ive heard that about the reigns actually, the stock shock and tune isnt great for bigger riders, which is unfortunate because im a fit 6ft 210! shoudlnt feel like im on the upper end of things! :D
anyway, good info. I think im learning towards a more aggressive bike, hell it will just make me work a bit harder for the downs!
That would explain the large number of pedal strikes I got on the Reign. I did up the pressure and ran the bike much firmer than my Trance with the DB Inline. Was a medium Reign with 170mm cranks and ultra skinny pedals, I got pedal strikes while pedaling, that I can work with and figure out (although I still get the odd pedal strike on the Trace too), but it was the pedal strikes while descending that was a first for me and a bit unnerving.
The technical climbing might have also been the shock, the bike did have loads of traction on the climbs, just like the Trance, but felt like harder efforts were simply lost in mushing the bike as compared to the Trance that moved it forward / upward. Lastly it might be overall position on the bike or that it is 1 degree slacker 65 on Reign vs 66 on Trance, but there was also a noticeably more rearward body position on the Reign.
Maybe I could have gotten accustom to the ride of the Reign, but it really felt that I was giving up too much on the climbs and easier trail riding as compared to any minor gains on the descents.
Then again, perhaps I should have known that my riding style, or lack thereof, does not lend itself to full out speed bikes. Years ago when everyone was jumping on the VP-Free wagon I tried one but could not get the bike to ride well for me as compared my Nomad.
Lots of people really like the Reign and it has mostly fantastic reviews, but for me a slightly burlier build on the Trance is better than a lighter build on the Reign.