Reeb Cycles has updated its modular trail bike platform, releasing the V4 Sqweeb with adjustable travel, now with a mixed-wheel option too. The Sqweeb V4 drops a pound (~453g) as compared the V3 with updated front and rear triangles, plus a new rocker design featuring pivots with improved bearing life and serviceability. The announcement comes with excellent news for Sqweeb V3 owners, too; upgrade kits allow riders to swap out the seat stays and rocker link to match the suspension kinematics and improvements of the US-made v4 Sqweeb.
Reeb Sqweeb V4
As with all Reeb Cycles before it, the Sqweeb V4 (aka Squishy Reeb) is made in house at the Reeb HQ in Lyons, Colorado. Developed by enduro racer and head fabricator, Adam Prosise, you can be sure its aluminum frameset at least holds up to his riding standards, not to mention Jeff Lenosky’s too.
By virtue of Reeb Cycles’ modular shock mount system, the Sqweeb V4 can be set up in the following configurations:
- 130mm 29er
- 150mm 29er
- 163mm mullet
The specific lower shock mounts for each config are available for $60 USD, though you’ll also need to purchase the relevant shock, too. The clever bit here is that those lower shock mounts allow you to switch between configurations without affecting the bike’s angles. The following table gives some key geometry figures on each configuration of the Sqweeb V4 in size large.
|Reeb Sqweeb V4||Fork Travel||Rear Wheel Travel||Head Angle||Seat Angle (effective)||Chainstay||Reach||BB Drop|
|Short Travel 29||160mm||130mm||65°||76°||434mm||482mm||23mm|
|Long Travel 29||160mm||150mm||65°||76°||434mm||482mm||23mm|
|Long Travel Mullet||160mm||163mm||65°||76°||434mm||450mm||23mm|
All three setups are designed to be paired with a 160mm travel, 44mm offset fork, with quoted geometry figures measured with a 572mm axle-to-crown fork. It’s the modular shock mounts that allow the head angle to be maintained at 65° and the effective seat angle at 76°. The only notable difference between the three setups is the reported shorter reach measurement on the mullet, quoted at 450mm. Also, you can get a slightly wider rear tire on the mullet (27.5″ x 2.6″) versus the 29ers (29″ x 2.5″). For those who want to pore over the geometry details, all three complete geometry charts can be found at the foot of this article.
The Reeb Sqweeb V4 is a lot lighter than the V3 version, apparently by around 453g (1 lb). Some 92g of that weight saving is thanks to the new rocker, now a 3-piece design with tighter tolerances. Reeb tells us they also greatly reduced manufacturing waste material with the new design. The rocker marries with a Trunnion mount shock running bearings, not bushings, while the rest of its pivots run on dual row bearings for double the load capacity.
The Sqweeb V4 continues forward with the CNC machined suspension/seat tube assembly we covered in detail previously.
Good news for Sqweeb V3 owners; Reeb Cycles are offering a Sqweeb v4 Rear End Upgrade Kit (MSRP $650). It doesn’t give anywhere near half the weight savings of the full V4, though it does give you more heel clearance at the stays, the stiffer rear end imparted by the clevis seat stay-rocker interface, as well as the suspension kinematics of the V4.
Pricing & Availability
The 2022 Reeb Sqweeb V4 frame only retails at $2,750 USD, with complete build options starting from $5,430 USD. Head to the Reeb Cycles website for more details on pricing and availability.