We’ve said it from the very start: dropper seat post are the greatest invention in mountainbiking in the past 5 years. And before you you have a product coming from Rock Shox, actually one of the first dropper seat posts that was launched, and which made a name for itself in no time at all.
When unboxing, you might be surprised to discover a maintanance kit including some liquid if you’ll ever have to refill the system. So, now that we established it’s hydraulic, we should say it also has an air valve to adjust the pressure with which you can also use a fork pump.
Compared to other models we had the chance to test, the Reverb fully relies on a hydraulic system which adds a very smooth touch to the gliding. In order to operate it, you just have to actuate the remote found on the handlebar, and what we really liked about it is the wide array of heights to choose from, since it doesn’t feature predetermined steps in the 125mm travel it has. Also, you can pick the model that has 100mm of travel, but we wouldn’t do that, since the price difference is of about 30 euros.
Installation is quite a simple task, but you might run into some problems. For instance, you may have to shorten the hose, and its routing must run smoothly from the remote to the seat post. We ourselves put to use the several mounts of our bike and fixed the hose in a safe position, preventing it to move towards the rear. A mechanical dropper seat post would be less demanding in terms of maintenance than the Reverb, but neither is servicing this one any rocket science. We recommend that bleeding is done at least once per year.
The Reverb works very fine, the feedback of its levers being very smooth and pleasant, and the seat post can be lowered or raised in any type of situation, even when mud covers it. However, what the manufacturer didn’t manage to achieve is removing the play of the post when it’s fully raised. Still, this doesn’t affect the component in any way, and eventhough Rock Shox promised to get rid of this inconvenience until the next generation is launched, we think we can do very well with it this way.
With a weight of 515 grams, which is not minute at all, this seat post puts you in front of a decision: comfort or utility. Reverb can be mounted just as well on a hardtail, as on a full-suspension, as long as you shave off some grams by mounting other lighter components. On the other hand, if you don’t mind the extra weight, things can work fine as they are. The product itself is excellent and we didn’t expect anything less from Rock Shox. It’s true that like until now, we could do very well with regular seat posts, but we’re pretty sure that this gizmo will crawul under your skin after you’ve tried it.