SRAM and Rock Shox 2012 at Pass’portes Du Soleil

by singletrackjon 12

This should help.

You can always count on the massive Pass’portes du Soleil in the Swiss/French Alps to have an expo area that puts most other events to shame.

Along with the plentiful meat, cheese and drink on offer to entrants there are massive trade stands from the likes of Lapierre, Scott, SRAM and many more, so there’s always plenty to see off the bike.

So, as Matt and Jon were in Les Gets to attend the 2012 Lapierre launch and to shoot a feature on the Pass’portes du Soleil for Issue 68 (subscribe now!), they strolled about Les Gets with a beautiful combination of cheese overdose, arm pump and mild sunstroke and were ushered into the welcome shade of the SRAM stand.

There they were fed small and tasty cups of coffee and shown lots of shiny new things that’ll be available from the SRAM mega-corp for 2012 as well as being given the “Rock Shox Book of Expertise”, which made them feel rather special.

Internally routed Reverb Stealth launched for OEM customers

The Rock Shox Reverb Stealth - internal routing for 2012 OEM customers...

The thing that got us the most excited was the new Rock Shox Reverb Stealth post. The only thing that’s annoying about the Reverb (and all of the other uppy downy posts out there) is the fact there’s a cable flopping about on the outside, catching on the tyre when the post is dropped, rubbing on the frame and just waiting for some accident to rip it out – although hasn’t happened to any of the Reverbs being ridden in the office yet.

Hydraulic hose now exits the bottom of the post...

The Reverb Stealth gets round those pitfalls by taking the hose for the hydraulic remote out the bottom of the post and inside the frame, keeping everything looking neat and out of the way. Obviously you need a frame specifically designed for this so the Reverb Stealth is only going to be available on new bikes from Trek and Scott for 2012.

The guts are positioned upside down but you’ll still be able to bleed it from the top, which should make installation slightly less of a faff. Hopefully this will become a more common fitment, although it might make mechanics that struggled with internal gear cable routing even more miserable.

Standard Reverb gets new hose fittings and travel options

The normal Reverb has had a bit of a tweak too, with new threaded barb hose fittings at either end and there’s now a 100mm travel option as well as the 125mm if you don’t need that much travel to fit your frame. Going the other way, an ‘Enduro collar’ will also be available which clamps onto the upper to limit the travel if you don’t want the post going all the way down.

New SRAM X0 DH rear mech for close ratio setups

X0 DH is on the right - note longer knuckle and shorter carbon cage...

In other news – and rather fittingly, because Morzine and Les Get will be host to most of Britain’s downhillers at one point or another during the summer – we were also shown the new SRAM X0 DH kit we had a very brief sneak peek at earlier.

 

The SRAM X0 DH rear mech isn’t just a short cage version of their regular X0 rear mech – it’s specifically designed to work better with the smaller ratio cassettes downhillers prefer, with a longer ‘p-knuckle’, (where the cage attaches to the body of the mech) to better follow the profile of a short ratio cassette. It’ll work with up to a 28T cassette and is compatible with any of the 10spd SRAM shifters.

Downhill specific SRAM X0 carbon chainset

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X0 DH gets shorter arms and sturdier single ring specific 104BCD spider

There’s also first for the world of downhill –  a full carbon SRAM X0 DH chainset. Tested as a ‘Black Box’ product under a whole host of SRAM tame pro downhillers, the crankarms are actually the same as regular X0 and they’ve proved to be strong enough to put up with the rigours of World Cup level racing.

The difference is in the availability of shorter length arms (165 and 170mm), more axle lengths and a new, single ring specific spider, which has thicker and stronger tabs. It also uses the common 104mm BCD chainring size which opens up plenty of options for different rings and chaindevices, although there is now an X0 chaindevice, built in conjunction with MRP and based on their G2 SL guide. Although it has DH written on it, it should be just the trick for running a single ring setup for trail or Gravity Enduro racing use…

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Report by Jon Woodhouse

Comments (12)

  1. ” only thing that’s annoying about the Reverb (and all of the other uppy downy posts out there) is the fact there’s a cable flopping about on the outside, catching on the tyre when the post is dropped”
    I’ve never had my remote cable catch the tyre?

    “an ‘Enduro collar’ will also be available which clamps onto the upper to limit the travel ”
    Is the reverb really that hard to control what height you want?

    Also, how much ‘spare’ hydraulic line will there be with internally routed posts? Will you be able to remove the post from the frame? For eg to get the bike inside a car or pack up to take on a plane?

  2. Love the idea of the internal routing, no doubt it will have issues but it’s a good idea. Having said that the routing on my Reverb has not caused me any problems and it’s easy to remove and swap from one bike to another which is great.

  3. Neat. Looks like progress to me but not the be all and end all. It doesn’t really adress the possible seven cables/hoses you can now have attached to your bars if you like your bar mounted adjustments….Seems ripe for integrating into a wireless electronic gear shift/lockout/etc system. Imagine controlling all that with a few buttons/levers on the handlebar.

  4. All those things look perfect for riding down fire roads and open ski slopes, Passportes-style.

  5. “Obviously you need a frame specifically designed for this so the Reverb Stealth is only going to be available on new bikes from Trek and Scott for 2012.”

    Or any bike with an interrupted seattube like an 04 Enduro…

  6. I bet that internally routed hose is gonna rattle like a good-un. Plenty of ‘my bikes rattling’ head scratching to be had.

  7. Which PPDS did you do Ferrit? I rode some pretty cool stuff in between the fireroads, and you have to have a few of those so you can appreciate the views from time to time! I particularly liked the DH track at Morgins and the arm pump inducing descent into Morzine from Avoriaz. And the red descent into Champery where I got lost and an irrate farmer fired a rocket at me! 🙂

  8. Are these easy to home service or will it be a £100 bill from TF Tuned once a year.?? ..that’s the biggest concern with this one over some of the other brands

  9. ddmonkey – there were some good bits – granted, just not as much as I had expected. Seems the event has got too big to route down decent singletrack. We ended up abandoning the fire roads and going down singletrack we spotted off piste – it is there, but not on the official route. Grand day out though.

  10. Yeah I think you are right given the volume of riders its hard to use some of the narrower singletrack. But as an intro to the area that leaves you wanting more its pretty effective, it is a big marketing exercise after all. I can forgive that for the views and the free beer!

  11. I will personally snog (with tongues if required) anyone who can persuade Rockshox to make a 27.2 version of the Reverb for my beloved mk1 Ti 456.

    Let me know boys..

  12. i have nothing but praise for my reverb its been excellent in all weathers and other than a wash down and putting some fox suspension oil on the post its like new.the cable isnt an issue just takes getting used to.

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