The Stratos Aliminium range is strongly based on this philosophy with profiles favoring strength towards the non-drive side.
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.
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.
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!!
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Full name: Theodore
Christiaan Ebing (Tiaan Ebing)
Date of birth: 14
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.
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STRATOS IS BORN AND BRED FOR RACING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, AND CRAFTING THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB RELIES ON THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND PROCESSES. SILVERBACK HAS BOTH IN PLACE TO DELIVER THE RIGHT BIKES AT THE RIGHT PRICE.
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. Rather 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. 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.
The design process starts on Linkage, a suspension design program and then moves on to Solidworks, an engineering program. On Solidworks the shapes and kinematics are fine-tuned and flow test analysis can be run on the frame to pre-empt stresses.
Our engineers then work with the factory to meticulously work out the carbon selection and layup for optimum strength and stiffness to the least possible weight. The frame has to pass rigorous lab testing before the first riding prototype rolls out of the factory.
The resultant design is dictated by performance, function-driven innovation. It starts with an asymmetric frame with a single oversized tapered pivot utilizing angular-contact headset bearings for durability and superb stiffness. A single piece carbon rear triangle with Flex-stays means fewer pivots and so less weight and less maintenance. User-Centred design means that the bearing choices and even tools needed for servicing are off the shelf items and easy to find in any bike shop.
The proof is in the ride.
Real-world testing is ultimately needed to make sure that all the tests and design ideation creates a synergy.
What in the world can be a better testing ground that putting the bike through initiates in the #UNTAMED ABSA Cape Epic, ridden by world class racers?
624km, 16650m Climbing, 8 Days. Two Teams. Stratos Prototypes.
“Celebrated for its testing nature, the Cape Epic’s 16th edition will cover 624 kilometres and total 16,650 metres of climbing. That equates to nearly riding up two Table Mountains per day, for a week.” Business Insider
Thomas spent time with the riders at the Epic as well as inspecting the bikes after every stage to assess the condition of the bikes.
All Stratos bikes survived the Epic with not a single frame mechanical issue! And the rider feedback is crucial for continuous development for other SB bikes and the Stratos platform. Strauss and Stenerhag took two podiums during the race.
“Descending with the Stratos is super flowy and responsive. I can really throw the bike around, pushing my limits” – Mariske Strauss, Silverback Racing
“The bike is light and climbs like a machine. It floats over rocks and roots, saving me energy when I race.” – Jennie Stenerhag, Silverback Fairtree
Pioneering user centred development.
Silverback also pioneered a new step in the bike testing process. We are launching a Global Pilot Program. 40 riders from across the world will actively partake in the testing of the new bike. Giving valuable real-world feedback to designers.
Winning races need a lot of luck, choosing the right bike makes you luckier.
“It climbs really well and feels light, and is agile on the descents – a true Race bike” – Nicola Rohrbach, Silverback SBC
“it shaved seconds off my downhill times – over my enduro bike!” – Luke Moir, Silverback Racing
Best In Class Bikes.
Stratos is born and bred for racing at the highest level, and crafting the right tool for the job relies on the right people and processes. Silverback has both in place to deliver the Right Bikes at the Right Price.
Bred for the most demanding racecourses in the world. Designed from the ground to trounce any terrain. Its asymmetric design dissipates load based on magnitude and position. Thus, levitating stresses where it’s most concentrated. Together with the 12-Speed XX1, 110mm Fox 32 and Stan’s Podium wheels, it sets the scene for serious racing. Additionally, the oversized tapered pivot and Burst Flex suspension with an injection-molded carbon ﬁber linkage makes for an extremely light and agile race bike. Finally, the dropper post compatibility means nothing will be in the way of your success onboard a one of these XC Machines.
STRATOS A L:
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 linkage driven asymmetric single-pivot suspension is tuned for optimal small bump sensitivity as well as, big-hit compliance without power delivery penalties. Furthermore, the suspension curve oﬀers full use of available travel. The Stratos AL is based on the groundbreaking Stratos CF race machine. However, adapted to oﬀer a more capable bike for the everyday rider. Trails, cross country or marathon, the Stratos AL is the right mountain bike for the job.