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    Cannondale Rize 4 vs Giant Reign 1

    Hey people!

    I'm looking for a new all-mountain bike. My previous bike was a jamis dakar sport, which held up well but turned out to be too weak for the stuff I hit. I'm doing some 4-5 foot drops, and i ended up cracking the frame of the dakar. Anyway, it's way too small for me and I need a new bike.

    My local bike shops are having some pretty great deals on bikes, and I found two which I think fit the bill. The Cannondale Rize 4 and the Giant Reign 1. They have very similar components, with identical suspension and comperable shifters, hydrolic brakes etc. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with either of these bikes, as I really cannot decide. They are both 08 models, very close in price, the cannondale is just $100 cheaper, but on this scale $100 isn't really a whole lot.

    I was leaning towards the Rize. It just looks a little better with the blue and white paint job. But the suspension of the Giant just seemed a little more agile to me. Also, though it is not as importaint, the Giant just seemed like a light downhill bike, whereas the Cannondale seemed like a strong XC bike with some extra suspension. I'm thinking that the Giant might work better for me, but I really don't know.

    Thanks in advance!
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    I have had a lot of trouble with The having Lefty forks rebuilt by Cannondale. I would avoid the Lefty shock.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but these are two different types of frames, right.

    Rize - 130mm trail bike (kinda Stumpy FSR'ish)
    Reign - 160mm Agressive AM bike (kinda SX Trail'ish)
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeldmanthey View Post
    I have had a lot of trouble with The having Lefty forks rebuilt by Cannondale. I would avoid the Lefty shock.
    Both bikes are using Fox 32 forks.

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    well the reign is more of an am bike, or so it seems. it is pretty light though, and i know people riding it on normal trails. the cannondale is more of an XC bike, but it is sturdy enough to take some big hits (supposedly). Anyway, i don't really need a bulletproof bike. I only wiegh 130ish and i would imagine it would take a really hard landing to break either frame. But i am leaning towards the reign, it seems like a better fit for me.
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    130'ish...??? I haven't weighed that since like 5th grade.

    At 130lbs, the Reign would be a Freerider Hucker for you.

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    I know a lot of guys on reign's and they love em

    they race xc on them occasionally... and rip up all mountain ....even some light DH

    kindda a perfect all around bike at your weight I'd say you should be fine

    that being said if you've ridden one and truly prefer it buy what you prefer

    I weight 210 now but was 220 and rode all mountain all summe... doing smaller drops and my trek fuel ex 9 (2007) with 130 up front and 120mm in the rear handled it all

    I set my fork to 110mm most of the time

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    Reign is cool...

    I acquired a used Reign 1 last summer, and pretty much beat the tar out of it until there was too much snow to ride. I don't know much about the Canondale - but the Reign has held up very well to my punishment and drops up to about 5 feet. I'd have taken it off higher drops, but I just didn't have the minerals at the time. I'm sure the frame could handle it though.

    Its a tough frame, and not too heavy for almost 7 inches of travel. I'd say if you thrash more than you cruise, go for the Reign...





    **forgot to add - the Reign climbs very well too **
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