Rock Shox Reverb Seatpost initial impressions (6wks in)

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  • Premier Icon Taz
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    Bought one in the US at the beginning of Nov (cost ~ £180). Thought some people may find my initial thoughts of some use if you are thinking of ordering.

    It needed bled before I could use it (not a good start),though bleeding is very, very easy and everything is supplied. Hose is too long but as such it is not an issue. Just looks a bit ‘messy’ at the front of the bike. Opted not to cut it for now.

    Since then I have used it 4 or 5 times a week in all conditions (dry, mancky, freezing) and it has performed flawlessly.

    The ability to adjust the speed of drop/raise is a truly useful feature (suprisingly!) I have it pretty slow for my local trails to allow smaller adjusts. On trips to Wales I have sped it up for faster transitions from fully down to up or vice versa.

    It is well made and I expect it to last very well though obviously do not know that yet.

    Not cheap but better than the Gravity dropper and Pure Racing I have used in the past (mild obsession with dropper posts :oops:)

    Hope that is of use to some folks.

    ooOOoo
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    Thanks, will be looking at an adjustable post post xmas

    nicko74
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    Good stuff, thanks. One question – what do you think of the cabling and routing? Sounds like some people think it’s a bit shonky

    Premier Icon oxym0r0n
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    Pics? (please)

    Premier Icon Taz
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    The cable routing is on a par with others. Certainly not an issue I could see. The fact the cable is pretty long is a bit messy looking.

    One point I missed in my summary was no side to side play of any note.

    No pics. May try one tomorrow if I remember / have time

    Premier Icon gothandy
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    Thanks Taz, nice review, if you can post some pics that would be great.

    How does the weight compare to the other droppers you’ve tried?

    thickens
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    How did you deal with the excess of tube coming down when the seat as down?
    The only thing that puts you off is that when you go down your’l end up with all that tube having to go somewhere.
    Unlike the gravity dropper where its fixed
    The lever actually looks like something that has been designed not just bolted on.
    Interesting ………

    Premier Icon Bushwacked
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    Winner! one of the items on my shopping list for when I get back on the bike 🙂

    flamejob
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    quick PSA – You can adjust the speed of the PureRacing (KS) uppy-downy post with the red collar

    (not a lot of people know that 🙂 )

    Premier Icon Taz
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    Ahhh! Got the cable question now. The Pure Racing has the same ‘issue’. I used 2 loose zip ties to route the cable down the side of the frame when the saddle is dropped. That has worked fine for both the Pure Racing and the Reverb. I agree it is not as neat as the Gravity Dropper. A non issue for me though.

    Weight wise I didn’t actually weigh but little or nothing in it either way.

    Lever is excellent. Easily the best out there.

    ooOOoo
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    Hmmm go for this, or wait for the Fox one? 😮

    bazzer
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    Out of interest other than looks, why is it better than a Gravity Dropper.

    I am looking for an uppy downy seat post for new bike. I have a GD on the other bike and it works flawlessly it just looks rubbish,

    Baz

    Fox one looks ace, uses something like the TALAS system (push leverto set height) as opposed to most other which have used someting functionaly resembling manitous IT system (push button, set height, release button).

    Premier Icon gothandy
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    ooOOoo from what I have read the difference with the Fox one is you only have 3 height options (Up, Down an inch and fully down). Not sure if this was a prototype issue, but it might change your mind. I can see arguments for both approaches to be honest.

    ooOOoo
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    Like the Specialized post? I can see the logic in that one, just dropping it a bit when you are hammering on singletrack, or fully down. I tried a couple of Bionicons once and they have infinite adjustment on their suspension…too much choice!

    I think really I want well made, no play and reliable, and I’m hoping fox n rockshox are too concerned about their reputations to put out a duffer.

    toons
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    I think the reverb is quality, it just feels better than the gravity dropper.

    I snapped the lever on my reverb doing this (fast fordward to 20secs) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesfergson/5200531215/, when I get it fixed, I’m going to mount the lever under the bar!


    Reverb by james_ferguson, on Flickr

    My much improved cable routing


    DW 5 Spot 2011 by james_ferguson, on Flickr


    DW 5 Spot 2011 by james_ferguson, on Flickr

    Premier Icon crispo
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    That is a quality off mate! 😆

    Hob Nob
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    I’ve read a bit out the levers being made of cheese on the Reverb, and of course prime position to be wiped out in a crash, seems like they didn’t think that through very well.

    Although mounting the RHS lever under the bars on the left does seem to protect it.

    Trimix
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    That is a quality crash 🙂

    Premier Icon djflexure
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    MoseyMTB
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    That’s a fall lol not a crash. Thought it was only me who could fall off my bike whilst not actually moving.

    Premier Icon voodoo-rich
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    Still want to find out if anyone’s tried the Giant model…

    Looks like a Joplin-style clamp with a KS racing remote switch, and a decent price (£159).

    http://triuk.com/product/contact-switch-seat-post

    Premier Icon yoshimi
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    Toons, thats a seriously tricked out 5 spot. I like the 36’s – how do you find them on the spot? Also roiuting looks ok for remote, mine follows rear hose then arks up seatpost.

    Edit: whats the deal with your front mech cable, have you done it that way to stop the rocker pinching it?

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    aaaarrgghhh why cant they all be 27.2 i reckon theyd sell a shed load more (and i know that GD is available in this size)

    khani
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    The i7 is, got one on my hl spot, seems very good up to now

    toons
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    The fall! my mates are having a good laugh, although i do have a broken finger!

    @yoshimi I love the 36’s 🙂 Yep its a med frame, i thought it looked better than a massive loop on the drive side

    forgotmename
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    Quality off, lovely bike, bike christened well.

    racing_ralph
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    pissing my self at that crash – is their a smilie for “spaz”

    Premier Icon Pawsy_Bear
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    wouldn’t bother dropping my seat for that. Would help but common its straight down the ‘fall line’

    handyman
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    Taz, a quick question what length reverb did you get and how much is inserted in the frame, thanks i have a flux and am using a thomson 410mm but i think i could get awawy with the 380mm reverb, thanks

    stew1982
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    it didn’t look all that steep……….until you threw yourself down it! 😉

    Premier Icon PeteG55
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    Thats The Slab at Dalbeattie isn’t it? Nice crash, that thing does look steep from the top. Amazed at how the trees around it have sprung up since I was last there a couple of years ago.

    Premier Icon PeteG55
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    Back OT, I know theres the Gravity and the KS available in 27.2, but is that it or does anyone know of any others available in such size?

    duir
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    Back OT, I know theres the Gravity and the KS available in 27.2, but is that it or does anyone know of any others available in such size?

    Gravity dropper do a 30.9 one and a 5″ drop these days. They are butt ugly but they work, are reliable and are so simple that anyone can service them.

    Premier Icon Davesport
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    Are these Reverb seatposts available yet ? I can’t find anyone who’s got one in stock 🙁

    Premier Icon trout
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    Rarer than rocking horse do da

    had one on order from CRC since 21 august
    showing due in stock jan 2011

    Premier Icon Taz
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    I was out on my hardtail with the gravity dropper this morning. First use since the Reverb purchase

    They do work, have better cable routing and are very reliable. As Duir says they are a dawdle to service.

    Downsides for me are the 1 inch drop is a pain to get at times (for my local rides that would be the most common change -fully up to 1 inch down)and they do move a bit. The lever is also not as good.

    I think the Reverb, if it fits your bike, is a better product by a margin. Only time will tell if they are as reliable

    Premier Icon u02sgb
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    Hi,
    Can’t wait for the posts to reappear as I’m pretty sure the info was here!

    Just got one of these and seem to be suffering from the same “needing a bleed” problems as others. If I’m cutting the hose which end do I cut (seat or remote – posting from work so can’t look at it) and do I reuse the parts to reassemble? I’m presuming it’s similar to shortening a brake hose which I’ve done before.

    Dying to to get out on it.

    Stu.

    Premier Icon Brainflex
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    Pull it off at the remote end. Just wave a match or lighter under the end of the hose for 2-3 secs and then pull. Trim to length then push it back on. Bleeding may or may not be required.

    Premier Icon u02sgb
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    ta, will give it a go.

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