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REEB Sqweeb Review

In 2011 after having his bike stolen, Dale of the now infamous Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale decided it was time to build a bike for himself. He also built a brand that mirrored his lifestyle and that of the Oskar Blues brand. The brand he created was named REEB… flip the name around, go on… flip it… it’s BEER! From that day on REEB’s goal was to create bikes by the people, for the people. REEB’s manufacturing facility is the same old barn that Oskar Blues was started in, next door to their Lyons, CO brew pub. It is a quaint space with everything you need to build some badass coloRADo bikes. REEB boasts an open door policy, want to try a REEB out at Hall Ranch and talk geometry, paint and build spec? Head up to Lyons, there is always someone in the shop ready to talk bikes.

Man riding handlebars

To take a REEB Sqweeb, their flagship full suspension trail bike and intend to use it in any other way than to just have a good time wouldn’t be doing the bike, the builders or the brand any justice. These bikes are designed to be taken into the backcountry as a tool for adventure and in my opinion, not intended to be babied and coveted like your grandpa’s old pocket watch. There are plenty of bikes out on the market that can take you from point A to point B in the fastest way humanly possible, I don’t think the Sqweeb necessarily checks that box, but I do think I would trust it in some scenarios more than some of it’s competitors.

REEB Sqweeb Geometry Chart
Reeb frames hanging side by side

FRAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7005 aluminum construction
  • 145mm rear travel
  • 205mm x 60mm Trunnion mount compatible
  • 44mm ID head tube, compatible with 1.5″ tapered steerers
  • Clearance for the NEW 29×2.6 Maxxis DHF and Maxxis Minion DHR 29″ x 2.5″ or 27.5” x 2.6” tire
  • 73mm wide English (BSA) threaded BB shell
  • Chain guide compatible (with ISCG05 adapter)
  • Boost spacing (110mm x 15mm front, 148mm x 12mm rear)
    • Syntace X12 dropout system
  • 31.6mm ø seat post
  • Designed around a 160mm fork
Men building Reeb Sqweeb bicycle

We decided we would take a soon to be classic Colorado brand to a few classic Colorado spots to test the Sqweeb and find where it really shines. The main objective was the high alpine on the Monarch Crest Trail, near Salida, CO. With a high point of nearly 12,000ft we knew pedaling uphill would be one of our biggest obstacles for the day.

UPHILL

Both of our Sqweebs were set up slightly different to try a few different ways they are offered in their $4999 PFP spec. The Illusion Blue Sqweeb boasted a Cane Creek Helm fork and a Cane Creek DBCoil squish in the rear. Opposite, the Illusion Green Sqweeb rallied a MRP Ribbon fork and a Cane Creek DBAir rear suspension setup. There are many ways to look at full suspension bikes, some harp on their ability to climb due to losing some power under pedaling pressure, some say it’s all worth it on the downhill. Coming from primarily riding a rigid mountain bike (like a proper idiot), I tend to agree. I did find on the climb that I lost a little energy in climbing, but it was nothing extravagant and nothing that surprised me. Keeping the front tire planted while climbing a rocky section may have been more operator error than geometry, but I did find the front wheel getting a little squirrely in some sections while slowly climbing. The antidote to the problem? Hammer down and stop being a little… well I did find that with adding more power on the uphill, it climbed just as well as anything else I have ridden.

Man riding a Reeb Sqweeb up a mountain

DOWNHILL

When Pro Racer Adam Prosise and expert bike builder Chris Sulfrian put their heads together to update the rocker design, they made an already great suspension system better. When it comes to the REEB Sqweeb, ripping a high alpine downhill is where the bike really shines. With 29″ tires and 145mm of rear travel, Darin and I were delivered a point and rip feeling when we started down some of our first hills on the Crest. If you have ridden the Silver Creek Trail you know how rocky and unpredictable it can be near the beaver ponds. This section of the trail is a rutted out, rocky, off camber pile of hold on and go fast! With the slack head tube angle I never felt like I was out of control even when I was… probably out of control. We dropped the posts and were able to get back on the bike a bit and really control our line. As for the rear of the bike, it surprisingly stayed true to the ground and didn’t throw us around in some of the more violent sections. Again, I feel like the REEB Sqweeb was born out of necessity for a backcountry ripper that you can rely on in any situation and I think it did just that.

Man riding down a rock on a Reeb Sqweeb
How Was it Tested?

  • Monarch Crest Trail – Salida, CO
  • Buffalo Creek Area – Buffalo Creek, CO
  • Hall Ranch – Lyons, CO

REEB Cycles Logo mirrored

If you have drank the Oskar Blues Koolaid like most of the country has at this point, you buy into their Don’t Give a F&%* mentality of drinking good beer, listening to good music and living wild. REEB has taken that mentality and unsurprisingly injected that into their lifeblood. I have always been a fan of Oskar Blues and it’s great to find another way to support Dale in his quest to make the world a more shreddable, drinkable, and unhinged place.

Tester - Darin ``D Dog`` Richter

GEAR USED

photo man's face
Man jumping REEB sqweeb

Don’t hesitate to go to the manufacturing barn located at: 303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540. They are always ready to talk shop and get you on your next REEB.

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Photos: Darin Richter, Josh Kravitz and Adam Scott
Words: Adam Scott

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