40 RIDERS GLOBALLY WILL GET TO TEST PILOT THE STRATOS – OUR NEW XC MACHINE!
Being a test pilot will mean being the first riders to own, rider and give valuable feedback on the platform, discussions with SILVERBACK engineers – and is one of the very select groups of people that can influence our bike designs.
Our aim is to continually improve our bikes based on real-world testing and feedback
At the same time, this signs the pilot up to be an ambassador for the brand – with some responsibilities and perks attached to their respective ambassador status.
This program falls in line with our ABC roll our strategy. Where we are moving away from year models and ensuring that we offer the best possible bikes – at all time.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE 1 OUT OF 40 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TO RIDE OUR BIKES FIRST?
“IN ORDER TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, YOU NEED TO CREATE IT.”
Dialogue To The Future.
On the 13th of March 2019, we invited 160+ guests from around the world to give them an unmissable experience!
The guest was treated to the best cuisine and fine wine sponsored by Jordan Wines.
A minister, company owners, dealers, distributors, influencers and more enjoyed a show that will have them talking for the next few months.
Based in Germany and founded in 2004, we have developed Award-winning and Race Winning bikes. Currently selling in 49 countries. At Silverback we have one goal: To Apply With Passion and Develop with Innovations, great product at the right price. CEO of Silverback, Deon Retief, “Everything we do, every time we design. This is for the people. This is why we exist.”
Our BIC metric or Best In Class is how we develop the best possible bike.
BIC means that Silverback customers get the most desirable technology at an affordable price.
GETTING MYSELF A E-BIKE IS THE BEST THING I HAVE DONE!
At the age of six years old she developed rheumatic fever, which damaged her heart valves. Now age 54, she considers herself lucky to have no heart attacks nor any heart valve replacements. Only prescribed Penicillin for about 6 months.
“being a very active person, my heart rate would reach 145bpm and it would feel like I cannot get enough oxygen.”
Debbie is currently living in Swaziland and recently made the best decision of her life. 3 Kids later and still motivated to be active and to keep up with her friends on the bike.
She decided to buy herself a Silverback S-Electro TRAIL bike. Her friends would be very concerned that she would get a heart attack any time soon because she always wanted too and believes she can keep up with her riding crew. Most of all she didn’t want to give up doing what she loves.
Being very involved in running and swimming she had to take a step back and care for her health. It is vital that she keeps her heart rate below dangerous levels, with no risk of a heart attack. “it is the best thing I have ever done, I love my bike,” says Mrs. Adams.
The S-Electro TRAIL bike is like a match made in heaven for Debbie, “ It charges really quickly to 80% and helps me venture where ever I want to go.”
“Fortunately, my job requires me to be outdoors and be active,” she adds. Eating healthy and keeping fit would be the top two requirements for the start of a better life.
Rheumatic heart disease facts
The global burden of disease caused by rheumatic fever and RHD currently falls disproportionately on children and young adults. Especially those living in low-income countries, accounting for 233,000 deaths annually.
At least 15.6 million people are estimated to be currently affected by RHD. A a significant number of them requiring repeated hospitalization and, unaffordable, heart surgery in the next five to 20 years.
The worst affected areas are sub-Saharan Africa, south-central Asia, the Pacific and indigenous populations of Australia and New Zealand.
Up to 1 percent of all schoolchildren in Africa, Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean region, show signs of the disease.
Globally, up to 80 million people suffer from RHD. Up to 460,000 people die from RHD each year, with nearly 300,000 new cases detected every year. However, cases of rheumatic fever go greatly underreported
CORNEL SWANEPPOOL FINISHED IN THE TOP 5 OF THE 2018 NIGHT HARVEST!
The annual Night Harvest brought to you by Monster Energy! The largest and most unique MTB dirt competition in the whole of Africa!
21 year old, Cornel Swaneppoel, won 4th place overall last year years event and hopes to walk away with another podium finish. He will be out on the track representing Silverback bikes on his brand new 2019 Schully Prototype bike. The Schully has been designed by Silverback designer Schalk Tredoux, an avid dirt jump rider himself. Read more about Cornel Swanepoel HERE.
The 2019 Silverback SCHULLY PROTOTYPE.
The 8th edition has bigger jumps, and even bigger tricks, making it an event you simply do not want to miss!
The Night Harvest all started in 2012 as a small local crew of MTB and BMX riders having backyard competitions.
Each year this event sees a growing number of international riders making the field very competitive riders.
The event is held at Potato trails, Hout Bay by the Trails Crew. The background is the beautiful mountains in Cape Town, South Africa.
NICOLA ROHRBACH HAS COMPLETED THREE ABSA CAPE EPICS:
Silverback brought two strong Swiss powerhouses together to make an epic team. Our aim, and with a proven record is to claim the top steps at the 2019 ABSA Cape Epic. These two elite riders have similar experience, skill, and power to achieve success.
Nicola Rohrbach has completed three ABSA Cape Epics: He has finished second, third and fifth. Two top-five finishes giving him a taste for the podium. Nicola is feeling very motivated to conquer the GC with his new partner.
Konny Looser is a well-balanced rider and the duo can benefit from each other. Even though they are racing together for the very first time they believe they can be consistent throughout the stage race.
Looser had his best shot in 2012 when he finished eleventh place, he is equipped to tackle the eight-day African mountain bike race with Nicola.
Silverback Rider, Mariske Strauss has been racing with her new ABSA Cape Epic Partner, Jennie Stenerhag with success at the Tankwa Trek. Strauss believes they will do a good job together and will be well prepared before the first horn goes off in March.
All Mariske is missing after her 4th edition at the ABSA Cape Epic is the number one spot. Alongside Annie Last, for the previous two editions, Mariske finished third and second place.
Stay tuned to our socials, in hopes that our Swiss powerhouses complete the ABSA Cape Epic!
HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE RIDING TRIP IN ASIA!
Silverback & the man behind Ride Rate Review, Wayne Schell partnered up to take you on a trip to Asia. It is about exploring places less traveled via single-track, trails, gravel, and abandoned dirt roads, carrying only essential gear. Have you been day-dreaming about the trails in and around Malaysia?
Is that a yes? Here is a rundown of the key items you will need to explore Asia.
An enduro offers the most fun on trails. Longer distances getting off the road means to decide between a mountain bike and an enduro bike. Enduro mountain biking is essentially a tough bike. The bikes you can make the most of the downhills – of which there are many! The Slider LT 1 is Silverback’s long travel (160mm) enduro platform featuring our BURST suspension system married to 27.5” wheels.
The Slider LT features a solid rear triangle and short linkages for improved stiffness. The BURST suspension is designed to devour bumps on the trail, keeping the rider in control.
Relaxed clothes or looser-fitting kit. It will always be important to wear pants with lots of easy-access storage for your gadgets. Wear Adventure riding can be what you want it to be.Tthe “rules” are equally relaxed. So, you can.
You will need to be self-supported for the time you are away from home. If you are in-between hotels and AirBnB’s every day, your normal saddle bag will do the trick for a day excursion.
In Wayne’s bag: 1x Evoc Bike bag for the Slider LT 1 and riding clothes, 1x hand luggage case for camera equipment, laptop and camera accessories.
Sometimes on-the-bike storage just isn’t enough, in which case a backpack might be necessary to carry all you need during Waynes 10-day trip away.
In Wayne’s backpack: Osprey Hydration Pack with a 3litre bladder, Inside I will store 3x GoPro batteries, 2x camera gimbal batteries, first aid kit (because I crash A LOT), zip ties, trail snacks, rain jacket & spare cell phone.
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“I will be using a Garmin Fenix 3 wristwatch” and you can follow him on STRAVA to follow his journey as well.”
Wayne will only be using immune boosters and needs to complete his anti-biotic course because he recently had a gnarly crash and tore a big hole in his arm which required stitches. Ouch!
Spares and equipment
When you go exploring on dirt roads, it is vital you have spares because you will be further away from assistance. Being self-sufficient, carrying the essentials will help you to fix or botch your bike – to get you back on track.
Give us some background – where are you from, and what did you do before joining Silverback as a mechanic?
I am Geordie Roberson, originally from Bloemfontein, South Africa. I currently live in Stellenbosch. Before I started working for Silverback Bikes, I worked at a bicycle shop in Stellenbosch for about 4 years.
When did you start enjoying the technical aspects of bicycles and where does your passion for the craft come from?
Well, I have been working for bicycle shops for about 5 to 6 years now and I have always love to work on my own bicycle from a very young age. I guess my passion arises from riding and the love I have for being out and about on my bike.
Can you do a full spectrum service? From the basic to suspension, wheel rebuilds and truing?
Yes sure, I can do a full service on a bike, although wheel building is probably the most difficult part of servicing a bike so I am still trying to master that, truing a wheel I can definitely do.
Same three essentials every rider should carry with them for riding emergencies.
The three essentials I would recommend are a spare tube, a co2 canister with the nozzle and a plug kit with a tire lever.
What opportunities do you see working for Silverback?
There are so many opportunities when I think of Silverback. I am really amped to travel and to help the team become one of the best in the near future.
Do you ride, and what kind of riding do you do?
Yes, I love riding, I really enjoy the more extreme side of mountain biking such as dirt jumping and enduro/DH riding.
SWISS MOUNTAIN BIKER, NICOLA ROHRBACH’S OFFICIAL BIKE SPONSOR FOR THE 2019 RACE SEASON.
We are proud to announce that we will be Swiss mountain biker, Nicola Rohrbach’s official bike sponsor for the 2019 race season.
Rohrbach is a consistent podium threat in whatever he puts his mind too. Furthermore, he is one of the most versatile cyclists and we look forward to seeing what he does on a bike. Nicola will be racing our brand new XC race machine, the Stratos SBC, which we will be releasing in March. Nicola has been working closely with our product designers to perfect this bike, by giving vital feedback during his training towards the season.
Konny Looser will be teaming up with Nicola for the ABSA Cape Epic and racing as Silverback SBC. This Swiss powerhouse team will be a force to be reconded with.
Nicola is a captivating person, always positive and has proven to be a machine in all disciplines of cycling. We also really look forward to having his competitive spirit a part of the Silverback family.
The 2018 race season was her best so far. Mariske placed 3rd overall at the ABSA Cape Epic, claimed her 15th National title and leading the World Cup XCC In La Bresse in 2018.
As an Elite rider, the 27-year old has dominated all South African Cups and numerous Cape Epic podiums. Furthermore, she has an incredible stage win in 2017 and finished top 3 in the General Classification.
Mariske in known for her bubbly personality and keeping high spirits despite the toughest days in the saddle. Be sure to keep an eye out for her!
We look forward to seeing what 2019 season holds for her.
2019 SEES NEW COLLABORATION WITH JENNIE STENERHAG.
We are very proud to announce that we will be supporting Swedish mountain biker, Jennie Stenerhag for the 2019 race season.
Jennie, is current a Fairtree Capital ambassador. She suffered a hamstring injury early in the 2018 season and had to undergo surgery, therefore spending most of the year in recovery. Stenerhag still managed to defend her Swedish National XCM title, even with her injury.
Also, Mariske Strauss her partner and Jennie place second overall at the Wine2Wales.
With South Africa being Jennie’s second home, we look forward to seeing her at all the major races, including the Attakwas Extreme, the Tankwa Trek and the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Race.