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
|SRAM FC Stylo SX Eagle, 34t|
SRAM CS PG1210 Eagle, 12 Spd, 11-50t
12 speed SRAM SX Eagle
Eagle Trigger shifter
Eagle 120links, silver
Tektro MD-M275 Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Centerlock SM-RT10 180/160mm rotors
|Fork||SR Suntour Raidon-XC RLR, 100mm, Tapered Steerer, QR|
|Shimano Centerlock TX505, 32h, F: 100 x 9mm QR, R: 135mm x 10 QR (8/9/10spd)|
Surface Asymmetrical Double wall alloy, 23mm Internal Width, Tubeless Ready
Maxxis Crossmark II, 2.25″, foldable, Tubeless Ready
14g Stainless Steel, Black, 12mm Brass nipples
| 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
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.
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