RockShox Reverb Stealth Product Highlights
- MSRP: $455.00 (From $293.25 on Amazon)
- Available in 100/125/150mm drop; 39/31.6/34.9mm seatposts
- Adjustable return speed
- Features RockShox “Connectamajig”
- Weight: 572 grams
Why the heck did I buy this dropper post?
More weight, more handlebar clutter, and something else to maintain; the initial response to the thought of running a dropper post on my bike. Hailing from SE Michigan and spending most of my time riding Michigan XC trails, it was hard for me to visualize the benefit of running a dropper post. To me, a dropper post seemed like a “western” or “Canadian” thing. As far as I was concerned, if your daily ride did not consist of successfully navigating your way up and down the cliff sides of the Rocky Mountains, what was the point in having one?
While picking up a new Transition Scout from Backdoor Bike Shop in Brighton, MI, Pat (the owner of Backdoor Bike Shop) offered me a killer deal on a post. All though a dropper post really wasn’t on my mind at the time, I decided to give it a shot. A few summer trips to Northern Michigan later and the underestimated dropper post has not only changed my opinion about it, but affected my whole outlook on line choice while riding.
What makes it different?
The RockShox Reverb Stealth is a variation of the original RockShox Reverb dropper post. The main difference being in how the hydraulic line is routed. The Reverb sees the hydraulic line coming out of the post near the bottom of the seat and being routed alongside the outside of the frame, while the Reverb Stealth has the hydraulic line coming out the bottom of the seatpost, allowing the line to be internally routed and offering a cleaner look to your bike (assuming your frame is set up for internal routing). Speed of return for the seat is easily adjustable by a simple turn of the barrel adjuster on the handle-bar mounted control lever (it’s basically a button) and if you’re concerned about having to remove your seat for any reason after instillation, fear not!
How hard is it to install?
The Reverb Stealth features RockShox’s “Connectamajig” it’s essentially a quick connect fitting for your seatpost, making removal of the seatpost a breeze.
Installation of the post was simple and consists of three basic steps.
- Route Cable
- Cut cable to length and
- Put cable back on and bleed the system. A bleed kit is included when purchasing the seat post and if you have any questions while doing the installation, Rockshox offers detailed instructions on their website.
Once installed, the seatpost seams durable and strong. The up and down action of the post is smooth and fast. A slight amount of play is noticeable when grabbing the post and wiggling it from the font to back, but goes unnoticed while riding. I’m not exactly sure why, but about 6 months after installation, I did develop a “spongy” feeling in the post. However, a quick re-bleed of the system and the post felt like new again.
How she do?
My initial ride with the post was on a trail called “Bareback” in the Harlow Lake zone of the Marquette trails. This was my first time here and the trail featured many technical climbs, lots of rocks and a few rippin’ descents. This was one of the first rides on my Transition Scout, leading up to this ride most of my riding had been done on a rigid single speed and for this reason, I was forgetting to shift everywhere and basically ignored the fact that I had a dropper post. Downhills were scary and climbing was tough. Eventually, my thumb found the button for the dropper post. Being able to quickly drop the seat to a low level going downhills allowed me to carry momentum down and up the next hill, ultimately making-up for my lack of shifting. The RockShox Reverb Stealth did what I wanted it to at the exact time I wanted it too, because of this, riding with a dropper post has become a must have for me when riding trails like those in Marquette or Copper Harbor.
There’s three things riding this dropper post has made me realize…
- Rocks suck. Rocks hurt. I don’t like rocks. Going down steep rocks with your seat raised to a height that makes climbing possible is scary. After a couple close calls on my part and getting the privilege to watch my buddy Danny have his seat buck him over his handlebars, I was sure to drop my seat at the top of every decent. What would have normally been a time-consuming annoyance of stopping, messing with my seatpost clamp and adjusting my seat, quickly turned into a process that was as simple as pushing a button. Buttons are cool. Buttons don’t hurt. I like buttons.
- Dropping is fun. For real… It’s a pretty cool feeling when you can come ripping into a fast flowy section, slam your seatpost down and attack the trail. After your finished slaying some berms, smack the dropper button and you back to normal climbing/pedaling strength.
- The smoothest way down a hill isn’t always the best (or most fun). Even with the 140mm of travel on my bike, I use to find myself looking for a somewhat smooth line down hills. Dropping the seat down allows you to move your body more over top of the bike as well as lower your center of gravity, giving you, as a rider, more bike control; bike control builds confidence. With my added confidence, I don’t search for the smooth line, I find the fast line.