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I bought a 2005 Reign frame from Smart Cycles, 16 inch size, frame weight 7.5 LBS.

Build list:

Fork: Fox Vanilla 36 RC2
Shock: Manitou swinger 3 way
Headset: stock FSA zero-stack
Stem: FSA FR200 70mm 6deg. rise
Handlebar: FSA XC 190 1.5 inch riser 25 inch length.
Grips: ODI ruffian lock on with Hope end plugs(bling)
Brakes: Avid juicy 7 160mm front and rear
Shifters: shimano XT rapidfire.
Front derailleur: shimano XT
Rear Derailleur: shimano 750 SG XT (short cage, non-rapid-rise)
Chain: shimano XTR
Cassette: shimano XTR 11-34
Cranks: shimano XT 22-32 with FSA clear poly bash ring (for 32 ring)
Pedals: Tioga MX-Pro (flats) and shimano M540 (clipless)
Hubs: Hadley 20mm front and 10mm thru-axle rear
Rims: Mavic 819
Tires: Kenda Kinetic 2.2 UST
Seatpost: Thomson 367mm
Seat: Selle Italia Flite Ti

Total weight 32 LBS.

No real ride report yet, I'm just glad I got it finished!
Now I need to go get it dirty!!!






 

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theg1ant said:
OMFG :eek: that is sooo hot!!!!!!!!
how does the vanilla perform? thats my dream fork and dream breaks
Fork? Who knows? Not me. Brakes... the Juicy 7s for me so far have been absolutely wonderful! I couldnt ask for more from my brakes, they dont lock but stop on a dime. Amazing really.

I like the setup, looks nice and clean.
 

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theg1ant said:
OMFG :eek: that is sooo hot!!!!!!!!
how does the vanilla perform? thats my dream fork and dream breaks
Hehehe - So far everything is nice and smooth - but it is not really
even broke in yet - so far I've only done a shake down ride, up & down the
street in front of my house, and of course, off the curb, too ;)
but no real trail riding yet - I'll do a ride report later, after I get some saddle time.
 

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deoreo said:
I bought a 2005 Reign frame from Smart Cycles, 16 inch size, frame weight 7.5 LBS.
Cool!!!

Damn! I'd sell my soul for a set of Hadley's!

Congratulations... it's pure bike porn.

If you haven't done as of yet, get a set of replacement bearings from enduroforkseals.com... just in case. It can be accounted as an upgrade too.
 

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i love my reign. its the best black diamond trial/all mountain/ light fr bike out there. have fun with that. like i said that bike is sex on wheels
 

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Sweet bike,nice parts pick,let us know how it works out for you.Next set of pic's I hope its covered in mud because it is to pretty.Now go have fun trying to break it.
 

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How hard are you riding your Reign.

theg1ant said:
i love my reign. its the best black diamond trial/all mountain/ light fr bike out there. have fun with that. like i said that bike is sex on wheels
I was looking at a Reign at a shop this summer and my type of riding is all mountain/xc with some light freeriding thrown in. I weigh 215lbs and the shop owner told me the Reign would not be strong enough for my riding style and weight. I have heard this before as well.

How hard do you ride your Reign, and how much do you weigh if you are giving it a good work out?
 

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wonderful bike!! excelent!..Why do you instaled a 160mm rotor on front wheel? A 203mm rotor it will give a much better looking and braking too...but a 160mm is ok! :) Your Reign2 is amazing!
 

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wonderful bike!! excelent!..Why do you instaled a 160mm rotor on front wheel?
Well, I did consider installing a 203mm rotor up front, but even suited up with
all my riding gear, I only weigh 143 lbs.(65 kg). I may try a 178mm (7 inch) rotor
when they are avaliable.
 

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I weigh 215lbs and the shop owner told me the Reign would not be strong enough for my riding style and weight. I have heard this before as well.
Well, your riding style is more important than your weight - to a point.

My Reign frame weighs 7.5 lbs and built up to 32 lbs. Heavier than a 22-24 lbs. XC racer,
and lighter than a 45-50 lbs. freerider.

Even at your 215 lbs. weight the Reign should be able to handle just about anything
within reason, if you have moderate riding skills.

I mean lightweight riders <140 lbs. can break frames, wheels, bottom brackets, etc...
just by landing jumps wrong, or pinballing off of rocks on a downhill.

Again, as I said the Reign should be able to handle most situations,
but.... if 90% of your riding is chairlift access downhills, consider an 8 to 10 inch
downhill race bike.
If 90% of your riding is smoother rolling, light roots rocks, not too much air, get a
3 to 4 inch DS XC bike.
If 90% of your riding is dirt jumps, get a burly hard tail with a 100 to 130mm fork.
If 90% of your riding is shore type stunts and drops, get a 7 to 8 inch bike that
build up to 38 to 45 lbs.

The Reign can handle all the above - you just need to be aware of its limits,
and yours as a rider.

So think how it will be used, and your previous record on equipment -
Horses for courses, of course!! :)
 

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Nicely specced build there. I like the look of the FSA bashy , not as fat looking as an E13. very tidy.

Just wondering about the Hadley 10mm thru axle. Is that a bolt up set up? How does it go with the vertical dropouts?

cheers
 

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Nicely specced build there. I like the look of the FSA bashy , not as fat looking as an E13. very tidy.

Just wondering about the Hadley 10mm thru axle. Is that a bolt up set up? How does it go with the vertical dropouts?

cheers
Thanks for the kind words!

I originally wanted an E13, but I also really wanted one sized for a 32 ring.
The E13 is not avaliable yet, so I got the FSA. It is 10mm and the E13 is 13mm thick.

The Hadley thru axle is one of my favorite pieces of the build. A normal rear dropout
spec is 9mm by 135mm for quick release. The thru axle is a 10mm by 135mm bolt.
The "nut" side has a tab that fits in the dropout so just the bolt is used to tighten and loosen.
The nut and bolt is aluminium, but solid, so also very strong. See here:

http://www.balleracing.com/Hadley/Hadley10mmAxle.htm

Since I have to carry a tool for the front thru axle, I figured I'd go with a rear thru axle, too.

The 10mm width fits almost all dropouts no-problem, but if it would not, all you need to
do is file them slightly (it fit in the Reign perfect)

Much "cleaner" look than a quick release, in my mind.
 

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wow thats really nice!

My Reign 2 is going to be built very similar...36RC2, Hone cranks, XT4-pot disks, Mavic 521's converted to Tubeless etc. Mine off getting a new powder coat job. I was hoping mine built up to 32 or less and judging by the build on yours, it should work out
 

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Like my post stated, my riding style is all mountain with some light freeriding on the side. This would be 4-6 foot drops(not much bigger) to tranny and I charge hard coming down trails. I have already owned big hit bikes in the 7" travel range and was looking for something like the Heckler this past spring.

The Reign is a great looking bike, but I ended up going with something I could throw an air or coil shock on with a slightly beefier frame.

With that said, I am sure the Reign can handle most riding situations.
 

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beautiful bike! :) I really like XT cranset with this FSA clear bashguard... good idea
 

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Wow

Hadley Hubs baby!! I like the build, you have chosen wisely my son!!
 
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