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Nicola Rohrbach Bike Check [Video]

Nicola Rohrbach with his 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


  • 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


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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Event – She’s Silverback Morning Ride

Mariske Strauss getting ready to ride - Silverback Bikes


On the 7th August 2018, Silverback organized an event called PRETTY TOUGH at Trail n Tar Tokai in Cape Town, South Africa. In a largely residential suburb situated on the foothills of Constantiaberg.

She’s Silverback community came together for the first time to support a platform for Pretty Tough. This is for women to inspire, connect and empower in all their beauty and endurance. 

The primary objective of the event hosted by Trail & Tar Tokai in association with Jordan Wines Estate, VYE Cycling and Squirt Lube SA is to bring women together and network while chatting with Mariske Strauss about her daily life as a professional XCO MTB athlete.

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Silverback’s first She’s Silverback Event

The event

We welcomed all levels of riding and questioned the ins and outs of Mariske Strauss’s industry. We also listened to Nicky Haywood who started a female cycling group called The Trail Angels in 2012 to inspire more women to ride.

While having coffee and croissants the ladies had the opportunity to have a Q & A session with Silverback OMX Rider and 15x Elite South African Champion, Mariske Strauss.

The ladies got a sneak peak of our 2019 SLD Bike Range (Silverback Ladies Design.) This was a great opportunity to find out what ladies prefer – color or geometry etc. This will be taking into consideration for our next SLD Range.

After the rain cleared up the ladies went out into the cold for a short 15km ride. The morning ended with some early wine tasting. Ladies had the opportunity to sip on a Merlot or Bordeaux Blend compliments of Jordan Wines.

We appreciate every one that donated money towards helping Silverback Volvo Rider, Tiffany Keep getting to the 2018 UCI MTB World Cup Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Thank you so much for joining ladies. See You Soon!

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Ladies came out in the cold to join the movement

#SheSilverback #SilverbackBikes

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Anyone’s Adventure Video Release

Mountain biking with a trail dog - Silverback Bikes


Cape Town, South Africa, July 25 – Silverback bikes best known for their lightweight carbon bicycles from Germany released their first E-Fatlike video – Anyone’s Adventure!

The electric adventure was directed by Francoin Visser and Wesley Roelof Silverback Employees. The crew headed to the Best Western Cape landscapes to find the ultimate scenes and to push the S-Electro bike to its limits.

Ahead of the release, I chatted to the troop to find out what inspired this Born To Be Electric venture.

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Matt sipping his coffee before continues his journey


What was the thought process when you started planning this video shoot?

The strategy is the name of my game and having a good strategy is what any thought process is all about. Working in marketing and brand identity for over 10 years.

The S-Electro Fat is one of Silverback’s first e-bikes. Being an e-fatbike made it the best choice for Anyone’s Adventure. This is the title slogan we ran with for the video as well as our chosen # for the video.

The e-bike offers pedal-assist which makes it an all-around choice for old, young, beginner and long-distance riders. The fat tires ads the benefit of traversing multiple terrains with ease. E-fatbike = Anyone’s Adventure.

What was the plot line of this Born To Be Electric video?

We wanted to take the rider on a journey through the different terrains, covering rock, sand, forest, gravel and snow (SNOW VIDEO). Highlighting the versatility, the e-fatbike has to offer.


What sort of person is going to love this video?

Anyone! That is it, whilst we were shooting we received comments from both old, and young around. They loved the look of this bike.

After the audience watched this short piece, how do you want them to feel?

The emotion we want to omit was getting people outside, riding and having a sense of adventure in mind. Most people want to ride, but I think they are scared, feel intimidated and generally they are afraid of falling. The S-Electro FAT offers easy access for hard to reach places with push-assist (you hold the + button to move the bike forward automatically), the fat tires easily moves over rock, bumps and through sand.

How is this production bringing something new to Anyone’s Adventure story lines?

During the production planning phase of the story-line a huge part amounted to scouting areas anyone could visit after filming wrapped. It occurred to me that we have so many destinations that offer completely different terrain within a 150km radius of each other. This prompted me to include nature reserves and non-government institutions for Anyone’s Adventure.

My goal is to shine a light on local businesses and show support as well as form good partnerships with the owners and their locations. If you look in the description below the video you will see some of the areas, we filmed at. These places are made to be Anyone’s Adventure.

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Wesley and Matthew taking selfies on set.
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The film crew moved in the Volvo XC60 from location to location.
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Drone footage of rider, Matt and the Silverback S-Electro FAT

Global Brand Engagement Strategist – Francoin Visser.

You have always been involved with all Silverback’s Video Content – Why did you want to be involved in this production?

I love adventure, and since the S-Electro is an adventure bike at heart, it gives us the opportunity to film the bike and to be Born To Be Electric.

There was a whole team on set, and normally you are the cameraman in many previous productions – What was your role in this production?

First and foremost, I was making sure that everyone on the team understood the S-Electro, how it is used, where and how it would be ridden, so that the viewing audience see an end product that makes sense from a platform and riding perspective. Secondly, I was in charge of any bike tech, setup, tune-ups, maintenance, cleaning, charging etc. Lastly to help direct the shoot and edit.

Where do you think this bike is beneficial?

E-Fat bikes are already designed for unique terrains, sand, snow and other hard to reach or ride places.  Fat bikes are inherently heavier than normal trail bikes and so spending all day on outrides gets tiring. The electric motor and the extended range it offers just makes it easier to take it out for longer trips and more exploration.


What can we expect next from the S-Electro bike?

The S-Electro as a platform is growing quickly, and new models are going to roll out soon. The FAT is now available for sale, and already popular amongst touring companies and other Fatbike adventurers keen to go further.  As far as videos go – we’ve had it in the snow in the upcoming Snowventure.

You tested the bike in tough/all terrains – How did it handle it? jumps etc.

It is a big bike and the electrics add to the weight. However, handle everything we threw at it with ease. It’s not designed to hit big jumps but handles smaller jumps with ease and is very stable in the air, courtesy of the big wheels.

Each day lasted about 7 hours on set– did the battery last?

Bike – yes. Cameras and other film equipment, not always!

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Francoin snapping some behind the scene content for social media. #BornToBeFast #AnyoneAdventure


It looks like you had a blast on set. What sort of person is going to love this film?

Any person who likes adventure, something new & any cyclist.

You love riding – What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?

There were no big challenges for me because I love riding my bike but if I had to have one it would be trying to stay energetic the whole day.

What was the hardest part about shooting in the rain?

It was cold but was really fun at the same time!

Being a pro-athlete, have you ever been part of a production like this?

No, I have never been part of something like this but I will do it all again!

If you could be part of another production, which Silverback Bicycle would it be and why?

I would like to do another video on the Silverback SESTA or on the SURFACE because these are bikes that I am more use to riding and would be able to do much more with it.

Has this changed your mindset about E-bikes?

Yes, E-Bikes are awesome because it gives some people the opportunity to ride with friends even though they could not keep up on a normal bike.

Do you find the S-Electro a good touring companion?

I do think it would be a good touring companion you should just plan your routes so that there will be places to charge the bike if needed.

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Our cameramen, Jean and Dean.

Edited by Consuming Fire Films.

More Behind The Scene Photos: CLICK HERE!

Check out the S-ELECTRO Range: CLICK HERE!

#SElectroFAT #AnyonesAdventure #SilverbackBikes #BornToBeFast

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What makes the Scalera a great aero road bike?

Scalera road bike frame - Silverback Bikes


The Scalera is a race-bred high-performance carbon platform. This design combines rigidity as well as aerodynamics into a highly effective road bike. The carbon layup is dialed to be stiff in high load areas while retaining lightweight regions where lesser loads are exerted. Moreover, it is calculated to meet the high demands of racing cyclists. Size-specific geometry tuned to results in an accurate as well as agile ride.

The leading edge of the frame as well as fork feature aerodynamic drag reduction zones. Therefore, by decreasing the air velocity over these specific regions. It will result in a pressure gradient increase to result in lower surface drag.

Key features:

  • Advanced aerodynamic toptube
  • Lightweight yet stiff
  • Aero Tubing profiles
  • Internal cable routing
  • SBC Advanced Aero Carbon fork
  • Size-specific steering geometry
  • Integrated seat clamp
  • SBC power transfer BB formation
  • Shimano Ultegra groupset

The Scalera road bike received Eurobike Award in 2012, for its design innovations. The Scalera is UCI compliant and approved. Not to mention in 2018 the Scalera recently won a Readers Choice Award from READ MORE

Scalera road bike - detail images

Below is a video showcasing the Scalera and what makes it a great road bike.

Here’s the product page for Scalera: CLICK HERE