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2020 Giant Reign E+ officially launched

Giant adds a Yamaha motor to it's 160mm enduro bike

New for 2020 is the Giant Reign E+, a trio of Yamaha powered ebikes aimed at aggressive riding with Maestro suspension and Yamaha motors.

What do you get if you take the new Giant Reign, and add an 80Nm Yamaha motor to it? The 2020 Giant Reign E+ is the answer, and it could also be the answer to your self-shuttle needs.

Giant has taken its long-standing Reign aggressive enduro chassis adjusted the geometry and plugged in the latest update to the Yamaha manufactured SyncDrive mid-motor system.

2020 Giant Reign E+
For ups and downs.

The resulting bike features a gorgeous hydroformed ALUXX SL-grade alloy frame with integrated 500Wh internal battery, supple Maestro suspension and enough suspension travel to soak up a huck from space.

On top of introducing a new 160mm chassis, Giant has also incorporated new 6A fast charge technology to the 500Wh EnergyPak battery which will charge to 80% in just 1 hour. The new drive system also peaks at 80Nm and will offer riders a 360% boost in power. A 6 sensor Smart Assist system is also part of the Giant / Yamaha drive unit to ensure that only the power you need is fed to the rear wheel for a more natural feel.

reign e+
And big drops.

Riders that need more juice for longer rides will be able to place an additional external battery pack on the frame in place of the bottle cage. And the entire system will connect to your mobile phone via an app.

Giant will offer 3 Reign E+ ebikes in 2020, and they actually represent good value for money. The top-end E+ 0 Pro, for example, comes with a 1 x 12 SRAM AXS wireless drivetrain, AXS wireless dropper, Fox Factory suspension and a mix of high-end components for £6,999. That is significantly less expensive than the latest Merida eBikes.

Specifications and geometry details of each of the new Giant Reign E+ bikes follow below;

Giant Reign E+ Geometry

Giant Reign E+ Geometry
Giant Reign E+ Geometry

2020 Giant Reign E+ 0 Pro Specifications

2020 Giant Reign E+ 0 Pro
2020 Giant Reign E+ 0 Pro
  • Frame: ALUXX SL-grade aluminum 160mm travel.
  • Shock: Fox X2 Factory EVOL.
  • Fork: Fox 36 Factory 27.5+ 170mm.
  • Motor: Giant SyncDrive Pro 80Nm powered by Yamaha.
  • Battery: Giant EnergyPak Smart 500Wh.
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X01 AXS wireless 1 x 12.
  • Brakes: SRAM Code R 220mm front rotor, 200mm rear rotor.
  • Wheels: Giant E-TRX 30mm wide rims, Giant E-TRX hubs.
  • Tires: Maxxis Minnion 27.5 x 2.6 front, Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.6 rear.
  • Handlebar: Giant Contact SL 35mm Trail.
  • Stem: Giant Contact SL 35.
  • Dropper post: SRAM Reverb AXS Wireless.
  • Sizes: S,M,L,XL
  • Price: £6,999 / €7999

2020 Giant Reign E+ 1 Pro Specifications

2020 Giant Reign E+ 1 Pro
2020 Giant Reign E+ 1 Pro
  • Frame: ALUXX SL-grade aluminium 160mm travel.
  • Shock: Fox X2 Performance EVOL.
  • Fork: Fox 36 Performance 27.5+ 170mm.
  • Motor: Giant SyncDrive Pro 80Nm powered by Yamaha.
  • Battery: Giant EnergyPak Smart 500Wh.
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT 1 x 12.
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 4 pot 220mm 203mm rotors.
  • Wheels: Giant E-TR1 30mm wide rims, Giant E-TR1 hubs.
  • Tires: Maxxis Minnion 27.5 x 2.6 front, Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.6 rear.
  • Handlebar: Giant Contact SL 35mm Trail.
  • Stem: Giant Contact SL 35.
  • Dropper: Giant Contact Switch.
  • Sizes: S,M,L,XL.
  • Price: £4,999 / €5749

2020 Giant Reign E+ 2 Pro Specifications

2020 Giant Reign E+ 2 Pro
2020 Giant Reign E+ 2 Pro
  • Frame: ALUXX SL-grade aluminium 160mm travel.
  • Shock: Fox X2 Performance EVOL.
  • Fork: Fox 36 Rhythm 27.5+ 170mm.
  • Motor: Giant SyncDrive Pro 80Nm powered by Yamaha.
  • Battery: Giant EnergyPak Smart 500Wh.
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 1 x 12.
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 4 piston 200mm rotors front and rear.
  • Wheels: Giant AM 35mm wide rims, Giant e-Tracker hubs.
  • Tires: Maxxis Minnion 27.5 x 2.6 front, Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.6 rear.
  • Handlebar: Giant Contact SL 35mm Trail.
  • Stem: Giant Contact SL 35.
  • Dropper: Giant Contact Switch.
  • Sizes: S,M,L,XL.
  • Price: £4,499 / €5175

2020 Giant Reign E+ Press Release

Engineered with Giant’s latest SyncDrive Pro motor technology and a proven Maestro Suspension setup, this range of E-bikes offers a whole new trail experience, giving enduro enthusiasts the power to tackle steep climbs with less effort and ride technical descents with more confidence and control.

Inspired by Reign mountain bikes, a platform that has been engineered and developed in partnership with pro enduro racers over the years, this new E-bike applies Giant’s Hybrid Cycling Technology to a long-travel trail bike for the first time. Hybrid Cycling Technology is a system that combines electric power with human power to produce a smart, natural and powerful E-bike riding experience. It’s an integrated group of technologies that includes the SyncDrive Pro motor, RideControl ONE handlebar control unit and EnergyPak battery system.

2020 Giant Reign E+ 1 Pro
2020 Giant Reign E+ 1 Pro

“With this E-bike you can ride all types of terrain, including tough climbs, with fewer limitations,” said Giant E-bike Category Manager Joost Bakker. “We developed it to have the best handling and control on technical trails so you can experience a smoother ride and go longer distances.” Updated for 2020, the SyncDrive Pro motor delivers a powerful, performance-oriented ride that’s adept at supporting the particular needs of off-road riders. It boasts 80Nm of power output with improved torque and a support ratio of 360 percent. This means that, in the Power mode, 100 percent of human torque input can receive 360 percent added pedalling power. The 6-sensor Smart Assist technology calculates the amount of torque, pedalling cadence, slope and speed while riding. Based on those calculations, it determines the amount of power needed to provide a smooth, natural riding experience. The motor engages instantly when power is applied to the pedals. This helps the rider control the bike when accelerating and offers reliable performance on steep climbs and low speeds. The EnergyPak 500battery system is cleanly integrated into the downtube of the frame and offers long-lasting power (500Wh) that’s easy to charge. It comes with our EnergyPak 6A Fast Charger, which can be charged to 80 percent in just 60 minutes.

The handlebar-mounted RideControl ONE features integrated, user-friendly button controls. The robust buttons are made for riding in all types of conditions and offer a comfortable feel and grip with a clean handlebar setup. This minimalist control centre uses just a few buttons and indicators to give you total control or your E-bike technology. LED lighting shows battery level and support mode, and the RideControl ONE is ANT+ compatible so you can connect with the Giant E-bike App and use your smartphone to display additional information such as motor tuning, fitness data and navigation. Beyond the latest E-bike technologies, the new Reign E+ offers proven Giant off-road features. The ALUXX SL frame is handcrafted to offer superior strength and stiffness at the lowest weight possible. The Maestro suspension system in the rear deliver 160mm of active, independent travel to give you total control on rugged terrain whether you’re climbing technical steeps or charging down enduro-style terrain. And Giant Tubeless System wheels and tires give you all the benefits of tubeless — including a smoother, more efficient ride and a reduced risk of punctures — in a system that’s easy to use.

2020 Giant Reign E+ 0 Pro
2020 Giant Reign E+ 0 Pro

Recently, Giant Factory Off-Road Teamrider Josh Carlson has spent time riding Giant E-bikes, incorporating them into a training routine. “It just brings the fun back,” Carlson said. “My whole goal is to get more descending time in and less pedalling. Compared to my Reign Advanced race bike, the frame geometry and suspension on the E-bike version are pretty similar. You get to go twice as fast up climbs, so I can easily do more laps in a day’s training.” Carlson’s experience on Giant E-bikes, and his feedback throughout the two-year development process of the Reign-E+, has offered valuable insight into the design of the new platform. The 2020 Reign E range consists of three models: The Reign E+ 0 with the cutting-edge SRAM XO wireless electronic drivetrain, the Reign E+ 1 and the Reign E+2.

Pricing as follows:

  • Reign E+ 0 Pro – £6999 / €7999
  • Reign E+ 1 Pro – £4999 / €5749
  • Reign E+ 2 Pro – £4499 / €5175
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