Bolstered by 6.7 inches of active Maestro Suspension travel and a burly but beautiful ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, you’ll conquer rough allmountain terrain like never before. Stable geometry, a tapered OverDrive headtube and air or oil shock-compatible shock mounts make Reign X the master of all terrain.
Fox 36 Vanilla R with 20mm thru-axle, 160mm travel,
tapered steerer tube suspension fork,
Fox RC2 rear shock
Strengths: This bike is an absolute blast. Shred the downhill as fast as a downhill bike. but be able to pedal up if needs be. Big hits are no problem on this bike, of course it will bottom out faster than a downhill bike but if you land reasonably smooth then you're better than perfect. Super lightweight and fun. Easy to toss around. Best bike i've ever ridden hands down. I even got a new one of these over my specialized demo 8. Thats saying something.
Weaknesses: Rear triangle is super light and flexes in corners a lot. To the point where its noticeable. Only on whistler though for me.
Such a banger bike. if you want a bike that does it all. Get one. I highly recommend it.
Duration Product Used: had one for 2012 season. Now got a new one for 2013
Purchased At: Spin Cycles Bike Sho
old skool 888
from Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2011
Strengths: Light frame weight, great rear suspension
Weaknesses: None yet
Great bike, for people who prefer more downhill than up and like to hit a few jumps, awesome on small to meduim jumps, handles medium drops to 10ft well, lightweight so great pedalling uphill (once you change out that stupid rear cluster), rerouted the rear brake hose from under the frame. Im 6ft - 87kg and the Large fits perfect, rear spring perfect, front spring maybe a little tight to get perfect sag but stops it bottoming out on the larger drops. Brakes o.k. nothing to write home about but you can up spec if want
Similar Products Used: Norco VP, Specialized SX Trail
Bike Setup: Standard - apart from changing rear cluster
from san diego, ca
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2010
Strengths: 33lbs out of the box-light for a dh/park bike, geometry, handling, wheelset/parts package, pedals great, looks awesome
Weaknesses: none so far except the grips shred up fast
The Giant Reign has been the do it all bike. The SX is the same thing but it leans more towards the guys that go a bit bigger than all mountain. It's light enough to pedal up most climbs(you need good legs with only the nine speed)and can hit anything on any downhill run. The new frame is super dialed and a lot easier to adjust and do maintenance. I am 6' tall and 160lbs and the large is perfect, if you want to do straight DH or park riding get the next size down. I use this bike from XC rides to the dirt jump and DH parks. If your stuck between the X1 and the SX go for the SX, a beefier parts package and for like $150 you can add the extra gears. Maestro is the best design out there to, as long as you can stay in the saddle the SX hooks up great on climbs without much bob at all. Fun fun bike easy to corner and throw around, jumps great to. If you want to go as close to a DH bike as you can and still pedal around get the SX.
been looking at this two bikes...and thinking about getting one..
ill be doing some aggressive all mountain riding and freeriding.
been thinking about the TREK Scratch/Slash too but its too rich for my blood.
other models arent so afodable in my country (Israel).
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