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Bring on the Reign

February 15, 2011

Welcome to the story of this New Giant Reign XO 2011 with up to 6.7 inches of travel on the rear.

Started from just the frame. The owner James, wanted it to last through years of riding without the worry of the bike being out dated so easily. That means he has to be extra careful with his choice of parts and make sure he’s not paying big bucks for special design or unique products. But reputable and reliable products that will brave through the storms from day to day use all the way to the usual yearly advancement of bicycle products.

A groupo of Sram’s XO 2 x 10 was chosen for this All Mountain application. A balance between strength and rigidity. This new group set earn its origin from the previous successful SRAM XO 9 speed group sets. The only “Splendor” was a set of Ceramic Bearing equipped SRAM GXP Bottom bracket was chosen over the conventional GXPs. Which is also a new product for the MTB series from SRAM.

Being up to date with the latest definitely means 10 speed is a must with a choice of 12T-36T configuration for the rear cassette. A mid cage rear derailleur was chosen to degrease chain length and hence chain slap on the chain-stay and for better chain tension.

And of course, all these mounted on a pair of very light weight Tailored hand build wheels by our experience wheel builder. Every spoke was calculated to be at his minimum length in order to maximize the spoke tension for rigidity to avoid power loss and improve braking feedback for Jame’s weight and riding style. This light weight combination uses DT Swiss Aerolite bladed spokes on some newly launched Anodized Gold ZTR flow rims. Hub choice should be pretty obvious, James invested in a pair of Chris King Hubs – One of the most reliable and longest warranted hubs in the market.

Front damping will be taken care of by a 2011 RockShox Lyric Solo Air RC2DH. Maximum Rigidity with the possibility of running a tapered steerer tube on the Reign’s cone head tube from this giant frame. Definitely one of the most rigid and light weight design with 170mm travel at just over 2.1kg in weight. Currently a Fox DHX rear shock that’s supplied with the Reign, but we see a possible upgrade really soon to a very color matched rear shock.

Stopping power comes from a set of reputable and well know for its strong braking power and reliability, Shimano Saint 4 pot brakes. Paired with a set of Braking/ Galfer rotors and bleed with Magura Fluid for better heat resistence that causes brake fads. We are sure James is going to be one of the last in the pack to jump on the brakes coming to a corner! A RaceFace Atlas Bar on a Point Stem , leveling out what would be a decent seat and bar height ratio for All Mountain riding.

A prevalent to start off, but ended with a finishing that’s thoughtful and original.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew permalink
    February 15, 2011 3:26 am

    Awesome setup and cool colours. I assume it’s tubeless?

  2. Jamie permalink
    February 15, 2011 7:08 am

    Bring the Reign!

  3. attitudebikes permalink*
    February 16, 2011 2:00 am

    RIght now its running tube but of course tube less is possible and up to individual 🙂

  4. ditra permalink
    December 5, 2011 6:13 am

    cool bike !
    Love it

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