With the unveiling of our new XC race machine, we put in place a testing and development process to put the platform through its paces - from top-level UCI racers, through aspiring amateur riders.

 

Design Ideation.

A Clean slate is where Thomas, the engineer behind the Stratos started.  This was essential to not limit himself to updating existing designs and suspension layouts, but to create something truly great and innovative. The design and development of a brand new concept is something that brews in the mind of a design engineer for some time, before he puts pen to paper.  Stratos started with the intended suspension feeling - small bump sensitive and big hit capable, but to pedal efficiently without being locked out, and to make a challenging design brief even more so, to use full available travel without wallowing.

Advanced design.

The design process starts on Linkage, a suspension design program and then moves on to Solidworks, an engineering program. On Solidworks the shapes and kinematics are fine tuned and flow test analysis can be run on the frame to pre-empt stresses.

Our engineers then work with the factory to meticulously work out the carbon selection and layup for optimum strength and stiffness to the least possible weight.   The frame has to pass rigorous lab testing before the first riding prototype rolls out of the factory.

 

Performance driven innovation.

The resultant design is dictated by performance, function-driven innovation. It starts with an asymmetric frame with a single oversized tapered pivot utilizing angular-contact headset bearings for durability and superb stiffness. A single piece carbon rear triangle with Flex-stays means fewer pivots and so less weight and less maintenance. User-Centred design means that the bearing choices and even tools needed for servicing are off the shelf items and easy to find in any bike shop.

The proof is in the ride.

Real world testing is ultimately needed to make sure that all the tests and design ideation creates a synergy. 

What in the world can be a better testing ground that putting the bike through ititsaces in the #UNTAMED ABSA Cape Epic, ridden by world class racers?

624km, 16650m Climbing, 8 Days. Two Teams. Stratos Prototypes.

"Celebrated for its testing nature, the Cape Epic’s 16th edition will cover 624 kilometres and total 16,650 metres of climbing. That equates to nearly riding up two Table Mountains per day, for a week." Business Insider

 

Stratos Excels.

Thomas spent time with the riders at the Epic as well as inspecting the bikes after every stage to assess the condition of the bikes.

All Stratos bikes survived the Epic with not a single frame mechanical issue! And the rider feedback is crucial for continuous development for other SB bikes and the Stratos platform.  Strauss and Stenerhag took two podiums during the race.

"Descending with the Stratos is super flowy and responsive, I can really throw the bike around, pushing my limits" - Mariske Strauss, Silverback Racing

"The bike is light and climbs like a machine. It floats over rocks and roots, saving me energy when I race." - Jennie Stenerhag, Silverback Fairtree

Pioneering user centred development.

Silverback also pioneered a new step in the bike testing process. We are launching a Global Pilot Program, where 40 riders from across the world gets to actively partake in the testing of the new bike - giving valuable real-world feedback to designers.

Winning races need a lot of luck, choosing the right bike makes you luckier.

"It climbs really well and feels light, and is agile on the descents - a true Race bike" - Nicola Rohrbach, Silverback SBC

"it shaved seconds off my downhill times - over my enduro bike!" - Luke Moir, Silverback Racing

 

Best In Class Bikes.

Stratos is born and bred for racing at the highest level, and crafting the right tool for the job relies on the right people and processes. Silverback has both in place to deliver the Right Bikes at the Right Price.

 

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