First Look: RockShox Reverb Adjustable Seat Post
Adjustable height, telescoping seat posts have taken the industry by storm over the past year. While Gravity Dropper used to be the only game in town in this segment, other big names in the industry like RockShox, Fox and Crank Brothers are now throwing their hat in the ring. It seems like every big company to speciality manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon with their latest and greatest in a part of the industry people used to make fun of. That is…until they started seeing pro XC racers actually riding them or they tried one for themselves.
Why do you need a telescoping seat post?
Back when I used to run the Gravity Dropper, almost everyone that saw it thought I was running a suspension seat post. Even when I would explain what the seat post did, riders would ask “why when you have a QR” or call it a cheater post. Most of these comments were coming from riders who had never ridden a telescoping seat post before.
Fast forward to now…and everyone wants one, but why is that? To really have complete control of your mountain bike while heading downhill, you need to have the seat out of the way so you can get your weight back and maneuver the bike. You can go faster with more control. It is a proven fact by downhill racers and AM giants.
However, this creates one large problem for AM and XC riding. It is very time consuming to raise and lower your seat all of the time. Even when you actually take the time to do it, you are never guaranteed to get your seat back to the perfect height for climbing.
Enter the telescoping, adjustable seat post.
With a quick flick of a switch on your handlebar, you now have complete control of your saddle height. Even if you want to put it down for a quick set of rollers on the trail, you know can with ease…and you will. Riders are always amazed how much they actually end up changing saddle height while they ride when they ride a telescoping seat post for the first time then on subsequent rides. It really transforms your riding in ways that were previously impossible with a conventional seat post setup.
First Look: RockShox Reverb Seat Post
One of the latest offerings in this market segment is from the SRAM and RockShox camp. While this should be no surprise to anyone as RockShox develops incredible suspension technology, RockShox did take their time getting into this market by bringing a solid product off the bat.
What’s In The Box: RockShox Reverb
Driven by hydraulic pressure, the RockShox Reverb comes packaged with everything you need to mount and maintain the seat post. Extra fluid, the syringes, seat post clamp and zip ties…it’s all there.
RockShox Reverb Saddle Mount
The all black design of the Reverb will match most bikes and the seat mounting system is a two bolt design like you find on many posts these days including Thomson.
RockShox Reverb Remote
The remote for the Reverb should be very familiar to those of you that rock lockouts for your RockShox forks. It uses the same push in button design and is adjustable with the silver barrel adjuster.
RockShox Reverb Size
The test unit came in to fit our Turner 5.Spot at 30.9 with a 380mm length and 125mm overall drop.
Now…all that is left is to install it on the 5.Spot and get it out on the trail. We’ll keep you guys updated on the progress and how it compares to the other seat posts we have ridden.
Get your RockShox Reverb by clicking here.
RockShox Reverb Specifications (from RockShox.com)
||100mm: 535g , 125mm: 520g, *Weight based on 355mm length, 30.9mm diameter, MMX remote with shifter hardware and 1300mm hose
||100mm: 355, 420mm, 125mm: 380mm, 420mm
||Shaft: 3D Forged 7050 Alloy, Head: 7050 Forged Alloy
||Zero Offset / 2-Bolt, Reverb Remote Actuation: Adjustable return speed at the handlebar
||Travel: 125mm and 100mm, Diameters: 30.9mm and 31.6mm
What do you think?