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  1. At first glance Silverback's Square is a big bike, the 27.5plus, 3 inch tyres dwarfing its frame and even the more typical 2.25" wheeled Silverback Slider model hanging with it on the bike rack on the back of my car. You'll be excused if you mistake it for a typical fatbike, or not know exactly what to make of it. I am in no way an XC racer, nor do I have steel gonads or a never-ending supply of optimism and energy. What I am however, is an aggressive trail rider. I like to do everything with a single bike, ride up at a semi decent pace then fly down. W2W one weekend and then enter an enduro the next weekend, without changing bikes or even suspension setup between events. My review is from this perspective - so please see it as such. I've spent a couple of days with two of Silverback's 2016 models, the Slider and Square with the focus of my time on the Square. FrameBike colours will always be subjective; Silverback has chosen to go the route of bright neons on their trail bikes, and some of them are a bit too bright for my liking. I normally ride my bikes black on black with only small feature pieces. The Square however is both bright enough and subtle enough to attract my attention and highlight it's features. The paint is durable and pretty scuff resistant and the decal design and colours under the clearcoat well thought out. The tubing diameter, profiles and layout looks well proportioned, and has an aggressive feel to it, and not the softer looks that some fat- and plus bikes offer. With a tapered headtube, hydro-formed 6061 alloy tubing, detailed machining and neat welding, Silverback makes a good looking stiff frame that inspires confidence in their build quality. The rear end buttons up with a 12mm Maxle for maximum stiffness. My right inside calf was touching the rear triangle on the upstroke, right at the top pivot bolt (due to the increased width to accommodate the plus sized wheels). This lasted for a couple of minutes and I thought I would get very annoyed with it, turned out I either got used to it, or adjusted my leg subliminally and completely forgot about it. ComponentsDrivetrain:Silverback uses Sram components on their bikes, and so the square features a 1x11 (10-42) Sram GX gear setup with a Raceface Turbine crankset and 32t NW ring. Shifting remained crisp and effortless during testing. I like the yellow cable on the display bike - a detail that works for me with the decals. Slowing down:SLX brakes on 180mm IceTec rotors, takes care of reigning this machine in, and albeit great for everyday trails, I found that they felt slightly under-powered when I was on steep difficult terrain where gravity was hard at work. A bigger front rotor could possibly sort this out, which would be a cheaper solution that upgrading to XT brakes. Wheels:52mm Wide Stans Hugo rims, on Sram hubs (15/110mm T/A front, 12/148mm T/A rear) and tubeless Maxxis Chronicle 3" tyres completes the running gear. The tyres roll fast and handles rocks and roots well, but I felt the front tyre could have more aggressive side knobs to aid aggressive cornering especially on loosepack. I tried different tyre pressures and ended up using higher pressure than recommended, to counter the feeling of sidewall flex in berms. Since the bike was an ex display bike turned demo bike, the bike slipped under the radar and did not get the PSS that would normally be done to a build before it gets sold or added to the demo fleet. This unfortunately meant that for the most components, I got a no-grease, bone dry bike. Only evident after taking a ride when trying to remove the rear wheel, realizing the 12mm Maxle has seized in place, resulting in a damaged axle when I had to forcefully remove it. Silverback assures me that this is a fluke - and all bikes gets a pre-sale service under normal circumstances. Saddle: Seating is provided by a very comfortable house brand Sector Perfromance series saddle on a Sector alloy seatpost. The newer bikes gets sold with internally routed 100mm Sector dropper posts, but unfortunately this display bike was built up before the dropper addition to the spec list and so I could not try it out. Bars/Stem: The cockpit comes in the form 740mm wide Sector double butted alloy riser bar, bolted to a 60mm Sector Box stem. Decent looking equipment, wide enough for good control, functional and clean with no clutter, and very little noticeable flex through the bars. The headset loosened up a few times in the first couple of rides, but after tightening it up the 3rd time, it retained it's place. This is probably due to a lightweight starnut. The topcap looks good, but the anodized alu feature bolt showing signs of wear without any over-tightening. The grips offers good tackiness and thickness, but is a bit hard for my liking and riding them for a long day on hard trails will result in some pretty hardcore calluses, once again that is very subjective. Fit: Geometry numbers on the Square are on par with modern trail bikes with a 69deg head angle, 625mm top tube and a pretty long 1169mm wheelbase. The large was a perfect fit for my 182mm (6'0) height. SuspensionFront:Suspension is sorted at the front by a 34mm stanction, Manitou Magnum Comp, 120mm fork with boost/110mm hub spacing. It has limited adjustability - air spring, rebound and ABS+ compression damper/lockout , but feels planted, plush and stiff, and more impressively - bottomless on trails, even with only 120mm travel. Surely the big volume tyres are partly responsible. Rear:IDS Revo is the name Silverback has given their rear suspension system (bottom bracket concentric cartridge bearings that mounts via linkage to the rear triangle), and running off a Rockshox RT3, the setup provides you with 110mm travel, that is both small bump sensitive, and big hit capable. I never flipped the lever over from fully open and did not feel it necessary on climbs, as the bike never felt like it was squatting or bobbing when pedaling, even out of the seat. The cable routing under the BB in an attempt to get it clean and neat, and to get it away from the wide rear triangle, seems a bit forced, with tight twists and turns. Changing brakes may prove a challenge, considering the length of the needed rear hose or completely re-routing, to make shorter hoses work. Riding the bikeUp:Mountain biking is not exempt from physics, and as per Newton's 3rd law of motion; what goes up, must come down. That means that to get decent downhills, you must endure the uphills. Consequently most good mountain bike trails typically start with a proprietary climb up a hill, leg powered or ski-lift, gradual or steep. Locally in SA, we don't have the luxury of Gondolas and so pedaling the bike to where you want it is standard procedure. The Square is good, albeit a bit slouchy on the climbs - the great suspension and endless grip only hampered by the 15kg+ weight of the bike. if you keep your cadence steady and your gear ratio light (with the legs to back it up), it will climb like a Sherpa over any terrain, but it does take it out of you on longer climbs. Once at the top, you may just want to take a slight breather before heading down. Down: Catch your breath, take a sip of your bottle (of which a full size bottle fits in the front triangle) point the 3" front tyre down and release a whole can of whoop-ass on the trail. The Square has immense roll over ability, and as long as you can imagine the line, the Square will obey, undramatically eating rocks, devouring bumps and ignoring ruts. The Square feels balanced, and composed, on trails, the geometry lending itself to going faster than you would feel comfortable on normally. Riding the bike on fast DH lines and quick Red routes like Red Phoenix, the bike reveals a planted character, unshaken by ruts or braking bumps. What you do also notice is that this stability comes at the cost of flick-ability, and liveliness and running flat out through a chicane will have you working hard to lean and keep the bike dropped retaining traction, especially in the quick switch from side to side. Some traction can be gained by dropping tyre pressures, but there's a fine balance of traction vs rolling resistance and the feeling of the tyre sidewall flexing, makes my stomach churn, especially since I know that if my wheel burps, I need a couple of CO2 canisters, and a whole lot of luck to get tyres seated or inflated. And a micro pump is about as useful as inflating an air mattress with your mouth. It will get you there eventually, but there's easier ways to do things. Riding typical trails where you are doing longer distances, the rolling resistance on wide tyres and extra weight will not go unnoticed unfortunately. Sure you'll get strong riding it all day, or - and more possibly so - you may plan or unwittingly keep your ride distances down to shorter rides than usual, with less traversing and exploring as a part of your ride. Let the brakes go, choose a line and commit and you'll soon go into hyperdrive, where trees blur, and tunnel vision takes over. The bike pops off jumps surprisingly easy for its size, and in the air is a place where the Square feels very at home. It's more comfortable with slight tweaks and dead sailors than with big whips and tabletops, since the sheer size of the wheels generate a substantial gyroscopic force that does not like to be change direction when at speed. Landing is uneventful and almost too easy. With a relatively long rear end, getting the front wheel to stay up and level at manuals takes some practice and technique adjustment - your front wheel needs to be picked up higher to get your weight more off the back of the bike, to counter balance the front end and get decent distance over obstacles. Alternatively, just roll over them, since you probably won't feel it. The real test of the Square's abilitiesAfter pitching the idea to Marthinus of Silverback, he was kind enough to let me run the Square in EzelEnduro 2016, a race that, although only in it's second year, has a reputation to break bikes and riders. The terrain on SS1 starting fast and off camber - sandy, and finishing off SS66 with nothing but steep boulder fields. To setup the Square for the race I did a couple of setup and component changes, just to dial it in. My own wider bars, XTR brakes, Ruby silicon grips to help with arm pump, and my Fox DOSS dropper with SDG iBeam seat and some cage pedals for more secure footing to replace my XTR clipless. Then I also added on loads and loads of frame protection tape and cut up a used tyre as downtube protection, so that I don't return a badly scuffed up bike to Silverback after the race. Other than that, I rode it all stock. The 120mm front suspension from the Manitou Magnum fork, was a concern in the back of my mind, but never felt overwhelmed on the trail, even though I did bottom it out a couple of times, it was never a harsh feeling. On that kind of terrain a 140mm fork would have been better suited, and I imagine the bike would be well suited to the longer travel. The rear suspension handled the rocks well, and not puncturing on any of the stages is testament to how well it coped. The weight of the bike hampering flowy swift direction changes, fast lines where a lot of skipping over sections would be needed, like I normally would do on a lightweight trail bike, but had me choosing seemingly impossible lines and not giving it a second thought, bouncing off big rocks, steep drops and riding in and out of ruts - mostly just over them with abandon. EzelEnduro photo Credit to Ewald Sadie. esphotography.co.za Pushing the bike up to the two final stages (that's just what you have to do - not compulsory, but impossible to ride and pointless to try), I was acutely aware of it's size and weight, as my body was tired from wrestling the terrain, and there is no way I could be carrying it on my back, up the slopes to the starting points. On the race, the Silverback Square proved to be, as my test rides would have suggested, a competent and very competitive and solid choice of bike for the terrain. I think my results, in part, shows what this bike lends itself to.Inspection after the race showed a bike for the greater part unfazed by the terrain, other than the rear wheel bearings may need a service/tightening up, rear spokes needs tensioning and there's a single small flat spot in the rim. The long and short of itBig wheels. Sure you can use it on the beach on your December holidays, and the 3" tyres would do well there running lower pressures; but once you've seen what this machine can do, you'll feel silly using it as a beach cruiser. If you look at it there on the car, dwarfing both the car and most other bikes, it is difficult to picture what the bike is designed for or what it is capable of; so take it to some trails to find out. I've been hitting downhill PR's with it on GSpot, Paarl DH and Eden normally on the first pass already. If you're not hard pressed for fast climbing or all day long distance riding, and more interested in a well mannered trail bombing machine, that goes as good as it looks, look no further. It won't replace a carbon framed lightweight XC machine, and it's not as responsive and forgiving as an long travel purpose built enduro bike. All-in-all though, a great trail bike, but shaving a bit of weight off the build, would definitely give this bike a bit more Synergy... The Silverback Square is a well designed, well specced machine, it is very capable and could make any trail, and especially challenging terrain, seriously fun. The drivetrain, suspension design and suspension components really standing out in testing as well considered parts of the build, with nothing falling in the "why is that on here" bracket. The bike is not cheap, but, at it's price point and impressive part list, it is great value for your hard earned money. Official spec list (slightly different from the bike I tested): Frame: Silverback Intelligent Design System (IDS) Revo Technology, Exclusive Suspension Science, 27.5+ Trail Machine, Hydroformed 6061 Alloy Custom Butted Tubing, Tapered 1-1/8”-1.5” Headtube, Silverback 12 x 148mm Dropouts, Super-Stiff StaysFork: Manitou Magnum Comp 27.5+, 120mm, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Crown lockout, 15x110mm Dropout, Post Mount DiscRear Shock: Rock Shox Monarch RT3, 110mm Travel, 184x44mmRims: Hayes/Sun Ringle Mulefut 50 27.5”, Alloy, 32H, Hayes/ Sun Ringle Rimtape and Valves, BlackHubs: Front: 2 Cartridge Bearings, Rear: 4 Cartridge Bearings, 3 Pawl Chromo SRAM XD 11 Speed Freehub Body with 10° Engagement, 32H, 6-Bolt Disc MountTyres: Maxxis Chronicle 27.5” x 3.0, TR and EXO, Kevlar BeadStem: Sector Box, Alloy, S/M: 60mm; L/XL: 75mm, 6° x ∮31.8mm, BlackHandlebar: Sector Gradient, Double Butted Alloy, W: 740mm; Back Sweep: 9°; Up Sweep: 5°; 15mm Rise x ∮31.8mmSeatpost: SBC Dropper Post, Remote Lockout, Internal Cable Routing, 100mm Drop, ∮31.6mm, S/M: 350mm, L/XL: 400mm, BlackSaddle: Sector Performance series, Cr-Mo RailsBrake set: Shimano SLX BL/BR-M675, Open Hydraulic System, Metal Pads w/Fin, Levers Rotors Front: 180mm; Rear: 160mm, 6-Bolt, BlackShifters: SRAM GX X-Actuation SL Trigger Shifter, 11 Speed, BlackFront Derailleur: N/ARear Derailleur: SRAM GX X-Horizon w/ Rolling Bearing Clutch and Cage Lock, BlackCassette: SRAM XG-1150 11 Speed, 10-42T, BlackCrankset: Race Face Turbine, 32T, 11-Speed, 175mmBottom Bracket: Race Face, BSAImage from Silverback's website.
  2. Hey guys im racing an enduro race this weekend at Grootfontein bike park and im doing it on a Silverback stratos al 3 so basically 120mm front suspension and 115mm rear. I have jumped the bike over the famous road gap (9m gap) and its my first enduro race. Any tips to make my bike feel better racing it downhill? The max tires I can fit is a 2.2 if I remember correctly
  3. Hi All, Complete amateur here trying to relive his youth days haha. I was reading up on some other posts which always concluded in not purchasing a Raleigh or other supermarket bike because well they are *** (even though I only had Raleigh bikes in my youth). So I've been checking black friday deals and came across the following 2 silverback bikes from Solomons and need some advise on what exactly are the differences and what you would go for? or even another brand from another store within that price range: https://solomonscycles.co.za/products/silverback-stride-29-comp/ https://solomonscycles.co.za/products/silverback-stride-29-sport/ One is a comp and one is a sport but look very similar except for the brakes and front shocks from what I can see? just need some advise. Thanks guys, look forward to contributing more once I have purchased a bike and begin riding
  4. The New Bike As the Silverback Stratos is a brand new bike, let's jump into some of the new features it offers. The Stratos follows the Sesta in Silverback's cross-country race bike category with an updated slacker geometry to assist handling on technical terrain. The head tube angle is 69 degrees and seat tube angle 74.5 degrees with the medium frame sporting a 435 mm reach, 1136 mm wheelbase, and chainstays measuring 435 mm (across the size curve). To assist further the Stratos is designed with dropper seatpost support in mind. Silverback built the Stratos with an asymmetrical design which is most noticeable in the front triangle. The result is a number of eye-catching flat surfaces and sharp angles forming almost triangular shaped tubes in places. According to Silverback the purpose of these shapes is to better manage riding forces through the frame at the points where they are strongest. With the rear suspension, Silverback made an effort to make it lightweight. There is an oversized tapered pivot just above the bottom bracket that makes use of a commonly available headset sized bearing while the rocker is injection moulded carbon fibre. The suspension is assisted by slender seatstays that flex as the bike travels through the suspension eliminating the need for moving parts between the seat- and chainstays. And, as you can see, there is space to fit two water bottles in the front triangle. Although not fitted to Stenerhag's bike, a storage compartment can be fixed to the Stratos in the wedge-like gap where the top tube and down tube meet at the head tube. Jennie Stenerhag's Silverback Stratos SBC Stenerhag races on Fox's range topping Factory suspension with their cross-country focussed 32 Step-Cast fork and Float shock. She has a dual remote lockout lever to open and close the fork and shock. The drivetrain is a SRAM XX1 Eagle system featuring a 32 tooth chainring and a Stage Power left crank arm. The brakes are also from SRAM, their cross-country Level brakeset in the Ultimate specification level. The wheelset is courtesy of the Swiss company Ceetec with their carbon rims and a set of DT Swiss hubs. Stenerhag races on Maxxis tyres electing for an Ardent Race 2.35" for the front and a Rekon Race 2.25" on the back. Ceetec is also responsible for much of Stenerhag's cockpit, with handlebars, seatpost, bottle cages, and a custom "Jennie" top cap. The saddle is created by gebioMized, a German bike fit specialist. Specification List: Jennie Stenerhag's Silverback Stratos SBC FrameSilverback Stratos SBCForkFox 32 Float SC FactoryShockFox Float FactoryWheelsetCeetec Revolution rims with DT Swiss 240s hubsFront TyreMaxxis Ardent Race 2.35Rear TyreMaxxis Rekon Race 2.25HandlebarCeetec 720mmStemKCNC 90mmHeadsetFSA with Ceetec custom top capSeatpostCeetec C1 Evo2SaddlegebioMizedBrakesSRAM Level UltimateShiftersSRAM XX1 Eagle DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle CassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle CrankarmsSRAM XX1 Eagle with Stages left crankarmChainringSRAM XX1 Eagle 32TPedalsLook X-Track Race Carbon TiBottle cagesCeetec Race-Cage MTB
  5. I have tried to identify the year of this bike but I cannot, the seller says 2014 and from my research it looks like a 2010/2011 but the text on the frame does not match up (nor any of the specs but this could have obviously been changed), any assistance?
  6. Weight down - strength up! Reinforced where it’s needed, lightened where it isn’t – allowing for a frame that is just as stiff but lighter, or alternatively more stiffness for the same frame weight.In XC racing, where every gram count and efficient power transfer is crucial, Silverback applied lateral thinking with quantitative results. Focus on the Stratos Asymmetric tubes allow for the dispersion of shock forces between the top tube and down tube. At the riding sag point, most of the shock forces are directed along the top tube. At suspension bottom-out, the rear shock rotates and shock forces are split between the top tube and down tube via the single-sided support strut. Support Strut (Shock brace) redistributes bottom out forces between the top tube and the down tube, which in turn is triangular for a more regular force distribution. By reducing peak stresses at points in the frame, the entire bike can be constructed lighter. On a full suspension bike, this becomes even more important to have ‘balanced’ kinematic through the middle plane of the frame, that is not bias toward the drive or non-drive side. The drive side sees long periods of loading, of relative low to medium force. Where the non-drive side sees momentaneous loading, of a far higher magnitude. So very different forces – localised to a specific side. All this asymmetry also creates a look unlike anything else on the market. It looks completely different from side to side. An added benefit to the offset frame profiles is - 'rider focused hydration' - front bottle is slightly offset to the drive-side of the frame for ease-of-access and good visibility when reaching for hydration mid-ride. Two bottle mounts in the main triangle. When it comes to water bottles, two is definitely better than one. Burst Flex suspension Burst flex suspension platform utilises flexible carbon seat stays, eliminating the need for a rotational pivot (bearings or bushings) in the rear triangle. Carbon fibre's properties work alongside the shock and leverage ratio to create a cohesive suspension platform. Elimination of a pivot point results a lighter frame that requires less maintenance.Larger bearing used on the drive side, which has to contend with chain forces as well. A single piece carbon rear triangle with Flex-stays means fewer pivots and so less weight and less maintenance. User-centered design means that the service parts and even tools needed for servicing are off the shelf items and easy to find in any bike shop. Carbon layup The structure is mainly composited of T700 UD carbon fibre. Offering equilibrium in stiffness to strength ratio. The rear triangle is constructed with high-modulus carbon fibre to ensure indefinite fatigue life of the flex stays. UD carbon fibre has absolute strength in the direction of the fibre. Strategically controlling the fibre lay-up, produces a matrix that is stiff where desired and strong where necessary, with minimum weight addition. The frame is finished in a 3K Twill weave for a robust composite surface that can withstand any demands exerted by the rider. POP geometry adapted for racing As modern XCO and XCM courses become more technical, we've adapted the bikes to suit not only the current trails, but also where XC is headed. Slacker head angles and longer wheelbases, along with other geometry and suspension tweaks allow for a bike that is more capable and forgiving on the downhills, but does not sacrifice any uphill ability in the process. Stratos SBC Silverback Asymmetric Stratos Frame, Toray Carbon Fibre, Flex Stays, Oversize Pivots, BOOST, 100mm travel Fox Factory 32 Float SC Boost, 100mm Surface Carbon rims on DTSwiss 240 hubs Weight: 9.99kg (M) Get a look at the Stratos range on the Silverback website Nothing in nature is symmetric. Riding forces are not symmetric. Why should your bike be?
  7. Hi there, First time here. I would really appreciate some help. My husband enjoys Mountain biking as a recreational hobby. He does some trails like the Berg and Bush and other MTB races. He currently has a Scott Aspect 740. I want to surprise him with a new bike. I have looked at the Silverback Sprint Plus or Scott Scale 960. He is a big dude. Weighs 118 kg and is about 1.86 tall. Could you please point me in the right direction? My budget allows for a nice bike up until R22 000.00. Any feedback will be highly appreciated as I am totally lost and it has to be a surprise, so asking him is out of the question...
  8. Bike 1: Silverback Stride 27.5" MD Bike 2: Silverback Stride 29" HD Area, Pretoria. Close to Wolwespruit House broken into on 7 May 2019 Don't have a nice pic of the 29" It's me mum's bike, will see if I can find more info later. Both bikes have gotten 'small' upgrades sometime after these pics were taken: The 29er has Ryder Dual Elite pedals now and should have a tubetubby as well. Can't remember whether the saddlebag was still on. Should also be a red silicone light tied on somewhere. The 27.5 has new platform pedals and a clip under the seat for the saddlebag which they conveniently did not take. There was also a black bell on the handlebars (with paint missing from a fall) and a red silicone light clipped on the right front shock. Maxxis tyre at the front, some other brand on the back since I blew a tyre and tube last month. Hope this might help.
  9. Konny developed health issues on Stage 3 that led to lower back pain. To continue with the race would be at the risk of a prolonged time period off the bike and possible long term nerve damage in his back. Nicola will return home to focus on his coming race season. True to the nature of the #Untamed ABSA Cape Epic, Silverback SBC has had an unpredictable race, with Nicola puncturing 2 days back to back, first on Stage 1 (but still finishing 10th overall on the GC) and then stage 2 (dropping them to 32nd overall on the GC) and having to fight back to an overall 26th place after Stage 3. Silverback Fairtree, Mariske Strauss and Jennie Stenerhag is currently in 4th place on the UCI Womens GC and riding consistent with the aim of getting back on the podium. Strauss & Stenerhag continues racing and will still have our full support during the last stages of the ABSA Cape Epic. Silverback's new Stratos XC Race bike platform R&D testing is part of Silverback Racing's goals for Epic. With our Design Engineer assessing the bikes after each stage, and spending time with the riders, vital insights gained from the Epic will be used for R&D purposes, as well as setup recommendations for when the Stratos platform is market bound, meaning a better bike. We are sad to pull out of the Epic with our mens team, but Konny's immediate and long term health is more important than completing. We should not lose sight of what we achieved already - racing the toughest MTB race with prototype race bikes, the feedback from racers to engineers and the confirmation of design theory, product quality and geometry of our bikes. A win for Silverback BIC Quality. Marthinus Kruger, Team Manager, Silverback SBC Rohrbach with an overwhelmingly positive Epic history, teamed up with Looser, a marathon specialist, with the aim of adding to his Epic achievements.
  10. I am in the market for a new trail (all-rounder) bike. I used to ride an xc bike so looking for something a bit more capable in the rough stuff. https://bike-addict.co.za/collections/mtb/products/silverback-slider-lt-2-2018 The bike I'm looking at is a Silverback Slider Lt2. I'm just worried about the Manitou Magnum fork on the front and the x-fusion shock at the rear. I have no knowledge about these components. Are they capable and will they easily be serviceable? Also what other bikes can you recommend I look at? Budget ceiling is at around R27k, but the sweet spot will be around R22k. I don't mind looking second-hand, but new comes with a warranty. I ride a medium sized bike.
  11. Constructed entirely of carbon fibre, including the links, the bike looks sculptured rather than molded. Cables are neatly routed externally as Silverback feels this is an advantage on stage races where ease of maintenance is a high priority. Their XGuide cable management system, as on their other bikes keeps, everything in place. Di2 compatibility future-proofs your purchase by making it upgrade ready. The Sesta Frame The suspension runs on a combination of bearings and bushes. Bearings where there is a great degree of movement and reliability is expected and bushes where there is very little movement to reduce maintenance requirements. An added benefit of the bushes is that they add lateral stiffness. A lot of thought has gone into creating a stiff frame without adding too much weight.With a head angle of 70.5°, seat tube angle of 73.5° and top tube length of 628mm, the Sesta's geometry is comfortably contemporary. Standover height is excellent in all sizes with the top tube and seat tube connecting low down. Features: Full carbon frame and linkages Replaceable Alloy hanger Di2 ready XGuide Cable management System 90mm rear wheel travel 142x12mm Thru Axle Removable Front Derailleur mount Burst Technology suspension design Freeze Strut that adds stiffness and strength to the rear triangle when braking and also directs air to the rear rotor to keep it cooler and avoid brake fade Components Silverback use what they call Advanced Riding Dynamics (ARD) when equipping a bicycle. They have identified the frame, fork and wheels as key elements to enhance ride quality and will ensure that for the given price and intended use any bike in their line-up will sport the best wheels, frame and fork possible. Reviewing the Silverback Sprada 2 last year left me convinced that their approach works and on the Sesta Pro the philosophy continues. Fork: A RockShox SID RL has been picked to do duty up front and it is a good choice that matches the rear suspension and overall feel of the bike very well. It is stiff and compliant with a enough of a progressive stroke to avoid harsh bottom outs and diving through the travel. Shock: The Fox Float DPS complements the SID and thanks to its custom tune was easy to setup and fine tune to our liking. There is no remote lock out on offer on any of the models - a sign of Silverback's confidence in their suspension design.Drivetrain: A 1x11 drivetrain comprising of Shimano XT powered by a Race Face Turbine Cinch crankset running a 32T chainring. If I could have my way I would prefer one of SRAM'S 1x11 offerings because, as things currently stand, they offer a wider range. With the 32T chainring I was spinning out from around 35km/h leaving me to coast it out. Brakes: Stopping power is exactly what you would expect from Shimano's XT brakes with a 180mm rotor in front and 160mm rotor at the rear. Performance was great, and more importantly, consistent through the heat range with good modulation and feel. Wheels: ZTR Crests need very little introduction having been the XC wheelset of choice for many years. Some upgrades have recently been announced with the rims going lighter and wider. Although a popular choice potential buyers will either need to check they fall inside the ZTR Crest's 87kg weight limit of the wheels, or ask their LBS to upgrade to Arch EX Rims or, what would be my choice, American Classic Wide Lightning. Tyres: The ZTR Crest wheels came wrapped in 2.10 Schwalbe Racing Ralph LiteSkin tyres. Offering a 90g saving over their Snakeskin, Tubeless ready counterparts, these will be the first item on the list to replace. No question. Their paper-thin sidewalls caused the tyres to roll on their carcass with the only partial solution was to increase tyre pressure which lead to a loss in grip and traction and a unnecessarily hard ride. With the overall weight of the bike as competitive as it is I see no need to run these tyres with the compromise and risk of sidewall cuts and punctures. We swapped them out for a set of 2.25 Onza Canis and it transformed the ride. I could drop the pressure to an acceptable low for the rims which increased confidence and fun on the trail no end. Saddle: The saddle features CRN-Ti rails with light foam padding and was immediately comfortable. The colour bits that match the frame are a neat touch, further showcasing the attention to detail on this bike. The finishing kit all comes from Silverback's own Sector range. At 700mm the handlebar is on the narrow side by today's standards and I felt the 90mm stem was a little too long for me. I'd say 720mm should be the minimum width on the Large, but have to admit that the 90mm stem will mostly do for most of the riders who fit a Large. On the Trail Riding the Sesta at first with the factory tyres was a bit like riding a completely different bike. Although all the signs and promise of a great bike was there, the overall experience was seriously hampered by the LiteSkin Racing Ralphs. Once we had the Onza Canis tyres on the bike was transformed. A bit like fitting proper all terrain tyres on a Jeep after trying to tackle the unknown with highway biased tyres fitted.The Sesta was fitted with a few other review items during its time with us. I found the Sesta Pro to be an excellent climber with a refined suspension design. I was happy to ride it in the full open mode most of the time (I'd say 80%) with the rest of the time spent in Trail mode. With the shock in full open mode there was little to no sign of suspension bob and every pedal stroke translated into forward motion. This is further enhanced by the stiff frame that shows no sign of flex no matter how hard I stomped away. The 90mm of travel on offer felt like more when descending and negotiating rocky, rooty terrain. The early stroke is sufficiently plush with good mid-stroke support leading into gradual ramp towards the end of the stroke to avoid bottom out. The combination of suspension design and shock tune is definitely works well on the Sesta. On single track the Silverback Sesta felt more like a trail 29er than a pure XC or Marathon bike. I'm sure it will be a good one-bike for those looking to challenge KOM's and having fun doing it. Admin’s opinion Initial impressions of the Silverback Sesta had me excited. From the get go it is a fun bike to ride. The 100mm SID upfront feels a bit more like 120mm thanks to the more slightly relaxed geometry (by XC / marathon bike standards).My first proper outing on the Silverback Sesta was the two day Cell C Arabella challenge. The routes provided perfect test conditions with 40-50km each day on a mix of rocky and sandy terrain, loads of climbing and tight singletrack. Out of the blocks I noticed the want for some more gears with legs spinning furiously on fast descents, but to be fair the early tar downhill at 40km/h+ was the only time I really noticed it. Thanks to the light build and stiff frame the Sesta really enjoys climbing. On longer smoother drags I locked out the front and rear for maximum efficiency, but for most purposes I had both front and rear set to trail / pedal modes. In trail mode the rear suspension design performs very well with minimal pedal bob and keeping contact with the trail when needed. Heading downhill the handling is smooth and precise while, like the front, the rear suspension appears to offer a bit more travel than it says on the box. The descents had me smiling until some eroded rocky patches and lack of line choices led to the stock Schwalbe rear tyre giving up its air. After fighting with subsequent snakebite punctures and over an hour stranded I made to call to opt for a more capable tyre for day two. With some beefier Onza Canis 2.25 60tpi I smiled all through day two and despite the added rubber the Sesta still felt good in the climbs. The added grip and confidence they provided were a far better match for a bike which punches above its weight class. Verdict The long wait for the Sesta has been worth it. Silverback have created a polished dual suspension carbon race bike. The geometry and suspension work together to create a bike that begs to be ridden fast. Considering the level of components, the asking price of R61,500 makes the Sesta a worthy consideration for the bargain hunters. Personal preference would see us changing tyres and possibly the range of gearing but that aside, the Sesta is a great cross-country race bike. ProsLight but stiff Great looking - both the overall profile and paint job Excellent pedaling manners Offers good value for money Combination of bottomless feel and geometry allows the Sesta to exhibit some trail manners and will be happy to play on its way down. Cons Tyres will need replacing Drivetrain will not suit everyone, but the frame can accommodate both 1x and 2x drivetrains You will have to check whether your weight fall within the 87kg limit of the wheels Specifications 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 SystemForkRock Shox SID RL, 100mm Travel, Solo Air, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Remote OneLoc Sprint, QR15mm Dropout, Diffusion BlackRear shockFox Float DPS, 3 Position Adjustments, 90mm travel, 165mm x 38mm, Stainless Steel 10mm hardwareRimsStan's Crest 29”, Alloy 32H, Stan’s Yellow Rimtape and Valves, Black, Custom Decal coloursHubsStan's 3.30, 100 x 15mm front and 142 x 12mm rear Axles, 6-Bolt, Disc hubs, BlackTyresSchwalbe Racing Ralph EVO, 29" x 2.1", Tubeless Ready, FoldingStemSector Radius, 3D Forged 6061 Alloy, S/M: 80mm; L: 90mm, 7° x ∮31.8mm, Stainless Steel hardware, BlackHandlebarSector Plane, Double Butted 6061 Alloy, W: 700mm; Back Sweep: 9° x ∮31.8mm, Matte Marble, BlackSeatpostSector Level, CNC 6061 Alloy shaft, ∮31.6mm x 400mm, Black boltsSaddleSector Performance, CRN-Ti RailsBrakesetShimano XT BL/BR-M8000, Open Hydraulic System, Metal Pads, Levers Rotors Front: 180mm; Rear: 160mm, 6-Bolt, BlackShiftersShimano XT SL-M8000, 1x11 Trigger, BlackRear derailleurShimano XT Shadow Tech Plus RD-M8000, Long Cage, 11 SpeedCassetteShimano XT CS-M8000, 11 Speed, 11-42T, SilverCranksetRaceface Turbine Cinch Crankset 32T, L:175mm, All Sizes, BlackBottom bracketRaceface BB92Actual weight11.61kg (Includes Shimano XT Trail pedals, Steel Bottle Cage, Garmin Quarter Turn Mount, Onza Canis 2.25 TL tires)Retail priceR61 500 (Sesta Team R76 999)
  12. It is no secret that the Silverback Sesta's launch has been a long time coming, but instead of rushing to market Silverback took their time to develop and refine the bike until they were completely satisfied. And it shows. Click here to view the article
  13. The Superspeed takes advantage of carbon's flexibility to absorb riding forces to improve comfort and grip while maintaining the stiff pedalling characteristics of a hardtail. The most obvious example on the frame is where the seat stays bypass the seat post to join directly to the top tube. Silverback calls this Monoburst technology and they say it sends bump forces into the top tube instead of up the seat post to the rider. The design further enables the seat post to flex better which also improves comfort and traction for the rider. The Superspeed is a single chainring specific frame which has helped Silverback to design the bike with short 422 mm chainstays. The frame is fitted with a minimalist chain guide (that can be adjusted for different chainring sizes) to make extra sure that no race losing mishaps occur. Silverback also made provision for an internally routed dropper seat post, which you can see Luke has decided to take advantage of. Luke has selected some top of the range racing parts from SRAM's catalogue with a full XX1 drivetrain and a RockShox SID World Cup fork with Charger damper. The brake set is the carbon levered Level Ultimate which neatly integrates with the shifter and dropper levers. The cockpit features a 740 mm carbon Truvativ Descendant flat bar with silicone grips. The stem is a lightweight Zipp Service Course SL, a brand more commonly seen on the road. The Fizik Tundra saddle with carbon rails is bolted to a Specialized Command XCP dropper seat post providing 35 mm of travel. Luke uses Maxxis Aspen 2.25 tyres wrapped around a custom South Industries XC29 rims laced to American Classic boost hubs.The complete build weighs in at 9.2 kilograms. Full specifications FrameSB Proprietary Advanced Dynamics Carbon 29” Hardtail, Tapered 1-1/8”-1.5” Headtube, Pressfit BB Shell, MonoBurst , 148 x 12mm Boost Thru Axle Integrated Dropouts System, Replaceable Alloy hanger, Internal Cable Management System, 1 x only FrameForkRockShox SID World CupRimsSouth Industries 29XCHubsAmerican ClassicTyresMaxxis Aspen 2.25”HandlebarTruvativ DescendantStemZipp Service Course SLHeadsetFSABrakesSRAM Level UltimateBrake rotorSRAM Centerline 160mmShifterSRAM XX1Rear derailleurSRAM XX1CassetteSRAM XX1Crank armsSRAM XX1ChainringSRAM XX1ChainSRAM XX1Bottom BracketSRAMSeatpostSpecialized Command XCPSaddleFizik TundraGripsSiliconeWeight9.2 kg
  14. I'm 42 and started riding again , buying myself a hardtail Scott Aspect 940 after several years of taking a break . This was Oct 2017 . Unfortunately i had a minor lower back injury and had to go for a discectomy in Feb 2018 . The specialist and fisio recommended a Dual Suspension when riding again . I'm interested in the Silverback Sido 3 for myself and the Sola 3 for my wife . Can anyone recommend them and are there any other options to choose from that i'm missing . Your inputs please .
  15. The Sphere 1 is Silverback's reimagination of the hardtail with plus sized wheels. It features 3.0" tyres to add grip, stability, and comfort. The extra small and small bike sizes use 27.5 x 3.0” tyres, whereas the medium, large and extra large bikes are fitted with bigger 29 x 3.0” tyres. There are two models available in the range with the Sphere 1 pitched as more performance driven bike of the two, with shorter chainstays and high end aluminium tubing, while the Sphere 2 has a slightly more stable geometry for increased traction and balance for entry level riders. Download attachment: Silverback Sphere 1 1-3.jpg Click here to view the article
  16. The Frame The Sphere 1 frame is made from 6061 Alloy with custom butted tubing that is hydroformed to increase stiffness and strength while keeping weight down. Workmanship and attention to detail is high on the frame and extends to the build kit with colour matching rim decals and saddle. Cable routing is external for ease of maintenance and there is space for two large water bottles inside the front triangle.Although I am a fan of tubes with some hydroforming and a bend or two, the straight, oval main tubes look good and somehow add to the menacing look of the bike. This also results in a greater weld area and less stress risers, both of which should make the frame more durable. A 31.6mm seatpost makes the frame dropper post friendly, but a lack of dedicated guides or internal routing means you will have to route your dropper externally and cable tie the hose to the rear brake hose running down the bottom of the top tube.The Sphere makes use of the wider Boost axle spacing for stronger, stiffer wheels. As mentioned, Silverback have decided to run 27.5+ wheels on sizes Extra Small and Small and 29+ on Medium, Large and Extra Large. As with all other Silverbacks that I've tested over the previous two years, the paint job stands out for me. I know it is very subjective, but the colour combinations chosen for each bike and model range always look great, suiting the style of each bike. Components Silverback use their Advanced Riding Dynamics (ARD) system when speccing their bicycles. They have identified the frame, fork, and wheels as key elements to enhance the ride quality of a bicycle. They will ensure that for the given price and intended use, any bike in their line-up will sport the best wheels, frame, and fork possible.The only change in spec that I would like to see on the Sphere 1 is a dropper post as a standard item. The bike's manners and ability certainly warrant it. Fork This was our first time on Manitou's Magnum Comp, a dedicated plus fork with 34mm stanchions and 110mm Boost spacing. The wider spacing results in wider hub flanges and improves spoke bracing angles for a stronger and stiffer front wheel. The added room also increases tyre clearance allowing for a 3.4″ tyre in both a dedicated 27.5 and 29″ chassis. The fork's on trail performance was good, needing minimal tinkering to get it into an optimal performance setting. The fork uses Manitou's unique front quick release system that required a trip to YouTube to figure out how to release and fix the axle in place. When you know how it works, it is quite simple to use but I feel that it's a proprietary design just for the sake of it.Drivetrain A Race Face Turbine Cinch crankset drives a 11 speed SRAM GX drivetrain. Shifting was everything you would expect from SRAM and the 32T chainring provided a good spread of gears for most of our trails. WheelsThe Sphere 1 rolls on SUNringlé Mulefut SL rims laced to SRAM hubs. With an outer rim width of 50mm and inner rim width of 45mm the rims are properly wide and come with SUNringlé's black rim tape. The SRAM hubs are not the fastest engaging hubs when applying the pressure but once up to speed they roll smoothly with no signs of drag. Tyres Silverback selected the 3.0" Maxxis Chronicle tyres using EXO with a Kevlar Bead casing. The Chronicle is a good plus sized tyre suiting the Sphere 1 well. An evil of plus size tyres is that they become quite spongy if the tread blocks are too big. These offer good grip and traction with none of the "riding on marbles" feel. The Ride With tyre pressure as low as 10 - 15psi, the Sphere 1 rolls noticeably more smoothly than my steel Mercer Hungry Monkey hardtail with a level of "suspension" built into the wide, fat tyres which allows for extra momentum going through or over rough terrain. Throw in the extra grip going around corners and you have yourself a fast, fun-machine. On flowing single track it is easy enough to sit back, relax (as a matter of speaking) and just let the bike go with the flow. What is unique is the "give" through trail clutter while having the direct drive feel of a hardtail when stepping on the pedals. The only element of riding one has to get used to on a plus bike is the sensation of the bike pulling sideways when riding off camber terrain. To better explain: when riding in a gutter that drops from right to left the bike feels like it is pulling right due to the extra traction on that side. It is by no means unique to this bike and doesn't impact on your riding, but it is something to get used to.There is some extra drag from the tyres when pedalling up a long climb, but I'd like to see how it compares to non-plus sized tyres that offer the same levels of grip and traction, as I reckon it will be no worse. General handling is good and on par with what one would expect of a trail, borderline all mountain, hardtail. This highlights the lack of a dropper seatpost, but surprisingly enough the fork's 100mm travel does not seem to hold the bike back too much Verdict The Silverback Sphere 1 is a great all round trail hardtail offering the feel and handling of a 4" dual suspension bike. With the added drag offset by the ample grip and traction, the Sphere 1 delivers a fun and rewarding ride for those looking to explore beyond their usual trails. Pros Pure, unadulterated fun on the trails Good grip and traction Great finish Good spec choice Cons Needs a dropper seatpost to maximise the fun factor Second Opinion - Timo Cooper The bike that has surprised me the most. The Silverback Sphere is not a race bike, I just wanted to get that out of the way as soon as possible. This bike was designed and built for the pure joy of mountain biking, especially in South Africa. The bike amazed me from the first pedal stroke to the last. I used the bike in the same way as all my other “normal” mountain bikes for close to a month. I did short technical rides, five hour plus rides and everything in between. The bike is not very light and fast uphill, but it makes up for it in comfort and downhill ability. The bigger tyres let you ride at a very low pressure and this makes the bike very comfortable and easy to handle. The bike is extremely planted in any terrain and you will definitely ride a PR on most downhills. I honestly cannot fault this bike if you are looking for a mountain bike for afternoon trail riding and weekend missions with your friends. Specification Frame29”+/27,5"+ Butted 6061 Aluminium, Tapered 1-1/8”-1.5”Headtube, XS/S: 27.5”+;M/L/XL: 29”+, 148 x12mm dropoutsForkManitou Magnum Comp 27.5+/29"+, 100mm, Tapered Alloy Steerer, XS/S: 27.5”+; M/L/XL: 29”+, Crown lockout, 15x110mm Dropout, Post Mount DiscRimsHayes/Sun Ringle Mulefut SL 50mm 27.5”+/29”+, Alloy, 32H, 29”+ for M/L/XL, 27.5”+ for XS/S sizes, Sun Ringle Nylon Rim tape, BlackRear hubSRAM 746, 6-Bolt Disc Mount, Sealed cartridge bearings, XD Driver body, 12x 148mm Axle BlackFront hubSRAM 716, 6-Bolt Disc Mount, Sealed cartridge bearings, 150 x 15mm Thru Axle, BlackTyresMaxxis Chronicle 27.5”+/29”+ x 3.0, TR and EXO, Kevlar BeadStemSector Box, 6061 Alloy, S/M: 60mm; L/XL: 75mm, 6° x ∮31.8mm, BlackHandlebarSector Plane, W: 720mm; Back Sweep: 9° x ∮31.8mm; 6061 Double Butted OversizedSeatpostSector Level, 6061 Alloy, ∮31.6mm, XS/S: 350mm; M/L/XL: 400mm, BlackSaddleSector, Cr-Mo RailsBrake setShimano SLX BL/BR-M675, Open Hydraulic System, Metal Pads, Rotors Front: 180mm; Rear: 160mmShiftersSRAM GX X-ACTUATION Trigger Shifter, 11 Speed, BlackRear derailleurSRAM GX X-Horizon w/ Rolling Bearing Clutch and Cage Lock, BlackCassetteSRAM XG-1150 11 Speed, 10-42T, BlackCranksetRace Face Turbine Cinch, 32T, XS/S: 170mm; 175mm All other sizes, BlackBottom bracketRace Face, BB-92Claimed weight13.87 kgRecommended retail priceR25,999
  17. These two award-winning brands aim to create an environment for athletes to grow as well as compete at the highest level within the sport of cycling. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and with Volvo’s strong focus on lifestyle and safety, this partnership is the perfect fit. We’re excited to be part of an initiative that gives young athletes the opportunity to compete in world-class cycling events. Greg Maruszewski, MD Volvo Car South Africa Team Silverback Volvo will consist of 5 men and 3 women, hailing from different regions within South Africa.You will be able to see team Silverback Volvo at most of the XCO and XCM events, with Momentum Health Tankwa Trek and ABSA Cape Epic being two key events to look out for in the coming months. Matthew Keyser, Shaun-Nick Bester, Tiffany Keep, Luke Moir, Frankie du Toit, Henry Liebenberg, Jaco Pelser, and Team Manager, Marthinus Kruger. Team Silverback Volvo is eager to support the younger generation and help them become the best they can possibly be. The youngest up and coming team member is Luke Moir (15). Moir will be representing the team at the majority of the XCO events, but also Enduro events like SA Champs showing off Silverback's new long travel bicycle 2018 SILVERBACK SLIDER LT. Following Moir is Henry Liebenberg (19), silver medalist at African Champs u/23, and Matthew Keyser (19) XCO specialist also showing some good results in the longer races by taking 2nd overall at the 2017 Karoo to Coast. Coming from a two-year program in Portugal, where he rode for a continental road team, Shaun-Nick Bester (26) will mainly focus on the big stage races for the year, starting with the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek on the 9th February. By his side will be Jaco Pelser (22), who is back in South Africa after spending the 2017 season riding for a Spanish road team. Bester and Pelser will be racing the 2018 SESTA SBC, award-winning dual suspension bike at this event, and following the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek is the Globally recognized Absa Cape Epic. Representing the ladies we are proud to have Yolande de Villiers, Frankie du Toit and Tiffany Keep on board. Du Toit and Keep are the current SA XCO champions in their respective age categories, u/23 and junior ladies. They will be competing in the up and coming SA MTB Cup Series XCO #1 event in Stellenbosch (junior world series) on the 3rd of Feb. Du Toit's race weapon of choice will be the 2018 SESTA SBC where Keep has chosen the SUPERSPEED SBC 2018.Completing the team will be Yolande de Villiers, who needs no introduction to the mountain bike community. De Villiers started off the racing season with a solid 4th place at the Momentum Health Attakwas extreme on the 20th of January 2018. The next event for De Villiers will be at the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek on the 9th of February where she will be partnering with Silverback OMX rider Mariske Strauss.vDe Villiers will be competing a great deal of the racing season on the race-winning 2018 SESTA SBC. Follow the team on the Team Silverback Volvo website here or media.silverbacklab.com/sb-racing. The Team The riders will be using the race weapon of their choice, either Silverback’s SESTA SBC or SUPERSPEED SBC. Team Silverback Volvo will be powered by Silverback’s Superbike Technologies Group, which consists of a digital crew, a film crew, photographers, social media representatives and managers. The Volvo XC90 will be the official support vehicle for the team at the beginning of the season, joined by the new Volvo XC40 and the All-new Volvo XC60 once introduced locally in April and August respectively. This will ensure that the team will travel in luxury and safety over any terrain. The cars will be equipped with roof racks and bike racks and, together with the ample amount of space for the riders, will provide a comfortable drive too. Partners The team will also be supported by Best4Sports Nutri on, VYE Cycling apparel, Uvex helmets and Squirt. With the new year, comes a new name... After three years of support from Silverback Bikes, in 2018 Silverback became the title sponsor of OMX and together we form Silverback OMX Pro Team. It is exciting to have this level of partnership with a brilliant bike brand, and we look forward to further developing the relationship we have. Paul Beales Furthermore, both Silverback and OMX share a passion “to be the best in class”. We believe that the combination of Award-Winning bicycles and a Pro-Cycling team offers a unique sporting platform for Silverback OMX Pro Team to be the best we can be.Whilst the name changes, the management and the goals of the team remains the same. OMX has a unique history, growing from a few local guys to a World-class race team. This heritage is something they are hugely proud of and hold close to their hearts. Partners The team will also be supported by Schwalbe, Spiuk, Prologo, Cadence, Squirt, Asterion and Ceetec. Management Silverback OMX Pro Team will be managed by Paul Beales.Read more about Silverback OMX Pro Team, upcoming events and our partners on media.silverbacklab.com/sb-racing Team members are being released systematically on OMX's social media - so a good idea to give them a follow on twitter @omxproteam or on Instagram @omxproteam
  18. Help me choose from these 3 options on a tight Budget? Now i got a thight budget, i would have to put spd pedals on, a bike fit and extra inner tubes aswell with this budget. My frame size is 56-58 Which one would you choose taken all factors in to account list 1-4: OPTION 1 - Scott CR1 Carbon 56cm - 105 - year:2006 R 8,500.00 https://goo.gl/roM5qZ - OPTION 1 - (doubdt - cant google or find this model specs anywhere???) Silverback Arizona 56cm - tiagara 9x2 - year:UNKNOWN R 4,900.00 --- can upgrade groupset --- https://goo.gl/Y7dSGv - OPTION 3 - bikebay Trek 1500 SLR 58cm - 105 - year:UNKNOWN R 7,500 https://goo.gl/GuFjmH -
  19. Hi Guys, I am new to the cycling community. Me and a friend decided to take up cycling as hobby for socialising while getting fit. We didn't much want to be stuck in a gym exercising and decided we could explore our city in the sun and having fun. After doing some research and visiting various cycling stores, I narrowed my list down to two options, both of which stretched the budget for a simple socialising thing. I came to the forum because I couldn't decide which bike was better. The Scott Contessa 620 (26" 2015 model) or the Silverback Splash 3 (27.5" 2016 model). I initially only thought a 26" or below (kiddies) bikes would fit me seeing as I am only 1.50m in height(shorty - I know) . However I fitted an extra small frame and found I could actually fit on a 27.5" bike. The thing is now I am not sure which to chose? Most people are saying that the Scott is better brand... The stores i want to buy them from are biased to their own product (some are more gentlemanly than others). But i was hoping someone here could explain it better? I tried doing some research but jargon used explaining about the different shimano shiffters and what not, or how they work, is way over my head. Basically I started out by just wanting to get me a normal Marko bike, but after reading various comments and taking advice, I decided to stretch the budget more in order to get me a better bike. So hopefully you guys can point me in the right direction? Thanks for your time Best regards
  20. Howzit guys, One of my lady friends requested my assistance to help her with values of two bikes: Silverback Oakland (XS frame) Gary Fisher Wahoo (unsure on the frame size) Please click here for photos of the bikes. All accessories will be included. All the tyres are inflated with no punctures. The bikes were standing in the garage for quite some time, but they did clean it during the Easter Weekend. Both are in a working mechanical shape. So she wants to know how much she can sell the bikes for. I have no idea, thus why I created this thread. Would appreciate the feedback. Thanks. ~ André
  21. Hi Guys! My wife and an old friend have recently hornswoggled me into getting on a bike for the first time in 15 years by entering me in the Jacaranda Off the Beaten Track race. To see if I could still sit a saddle we borrowed an old 21 speed Nishiki and went for the 17km MTB trail at Red Barn in Centurion. At 15.7km I promptly came off and tore a nice gash in my forearm. Some twisted handle bars and a short ER trip later I was in such a good mood you'd swear I'd won something. The race came and went and long story short (well, not that short) I'm looking to buy a Mountain Bike. Money is tight (true story), but I've managed to find a few that could meet my needs nicely, and was wondering if any of you might have any opinions regarding them: https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-sports-bicycles-fitness/edenvale/silverback-stride-10-mens-mountain-bike/1001961785400910248487209 https://www.bikehub.co.za/classifieds/241287-fuji-nevada-14-large-price-drop/ https://www.bikehub.co.za/classifieds/243528-titan-sport-29er-2015/ https://www.bikehub.co.za/classifieds/244430-titan-expert-29r-for-sale/ I'm currently leaning towards the Titan Expert because of the reviews and forum advice I've seen. The Fuji also seems quite decent, but I'm not familiar with the make of some of the components. I'm about 1.8m tall and weigh around 90kg, so a Large frame should suit me well (I think). If you have any views on any of the above bikes I'd really appreciate your input.
  22. Dear hubbers!! My brother in law lost his bike off the bike rack over the easter weekend! They did not see the bike was gone off the rack until stopping for fuel. They spoke to the petrol attendant and another vehicle overheard the conversation and told them that they saw the bicycle about 10-15km back and put the bicycle on the side of the road. he drove back 2 times but could not find the bicycle. it is a Silverback Mercury1 Dual Suspension XL 26" black, red, silver and white with Shimano XT Tubeless wheels. got a 3x10 SLX Groupset If anyone has maybe seen or picked up this bike please give me a call on 082 334 3794 we would really like to get this bike back. thanks for taking the time to read this unfortunate story. Regards Zarius
  23. The Sesta SBC frame is Silverback's "Super Bike Concept" 90 mm travel dual suspension race bike. Annie's bike is not stock featuring components from OMX Pro's other sponsors. A Rockshox SID World Cup fork and Rockshox Monarch XX rear shock deal with what the trail throws at it. The rims are striking Knight Composites 29" Race, laced to Aivee Edition One hubs. A Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyre on the rear and a Rocket Ron on the front provide the grip required for traversing the Epic terrain. Like most of the pro peloton at the Cape Epic, Annie has a full SRAM Eagle XX1 drivetrain. She has elected to ride with a 34T chain ring on her bike. A Stages carbon powermeter measures her wattage. Braking is taken care of by a set of SRAM Level Ultimate. An interesting feature of Annie's set up is her Ritchey bar ends. Not something we see all too often on a pro race bike. She has also removed the headset top cap in order to slam her stem as low as possible. This is the position that is most comfortable for her, on her medium frame Sesta, but it keeps the team mechanics busy ensuring the headset bearings are clean. A Prologo NAGO Space saddle features a custom British flag detailing: a reflection of Annies nationality and National colours. Specifications FrameSilverback Sesta SBCRear ShockRockShox Monarch XXForkRockShox SID World CupStemFSA Afterburner 70 mmHandlebarSilverback Sector Carbon & Ritchey bar endsGripsESI gripsSaddlePrologo NAGO SpaceSeatpostCeetecBrakesSRAM Level UltimateRotorsSRAM CLXShifterSRAM Eagle XX1Rear DerailleurSRAM Eagle XX1CassetteSRAM Eagle XX1ChainSRAM Eagle XX1CrankSRAM Eagle XX1 + Stages carbon crankarmChainringSRAM Eagle XX1 34 toothRimsKnight Composites 29" RaceHubsAivee Edition OneTyresSchwalbe Rocket Ron (Front) / Racing Ralph (Rear)Bottle CageCeetecPedalsXTRWeight10.4 kg
  24. OMX Pro Team’s Martin Gluth will pair up with Julian Schelb for the 2017 Cape Epic. The German duo will be aboard the Silverback Sesta Superbike, and with unparalleled and focussed support from their bike partner, will ride under the team name, ‘Silverback OMX’ for the eight days of untamed African adventure that is Cape Epic. The Sesta is tried, tested and proven at the Cape Epic, having been raced to a stage win and a third place in 2015, and numerous top tens in 2016. Click here to view the article
  25. Martin rode the Cape Epic for the first time last year and made quite an impression on the race, mixing it up with the big-name experienced teams, and finishing fifth on two stages. Martin says the Cape Epic was a highlight of his 2016 season and he is very much looking forward to taking on the challenge again in 2017, this time with some experience of what to expect and how to handle it. “In the Cape Epic you always have "ups and downs". You can suffer like hell already after 30 minutes of a 4.5 hour stage, but the page can turn around from one moment to another. This was an experience we figured out last year and it will help Julian and I for this year. We have already done so many kilometers of training and racing together and we are very good friends. I think the partnership at the Cape Epic will work out well! We know the others strengths and weaknesses. This should help us in difficult situations. I am really looking forward to racing with him!” Martin will be joined by his good friend and fellow German rider, Julian Schelb, from German team ‘STOP&GO Marderabwehr’. Martin and Julian both live in the German city of Freiburg and they often train together. This, along with the fact that they have raced against each other many times, gives them a real advantage for racing the Cape Epic together, and we believe that they will produce a very strong partnership. Along with Martin, Julian has been a member of the German National Team for many years, during which he won Silver at the 2013 U23 World Championships in Pietermaritzburg. He has also trained in Stellenbosch each winter for the last six years, so although Julian is new to Cape Epic, he is not new to suffering and success on South African soil! “I have watched it live in 2015 and loved the atmosphere and the adventure paired with racing. Since then it has been a big goal for me to race this special MTB race”, says Schelb. While riding for the Multivan Merida Team, Julian got some good advice: “Näf and Hermida told me the most important thing for Cape Epic is to ride with a good friend, not only a strong rider. And I think this is true. To know each other well and seeing how the partner feels is a great advantage for us. We will fight together for the best position possible and help each other in difficult situations.” Team Manager, Paul Beales, is really positive about what the 2017 Cape Epic can bring for the Silverback OMX pairing. “The Cape Epic is a race where experience is invaluable, and I feel that after four years competing at the Cape Epic we have some good experience and a team that is capable of fighting for the top positions. We will go in with a good race strategy and look to improve on the results from previous years" Martin and Julian will kick off their Epic African adventure on 19th March in Meerendal Wine Estate, just north of Cape Town. You will be able to follow the race live with updates, videos and reports across social media throughout the week.
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