First Look: 2017 RockShox Reverb B1 - Same Look, All New Guts and More Travel

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The most popular dropper post on the market gets a full redesign for 2017, featuring all new internals, better reliability, and more travel options. Listen in as we chat with Jon Cancellier, RockShox Product Manager, about exactly what's new and why.

Highlights

  • Completely redesigned internals with new SKF internal floating piston
  • Improved performance and durability in all conditions
  • New 150mm and 170mm travel options available in all diameters for Reverb Stealth
  • Increased bushing overlap
  • New dedicated post length per travel length


On trail it's very similar to the same great post you've come to expect from RockShox, though the extra travel is certainly nice to have for those ultra steep sections. Seated it feels very firm, and there's no sense of having bonus "suspension" on your bike. Every post must have less than 3mm of deflection after assembly or it returns to an earlier step in the process. An added benefit of the increased bushing overlap is less binding on frames with slack seat tube angles, making for a smoother feel. The action is fast, but not too fast, and the new speed adjustment range will be a welcome change for many. Picking up on the saddle when the post is dropped now feels more secure as well.

Using several data acquisition systems, RockShox determined that the average rider uses their dropper post 75 times an hour. The post has been tested to 15,000 cycles without issue, so this equates to roughly 2.1 years of use without needing internal service, and many are exceeding 40,000 cycles. That's up from 5,000 on the original Reverb!

RockShox also made service a bit easier, and is recommending that riders in harsh dry or wet climates clean the lower lube every 50 hours for the best results. The clean process is reportedly very easy to do if your post is equipped with a Connectamajig hose adapter, but may otherwise require a lever bleed.

As bikes continue to have better standover heights and lower seat tubes, RockShox is encouraging bike companies to consider spec'ing longer travel posts where it makes sense. Many 2017 size medium bikes will bump up to 150mm travel posts, while larges and XL bikes will see an increase to 170mm. Some bikes may be limited to their current spec due to bent or short seat tubes, interrupting pivots, etc. For every extra millimeter of post travel, it's necessary to have twice the available room underneath the post's collar.

2017 Reverb Specs

  • Travel Options: 100, 125, 150, and 170mm (150 and 170mm are Stealth only)
  • Lengths: 340, 390, 440, and 480mm
  • Diameters: 30.9, 31.6, and 34.9mm
  • Materials: 3D forged 7050 alloy shaft, 7050 forged alloy head
  • Remote: Adjustable return speed at the handlebar, discrete or Match Maker X, left or right
  • Weights: 560g Stealth, 520g External (340mm post, 100mm travel, 30.9mm diameter, MMX remote with shifter hardware and 1300mm hose)

Pricing and Availability

The Reverb Stealth is available now, while the externally routed option drops in June, 2016. Pricing is $471 and $400 US, respectively.

Visit www.rockshox.com for more details, and be sure to check out their clean room assembly feature to see how a Reverb is made.

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