Giant Reign 1 2019
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Giant Reign 1 2019


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GIANT REIGN 1 (2019)

The Giant Reign 1 is a killer spec modern enduro bike. Itbikes the best aluminium Reign you can buy and the build kit doesn’t compromise. Race grade Rock Shox suspension, Eagle drivetrain and Giant’s new Enduro wheels set the benchmark for value.

WHO SHOULD BUY THE REIGN 1?

Everyone’s different. Some riders buy the base level and upgrade over the years. It will cost you less in the Short term but long term, it will end with you paying much, much more.

Others prefer to buy once and buy well. And if this is you, then the Reign 1 is perfect. There are no major upgrades required. You may want to change grips, saddle or tyres - but really, even these are very good.

I also see you buying the Giant Reign if you love technical mountain biking. You’re willing to sacrifice some pedalling efficiency for maximum stability and confidence going downhill.

REIGN 1 FRAME

Made from ALUXX SL grade aluminium and engineered to deliver 160mm of travel. Itbikes the top of the range aluminium frame that Giant use on their mountain bikes - so it’s not cheap stuff.

The Reign 2’s frame is double-butted. This means the frame has 2 wall thickness; slightly thinner in areas where force and loading are minimal and slightly thicker in places where stresses are much higher.

So you get a frame that’s lighter and stiffer than a standard single butted aluminium frame - exactly what you need for the Reign.

Internal cable routing and smooth, clean welds enhance the Reign 1bikes immaculate appearance.

All pivot bearings are sealed. So riding in varied and extreme trail conditions will still keep the rear end reacting smoothly to trail impacts. On a side note though; never use a high-pressure hose on these important pivot areas. Otherwise, you’ll need to replace these bearings and that’s not cheap.

THE REIGN’S UPDATED GEOMETRY

There have been a couple of tweaks to the Reignbikes geometry for 2019.

  1. HEAD TUBE ANGLE. For 2019, the Reignbikes head tube angle has been slackened by 0.5 degrees (from 65 degrees in 2018 to 64.5 degrees).

  2. TRAIL is the self-centring effect that the front of the bike has. More trail means more stable and a less twitchy front end - especially at high speeds over roots and rocks.

  3. For 2019, the Reignbikes Trail number has increased to 120mm (from 117mm). And yes, that’s enough to make a difference.

  4. BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT has been lifted up by 3mm, compared to 2018. This should help prevent pedals strikes against trail obstacles.

These changes make the Reign a better gravity focussed mountain bike.

However, you can’t have the unicorn bike - something’s gotta give! And that is usually pedalling efficiency. If your content to pedal the bike up a smooth climb at your own pace and leisure then that is absolutely fine. If you’re planning on doing tight, technical and steep climbs then you will need to be a stronger climber - fitter.

If you’re riding does consist of technical climbs or you’re just not fit, then you will be better off considering the Giant Trance bikes or if you don’t mind spending a little more, the Rocky Mountain Instinct.

Otherwise, the rear shock does include Rock Shox’s new Twist Lock remote-controlled sprint lockout, which will firm the rear shock’s feel and improve pedalling efficiency - all without taking your hands off the handlebars.

ROCK SHOX SUSPENSION

A Lyrik RC DebonAir front suspension fork handles business at the front of the new Reign 1 and delivers 170mm of travel. The Lyrik RC is a level up from the Yari RC that the Giant Reign 2 comes with. And there is one radical difference.

The damper used in the Lyrik RC is the new Charger 2 (compared to the Motion Control on the Yari RC). The original Charger damper is what bought Rock Shox to the attention of so many mountain bikers. It was smooth in mid and end stroke, controlled and delivered exceptional versatility; from trail riding to hardcore enduro racing. And the new Charger 2 damper takes this to the next level.

A larger negative air volume delivers much smoother small bump sensitivity, that the original lacked. Itbikes also a closed bath damper. This means a rubber bladder houses the air and stops the oil and air from mixing together and causing cavitation. Cavitation is bad because it transforms the suspension into feeling harsh, almost like it’s too firm and locked out.

Developed under some of the best riders in the world, the new Super Deluxe RT Remote rear shock brings this tech to our level. This rear shock has tech such as CounterMeasure, DebonAir and Rapid Recovery to virtually eliminate friction, accelerate piston movement and get the rear wheel tracking along the trail flawlessly.

New for 2019 is the grip shift inspired lockout. Gone is the underbar mounted lever.

It’s also worth noting that the Super Deluxe is slightly more sophisticated and capable than the Deluxe rear shock on the Reign 2. The extra reservoir cools the oil, helping to maintain consistent damping on long, technical descents. So, if you’re going to be riding lots of vertical or your trails have consistently harsh impacts then the upgrade to the Super Deluxe is worth it.

SRAM EAGLE AND CODE R BRAKES

The latest addition to the 12-speed movement. GX Eagle is the new performance-enthusiast drivetrain from Sram. Gear shifting is incredible and there are no dead spots in the gear range.

The new Code R 4 piston brakes are specifically designed for heavy-duty mountain biking. They are so powerful that we are also seeing them on modern E mountain bikes. These feature a reach adjustment dial to tune how far or close you want the lever placed to the handlebar.

NEW GIANT HOOKLESS RIMS

Hookless rims eliminate the bead hook and instead rely on the interference-fit between the tyre bead and the rim

So why have Giant gone down this road?

It lowers manufacturing costs and increases performance gains. A hookless rim has better tyre retention and on a tubeless setup is less prone to the tyre burping and blowing off.

In hookless rim design, the rim’s inner width is naturally wider. Itbikes also much, much lighter. This means more air volume in the tyre, the tyre also forms a perfect semi-circle and more stability in the corner.

What keeps the tyre on the rim though?

Well, it’s definitely not a case of ripping the bead off and calling it a day! There’s a bit more engineering work to do.

It depends on the relationship between 4 variables; the height of the side, the depth of the locking channel (at the base, on the inside of the rim), the slope of the transition and the depth of the centre channel. Essentially making sure the tyre is stable on the rim.

Both hubs are made from DT Swiss and rotate on high-precision sealed bearing hubs.

Maxxis Minion DHF and DHRII tyres are set up tubeless and should be inducted into the hall of fame for tyres. If it existed. These really are the default tyres for most riders because they have exceptional grip, tyre stability, durability and are the best tyres in their class.

GIANT REIGN 1 (2019)

The Giant Reign 1 is a killer spec modern enduro bike. Itbikes the best aluminium Reign you can buy and the build kit doesn’t compromise. Race grade Rock Shox suspension, Eagle drivetrain and Giant’s new Enduro wheels set the benchmark for value.

WHO SHOULD BUY THE REIGN 1?

Everyone’s different. Some riders buy the base level and upgrade over the years. It will cost you less in the Short term but long term, it will end with you paying much, much more.

Others prefer to buy once and buy well. And if this is you, then the Reign 1 is perfect. There are no major upgrades required. You may want to change grips, saddle or tyres - but really, even these are very good.

I also see you buying the Giant Reign if you love technical mountain biking. You’re willing to sacrifice some pedalling efficiency for maximum stability and confidence going downhill.

REIGN 1 FRAME

Made from ALUXX SL grade aluminium and engineered to deliver 160mm of travel. Itbikes the top of the range aluminium frame that Giant use on their mountain bikes - so it’s not cheap stuff.

The Reign 2’s frame is double-butted. This means the frame has 2 wall thickness; slightly thinner in areas where force and loading are minimal and slightly thicker in places where stresses are much higher.

So you get a frame that’s lighter and stiffer than a standard single butted aluminium frame - exactly what you need for the Reign.

Internal cable routing and smooth, clean welds enhance the Reign 1bikes immaculate appearance.

All pivot bearings are sealed. So riding in varied and extreme trail conditions will still keep the rear end reacting smoothly to trail impacts. On a side note though; never use a high-pressure hose on these important pivot areas. Otherwise, you’ll need to replace these bearings and that’s not cheap.

THE REIGN’S UPDATED GEOMETRY

There have been a couple of tweaks to the Reignbikes geometry for 2019.

  1. HEAD TUBE ANGLE. For 2019, the Reignbikes head tube angle has been slackened by 0.5 degrees (from 65 degrees in 2018 to 64.5 degrees).

  2. TRAIL is the self-centring effect that the front of the bike has. More trail means more stable and a less twitchy front end - especially at high speeds over roots and rocks.

  3. For 2019, the Reignbikes Trail number has increased to 120mm (from 117mm). And yes, that’s enough to make a difference.

  4. BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT has been lifted up by 3mm, compared to 2018. This should help prevent pedals strikes against trail obstacles.

These changes make the Reign a better gravity focussed mountain bike.

However, you can’t have the unicorn bike - something’s gotta give! And that is usually pedalling efficiency. If your content to pedal the bike up a smooth climb at your own pace and leisure then that is absolutely fine. If you’re planning on doing tight, technical and steep climbs then you will need to be a stronger climber - fitter.

If you’re riding does consist of technical climbs or you’re just not fit, then you will be better off considering the Giant Trance bikes or if you don’t mind spending a little more, the Rocky Mountain Instinct.

Otherwise, the rear shock does include Rock Shox’s new Twist Lock remote-controlled sprint lockout, which will firm the rear shock’s feel and improve pedalling efficiency - all without taking your hands off the handlebars.

ROCK SHOX SUSPENSION

A Lyrik RC DebonAir front suspension fork handles business at the front of the new Reign 1 and delivers 170mm of travel. The Lyrik RC is a level up from the Yari RC that the Giant Reign 2 comes with. And there is one radical difference.

The damper used in the Lyrik RC is the new Charger 2 (compared to the Motion Control on the Yari RC). The original Charger damper is what bought Rock Shox to the attention of so many mountain bikers. It was smooth in mid and end stroke, controlled and delivered exceptional versatility; from trail riding to hardcore enduro racing. And the new Charger 2 damper takes this to the next level.

A larger negative air volume delivers much smoother small bump sensitivity, that the original lacked. Itbikes also a closed bath damper. This means a rubber bladder houses the air and stops the oil and air from mixing together and causing cavitation. Cavitation is bad because it transforms the suspension into feeling harsh, almost like it’s too firm and locked out.

Developed under some of the best riders in the world, the new Super Deluxe RT Remote rear shock brings this tech to our level. This rear shock has tech such as CounterMeasure, DebonAir and Rapid Recovery to virtually eliminate friction, accelerate piston movement and get the rear wheel tracking along the trail flawlessly.

New for 2019 is the grip shift inspired lockout. Gone is the underbar mounted lever.

It’s also worth noting that the Super Deluxe is slightly more sophisticated and capable than the Deluxe rear shock on the Reign 2. The extra reservoir cools the oil, helping to maintain consistent damping on long, technical descents. So, if you’re going to be riding lots of vertical or your trails have consistently harsh impacts then the upgrade to the Super Deluxe is worth it.

SRAM EAGLE AND CODE R BRAKES

The latest addition to the 12-speed movement. GX Eagle is the new performance-enthusiast drivetrain from Sram. Gear shifting is incredible and there are no dead spots in the gear range.

The new Code R 4 piston brakes are specifically designed for heavy-duty mountain biking. They are so powerful that we are also seeing them on modern E mountain bikes. These feature a reach adjustment dial to tune how far or close you want the lever placed to the handlebar.

NEW GIANT HOOKLESS RIMS

Hookless rims eliminate the bead hook and instead rely on the interference-fit between the tyre bead and the rim

So why have Giant gone down this road?

It lowers manufacturing costs and increases performance gains. A hookless rim has better tyre retention and on a tubeless setup is less prone to the tyre burping and blowing off.

In hookless rim design, the rim’s inner width is naturally wider. Itbikes also much, much lighter. This means more air volume in the tyre, the tyre also forms a perfect semi-circle and more stability in the corner.

What keeps the tyre on the rim though?

Well, it’s definitely not a case of ripping the bead off and calling it a day! There’s a bit more engineering work to do.

It depends on the relationship between 4 variables; the height of the side, the depth of the locking channel (at the base, on the inside of the rim), the slope of the transition and the depth of the centre channel. Essentially making sure the tyre is stable on the rim.

Both hubs are made from DT Swiss and rotate on high-precision sealed bearing hubs.

Maxxis Minion DHF and DHRII tyres are set up tubeless and should be inducted into the hall of fame for tyres. If it existed. These really are the default tyres for most riders because they have exceptional grip, tyre stability, durability and are the best tyres in their class.

Colour Metallic Orange / Black
Frame ALUXX SL grade aluminium, Maestro 160mm travel, Boost, ISCG 05
Fork RockShox Lyric RC DebonAir, OverDrive steerer, 15x110mm Maxle Stealth, 170mm travel
Shock RockShox Super Deluxe RTR, TwistLoc, DebonAir, Trunnion mount
Handlebar Giant Contact SL trail rise, 35mm
Stem Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Seatpost Giant Contact Switch S dropper, 30.9mm
Saddle Giant Contact SL, Neutral
Pedals N/A
Shifter SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes SRAM Code R hydraulic disc, Fr: 200mm, Rr: 180mm
Brake Levers SRAM Code R hydraulic
Cassette SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 10-50T, 12 speed
Chain SRAM GX Eagle
Crankset Truvativ Descendant Eagle, Dub, 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP Dub, press fit
Rims Giant TR 1 Hookless Alloy, DBL, WheelSystem
Hubs Giant TR 1 Hookless Alloy, DBL, WheelSystem, 28H
Spokes Giant TR 1 Hookless Alloy, DBL, WheelSystem
Tyres Fr: Maxxis Minion DHF, TR, EXO, Folding, 27.5x2.5” Rr: Maxxis Minion DHR II, TR, EXO, Folding, 27.5x2.4”
Extras MRP AMG V2 Alloy
General
Brand
Giant
Bike
Frame Size
Medium