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?
The Stride SX is the first to launch from our all-new Stride mountain bike range. Featuring all the elements of a high-end racing bike but at a fraction of the price. With the brand new 12 Speed SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, this bike undoubtedly has a competitive edge over other mid-level bicycles.
This bike features Silverback POP (Position of Power) geometry which places the rider more central on the bike, therefore improving balance, climbing as well as traction.
A slacker head angle of 67.5 degrees not only inspires confidence but improves handling over the technical terrain that modern cross-country tracks offer. Currently available in two colour options.
Aimed to cater to the younger races, such as school series racers, this bike uses our Sweet spot geometry. Meaning the extra small and small will have 27.5” wheels however the Medium and large will have 29” wheels.
Other key features of this bike include:
tapered head tube
internal cable routing
dropper ready post ready
progressive trail geometry
tubeless ready wheels and tyres (valves and rim tape also included in the box).
The Stride range has been a long-standing staple in the Silverback line-up. Stride, a commuting bike originally designed to offer a good quality frame with reliable parts at an affordable price. This it did very well. Competing with generic department store bikes and prices, the Stride offered proprietary ISO tested frames, step-up in material quality and branded components across the range. In recent years Stride has evolved and moved to disc brakes and tubeless rims.
Then the product team sat down to discuss the upcoming range.
The engineers penned a wish list of what a BIC (Best In Class) entry to mid-level MTB should be. A New hydroformed alloy frame with modern geometry, tubeless wheels and tyres, internal routing, dropper post compatibility, a 1x drivetrain and a reliable complete build. Silverback’s Advanced Riding Dynamics (ARD)
Enter Stride SX
Seen as the flagship of the Stride range, Stride SX is a proper mountain bike, a pocket-friendly entry into the world of trails and loam. Trail ready geometry and an apt spec list aims to deliver that.
The new Stride range features an all-new hydroformed 6061 hardtail alloy frame. It also has internal routing and a full-length internal dropper post compatibility. In the interest of maintenance, easier brake setup and reliability, the rear brake cable runs externally on the downtube.
Geometry on the Stride has been updated to fall in line with our POP geometry. ‘Power Over the Pedals’ or ‘Position Of Power’ geometry. The geometry starts off with a steeper seat angle, that places the rider forward over the pedals, engaging the glute muscles when pedaling. Consequently using a larger muscle group than conventional geometry utilizes. This means stronger pedal strokes and easier, more effective climbing. POP geometry also includes a lower stand over height, longer reach with a shorter stem, and a slacker head angle & short chainstays. This improves handling and traction both up and down on both front and rear wheels.
Stride SX is available in two different wheel options to suit riding preferences and rider size. This is actually seen as two different product lines running parallel. Therefore the 27.5″ line catering for the younger/smaller riders, starting at size XS. 29″ starts from Small and goes to XXL.
The Stride frame is a good starting point for a versatile alloy hardtail build. It will not look out of place on the trails, your daily commute or on the starting line of an XC race.
The frame is lightweight, featuring a threaded BB and tapered headtube for wide fork compatibility. The frame caters to commuters, touring and bikepackers alike. It has rack and fender mounts, two water bottle mounts and a kickstand mount integrated into the chainstay. The fit and finish on the frame is, matte paint with durable water transfer decals. This complements the tubeset and sets the tone for the SX’s intended use.
In light of Silverback’s ARD formula, we carefully select the touchpoints on our bikes, making sure that the necessary bits are up to standard. Through this, we aim to give the rider the best possible riding experience. An SR Suntour Raidon XC-RLR air fork is easy to set up & adjust, lightweight suspension fork that also features a handlebar remote lockout. 100mm of travel and 32mm Stanchions means that the fork is stiff, improving steering accuracy and suspension action for a more compliant ride over technical terrain.
Stride SX, the flagship Stride is adorned with the functional and desirable brand spanking new SRAM SX Eagle 1 x 12spd groupset with an 11-50t gear range. Eagle is the benchmark for 12 speed drivetrains. Offering a wide gear ratio that caters for climbing and descending more so that classic 3x groupsets. The added benefits of 12speed groupsets include simplicity, fewer components and consequently less maintenance and weight, with less downtime, ultimately a more pleasant ownership and riding experience.
At this price, wheels are not often mentioned in a positive light, but 23.5mm Surface 6061 Asymmetric Alloy tubeless wheels are something to talk about. The pre-taped alloy wheelset weighs in at a combined weight of 1834g and even comes with a pair of tubeless valves (in the box) and 2.25″ Maxxis Crossmark II tubeless ready tyres. Simply add sealant, inflate. It’s really that easy. 3-cross Laced with stainless spokes to 32h Shimano Centerlock hubs, these wheels are designed for a max rider weight of up to 120kg. The custom profile, pinned, asymmetric rims optimizes stress dissipation. In short – stronger wheels that handle stress and impacts better.
Confidence aboard your bike has plenty to do with how quickly and how controlled you can bring it to a standstill. Good brakes means enough power to stop you when going really fast- in any weather condition, on any terrain, and to give you good control, not just lock up under braking. Then to add to an already challenging list; ‘great to have’s’ include positive lever feel, adjustability, readily available replacement pads, and ease of maintenance. Stride SX features Tektro MD-M275 hydraulic disc brakes on 180mm F /160mm R Centerlock rotors. Check, check and check.
The Stride SX is finished in an all-alloy control part package with an anodized seatpost, oversized handlebar/stem as well as alloy platform pedals. The saddle is a comfortable Surface trail Saddle with steel rails and the handlebar grips are colour coded Single density Gel SBC grips.
The Stride SX is a gateway. Random as that may sound, the SX is designed to be a rider, young or old’s entry to the world of racing, the experience of trails and introduction to quality bicycles. Together with Silverback’s ethos, you are sure to get the best possible bike for your money, without having to compromise on quality. Falling in love with the sport is just a quick adventure away.
STRIDE SX Specs
Crankset Cassette Rear Deraileur Shifters Chain Brake set
Alloy 30.9mm, micro adjust, black Sector Ergo, Black Steel Rails Alloy, Oversize. 9deg backsweep, 5deg rise 3D Forged alloy 35mm, 45mm S/M, 55mm L/XL Semi-Integrated Threadless headset, Tapered Alloy 34.9mm, QR VP469 ALLOY
The new Stride range has been completely re-imagined, bringing top-end riding benefits and purpose chosen reliable components to aspiring riders. The Stride SX features cutting edge technologies and up to date geometry, resulting in a bike that punches way above its weight.
Great value is not cheap, it means getting more than you paid for. With the Stride SX, that means a well designed proprietary frame with great features, reliable components, a Silverback peace of mind warranty, and above all quality.
WATCH NOW: WHAT MAKES IT GREAT: SIABLO CF – CARBON GRAVEL BIKE
The Siablo CF designed with the focus on gravel riding, utilizing a brand new carbon frame. The CF is a lightweight bike that exceeds the broad demands put on the gravel category. Designed with current trends and future insight.
The 3K Twill carbon finished used on this bike, makes it stiffer giving you more pedal power and provides predictable handling. A shorter asymmetric chainstay, stiffens up the rear of the bike improving handling characteristics and allowing for more chainring clearance.
This is an extremely versatile bike, capable of fitting up to 700x47c tyres or 650b road plus, should you want the extra comfort. The rack mounts, threaded BB, and hydraulic disc brakes mean that this carbon gravel bike is practical and performs well in all weather conditions.
This ‘All you need to know’ video will give you a first look at this adventure machine.
THE S-ELECTRO PRO: shred more trails with our brand new dual-sus e-bike.
The S-Electro Pro, designed with similar geometry features of our Enduro ready machine, the Slider, this e-bike is ready to shred some trails. Featuring our POP geometry coupled with a modiﬁed Horst Link suspension layout and a function designed/dictated asymmetric frame.
The S-Electro Pro is a highly capable long travel 29” eBike that is also compatible with 27.5” wheels. The Metric trunnion mount rear shock is custom-tuned to work with bikes suspension. Delivering an eﬃcient climbing platform in climbing mode, but then turn a race-ready descender when in open mode. The Shimano pedal-assist drive system makes getting up the hills faster.
Watch this 3D animation to explore the fame and technology used for this dual-sus e-bike: YouTube
Key frame features
Rear travel 140mm (which can be increased to 160mm)
Short offset fork for increased stability
Long dropper post compatible
Modern Geometry that gives the rider stability on fast descends
Custom proprietary rock link
Integrated motor mount for a lighter but stiffer frame
Washer free suspension, for less maintanance
Progressing leverage ration for bottom-out resistance
Here’s more than one kind of dirt in the world. Venture beyond the typical gravel-grinding locales and discover rice paddy roads, volcano rims, and labyrinthian jungle trails. Find your single track paradise in some of the world’s most far-reaching wildernesses.Enjoy the trails with Ride Rate Review.
The Slider LT is our new long travel enduro platform bike that takes our BURST suspension system and adapts it for long 160mm travel with 27.5′ wheels. The solid rear triangle design provides incredible lateral stiffness and combined with the short dual linkages which connect the rear triangle to the shock, allowing for fine-tuning of the progressive leverage ratio together with increased stiffening properties and pedaling performance for your ride.
The modern slack geometry, Flip Chip for BB height, head tube angle adjustment and ISCG tabs create an enduro machine that eats up the bumps while keeping calm and collected on the trail. Hydro-formed tubes, large pivots and easy cable guide management complete the package for the ultimate enduro riding machine.
World cup racer, Mariske Strauss is one of our elite team riders. She had the honor to test the first Stratos SBC bikes. For the past 4 years, she raced the award-winning Sesta but said it only took her a couple of days to adjust to the new bike. Check out our YouTube/bike check channels to see Mariske’s weapon of choice for the 2019 ABSA Cape Epic.
With the unveiling of our new XC race machine, we put in place a testing and development process to put the platform through its paces – from top-level UCI racers, through aspiring amateur riders.
A Clean slate is where Thomas, the engineer behind the Stratos started. This was essential to not limit himself to updating existing designs and suspension layouts. This is to create something truly great and innovative.
The design and development of a brand new concept is something that brews in the mind of a design engineer for some time. Before he puts pen to paper. Stratos started with the intended suspension feeling. The small bump sensitive and big hit capable, but to pedal efficiently without being locked out, and to make a challenging design brief even more so, to use full available travel without wallowing.
Tap to watch the Bike check video below:
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Check out Nicola Rohrbach’s bike check video HERE.
Everything we do, every time we design, we do it for the people. We strive to offer the right bikes at the right price, continuously evolving, continuously innovating. Best In Class is more than just a promise, it is in our DNA.
The BIC Metric or “Best In Class Metric” is how we develop the best possible bike. We believe in delivering the best price/specification/quality ratio in the industry. Therefore, BIC means that Silverback customers get the most desirable technology at an affordable price. All decisions are based in the science of design, and careful calculations lead us, bike for bike, model for model, to offer the best value proposition than any other brand in the world. These metrics include: frame design, weight, bike finish aesthetics as well as specifications all at the right price.
Best In Class Metric
Frame Design: – Qualitative process of research, design, testing and refinement.
Bike Finish – Setting trends in design to offer the best-looking bike for your experience.
Unique Specification – Carefully chosen components mean more bike at less cost.
Total Weight – Proprietary molds and design save weight for better performance.
Best Price – Scientific formula developed by Silverback to keep costs down.
Designed using similar geometry as our enduro ready machine, the Slider. The S-Electro Pro features our POP geometry, coupled with a modiﬁed Horst Link suspension layout.
The S-Electro Pro is a highly capable long-travel 29” eBike that is also compatible with 27.5” wheels.
The Metric trunnion mounts rear shock is custom-tuned to work perfectly with this bike. Providing you with an eﬃcient climbing platform in climbing mode, and a race-ready descender when in open mode on the S-Electro. Watch this 3D video that shows the technology: VIDEO.
The Shimano pedal assists drive system makes getting to the top of the trails a lot easier. So save your energy for the downhills. Hooligan machine charged.
Key frame Features:
140mm rear travel but can be increased to 160mm
Short offset fork, giving the rider increased stability
Long dropper post compatible
Modern / Progressive geometry for a comfortable and powerful ride
Custom designed rocker link for function and form
Rear suspension integrated motor mount
Quick battery access
Two bearing sizes used throughout
Progressive leverage ration for bottom-out resistance
Forget everything you thought you knew about Slade. 2019 brings something totally new. Featuring our new sweet spot geometry that gives the rider uncompromised climbing and descending prowess to trail bikes. Tyre compatibility is 27.5×2.8″ or 29″ up to 2.6″ wide, giving plenty of setup options and creating our most versatile hardtail ever. 2.6″ Tyres are becoming the final word in trail tyres. Offering improved comfort and grip over 2.3″ tyres, but without the weight, rolling resistance and thin carcasses of 2.8″.
Slade Trail – Comes equipped with a 140mm ROCKSHOX Revelation fork, X-Fusion Manic dropper post, and a Shimano 1X drivetrain. The Trail also has Stan Flow rims, making this bike light and ready to shred trails. View it HERE
Slade Comp – Similar to the Trail, the Comp also has an X-Fusion Manic dropper post and a Shimano 1X drivetrain but this bike has a 130mm SR Suntour fork and Sunringle Duroc wheels, making it the better option if you are on a tight budget. View it HERE
If riding trails and going downhill fast is more your thing, the Slade is what you should be looking at.
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