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Old 01-24-09, 04:26 PM   #1
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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.

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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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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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