SQWEEB v3 Suspension Tech - REEB Cycles

SQWEEB v3 Tech

 

REEB SQWEEB v3 Overview

The 2020 REEB Sqweeb v3 has been aggressively refined for the new year. We leveraged REEB’s manufacturing and design capabilities to develop a new frame to suit our entire riding community. We listened to feedback from REEB riders around the world to create what we believe is the most versatile American-built aluminum trail bike available. We’re excited to step into a new age of domestic frame manufacturing and we’re stoked to have you aboard.

Sqweeb v3 moves forward using a custom tube set, a new CNC machined suspension/seat tube assembly, improved kinematics, and a modular lower shock mount (available HERE).

  • Tube set is highly shaped to handle high loads and maximize space and clearance for standover, water bottles and suspension components
  • CNC machined BB/seat tube cluster provides greatly improved stiffness and strength to critical areas of the frame, while allowing for the longest dropper posts available (Sm-150mm, Med-180mm, L-XL 210mm)  
  • Suspension kinematics have been improved to provide better pedalling, controlled braking, and the most tune-able and predictable platform available
  • Modular lower shock mount allows for a wide range of setup options, including short travel, long travel, coil shock, and air shock specific configurations.  Available HERE.

REEB’s heritage is born from hardtail, singlespeed riders looking for reliable, capable rigs that can handle big mountains. We wanted reliability back then, and we want reliability now. With the Sqweeb v3, we’ve created a Barn Built bike that will stand up to the test of time and take any thrashing you can dish out. Our tube set will handle whatever you throw at it, our welds are meticulously executed by hand, and our suspension pivots are overbuilt with 6/4 titanium oversized bolts… double the tensile strength of stainless steel (in ham-fisted mechanic terms, they hold up to wrenches better). We use exclusively Enduro bearings, and Sqweeb frames are designed to make bearing replacement a  breeze when a full service is required.

We are designing and manufacturing bikes that perform at the top of their class and will take a beating for years to come. We hope that you’ll become part of the REEB family (if you aren’t already) so you can enjoy what we’ve built and give us feedback to help make rad bikes for rad riders.

REEB SQWEEB v3 Configurations

REEB has built bikes for the big mountains since day one, and we’ve been aiming for something hardcore, predictable, and reliable the whole time. In the days before 1x drivetrains and clutched derailleurs this meant a singlespeed hardtail. Nothing to break, no derailleur slapping your chainstays, no bullshit. We’ll still build you a ripper singlespeed, but we fully embrace the goodness that modern suspension and components bring to us. We set out to build a bike that represents what modern big mountain riding can be. Tunable. Predictable. Dynamic. Shredable. One bike to rule them all.

CNC Machined BB / Suspension Cluster

We took a deep, deep dive into what we liked and what we didn’t. We looked at the different disciplines that spoke to us and listened to the feedback from our community of riders. We honed it down to a few core setups, leaned into our bike building/beer drinking heritage, and fired up the machinery. We made a bike that is something we all want to ride. If you want to learn more, grab a Dale’s and find a comfy seat…

The heart of the Sqweeb v3.0 is the new BB/Suspension Cluster. We machine this part in two halves that are welded together down the center to create an incredibly stiff, strong, and stable frame component. The BB, main suspension pivot, and upper suspension pivot are all located in this part, giving us perfect frame alignment and keeping suspension forces contained within the machined structure. Because we aren’t tied to the standard fabrication techniques, we are able to design for optimum suspension performance, maximum seatpost insertion, and unrivalled strength. Our new frame design allows the REEB Sqweeb v3.0 to adapt to your preference. Short travel, long travel, dedicated coil or air shock configurations.

 

Travel Options – 130mm or 150mm rear travel with balanced and confident ride feels. Coil or Air options for all setups.

  • 150F/130R Short travel trail setup. Transcends the numbers and highlights the playful nature, stiffness and predictable dynamics of the Sqweeb v3.0 platform. All-day alpine perfection with the chops to slay technical trails and jump lines.
  • 160F/150R Confident big mountain rig. All of the hardcore character, more of the succulent travel. Long stroke shock delivers blissfully controlled suspension action. 
  • 170F/150R You a big hitter? EWS worthy? Put on a 170mm fork and build a trophy cabinet. Proven enduro winning formula without the tribal sacrifices.

Configuration Details

  • Short Travel: Precision weapon for long, technical days in the saddle
    • 150mm front travel 
    • 130mm rear travel
    • 65.5 degree head angle
    • 76.5 eff. Seat angle
    • 343mm BB
    • 185×50 Trunnion rear shock
    • Lower shock mount optimized for high volume air shocks (optional coil setup available)

 

  • Long Travel: Balanced rig for big mountains/Earn your turns
    • 160mm front travel
    • 150mm rear travel
    • 65 degree head angle
    • 76 degree seat angle
    • 346mm BB
    • 205×60 Trunnion rear shock
    • Lower shock mount optimized for high volume air shocks (optional coil setup available)

 

  • Enduro: Full-on enduro race bike
    • 170mm front travel
    • 150mm rear travel
    • 64.5 degree head angle
    • 75.5 degree seat angle
    • 350mm BB
    • 205×60 Trunnion rear shock
    • Lower shock mount optimized for coil shocks (optional HV air setup available)

REEB SQWEEB v3 Suspension and Kinematics

Tuned for Air or Coil shocks – 100% Anti-Squat – Balanced Braking –

The suspension design used on the Sqweeb v3 is an evolution of the Horst-link type system used on previous REEB Sqweebs. For 2020, we have made incremental, but significant, changes to this proven suspension system. Improvements on Sqweeb v3 focused on improved tune-ability, increased flexibility, and dynamic stability.

We tested many configurations and quickly found that we wanted both short-travel and long-travel options for the Sqweeb v3. We designed a unique modular lower shock mount system (available HERE) that allows for independent tuning of ride height and leverage ratio. The theoretical range of tuning that this gives us is HUGE, and we tested a wide range of settings from very linear to very progressive leverage curves with trunnion mounted coil and air shocks in multiple sizes.

For the stock frames, we’ve narrowed it down to 4 standard configurations, each tailored for premium ride quality:

  • 130mm (185×50 Air)
  • 130mm (185×50 Coil)
  • 150mm (205×60 Air)
  • 150mm (205×60 Coil)

Yes, we are willing to talk about custom tuning options! If you want to tune the feel of your ride at home or on the trail, we have 2-position lower shock mounts available on our Merch page.

Sqweeb v3.0 doesn’t rely on fancy shock tunes or damping platforms to pedal well. Anti-sqwat is independent from leverage curve settings, and both ST and LT versions exhibit ~100% Anti-Sqwat at the sag point. Balanced anti-rise allows the Sqweeb v3.0 suspension to react seamlessly during braking while maintaining support and stability for attacking steep lines. The Sqweeb v3.0 is highly tuner-friendly, designed around modern shocks, pedals and brakes very well, and provides an advanced platform for anything from trail riding to enduro racing.