Silverback Sesta Pro

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Silverback have gained a reputation for offering good value bikes with well thought-out component choices. The Sesta sees the company translate this to the high end segment of the market with a full carbon dual suspension racer.

The first good look we had of a Sesta was Martin Gujan's bike at the Absa Cape Epic in 2015. Back then it still had the prototype aluminium rear triangle.

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The Sesta Pro leaves the shop floor ready to race featuring RockShox and Fox suspension, a Stan's wheelset, and a Shimano XT groupset. Silverback are proud of the stiffness they have achieved in the rear of the Sesta and it is something we're keen to test out.

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Specifications (according to website):

  • FrameSB Advanced Dynamics Carbon 29” Suspension, Tapered 1-1/8” – 1.5” Headtube, Press-Fit BB Shell, Full Carbon Rear Triangle, Carbon linkages, 142 x 12mm Thru Axle Integrated Dropouts, Replaceable Alloy hanger, XGuide Cable management System
  • SizeS / M / L
  • ForkRock Shox SID RL, 100mm Travel, Solo Air, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Remote OneLoc Sprint, QR15mm Dropout, Diffusion Black
  • ShockFox Float DPS, 3 Position Adjusments, 90mm travel, 165mm x 38mm, Stainless Steel 10mm hardware
  • RimsStan's Crest 29”, Alloy 32H, Stan’s Yellow Rimtape and Valves, Black, Custom Decal colours
  • HubsStan's 3.30, 100 x 15mm front and 142 x 12mm rear Axles, 6-Bolt, Disc hubs, Black
  • TyresSchwalbe Racing Ralph EVO, 29" x 2.1", Tubeless Ready, Folding
  • StemSector Radius, 3D Forged 6061 Alloy, S/M: 80mm; L: 90mm, 7° x ∮31.8mm, Stainless Steel hardware, Black
  • HandlebarSector Plane, Double Butted 6061 Alloy, W: 700mm; Back Sweep: 9° x ∮31.8mm, Matte Marble, Black
  • SeatpostSector Level, CNC 6061 Alloy shaft, ∮31.6mm x 400mm, Black bolts
  • SaddleSector Performance, CRN-Ti Rails
  • Brake SetShimano XT BL/BR-M8000, Open Hydraulic System, Metal Pads, Levers Rotors Front: 180mm; Rear: 160mm, 6-Bolt, Black
  • ShiftersShimano XT SL-M8000, 1x11 Trigger, Black
  • Rear derailleurShimano XT Shadow Tech Plus RD-M8000, Long Cage, 11 Speed
  • CassetteShimano XT CS-M8000, 11 Speed, 11-42T, Silver
  • CranksetShimano XT Crankset, 32T, L:175mm, All Sizes, Black
  • Bottom bracketShimano, Press-Fit BB
  • Retail PriceR60,000

Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evolution

Schwalbe market the Nobby Nic as a good rolling tyre with sufficient grip for all mountain riders. We've always been a bit underwhelmed when pushing the Nobby Nic hard but last year Schwalbe overhauled the design.

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The new Nobby Nic retains its lightweight and rolling ability but gains a tougher version of Schwalbe's Snakeskin sidewall as well as a new tread pattern in an effort to improve grip. We're eager to see how the new Nobby Nic handles on the trails.

The Nobby Nic Evolution retails for R750 - R800.