Bike Check: Damien Desbrosses’ Giant Reign

Bike check of the Giant Reign ridden by Damien Desbrosses for the Mountain Of Hell and the Megavalanche 2022.

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 2022

The bike is pretty much all stock, from a Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 2022 base. Here are the details:

Frame: Giant Reign carbone, 29″, L size
Fork: Fox 38 Factory Live Valve – 170mm
Shox: Fox Factory Live Valve – 146mm
Wheels : Giant TRX 2
Crankset: TruVativ Descendent – 32 chainring
Derailleur: Sram GX Eagle – 12 speed
Cassette: SRAM XG-1275 Eagle – 10-52
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet Enduro
Brakes: Shimano XT 4 pistons, with 203mm Galfer disks
Handlebar: Giant Contact SLR DH – 780mm – 20mm rise
Stem: Giant Contact SL – 40mm
Grips : Race Face Getta 33mm
Saddle: Giant Romero SL
Seatpost: TranzX adjustable
Mudguards: Ultimate Slicy x owlaps – Black
Frame protection: Kit Invisiframe

Tire choice!

The choice of tires is critical in this kind of race. Model, constructions, size, everything is important.

For 2022, Damien is riding:

  • a Schwalbe Magic Mary in 2.40, super DH and extra soft compound at the front; for maximum grip and very good resistance to punctures.
  • a Schwalbe Hans Dampf, in 2.35, Super Gravity and soft compound at the rear; to gain some pedaling performance!

Both tires are tubeless, without inserts.

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