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.
Congratulations to Luke Moir who finished 5th in the Junior men category at the 2019 UCI World Champs. The race took place on the 29 August in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada.
Luke rode a perfect race, sticking with the lead group of 5 for the entire race. By the end of lap three, there were just four seconds separating the top five who had pulled away from the rest of the field. He was sitting with the 3rd place rider during the second half of the final lap but punctured. He slipped back and crossed the finish line in 5th position. This is still considered a podium finish.
Luke is currently racing in the U/18 category making him one of the youngest riders in the Junior men age group.
Mariske Strauss took a tumble during the team relay event which resulted in a trip to the hospital. Scans show no major injuries but she will not be able to race further in the UCI World Champs. Follow her on Instagram to find out more: @mariskestrauss
Both these athletes chose race our new dual-suspension marathon bike the Stratos. Find out more about the bike: HERE
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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Featuring the highly capable suspension platform of the Stratos SBC at the fraction of the price
The Stratos AL 5 features the same suspension platform our athletes use in the World Cups. At a fraction of the price, the AL5 an affordable introduction into racing.
The asymmetric frame design of the Stratos, disperses the load based on magnitude and position, levitating stresses where it’s most concentrated. Featuring our POP geometry (Position of Power), this bike pushes the rider more central on the bike. This engaging the glute muscles and equates to better climbing, more controlled descending and improved traction. POP geometry makes the AL 5, a strong climber and a balanced confident descender.
The Stratos is equipped with a standard metric shock, tapered headtube and is 150mm dropper post compatible. These features ensures the bike is easily upgradable as your riding progresses.
This bike is fitted with a 120mm front fork. This caters for the evolving cross-country courses and the growing trail movement. The 120mm travel will add to giving you confidence on technical terrain.
Based on the groundbreaking Stratos CF race machine, but adapted for the everyday rider. New to mountain biking, or first full suspension bike. The Stratos AL 5.0 is designed to take care of business.
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).
Choosing a mountain bike is tough! There are so many things to consider. We thought we would help you out, by compiling a list of bicycles to consider when you are on a budget. Here is our value for money buys that will get you to shredding in no time.
Stratos AL5 (€1499)
The Stratos AL5 is a value packed dual suspension mountain bike. Featuring the same highly capable suspension platform as our top-end xc racing bikes. The AL5 is an affordable introduction into racing. Equipped with a standard metric shock, tapered head tube as well as a 150mm dropper post, therefore this bike is easy to upgrade as your riding progresses.
This dual suspension mountain bike has a 120mm front fork. This caters for the evolving cross-country course and the growing trail riding movement. It also gives confidence on technical terrain.
Spec highlights: RockShox Judy Silver, Internal dropper post ready, asymmetric frame design, Surface rims and Surface alloy control parts
If riding trails and going downhill fast is more your thing, the Slade Trail is what you should be looking at. Featuring our sweet spot geometry, this bike promises uncompromising climbing and prowess descending. 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.
The Slade Trail’s slightly heavier brother, the Slade Comp comes in at €899. The major difference between these two mountain bikes being the fork and the wheelset.
The Stride SX features all the elements of a high-end mountain bike at a fraction of the price. The brand new 12 Speed SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, give this bike a competitive edge over other mid-level bicycles. Designed with a slacker head angle of 67.5 degrees, this bike inspires confidence. It also guarantees improves handling over the technical terrain that modern cross-country tracks offer.
Spec highlights: Sram SX Eagle, Internal Dropper post ready, POP geometry, tubeless ready wheelset (rim tape and valves in the box)
If you are interested in cross-country racing and you cannot justify the spend on carbon. We suggest you have a look at the very capable Sola 1.
Using race geometry, this lightweight aluminium mountain bike frame gives the rider great stiffness for maximum pedal power. The 12X Sram GX Eagle gives you plenty of gear range, ideal for the steep climbs and technical descends a cross country track offers.
If 12 speed drive-train doesn’t excite you or your budget is tight, you can always consider the Sola 2 selling for €1199). The major difference between these two bikes being the drive-train and heavier wheels on the Sola 2.
The Stride SX is the first to launch from our all-new Stride range. Featuring all the elements of a high-end bike at a fraction of the price. The brand new 12 Speed SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, gives this bike a competitive edge over other mid-level bicycles. In the Press release you will find everything you need to know about this brand new platform.
The Stride SX is more than a recreational bike. An engineered frame keeps the weight down coupled with geometry that places the rider in the Position Of Power and Silverback’s ethos of offering the Right Bike at the Right Price means that it is a serious contender. Featuring our POP geometry as piloted on the Slade, the Stride is a confident descender that handles like a proper trail bike.
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.
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.