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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.