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The Stratos AL Range

The Stratos AL 1

The Stratos Aliminium range is strongly based on this philosophy with profiles favoring strength towards the non-drive side.

Stratos AL is the mountain bike every recreational rider can enjoy. Silverback’s POP geometry makes it a strong climber and a balanced confident descender.

The AL 1.0 is the mountain bike every recreational rider can enjoy. Silverback’s POP geometry makes it a strong climber and a balanced confident descender. The linkage driven asymmetric single-pivot suspension is tuned for optimal small bump sensitivity and big-hit compliance without power delivery penalties. The suspension curve is designed to offer full use of available travel. This is based on the groundbreaking Stratos CF race-machine, but adapted to offer a more capable bike for the everyday rider. Trails, XC or marathon, the Stratos is the right mountain bike for the job.

Read more about the Stratos A.L 1 HERE.

The Stratos AL 2

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Stratos asymmetric Hydro formed 6061 Alloy. 120mm travel, Boost 148mm. tapered headtube.

Read more about the Stratos A.L 2 HERE.

The Stratos AL 3

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Surface 29″ 23mm TR rims on SUNRingle sealed bearing hubs

Read more about the Stratos A.L 3 HERE.

The Stratos AL 5

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New to mountain biking, or first full suspension bike; trails, XC or marathon, the Stratos AL 5.0 is designed to take care of business.

Read more about the Stratos A.L 5 HERE.

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Sakarya MTB cup XCM Champ

great victory 2019 MTB Cup Sakarya XCO race in Turkey

Silverback rider, Jennie Stenerhag sealed a great victory at the 2019 Sakarya MTB Cup XCO race. The event took place in Turkey on Friday the 13th.

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Jennie Stenerhag sealed a great victory at the 2019 MTB Cup Sakarya XCO race in Turkey!

The race held the men’s and women’s category, where Jennie Stenerhag riding for ABRO in Sweden came first in the Elite women’s category, while Guzel Akhmadullina came second and Esra Akgonul finished third.

The Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality, Ekrem Yuce handed over the medals to the cyclist who completed the first 3 ranks of the championship.

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Jennie Stenerhag crosses the finish line 1st!

“It was a very hard day at the Sakarya mtb cup XCM today, this course will be a proper test for next year’s World Championship. I was exhausted after all the climbing in the heat and very happy to see the finish line,” adds Stenerhag.

“Sending water to Africa on the podium was a new experience,” says Jennie after the race.

BIKE

Jennie Stenerhag raced the new Stratos SBC as her weapon of choice and is the fastest bike at this bicycle event.

the 2019 MTB Cup Sakarya XCO
The fastest bike at the 2019 MTB Cup Sakarya XCO.

The MTB Cup Sakarya XCO-XCM races are one of the preliminary races of World Mountain Bike Marathon Championship which will be held in 2020. Find out more about the event HERE.

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NEW Video: What is Asymmetry?

What is Asymmetry?

What is asymmetry and how do we use in bike design?

On a bicycle, the drivetrain is on the right side, the brake calipers on the left side, and the suspension (usually) around the centre. When riding, the environment influences the wheels, consequently the suspension and frame. When braking, it inflicts major forces on the left side of the bike, whereas acceleration and pedaling affects the right side of the bike.

Asymmetric design does away with the conventional stigma that a frame drive side should mirror the non-drive side. Reinforcing where it is needed and using less material where it isn’t. Allowing product engineers to create a lighter but stiffer frame.

Asymmetry in action

Our recently released, Statos models is, of course, an excellent example of a purpose engineered asymmetrical frame. Resulting in a unique looking, lightweight XC race machine, strong enough to take on modern XCO and XCM courses. View the full Stratos Range HERE.

Nothing in nature is symmetric, riding forces are not symmetric so why should your bike be? Find out more about asymmetry in bike design by watching our brand new video: What is asymmetry?

Watch the full video: HERE

How can Asymmetry be used on a bicycle to make it better?

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Kristina wins Slovakian National XCM MTB Champs

Slovakian National XCM MTB Championships.
Second-year on the podium.

IN SLOVAK:

Kristina Koscova won The Slovak National MTB Marathon Championships 2019 on Saturday for the second year in a row.

Earning the rights to wear her national colors for the next 12 months again.

“My intention was to defend my title from last year so I could wear the Slovak national Champs jersey for another year. I accomplish the mission,” says Kristina.

Riders fought for the UCI points relevant for the eligibility of the participants in the 2020 Olympics.

XCM MTB Championships.
Slovakian National XCM MTB Championships

IN NORWAY:

Jennie Stenerhag won the 2019 Skaidi Xtreme on Saturday in the Northern regions of Norway.

She finished the 42km MTB race in a time of 2 hours and 44 minutes, 5 minutes ahead of the Olympic mountain bike champion, Gunn-Rite.

Photo by Anders Abrahamsen

“It was probably the longest climb of the course and at the top, we were together. I went full speed on the downhill, since it was so wet and slippery down to the finish area, as we passed for the second time. I was about 20 seconds behind,” adds Jennie.

“Deciding to go very hard for a short bit to try and getaway. It worked, and she let go and I could increase the gap. I didn’t see her anymore. This extend the lead all the time and I finally won by about 5 minutes,” she explained after the race.

Jennie Stenerhag on the Silverback Stratos SBC

“It felt very nice to win this race, it is very special and nowhere else have I done a route like this. It is bumpy all the time and you must be careful not to put your front wheel in a hole or get stuck in the mud, which did happen a few times. This time it was so wet that it made things much worse. It is so incredibly tough, and you work the whole time,” said Stenerhag.

Skaidi Xtreme is not only a MTB race but an experience. A raw, real and untouched terrain grate, in beautiful surroundings.

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Jennie Stenerhag wins Birkebeinerittet in Norway

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The Swedish marathon champion wins the women’s elite Birkebeinerittet MTB race by an overwhelming margin.

Jennie Stenerhag won the 2019 Birkebeinerittet MTB Race on Saturday the 31st August in Norway.

She finished the 86km race in a time of 3:06:20 with a two-minute lead on her opponents. Jennie was able to shake off the road expert, Ingrid Lorvik.

Winner of the 2019 2019 Birkebeinerittet MTB Race

“I was able to take home the first sprint prize and Ingrid was the only one to follow,” explains Stenerhag after the Birkebeinerittet MTB Race .

“I was really nervous in the morning, even though I am starting to think that the more nervous I am, the better it will go,” says Jennie.

The 2 first women over the finish line

Photo Credit: 2019 Birkebeinerittet MTB Race

“I have always wanted to be able to ride solo at Birken and now, I could finally do it! It was a good feeling to cross the line and receive the flowers after the 70 kilometers solo ride,” she adds.

Jennie decided to race her Silverback Superspeed SBC bike.

Stay up to date with Silverback Rider Jennie’s upcoming Races: CLICK HERE

Top 3 women’s elite at the 2019 Birkebeinerittet MTB Race:
1. Jennie Stenerhag, Sweden, 3:06:20 
2. Ingrid Lorvik, CK Victoria / Hitec Products-Birk Sport, 3:08:29 
3. Elisabeth Sveum, Kloppa Offroad Club, 3:14:25 
3. Stine Hasund Eid, Kloppa offroad club, 3:14:25

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Race proven Superspeed at UCI Masters Mountain Bike

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Kristina Koscova from Czech Republic keeps proving that age is nothing but a number.

IN CANADA:

Silverback Ambassador, Kristina Koscova from Czech Republic received her second medal at the UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships. The event took place in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada this past weekend.

Over 600 athletes competed across downhill and Mountain Bike cross-country events, with ages ranging from 30 well into the ’70s.

Koscova went shoulder to shoulder with the elite women crowd of international riders. Last year she received a gold medal at the 2018 UCI Masters Mountain bike Champs event.

“The fight is finally over. It was an exciting race until the last few meters. Unfortunately, I flatted my front wheel in the last lap and managed to “only” finish second place,” she said after a great event.

Kristina Koscova hitting full gas on her Silverback SUPERSPEED.

Koscova was close to capturing the title in women’s race. She finished in the silver medal position behind Alana Heise from Canada in the women’s 45-49 race.

She showed that age is nothing but a number at the 2019 UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships.

Full results from UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships available here.

IN SWITZERLAND:

The final stage of the 2019 Swiss Epic Moutain Bike race saw Sweden’s, Jennie Stenerhag and South Africa’s, Katie Lennard complete 5-day mountain bike stage race at 6th place.

The duo completed all the stages in a time of 22:06:27, which was one hour and twenty-nine minutes behind the winning ladies. Crossing the finish line in Davos, on Saturday 24th August, the ladies were very satisfied to have completed the race

Jennie Stenerhag and Katie Lennard after the 5th & final Stage of the 2019 Swiss Epic.

“The routes have been tough but fun and we have enjoyed all the single tracks and the awesome views from the top of the mountains. The riding here is very different to both Sweden and South Africa, we are getting used to it now, so it is sad it is almost over,” said Jennie After Stage 4.

Fantastic Views from Switzerland.
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Stratos Test Pilot Program In Action

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On the 13th March 2019, we launched our Silverback Stratos Test Pilot program. These are a select group of male and female riders with a passion for bicycles.

These riders will test and give valuable feedback on the platform, join discussions with SILVERBACK engineers. These hand-picked riders will influence our bike designs.

Our aim is to continually improve our bikes based on real-world testing and feedback

MEET THE Stratos SBC Test PILOTS:

Full name: Dean Van Dyk

Date of birth: 6th September 1994

Best Race Result: Sani2C 2019 2nd overall, Berg & Bush 2nd Solo, KZN XCO Series 3rd Elite, KZN XCO Champs 5th Elite

Average KM per week: 200km

Next big race coming up: KZN Roag Series & Berg & Bush Descent

Dean’s Stratos SBC Feedback: The bike is awesome to ride and I feel much better fitted on this bike compared to my old one. It’s super stiff and climbs like a mamba. On my first proper ride without a fit, I managed to beat my PR up a local climb by 5 minutes.

Follow Dean on Strava to compare, connect and share: Dean Van Dyk

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Dean Van Dyk, the proud owner of his very firstSilverback Stratos

Male Or Female

Full name: Comine Claassen

Date of birth: 5 August 1971

Best Race Result: 4th in Vets ladies last year W2W, but much more there for the enjoyment of the ride

Average KM per week:  Around 100-150, but more interested in the hours on my bike then actual kilometers did.

Comine’s Stratos SBC Feedback: I am totally in love with this bike. My first ride answered all the questions I had!!! Climbing ability!! Single tracking!!! Taking a mean switchback!! To name a few. So light, I’m going to run up Gantouw Pass, bike over my shoulder, this year Wines to Whales. All the boxes ticked above and beyond!!

Follow Comine on social media on Social Media to connect and share.

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Comine Claassen visited the Silverback Lab in South Africa.

Full name: Theodore Christiaan Ebing (Tiaan Ebing)

Date of birth: 14 May 2002

Best Race Result: 3rd Knysna Cycle Tour 50km MTB

Average KM per week: 83km

Next big race coming up: Western Cape XCM champs (31 August 2019)

Mention any other Silverback Bikes that you have owned:  Silverback Sido 1

Tiaan’s Stratos SBC Feedback: The transition from the Sido to the Stratos was quite easy and quite simply… fun. The Stratos is a mind-blowing bike and has superior handling compared to the Sido. The Stratos climbs like a hardtail and descends like a trail bike in any terrain wet or dry,  rocky or sandy. The suspension platform on the Stratos is astonishing compared to the Sido, supporting me under big hits and it floats over small bumps.

Follow Tiaan on Strava to compare, connect and share: Tiaan Ebing.

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Tiaan Ebing won his first race this month on his Silverback Stratos SBC

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Adventure photos to fuel your wanderlust

Boltenko resting next to the road with his Sola 3

Find your next adventure!

Just one trip, one excursion, one taste. This is for the thrill-seekers out there. Those who enjoy the journey equally as much as the destination. Those who enjoy exploring new terrain and venturing off the beaten path. Those with the desire to see new places in the world and to collect new experiences. We love you and we love to follow your journey.

There are different types of cyclists out there, most of us ride to keep fit then there are a few riders out there who do it for an experience. We challenge you to turn off Strava and experience being the other type of cyclist for a change.

So find your adventure. Take more photos and share them with us. Start biking through uncharted territories. Stop daydreaming, start brainstorming, and plan your next adventure. Therefore, for all of the travel junkies out there, we curated a photo collection to fuel your wanderlust. Enjoy…

It’s time for adventure…

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Race News: UCI MTB World Cup

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IN SWITZERLAND:

UCI MTB race news: Mariske Strauss kicked off the action at the UCI MTB World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland this past weekend.

With a great start at the XCC on Friday, unfortunately, she had a bad crash, “I am still quite battered and have a few bruises but at least I can start bending my knee,” says Strauss after the short track race.

In the Elite Women’s cross-country race on Sunday, Mariske was off to a tough start due to her knee injury. It was not going be easy. Dealing with relentless roots and punchy climbs, she was able to finish the race.

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“I am a little bit disappointed. This has been a very challenging season and I think that crash on Friday also hit me a bit harder than I thought. Probably one of the hardest races I have had, and baby-watts was all I had in me. This is part of the journey; it, however, doesn’t make the disappointment stingless. I am looking forward and aiming higher, says Mariske.

Mariske rode to 31st place and will be preparing for World Championships.

IN SWEDEN:

More Race News: Jennie Stenerhag has previously won the Cykelvasan 4 times and is very disappointed in her sprint finish.

With a strong start, she was able to make her way quickly into the top 10. Where she remembered the winning feeling again since her form was good.

“I went to the front and kept a slightly higher pace, mainly not to get too far back in the big bunch. It was fast on the gravel roads leading up to Mångsbodarna,” adds Stenerhag.

“With a few hundred meters to go, Elisabeth started the sprint and I started on the side of her and Hildegunn on the other. Unfortunately, it was too late. It is often the one who starts first that wins if it is a short sprint, and this was the case today, says Jennie very disappointedly.

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Jennie Stenerhag finishes 3rd place after winning previously 5 times

LAST RACE NEWS FOR SWEDEN

Jennie held on to 2nd place for the entire race and her opponent managed to get ahead by a few centimeters.

“It is the crap sprint I am mostly disappointed with, more than with a 3rdplace. I know that I can sprint much better than that, but I started too late and was in an too easy gear. No excuses, I’ll just have to come back next year and try to take that 5th win,” she adds with a smirk.

This is Jennie Stenerhag last race in Sweden for 2019. She will be leaving for Switzerland for the Swiss Epic on the 20th-24th August, “I look forward to it and it will be great fun to do a stage race with Katie Lennard,’ says Jennie riding for ABRO in Sweden.

Stay Tuned For Next Weeks Race News!

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RACE NEWS: UCI MTB WORLD CUP

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A course made by wet weather was the big story. The fifth round of the UCI World Cup, held in Val Di Sole, Italy.

Mariske Strauss and Nicola Rohrbach both put in a strong performance. They continuing their upward trajectory of form, and the Stratos SBC put in an awesome shift in the mud!

Mariske finished 14th place in the Short Track followed up with a 23rd place in the XCO showed that things were on the way up. It is always great to see Silverback’s longest-standing rider progress and perform better.

“Thank you to my mechanic for supporting me in some serious hectic conditions today at the UCI World Cup as well as all the shouts along the course. There was a lot of slipping and it took me about 4laps to find my mud legs,” says Mariske after the XCC race.

The form was there, but the luck was not for Nicola Rohrbach. The elite Swiss rider has not had things his way lately. Nicola was ready to bring in great results.

“The Worldcup Val di Sole was not going well for me. A crash happened just in front of me and took away my speed to get a solid position for the first narrow section,’ says Nicola.

‘After a lap I found a good rhythm and moved up to top50 but the last two laps I struggled and did not have much energy left in my body,’ adds Nicola after his XCO race.

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