Dropper posts have become a must-have for many riders,
making “high posting” a thing of the past. RockShox was the first
company to release a hydraulically actuated dropper post and
pushed the envelope on stealth routing, changing the standard
for frame design.
The Reverb has been a popular post around the Mountain Bike
Action office. We have spent plenty of time riding the previous
version and are always happy to receive test bikes with lon-ger-travel posts. When we got word that RockShox was releasing
a post with 170 millimeters of travel, Christmas had come early.
Is there such a thing as too much travel on a dropper? We put
the new Reverb to the test to find out.
Tech Info: This last year RockShox released its Deluxe and
Super Deluxe shocks that were designed with more bushing
overlap for a smoother feel. The Reverb borrowed some of this
technology and uses similar overlap to give the post a more linear
feel through the travel. Italian seal company SKF has extended
its reach into the cycling world with a new floating piston. To help
prevent that squish feel of the previous generation, RockShox put
in a bigger seal, increasing the durability of the post.
Some Needed Clearance
• Extra clearance is awesome
• Quality internals, consistent
• Taller riders will benefit
• Too long for some frame designs
Aside from the new internals, the Reverb is now available
in a daunting 170-millimeter-travel option (stealth only) with a
complete post length of 480 millimeters. The head of the post
is made from forged alloy and has zero offset. The Reverb uses
a remote with the ability to adjust the return speed at the lever
and will work with MatchMaker X or Discrete clamps. This post
comes in 30.9-, 31.6-, and 34.9-millimeter diameters, with 150
or 170 millimeters of travel, and retails for $471.
On the Trail: We tested this post on several different bikes
over the course of seven months, on medium and large frame
sizes all varying in seat-tube lengths. Moving the post to different
bikes was pretty easy once the hoses were routed with the use of
RockShox’s Connectamajig. Our testers were in awe of the 170
millimeters of travel, and after a few laps on some of our steeper
trails, they were impressed with how comfortable the extra
clearance felt. The return speed of the post was quick, although
some of our testers would have liked it to be even quicker.
The performance of the new Reverb was top-notch during
our testing. In rain, mud and intense summer heat, the post was
consistent. Our taller test riders loved the extra clearance and
became slightly addicted to the extra 20 millimeters of travel.
Some of our shorter test riders had a hard time getting the
saddle height low enough on the longer post, in large part due to
companies like Giant have addressed this and lowered the top
pivot to allow for more clearance.
The fresh design of the Reverb held up to our testing, and
the new internals proved to be more durable than the previous
generation. The 170-millimeter post will be a big draw for riders
with extra-long legs, while average Joes will be relegated to the
150-millimeter option. ❏