2006 Giant Reign 3

2006 Giant Reign 3


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Created/Edited: Nov 8, 2007 / Feb 8, 2011

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Bike Overview

What Giant Says

"The Reign 3 is a monster-travel machine and eats boulders for breakfast. Its Fox rear suspension and RockShox TORA fork offer 150 and 130mm travel respectively to handle whatever the trail dishes out. The bike's terrain-taming control is further enhanced by Hayes hydraulic discs and grippy Hutchinson tires. Plus, the sweet components from Race Face, Easton, SRAM and Shimano are built for fine function and durability."

What I say...

I LOVE this bike! When I bought it, I went from a $300 box store, no suspension turd to this hot rod. I had grand plans of doing a lot of downhill racing and I thought this would be a great starter bike for that. It turns out that I'm more of a fan of cross country (though not built for it!)...I was worried that this bike would suck over cross country terrain, but my worries were completely unfounded.

I've ridden this bike at resorts that provide lift access to the top of some excellent downhill terrain, and I've ridden it in several cross country races...it has never disappointed me!

Giant rates this bike as an "All Mountain" bike...and that is exactly what it is. It is capable of any terrain and is the perfect bike for someone like me who likes to ride all different kinds of terrain.


Front Suspension

RockShox TORA 302 Air, 130mm-travel. This is a fairly light duty fork without a lockout feature. It does seem to be a good halfway point between cross country and downhill though.

Rear Suspension

Fox Float R. The lower end Fox Float shock...but still an excellent shock. Despite the fact that this shock doesn't lock out or have any adjustments other than the speed of rebound, there is suprisingly little to no pedal bob while riding. The only time you really notice it is if you get out of the saddle.

Maestro Technology

I have been completely impressed with the functionality of the Maestro suspension that comes on the Reign series of bikes. I attempt to explain what I like about it, but the Gian website does a much better job than I could:

"The three core benefits that set Maestro apart are the result of careful placement of four key pivot points that neutralise both pedalling and braking forces, yet allow the suspension to remain fully active over all types of terrain."

"Whether you’re sprinting up a climb or coasting through a rock garden, Maestro Suspension doesn’t react to your pedalling power and doesn’t affect your pedaling efficiency."

"From high-frequency trail vibrations to heavy-hitting compressions, Maestro Suspension is able to soak up the full spectrum of trail impacts."

"No matter if you’re on or off the binders, Maestro Suspension remains fully active and unaffected by braking forces."

Front and Rear Derailleur

SRAM X.7, SRAM PG-950, 9 speed: 11-34 respectively. I've been completely satisfied with the front derailleur, but the rear seems to have gotten tweaked a bit and I have been unable to get it back to its original responsiveness. The SRAM X.7 Trigger shifters that control the dreailleurs are excellent.


The bike came with Hayes SOLE hydraulic disc brakes. This is the only part of the bike that I really don't like. I've already replaced the rear brake to an Avid Juicy 7...and am MUCH happier with that brake. The Hayes SOLE's are not self adjusting and seem to unadjust themselves as I ride far more than they should. I like a short squeeze on the brake levers so it was impossible for me to accomplish this without having constant brake drag. They're turds...I definitely learned that good brakes is one thing worth paying the money for!

The rest of it...

Spec Name Giant Reign 3
Frame ALUXX aluminum
Rims/Wheels WTB Speed Disc Trail
Hubs Formula disc
Spokes Stainless-steel
Tires Hutchinson Bulldog Air Light, 26 x 2.3
Crankset Race Face Ride XC
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9 speed: 11-34
Handlebars Easton EA30, 31.8mm
Stem Easton EA30
Saddle WTB Pure V Comp
Seat Post Easton EA50

Notable Upgrades

The bike doesn't come with pedals so I chose to put on the Crank Bros. Candy SL pedals. I have been extremely happy with these pedals. They are easy to snap out of and hold strong when you need them to. I've never popped out of the pedal when I didn't want to and after I got used to them, I can always snap out when needed.

I've only made two upgrades to the bike so far. As already mentioned, I upgraded the rear brake to the Avid Juicy 7. This not only gave me a better more powerful and dependable brake, but it also allowed me to not need to CONSTANTLY adjust the brake. By next spring, I will have a Juicy 7 in the front also.

I rode my Hutchison Bulldogs until they were good and worn out. Not because I loved them, but because I was too cheap to buy anything else. I ended up replacing them this summer with some Kenda Tomac Nevegal tires. I am hooked on those things! They have the dual tread compound with the sticky rubber on the outside lugs for better gripping around corners. I never would have thought that I'd actually be able to feel a difference between tires, but it was very apparant while flying around corners coming down the mountain at Tamarack.

Another little plug for Kenda and Crank Bros....When I road the Bogus to Boise Bonzai "downhill" race in '07, I blew a tube and somehow broke one of the egg beaters on the pedals when I hit a rock. I'm sure the tire wasn't at fault for the blown tube, but I called Kenda and they replaced the tire for free for me. Also called Crank Bros. and asked them if they'd be willing to fix the pedal...and they did. EXCELLENT customer service from both of these companies. I will always recommend these companies to anyone who ever asked. Top of the line quality and they stand behind it.



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