Install and Initial Thoughts
Like most 2009 forks, the RockShox Reba received post disc brake mounts. This new feature makes installing disc brakes much simpler in the past. This move to post mounts in 2009 is a welcomed change from the previous IS mounts that most cross country styled forks used in 2008.
Installation of the new RockShox Reba is done exactly like any other new fork. This Team model also came with the handlebar mounted remote lockout feature. Installation of the remote lockout is easy due to its cable driven design and the new design of the top compression knob on the Reba hides the excess cable much better than in the past. The threshold is adjusted via the Floodgate knob on the top of the damping fork leg. This threshold controls the compression point at which the fork blows through the lock out. You can adjust this setting from full lockout to fully open. This feature adds increased adjustability to riders to like to tune out rider induced bob or completely lockout the fork for climbing or sustained smooth sections of trail.
On the bike, the new Rock Shox Reba Team looks stiffer than previous generations with the new power bulges and stiffer 20mm thru axle. The Maxle Lite is as easy to install as conventional Maxles (same design…just lighter) and I would argue that they are easier to install than standard QR’s. At this point in time, I see no reason to continue using the conventional quick release when the Maxle Lite increases overall fork stiffness and still keeps the weight down. The only hurdle most riders will have to cross is the need for a new front wheel build based around a 20mm TA hub.