NAHBS 2016: REEB Cycles new full suspension prototype – the SqWEEB

Aluminum frame, boost compatibility and 135mm of travel

27.5 29er Event Plus
Chris (aka Soul Train) is the chief fabricator for REEB Cycles and he is posing next to the SqWEEB prototype full suspension Plus bike with 135mm of rear travel.

Chris (aka Soul Train) is the chief fabricator for REEB Cycles and he is posing next to the SqWEEB prototype full suspension Plus bike with 135mm of rear travel (click to enlarge).

At the recent North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) I had a chance too meet Chris (aka Soul Train) from REEB Cycles, an outfit based out of Longmont, Colorado. They are a fairly new company started in 2011 by one of the guys who owns Oskar Blues Brewery, which is where the name comes from (because beer spelled backwards is…) They specialize in building steel fat bikes and hardtails, although they have recently ventured into bikes made from titanium and with their all new SqWEEB (squishy REEB), aluminum.

The do-it-yourself mentality from the craft beer crossed over into craft bicycles after the owner’s bicycle was stolen. Why not build his own bikes, with US made steel, US made small parts, made by US workers. Chief fabricator Chris informed me, “We do everything in house, from cutting the raw tubesets and welding up the basic frame to powder coating and frame prep.”

A nice machined head badge adornes the SqWEEB prototype.

A nice machined head badge adornes the SqWEEB prototype (click to enlarge).

The SqWEEB is REEB’s first full suspension bike and their first aluminum bike and first curvy tubed bike. The curves are to provide clearance for the shock and tires. The SqWEEB frame is 6000 series aluminum and has 135mm of rear travel. It is built on a 29er platform but the final production versions will be 27.5 Plus compatible. The bike shown here is a completely unridden prototype that came together just in time for the show. The SqWEEB uses a four bar linkage design and is equipped with an MRP Raze shock, Syntace X-12 dropouts and BOOST spacing. The geometry is on the aggressive side and the chain stay length is the same as the traditional REEB Dikyelous hardtail while the design creates minimal chain growth throughout the travel.

A beautiful shot of the SqWEEB with auspicious Oskar Blues beer placements.

A beautiful shot of the SqWEEB with auspicious Oskar Blues beer placements (click to enlarge).

REEB is a growing brand and Chris said that they built just over 200 frames last year, which is about 30% growth over the previous year. Expected availability for the REEB SqWEEB is Spring 2017.

For more information visit www.reebcycles.com.


About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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