I Want Dual Sus­pen­sion!

WE’VE TRIED OUR BEST TO SING THE PRAISES OF THEHARDTAIL,BUTTHEREALITYISTHATADUALSUSPENSION BIKE IS SIM­PLY MORE COM­FORT­ABLE TO RIDE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT BEGIN­NER MOD­ELS ARE LIGHTER AND MORE CA­PA­BLE THAN EVER, WITH PRO­GRES­SIVE GE­OM­E­TRY AND DURABLE COMPONE

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Fetish - – JM R30 000 SILVERBACKLAB.COM

SILVERBACK SIDO 2

SILVERBACK HAS A LONG HIS­TORY IN SOUTH AFRICA – THEY WERE

FOUNDED HERE, and churned out solid begin­ner bikes for years be­fore mov­ing their op­er­a­tion to Ger­many.

De­spite of­fer­ing some high-end bikes these days, they haven’t for­got­ten that their brand is rooted in good value. As ev­i­dence: the Sido 2.

The frame is al­loy and has the same cross-coun­try de­sign as Silverback’s car­bon Sesta, which is a stage-race favourite. The build spec is great: 2x11 Shi­mano SLX, 100mm Rock­Shox Judy Gold RL fork up front, and 90mm Fox Float shock at the back.

It’s slightly bet­ter on pa­per than the Gi­ant An­them (in sec­ond place), and the ride ex­pe­ri­ence is on par; but the Sido’s aceup-its-sleeve is that it’s cheaper by more than R5k. Use the money you save to buy all the things that you didn’t think about when you went bike shop­ping: shoes, kit, lights, tools…

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