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    My Reign build is finished!! (pics)

    I bought a 2005 Reign frame from Smart Cycles, 16 inch size, frame weight 7.5 LBS.

    Build list:

    Fork: Fox Vanilla 36 RC2
    Shock: Manitou swinger 3 way
    Headset: stock FSA zero-stack
    Stem: FSA FR200 70mm 6deg. rise
    Handlebar: FSA XC 190 1.5 inch riser 25 inch length.
    Grips: ODI ruffian lock on with Hope end plugs(bling)
    Brakes: Avid juicy 7 160mm front and rear
    Shifters: shimano XT rapidfire.
    Front derailleur: shimano XT
    Rear Derailleur: shimano 750 SG XT (short cage, non-rapid-rise)
    Chain: shimano XTR
    Cassette: shimano XTR 11-34
    Cranks: shimano XT 22-32 with FSA clear poly bash ring (for 32 ring)
    Pedals: Tioga MX-Pro (flats) and shimano M540 (clipless)
    Hubs: Hadley 20mm front and 10mm thru-axle rear
    Rims: Mavic 819
    Tires: Kenda Kinetic 2.2 UST
    Seatpost: Thomson 367mm
    Seat: Selle Italia Flite Ti

    Total weight 32 LBS.

    No real ride report yet, I'm just glad I got it finished!
    Now I need to go get it dirty!!!







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    OMFG that is sooo hot!!!!!!!!
    how does the vanilla perform? thats my dream fork and dream breaks
    Quote Originally Posted by coma13
    it's short but it's pretty.... just like a guatemalan hooker...

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    Quote Originally Posted by theg1ant
    OMFG that is sooo hot!!!!!!!!
    how does the vanilla perform? thats my dream fork and dream breaks
    Fork? Who knows? Not me. Brakes... the Juicy 7s for me so far have been absolutely wonderful! I couldnt ask for more from my brakes, they dont lock but stop on a dime. Amazing really.

    I like the setup, looks nice and clean.
    One of my friends recently died of a coke overdose and it really got me thinking, "damn, maybe I should start drinking pepsi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by theg1ant
    OMFG that is sooo hot!!!!!!!!
    how does the vanilla perform? thats my dream fork and dream breaks
    Hehehe - So far everything is nice and smooth - but it is not really
    even broke in yet - so far I've only done a shake down ride, up & down the
    street in front of my house, and of course, off the curb, too
    but no real trail riding yet - I'll do a ride report later, after I get some saddle time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deoreo
    I bought a 2005 Reign frame from Smart Cycles, 16 inch size, frame weight 7.5 LBS.
    Cool!!!

    Damn! I'd sell my soul for a set of Hadley's!

    Congratulations... it's pure bike porn.

    If you haven't done as of yet, get a set of replacement bearings from enduroforkseals.com... just in case. It can be accounted as an upgrade too.
    Check my Site

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    i love my reign. its the best black diamond trial/all mountain/ light fr bike out there. have fun with that. like i said that bike is sex on wheels
    Quote Originally Posted by coma13
    it's short but it's pretty.... just like a guatemalan hooker...

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    Sweet bike,nice parts pick,let us know how it works out for you.Next set of pic's I hope its covered in mud because it is to pretty.Now go have fun trying to break it.

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    How hard are you riding your Reign.

    Quote Originally Posted by theg1ant
    i love my reign. its the best black diamond trial/all mountain/ light fr bike out there. have fun with that. like i said that bike is sex on wheels
    I was looking at a Reign at a shop this summer and my type of riding is all mountain/xc with some light freeriding thrown in. I weigh 215lbs and the shop owner told me the Reign would not be strong enough for my riding style and weight. I have heard this before as well.

    How hard do you ride your Reign, and how much do you weigh if you are giving it a good work out?

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    wonderful bike!! excelent!..Why do you instaled a 160mm rotor on front wheel? A 203mm rotor it will give a much better looking and braking too...but a 160mm is ok! Your Reign2 is amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrextr
    wonderful bike!! excelent!..Why do you instaled a 160mm rotor on front wheel?
    Well, I did consider installing a 203mm rotor up front, but even suited up with
    all my riding gear, I only weigh 143 lbs.(65 kg). I may try a 178mm (7 inch) rotor
    when they are avaliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronny
    I weigh 215lbs and the shop owner told me the Reign would not be strong enough for my riding style and weight. I have heard this before as well.
    Well, your riding style is more important than your weight - to a point.

    My Reign frame weighs 7.5 lbs and built up to 32 lbs. Heavier than a 22-24 lbs. XC racer,
    and lighter than a 45-50 lbs. freerider.

    Even at your 215 lbs. weight the Reign should be able to handle just about anything
    within reason, if you have moderate riding skills.

    I mean lightweight riders <140 lbs. can break frames, wheels, bottom brackets, etc...
    just by landing jumps wrong, or pinballing off of rocks on a downhill.

    Again, as I said the Reign should be able to handle most situations,
    but.... if 90% of your riding is chairlift access downhills, consider an 8 to 10 inch
    downhill race bike.
    If 90% of your riding is smoother rolling, light roots rocks, not too much air, get a
    3 to 4 inch DS XC bike.
    If 90% of your riding is dirt jumps, get a burly hard tail with a 100 to 130mm fork.
    If 90% of your riding is shore type stunts and drops, get a 7 to 8 inch bike that
    build up to 38 to 45 lbs.

    The Reign can handle all the above - you just need to be aware of its limits,
    and yours as a rider.

    So think how it will be used, and your previous record on equipment -
    Horses for courses, of course!!

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    Nicely specced build there. I like the look of the FSA bashy , not as fat looking as an E13. very tidy.

    Just wondering about the Hadley 10mm thru axle. Is that a bolt up set up? How does it go with the vertical dropouts?

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinky
    Nicely specced build there. I like the look of the FSA bashy , not as fat looking as an E13. very tidy.

    Just wondering about the Hadley 10mm thru axle. Is that a bolt up set up? How does it go with the vertical dropouts?

    cheers
    Thanks for the kind words!

    I originally wanted an E13, but I also really wanted one sized for a 32 ring.
    The E13 is not avaliable yet, so I got the FSA. It is 10mm and the E13 is 13mm thick.

    The Hadley thru axle is one of my favorite pieces of the build. A normal rear dropout
    spec is 9mm by 135mm for quick release. The thru axle is a 10mm by 135mm bolt.
    The "nut" side has a tab that fits in the dropout so just the bolt is used to tighten and loosen.
    The nut and bolt is aluminium, but solid, so also very strong. See here:

    http://www.balleracing.com/Hadley/Hadley10mmAxle.htm

    Since I have to carry a tool for the front thru axle, I figured I'd go with a rear thru axle, too.

    The 10mm width fits almost all dropouts no-problem, but if it would not, all you need to
    do is file them slightly (it fit in the Reign perfect)

    Much "cleaner" look than a quick release, in my mind.

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    wow thats really nice!

    My Reign 2 is going to be built very similar...36RC2, Hone cranks, XT4-pot disks, Mavic 521's converted to Tubeless etc. Mine off getting a new powder coat job. I was hoping mine built up to 32 or less and judging by the build on yours, it should work out
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    how much did it cost man?

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    Like my post stated, my riding style is all mountain with some light freeriding on the side. This would be 4-6 foot drops(not much bigger) to tranny and I charge hard coming down trails. I have already owned big hit bikes in the 7" travel range and was looking for something like the Heckler this past spring.

    The Reign is a great looking bike, but I ended up going with something I could throw an air or coil shock on with a slightly beefier frame.

    With that said, I am sure the Reign can handle most riding situations.

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    That...is...hot. You have to tell us how the Vanilla is when you ride it some more. You are now part of the Maestro.

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    beautiful bike! I really like XT cranset with this FSA clear bashguard... good idea
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    Wow

    Hadley Hubs baby!! I like the build, you have chosen wisely my son!!
    When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
    Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
    Till I get to the bottom and I see you again...

    Helter Skelter

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    here is a link to some pics of my Reign...just finished building it back up afer having it powder coated.
    Only changes to be made will be to throw on my XT-755 disks in place of the Avids...but otherwise its done

    http://bustedspoke.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=20191
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntesther
    here is a link to some pics of my Reign...just finished building it back up afer having it powder coated.
    Only changes to be made will be to throw on my XT-755 disks in place of the Avids...but otherwise its done

    http://bustedspoke.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=20191
    Damn - that is one sweet look'in ride!!! The white color is really nice.
    I may have to consider doing something like that after mine gets all scrached up.

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    Damn ! I'm a sucker for white bikes , so naturally I almost soiled myself when I saw your Reign ! Graphics are very cool too , and I'm real picky when it comes to that stuff.
    Ten out of ten for taste dude !

    I'm really tempted to do mine white having seen that. It's getting quite a few scratches too .....hmmmm

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    Ya'll aren't concerned about the fact that you've voided Giant's lifetime warranty on your frame by painting it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoodbrn
    Ya'll aren't concerned about the fact that you've voided Giant's lifetime warranty on your frame by painting it?
    I thought that too, but figured it was an mtbr thing. I have never seen people so excited to have no recourse for frame failure.

    edit - the bike is beautiful and the graphics are very interesting.

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    Anything in the name of fashion. Actually, when my Trance got scorched in our house fire, and turned from silver to urine-silver, I thought, "cool, what a great opportunity to have it painted, get my 4-yr-old to design something wacky, have my insurance co. pay for it." Then they informed me it would void the warranty - that pretty much doused my fire of enthusiasm.
    Last edited by swoodbrn; 02-10-2006 at 07:23 AM.

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