Great job but it’s expensive.
It’s taken RockShox quite a while to come up with a compatible remote for the Reverb. It has done a great job but it’s expensive.
RockShox has just updated its hydraulic operated Reverb dropper post with a new 1X remote. Like most under handlebar designs, the Reverb 1X looks a lot like a front shifter, in fact it uses the exact same lever and pivot location as the now defunct SRAM front shifter, albeit with a slight concave shape for improved ergonomics.
The 1x remote is available aftermarket for £90 or you can buy it pre-fitted to a post for £375. In the upgrade kit you get a remote, Matchmaker clamp to bolt it directly to a SRAM brake lever, and a discreet clamp if you use a rival disc brake brand.
To make the bleed process a lot easier the 1X remote features SRAM’s innovative Bleeding Edge technology. To bleed the post you plug a special syringe fitting (one is included with the upgrade kit) straight into the bleed port – you no longer have to remove a small screw, there’s less mess and it speeds up the whole bleed process.
Like the old Reverb you can still adjust return speed but rather than barrel it’s accessed via a T-25 Torx grub screw next to the bleed port. There are three full turns of adjustment, and the speed changes from super quick (almost Specialized Command Post quick) to reasonably slow or slow enough to be usable. The adjuster is recessed out of the way but there some MBR testers that prefer the old design because you could make adjustments on the fly.
Despite SRAM launching the 1X drivetrains several years ago it’s taken RockShox quite a while to come up with a compatible remote for the Reverb. It has done a great job but it’s expensive - £90 is a lot of money, even with the accessories. Yes it reduces clutter, keeps the remote away from your knees and I can’t fault the function but if the Reverb was cable operated I doubt we’d be looking at this much for an upgrade.