In his first year with the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, French rider Yoann Barelli has consistently scored the team’s top finishes in the Enduro World Series. In the final round at Finale Ligure, Italy, Barelli matched a career-best fifth-place finish after winning two stages. That result also secured a top-ten finish overall after seven rounds that took riders and their teams all over the globe.
Testing a prototype alloy Reign 27.5 for most of the season, Barelli and the team made the jump to the composite Reign Advanced 27.5 for the last two rounds of the series. When asked about the switch, Barelli said he was struck by the improved ride quality and precision.
“The biggest improvement by riding the composite Reign is the dynamic of the bike,” Barelli said. “The bike feels more precise. When you ride this bike for the first time, you just feel at home.”
The Reign Advanced 27.5 frame is constructed from Giant’s Advanced-grade composite and utilizes 160mm of Giant’s proven Maestro Suspension platform. A tapered OverDrive headtube, PowerCore oversized bottom bracket and 142mm rear thru-axle help ensure the steering and pedaling stiffness needed for Barelli and his teammates, Josh Carlson and Adam Craig, to push the limits at the top level of the sport.
Spec’d with RockShox suspension, SRAM brakes and drivetrain and DT Swiss wheels, Barelli’s bike is nearly identical to the stock Reign Advanced 27.5 0 Team model. The only difference comes in the form of specific Schwalbe tire spec—which can change from one round to another depending on track conditions.
Here’s a closer look at the bike that took Yoann to a career-best finish in Finale Ligure, Italy:
YOANN BARELLI’S REIGN ADVANCED 27.5
Model: Reign Advanced 27.5 0 Team, size large
Frame: Advanced grade composite w/ ALUXX SL rear triangle
Shock: RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair
Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air, 160mm, 3 Bottomless Tokens
Stem: Truvativ Holzfeller, 40mm
Handlebar: Truvativ Boobar, cut to 760mm
Grips: ODI Ruffian Lock-On
Front Brake: SRAM Guide RSC
Rear Brake: SRAM Guide RSC
Brake Rotors: SRAM Centerline, 200mm F, 180mm R
Chain Guide: MRP AMG
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01, Type 2
Shift Levers: SRAM XX1
Cassette: SRAM XX1, 10-42t
Chain: SRAM XX1
Crankset: SRAM XX1, 36t chainring
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP PressFit
Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet 3
Front Wheel: DT Swiss Spline EX1501
Rear Wheel: DT Swiss Spline EX1501
Front Tire: Schwalbe Magic Mary, Super Gravity Vertstar, 22.5 psi
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Rock Razor, Super Gravity Trailstar, 23.9 psi
Saddle: Fi’zi:k Tundra
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
Bottle Cage: Giant Airway Pro 1 Carbon