My bike in the alps, will I die?
I took my 2007 Reign X0 to the Alps last year, no issues whatsoever. In fact the only thing holding me back was the step up in riding and the fear and vertigo on some of the black runs (and chair lifts) 😯
Dual Ply tyres ideal both super tacky, Minion front High Roller rear
loads of spare brake pads
Full face and some padding
We drove so had plenty of spares – wheelsets / tubes / tools etc but as it turned out did not need anyPosted 4 years agolondonerinozMember
Have the courses developed much technically since 2005? It seems these days everyone is running slack bikes. I was fine on a 70.5 HA Stumpy FSR 100mm with a DH wheelset, my only bike at the time, but I thought of it as a bit like using a dual/4X bike. It was seriously tiring on the hands though.Posted 4 years agoagentdagnamitMember
The trails might not have, but riders and their kit have. More armour on display, more full facers, bigger bikes etc – sort of peer pressure really, I can see why people ask.
Look what bikes are used for 4X and ask yourself again if a Reign isnt bigger enough…..
But, probably more comfy on a big bike, depending on what you’re riding down. Personally I go out there for long, techie footpath type descents, rather than the pistes, so a “trail” bike is perfect for me (and adequate for the odd day in the bike parks).
10 weeks in total over the last 2 years or so, no torn tyres (single ply HRs), 3 flats between 2 of us, no damaged mechs and a set of pads will do me for a least a few weeks in the dry.
Go and have fun.Posted 4 years agomrmoofoMember
TBH, depending on where you go, you don’t even need to ride full suspension. But it makes it a nicer ride out. Just make sure you have several sets of brake pads with you. France / Ch do have shops – but you need them when you need them.
Try not to ride down covering the brakes or with them slightly on , all the time … things get very hot.
Full face lid ….
Other than that you are good to goPosted 4 years ago
Re the full down hill rig – sure if you only do the gravity based stuff – but on most AM trails there is always a bit of uphill …vondallySubscriber
Giant reigns are solid bikes with an excellent suspension system………not so long ago they were an alps bike so you will be fine but as everyone has said
Are you comfortable on that bike…..if yes the enjoy
there is loads of marketing guff about what you need……..when we were ther lots of lads on big bikes full face passed downhill by an elderly say 65 diminuative wiry local on a sunn with v brakes and 63 mm travel forks….not what you ride but how!
watching people arrive with a shed load of kit is intresting…..
enjoyPosted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Totally depends on your riding style / aggressiveness. My 06 Reign (with 150 fox fork) was my only bike and I took it to the Alps 3 times and didn’t die. That being said I’m pretty cautious, no jumps to speak of.
If your mates are all on DH rigs they are likely to ride rougher / bigger trails which you may find hard work.
Just get some bigger tyres (eg double ply HR’s) and spare brake pads and have a go, I mean how bad can it be 😉Posted 4 years agorob1984pMember
The lesser the bike the more you’ll improve I reckon. I’m lucky enough to have spent eight weeks in PDS over three consecutive years on the following; Giant AC Team, Yeti ASX and Orange 223 the first two years bikes were the most enjoyable and had far less travel. I’ll go back one day.Posted 4 years agoMr TrumpMember
The only problem you will have is your mates will be a lot faster than you due to the difference in bikes, this could result in you beating yourself up trying to keep up on the downhill courses as they can be a tad rough. You don’t need downhill tubes in your bike, I tried them for the first year and haven’t used them since, only one puncture in 4 years.Posted 4 years ago
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