Page 5 of 15 FirstFirst 123456789 ... LastLast
Results 201 to 250 of 709
  1. #201
    mtbr member
    Reputation: golfduke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    359
    I just picked up a reign about 3 weeks ago after having owned a 4" travel trance for going on 5 years. The trance did me well, but I honestly wanted more as I started gaining more confidence. I can safely say now after about a dozen rides that I made the right decision. Nothing too crazy mod-wise yet, but anyways-

    - M970 XTR cranks, very soon to be X0 2x9, Just waiting for my blackspire bashguard to arrive.
    - candy 2 pedals (I have some mallets for lift-assist days)
    - EA90 stem, 100mm 0 rise for most days, Havoc 70mm/10 for big days.
    - EA70 monkeybar, mid-rise.

    I'm lacing up a set of Hope pro2's to Arch rims as we speak, I just need to pick a tire to run with them. I'll probably keep two wheelsets for normal and Dh'ish days. I enjoy wrenching to a fault, so swapping parts doesn't bother me much at all.

    I'm also highly considering ditching the stock seat for a fizik pave. I don't know what anyone else thinks about running a road saddle on an AM rig, but I'm still not used to the seat-shape, and switching from road to mountain sends my backside into complete confusion.

    pics-




  2. #202
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    373

    I've changed too many items!!!!

    I bought a 2012 Reign 0 & was pretty darn happy with it initially. Then I started riding more technical trails and I was wishing for more travel. The Reign 0 is an awesome all mountain bike, but my terrain got harder, I began to wish for a Reign X. So here is my transformation to my version of the Reign X

    1st on the changed out list was wider bars (29.5"), Shorter stem (50mm), angle set (1degree slacker) and new grips! I love the Funn stuff, cheap and bomb proof! Not pictured is a Reverb post! And I hate noise, so that's why there is foam protection all over the place.




    Then came the 2010 Marzocchi 55 RC3 TI 160mm & Sun Ringle Charger Expert wheelset



    Then the Vivid RC2 200x57 rear shock, which bumps the travel to 6.7"



    The next item is chain management. I went to the 3x10 SLX & converted the big ring to a bash ring & installed a BIONICON chain guide. Bike is now incredible quiet & no more chain derailment issues



  3. #203
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    108
    how does your chain guide attach? I need to do this to my 2011 0

  4. #204
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    373
    The direction shows only 2 zip ties on each end, but I found out the hard way this guide needs 4 zip ties. With 4 zip ties, it works extremely well!

  5. #205
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    911
    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbiker View Post
    I bought a 2012 Reign 0 & was pretty darn happy with it initially. Then I started riding more technical trails and I was wishing for more travel. The Reign 0 is an awesome all mountain bike, but my terrain got harder, I began to wish for a Reign X. So here is my transformation to my version of the Reign X

    mtbbiker - that looks good even with the foam. How much time do you have on the Vivid Air. What are your thoughts. I have a Vivid Air on FR bike and with only a couple of rides don't yet have enough time to say if I like it or not.

    Never really thought a Vivid Air would fit on the Reign. I am awaiting a Monarch Plus RC3 for my Reign, hopefully that will improve the bike in the really technical terrain over what the RP23 can manage.

  6. #206
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    253
    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbiker View Post
    I












    where did you get the foam from might I ask

  7. #207
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    373
    I just got it the other day and I've only gotten one ride on it so far. One of my biggest gripes about the Fox RP23 is that it blows through its travel way too easy! I weight about 200lbs & had about 250psi with the shim mod in the air can, that made a little improvement.

    I'm still playing with the Vivid adjustment, but it no longer blows through the travel! I on purposely hit a 4 foot to flat & got the rear shock to finally give up all its travel & I didn't even feel it bottom out. A hit like that with the RP23 would have resulted in serious feeling bottoming out issue! The shock has more mid range support, but I still need to tweak some more. I started out with about 240psi this afternoon & it felt slightly harsher then the RP23. When I got home, I reset the pressure to 230psi. I can tell this shock once I get it dialed in will easily out perform the RP23
    Quote Originally Posted by rideitall View Post
    mtbbiker - that looks good even with the foam. How much time do you have on the Vivid Air. What are your thoughts. I have a Vivid Air on FR bike and with only a couple of rides don't yet have enough time to say if I like it or not.

    Never really thought a Vivid Air would fit on the Reign. I am awaiting a Monarch Plus RC3 for my Reign, hopefully that will improve the bike in the really technical terrain over what the RP23 can manage.

  8. #208
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    373
    I got it from a local shop in Temecula, CA called ISO Tune. The product is called Frame Defender.
    Home | Frame Defender


    Quote Originally Posted by trdspectacoma View Post
    where did you get the foam from might I ask

  9. #209
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    253
    Thanks

  10. #210
    Aficionated Member
    Reputation: ZePequeno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    27
    My last modification, BOS Deville
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-reign_bos_golf.jpg  

    Enjoy your rides

  11. #211
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    27
    woopse

  12. #212
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    27
    My Giant Reign 1 2011.
    Fox Van 36 180 RC2 Fit
    Fox DHX RC4
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-photo.jpg  

    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-photo-1.jpg  


  13. #213
    mtbr member
    Reputation: andrewnielson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    624
    Just put on the Joplin and love it!

  14. #214
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    911
    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbiker View Post
    I just got it the other day and I've only gotten one ride on it so far. One of my biggest gripes about the Fox RP23 is that it blows through its travel way too easy! I weight about 200lbs & had about 250psi with the shim mod in the air can, that made a little improvement.

    I'm still playing with the Vivid adjustment, but it no longer blows through the travel! I on purposely hit a 4 foot to flat & got the rear shock to finally give up all its travel & I didn't even feel it bottom out. A hit like that with the RP23 would have resulted in serious feeling bottoming out issue! The shock has more mid range support, but I still need to tweak some more. I started out with about 240psi this afternoon & it felt slightly harsher then the RP23. When I got home, I reset the pressure to 230psi. I can tell this shock once I get it dialed in will easily out perform the RP23
    mtbbiker - how is the Vivid Air breaking in.

    So far I only have one ride on the Monarch RC3. Had set it up a 30% sag, but part way down the first descent I dropped the air pressure from 210 - 200psi which increased the sag close to 35%. Felt much better, still pedaled very well. I read in another post that the RS shocks need quite a few rides to fully break in and feel at their best.

    Hadn't really noticed the C-Guide you were running until now. I have one on order and it should be in place for the next ride. I have already shortened up the chain as much as possible and had considered getting a Stinger BB mount chain guide, that would work with my 2010 Reign. From what I read the C-Guide is a much better solution. I can't recall the last time I dropped a chain, but the chain slap in annoying and hopefully the C-Guide will fix this.

    Also, how have you been finding the Charger wheelset. I am also running these. Overall, I am finding them reasonably stiff, but perhaps not as stiff as my previous wheelset with Hope Pro II and Syncos DP25 rims. I wanted to run tubeless so I changed out the Charger's when CRC was selling them off.

    cheers

  15. #215
    2010 Glory custom FR
    Reputation: frango's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,096
    I was looking for a nice and cheap chain device for my GFs 2012 Reign 2. I knew there were some solutions on the market, but Specialized Dangler was not available locally, Bionicon C-Guide was too expensive, IMO and Exustar... local distro didn't even know such product :|
    So, I went through shop's warehouse, found some reflective lights clamps, some rubber strips and some bolts. I assembled everything together and I got this



    Rubber silencer wears pretty fast, coz it's regular rubber, but it's replaceable.
    Money spent - zero
    pozdro
    frango

  16. #216
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    911
    Quote Originally Posted by frango View Post
    I was looking for a nice and cheap chain device for my GFs 2012 Reign 2. I knew there were some solutions on the market, but Specialized Dangler was not available locally, Bionicon C-Guide was too expensive, IMO and Exustar... local distro didn't even know such product :|
    So, I went through shop's warehouse, found some reflective lights clamps, some rubber strips and some bolts. I assembled everything together and I got this



    Rubber silencer wears pretty fast, coz it's regular rubber, but it's replaceable.
    Money spent - zero

    frango - nice work. I am kicking myself that I didn't think of that. I just ordered a C-Guide from my LBS. Perhaps I will built one of the ghetto c-guide for my big bike. I have a stinger on it to keep from dropping a chain, but still have some chain slap.

    Do you need to run the soft rubber grommet at all. The harder plastic is likely similar to what is used in the official C-Guide.

    Again, props for putting forward such a simple solution and cost effective solution that no one had come up with.

  17. #217
    2010 Glory custom FR
    Reputation: frango's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,096
    Thx, rideitall. I was really surprised how it all nicely fitted the bike
    My GF spend just two days riding on some light DH tracks, but I think the device did its job. I will disassemble it for city rides, coz the chain will certainly eat lower clamp.
    Oh, upper clamp diameter is 30mm (original from Reign and other Giant bikes with 30,9 seatpost) and lower i 22mm (from a kids bike).
    pozdro
    frango

  18. #218
    Eat, Poop, Pedal.
    Reputation: hooverGiant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    109

    New Drivetrain..

    I replaced the stock 3ring to a 2ring 24t/36t with a Straitline Bash with Straitline pedals... I'm VERY happy with this setup so far! I believe the next upgrade will be a Bionicon chain guide.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-reigncc.jpg  

    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-reigndd.jpg  

    2012 Reign.
    2010 Rincon.

    i like bikes

  19. #219
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    911

    2010 Reign Updates

    Here is my 2010 Reign 0

    I got the bike as a frame only and transferred gear from my previous trail bike.

    Sun Charger Expert wheels run tubeless with Schwalbe tires
    Replaced my older XT with a newer set
    Replaced RP23 with Monarch RC3, have one ride on it.
    Added Bionicon C-Guide

    Off to test it out tomorrow after work.

    I am quite happy how the bike is setup, built to take some abuse, with some pretty heavy duty rubber to handle the steep, rocky and muddy terrain, and still just above 31.5 lbs as she sits. Here is how she looks now.

    Cheers
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-p1040438.jpg  

    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-p1040445.jpg  


  20. #220
    fraid of heights
    Reputation: stiingya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,601
    This may have already been posted, and obviously there are guides like the bionicon to purchase. But for a quick fix to chain drop that is super cheap...

    Quote Originally Posted by nyrangerfan222 View Post
    if im not mistake i believe that is the "zip tie" chain guide seen here
    ZIP TIE Chain Guide how to - Pinkbike Forum
    Quote Originally Posted by Nozes View Post
    Sorry for the delay,guys,I've been out for the weekend

    The chainguide was found at Pinkbike (it's good for something after all!),just follow the link posted by nyrangerfan222,it's very easy to build.

    Here's a closer look:



    Now for the shocking truth: IT WORKS!
    Weights next to nothing,and in my case,didn´t cost a cent. So what if it doesn't look good,it's a keeper!
    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl
    Everytime you ride in mud, god kills a kitten.

  21. #221
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    691
    Here's my new steed.
    180mm fox, XO shifters/ Derailleur, XT cranks, Avid Elixers, Sunline bars, Answer stem..etc.




  22. #222
    fraid of heights
    Reputation: stiingya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,601
    Quote Originally Posted by Largextracheese View Post
    Here's my new steed.
    180mm fox, XO shifters/ Derailleur, XT cranks, Avid Elixers, Sunline bars, Answer stem..etc.



    that second pic sure makes the bike look over forked, but maybe it's just the angle?

    But the real question is where were you riding at??? Beautiful!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl
    Everytime you ride in mud, god kills a kitten.

  23. #223
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    691
    It's slack no doubt. It does wander a bit on the steep climbs but not enough to negate the downhill goodness the fork delivers. I'm in the Washington Cascades. The riding here really sucks!

  24. #224
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    8
    here is my mod

    Frame: 2011 Giant Reign
    Fork: 2012 RS Lyrik Soloair DH 170mm
    Crank: Race Face Turbine 24/36 + bash
    Chain Guide: Bionicon C.guide
    Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX 3x9 (for now)
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT 10 Speed
    Cassette: Shimano XT 10 Speed
    Shifter: 2012 Shimano XT 10 Speed
    Rear Shock: Fox DHX Air 5.0
    Wheelset: 2012 Mavic Crossmax SX
    Tires: Schwalbe 2.25 Nobby Nic UST
    Steam: X-tasy 70mm (gift from Tomas Slavik)
    Handle Bar: Easton EA 70
    Seat Post: Kind Shock 100mm travel
    Saddle: Fi'zi:k Gobi XM (Giant LTD Edition) w/ K:ium Rails
    Brakes: 2012 Shimano XT Trail
    Rotors: Hope Saw Floating Disc red 203mm front & 183mm back
    Pedals: Shimano PD-M647
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-91268.jpg  


  25. #225
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    19


    My 2008 Reign 2. Owned since new. Love the way it rides, and is still virtually unchanged.

    Recently converted the stock WTB Laserdisc Trail wheels to tubeless with some WTB Prowler MX 2.3 front and rear. For the pedals I went with some SPD clipless, but after those recently had a bearing failure, I went with some Eggbeaters.
    Last edited by el_roy1985; 08-08-2012 at 05:03 PM.

  26. #226
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    139
    Quote Originally Posted by ZePequeno View Post
    My last modification, BOS Deville
    Awesome :-D
    Do you like it? Do you feel the 160mm difference? and the 34mm?
    Assuming you're coming from 150mm / 32mm

    Planning on doing the exact same move, would love to hear some feedback
    Congrats!

    F

  27. #227
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    11

    Monarch RC3 impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by rideitall View Post
    mtbbiker - how is the Vivid Air breaking in.

    So far I only have one ride on the Monarch RC3. Had set it up a 30% sag, but part way down the first descent I dropped the air pressure from 210 - 200psi which increased the sag close to 35%. Felt much better, still pedaled very well. I read in another post that the RS shocks need quite a few rides to fully break in and feel at their best.

    Hadn't really noticed the C-Guide you were running until now. I have one on order and it should be in place for the next ride. I have already shortened up the chain as much as possible and had considered getting a Stinger BB mount chain guide, that would work with my 2010 Reign. From what I read the C-Guide is a much better solution. I can't recall the last time I dropped a chain, but the chain slap in annoying and hopefully the C-Guide will fix this.

    Also, how have you been finding the Charger wheelset. I am also running these. Overall, I am finding them reasonably stiff, but perhaps not as stiff as my previous wheelset with Hope Pro II and Syncos DP25 rims. I wanted to run tubeless so I changed out the Charger's when CRC was selling them off.

    cheers
    Ridetail- what are your impressions of the RC3 now that it's broken in? I'm having the common problem of blowing through travel on my Giant, and am seriously considering the Monarch. Have you noticed a drop in pedaling performance? Worried about losing the burst acceleration needed to clear big embedded boulders while in a pedaling ring.

    Thanks!

  28. #228
    mtbr member
    Reputation: slimphatty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    493
    Quote Originally Posted by lapaz34 View Post
    My Giant Reign 1 2011.
    Fox Van 36 180 RC2 Fit
    Fox DHX RC4
    Badass! How do you like the rc4 back there? Check your PM's! Thanks!

  29. #229
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    4
    hey I just picked up a 2012 giant reign 2. was wondering what mods should i get for my rear shock as it bottoms out a lot and looking to upgrade asap! any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  30. #230
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    11,733
    Quote Originally Posted by brandonw37 View Post
    hey I just picked up a 2012 giant reign 2. was wondering what mods should i get for my rear shock as it bottoms out a lot and looking to upgrade asap! any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Coil.

  31. #231
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    4
    I've actually been thinking of that. What weight of the coil would you suggest as I'm about 200 lbs? Thanks for the help!

  32. #232
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    11,733
    Quote Originally Posted by brandonw37 View Post
    I've actually been thinking of that. What weight of the coil would you suggest as I'm about 200 lbs? Thanks for the help!
    Mountain Bike Spring Rate Calculator

  33. #233
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    103

    shock choice

    Depending on the riding style but I ride up and down hills so I LOVE my DHX 5.0 Air. I put it on last year (used) and haven't EVER had a problem. I weigh 230. If you use the boost valve PSI as a mid range adj, you can get it feeling close to a coil with half the weight!! I found a good shock tutorial on MTBR and it has helped immensely. I also bought an extra 1/4 inch stroke length on purpose to give me an extra 3/4" travel. It works. Here's the tutorial . FOX DHX AIR 5.0

    I find it odd that this shock gets thrashed in the ratings so much. People keep talking about the air pressures they use... does anyone read the manual? I love the shock and if you use is right it will last (6 m for me and counting).

    Main chamber 50-300 PSI (start with 200)
    Boost chamber 125-200 PSI (start with 125)

    Basic Tune:
    1)Set sag (25% of travel). Add/subtract 10-15 pds increments to the main chamber.
    2)Set bottom out adjustment. This effectively changes the size of the boost chamber. Larger chamber= less spring rate increase and more likely to bottom out. Smaller chamber= rapid spring rate increase and more bottom out resistance.
    3)Set Boost chamber pressure. Here is where tuning comes in... More pressure here= more mid stroke pre-load

    Set rebound to taste.

    Hope this helped.

  34. #234
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    11,733
    Here's the tutorial for the coil:

    Purchase coil shock. Purchase correct spring. Install shock. Adjust rebound to taste. Ride.


  35. #235
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    103
    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Here's the tutorial for the coil:

    Purchase coil shock. Purchase correct spring. Install shock. Adjust rebound to taste. Ride.

    What's the PSI for the boost valve and main chamber? Any decent coil has both w/out having to worry about the "correct spring." Or maybe .....sounds like you let your LBS work on that stuff. Putting a coil shock on an AM bike is pretty ridiculous (imo). That would be the reason people ask, "What style riding are you doing?"

  36. #236
    mtbr member
    Reputation: RobinGB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    356
    thought i should post mine little beast
    2012 reign 1,

    mods,
    x9 2x10 cranks 26/39
    race face atlas low rise bars

    thats about it so far,
    coming soon
    70mm stem
    works angel set, going to rake it out to 66*

    longer term mods im trying to work out
    650b, maybe in a year or two. if anyone has done a 650b with the revelation give me a shout, trying to figure out what rubber will fit under. planning to use ZTR rims
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-p1050385.jpg  

    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-p1050390.jpg  

    2012 Giant Reign 1

  37. #237
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    11,733
    Quote Originally Posted by bryantaber View Post
    <snip> Putting a coil shock on an AM bike is pretty ridiculous (imo).
    You're more than welcome to cling to your incorrect opinion.

  38. #238
    mtbr member
    Reputation: RobinGB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    356
    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    You're more than welcome to cling to your incorrect opinion.
    in my experience i dont think i will ever ride mine on rough enough DH terrain, long enough and hard enough to worry about reduced performance from my air shock.

    Although i have read if your full out DH and want a 6" park bike the reign does do incredibly well with a coils.

    But for my local XC+ DH/AM trails im happy with the performance as it is, until we get a chair lift.

    muahahahah
    2012 Giant Reign 1

  39. #239
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    442
    Quote Originally Posted by bryantaber View Post
    What's the PSI for the boost valve and main chamber? Any decent coil has both w/out having to worry about the "correct spring." Or maybe .....sounds like you let your LBS work on that stuff. Putting a coil shock on an AM bike is pretty ridiculous (imo). That would be the reason people ask, "What style riding are you doing?"

    What exactly do you mean 'any coil has both w/out having to worry about the "correct spring"'?? the main chamber of an air shock **is the spring** just like the coil **is the spring** of a non-air (coil) shock. Both require some setup for any individual riders weight by either changing the pressure on the air version or the coil on the coil shock, boost valve has nothing to do with this. You sound pretty confused, so please cling to your opinion while the rest of us ride on.

  40. #240
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    442
    Quote Originally Posted by RobinGB View Post
    in my experience i dont think i will ever ride mine on rough enough DH terrain, long enough and hard enough to worry about reduced performance from my air shock.

    Although i have read if your full out DH and want a 6" park bike the reign does do incredibly well with a coils.

    But for my local XC+ DH/AM trails im happy with the performance as it is, until we get a chair lift.

    muahahahah
    coil sprung shocks are not just for DH. even at very low speeds the improvement in bump sensitivity/traction is very noticeable, while the difference in weight is only noticeable when setting the bike on and off the rack...get a Ti coil spring and the difference is even less.

    sure air springs are far more convenient for changing sag settings for yourself or swapping out with a buddy who's more than a few lbs lighter or heavier than you are, but that's about it.

    myself, i use a fox van RC, and at first i tried a few different rate springs (steel coils are very very cheap, especially used) to determine which rate was best for me, then stayed patient and picked up a used Ti spring and could not be happier, haha so happy in fact i went back to a coil sprung front fork.

    anyways, it's good to have choices, and really they're all compromises so pick which best suits you, and don't be afraid to experiment regardless what anyone else thinks.

  41. #241
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    11,733
    Quote Originally Posted by RobinGB View Post
    in my experience i dont think i will ever ride mine on rough enough DH terrain, long enough and hard enough to worry about reduced performance from my air shock.
    Damn... this makes me sad.

    But for my local XC+ DH/AM trails im happy with the performance as it is, until we get a chair lift.
    To be completely honest... if the DHX-Air wasn't such a pile of crap and the bike had come with a Monarch I'd probably not have taken the time/effort to go with the coil.

  42. #242
    mtbr member
    Reputation: RobinGB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    356
    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Damn... this makes me sad.
    lol, that was more a of a comment to the quality of the monarch.. rather then a comment on my riding.. But im kinda a *****, no drops over 4' and i avoid jumps for the most part.
    2012 Giant Reign 1

  43. #243
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    11,733
    Quote Originally Posted by RobinGB View Post
    lol, that was more a of a comment to the quality of the monarch.. rather then a comment on my riding.. But im kinda a *****, no drops over 4' and i avoid jumps for the most part.
    Yeah - the Monarch is awfully nice. I ended up with an inexpensive used Van-R and upgraded the coil to a nice Ti model.

    And around here we often ride stuff like this that goes on for miles:


  44. #244
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    14
    This is my 2012 reign
    i love this bike and use it for everything. one thing i didn't like was the steapish head angle, as sometimes when riding steep technical rocky sections i would have an over the bar. so i changed my fork to a fox 36. this gave a slightly more relaxed head angle and also gives a lot more control. not so much flex. I also changed the bar to 750mm. This gave me a lot more control through rough sections too. but felt like it was a bit slow, and could over steer. I then changed my stem to 50 or 60mm(it was a while ago), this helped keep my weight back(preventing otb)a bit and sped up the steering. Was a bit worried the change it head angle and stem length would affect climbing, but no. i can still ride everything i could on my santacruz blur xc carbon. When i got the new fork i decided to build a hope pro 2, flow wheel. i did it with just zip ties as guides, spoke wrench and the fork as the stand. Worked great. little fiddely but love the wheel. After that i wanted to get rid of that horrible shimano hubbed back wheel. beerings where crap. so i built a hope pro 2, spank rim, 10mm thru axle wheel.
    The wheel is awesome. stiff and the thru axle makes a huge difference. when riding gravely dh before, i couldn't find the drift point easily. it would either hold or let go completely. with the thru axle you can slide the back wheel with control.
    With these upgrades the bike does everything comfortably, xc to dh.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-new-pic-mtb.jpg  


  45. #245
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    187
    Hello,

    I'm planing to change the shock of my Reign (MY 2009). I was looking to replace it with a nice Nicolai or Orange or liteville, but after all the Rein is a nice chassis, relatively light and mine is in a good state.

    The shock is a Fox DHX air 4. Never serviced, this could be an expensive thing to do now. I will replace it with a RS Monarch. I think I should find a High compression tune. What's about it? Has somebody here any experience with it ?? Not sure of Monarch RT 3 or Monarch Plus...


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  46. #246
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    911
    Quote Originally Posted by Samos View Post
    Hello,

    I'm planing to change the shock of my Reign (MY 2009). I was looking to replace it with a nice Nicolai or Orange or liteville, but after all the Rein is a nice chassis, relatively light and mine is in a good state.

    The shock is a Fox DHX air 4. Never serviced, this could be an expensive thing to do now. I will replace it with a RS Monarch. I think I should find a High compression tune. What's about it? Has somebody here any experience with it ?? Not sure of Monarch RT 3 or Monarch Plus...


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    I have a 2010 Reign that I tried the stock RP23 on, then had it tuned specific for the bike and my riding preferences. Felt better, but still lacking. I now have a stock Monarch RC3 Plus. Feels better, more controlled, handles everything I can throw at it. Yes a coil would likely feel even smoother if you want to go that route, but the RC3+ feels pretty damn fine.

    I have a med/med tune, I wouldn't want to ride a high tune for either the compression or rebound. I have the regular air can on and somewhere down the road might even try the large air can to see what it does for the ride.

    FWIW, I typically ride with the shock on the open position, and if I think of it, on a long fire road climb I might put in the middle setting. I run it at 28 - 30% sag, which lets the bike have excellent traction without feeling mushy. If I wanted to ride more XCish trail perhaps could push the sag to 25%.

  47. #247
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    187
    Thanks for your anwer rideitall. This is not the first time I read that the medium tune is ok. Here in Europe, we have the tendency to ride with a quite firmer suspension setup as you, North American. Don't understand me wrong, this is not better, this is different.

    Curious if somebody else have tried a Monarch RT3 and not the Monarch Plus RC3.

  48. #248
    mtbr member
    Reputation: RobinGB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    356
    i run my monarch rt fairly firm, 25% sag but i have the floodgate turned up so its pretty firm. Mainly i due this on the climb to the top and more XC type riding. I find the long travel in rough punchy type of trails to be a bit "bobby", leaves me dabbing my feet more then i care too when its dialed in the way i like it for descents.
    2012 Giant Reign 1

  49. #249
    mtbr member
    Reputation: tjwebber17's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    15
    Quote Originally Posted by mackienz View Post
    This is my 2012 reign
    i love this bike and use it for everything. one thing i didn't like was the steapish head angle, as sometimes when riding steep technical rocky sections i would have an over the bar. so i changed my fork to a fox 36. this gave a slightly more relaxed head angle and also gives a lot more control. not so much flex. I also changed the bar to 750mm. This gave me a lot more control through rough sections too. but felt like it was a bit slow, and could over steer. I then changed my stem to 50 or 60mm(it was a while ago), this helped keep my weight back(preventing otb)a bit and sped up the steering. Was a bit worried the change it head angle and stem length would affect climbing, but no. i can still ride everything i could on my santacruz blur xc carbon. When i got the new fork i decided to build a hope pro 2, flow wheel. i did it with just zip ties as guides, spoke wrench and the fork as the stand. Worked great. little fiddely but love the wheel. After that i wanted to get rid of that horrible shimano hubbed back wheel. beerings where crap. so i built a hope pro 2, spank rim, 10mm thru axle wheel.
    The wheel is awesome. stiff and the thru axle makes a huge difference. when riding gravely dh before, i couldn't find the drift point easily. it would either hold or let go completely. with the thru axle you can slide the back wheel with control.
    With these upgrades the bike does everything comfortably, xc to dh.
    Nice bike!

  50. #250
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    187
    Agree with you RobinGB, I'm also riding my Reign in a quite firm setting. Not by having a higher pressure in the shock, but I let the ProPedal of my DHX air always activated. Not sure if it's due to the fact that I never serviced my shock or what, but without the Pro Pedal it's really blowing thru the travel on everything.

    Do you ride longer descent like we have in the Alps with your Monarch RT Robin ?

Page 5 of 15 FirstFirst 123456789 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •