For 2009, RockShox completely revamped the Reba lineup. As a previous owner of several RockShox Reba’s, I was excited to see the changes and get this new fork out on the trail for some real testing.
What’s new for the Reba in 2009?
As stated in previous articles, the new RockShox Reba sees a host of new features for 2009.
- Post Mount Disc Brake Caliper Mounting
- 20mm Thru Axle Maxle Lite Option
- 120mm Travel Option
- Revamped Damping for BlackBox and Motion Control Systems
- Redesigned Dual Air Spring System
- Power Bulges on Fork Lowers for Increased Stiffness
- Hollow AL66 TV Crown on All Models
- New Look
All of these new features equal a stiffer, lighter Reba for 2009.
2009 RockShox Reba Team
The unit that RockShox sent over for review is the new Team model with the new 20mm Maxle Lite. For 2009, the Team model sees the introduction of the all new BlackBox damping system. This titanium spring tube foundation was based off the original Motion Control design and features a Dual Flow compression and rebound. This equals a more controlled damping system that provides excellent trail feedback at a lighter weight. With these new features, this new RockShox Reba Team weighs in at 3.84 lbs (uncut) including the the new Maxle Lite using a Ultimate Digital Alpine Scale.
Note: Conventional QR based fork weights do not include the quick release. Keep this in mind when comparing fork weights.
For the purposes of this review, I kept the new Reba at the 120mm travel setting. You can adjust the travel down to 100mm and 80mm via the RockShox all-travel spacers, but this does require disassembly. U-Turn travel adjust models use a dial located at the top of the spring side fork leg for travel adjustment.
Note: U-Turn option only available on 26 inch models.