German brand Reverse Components isn’t seen much in the states, but they’ve got a full collection of components to cover almost every part of the bike, and plenty of them are new for 2015.
The carbon shock fender is a prototype for now, but should be getting to production soon…they’re finalizing the design to work on most piggy back shocks. It was shown on their own bike brand, Solid, which also gets a new DH model.
And there were plenty more new and prototype parts for that or any other DH bike. And XC/Enduro bikes, too…
We’ll start with the Solid bicycle brand. The Strike DH frame was a 26″ prototype last year that could be converted to run 27.5″. Now, it’s a 27.5″ bike that can run 26″ wheels, so the geometry and kinematics are dialed for the more modern wheel size.
Swappable chips and dual brake mount positions allow for 26″ or 27.5″ wheels. Note the rearward axle position says it’s good for either wheel size, but the forward position is 26″ only.
It gets 204mm rear travel, and the frame comes in at just 4kg without shock. The first 195mm have a normal progression with a rotating wheel path like normal, then the last 9mm of travel ramps really hard and the wheel path curves backward slightly.
They say it’s near impossible to bottom it under normal riding.
A prototype rear DH hub with symmetric flanges gets 6° rotation, perfect for those little mini pedal strokes between rock gardens. It gets a shorter Freehub body for seven speeds, and that’s their own seven speed cassette, not just a truncated SRAM or Shimano piece.
They’ll sell the cogs individually so you can customize the gearing. That let’s you jump out of the gate with an easy gear, then have a one click shift to a harder gear rather than blowing through half your cassette to get into the right gear as gravity kicks in.
Their direct mount DH stem gets revised to be stiffer. The new one is one the left (bronze), original on the right (white).
New Black ONE flat pedal gets a titanium spindle in its 100×100 millimeter platform. They’re 14.5mm tall with 4mm pin height, 20 pins per pedal.
It also gets a new cozy to cover it during transportation so you’re not nicking up your friend’s bikes.
Their chain guide is resized for the slightly smaller chainrings run with 650B wheels.
The new RCC 810 DH (25mm rise, 225g) and 750 XC (20mm rise, 167g) carbon handlebars have a secondary structure built in so that if they do break, they don’t shear completely off and send you flying – they’ll hang on until you can compose yourself. That’s it for the new goodies, but there a few other interesting ones worth seeing:
The X2 crankset uses their new one-piece 36-22 tooth double chainring.
Weight is claimed at 742g for the 7075 T6 crank arms, rings and BB.
They also make Race SL shiftable and Singlespeed chainrings.