After what seemed like a long week and a half wait, the reign frame finally arrived on friday! I built a rough version of the bike to get an idea of the size. Installed the fork, wheelset, stem / handlebars and seat. Frame felt pretty good for me, and I ride an 18" trance. So I installed the bb and crankset so that my buddy (cyfer) could check the fit. Perfect, it was just the right size! With that, I finished the build up this morning and we went out for a test ride. Sold, another Giant convert! I had a couple of unexpected snafus that had to be delt with to get the bike built. 1st problem was the headset, the fork was binding up when the topcap was tightened. After swapping the bearings from top to bottom I realized that the aluminum race was allowing the crown on the fork to rub and therefore bind. I had to take the steel race from the trance cheapie headset that I yanked and press that race on with a pvc pipe. Bingo, this race was a tad bit taller and allowed the fork to turn like butter (although not as nice as a chris king). Next snafu was the cable stops holders for the shifter cables. I sized the rear derailleur cable from the shifter to the frame, cut to length, only to find that there were no stops for the housing, they were through holes. This frame was meant to run a continuous shifter line from the shifters to the 1st cable stop on the rear triangle. Took a breather on that and this morning used shrink tubing on the avid flak jackets and made a continuous run from shifter to the 1st stop. One bike shop told my friend that the faith has cable guides like this, but they never heard of a reign with through hole cable holders? 3rd snafu was the fork. It was supposed to go from 130 to 150mm, but they sent the 130mm fixed fork. Last minute it was decided to use it since we waited so long for the frame. The marzocchi all mountain II at 130mm maximum travel was perfect for the bike. In hindsight, 150 would have been much for regular xc tail rideing. Since the bike is not designed to do freeriding it is a trade off he was able to live with. Last snafu was that the front hydraulic line was too short and had to be replaced with longer hose. Fortunately we bought hose for the rear, but that ended up fitting without being redone. What was shocking was to find that marzocchi had post mounts on this fork like manitou does. What the [email protected]
#$??? Marzocchi's manual shows quite a few models with post mounts for 2006. Good thing my friend uses xt calipers that feature universal mounts, work with iso and post.
Last words I heard him say were "this is dementedly sick!". Converted, another new giant reign owner. Bike rode better than his stumpjumper with FSR linkage.
One problem that showed up during riding was with the granny gear and small cog combo. Chain was jumping off the ring and it was found to be too much chain. The chain was sized on the big ring and large cog and cut to allow 2 additional links plus the quick link. I recall having one less link on my trance due to a mistake when cutting the chain. So far I removed 2 links from his chain, but it still looks like there is a problem with the chain still being short. I'll have to look it over tomorrow, I was shot today and no mood this evening to try to fix it. I used a 118mm wide shimano bb to mount his hollowtech II octalink cranks. Do all reigns come with 68mm x 118mm bb's? My trance had a 118mm truvativ bb, so that is why I had to get the same size shimano bb for that build up. As far as I know, the chainline is identical on the trance and reign?