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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!

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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:

    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-a5f18b22-2615-4dbb-ba8d-d57eb1d2cfb5-351-00000002f88be63c_zps97bbe11f.jpg

    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-f6b6469d-b196-4680-b370-4eedc6e2193a-351-00000002c3fd6a30_zps1bab582c.jpg

    **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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    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
    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:

    RaceFace Narrow Wide Chainring
    Shimano Zee Rear Derailleur
    Minion DHF up front
    Giant Reign Modifications (Not Reign X)-before.jpg
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
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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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