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New Giant Reign promises all-around performance with increased travel and adjustable geometry

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Giant New Testament Enduro Bike It features adjustable geometry, an updated Maestro suspension linkage, and an option to insert 29-inch or 27.5-inch rear wheels.

Now in its eighth generation, the new Reign is designed to stay true to its roots as a versatile and powerful enduro bike.

There will be two build options for the flagship Reign Advanced Pro, which features a carbon frame, as well as two versions of the aluminum-framed Reign. Both bikes will have 170mm front suspension travel and 160mm rear suspension travel.

The gravity-focused Reign SX will feature an aluminum frame, with 190mm of suspension travel in the front and 165mm in the rear.

Adjustable geometry

A three-position toggle chip adjusts the angles of the head and seat tube, as well as the height of the bottom bracket.
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The Giant Reign frame features an updated Maestro sliding link. Giant prompts will allow you to tune the Engineering bike to suit riding style and road conditions.

Giant says it submits bottom bracket Dropout adjustments in 5mm increments (35, 30, or 25mm). The face slider also allows you to change the head tube angle (63.5, 63.9 or 64.2 degrees) and the seat tube angle (78.3, 78.7 or 79 degrees) .

The head tube and seat tube angles become steeper in the high position, as the bottom bracket rises higher. The brand claims it helps on technical terrain and when climbing. 27.5 inch is also allowed MTB wheel to use.

In the low position, the head and seat tube angles become slacker, while lowering the bottom bracket height, which is supposed to provide a firmer and more aggressive geometry.

The middle position is the neutral state and also allows the use of a 27.5-inch wheel.

Reach also suffers, with the average 29er Reign now measuring 456mm low, 460mm mid and 464mm high.

No more return trip

The redesigned Maestro linkage now offers 160mm of rear travel.
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Rear wheel travel has increased by 14mm over the previous model, from 146mm to 160mm. The trunnion shock has a longer stroke of 63.5mm, up from 60mm the previous era. Giant says this gives the new Reign a smoother, more energized feel over a variety of terrains.

The upper composite rocker arm is said to add stiffness to the system, improving the bike’s stability in corners.

The Reign SX is increased to 165mm of travel with a 5mm increase in travel, making it a popular choice for bike parks and freeriding.

The new Giant Reign was spotted on the EWS circuit earlier this year.
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Giant’s new Reign and Reign Advanced Pro will also appear 29er wheels front and rear as standard, with optional Mule Prep made possible by the new face chip. Both bikes will have 170mm front suspension travel and 160mm rear suspension travel.

The Reign SX will be a stock mule, with 190mm Triple Crown forks and a 165mm coil-over shock.

Framework improvements

Integrated downtube storage provides space for essential tools and snacks.
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The Reign has an integrated guard on the underside of the downtube, which is supposed to protect the frame from rocks and other debris, while providing a quieter ride.

The aluminum and carbon frames have integrated storage in the downtube, so you can carry the essentials on the bike. There are also updated cable sockets, which are supposed to help with performance and maintenance.

Giant Reign specs and price

The Reign is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in January 2023. There will be two carbon and two aluminum models, with prices ranging from £3,499/$3,600 to £6,599/$6,800 $.

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 1

The Reign Advanced Pro 1 features a carbon frame and carbon rims.
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  • fork: Fox 38 Performance Elite GRIP2 170mm
  • shock: Fox Float X2 Performance Elite
  • Payment system: SRAM GX Eagle
  • brake: Shimano SLX M7120
  • Wheels: Giant TRX 2 carbon wheel system
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai (front), Maxxis Minion DHR II (rear)
  • the price: £6,599 / $6,800 / €6,999 / AU$8,999

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 2

The Advanced Pro 2 is the entry-level carbon-framed Reign.
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  • fork: RockShox Zeb Select 170mm
  • shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+
  • Payment system: Shimano SLX
  • brake: Shimano Deore BR-MT520
  • Wheels: Giant AM
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai (front), Maxxis Minion DHR II (rear)
  • the price: £4,699 / €5,299 / AU$6,599

Giant’s Reign 1

The Reign 1 is fitted with a Fox 38 fork with 170mm of travel.
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  • fork: Fox 38 Performance Elite GRIP2 170mm
  • shock: Fox Float X Performance Elite
  • Payment system: Shimano SLX
  • brake: Shimano Deore BR-M6120
  • Wheels: Giant AM
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai (front), Maxxis Minion DHR II (rear)
  • the price: £3,999 / €4,499 / AU$5,699

Colossus Reigns 2

The Reign 2 is the cheapest bike in the Reign line.
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  • fork: Rock Shox Yari RC 170mm
  • shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+
  • Payment system: Shimano SLX
  • brake: Shimano Deore BR-MT520
  • Wheels: Giant AM
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai (front), Maxxis Minion DHR II (rear)
  • the price: £3,499 / $3,600 / €3,599 / AU$4,399

Giant Reign SX

The Reign SX features a gravity-focused spec with a coil shock.
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  • fork: FOX 40 PERFORMANCE HANDLE 190 MM
  • shock: Fox DHX2 Performance Elite
  • Payment system: Shimano Deore
  • brake: SRAM R code.
  • Wheels: Giant AM
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai (front), Maxxis Minion DHR II (rear)
  • the price: £4,699 / $4,600 / €4,699 / $4,899

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