Giant Reign 27.5 1
A perennial favorite on best-of lists all o’er the land, the Giant Reign continues to shine with the new 27.5 1. The bike’s subdued lines seem are a far cry from the Erector set look of some dirt-inclined rides out there, but don’t be fooled; the Reign earned its name through years of trail-tested evolution and this year’s model is the best yet. The aluminum Reign rocks top-tier components like a RockShox dropper post, maestro dual-link suspension for recliner-like comfort, and a sweet DT Swiss wheels/Maxxis tire blend so you stay glued to the trail. A tad on the heavy side, the reign won’t blast out of the gate but it is still a responsive, aggressive machine with an affinity for charging corners and rocketing up hills.