know this bike will not climb like my XC bike, but it's a beast and I am looking to make it a little more pedal friendly.

    Thanks!

    edit: would this question be better suited as it's own topic in the Giant forum instead of a reply in this thread?

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    My opinion, for what its worth. Over the years I've owned a number of different bikes, some with travel adjust forks and some without. Frankly, I never use it. The Reign climbs quite well as is. Additionally, travel adjustments involve more moving parts and seals. I think its safe to say any fixed travel fork will be smoother and less service-needy than one worth adjustable travel.

    Quite a wordy response to say get the float!

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