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    2013 Giant Reign 26b set-up

    Wanted to share my new 2013 Reign 26b set-up, and why I love this bike.

    First of all, this was the least expensive bike I tried, and not even close to being on my radar. Many of the bikes I demo’d were $1000 to $1500 more, some even twice as much. Sure, some of the components on the other bikes were an upgrade however; this bike felt the best for my body type and riding style. It even came with a dropper seat post.

    I changed out the stem to a shorter 31.8mm stem, and the bars to a wider 760mm. Lastly, I changed out the front wheel to a 650b Velocity with a big NeoMoto tire. There is a about a ½” between the top of the tire and the fork. It’s prefect for dry conditions, but did start to clog on muddy sections of the trail. Good thing Colorado is almost always dry.

    The result is a super fun, super playful bike that climbs great, rolls over obstacles with ease, and descends smoother and faster than just about anything I’ve ridden.

    I planned on upgrading to an XT build kit right away, but after a few rides, I’ve decided to wait for a while. Besides the brakes, which work fine but lack modulation of a better braking system, the components work better than the old XTR kit I had on my previous rig.

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    • Frame Size & Color: Gray and green; Medium
    • Fork: RockShox Revelation RL Solo Air w/ 15QR thru-axle, 160mm Travel
    • Rear shock: RockShox Monarch RL High Volume
    • Brakes: Stock Avid Elixir 1
    • Cranks: Stock SRAM X5
    • Front Derailleur: Stock X7
    • Rear Derailleur: Stock X7
    • Pedals: Kona platform
    • Stem: Spoon 31.8mm
    • Handlebar: Deity D30 760mm
    • Seatpost: Giant Dropper
    • Saddle: Giant
    • Bottom Bracket:
    • Headset: Stock
    • Grips: Deity
    • Front Tire: Pacenti NeoMoto 2.3
    • Front Rim: Velocity P-35
    • Front Hub/Skewer: 15mm
    • Rear Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance
    • Rear Rim: DT Swiss 465D
    • Rear Hub/Skewer Stock Giant
    • Weight 29
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    Very nice indeed, ive got the 2012 model, its a killer bike, and as you have i went a 50mm stem and a 760mm bar, it makes the bike a dream to ride.
    Did you have the 650b wheel made for you or did you buy it already made?
    And the green looks slick with your bike, great choice, cheers
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    Have the same bike. Great ride. First squishy I've owned. Need to take it back to the bike shop. Derailler won't shift into 10th and making some noise in 9th. Def need a dif seat kills my gooch. But other then that I'm having a blast bombing trails with ease loving the 6in travel.

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    gfowkes,
    do you have any pics of this setup with the larger wheel in front? Did you ever ride it with the stock 26" wheel in front? What differences did you notice? Worth doing, or not? I am looking at this bike on closeout in my lbs.

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    Nice always liked these bikes and will likely get one eventually. If I could find a color scheme I liked...Not a fan currently, but that won't stop me from hopping on a good deal if I find one. Curious about how it rides as a 26b compared to stock as well.

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    I'm trying to decide if a closeout 2013 Reign 2 26er or a new 27.5 bike (trance or something) is the way to go for a fun capable all mountain bike. Gotta pay more money to play for the equivalently spec'd new 27.5 bikes

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    I rode a new trance 27.5 giant really messed up this year componets suck ass glad I got my reign it needed some dif stuff but other then that its great. Put a bash guard on rocket v seat enve. Carbon riser bars straightline pedals renthal stem 203mm ice tech front rotor

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    I have this bike too (Reign 2). My 1st FS bike and a ton of fun. I was considering a lot of other bikes too that were about $500-1,000 more with similiar components and I couldn't understand why it was so much cheaper. I did put the MRP bash/chain guard from the Reign 1 on it and it works great. Also have an X9 rear derailleur on there as its what the LBS had when building up the bike. The only think I don't like is the Avid X1 brakes, they don't have much power or modulation. I'll be upgrading those soon.

    Question: how wide are the stock giant bars and is there a good proxy for determining a proper width or is it trial/error?

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    They are 690mm. My new ones are 740 seem to be perfect. But I'm sure its all preferance. Where do you get th e mrp bash gaurd?

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    I'm 6 feet and had 685mm bars on my 29er hardtail for a while.....swapped them out for a 720mm bar, and like it much better. I think for that bike I'd have a 720-740mm bar if you are 5'10" +

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiterider View Post
    They are 690mm. My new ones are 740 seem to be perfect. But I'm sure its all preferance. Where do you get th e mrp bash gaurd?
    My LBS ordered when building up the bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by ptkevin View Post
    I'm 6 feet and had 685mm bars on my 29er hardtail for a while.....swapped them out for a 720mm bar, and like it much better. I think for that bike I'd have a 720-740mm bar if you are 5'10" +
    I am 5'6 so I was wondering if there was a ratio to shoulder width to help determine a proper width. Also for an increase in width, how much should you decrease stem length. I've already positioned my controls wider and will see how much that helps. When I replace my brakes I will swap the shifters as well and I think then it might be obvious if I want a wider bar, but I still don't understand how much my stem length should decrease to compensate.

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    wide bars give more leverage, however, I do think that preferred width would have to do somewhat with arm length and shoulder width. I think 680-720mm would feel really good for someone 5'6". Also, stem length effects climbing, cornering, and other things. You really have to decide what you are after when changing stems...don't just change to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiltedworld View Post
    My LBS ordered when building up the bike.



    I am 5'6 so I was wondering if there was a ratio to shoulder width to help determine a proper width. Also for an increase in width, how much should you decrease stem length. I've already positioned my controls wider and will see how much that helps. When I replace my brakes I will swap the shifters as well and I think then it might be obvious if I want a wider bar, but I still don't understand how much my stem length should decrease to compensate.
    Mate im rockin a 50mm stem on a medium reign, im 5'8, im running 760 Deity dirty 30s, they are awesome, i couldnt go shorter.

    Just order wide bars of around 760 or above and cut them down if you need, but you might not even need too.

    At your height, depending on what size bike you have i recon 50mm stem is the sweet mark, and it makes the bike nice and responsive to, and there are some very sweet looking anodised stems out there, Hope, straitline,Diety to name a few, the straitline pinchclamp 50mm is the sweetest looking bit of kit ive ever seen, not cheap at $130 but damn its a thing of beauty and does a fine job as do all straitline products.
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    What about the renthal. Whats the degree on the straightline

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiterider View Post
    What about the renthal. Whats the degree on the straightline
    zero degree on the straitline, i prefer zero as i can add a bar with slight rise on it as i hate flat bars, i find a rise gives a bit of a moto x feel to your bike, all depending on the bar of course.

    The 50mm give a great attack position when standing up, you can sort of get over the bar instead of behind it, with the 760 bar you can also get straight arms if you need to, i like to be really forward on my bike in the attack.

    Most good stems do the same job, but i really think a nice stem can really make a bike looks wise, thats why i like more freeride/DH stems, the straitline is just machined beautifully, its as solid as a rock, light and is a piece of art, its porn for your bike lol.

    And the straitline defacto pedals, once again they cant be beat, huge platform, awesome sticky pins, sweet bushing system, ive got em on all my bikes.
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    Pictures?

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    Found this article on bar width which has a good estimate on how much to reduce the stem length

    Mountain Bike Handlebars: The Width Issue - BikeRadar

    I think I'm going with Tone's 50mm suggestion for the stem with an Answer DJ DJ Stem | Answer Products

    and the Answer Protaper Carbon 720 bar
    ProTAPER® Carbon 720 AM | Answer Products

    I'm just excited to get my bike back today with new XT brakes just in time for the long weekend!

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