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Why the Stratos AL 5 is excellent bang for you buck!

Dual-suspension mountain bike Stratos AL5 - Silverback Bikes

When you are ready to move over to full-suspension bike or you are looking for a fast-rolling 29’er to flow over technical trail sections… look no further. The Stratos AL 5, based on the Design & Innovation Award-winning Stratos CF SBC, will be the perfect gateway bike into the world of dual-suspension mountain bikes.

Dual-suspension mountain bike Stratos AL5 - Silverback Bikes

This lightweight aluminium frame features BURST Pivot, our ground-breaking linkage driven single pivot suspension platform and a purposefully designed asymmetric frame. In short, this bike is designed to use its suspension to its full potential, cuts down on maintenance and puts out maximum power with every pedal stroke. To find out more about the Stratos platform, read this article: Ready set Strato AL5!

What makes the Statos AL 5 an excellent value for money bike is the combination of progressive frame technology and quality components. This dual-suspension mountain bike is equipped with a 120mm Rock Shox Judy Silver fork, X-FUSION 02 Pro shock and Surface Alloy Symmetrical 29″ rims. However, if you wanted to upgrade in the future, the Stratos AL frames if happy to be customised.

Our favourite features

  • Full-length dropper post compatible
  • Adapted geometry caters for both weekend worriers and racers
  • Features all our favourite features from top-end bikes
  • Fits two water bottles in the main triangle
  • Lifetime frame warranty*
  • POP Geometry

The Stratos AL 5 is available in sizes Small to Extra-large and all sizes are able to fit two water bottles in the front triangle. A handy feature if you are considering longer marathon rides or races. The AL’s geometry and suspension travel is slightly more ‘relaxed’ than that of the carbon version but this offers a more balanced ride to weekend warriors and racers alike.

So, if you are looking for your first full-suspension mountain bike, look no further. The Stratos AL 5 promises to the ultimate value for money mountain bike.

*Read more in our Warranty Document.

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Mountain bike of the year 2020: Silverback Stratos

Mountain bike of the year 2020: Silverback Stratos

It has been just over a month since the Design & Innovation Award committee announced the Silverback Stratos CF 1 as mountain bike of the year for 2020. AND we are still celebrating! Our latest video captures the award selection process, as well as highlighting real-world racer feedback.

Why are we so proud? / Reason to boast?

The Design & Innovation Award is the only award in the cycling industry that ignores marketing and technical jargon. A team of experts put every product to the test, pushing them to their limits on the toughest terrain. The Swiss Alps to be exact! Having a Design & Innovation Award logo on our bike is truly an authentic seal of approval. Not only did they like the concept, but the Stratos out also preformed all the other mountain bikes on the market.

Read the Design & Innovation Award Juror’s verdict HERE

What makes the Stratos so unique?

Our latest linkage driven single pivot suspension, called ‘Burst Flex’, features an oversized tapered pivot and flex rear stays. This eliminates additional bearing sets and cuts down weight. Except for being lighter, the unique trapezoidal asymmetric frame design is optimized for stiffness and strength. This means that every ounce of power put into the pedals are working to drive the bike forward.

Find out more about the design and testing process of the Stratos HERE

Stratos CF 1 - Design & Innovation award winner - Silverback Bikes
Mountain bike of the year 2020: Silverback Stratos CF1

The proof is in the titles

Current cross-country junior world champion Luke Moir has been riding the Stratos SBC for over 6 months now. When chatting to our content team, he described the bike as a climbing bike that “climbs like a hardtail” and descends like his enduro bike on the downhills; “it is just a bit easier, to throw around”.

Jennie Stenerhag, 7 X Swedish national marathon champion, rode the Stratos for the first time in preparation for the 2019 ABSA Cape Epic. After two weeks on the bike, Jennie fell in love with it.

“It is basically a climbing bike, it has helped me a lot with that”

Jennie Stenerhag

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Silverback Stratos CF 1 Wins 2020 Design & Innovation Award

Silverback Bikes wins The Design & Innovation Award Stratos CF 1 MTB - Silverback Bikes

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Silverback Bikes is awarded The Design & Innovation Award for the Stratos CF 1 in the Mountain Bike category.

The Design & Innovation Award is the only award that tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching well-considered verdicts.

The international award team consists of 30 professionals. Amongst them are journalists, test riders and engineers who are recognized as the most renowned experts in their segment

The independent award team spent two weeks analyzing and testing each entry. Putting every product through its paces before making a final judgement.

Silverback Bikes wins The Design & Innovation Award Stratos CF 1 MTB


For many years, the bike industry seemed to strive for progress for progress’ sake, where “new” was the maxim and manufacturers paid little attention to sustainability or cost-effectiveness.

All that mattered was who’s got the latest, most out-there product. But “new” isn’t always better. “Only when innovation solves problems and significantly improves factors such as performance, durability or handling, can we speak of innovation.”

The Design & Innovation Award spared no effort to test the latest products. Testing the bikes on incredibly diverse range of mountain bike routes as well as alpine roads around the Dolomites paradise of St. Vigil in South Tyrol.

The leading award of the bike world – The Design & Innovation Award is the seal of quality for the most outstanding bike products

The Design & Innovation Award



Among the numerous submissions, there were many exciting products and a number of ground-breaking, tangible innovations – and while some actually solve real-life problems, others are just old-acquaintances in a new fancy dress … some others even create entirely new problems! Not only does the Design & Innovation Award honour the most outstanding products of the coming season, but it also provides guidance in a complex era of ever-changing trends and would-be trends.



This visceral passion is the foundation stone of the award, a desire to pick out the best products that will bring you the best experiences.

The jury of the Design & Innovation Award isn’t easily fooled by major brands and elaborate marketing campaigns. They give, the supposed underdogs enough attention to try to convince the jury with what they’ve got to offer.

You cannot simply measure a product’s potential or worth in a boardroom or laboratory. A good product often adds up to more than the sum of its parts and to truly understand it, you have to go out and use it.

The Design & Innovation Award


THE STRATOS CF 1 – Design & Innovation Award

“The Silverback Stratos CF1 is a full-suspension XC rig for thoroughbred racers seeking maximum acceleration. The stiff rear end means minimal pedal kickback and ensures powerful acceleration from a stillstand. Whilst 100mm of travel and 29inch carbon wheels provide good rollover characteristics, the balanced geometry inspires confidence on sketchy downhills. On climbs, the Silverback is a twowheeled rocket, which is no surprise considering its  weight of 10.86 kg. The full carbon frame provides a high degree of vertical stiffness without feeling excessively harsh or uncomfortable. And the asymmetric rear-end is true eye-candy. No matter how varied or challenging the next XC track may be, the Stratos Silverback will handle it with gusto!”

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