15 Sep 2014

You’ve been previously on the Trance SX, right?

MR: Yeah, I have been riding the Giant Trance SX and a Trance Advanced 0 with a 160mm fork, now I’m on the Giant Reign 2, it’s one of the first Reign models to be available. I have modified mine to a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain. I’ll be riding the Reign 2 until till the other models arrive, perhaps a carbon one… I can’t believe how good it is, I knew it would be rad descending on the Reign and bombing rough stuff, but how well it pedals and climbs for a full 160mm front and rear travel and 65 degree head angle is astounding.

What are your highlights of the new Reign so far?

MR: Trail shredding, but still a super capable climber and pedaler. I like the way it comes standard with a RockShox Pike, the RockShox Monarch rear shock with the DebonAir air can, big 200/180mm disc rotors, a 50mm stem and super-wide 800mm bars. Its comes ready to party. New fave bike for sure!!

What trails are you riding in this video?

MR: A trail called “Old Tambo” up on Mt Tambourine on the Gold Coast, QLD.  Its and old DH trail that we built back in the late 90’s with Chris Kovarik, Joel Panozzo, Scott Sharples and Mal Dalton etc. The council have recently rebuilt it, how good is that!

Those long tracking shots, is that your old ‘upside down razor scooter on a rope’ cable cam from Mudcows filming you?

MR: Haha yeah similar, just a home made cable cam that Rusty Taylor (AMC camera man) and myself came up with, it works a treat….more to come!!