RockShox has launched an updated version of its Reverb dropper post, with new 175mm and 200mm travel options, smaller overall lengths across the board and claimed improvements to both friction and reliability. It's now also possible to bleed out air yourself if the dreaded saggy post occurs.
RockShox' hydraulically actuated Reverb was one of the first truly polished dropper posts to hit the mountain bike market and while it was much more refined than what went before it, it's never had a stellar reputation for reliability, despite a number of design iterations.
This new 2020 model now has a feature that allows you to bleed any air that might have got inside the oil in the post's internal floating piston, meaning that you should just be able to depressurise it, cycle it a few times through the travel and any squish will disappear. They're calling this Vent Valve technology, though they reckon this is the most robust Reverb ever so you hopefully won't need to use it.
RockShox has also worked to reduce friction in the guts of the post, claimed 50% less drop force is required than before along with faster actuation. The redesign, along with new lubricating fluid co-developed with Maxima, is said to improve consistency in a wide range of conditions - the old posts could become rather touchy in cold weather.
The post now also comes in new 175mm and 200mm travel options as well as 100mm, 125mm and 150mm, while overall lengths are 301mm, 351mm, 414mm, 467mm and 519.5mm as you go up in travel, meaning you should be able to stuff a fairly big drop post even if you don't have much room in your seat tube. There's also a 34.9mm diameter option as well as 30.9mm and 31.6mm.
There's the choice of a standard button remote that can be run with a 2x system and either below the bar on the left or above it on the right or a dedicated 1x only remote that only sits below the bar on the left. A post with the former will cost £345 and the latter will be £395.
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