I haven't heard definitive support or criticism of the Reba 29er fork. I'm about to purchase either the WB 1.0 air or the Rock Shox in 100mm..what's the scoop?
It probably wouldn't hurt to search the forum for all the discussions that have taken place with regard to the REBA fork. I don't own one (yet), but recall having read quite a bit of review and commentary on the fork. I did demo one on a 2005 Fisher 293 and certainly give it the thumbs up from my short and non-definitive test. However, dialing it in and how it performs day in and day out on the trails is the information you need to search for on this forum. Just plug in REBA in the search function and go from there...InfXXIV40-60 said:...Anyone??
OK I'll say something. I have plenty of miles on several forks -- 2 Rebas (1 on Fisher Rig and 1 on Fisher X-Cal that was previously on a Supercal), a WB1.0 (on a Fisher 292) and a Marz Marathon (currently sitting in the corner). I have at about 1500 miles on the Rebas and must say I am very impressed with their performance. I like air forks for their plush performance, quick adjustability, and smooth/fast rebound. I find that coil/oil forks tend to "load-up" on long bumpy sections whereas the air forks do not.InfXXIV40-60 said:I haven't heard definitive support or criticism of the Reba 29er fork. I'm about to purchase either the WB 1.0 air or the Rock Shox in 100mm..what's the scoop?
I've done this experiment with every fork I've owned that has a lockout. During the grind of the climb, it always seems like a good idea to lock out a fork that has the feature. But I'm really bad about remembering to unlock, especially in a competitive situation.Super E said:...I love the gate valve and how it works - during my last race I forgot to "unlock" the compression before descending a very bumpy downhill section...the fork went through it blowing off as it is supposed to when taking hits locked out. Actually I did not even know that I was still locked out until I was on a flat past the bottom and noticed the stiffness of the lockout.
Any idea if this fork is limited to light-medium weight riders. Or can big guys ride it too without popping air seals??team_bfd said:I have about 6 mos experience with the Marzocchi (the red one that came stock on the '02 supercal29), about 8 mos experience with the BW.8, and now just a few months on a Reba Race.
The Marzocchi has some good qualities (if you can't say something nice...) but I would not bother with it again unless stiffened and updated.
The BW.8 is a wonderful fork. I'd go back to one of those happily.
I had a good opportunity to get a Reba, I was impressed by how they looked on the shop floor, and I was dying of curiosity about whether SRAM had helped Rock Shox pull it's head out of ... a long slide in quality.
I am still VERY interested in how robust the shock will turn out to be in the long run. But initial indications are very good. I've run the thing through some really nasty wet conditions already this year, and it's still just as slick and active as the first day. So I'm hoping that it is going to continue to be relatively low-maintenance. I think it's just as stiff feeling as the White, which is NICE and stiff. The damping and the tunability of the fork is at least as good as the White.
The real test will be 1) will the fork hold up, and 2) if there are problems, will RS be anywhere near the joy that White is to work with on service issues?
I've done this experiment with every fork I've owned that has a lockout. During the grind of the climb, it always seems like a good idea to lock out a fork that has the feature. But I'm really bad about remembering to unlock, especially in a competitive situation.
With the Marzocchi, it was really easy to be reminded. That fork locks out rock hard and low. When climbing, that lockout was the most satisfying, but forgetting to unlock was bad business. And with that fork, getting it to unlock on the fly was the hardest of the three.
With the White, the lever on the top of the right fork leg is relatively easy to actuate when you are already starting to pick up speed. But you still have to take a hand off the bar.
Pop-lock is way cool. Having the extra big loop of cable housing sticking out the front of the bar is not, but as soon as I remember that I forgot to unlock the fork, I can unlock it easily without having to slow down or wait for a smooth patch. And the way I have my fork tuned, the shock can work while locked out. Just in like 30mm mode. I did a couple of miles of bumpy technical as fast as I could go (keeping up with a fast feller) last week while locked out. Then I realized, hit the pop-lock and went even faster
So, given that I haven't got even most of a season on the Reba yet, I hesitate to give it the ringing endorsement I give for the White. But it sure seems like a good fork so far. YMMV.
Got a friend that said it was easy to change from 80-100 with instructions he found on the RS website. I messed with the gate valve quite a bit when I first got the fork. Once I found the right spot for my riding style I have not touched it. I still test it once in a while by forgettng to unlock it going down hill or taking a hit climbing - I love the way it works.SlowSSer said:so, anyone know how to change the travel from a stock 80 to 100?
and anyone done any extensive playing with the gate thing?