REEB SQUEEB V3 LONG TRAVEL REVIEW
Words by Mike Wirth | Photos by Katie Jane Photography
REEB Cycles is Colorado-based mountain bike company made up of a self-described “Handful of unapologetic bike junkies.” That collective of bike junkies was brought together when Dale’s, Oskar Blues Brewery owner and Dale’s Pale Ale inventor, bike was stolen in 2011. Rather than head to the bike shop and buy another “me too” carbon wonderbike, Dale decided to start his own bike company right in the same 100-year-old Colorado barn where the first Dale’s Pale was brewed. That barn where the first REEB was welded and the first BEER was brewed (see what they did there?) is a stone’s throw from some of the best riding in Colorado, a fact that the REEB crew couldn’t be happier about. They keep the design and fabrication close to the trails where they are tested and they don’t do it behind closed doors.
REEB riders are welcome to stop by the barn in Lyons, Colorado for a demo ride on the singletrack that’s right out their back door. Follow that up with a toast and post-ride beers with them aftwards and it’s easy to see why they’ve got a certain cult following. REEB is a cool company that prides itself on being as much about the riding culture as it is about the bikes. We brought one of their newest rigs to our SoCal trails to see if a bunch of IPA loving ColoRADo riders could build a badass bike for our West Coast trails.
HOW THE SQUEEB CAME TO BE
REEB’s first bikes were mostly steel hardtails. It wasn’t until their lead welder wanted to test his mettle on the local enduro race scene that a full-suspension frame became necessary for the REEB crew. REEB Cycles started building prototypes of the Sqweeb as an enduro race bike several years ago. It was that bike that evolved into the Sqweeb V.1, which was basically an overbuilt no-frills beast of a bike.
The first REEB Sqweeb was an effective, aluminum suspension bike that Adam the Welder could pilot to the bottom of the track without suffering a mechanical failure, despite having a less than pro rider skillset. The second version of the bike saw marked improvements and refinements to the design but did not sport a geometry that could hang with other, more advanced bikes in the category. Now in its third version, the Sqweeb V.3 comes to the trail with a modern long and low geometry combined with all the simplicity, reliability, and effectiveness of the original to create REEB’s ultimate trail smashing machine.
That simple and effective aluminum suspension chassis has remained the heart of the Sqweeb, and while the V.3 we tested might not be as overbuilt as the original, it’s every bit as capable while blasting down rough trails with the accelerator floored, the windows rolled down and the air conditioner on max.