Rockshox Reba WC £499.99

Straight from the 'Black Box' race development programme, this hot rod Reba delivers red hot performance - unfortunately it's not really cost effective compared with the rest of the Reba family.

BikeRadar score 4/5

Straight from the 'Black Box' race development programme, this hot rod Reba delivers red hot performance - unfortunately it's not really cost effective compared with the rest of the Reba family.

The smooth black carbon fibre top end complete with moulded steerer certainly looks super fly.

After over a year of relentless race and trail use, they're still totally rock solid and unscathed with no sniff of creak, crack or flex compared to those with alloy top ends. However, once you've added the obligatory stress spreading steerer plug, they're the same weight as the Race which costs £280 less. Admittedly the PopLoc remote adds around 50g/£50 of that, but it's still a lot of dollar for no real advantage.

That said they still share all the great reliability, easy tuning and excellent control advantages of other Rebas. If you can afford them the 'I'm a pro racer' pose value is huge. RockShox even produces a Matchmaker combo mount that carries PopLoc, Avid brake lever and X.0 shifter on one clamp for an ultra tidy cockpit.

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