RockShox weren’t the first to introduce a wireless electronic dropper post – that honour goes to Magura – but theirs is the first without frustrating flaws. With no cable or hose, installation is simple.
The AXS post and remote are easy to pair, and communicate via an encrypted wireless network. A one-hour charge gives round 40 hours of battery life for the post, while the remote runs on a CR2032 button battery, which should last a couple of years.
It’s not just the wireless capability that’s new. The post’s internal floating piston has been redesigned to minimise friction and RockShox have switched to different oil and grease. There’s also a new Vent Valve at the base, designed to remove any squish from the post if the air and oil do mix, lengthening service intervals.
These improvements make a big difference on the trail, shooting the Reverb back to the top of the pile in terms of performance. Yes, the price is steep, but the wireless operation means no more faffing with internal cable routing or bleeding hydraulic hoses, and you can easily swap the post between bikes (assuming they take the same size post). If you’ve got this kind of cash, the Reverb AXS is seriously tempting.
About MBUK’s Most Wanted (2020)
For the January issue of Mountain Biking UK magazine we put together a glossy guide to our Most Wanted gear for 2020, containing some of the most incredible, highly desirable mountain bike kit on the market. It seemed a shame not to share it with our website users, so now we’re posting each category online too.
The selection process wasn’t easy. We were determined to pick products that genuinely stood out, so just narrowing down the categories was hard. Then our test team discussed the pros and cons of each bit of kit that had been shortlisted – and had some heated debates over which should make it in!
You can rest assured that all of our Most Wanted gear has been given this accolade for good reason. It’s either performed amazingly in our tests (in which case we’ve provided links to the original review) or, in the case of just-released kit, has wowed us on the trails during initial rides and shown huge potential.
Cast an eye over the gear and you’ll notice that a lot of it doesn’t come cheap. That’s because these are our Most Wanted products, and not necessarily the parts and accessories that represent the best value for money. We know that not all readers will be able to afford them, but think they’re worth showcasing. Firstly, because they show just how far MTB kit has come. But also because innovation and improvements at the top end of the market inevitably trickle down to lower price points within a couple of years, for the rest of us to enjoy.