Giant Reign E+ Pro 2 2020
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GIANT REIGN E+ 2 PRO (2020)

The new Reign E+ 2 Pro is perhaps one of the most exciting mountain bikes to be released from Giant in recent years.

This is why:

First, the geometry changes we’ve seen this year propel it into a modern era trail and enduro mountain bike. It is perhaps the most versatile E-MTB in the range.

Second, the combination of extra suspension travel and electric assistance really makes the Reign E+ 2 Pro fun, engaging and almost a landslide win.

Almost.

WHO IS THE REIGN E+ FOR?

This is the Almost bit.

The Reign E+ has more travel than it’s smaller sibling - the Trance E+ Pro. It uses a 170mm of front suspension travel and it’s paired to 160mm of rear wheel suspension travel.

So, it’s a big bike.

However:

If you’re the sort of rider who wants a mountain bike that will be at home on technical, steep and raw singletrack (and the easy stuff too) the Reign E+ is the bike.

The Reign E+ is going to be perfect for terrain like Mount Buller, Silvan, Red Hill and the You Yangs. All these places have steep climbs and steep, technical descents.

THE GEOMETRY

There’s been some serious updates to the Reign E’s geometry and it a very good thing too.

A 64.5 degree head tube angle (E) delivers exceptional high speed stability and confidence in tricky situations.

The result?

You crash less.

Also the seat angle angle (B) has increased from 72.5-degrees to 76.0-degrees.

This is a huge difference. And has drastic results on the Reign E’s climbing ability. In a very good way.

It has the effect of placing you in a much better climbing position. Your weight is much further forward on the bike; this stops the the front end lifting as you climb steep inclines. It also (significantly) reduces suspension movement.

THE FRAME

Is made from ALUXX SL. It’s the best aluminium (aluminium 6011) that Giant use on their mountain bikes.

It’s light, strong and extremely durable. And it’s made through a process called double-butting. The name comes from the fact that two wall thicknesses are used across the frame; thicker where there’s more load and thinner in areas where there’s less stress.

End result:

Better handling and control when your riding at your limit.

The frame is perfectly sculpted to house the 500Wh battery too. It’s integrated and clean. But it also places the battery at the lowest portion of the frame; lowering the centre of gravity and adding to the Reign E+ 2’s stability.

THE MOTOR AND ELECTRONICS

The Reign E+ 2 Pro uses the top of the range Giant SyncDrive Pro motor system (that’s also been designed in conjunction with Yamaha).

SyncDrive Pro is the top-tier motor and it’s ample for the purposes of the Reign E+ 2. The motor delivers 80Nm of torque (which is a lot) and enough to comfortably pull you over serious inclines.

The SyncDrive Pro motor was used because it’s the best possible option; lightweight, responsive, powerful and quiet. The torque makes it perfect for everyday use and commuting, especially if you live in a hilly area.

Compared with Giant’s other systems, the Pro responds within 190 milliseconds (compared to 500 milliseconds with SyncDrive Sport and SyncDrive Life).

giant ebike motor

Another aspect of the system worth mentioning is power engagement. There is less lag before the pedal engages, resulting in quicker acceleration and power transfer. Also, the axle that connects the cranks to the motor is splined, this results in a stiffer interface and (you guessed it) better response to power input by you.

A display on the handlebar (called RideControl One) shows your battery range and assist (or power) level. Speaking of which there are 5 to choose from (and there support in %):

Auto (100%-360% support) / Eco (100% support) / Basic (175%) / Active (250%) / Sport (300%) / Power (360%)

It’s also Bluetooth compatible. So any cycling computer that uses Bluetooth will be able to sync with it to show speed, distance and cadence.

Also, Giant has designed an app to use with their E-Bikes called RideControl. So instead of a cycling computer, you can mount your phone instead using a Quad Lock case or similar.

Not only will it display the above metric, but it also has a basic map showing where you are. And if there is an issue with your Fastroad E+, it will show you how to perform a very basic self-diagnosis.

PEDALPLUS 6-SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

New for 2020 is an additional 2 sensors (it used to be 4 sensors). The 2 additional sensors are an accelerometer and an incline sensor.

The accelerometer measures the amount of acceleration and deceleration and automatically adjusts the motor output to suit.

The inline sensor measures the gradient or steepness of the slope (up or down) and also adjusts motor output to suit. For example, you don’t want more power when you’re going downhill.

Other sensors include speed, pedal rotation, torque and motor.

REIGN E+ 2 SUSPENSION

Fox suspends the front and rear of the Reign E 2. And that’s a good thing too because it’s one of the benchmarks for suspension performance.

Out back we have the new Fox DPX2. This shock is a hybrid of Fox’s lightweight trail shock (the DPS) and their heavy duty, aggressive rear shock - the X2. Hence, the name DPX2.

The cool thing about this shock is that the oil travels in a circular path. So it’s constantly cooling the air.

That’s because when the air heats up, the shock gets firmer (and firmer) and soon loses all suppleness and ability to track over obstacles smoothly.

A Fox 36 upfront puts out 170mm of travel and helps you attack the trail with confidence. Large diameter 36mm tubes and a reinforced E-Bike specific frame both increase stiffness, and stop the fork from flexing - especially under the heavier weight of an E-mountain bike.

Both products have the following features:

Air pressure adjustment helps set rider sag and allows us to customise the feel for each rider. Rebound (the red dial) sets how fast (or slow) the suspension responds after an impact.

And lastly, the blue lever controls compression - how hard/soft the suspension feels. There are three modes to choose from; open, medium and soft.

SRAM EAGLE

SRAM GX Eagle features on the Reign E+ 2. It’s the third-best Eagle drivetrain in the range and has now been around for two seasons.

All SRAM Eagle drivetrains have 12-gears paired to a single front chainring.

Shifting is accurate and precise. And the gear range is excellent. It is one of the best mountain bike drivetrains I’ve personally used.

GIANT WHEELS

New Giant AM rims are designed specifically for aggressive trail riding. And they meet modern rim trends by using a 30mm inner rim width and 34mm out width.

Wheel weight measures slightly above 2,300 grams and are paired to a Maxxis Minion DHF (2.60”) front tyre and Minion DHR II (2.60”) rear tyre.

Both use the heavy duty EXO compound. And they also have the latest 3C compound. It’s a triple rubber compound; soft on the shoulders, medium then hard in the centre.

GIANT REIGN E+ 2 PRO (2020)

The new Reign E+ 2 Pro is perhaps one of the most exciting mountain bikes to be released from Giant in recent years.

This is why:

First, the geometry changes we’ve seen this year propel it into a modern era trail and enduro mountain bike. It is perhaps the most versatile E-MTB in the range.

Second, the combination of extra suspension travel and electric assistance really makes the Reign E+ 2 Pro fun, engaging and almost a landslide win.

Almost.

WHO IS THE REIGN E+ FOR?

This is the Almost bit.

The Reign E+ has more travel than it’s smaller sibling - the Trance E+ Pro. It uses a 170mm of front suspension travel and it’s paired to 160mm of rear wheel suspension travel.

So, it’s a big bike.

However:

If you’re the sort of rider who wants a mountain bike that will be at home on technical, steep and raw singletrack (and the easy stuff too) the Reign E+ is the bike.

The Reign E+ is going to be perfect for terrain like Mount Buller, Silvan, Red Hill and the You Yangs. All these places have steep climbs and steep, technical descents.

THE GEOMETRY

There’s been some serious updates to the Reign E’s geometry and it a very good thing too.

A 64.5 degree head tube angle (E) delivers exceptional high speed stability and confidence in tricky situations.

The result?

You crash less.

Also the seat angle angle (B) has increased from 72.5-degrees to 76.0-degrees.

This is a huge difference. And has drastic results on the Reign E’s climbing ability. In a very good way.

It has the effect of placing you in a much better climbing position. Your weight is much further forward on the bike; this stops the the front end lifting as you climb steep inclines. It also (significantly) reduces suspension movement.

THE FRAME

Is made from ALUXX SL. It’s the best aluminium (aluminium 6011) that Giant use on their mountain bikes.

It’s light, strong and extremely durable. And it’s made through a process called double-butting. The name comes from the fact that two wall thicknesses are used across the frame; thicker where there’s more load and thinner in areas where there’s less stress.

End result:

Better handling and control when your riding at your limit.

The frame is perfectly sculpted to house the 500Wh battery too. It’s integrated and clean. But it also places the battery at the lowest portion of the frame; lowering the centre of gravity and adding to the Reign E+ 2’s stability.

THE MOTOR AND ELECTRONICS

The Reign E+ 2 Pro uses the top of the range Giant SyncDrive Pro motor system (that’s also been designed in conjunction with Yamaha).

SyncDrive Pro is the top-tier motor and it’s ample for the purposes of the Reign E+ 2. The motor delivers 80Nm of torque (which is a lot) and enough to comfortably pull you over serious inclines.

The SyncDrive Pro motor was used because it’s the best possible option; lightweight, responsive, powerful and quiet. The torque makes it perfect for everyday use and commuting, especially if you live in a hilly area.

Compared with Giant’s other systems, the Pro responds within 190 milliseconds (compared to 500 milliseconds with SyncDrive Sport and SyncDrive Life).

giant ebike motor

Another aspect of the system worth mentioning is power engagement. There is less lag before the pedal engages, resulting in quicker acceleration and power transfer. Also, the axle that connects the cranks to the motor is splined, this results in a stiffer interface and (you guessed it) better response to power input by you.

A display on the handlebar (called RideControl One) shows your battery range and assist (or power) level. Speaking of which there are 5 to choose from (and there support in %):

Auto (100%-360% support) / Eco (100% support) / Basic (175%) / Active (250%) / Sport (300%) / Power (360%)

It’s also Bluetooth compatible. So any cycling computer that uses Bluetooth will be able to sync with it to show speed, distance and cadence.

Also, Giant has designed an app to use with their E-Bikes called RideControl. So instead of a cycling computer, you can mount your phone instead using a Quad Lock case or similar.

Not only will it display the above metric, but it also has a basic map showing where you are. And if there is an issue with your Fastroad E+, it will show you how to perform a very basic self-diagnosis.

PEDALPLUS 6-SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

New for 2020 is an additional 2 sensors (it used to be 4 sensors). The 2 additional sensors are an accelerometer and an incline sensor.

The accelerometer measures the amount of acceleration and deceleration and automatically adjusts the motor output to suit.

The inline sensor measures the gradient or steepness of the slope (up or down) and also adjusts motor output to suit. For example, you don’t want more power when you’re going downhill.

Other sensors include speed, pedal rotation, torque and motor.

REIGN E+ 2 SUSPENSION

Fox suspends the front and rear of the Reign E 2. And that’s a good thing too because it’s one of the benchmarks for suspension performance.

Out back we have the new Fox DPX2. This shock is a hybrid of Fox’s lightweight trail shock (the DPS) and their heavy duty, aggressive rear shock - the X2. Hence, the name DPX2.

The cool thing about this shock is that the oil travels in a circular path. So it’s constantly cooling the air.

That’s because when the air heats up, the shock gets firmer (and firmer) and soon loses all suppleness and ability to track over obstacles smoothly.

A Fox 36 upfront puts out 170mm of travel and helps you attack the trail with confidence. Large diameter 36mm tubes and a reinforced E-Bike specific frame both increase stiffness, and stop the fork from flexing - especially under the heavier weight of an E-mountain bike.

Both products have the following features:

Air pressure adjustment helps set rider sag and allows us to customise the feel for each rider. Rebound (the red dial) sets how fast (or slow) the suspension responds after an impact.

And lastly, the blue lever controls compression - how hard/soft the suspension feels. There are three modes to choose from; open, medium and soft.

SRAM EAGLE

SRAM GX Eagle features on the Reign E+ 2. It’s the third-best Eagle drivetrain in the range and has now been around for two seasons.

All SRAM Eagle drivetrains have 12-gears paired to a single front chainring.

Shifting is accurate and precise. And the gear range is excellent. It is one of the best mountain bike drivetrains I’ve personally used.

GIANT WHEELS

New Giant AM rims are designed specifically for aggressive trail riding. And they meet modern rim trends by using a 30mm inner rim width and 34mm out width.

Wheel weight measures slightly above 2,300 grams and are paired to a Maxxis Minion DHF (2.60”) front tyre and Minion DHR II (2.60”) rear tyre.

Both use the heavy duty EXO compound. And they also have the latest 3C compound. It’s a triple rubber compound; soft on the shoulders, medium then hard in the centre.

GIANT REIGN E+ 2 PRO (2020)

The new Reign E+ 2 Pro is perhaps one of the most exciting mountain bikes to be released from Giant in recent years.

This is why:

First, the geometry changes we’ve seen this year propel it into a modern era trail and enduro mountain bike. It is perhaps the most versatile E-MTB in the range.

Second, the combination of extra suspension travel and electric assistance really makes the Reign E+ 2 Pro fun, engaging and almost a landslide win.

Almost.

WHO IS THE REIGN E+ FOR?

This is the Almost bit.

The Reign E+ has more travel than it’s smaller sibling - the Trance E+ Pro. It uses a 170mm of front suspension travel and it’s paired to 160mm of rear wheel suspension travel.

So, it’s a big bike.

However:

If you’re the sort of rider who wants a mountain bike that will be at home on technical, steep and raw singletrack (and the easy stuff too) the Reign E+ is the bike.

The Reign E+ is going to be perfect for terrain like Mount Buller, Silvan, Red Hill and the You Yangs. All these places have steep climbs and steep, technical descents.

THE GEOMETRY

There’s been some serious updates to the Reign E’s geometry and it a very good thing too.

A 64.5 degree head tube angle (E) delivers exceptional high speed stability and confidence in tricky situations.

The result?

You crash less.

Also the seat angle angle (B) has increased from 72.5-degrees to 76.0-degrees.

This is a huge difference. And has drastic results on the Reign E’s climbing ability. In a very good way.

It has the effect of placing you in a much better climbing position. Your weight is much further forward on the bike; this stops the the front end lifting as you climb steep inclines. It also (significantly) reduces suspension movement.

THE FRAME

Is made from ALUXX SL. It’s the best aluminium (aluminium 6011) that Giant use on their mountain bikes.

It’s light, strong and extremely durable. And it’s made through a process called double-butting. The name comes from the fact that two wall thicknesses are used across the frame; thicker where there’s more load and thinner in areas where there’s less stress.

End result:

Better handling and control when your riding at your limit.

The frame is perfectly sculpted to house the 500Wh battery too. It’s integrated and clean. But it also places the battery at the lowest portion of the frame; lowering the centre of gravity and adding to the Reign E+ 2’s stability.

THE MOTOR AND ELECTRONICS

The Reign E+ 2 Pro uses the top of the range Giant SyncDrive Pro motor system (that’s also been designed in conjunction with Yamaha).

SyncDrive Pro is the top-tier motor and it’s ample for the purposes of the Reign E+ 2. The motor delivers 80Nm of torque (which is a lot) and enough to comfortably pull you over serious inclines.

The SyncDrive Pro motor was used because it’s the best possible option; lightweight, responsive, powerful and quiet. The torque makes it perfect for everyday use and commuting, especially if you live in a hilly area.

Compared with Giant’s other systems, the Pro responds within 190 milliseconds (compared to 500 milliseconds with SyncDrive Sport and SyncDrive Life).

giant ebike motor

Another aspect of the system worth mentioning is power engagement. There is less lag before the pedal engages, resulting in quicker acceleration and power transfer. Also, the axle that connects the cranks to the motor is splined, this results in a stiffer interface and (you guessed it) better response to power input by you.

A display on the handlebar (called RideControl One) shows your battery range and assist (or power) level. Speaking of which there are 5 to choose from (and there support in %):

Auto (100%-360% support) / Eco (100% support) / Basic (175%) / Active (250%) / Sport (300%) / Power (360%)

It’s also Bluetooth compatible. So any cycling computer that uses Bluetooth will be able to sync with it to show speed, distance and cadence.

Also, Giant has designed an app to use with their E-Bikes called RideControl. So instead of a cycling computer, you can mount your phone instead using a Quad Lock case or similar.

Not only will it display the above metric, but it also has a basic map showing where you are. And if there is an issue with your Fastroad E+, it will show you how to perform a very basic self-diagnosis.

PEDALPLUS 6-SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

New for 2020 is an additional 2 sensors (it used to be 4 sensors). The 2 additional sensors are an accelerometer and an incline sensor.

The accelerometer measures the amount of acceleration and deceleration and automatically adjusts the motor output to suit.

The inline sensor measures the gradient or steepness of the slope (up or down) and also adjusts motor output to suit. For example, you don’t want more power when you’re going downhill.

Other sensors include speed, pedal rotation, torque and motor.

REIGN E+ 2 SUSPENSION

Fox suspends the front and rear of the Reign E 2. And that’s a good thing too because it’s one of the benchmarks for suspension performance.

Out back we have the new Fox DPX2. This shock is a hybrid of Fox’s lightweight trail shock (the DPS) and their heavy duty, aggressive rear shock - the X2. Hence, the name DPX2.

The cool thing about this shock is that the oil travels in a circular path. So it’s constantly cooling the air.

That’s because when the air heats up, the shock gets firmer (and firmer) and soon loses all suppleness and ability to track over obstacles smoothly.

A Fox 36 upfront puts out 170mm of travel and helps you attack the trail with confidence. Large diameter 36mm tubes and a reinforced E-Bike specific frame both increase stiffness, and stop the fork from flexing - especially under the heavier weight of an E-mountain bike.

Both products have the following features:

Air pressure adjustment helps set rider sag and allows us to customise the feel for each rider. Rebound (the red dial) sets how fast (or slow) the suspension responds after an impact.

And lastly, the blue lever controls compression - how hard/soft the suspension feels. There are three modes to choose from; open, medium and soft.

SRAM EAGLE

SRAM GX Eagle features on the Reign E+ 2. It’s the third-best Eagle drivetrain in the range and has now been around for two seasons.

All SRAM Eagle drivetrains have 12-gears paired to a single front chainring.

Shifting is accurate and precise. And the gear range is excellent. It is one of the best mountain bike drivetrains I’ve personally used.

GIANT WHEELS

New Giant AM rims are designed specifically for aggressive trail riding. And they meet modern rim trends by using a 30mm inner rim width and 34mm out width.

Wheel weight measures slightly above 2,300 grams and are paired to a Maxxis Minion DHF (2.60”) front tyre and Minion DHR II (2.60”) rear tyre.

Both use the heavy duty EXO compound. And they also have the latest 3C compound. It’s a triple rubber compound; soft on the shoulders, medium then hard in the centre.

GIANT REIGN E+ 2 PRO (2020)

The new Reign E+ 2 Pro is perhaps one of the most exciting mountain bikes to be released from Giant in recent years.

This is why:

First, the geometry changes we’ve seen this year propel it into a modern era trail and enduro mountain bike. It is perhaps the most versatile E-MTB in the range.

Second, the combination of extra suspension travel and electric assistance really makes the Reign E+ 2 Pro fun, engaging and almost a landslide win.

Almost.

WHO IS THE REIGN E+ FOR?

This is the Almost bit.

The Reign E+ has more travel than it’s smaller sibling - the Trance E+ Pro. It uses a 170mm of front suspension travel and it’s paired to 160mm of rear wheel suspension travel.

So, it’s a big bike.

However:

If you’re the sort of rider who wants a mountain bike that will be at home on technical, steep and raw singletrack (and the easy stuff too) the Reign E+ is the bike.

The Reign E+ is going to be perfect for terrain like Mount Buller, Silvan, Red Hill and the You Yangs. All these places have steep climbs and steep, technical descents.

THE GEOMETRY

There’s been some serious updates to the Reign E’s geometry and it a very good thing too.

A 64.5 degree head tube angle (E) delivers exceptional high speed stability and confidence in tricky situations.

The result?

You crash less.

Also the seat angle angle (B) has increased from 72.5-degrees to 76.0-degrees.

This is a huge difference. And has drastic results on the Reign E’s climbing ability. In a very good way.

It has the effect of placing you in a much better climbing position. Your weight is much further forward on the bike; this stops the the front end lifting as you climb steep inclines. It also (significantly) reduces suspension movement.

THE FRAME

Is made from ALUXX SL. It’s the best aluminium (aluminium 6011) that Giant use on their mountain bikes.

It’s light, strong and extremely durable. And it’s made through a process called double-butting. The name comes from the fact that two wall thicknesses are used across the frame; thicker where there’s more load and thinner in areas where there’s less stress.

End result:

Better handling and control when your riding at your limit.

The frame is perfectly sculpted to house the 500Wh battery too. It’s integrated and clean. But it also places the battery at the lowest portion of the frame; lowering the centre of gravity and adding to the Reign E+ 2’s stability.

THE MOTOR AND ELECTRONICS

The Reign E+ 2 Pro uses the top of the range Giant SyncDrive Pro motor system (that’s also been designed in conjunction with Yamaha).

SyncDrive Pro is the top-tier motor and it’s ample for the purposes of the Reign E+ 2. The motor delivers 80Nm of torque (which is a lot) and enough to comfortably pull you over serious inclines.

The SyncDrive Pro motor was used because it’s the best possible option; lightweight, responsive, powerful and quiet. The torque makes it perfect for everyday use and commuting, especially if you live in a hilly area.

Compared with Giant’s other systems, the Pro responds within 190 milliseconds (compared to 500 milliseconds with SyncDrive Sport and SyncDrive Life).

giant ebike motor

Another aspect of the system worth mentioning is power engagement. There is less lag before the pedal engages, resulting in quicker acceleration and power transfer. Also, the axle that connects the cranks to the motor is splined, this results in a stiffer interface and (you guessed it) better response to power input by you.

A display on the handlebar (called RideControl One) shows your battery range and assist (or power) level. Speaking of which there are 5 to choose from (and there support in %):

Auto (100%-360% support) / Eco (100% support) / Basic (175%) / Active (250%) / Sport (300%) / Power (360%)

It’s also Bluetooth compatible. So any cycling computer that uses Bluetooth will be able to sync with it to show speed, distance and cadence.

Also, Giant has designed an app to use with their E-Bikes called RideControl. So instead of a cycling computer, you can mount your phone instead using a Quad Lock case or similar.

Not only will it display the above metric, but it also has a basic map showing where you are. And if there is an issue with your Fastroad E+, it will show you how to perform a very basic self-diagnosis.

PEDALPLUS 6-SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

New for 2020 is an additional 2 sensors (it used to be 4 sensors). The 2 additional sensors are an accelerometer and an incline sensor.

The accelerometer measures the amount of acceleration and deceleration and automatically adjusts the motor output to suit.

The inline sensor measures the gradient or steepness of the slope (up or down) and also adjusts motor output to suit. For example, you don’t want more power when you’re going downhill.

Other sensors include speed, pedal rotation, torque and motor.

REIGN E+ 2 SUSPENSION

Fox suspends the front and rear of the Reign E 2. And that’s a good thing too because it’s one of the benchmarks for suspension performance.

Out back we have the new Fox DPX2. This shock is a hybrid of Fox’s lightweight trail shock (the DPS) and their heavy duty, aggressive rear shock - the X2. Hence, the name DPX2.

The cool thing about this shock is that the oil travels in a circular path. So it’s constantly cooling the air.

That’s because when the air heats up, the shock gets firmer (and firmer) and soon loses all suppleness and ability to track over obstacles smoothly.

A Fox 36 upfront puts out 170mm of travel and helps you attack the trail with confidence. Large diameter 36mm tubes and a reinforced E-Bike specific frame both increase stiffness, and stop the fork from flexing - especially under the heavier weight of an E-mountain bike.

Both products have the following features:

Air pressure adjustment helps set rider sag and allows us to customise the feel for each rider. Rebound (the red dial) sets how fast (or slow) the suspension responds after an impact.

And lastly, the blue lever controls compression - how hard/soft the suspension feels. There are three modes to choose from; open, medium and soft.

SRAM EAGLE

SRAM GX Eagle features on the Reign E+ 2. It’s the third-best Eagle drivetrain in the range and has now been around for two seasons.

All SRAM Eagle drivetrains have 12-gears paired to a single front chainring.

Shifting is accurate and precise. And the gear range is excellent. It is one of the best mountain bike drivetrains I’ve personally used.

GIANT WHEELS

New Giant AM rims are designed specifically for aggressive trail riding. And they meet modern rim trends by using a 30mm inner rim width and 34mm out width.

Wheel weight measures slightly above 2,300 grams and are paired to a Maxxis Minion DHF (2.60”) front tyre and Minion DHR II (2.60”) rear tyre.

Both use the heavy duty EXO compound. And they also have the latest 3C compound. It’s a triple rubber compound; soft on the shoulders, medium then hard in the centre.

GIANT REIGN E+ 2 PRO (2020)

The new Reign E+ 2 Pro is perhaps one of the most exciting mountain bikes to be released from Giant in recent years.

This is why:

First, the geometry changes we’ve seen this year propel it into a modern era trail and enduro mountain bike. It is perhaps the most versatile E-MTB in the range.

Second, the combination of extra suspension travel and electric assistance really makes the Reign E+ 2 Pro fun, engaging and almost a landslide win.

Almost.

WHO IS THE REIGN E+ FOR?

This is the Almost bit.

The Reign E+ has more travel than it’s smaller sibling - the Trance E+ Pro. It uses a 170mm of front suspension travel and it’s paired to 160mm of rear wheel suspension travel.

So, it’s a big bike.

However:

If you’re the sort of rider who wants a mountain bike that will be at home on technical, steep and raw singletrack (and the easy stuff too) the Reign E+ is the bike.

The Reign E+ is going to be perfect for terrain like Mount Buller, Silvan, Red Hill and the You Yangs. All these places have steep climbs and steep, technical descents.

THE GEOMETRY

There’s been some serious updates to the Reign E’s geometry and it a very good thing too.

A 64.5 degree head tube angle (E) delivers exceptional high speed stability and confidence in tricky situations.

The result?

You crash less.

Also the seat angle angle (B) has increased from 72.5-degrees to 76.0-degrees.

This is a huge difference. And has drastic results on the Reign E’s climbing ability. In a very good way.

It has the effect of placing you in a much better climbing position. Your weight is much further forward on the bike; this stops the the front end lifting as you climb steep inclines. It also (significantly) reduces suspension movement.

THE FRAME

Is made from ALUXX SL. It’s the best aluminium (aluminium 6011) that Giant use on their mountain bikes.

It’s light, strong and extremely durable. And it’s made through a process called double-butting. The name comes from the fact that two wall thicknesses are used across the frame; thicker where there’s more load and thinner in areas where there’s less stress.

End result:

Better handling and control when your riding at your limit.

The frame is perfectly sculpted to house the 500Wh battery too. It’s integrated and clean. But it also places the battery at the lowest portion of the frame; lowering the centre of gravity and adding to the Reign E+ 2’s stability.

THE MOTOR AND ELECTRONICS

The Reign E+ 2 Pro uses the top of the range Giant SyncDrive Pro motor system (that’s also been designed in conjunction with Yamaha).

SyncDrive Pro is the top-tier motor and it’s ample for the purposes of the Reign E+ 2. The motor delivers 80Nm of torque (which is a lot) and enough to comfortably pull you over serious inclines.

The SyncDrive Pro motor was used because it’s the best possible option; lightweight, responsive, powerful and quiet. The torque makes it perfect for everyday use and commuting, especially if you live in a hilly area.

Compared with Giant’s other systems, the Pro responds within 190 milliseconds (compared to 500 milliseconds with SyncDrive Sport and SyncDrive Life).

giant ebike motor

Another aspect of the system worth mentioning is power engagement. There is less lag before the pedal engages, resulting in quicker acceleration and power transfer. Also, the axle that connects the cranks to the motor is splined, this results in a stiffer interface and (you guessed it) better response to power input by you.

A display on the handlebar (called RideControl One) shows your battery range and assist (or power) level. Speaking of which there are 5 to choose from (and there support in %):

Auto (100%-360% support) / Eco (100% support) / Basic (175%) / Active (250%) / Sport (300%) / Power (360%)

It’s also Bluetooth compatible. So any cycling computer that uses Bluetooth will be able to sync with it to show speed, distance and cadence.

Also, Giant has designed an app to use with their E-Bikes called RideControl. So instead of a cycling computer, you can mount your phone instead using a Quad Lock case or similar.

Not only will it display the above metric, but it also has a basic map showing where you are. And if there is an issue with your Fastroad E+, it will show you how to perform a very basic self-diagnosis.

PEDALPLUS 6-SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

New for 2020 is an additional 2 sensors (it used to be 4 sensors). The 2 additional sensors are an accelerometer and an incline sensor.

The accelerometer measures the amount of acceleration and deceleration and automatically adjusts the motor output to suit.

The inline sensor measures the gradient or steepness of the slope (up or down) and also adjusts motor output to suit. For example, you don’t want more power when you’re going downhill.

Other sensors include speed, pedal rotation, torque and motor.

REIGN E+ 2 SUSPENSION

Fox suspends the front and rear of the Reign E 2. And that’s a good thing too because it’s one of the benchmarks for suspension performance.

Out back we have the new Fox DPX2. This shock is a hybrid of Fox’s lightweight trail shock (the DPS) and their heavy duty, aggressive rear shock - the X2. Hence, the name DPX2.

The cool thing about this shock is that the oil travels in a circular path. So it’s constantly cooling the air.

That’s because when the air heats up, the shock gets firmer (and firmer) and soon loses all suppleness and ability to track over obstacles smoothly.

A Fox 36 upfront puts out 170mm of travel and helps you attack the trail with confidence. Large diameter 36mm tubes and a reinforced E-Bike specific frame both increase stiffness, and stop the fork from flexing - especially under the heavier weight of an E-mountain bike.

Both products have the following features:

Air pressure adjustment helps set rider sag and allows us to customise the feel for each rider. Rebound (the red dial) sets how fast (or slow) the suspension responds after an impact.

And lastly, the blue lever controls compression - how hard/soft the suspension feels. There are three modes to choose from; open, medium and soft.

SRAM EAGLE

SRAM GX Eagle features on the Reign E+ 2. It’s the third-best Eagle drivetrain in the range and has now been around for two seasons.

All SRAM Eagle drivetrains have 12-gears paired to a single front chainring.

Shifting is accurate and precise. And the gear range is excellent. It is one of the best mountain bike drivetrains I’ve personally used.

GIANT WHEELS

New Giant AM rims are designed specifically for aggressive trail riding. And they meet modern rim trends by using a 30mm inner rim width and 34mm out width.

Wheel weight measures slightly above 2,300 grams and are paired to a Maxxis Minion DHF (2.60”) front tyre and Minion DHR II (2.60”) rear tyre.

Both use the heavy duty EXO compound. And they also have the latest 3C compound. It’s a triple rubber compound; soft on the shoulders, medium then hard in the centre.

Colour Tempus Grey / Desert
Frame ALUXX SL grade aluminium, Maestro, 160mm travel, Boost
Fork Fox Rhythm 36, GRIP Damper, 15x110mm Axle, OverDrive steerer, 170mm travel
Shock Fox Float DPX2 Performance, 3 position lever, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact trail rise, 35mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Switch Dropper, 30.9mm
Saddle Giant Contact, Neutral
Pedals N/A
Shifter SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Front Derailleur MRP 1X custom “V3” co-moulded TR chain guide
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes SRAM Guide RE hydraulic disc, 200mm
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RE hydraulic
Cassette SRAM PG1230, 11-50T, 12 speed
Chain SRAM NX Eagle
Crankset Praxis E-Cadet+, 36T
Rims Giant AM, Tubeless
Hubs Giant sealed disc, Fr: 28H, Rr: 32H
Spokes Stainless steel
Tyres Fr: Maxxis Minion DHF, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6” Rr: Maxxis Minion DHR II, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6”
Extras Giant EnergyPak Smart 6A charger, MRP chain guide
Motor Giant SyncDrive Pro, powered by YAMAHA
Sensors Giant PedalPlus 6-sensor technology
Display Giant RideControl ONE, Remote button
Battery Giant EnergyPak 500, 36V integrated Lithium-Ion
Colour Tempus Grey / Desert
Frame ALUXX SL grade aluminium, Maestro, 160mm travel, Boost
Fork Fox Rhythm 36, GRIP Damper, 15x110mm Axle, OverDrive steerer, 170mm travel
Shock Fox Float DPX2 Performance, 3 position lever, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact trail rise, 35mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Switch Dropper, 30.9mm
Saddle Giant Contact, Neutral
Pedals N/A
Shifter SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Front Derailleur MRP 1X custom “V3” co-moulded TR chain guide
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes SRAM Guide RE hydraulic disc, 200mm
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RE hydraulic
Cassette SRAM PG1230, 11-50T, 12 speed
Chain SRAM NX Eagle
Crankset Praxis E-Cadet+, 36T
Rims Giant AM, Tubeless
Hubs Giant sealed disc, Fr: 28H, Rr: 32H
Spokes Stainless steel
Tyres Fr: Maxxis Minion DHF, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6” Rr: Maxxis Minion DHR II, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6”
Extras Giant EnergyPak Smart 6A charger, MRP chain guide
Motor Giant SyncDrive Pro, powered by YAMAHA
Sensors Giant PedalPlus 6-sensor technology
Display Giant RideControl ONE, Remote button
Battery Giant EnergyPak 500, 36V integrated Lithium-Ion
Colour Tempus Grey / Desert
Frame ALUXX SL grade aluminium, Maestro, 160mm travel, Boost
Fork Fox Rhythm 36, GRIP Damper, 15x110mm Axle, OverDrive steerer, 170mm travel
Shock Fox Float DPX2 Performance, 3 position lever, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact trail rise, 35mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Switch Dropper, 30.9mm
Saddle Giant Contact, Neutral
Pedals N/A
Shifter SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Front Derailleur MRP 1X custom “V3” co-moulded TR chain guide
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes SRAM Guide RE hydraulic disc, 200mm
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RE hydraulic
Cassette SRAM PG1230, 11-50T, 12 speed
Chain SRAM NX Eagle
Crankset Praxis E-Cadet+, 36T
Rims Giant AM, Tubeless
Hubs Giant sealed disc, Fr: 28H, Rr: 32H
Spokes Stainless steel
Tyres Fr: Maxxis Minion DHF, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6” Rr: Maxxis Minion DHR II, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6”
Extras Giant EnergyPak Smart 6A charger, MRP chain guide
Motor Giant SyncDrive Pro, powered by YAMAHA
Sensors Giant PedalPlus 6-sensor technology
Display Giant RideControl ONE, Remote button
Battery Giant EnergyPak 500, 36V integrated Lithium-Ion
General
Brand
Giant
Colour
Grey
Year
2020.0
Bike
Frame Size
Large
Colour Tempus Grey / Desert
Frame ALUXX SL grade aluminium, Maestro, 160mm travel, Boost
Fork Fox Rhythm 36, GRIP Damper, 15x110mm Axle, OverDrive steerer, 170mm travel
Shock Fox Float DPX2 Performance, 3 position lever, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact trail rise, 35mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Switch Dropper, 30.9mm
Saddle Giant Contact, Neutral
Pedals N/A
Shifter SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Front Derailleur MRP 1X custom “V3” co-moulded TR chain guide
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes SRAM Guide RE hydraulic disc, 200mm
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RE hydraulic
Cassette SRAM PG1230, 11-50T, 12 speed
Chain SRAM NX Eagle
Crankset Praxis E-Cadet+, 36T
Rims Giant AM, Tubeless
Hubs Giant sealed disc, Fr: 28H, Rr: 32H
Spokes Stainless steel
Tyres Fr: Maxxis Minion DHF, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6” Rr: Maxxis Minion DHR II, TR, EXO, 3C, Folding, 27.5x2.6”
Extras Giant EnergyPak Smart 6A charger, MRP chain guide
Motor Giant SyncDrive Pro, powered by YAMAHA
Sensors Giant PedalPlus 6-sensor technology
Display Giant RideControl ONE, Remote button
Battery Giant EnergyPak 500, 36V integrated Lithium-Ion
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Electronics 2 years
Other 1 year
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Electronics 2 years
Other 1 year
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Electronics 2 years
Other 1 year
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Electronics 2 years
Other 1 year
Frame Lifetime Warranty (to the original owner)
SRAM 2 years
Wheels 2 years
Electronics 2 years
Other 1 year