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Brand ambassador, Cornel in the USA

Cornel Swanepoel sitting next to his Silverback bike

Get to know the Night Harvest best trick winner, Cornel Swanepoel.

How did you get into mountain biking?

Since I was a small boy. I always liked riding bikes. As I got older a few friends and I started riding together and started doing jumps with the bicycles. The more we did it, the more I liked riding and ever since then I just always wanted to progress and get better and I just never want to stop. Being a Silverback ambassador is a dream come true.

Which Silverback are you riding now?

I am riding the Silverback SCHULLY PROTOTYPE Dirt Jump Bike and the Silverback SLIDER LT 1.

Cornel doing wheelies
Cornel doing wheelies on his Slider LT 1 bike on the rooftop in The Dalles, Oregon.

Mention all the trails you experienced in the states while being a Silverback Brand Ambassador.

Post canyon – My favorite. Over 40 miles of trails and single tracks and jumps waiting to be ridden.

Syncline trial in Washington – Singletrack with a good rocky ride down one of the hills.

Eagle caves – It’s super fun single-track riding waiting up the cliffs in The Dalles, Oregon.

Cornel at the top of the Syncline Trailhead.
Brand Ambassador, at the top of the Syncline Trailhead.

Do you have a job outside mountain biking?

I have a full-time Job as a Boilermaker. I work at HG Molenaar in South Africa. It’s a food and beverage engineering company.

What are your strengths?

I learn quickly when I see how it works. Always full of energy and keen to do anything adventurous.

What is your weakness?

Spiders and not enough riding bikes.

What has been your worst crash over the years?

I was riding at my local spot. I did a No Foot can over one jump. Ended up crashing hitting my head quite hard and woke up in the hospital a couple of hours later.

Cornel Swanepoel sitting next to his Silverback bike
Taking in the breathtaking views with his Slider LT

Has trail riding and your dirt jumping been your first choice?

Used to be just normal but MTB riding when I was really young. When I started dirt jumping it all changed to Dirt jumping. Dirt jumping is my first choice!

How hard is it to compete in this discipline?

I’d say it is really hard. It doesn’t matter how hard you train. Anything can go wrong anytime and the whole event can be spoiled.

What new tricks are you working on?

I’m focusing more on combination tricks at this moment. A couple of 360 variations. 360 tail whip, really want my 360 tuck no handers dialed. 360 tobaggon. Backflip barspin and Backflip tailwhip.

Which part of your plans worked out the best and what was the biggest surprise that you didn’t even notice when you were going in?

Definitely a highlight and a top point of my riding career. 2019 Night Harvest when I attempted a 720 I only landed once in my life. I rolled in and landed the 720 perfect at The Night Harvest ended up winning the Best Trick.

What is your favorite non-bike website?

YouTube.

What is your favorite motto or saying?

Send It!

What makes you happy?

I love it to see people smile or laugh or if I can make people smile or laugh.

What is your favorite bike at Silverback now?

Really difficult. I love my Silverback SCHULLY PROTOTYPE jump bike the most, but my SLIDER LT 1 is just as amazing.

Plans for the future?

I would love to move to Europe or Canada to ride a bike or travel the world with my bike. Even just finding a job in either of these countries I would move and use every opportunity to ride a bike as much as I can and explore the world as much I can.

#SilverbackBikes #BornToBeFast

Become a Silverback ambassador, read more HERE.

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Brand ambassador, Saki, the freestyle football phenomenon!

Brand Ambassador, Saki with his Superpeed

Football star signs up as a brand ambassador.

We are proud to announce that we have signed up a new Brand Ambassador. World-class freestyle footballer as well as football artist Saki. Mostly known on social media as the Cristiano Renaldo lookalike. Saki also shows some incredible ball skills. His striking resemblance to Cristiano Ronaldo, has made him Insta-famous. Currently, he has over 250k followers on Instagram not to mention his strong presence on other social media platforms.

When asked what he would describe as a career highlight, it has to be the goal he scored against the Champions League finalist. He scored the interim goal against the football club BVB.

Saki regularly travels with his Real Madrid jersey to international football events. He gets stopped by the crowds all over, especially the ladies!

Brand Ambassador, Saki with his Superpeed
Silverback Brand Ambassador: Saki

Role model for football fans

Saki is not only famous as a football juggler but also a personality on television. He regularly appears on internationally TV with showing off his football skills. Therefore we are very excited to have him on board, be sure to give him a follow. @sakioficial

Read more about our other Brand Ambassadors: Cornel Swanepoel

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Mariske Strauss Bike Check [Video]

Mariske Strauss bike check Stratos - Silverback Bikes

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.

Design Ideation.

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:

#SilverbackStratos #BornToBeFast #SilverbackBikes 

Check out Nicola Rohrbach’s bike check video HERE.

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Nicola Rohrbach Bike Check [Video]

Nicola Rohrbach with his Silverback Stratos

WE CAUGHT UP WITH NICOLA ROHRBACH AFTER THE ABSA CAPE EPIC TO HAVE A LOOK AT HIS BRAND NEW RACE MACHINE. THE SILVERBACK STRATOS

Nicola Rohrbach does a Bike Check

Watch Nicola Rohrbach talk us through how he sets his bike up for a major stage race such as the ABSA Cape Epic. He has choosen to ride our new XC race machine, the Silverback Stratos SBC for this event.

Bike Check Nicola Rohrbach’s Silverback STRATOS SBC:

Frame: Stratos SBC Carbon full suspension, Tapered pivot, asymmetric design, Flex stays, 100mm travel. (Size L)

Bearings upgraded to Ceramicspeed bearings

Fork: Prototype

Rear shock: DT Swiss X313 (bar mounted dual lockout lever)

Wheelset: DT Swiss XMC30 carbon on DT240s hubs

Tyres: Chaoyang Graham 29 x 2.2″

Brakes: Magura MT8 raceline with Carbon single digit levers

Drivetrain:

  • a SRAM XX1 Eagle rear derailleur
  • SRAM XX1 Shifter
  • Gold SRAM Eagle Chain
  • SRAM Eagle XX1 Dub crankset

Wolftooth 36T NW Chainring

Stem: Crankbrothers Cobalt 11, 90mm

Handlebar: Bike Ahead Composites, 730mm

Grips: ESI Grips

Saddle: Selle Italia Kitcarbonio Flow

Seatpost: Bike Ahead Composites

Seatclamp: Carbon Ti

Weight: 10.05kg

Extras:

GÜP Industries sealant/inflation system

Tubolito Extra lightweight tube – puncture resistant

Derailleur Pulleys: Cermaicspeed

Watch Jennie Stenerhag do her Bike Check: HERE

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Night Harvest 2019 I Cornel Swanepoel

Cornel Swanepoel sitting next to his Silverback bike

CORNEL SWANEPPOOL FINISHED IN THE TOP 5 OF THE 2018 NIGHT HARVEST!

The annual Night Harvest brought to you by Monster Energy! The largest and most unique MTB dirt competition in the whole of Africa!

21 year old, Cornel Swaneppoel, won 4th place overall last year years event and hopes to walk away with another podium finish. He will be out on the track representing Silverback bikes on his brand new 2019 Schully Prototype bike. The Schully has been designed by Silverback designer Schalk Tredoux, an avid dirt jump rider himself. Read more about Cornel Swanepoel HERE.

Night Harvest, Cornel Swanepoel

The 2019 Silverback SCHULLY PROTOTYPE.

The 8th edition has bigger jumps, and even bigger tricks, making it an event you simply do not want to miss!

The Night Harvest all started in 2012 as a small local crew of MTB and BMX riders having backyard competitions.

Each year this event sees a growing number of international riders making the field very competitive riders.

The event is held at Potato trails, Hout Bay by the Trails Crew. The background is the beautiful mountains in Cape Town, South Africa.

More Information about the event: CLICK HERE

Schully, Cornel Swanepoel
The Schully prototype

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Silverback brings Swiss powerhouses together

NICOLA ROHRBACH HAS COMPLETED THREE ABSA CAPE EPICS:

Silverback brought two strong Swiss powerhouses together to make an epic team. Our aim, and with a proven record is to claim the top steps at the 2019 ABSA Cape Epic. These two elite riders have similar experience, skill, and power to achieve success.

Nicola Rohrbach has completed three ABSA Cape Epics: He has finished second, third and fifth. Two top-five finishes giving him a taste for the podium. Nicola is feeling very motivated to conquer the GC with his new partner.

Konny Looser is a well-balanced rider and the duo can benefit from each other. Even though they are racing together for the very first time they believe they can be consistent throughout the stage race.

Looser had his best shot in 2012 when he finished eleventh place, he is equipped to tackle the eight-day African mountain bike race with Nicola.

Silverback Rider, Mariske Strauss has been racing with her new ABSA Cape Epic Partner, Jennie Stenerhag with success at the Tankwa Trek. Strauss believes they will do a good job together and will be well prepared before the first horn goes off in March.

All Mariske is missing after her 4th edition at the ABSA Cape Epic is the number one spot.  Alongside Annie Last, for the previous two editions, Mariske finished third and second place.

Stay tuned to our socials, in hopes that our Swiss powerhouses complete the ABSA Cape Epic!

Silverback KMC - 3rd place at Cape Epic
2018 ABSA Cape Epic –Silverback KMC finished 3rd
Silverback OMX - 2nd at the ABSA Cape Epic
2017 ABSA Cape Epic – Silverback OMX finished 2nd

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Welcome Nicola Rohrbach

Welcome Nicola Rohrbach - Silverback Bikes

SWISS MOUNTAIN BIKER, NICOLA ROHRBACH’S OFFICIAL BIKE SPONSOR FOR THE 2019 RACE SEASON.

We are proud to announce that we will be Swiss mountain biker, Nicola Rohrbach’s official bike sponsor for the 2019 race season.                    

Rohrbach is a consistent podium threat in whatever he puts his mind too. Furthermore, he is one of the most versatile cyclists and we look forward to seeing what he does on a bike. Nicola will be racing our brand new XC race machine, the Stratos SBC, which we will be releasing in March. Nicola has been working closely with our product designers to perfect this bike, by giving vital feedback during his training towards the season.

Konny Looser will be teaming up with Nicola for the ABSA Cape Epic and racing as Silverback SBC. This Swiss powerhouse team will be a force to be reconded with.

Nicola is a captivating person, always positive and has proven to be a machine in all disciplines of cycling. We also really look forward to having his competitive spirit a part of the Silverback family.

Nicola Rohrbach is supported by:

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Silverback Racing Team Announcement

Mariske Strauss team announcement- Silverback Bikes

STRAUSS ON BOARD FOR THE 2019 SEASON.

The 2018 race season was her best so far. Mariske placed 3rd overall at the ABSA Cape Epic, claimed her 15th National title and leading the World Cup XCC In La Bresse in 2018.

As an Elite rider, the 27-year old has dominated all South African Cups and numerous Cape Epic podiums. Furthermore, she has an incredible stage win in 2017 and finished top 3 in the General Classification.

Mariske in known for her bubbly personality and keeping high spirits despite the toughest days in the saddle. Be sure to keep an eye out for her!

We look forward to seeing what 2019 season holds for her. 

Mariske is also supported by:

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Silverback Fairtree crosses the finish line at ABSA Cape Epic,
Racing team: Silverback Fairtree

2019 SEES NEW COLLABORATION WITH JENNIE STENERHAG.

We are very proud to announce that we will be supporting Swedish mountain biker, Jennie Stenerhag for the 2019 race season.    

Jennie, is current a Fairtree Capital ambassador. She suffered a hamstring injury early in the 2018 season and had to undergo surgery, therefore spending most of the year in recovery. Stenerhag still managed to defend her Swedish National XCM title, even with her injury.

Also, Mariske Strauss her partner and Jennie place second overall at the Wine2Wales.

 With South Africa being Jennie’s second home, we look forward to seeing her at all the major races, including the Attakwas Extreme, the Tankwa Trek and the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Race.

Jennie is supported by:

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Find out how the Silverback racing team does at the first day of the ABSA Cape Epic: HERE

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Luke Moir Signs For 2019

Luke Moir - Silverback Superspeed

SILVERBACK IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE HIGHLY TALENTED YOUNGSTER, LUKE MOIR WILL BE RACING FOR US ONCE AGAIN IN 2019.

The youngster has been dominating the race scene in both cross-country racing and Enduro. Showing how versatile he is. This year Luke is 16 and racing in the under 18 age category. Making him more than a year younger than most of his competitors. This is a true test and we look forward to seeing him take on his older competitors.

In 2018 Luke Moir raced in the Youth men’s Internationald’Italia Series, winning stage 1 and walked away with a 7th Overall at the Proffix Swiss Cup. In 2019 he will be racing in the Junior World cup series in Canada.

We are thrilled to have this young talent race for us once again. He will be a test pilot for product development at Silverback testing out prototypes, giving valuable feedback. This year he will be racing in a unique highly visible lime & blue design for 2019.


Download the full Press Release HERE.

Luke Moir ‘s sponsor list:

Find out who else is racing for us in 2019: Silverback racing team announcement

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Tiffany Keep: Balancing Success

Tiffany keep riding on the road

10 POINTS FOR BALANCING SUCCESS ON THE BIKE AND BEING AWAY FROM THE DESK AT SCHOOL.

As a competitive cyclist, my life is never boring. Quite the contrary. It is a constant balancing act between staying focused and achieving my goals. In training and at races as well juggling the million curve balls which school seems to throw at you. It’s no easy feat; but here are ten points which I’ve drawn up along my journey. This maybe of some assistance to those in a similar situation to myself. Tiffany Keep
 

silverback volvo team rider tiffany keep
Silverback Volvo rider, Tiffany Keep training in Giba Gorge
  1. Always try to keep a level head; as much as cycling is a demanding sport, you also need to be realistic about school work and competing. It on time in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed by it.
  2. Set realistic goals for yourself, both on the bike and for your academics at school.
  3. Keep your head above water; if you miss any school work because you’re away at a race or attending an event, make sure you make a concerted effort to catch up. All missed work before you get back to school.
  4. Procrastination is not your best friend; as much as cycling is fun, try to avoid getting too distracted by all the fascinating cycling-related media over the internet and social media.
  5. Self-discipline; allocate specific study/work times before or after a ride and stick to that plan, this way you’ll be more productive in the long run. 
  6. Learn about the importance of both academics and cycling; there’s a saying that goes, “Education is important, but cycling is more important.” For this reason, it’s vital to understand the doors which education and cycling can open for you and keeping this in mind while you try to keep that balance.
  7. Quality over quantity; while cyclists tend to have less time to devote to their academics than normal students, it’s necessary for us to utilize our limited time as much as possible in order to be as productive as possible.
  8. Bikes before books; in this case, I’m talking about the advantage of completing a ride before tackling work. Often an early morning ride can clear your mind, and so you can be more focused and productive once you do start your school work/studying.
  9. Life is not all about bicycles, and it’s essential for cyclists to have non-cycling friends who they can socialize with off the bike. This way, they will feel a little less reluctant to complete school work at school or attend school for that matter, knowing they have good friends there too.
  10. There are only 24 hours in a day; although we may feel like superheroes while sending a massive jump down a trail, we’re really not. Sometimes you will simply not have enough time to fit everything into one day, that’s okay. Tomorrow is a new day.

Meet the rest of the team, Shaun-Nick Bester: Switching from road to mountain biking.