ENDURO Long Term Test 2015 | First Look: The Giant Reign 1
Editor and photographer Christoph was one of the first of the team to receive his new long term test bike, the Giant Reign 1. With its long and slack geometry it looks perfect for his frequently steep and washed out local trails in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
We’ll keep you informed on how the bike performs over the season.
Here’s the first look.
The basis of the Giant Reign 1 is a chic aluminium frame boasting 160mm travel. The suspension is based around Giant’s already well-known Maestro-system.
Both the brake hose and the gear cable are routed through the front triangle and appear just above the bottom bracket before heading off to their respective destinations. The brake hose is mounted above the chainstay and the gear cable below it.
Giant has mounted an MRP chain guard to the ISCG 05 frame fitting whilst the hose for the RockShox Reverb Stealth seat post is through the frame.
Details such as the X12-thru axle and tapered head tube are pretty much standard on modern frames as is the mounting point for a direct-mount front derailleur which however stays unused as this bike has a 1×11-drivetrain.
The specification on the Reign 1 can be described as “race ready” without hesitation. Straight from the shop to the start line – not a problem with the Giant. The suspension is provided by a RockShox Pike RCT3-fork and the RockShox Monarch Plus Debon Air shock and they feel just as harmonious as the Schwalbe Magic Mary and Hans Dampf tyre combination. In-spite of the climbs in the Alps Christoph is convinced that the gear range of the SRAM X1-drivetrain with a 32 tooth chainring and 10-42 cassette will be enough.
“If it gets really steep with a 32 tooth ring you either have to dig in deep for a while or you just get off and walk. You aren’t much faster on the bike anyway. Either way I’m not prepared to miss out on the advantages of a 1×11 drivetrain.”
A few years ago the geometry of the Giant Reign would have made it a pureblood downhill race bike. Nowadays a head tube angle of 65° and a wheelbase of over 1200 mm (size large) is normal and this is just what you’ll find on the Reign.
“Personally I’m a big fan of bikes with a long front centre and a short stem as they give you loads of confidence at high speeds and on rough trails. Compared to the agile Canyon Spectral, which was my long term test bike last year the Reign is a complete contrast. I can’t wait to see which concept feels better at the end of the season.”
Here’s the geometry of the Reign at a glance
|Top tube Length||584mm||620mm||640mm||665mm|
|Head tube angle||65°||65°||65°||65°|
|Seat tube angle||73°||73°||73°||73°|
Even though the Reign 1 is specced absolutely coherently and changes aren’t actually necessary there are still to small changes that I will make before beginning the test: one is setting up the wheels for tubeless use, i.e. without inner tubes and the other is modifying the cockpit to my personal wishes.
What the Giant and all of the other long term test bikes experience during the course of the season will be documented for everyone to see in our Long-Term test timeline for everyone to see.
Here we’ll show you all of the wear, report on any modifications and upgrades and take you along on our rides – so it’s worth taking a regular look!
For further information on the bike: giant-bicycles.com
Words: Aaron Steinke, Christoph Bayer Pictures: Christoph Bayer