It was an awkward moment of conversation on the phone with SRAM’s PR man a couple weeks ago. We were planning a meetup to do some riding. “Bring one of your Reverb-equipped bikes,” he said. “I’ve got something for you.”
“Uh, dude, I sort of don’t have a bike with a Reverb,” I replied, sheepishly.”
“Not one? How many bikes do you have?”
“And you’re not running a Reverb on any of them?”
“Well, I really just don’t like the pushbutton remote.”
That wasn’t the first time he’d heard someone say that. To be fair though, the hydraulic pushbutton-style remote--intended to mount above the bar out of the way of the shift levers--used to be a solid design. When the first RockShox Reverb hit the streets way back in 2011, bikes still had front derailleurs. We didn’t have the same kind of handlebar space in the dark ages of front shifting, but since single rings started making paperweights out of front shifters, that real estate has opened up to shifter-style dropper levers. Specialized made the first good one. It was ergonomically identical to a SRAM front shifter, and it immediately ruined the Reverb for me--I haven’t been able to go back to the button since.
In 2016, when we heard RockShox would have an updated Reverb, we figured a new remote would be part of it. Sadly, it wasn’t.
But at long last, it’s finally here: the Reverb 1X Remote!
RockShox Reverb 1X Remote Installation
SRAM is selling the remote as an upgrade for $95, and it’s a breeze to install. Just remove the pushbutton remote from the bar, unthread it from the hose, clip the end of the hose about 5 millimeters, thread the new remote on, and bleed.
Bleeding is done via a new port, called Bleeding Edge (similar to the one found on Guide brake calipers, but the fitting is slightly different).
It is always recommended to bleed the remote line with the return speed all the way slow (counterclockwise). Also, the first time you bleed the system, you’ll want to crack open the Bleeding Edge port with a 3mm hex instead of the Bleeding Edge tool--it’s torqued pretty tight from the factory. Once you loosen it the first time, the Bleeding Edge tool can be used from there on out.
So there you have it folks, a brand spankin’ new remote that installs easily and works perfectly. I’ve been running shifter-style remotes for the past couple seasons, and the Reverb 1X Remote required zero getting used to. It’s just what the world’s most prolific dropper needed. Perhaps now Reverbs will find their way back into my quiver.
Complete posts equipped with the 1X Remote will be available this month for $400.