In Issue #109 of Singletrack Magazine, we put 10 different height-adjustable seatposts through the grinder as part of our Dropper Post Group Test.
Is it possible to refer to something that’s been about for just a few years as ‘venerable’? Granted, the venerable Reverb wasn’t the first ‘modern’ dropper-post to enter widespread consciousness, but it was the first by a major manufacturer. This made a huge impact on how dropper posts were perceived, and their widespread acceptance as the next most important thing on a mountain bike after suspension, disc brakes and spokey dokeys.
But while this new stealth Reverb is identical on the outside to the previous model (apart from the gold ‘RockShox’ logo), there are some pretty substantial changes under the skin, even beyond the fact that this particular little puppy offers a whopping 170mm of drop. Lesser amounts of drop are available down to 100mm, should you find that your delicate undercarriage can’t accommodate just under 7in of silky air-powered shaft.
So what of these internal changes? Well, RockShox assures us that the internals have been completely re-engineered with an SKF floating piston, and everything’s been reappraised to enhance reliability and performance. The posts also get increased bushing overlap, which is purported to ‘improve performance over time’.
And certainly, over the first six months or so, the performance of the post has been very impressive. I haven’t had a chance to play with it in low temperatures (something that the older Reverbs occasionally suffered under), but I’ve frequently ridden on some shocking days, some baking days and all sorts of days in between, and the post has behaved flawlessly. The extra drop really makes a difference when it gets steep to the point that posts with a mere 150mm of drop feel under – erm – lowered.
The bits you’ll touch – the hydraulic activator and hose – remain much as they were in previous years, so fairly discreet, and to my fingers pleasingly ergonomic even when placed on the left of the bar and used with a 2x set-up.
RockShox recently announced a new 1x aftermarket lever upgrade for the Reverb, which for 1x users is highly recommended. It’s an expensive upgrade, but the shifter-style paddle improves ergonomics and side-to-side adjustability.
A bleed kit is included, with two syringes and fluid, which makes bleeding the line of any pesky air bubbles a simple at-home procedure. Although aftermarket posts don’t come fitted with it, RockShox has made the Reverb Stealth compatible with the Connectamajig connector, which makes hitching up the stealth hose so much more straightforward. It’s essentially a quick-release connector for the base of the post, allowing you to remove the post from the frame for travel or servicing. Some complete bikes do come with the Connectamajig installed, and it’s also available for you to purchase separately aftermarket if you see the need in such a device.
15 Months On
|Product:||Reverb Dropper Post|
|Tested:||by Barney Marsh for 15 months|