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    Default [AM] 2016 Giant Reign Advanced 1

    Have finally outgrown ye olde faithful Trance SX and upgraded to a bigger and lighter sled.

    As it is already a very nice build from new I have so far just moved over the wheels, brakes, saddle, and bars from the Trance, and don't think there will be as such heavy mod'ing this time around. Instead I hope to fill this thread with some info about how I set up the bike, and lots more pics and videos of riding at various places.

    All changes from stock parts shown in green.


    Frame
    - Reign Advanced Carbon 160mm, Enduro MAX bearings
    Rear shock - Cane Creek DB Inline Coil, 450Lb spring
    Front shock/fork -
    Pike 160mm Dual Position Air, 2/3 of 1 bottomless token, SKF green wiper seals.
    Handlebars - Spank Spike Vibrocore, cut to 780mm, 30mm rise
    Stem - Easton Havoc, 35mm, 0deg
    Headset - Hope
    Grips - Renthal Traction, Kevlar
    Saddle - Specialized Henge Comp, cromo rails
    Seatpost - Fox Transfer 125mm drop. 1x style lever.

    Front brake - Hope Tech 3 E4, 200mm SRAM Centerline rotors
    Rear brake - Hope Tech 3 E4, 180mm SRAM Centerline rotors
    Cranks - M8000 Deore XT 175mm
    Chainguide - MRP AMG v2 w/ 28-32 backplate
    Chain - KMC X11EL
    Pedals - Crank Bros. Mallet DH
    Rear derailleur - M8000 Deore XT
    Rear shifter -
    M8000 Deore XT
    Cassette - M8000 Deore XT, 11-42
    Front hub - Hope Pro 4
    Rear hub - Hope Pro 4, 44T
    Front rim - Stans Flow MK3, 29mm, 32H
    Rear rim -
    Stans Flow MK3, 29mm, 32H
    Spokes -
    DT Swiss Comp
    Nipples - DT Swiss Brass Prolock
    Tyres - F/R: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5WT, Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.3
    Tubes - Stans No Tubes. Huck Norris (rear only)
    Total weight - 14.00Kg


    First day home, 13.19kg no pedals:
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    Ready to shred, 14.00kg with 470g pedals:

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    Last edited by teK--; 24-06-2017 at 05:30 PM. Reason: Updated specs

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    Here are some photos during the few hours that it remained stock!

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    Very bright. I didn't really like it in the stock photos but when I saw one on the trails is what convinced me of the colour:

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    Dunno who this guy is but he is absolutely rippin, and the photograper really captured the true colour of this bike


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    New 11 speed. No more fudging around with ghetto 1x10 extended range. Feel is not as light action as the Saint lever but each click is very crisp like SRAM. Chainstay guard too bright with the cutout but fixed now see below.

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    DT Swiss M 1700 Spline 2. They are reportedly very nice and light 1700g pair. But at 22.5mm wide not really what I want. Might sell them?

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    XT Brakes are going onto the Missus' Anthem. Something new for everyone! Blanking plate not available for shifter until February 2016 so I'm stuck with the optical display for now.

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    Am stoked to have a shock that I can fully service at home.

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    The new upper design guide is near silent; I haven't heard any chain noise yet. Can retrofit to older MRP guides. Also they have replaced the polycarbonate parts with Nylon now so no more issue with using certain degreasers and chain lubes.

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    Dinner plate

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    Lovin the kool aide! Just in time for Summer.

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    Finally Giant spec'ing some decent width bars.


    After an obligatory driveway test it was time to start attacking with tools and get her ready for first ride

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    Carbon wrapped blanking plate.

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    Made a guard using Mucky Nutz as a template but extended length and with mounting holes customised for this frame.

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    Had to disconnect all cables/hose and re-route to the correct sides they made an awful mess of this at the factory. Favorite bars and grips go on.

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    Saints on these rotors are gonna kill it.

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    Last set of Mallet DH have survived 2 bikes, 3 seasons and are still going strong. It was a no brainer to buy another set in matching colour.

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    Bit beatin up now after a couple of years but still super comfy.

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    Murdered out factory guard looks much better.

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    Ready for first ride! Slight weight saving from carbon wheels/tubeless was offset by heavier cassette, and bars. Weight without pedals is now identical to stock weight.

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    Beasty. That thing looks wicked.

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    what cassette dd you change to? i'm struggling to see how you added 500g, unless that is now with pedals?
    not that weight matters though... it seems the heavier i make my bikes, the faster i go.

    sweet ride though. good to see so many bikes with good spec out of the box... you used to buy a bike and have to change 2/3rds of it to make it decent, now it's buy and shred!
    the reigns are a bit hit and miss with the colours though, i'm in love with the new blue one!

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    Certainly easier on the eyes than the gold SX.
    If I rode a fixie and nobody saw it, was it still cool?

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    Looks good Tek. Interested to know how u find the monarch plus and whether u'll be using any spacers.
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    Sweet ride!

    What's that bit of tech hanging off your non drive side chain stay?

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    I usually don't care for Giants as I'm a brand snob cock head, but that looks pretty sweet!

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    That's a nice bike, I really like the colour theme.

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    Could be keen on those wheels if you decide to sell them!
    (Anonymous): "Mavis 721s - I would have children with these rims if it wasn't so very, very wrong."

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