I'm getting an All Mountain frame. I was wondering what the consensus would be on a choice between a Reign and a Heckler. The Reign will prob'ly be a better pedaler, right? But the Heckler is a proven and reliable design. Thanks for the input people..
I rode the R1 last season, and my wife has a Heckler built w/ a Vanilla, 5th coil and XC parts everywhere else. Your decision will depend on your budget, how unique of a bike you want, and how much you like to clean / maintain your bike.
As far as pedaling, I found no differance between the two. A single pivot with a good platform shock, that is set up right, will pedal just as well as the Reign. The Maestro supposedly provides a better wheel path and doesn't brake jack like the single pivot does. So, it's a more sophisticated design, but most people, unless they are very picky about the subtle ride caracteristics of a bike won't notice or won't care.
The main reason I sold my R1 was simply that it was more bike than I needed for my terrain (mostly rolling single track with lots of short climbs) and it was a big pain to clean after a muddy ride. I ended up getting a Prophet because of it's simple design.
I would have kept it if I had more mountains, and raced mt cross, or I didn't race and it was my only bike.
Most importantly disregard all of this, and go ride em.
Hope this helps,