Make it Reign

The new Giant Reign was launched in late July and seeing them in the 'flesh' was a good reminder of just how aggressive they are.

The slack 65 degree head angle is mated with a 46mm offset fork to keep them slack and stable, and with toptubes lengthened by about 20mm riders will have the stability they want.

The addition of a coil shock is also matched with a remote on the Reign Advanced 1, which Giant claim means it will climb as well as a Trance when locked out. That's impressive.

While the Reign Advanced 0 is set for EWS stardom at $8999, the Reign Advanced 1 is a cracker at $6499. Fox Performance bouncey bits and GX Eagle make for a super package on a top end carbon frame.

The Reign 1 and 2 at $5999 and $3799 are full aluminium bikes with 12-speed GX eagle and 10-speed Shimano Deore respectively. Obviously with a Lyrik fork and Eagle the Reign 1 suits the rider who wants and alloy frame and performance parts, and the Reign 2 is ideal for someone who just wants to hit stuff and save some coin on the drivetrain spec.