Review of the Silverback Stride 29 HD 9 Mountain Bike
I recently upgraded my mountain bike from an old 15 year old Schwinn that has cable brakes with those small brake blocks on the rim. It also had really bad spring shocks and had a steel frame which was super heavy.
I got the bike from my brother and had the bike for years and used it on and off when I had time. I even did the 97.4 race with it once and I put slicks on it.
Then about 3 months ago a friend bought himself a new bike and asked if I want to enter a 40km road event with him. I entered and finished that race. I then entered another 62km road race, and then another 42km race. A couple rode past me and the guy said: “Is that a steel frame bike?” because I was riding so slow. Then his wife/girlfriend said “Shame man”. At this point the bug had already bit me and I was ready to buy a new bike.
So I bought myself a new bike. I went to Solomon’s Cycles in Woodmead because it’s close to my work and the guy showed me a grey Silverback 29 inch HD 9. I was looking for an entry level bike and that one looked really nice. It had a hard tail with disc brakes and an aluminium frame and shocks. Everything you need as a beginner.
I’ve been using the bike for some on road races and off road races. The trails I’ve done with it includes Big Red Barn in Irene, Benoni Country Club, Modderfontein Reserve and, The Spruit which is in Johannesburg. The bike really performs well and is really stable on and off road and does everything I needed it to do.
Problems so far
The only problem I’ve experienced with the bike so far is the bottom bracket that came loose. I took it back to Solomon’s Cycles and they tightened it. Then it came loose again another two times until they decided after the last time to replace the bottom bracket with a sealed one at no charge. The bottom bracket that comes with the bike is actually quite cheap like the ones they put in a bike that you will buy at Game or Makro. It has two open bearings on the inside. So water and dust can get in there very easily and because the bearings are not in a sealed enclosure, the bearings becomes loose. And with the sealed unit, that won’t happen. I suggested to Silverback on Instagram to maybe bring out their bikes with a sealed bottom bracket as it’s only a R150.
Other than that I’m really enjoying the bike overall. Please leave your thoughts in the comments.
|FRAME||29” 6061 Aluminium, 1-1/8” headtube, 135mm QR Dropouts, disc brake mounts, fender and rack mounts|
|HUBS||QR Alloy, 32 Hole, 6-Bolt Disc Mount, Adjustable cup and cone angular contact bearings, 9mm Axle, Black|
|SEATPOST||Dia 30,9mm x 350mm; Black|
|STEM||S/M: 70mm; L: 90mm; XL: 110mm, 7° x Dia 31.8mm, Black|
|TYRES||Maxxis Sphinx, 29” x 2.1″, Wire Bead, Black|
|SADDLE||Black, Steel Rails|
|CASSETTE||Shimano CS-HG201-9, 9 Speed, 11-34T|
|RIMS||Alloy double Wall, 32H, Black Sidewall, Custom Sector Decals|
|HANDLEBAR||W: 720mm; Back Sweep: 9° x Dia 31.8mm; 6061 Butted Oversized|
|SHIFTERS||Shimano Altus, 3×9 Trigger, Black|
|CRANKSET||Shimano FC-M371, 44/32/22T, Chainguard, L: 175mm, All Sizes, Black|
|BRAKE SET||Shimano BL/BR-M315, Open Hydraulic System, Rotors F: 180mm; R: 160mm, 6-Bolt, Black|
|FORK||ZOOM 565D-HLO, 100mm Travel, 1-1/8” Steerer, H/LO, 9mm Dropout, Post Mount Disc Brake|
|FRONT DER||Shimano FD-M370, Top-Swing, Dual-Pull, Clamp-on 34.9mm, Silver|
|REAR DER||Shimano Acera RD-M3000, Long cage, 9 Speed|