Evaluation: Reeb’s SST Does It Otherwise


Brief-distance bikes can typically get somewhat confused, they virtually need to occasion however on the identical time cannot maintain their drink, they find yourself inflicting an enormous scene and also you want days to lastly get well. Sound acquainted? You assume it will be enjoyable, and after a when you get swamped in rhubarb till these selections begin to meet up with you. Nonetheless, SST can occasion greater than most, and due to its simple suspension and use, you are much less more likely to get a hangover and never bear in mind what occurred.

Let’s discuss in regards to the suspension first, Reeb’s flex-axis Horst Hyperlink-ish system does very properly on the path. It is fairly energetic and versatile on small bumps that you just won’t see however undoubtedly impacts traction, and that goes a great distance in making the SST really feel extra grounded than most bikes with this small suspension. It is a nice assist when it is actually moist, actually dry, or any time traction is poor; whether or not cruising at most velocity on part of a tamed monolith observe or crawling right into a vertical rock roll that requires zero velocity and full focus. This is not the engine of do-or-die strikes, after all, however I am not right here to inform you how you can reside your life or that SST would not just like the occasional cube roll.

Whenever you roll the cube on a short-distance bike, you might discover that generally the geometry permits you to get into conditions the place the suspension cannot get you out. Or vice versa. However that is not the case with SST, the alternative finish of the shot is sort of equally spectacular. There’s greater than sufficient ramps with the RockShox air shock my check bike got here with, and there have been occasions after I felt like an additional 10 or 15mm was of assist, particularly on quick observe sections with massive compression and holes. I am simply attempting to carry on for my expensive life. Reeb has accomplished loads with simply 120mm of journey.

Contemplating it is on the shorter aspect of the journey spectrum, there’s loads of life on the SST as properly, as you may anticipate. Apply all the standard clichés right here, prefer it’s enjoyable, however I feel an enormous issue is how assured the bike is; this stability offers you the arrogance to do aspect kicks and ineffective however enjoyable strikes, simply as an extended, unfastened enduro bike might be surprisingly enjoyable for a similar causes. In the event you belief the bike, you’ll chill out and have extra enjoyable.

On the dealing with entrance, Reeb may have made the SST a really unfastened, very sloppy short-travel bike that is enjoyable in a number of locations and a burden in most locations… However that is not what they did. As a substitute, the SST feels extra middle-of-the-road; It has the soundness and poise to not really feel too tense when the path will get actually steep and sketchy, however it additionally would not care about taming, curvy descents. The primary praise comes from the 140mm movable Pike, which is a perfect match for the SST in addition to the basic in-bike positioning that the majority 120mm journey gear would not present. Removed from feeling unbalanced, the 140mm fork matches the aim of the SST and I do not assume I would need to go up and down the entrance.

If I’ve to look into a number of the criticisms, that is precisely what we have to do right here, there are sooner, extra satisfying bikes in case your rides contain a ton of clean, bumpy terrain relatively than fixed ups and downs. Sure, the SST is an effective all-around machine, however it’s significantly better suited to more durable trails and longer downhill runs the place the bike’s energetic suspension and forgiving nature work to your benefit.

How does it examine?

Just a few short-track bikes I’ve spent a whole lot of time with recently have been BMC’s Fourstroke LT, Allied’s very spectacular BC40, and the brand new aluminum Norco Fluid. These three cowl a reasonably wide selection of makes use of, with the 130mm Fluid and the 120mm Allied; each are extra suitable with SST than racer and much much less forgiving than BMC. Clearly, with low weight and carbon fiber within the recipe, Allied takes a really completely different method from the Reeb, however there are some attention-grabbing similarities on the path no matter body materials and intentions.

If you wish to race a bit, it is undoubtedly the BC40, and that is no shock. Likewise, if you happen to like grounding extra rapidly – the BC40 is a rocket ship – however both bike might be your short-distance off-road bike prepared for extra. Whereas the supplies could not be extra completely different, the 2 bikes navigate the terrain in an analogous approach; each are conspicuously positioned round each nook and each instill extra confidence than you may anticipate. Whereas the BC40 feels sportier and extra satisfying on gasoline, in addition they share a number of the rear suspension traits.

As for Norco’s Fluid, it has somewhat extra rear-wheel journey and is aluminum relatively than metal, however has an analogous character in that each it and the SST are stable, ready-to-go observe towers. Clearly there is a fairly large value distinction between these three bikes, however that apart, I would advocate the Reeb to anybody who appreciates one thing completely different, the Norco if you would like the most effective bang to your buck, and the Allied. You are a sneaky cross-country fool who desires extra bikes however would not need to take the climbers slower.

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