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After some years in the wilderness I'm returning to MTBing.
My trusty steed - A 1996 Giant ATX 870 is a great hard tail, but the lack of disc mounts, etc mean that it will require replacing. Riding is predominantly XC trail riding with some jumping, North Shore etc thrown in to the mix

A friend came back from NZ with a Kona Dawg and after a shot on that my mind was made up that FS was the way to go for general all-round riding.

After some research I've narrowed my choice down to either an 05 Giant VT2 or an 06 Giant Reign 2.

Haven't ridden either yet, but as the VT is no longer available locally I thought I'd ask the global masses that have.

I can find a VT2 online in the UK for about £950. Reign 2's are all advertised at RRP £1,750.

Admittedly the Reign is pushing down the VT's price (they're all "on offer").

But... is the Reign really that much better than the VT?

Do I get a VT and save nearly £800
Or do I get a Reign?

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Niall
 

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Niall Milner said:
After some years in the wilderness I'm returning to MTBing.
My trusty steed - A 1996 Giant ATX 870 is a great hard tail, but the lack of disc mounts, etc mean that it will require replacing. Riding is predominantly XC trail riding with some jumping, North Shore etc thrown in to the mix

A friend came back from NZ with a Kona Dawg and after a shot on that my mind was made up that FS was the way to go for general all-round riding.

After some research I've narrowed my choice down to either an 05 Giant VT2 or an 06 Giant Reign 2.

Haven't ridden either yet, but as the VT is no longer available locally I thought I'd ask the global masses that have.

I can find a VT2 online in the UK for about £950. Reign 2's are all advertised at RRP £1,750.

Admittedly the Reign is pushing down the VT's price (they're all "on offer").

But... is the Reign really that much better than the VT?

Do I get a VT and save nearly £800
Or do I get a Reign?

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Niall
You might want to ask this question on the Giant Forum. I have a VT and like it. I would probably save the money and take a biking trip with the money I saved.
 

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The Reign is a step up in every aspect from suspension design to parts spec. The VT 2 is a capable trail bike, but the Reign is superior imo. The Reign maestro suspension design is more efficient than the VT. The VT has a interrupted seat post and I much prefer the the new frame and seat post tube of the Reign. For the riding you describe, the Reign is the more logical choice. The Nixon fork is much more suited to aggressive riding than the Black on the VT 2.

You will save a lot of money with the VT but you also get a lot more bike with the Reign 2. I suggest trying out both bikes. There is a noticeable difference imo.
 
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