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    Quote Originally Posted by EGF168
    [SIZE=2]Giant has to be the only bike manufacturer Iíve seen that you get a better deal in the UK than anywhere else and yes that frame is UK only in white.
    I think the white frame looks pretty cool. Agreed. But what's this about a better deal on Giant bikes in the UK? That seems to be stretching it...I mean let me use the example of the Reign X0, a bike I'm interested in buying. In the U.S. it costs 3,600 USD on average, though I've found a few shops going 3,500 USD on sale. In the UK, that bike sells for 2,895 GBP, which equals 5,706.86 USD. That's more than 2,000 USD more.

    In other words, I don't think I'll be making a trip to the UK to buy a Giant bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yardbird
    I think the white frame looks pretty cool. Agreed. But what's this about a better deal on Giant bikes in the UK? That seems to be stretching it...I mean let me use the example of the Reign X0, a bike I'm interested in buying. In the U.S. it costs 3,600 USD on average, though I've found a few shops going 3,500 USD on sale. In the UK, that bike sells for 2,895 GBP, which equals 5,706.86 USD. That's more than 2,000 USD more.

    In other words, I don't think I'll be making a trip to the UK to buy a Giant bike...
    [SIZE=2]Prices canít be a straight conversion because of all the variables but all things considered they are still the best value bikes over here and a few of Giantís bikes are better speced over here, particularly with the Trance X line, you get 3, we get 4 with spec changes spread out a bit more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EGF168
    [SIZE=2]Prices can’t be a straight conversion because of all the variables but all things considered they are still the best value bikes over here and a few of Giant’s bikes are better speced over here, particularly with the Trance X line, you get 3, we get 4 with spec changes spread out a bit more.
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    OK, I get what you're saying about specs, but I still don't agree with the "better deal" comment. I live in South Korea now, so to save money, I'm having a friend appear in a US bike store for me so that the store can send me the bike (since stores aren't allowed to ship Giants unless a real person is there to complete the purchase). Since the bike is being shipped right away, there's no US sales tax, though it's likely there will be Korean tax at the border. Finally, there's the shipping cost, which I'll thankfully avoid because I am using my friend's military address.

    Considering the enormous price difference between Giants in the US and UK, I would say that if you have a friend in the US, you'd do better to buy a bike there and have it shipped to the UK. If you're saving over 2,200 USD on the Giant Reign X0 in the states, for example, you can definitely afford shipping with plenty of savings remaining. The best deals on Giants, no matter how you slice it, are in the US. I even checked prices in Taiwan (have friends there also), where the bikes are produced, but prices are identical to those in the US on the bikes I checked.

    In fact, I would imagine that the main reason Giant doesn't allow shipping is because of this massive cost difference between countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yardbird
    OK, I get what you're saying about specs, but I still don't agree with the "better deal" comment. I live in South Korea now, so to save money, I'm having a friend appear in a US bike store for me so that the store can send me the bike (since stores aren't allowed to ship Giants unless a real person is there to complete the purchase). Since the bike is being shipped right away, there's no US sales tax, though it's likely there will be Korean tax at the border. Finally, there's the shipping cost, which I'll thankfully avoid because I am using my friend's military address.

    Considering the enormous price difference between Giants in the US and UK, I would say that if you have a friend in the US, you'd do better to buy a bike there and have it shipped to the UK. If you're saving over 2,200 USD on the Giant Reign X0 in the states, for example, you can definitely afford shipping with plenty of savings remaining. The best deals on Giants, no matter how you slice it, are in the US. I even checked prices in Taiwan (have friends there also), where the bikes are produced, but prices are identical to those in the US on the bikes I checked.

    In fact, I would imagine that the main reason Giant doesn't allow shipping is because of this massive cost difference between countries.
    [SIZE=2]Ok ok, I withdraw the comment about Giant being a better deal in the UK but they are the best deal in the UK and thatís what count for me.
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    Fair enough!

    So now, after much research, I've decided where to buy the bike from, but the new question is "When?" I've noticed some of the Giant 2009 bikes are starting to come out (road bikes).

    I'm really torn on whether I should wait for the 2009 Reign X0 to come out, though I don't know of any exact date on its release or if I should just buy it now and start enjoying it. I could save some money on the 2008 model if I wait, and what if the 2009 is majorly revamped and worth buying? Will I kick myself in 3-4 months?

    Decisions....

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    Quote Originally Posted by yardbird
    Fair enough!

    So now, after much research, I've decided where to buy the bike from, but the new question is "When?" I've noticed some of the Giant 2009 bikes are starting to come out (road bikes).

    I'm really torn on whether I should wait for the 2009 Reign X0 to come out, though I don't know of any exact date on its release or if I should just buy it now and start enjoying it. I could save some money on the 2008 model if I wait, and what if the 2009 is majorly revamped and worth buying? Will I kick myself in 3-4 months?

    Decisions....
    [SIZE=2]Generally Giant seems to be replacing the bikes in the order they came out so it would be the Anthem (nothing yet) and Glory (a few spy shots) for 09 and the Reign X for 2010 unless they have something else planed.

    I would wait until the end of the month by which time Giant should have a few pics of their 09 bikes around and possible their press launch done.

    Does anyone know when Giant is planning to hold their launch?
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    Thanks for the input, EGF168. I guess waiting three to four weeks is feesible enough. Definitely challenging, but feesible

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    RE: the aforementioed (and pictured) white 08 reign frame - anyone got a weight on that? Specifically a size L? I guess that's the same as asking what the weight is on a 08 Reign L frame and then adjusting for the DHXA over the RP23 ... but I can't find any frame weight figures after following at least 10 google links.

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    My 05 Reign 2
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    Set-up to climb techy ST and slog up fireroads and then turn around and rail with a big smile. I've learned a ton on this bike, ridden it hard and it always allows me to have a ton of fun.

    Some big upgrades from it's original incarnation, but it was a solid bike out of the box. I'm really diggn' the Lyric and the wheel upgrades. I just had the LX shifters fail and got the two-way XT shifters - already can tell the difference in the crispness. It is weighing in at a hair over 34lbs. Heavier than I want, but there is always room to lighten it up and the burly components keep me riding more than fixing.

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    hi, may i know if there are ample mud clearance for the reign X models. those with coil shocks. thanks

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    hey sup guys.... new to the boards here.. anyways, here's my bike: giant reign 06


    damn. i need to cut my grass.....

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    My son is much better at getting the best from his Reign than I am. Here are some recent pics and videos of him:



    May be hard to see, but this was very difficult to walk down(as I did) let alone ride...



















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    those are some sweet pics and vids ... he seems to be very much at ease on the log rides...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    those are some sweet pics and vids ... he seems to be very much at ease on the log rides...
    Thanks.

    Kids, sheesh! He watched one guy go across and says "Hmmm, I can do that..."

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    Powdercoated black.


    Upgrades.


    Ready to rock (some more).




    Not too bad.

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    Very nice...love the black too. Powder coated, so I assume the frame was heat treated afterwards...? WIth your large rotor up front, you may want to think about a 20mm through axle front fork as some stage...?

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    nice job- looks great, but I agree with the advice about a 20mm axle up front. Oh, and I am having difficulty buying the 13.5 kg.
    "When you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall. Otherwise you're not riding hard.
    -- So, most of the time when you're riding hard and not falling (since you only fall sometimes), you aren't actually riding hard." W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oso Negro
    nice job- looks great, but I agree with the advice about a 20mm axle up front. Oh, and I am having difficulty buying the 13.5 kg.
    if you ve seen Justin other bike, you will understand how he achieved the 13.5 kg's.

    lets just say he's used to building lightweight bikes.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Nice colour on then Reign Justin

    How much did it end up costing u a Gripssports?

    Here is a updated photo of mine...

    Waiting for me New XO der. and Avid Juicy 7 to come from HK for the latest upgrades

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oso Negro
    nice job- looks great, but I agree with the advice about a 20mm axle up front. Oh, and I am having difficulty buying the 13.5 kg.
    on a bathroom scale mine is under 30lbs with the Continental Mountain King Supersonic 2.4 (Ghetto Tubeless) and a little over 30lbs with Kenda Nevegal Stick-E 2.5 front and 2.35 DTC rear (Ghetto Tubeless).
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    Here is my 2008 Reign X1 with my new Marzocchi 66 RC3...It's like butta!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dementedfatty
    Here is my 2008 Reign X1 with my new Marzocchi 66 RC3...It's like butta!
    Did switching to the 66 change your geometry in a noticeable way? I've been thinking about swapping out my 36van for a 66 lately, but I'm worried about how it will affect my climbing ability and I'd like to stick with coil (i.e. no ATA).

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    Are'nt they the same travel...? A2C would the same/similar yes...?

    Here are someup dates for my ride...I have planted these pics on the other thread and like many think that Bike porn is NEVER enough so pic time:

    Upgrades that finally could be put on the bike are:
    1) Hope M4 brakes with Fl/Rotors.
    2) Hope BBracket with ceramic bearings.
    3) Hope CF brake levers.
    4) CF/Titanium seat clamp
    5) XO triggers.
    6) XTR teflon coated cables.
    Remaining to tool-up when I have time
    7) Hope pro2 hunbs 20mm Fr and 10mm Rr
    8) wheelset - undecided for Fr but I want to get a white set just to keep it simple and none Blingy.
    9) Spokes and nipples (insert giggle)
    10) new Selle white seat.
    11) White ODI lock-on grips
    12) Rr Air shock and Front fork (maybe totem for Fr and the new Bos for Dh.
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    Still have the original Levers in this pic.


    Seat was up high cause I went to the Cafe for a quick cafein injection.




    I actually wanted the Gun metal grey rotors here to make it a bit more contrast to the silver look but they were all out.


    Pic of the beast on its maiden trail rip with the new parts and OH MY GOSH I love the Hope brakes, They are FAR better than my older XT dual pots in so many ways and the rotors really have some serious braking force as well as great modulation and feel without being grippy and no noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by venom600
    Did switching to the 66 change your geometry in a noticeable way? I've been thinking about swapping out my 36van for a 66 lately, but I'm worried about how it will affect my climbing ability and I'd like to stick with coil (i.e. no ATA).

    Thanks!
    --Ben
    Switching to the 66 was a great move. It's 180mm of travel feels bottomless and its more stiff, but the only problem is the added weight...but I can lose those grams in my diet I thought it was going to rake out the bike alittle bit but honestly it feels much more balanced than the 36van cuz now its 7"front/6.7" rear. Plus the 66 RC3 has both mechanical coil preload in the right leg and air preload in the left leg

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    I have a 66ata on my reign x, but i have never dialed it down for climbing the bike just feels better with the bigger forks.
    six pack cooler coming soon!

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