The Reign 0 is Giant’s flagship model, and it boasts a great parts kit. Fox Suspension front and rear makes for a balanced and easily tuned ride. The Fox 32 Talas FIT RL (w/ 15QR thru-axle and tapered steerer) continues to amaze me, with 150 millimeters of travel, tons of adjustability and it weighs less than four pounds. Previous Reigns sported the Fox DHX Air shocks, while the 2011 version uses a lighter-weight RP23 with a lightly larger-than-stock air cannister. Arguably, Shimano's 30-speed DynaSys XT drivetrain provides a mega-wide gearing range, which makes for easy climbing gears, and more top speed than a typical gravity-oriented bike has. The lack of a roller-guide or a bash-ring, however, takes away from the Reign 0's ability to thrive over super rough terrain, although those who ride on smoother ground may not require the added weight and complexity of a guide.
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