Giant 2015 Reign Advanced and Glory 27.5

Words Pete Roggeman
Photos Sterling Lorence
Date Aug 3, 2014

In 2013, Giant signaled their commitment to 27.5″ wheels by gracing over 40 models with the new hoop size. Notably absent was a 160mm travel AM/Enduro bike in 27.5, and then there was the proto Glory we’ve seen Danny Hart running, but nothing was official until now. Giant have released both the Reign (alloy) and Reign Advanced (carbon) as well as an alloy Glory – all with 27.5″ wheels. They invited some media up to Pemberton this past week to get a taste of the new goodies first hand. There hasn’t been much time to recover yet, so I’ll follow up with ride impressions as well as more stunning photography from Sterling Lorence in a few days, but for now have a look at some details and numbers about the new bikes.

Reign / Reign Advanced

Giant knows they’re late to the 27.5/160mm party, but they are clearly excited about the new Reign. The carbon Advanced Reign has a carbon front and Aluxx SL rear swingarm, which is driven by their Maestro floating pivot suspension’s four pivots and two linkages. They got aggressive with the Reign, giving it a 65º head angle as well as a custom fork offset of 46mm (4 more than standard) and chain stays that come in at tidy 17.1″. For some reason BB height wasn’t provided, but the one I snatched measures about 13.25″.

Giant_Reign_Geo

Geometry is the same for the 2015 Giant Reign and the carbon fiber Reign Advanced.

Giant Reign in Pemberton, BC, July 2014

The 2015 Giant Reign Advanced. Welcome to the 160/27.5 club, G.

Giant Reign in Pemberton, BC, July 2014

Internal cable routing aft of the head tube is clean and cuts down on cable rub.

Giant Reign in Pemberton, BC, July 2014

Reverb Stealth cable goes in on the drive side, never to be seen again. Overdrive tapered head tube from the company that helped pioneer the concept back in 2006.

Giant Reign in Pemberton, BC, July 2014

Colour-matched Pike with a custom offset of 46mm, which Giant settled on after their test riders chose unanimously.

Giant Reign in Pemberton, BC, July 2014

The Monarch DebonAir gets the matchy match treatment as well. Bearings at the upper shock mount link location reduce stiction and help with shock recovery after consecutive square-edged hits.

Giant Reign in Pemberton, BC, July 2014

The Reign Advanced has beautiful lines. A seat mast assembly without a brace is always an indicator of solid engineering and materials tech – whether in carbon or aluminum.

Giant Reign in Pemberton, BC, July 2014

The back side. Clean hardware, swooping lines, and tidy graphics. Notice the subtle cable routing.

Internal cable routing is as clean as it gets, with the rear derailleur and brake cable paired at the entry point behind the head tube on the left side, with the Reverb’s stealth routing entering the frame on the right. The Reign will accept a coil or air shock with piggy back reservoir and still have room for a bottle. Weight for the complete Reign Advanced (XX1, Pike, Monarch Plus DebonAir, DT Swiss Spline XM 1501 wheels) size L that I brought home from Pemberton is 28.2 lbs without pedals – very respectable given the alloy rear end and bar and a light but not carbon-light wheel set. Claimed weight for a frame without shock is 2260 grams (4.98 lbs).

Giant_Reign_spec

Complete specs for the 2015 Reign Advanced and Reign

 

Glory 27.5

We knew it was coming but the wait is over – Giant is the latest company to roll out their 27.5 DH bike. As is usual for Giant, they are rolling out the new frame in aluminum first, but a complete Giant 27.5 0 with a Boxxer World Cup, Vivid R2C, XO1 and DT 240/EX 471 wheels comes in at 35 lbs. Notable changes from the 26″ version include 5mm shorter chain stays, a front center that grew by 32mm, and a BB that is 14.5mm lower.

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Geometry for the 2015 Giant Glory 27.5

Other changes include revised cable routing (no longer under the DT), integrated fork bumpers that double as cable guides, a longer eye-to-eye shock measurement (it’s now 9.5″ x 3.0″) and bearings in the linkage where it mounts to the shock, reducing breakaway stiction by 10% (they made the same change with the Reign’s linkage as well) but also to address the problem of consecutive square-edged hits making it difficult for the shock to recover.

In his first test session on the new bike, Danny Hart was apparently nonplussed at first, saying that the new bike felt ‘strange’ but he couldn’t quite put his finger on the difference. By his third run in San Romolo, he had knocked 2 seconds off his career fastest time. Sold.

Glory 27.5 0 Brushed Black-Angle

The Glory 27.5 0 will come in Black and Blue. Spec details include a Boxxer World Cup, Vivid R2C (not shown), XO1 DH group, DT Swiss wheels and Schwalbe rubber.

Glory 27.5 0 Brushed Black

 

Giant_Glory_spec

Complete specs for the 2015 Glory 27.5

 

Glory 27.5 1 Black&White

The Glory 27.5 1 features a Boxxer RC, Vivid R2C, Shimano Zee componentry, Giant P-AM2 rims/PDH hubs and the same Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity tires as are found on the Glory 0.

Glory 27.5 2 Blue-Orange

The Glory 27.5 2 – Rock Shox Domain RC, Kage R shock, X5 shifting and Avid DB5 brakes, Giant house brand components and wheels and wire bead Magic Mary rubber.

Pricing for the new Reign Advanced, Reign, and Glory 27.5 is tbd (we should have that in a day or two). Ride impressions to follow soon.


Giant is coming in hot and has all the bases covered for 27.5 – from race hard tails to Danny Hart’s new heat seeker.

 

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fraillawyer
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fraillawyer  - Sept. 22, 2014, 6:12 a.m.

what framesize is the reign advanced on top of the page?

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Aug. 5, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Complete geometry and specs for both Glory and Reign have been added to the article.

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cristian-valenzuela
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Cristián Valenzuela  - Aug. 4, 2014, 7:37 a.m.

62cm Toptube for a M size… wow! How short are Giant stems now? Is Overdrive 2 still running or just Overdrive ('same old' tapered)

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Aug. 5, 2014, 1:15 p.m.

Giant are moving away from OD2 so that people can have an easier time customizing their cockpits. The new Reign and Glory all have OD rather than OD2 head tubes.

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sns1212
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SNS1212 .  - Aug. 4, 2014, 5:14 a.m.

The reach measurement on the size Large Reign is essentially the same as the XL Trance, did you feel too stretched out on the Reign?

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Aug. 5, 2014, 1:16 p.m.

Nope, I've quite gotten used to longer front ends and love the way they ride.

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nouseforaname
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Nouseforaname  - Aug. 3, 2014, 12:32 p.m.

Do they just provide you with a press pack of photos - looks like you managed some of the exact same angles as VitalMTB.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Aug. 3, 2014, 3:06 p.m.

Yes - notice the photos are by Sterl 😉 Hard to take better photos than he can.

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nouseforaname
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Nouseforaname  - Aug. 3, 2014, 4:48 p.m.

Fair enough! Nice looking bikes. Alloy Reign w/11 speed is pretty appealing.

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daniel-leung
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Daniel Leung  - Aug. 3, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

and DB5 brakes on the Glory 2? Seriously?! The Guide RS or R would've way better….or even elixir trails

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daniel-leung
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Daniel Leung  - Aug. 3, 2014, 12:13 p.m.

Glory 0 is wayyy overpriced though…you can get a Wilson CARBON for the same price at 6.6K

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t.odd  - Aug. 3, 2014, 12:03 p.m.

do want both, they look really good

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heathen
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Heathen  - Aug. 3, 2014, 6:15 a.m.

The new Reign is a sexy looking bike. The top tubes on the Reign are crazy long!!! What is with the long top tube trend? Bikes are just getting odd.

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nouseforaname
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Nouseforaname  - Aug. 3, 2014, 8:05 p.m.

Mat - it's the new wave. Bike geo that doesn't have its roots in 90s hard tail geo.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Aug. 5, 2014, 1:16 p.m.

They're all designed around short stems. It's not as strange as you think when you ride them.

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christiaan06
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Christiaan  - Aug. 3, 2014, 2:27 a.m.

Why would the top model have a cheaper shock then the cheaper one?

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Aug. 3, 2014, 8:26 a.m.

Thanks for pointing that out, Christiaan - I have corrected it. Both the Glory 0 and 1 models come with the Vivid R2C.

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