It was hard to pass by the stand from Reverse Components at EUROBIKE without spotting their new products for 2016. The ‘Black One’ range now marks their absolute top of the range parts collection and has welcomed the addition of a new stem and bars. Other new entries to the range include a new chainguide, chainrings and disc brakes.

Black One Enduro Stem

The new Enduro stem isn’t just honed to keep its weight to a minimum, it’s also designed to last, and features a wider clamp than its little brother the S-Trail. Initially it’ll solely be available in a 50 mm length, tipping the scales at 144 g and coming with a price tag of 85 €.

Der neue Black One Enduro-Vorbau ist in etlichen Farbvarianten erhältlich.
The new Black One Enduro stem comes in a host of different colours.
Darunter auch schwarz, blau und grün.
Including black, blue and green.

Seismic Downhill carbon bars

Another brand new entity are the carbon Seismic bars, measuring in at 790 mm (and easily shortened) with 9° back and 5° upsweep. Although the Seismic bars are part of the top of the range Black ONE collection, they’ve deliberately been designed slightly heavier, and Reverse decided against a 35 mm clamp. This permits a controlled amount of flex and therefore ensures more comfort and less armpump on bumpy descents. At 199 g, the weight is still reasonable. Retailing at 170 € , the bars come in two versions with either 10 mm or 25 mm rise.

Den neuen Seismic Downhill-Carbonlenker gibt es mit zwei verschiedenen Rise und in etlichen Farben.
The new Seismic Downhill carbon bars come with two rise options and plenty of colour choices.
Die Entwickler wollten nicht den steifsten, sondern einen möglichst komfortablen Lenker designen, um auf langen, harten Abfahrten Armpump vorzubeugen.
The designers at Reverse weren’t looking to create the stiffest bars; they wanted to design bars that delivered as much comfort as possible to reduce the effects of armpump on long, unforgiving descents.
Der Seismic Downhill-Lenker wiegt 190 g und ist 790 mm breit, lässt sich aber problemlos bis auf 700 mm kürzen.
The Seismic Downhill bars weigh 190 g and measure 790 mm wide – and shortening them down to 700 mm is easy to carry out.
Durch die griffige Unterseite des Lenkers müssen Griffe und Schellen weniger stark geklemmt werden.
Due to the grippy underside of the bars, grips and brackets won’t need to be as securely fixed.
Den Lenker gibt es mit 10 mm oder 25 mm Rise. Der Backsweep beträgt 9°, der Upsweep 5°.
The bars have either 10 mm or 25 mm rise. The backsweep is 9°, the upsweep 5°.

X11 EVO chainguide

The Chain Guide X11 will hit 2016 with a second offspring, going by the name of X11 EVO and bringing with it an additional upper chainguide. This has been designed especially for narrow 11-speed chains and the ISCG or ISCG05 mount. Chainrings with 28-36 teeth are compatible with this super lightweight 93 g chainguide. The X11 EVO will retail at 85 €.

Superleicht und superpraktisch: die Reverse X11 EVO-Kettenführung.
Super light and super practical: the Reverse X11 EVO chainguide.
Der obere Käfig soll die Kette auch in anspruchvollem Gelände sicher an Ort und Stelle halten.
The upper chainguide should keep the chain secure on bumpier terrain.
Der Bashguard ist durch zwei Schrauben mit der Kettenführung verbunden.
The bashguard is linked to the chainguide with two screws.

Black One chainring

Also created for 1×11 and of a serious high-end quality, the Black ONE Narrow Wide chainring and its 104 bolt circle diameter will initially be available with 32 and 34 teeth, weighing 44 g and 52 g respectively. If the interest is there, Reverse have admitted they’ll consider extended the range at a later date. This lightweight part comes with a price tag of 50 €.

Rechts das neue Black One-Kettenblatt. Links das Direktmount-Kettenblatt für die Reverse-eigene Kurbel.
On the right you’ll spot the new Black One chainring. Left is the direct mount chainring for Reverse’s own cranks.

Aircon brake rotors and pads

Generating masses of interest is Reverse’s new disc brake system, which has the style of Shimano’s Ice Tech technology. The three-part, floating disc brakes have a similar sandwich design with an aluminium spider and aluminium cooling surfaces, which should guarantee a significantly better dissipation of heat and reduced fading. Retailing between 40 and 70 €, the discs will come in all the current standard sizes (140, 160, 180, 203) and weigh between 103 and 215 g.

Die neuen Reverse-Bremsscheiben sollen für eine optimierte Hitzeableitung sorgen.
The new Reverse disc brakes should ensure improved dissipation of heat.
Die Scheiben sind schwimmend gelagert und verfügen über einen Alu-Spider.
The discs are floating and feature an aluminium spider.

The system’s second part consists of the brakepads with cooling body. Unlike Shimano, these parts are individual. This means that you buy the cooling body once and just need to replace the surface when necessary, which will save money in the long-term. The starting kit with pads and cooling body retails at 23 €. To swap the pads, the price drops to 13 €.

Bremsbelag und Kühlrippen sind separat voneinander erhältlich.
Brake pads and cooling fins can be brought separately.
Die Kühlrippen sollen für eine bessere Hitzeableitung sorgen und so die Bremsleistung um bis zu 10 % verbessern.
The cooling fins should vastly improve heat dissipation and lead to a 10% increase in braking performance.

X-One DH cranks

The lightweight X-One cranks are already available as a model with a 2x chainring milled from a single billet, and for 2016 they now come in a downhill version. With 165 mm crank length and an 83 mm axle, its chainrings (32, 34 or 36) are direct mount. Although these cranks are primed for downhill, their low weight of 704 g including bearings and 32-tooth chainring puts them slightly more in the region of XC cranks!

Die neue Reverse X-One-Kurbel soll nicht nur leicht, sondern auch ausreichend steif sein.
The new Reverse X-One cranks aren’t just lightweight but they’re also reputed to be nice and stiff.

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Text: Andreas Maschke Photos: Cristoph Bayer

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