RockShox Reverb Review

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Bottom Line
The RockShox Reverb is a pretty amazing adjustable seatpost, and the 125mm or 5 inches of infinite adjustment, was buttery smooth and plush throughout its stroke. The innovative and unique hydraulically controlled remote handlebar lever worked like a charm, and has an easy to operate actuation, with a silky-smooth tactile feel. The entire system was simple to install, and was almost plug and play, and outside of shortening the hose, there was no tuning or cable adjustment required. The triple-lipped energized sealing system offers excellent protection, and three brass keys within the collar, create little lateral movement. I do wish it had a slightly faster return speed, and the upper barb sits out in the harm’s way, so I worried about damaging it. Over time, it will require maintenance, such as bleeding and seal replacement, but they are somewhat simple operations, and the latter will be a long-term issue.

I liked the Reverb, as it was durable, smooth, easy to use and install, and has a an excellent hydraulic remote.

Strengths

  • Silly smooth movement
  • Easy operation and installation
  • Hydraulic remote control
  • Adjustable return speed
  • Excellent seals
  • Comes with bleeding kit
  • 125mm of infinite adjustment
  • Very little lateral movement

Weaknesses

  • Fragile barb connector by saddle
  • Viscous – even on fastest speed setting
  • Long term maintenance – bleeding and seal replacement
  • SRAM MatchMaker a pain to setup

MSRP: $274.99

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Reverb Specs:

  • Visit the Reverb website at http://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/reverb
  • Weight – 535g (1.17 LBS)
  • Length – 380mm / 420mm, 125mm Adjustable Range
  • Colors – Black
  • Material Shaft; 3D Forged 7050 Alloy, Head: 7050 Forged Alloy
  • Finish Anodized
  • Other – Zero Offset / 2-Bolt, Reverb Remote Actuation: Adjustable return speed at the handlebar
  • Available in 30.9mm / 31.6mm Diameters
  • 125 mm/5″ of infinite adjustment
  • Hydraulic actuation using 2 wt. suspension fluid
  • IFP (internal floating piston) separates air spring and fluid
  • Remotely operated by Xloc push button (left or right sides to be avail.)
  • Return speed adjustable via dial on Xloc remote
  • Three-key anti rotation design
  • Includes Speed Lube bleed kit


 

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • rockhop says:

    Some of us ride in the winter. No hydro post review is complete until you know its reliability in temps 45* and less.

  • francois says:

    What is up with the roadie saddle?

    How does it compare to the Specialized Black Lite post?

  • trailbrain says:

    I’m actually surprised you got 4 months out of it. Mine lasted 6 rides then failed…wouldn’t hold air.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    You know I am a closet roadie? I just started to test the new BlackLite seatpost. It’s a much nicer design, as the remote cable installation is very straight forward and easy to perform, and it has a quick-release (the cable end piece pop’s out of its seatpost holder) to make removal simple. I like it so far, as it return is lightning quick, and less things to worry about since its a mechanical system. Review out soon!

  • MtBeR says:

    As much as I would never ride without an adjustable post again my Reverb has come with its share of problems. In nearly 12 months it’s gone back to the distributor three times. Once to get the hose and button replaced (under warranty), once to get the button replaced (result of a crash) and another because it couldn’t hold air, not exactly sure what they did, can only assume change the seals (under warranty). As good as they are is as bad as they are.

  • Max says:

    If you found it “Viscous – even on fastest speed setting” than it should be bleeded definitely.
    Mine didn’t work at all out of the box.

  • spgallo says:

    My Reverb lasted one ride before the barb on the seatpost snapped. Rockshox sent me a new hose kit with an improved strain relief design that look more like what is on my Avid Elixr disc brakes. I haven’t had any problems yet with ~250 miles of hard riding.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I will try and get them to send me a bleed kit and the new barb!

  • Rob says:

    Mine worked straight out of the box, best piece of kit for the bike ive ever bought !!

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