The last two years Giant has released updated versions on their trail bikes, including a new revamped Anthem Advanced 29 that we recently tested. For 2018 Giant released another new trail ripper, an updated Reign Advanced.
- 160mm Fox 36 Performance fork
- 160mm rear travel with Fox DPX2 shock (trunnion mount)
- SRAM GX drivetrain
- 27.5-inch wheels
- 65-degree head angle
- Boost everywhere
- SRAM Guide RS brakes
The previous generation Reign had a very progressive geometry, with the 2018 version being even more so with a longer reach.
The size medium we are testing does feel long, similar to Giant’s Anthem 27.5 trail bikes.
For 2018 Giant is using a carbon fiber from triangle with their ALUXX aluminum rear triangle. With Shimano XT Trail pedals, our test bike is coming in at 30 pounds.
On the component side of things we have a SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain with Guide RS brakes and an MRP chainguide for a little extra insurance.
Giant spec’d the Reign with a Fox 36 fork with their HSC/LSC damper to dial in the ride characteristics. In the rear is a Fox DPX2 using a trunnion mount.
The tire choice on our test bike is spot on with a Maxxis Shorty 27.5×2.5 in the front and High Roller II 2.4 in the rear.
Review is slotted for our March issue, keep an eye out.