Giant launches new Reign 29er enduro bike

Giant is introducing Reign 29, an all-new addition to the Reign family of enduro and all-mountain bikes. Developed in partnership with Giant Factory Off-Road Team racers, it features updated suspension and progressive 29er geometry.

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Since it was originally introduced in 2005 as one of the first Giant mountain bikes with Maestro suspension, Reign has continually evolved as a progressive long-travel machine for aggressive trail riding and all-mountain terrain. This latest addition to the Reign collection is aimed at off-road riders who crave more speed, efficiency and confidence on the most challenging trails.

 

I’m proud to have worked on the details of the all-new Reign 29 range and I can wholeheartedly say it’s a confidence-inspiring, big-wheel enduro bike that is equally capable whether you choose to compete at an EWS event or have a great time riding local trails with friends. Giant Off-Road Chief Commercial Planner Jan Cees Schellenbach

 

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Giant Factory Off-Road Team riders including Josh Carlson (pictured here) at Round 3 of the Enduro World Series in Portugal, have been riding and racing pre-production models of the Reign 29, helping to dial in the details of the final production version. Sven Martin photo.

 

The 2020 Reign 29 range is available with two different frameset configurations. The Reign Advanced Pro 29 is engineered with superlight Advanced Composite material (both mainframe and rear swingarm), while Reign 29 features an ALUXX SL aluminum frame. Both are engineered with 146mm of rear suspension travel and a 160mm fork. A third series, Reign SX 29, puts an emphasis on descending with a longer travel fork (170mm) and durable components for the roughest terrain.

 

The heart of the new Reign 29 range is its updated Maestro rear suspension setup and progressive 29er-specific frame geometry. Both were developed with enduro racing in mind and tested on the most demanding racetracks of the Enduro World Series.

 

The new trunnion mount shock has a longer stroke for a smoother, more active feel to the rear suspension. This new mount also allows a seatpost to be inserted deeper into the seattube so longer dropper posts can be used. The upper rocker arm is engineered with Advanced Forged Composite, which adds stiffness and strength while lowering overall frame weight.

 

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To accommodate the larger diameter wheels, which help boost speed and stability on technical terrain while also meeting the performance demands of pro enduro racers like Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Josh Carlson, the frame is engineered with shorter chainstays, a longer toptube and updated geometry in the mainframe. A 65-degree headtube angle and 76.8-degree seattube angle provide just the right balance. The front-end is designed with a 42mm or 44mm fork offset (depending on the fork model), producing confident handling on high-speed descents.

 

We’ve been racing Reign bikes with 27.5 wheels for years, and we knew we wanted to retain that bike’s quickness and agility. So it was all about making that jump to 29-inch wheels, which can provide a noticeable boost in confidence when you’re hammering fast, technical descents, but without having to compromise anything. It took some time, but the team nailed it with this Reign 29. Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Josh Carlson

 

All the new Reign 29 models feature Boost hub spacing for stiffer wheel performance, added tire clearance, and improved handling on the trail. And they all come with Giant Tubeless System technology, which means every bike is delivered with Giant WheelSystems and tubeless ready tires, making it easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of added traction, smoother trail control, and a reduced risk of flat tires.

 

Here’s a look at the three series in the new Reign 29 range:


Reign Advanced Pro 29

 

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The flagship series of the new Reign 29 range is engineered with a full Advanced Composite technology frameset including the mainframe and rear swingarm. Aimed at serious enduro and all-mountain riders, it’s the first long-travel 29er ever from Giant. It features the most up-to-date Maestro suspension with an Advanced Forged composite rocker arm and trunnion-mount shock for 146mm of rear travel that’s active and sensitive to small bumps and big hits. The frame geometry is all new, with progressive headtube and seattube angles, shorter chainstays, a longer toptube, and a 42mm or 44mm fork offset for added stability on high-speed descents.

 

Reign 29

 

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This series features all the same suspension updates and new, 29er-specific enduro geometry as the Reign Advanced Pro 29 series. The key difference is this one is built with an ALUXX SL aluminium front triangle and rear swingarm.

 

Reign SX 29

 

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For ultimate confidence on steep drops and the most technical descents, this ALUXX SL aluminium model is more downhill focused with added suspension up front (an extra 10mm of travel) and bulletproof components. It’s a great choice for repeated shuttle runs on chunky terrain or bike park laps on black diamond descents.

 

South African Availability


Two Reign 29 models will be available locally: The Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 and Reign 29 2. The pricing for these bikes has yet to be confirmed.

 




8 Comments

Me rida my bicycle, Aug 07 2019 06:12

Couple of years ago every manufacturer especially Giant said 650b is the future and now every one is quietly going back to 29er

morneS555, Aug 07 2019 08:40

650b got terminally ill the day GM rocked up with a 29" Santa Cruz v10 and went even faster down a mountain, and everybody else had to follow suit or get left behind...IMO of course lol

Meezo, Aug 08 2019 06:06

The price in ZAR will be interesting, however i think i have a new bike i want

Duane_Bosch, Aug 08 2019 07:32

Is it just me of has Giant hit the ball out of the park with all of their new bikes? Stunner for sure.

 

I do wonder about this bike and short arses like me.

 

I had massive issues with seatpost clearance and that kinked seat tube with my 650b reign. Getting the dropper sorted took witchcraft. I have similar issues with my jeffsy. I can't run a 150mm dropper cos of my little man legs but 125mm isn't enough drop. I suppose that's my parents fault not the bike manufacturers.

greg_sa, Aug 08 2019 09:27

Geez, I am really impressed with Giants current lineup! Really good looking, and light too!

Thermophage, Aug 08 2019 09:28

Is it just me of has Giant hit the ball out of the park with all of their new bikes? Stunner for sure.

 

I do wonder about this bike and short arses like me.

 

I had massive issues with seatpost clearance and that kinked seat tube with my 650b reign. Getting the dropper sorted took witchcraft. I have similar issues with my jeffsy. I can't run a 150mm dropper cos of my little man legs but 125mm isn't enough drop. I suppose that's my parents fault not the bike manufacturers.

Yeah...get a Tranny then, super short seat tube and massive standover height.

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Aug 08 2019 09:29

Couple of years ago every manufacturer especially Giant said 650b is the future and now every one is quietly going back to 29er

So they changed their mind in light of new evidence? Seems pretty rational to me?

greg_sa, Aug 08 2019 09:47

Interesting that the pivot points positions and rear shock mounting are quite different between the alu and carbon models. Wonder if the suspension will feel different in any way?