It would be hard to find someone who doesn’t already think that the Reverb is the best adjustable seatpost on the market, but a few tweaks now mean that even more riders should love it.
The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted that the post looks longer than previous versions, and that’s simply because RockShox will now be offering a 150mm (6″) drop version to run alongside the 125mm (5″) and 100mm (4″) models that already exist. Many riders find that 125mm is enough adjustment, but taller riders in particular are often heard crying out for more and this extra bit should make all the difference.
UPDATE: We’ve just heard from RockShox that this new 150mm post will only be available with the ‘stealth’ hose option (which you can read about below). The reason being that the extra range of adjustment would just make the whole baggy hose problem even worse.
Perhaps even better news is that RockShox will also now be offering the ‘stealth’ version of the post as an after market product. Up until now this post with its bottom mounted hose rather than head mounted was only found on Scott and Trek bikes thanks to an exclusive deal, but now that deal is over. What’s so special about it? Well most importantly it puts an end to the annoying flappy loop of hose that you get on the standard post when you lower it (the only thing that we don’t like about the Reverb). Also, because it is mounted to the bottom of the post it doesn’t move at all, and with some good frame design in terms of routing it looks far neater than any other system.
Obviously you need to be able to get the hose to the bottom of the post somehow and it already sounds like a whole pile of other frame manufacturers will now be joining Trek and Scott in offering a suitable hole in which to route it through. Where does that leave you though if you’ve already got a frame that you’re happy with? Well if you’ve got a frame with an interrupted seat tube then you’re laughing cos you can simply route it through the bottom (as long as you have enough clearance on your shock etc), but if you haven’t then it’s either a case of saying ‘oh well, not for me’ or being a bit brave/crazy. I should point out now though that RockShox are very keen to stress that under no circumstances do they recommend drilling a hole in your frame to accommodate this post as it will certainly affect your warranty, and officially speaking neither do I (to avoid you suing me if your frame cracks). But, many riders have already done this and if you use a bit of common sense with regards to how and where you do it then maybe it isn’t such a crazy thing to do. Also, if your frame is already out of warranty then that puts an end to that issue too, plus you might already have a hole somewhere in your frame that you can utilise. Basically I can’t go telling you to do it, but I certainly don’t blame you if you do because this stealth post does make a bike a whole lot neater. Who’s tempted?