Silverback Splash 279 by

Looking for a ladies specific Mountain Bike or looking for something different? Well, let me introduce you to the Splash 279.

The Bike

Here is something you won’t see every day in any bike shop really. The Splash 279 consists of a 29er front wheel mixed with a 27.5inch rear wheel. Very interesting combo!

Silverback Splash 279 by

I was skeptical, I won’t lie. But, I was pleasantly surprised by this combo. With this wheelset, you hardly feel the difference once you are on the go. In my opinion, the 29er front wheel makes it easier to handle cornering, climbs and assist with traction. Whereas the 27.5 rear inch wheel makes it easier during technical downhills.

The only downfall I would say is that you would actually need to keep two different size spare tubes on you. 😉

Other than that; the bike geometry is specific for female riders. This is noticeable in the kink of the top tube. It has an 80mm Rock Shox Recon Gold front suspension fork and weights approximately 12kg’s. This is slightly lighter compared to the Silverback Spectra I previously had. This is due to the lightweight Alloy frame. Definitely an improvement on the Silverback frames.

The funky colour combo of granite grey, Astro black detailing, and modern bright spring lime patterns.

But first, check out this short clip!

The Ride

Trails: G-Spot, Stellenbosch

This trail was perfect to give the Splash279 a taste of short climbs and some fun downhill bits. The Splash handled well on the short climbs. I am used to a 1×11 groupset, but the 2×10 was perfectly fine. I left it in the small ring the majority of the time anyway. 🙂

Let’s have a close up look!

The Specs

  • Frame: Silverback 279” Frame Design, 6061 Butted Alloy tubing, Tapered head tube 1-1/8”-1.5”, Silverback Engineered light bridge, 135mm QR Dropouts, Replaceable Hanger
  • Fork: Rock Shox Recon Gold TK, 29”, 80mm Travel, Solo Air,
  •  Hubs: Rear: Shimano FH-RM3050, Centre Lock Disc Mount, Adjustable cup and cone angular contact bearings, Cassette, Black Front: Shimano HB-M618, Centre Lock Disc Mount, Adjustable cup and cone angular contact bearings, 15mm Axle, Black
  •  Tyres: Maxxis Crossmark, 29/27.5” x 2.1”, Foldable, 60TPI
  •  Stem: Sector Triple, Alloy, S: 70mm; M: 80mm, 6° x 31.8mm, Black
  •  Handlebar: Sector Plane, Alloy, W: 680mm; Back Sweep: 9° x 31.8mm, Black
  •  Seatpost: Sector Level, Alloy, 31.6mm, S: 350mm; M: 400mm, Black
  •  Saddle: Sector, Women’s Specific, Light Foam Padding
  •  Brake set: Shimano Deore BL/BR-M615, Open Hydraulic System, Resin Pads, Rotors: Front: 180mm; Rear: 160mm, Centre Lock, Black
  •  Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M610, 2×10 Speed
  •  Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Tech Plus RD-M786, Long Cage, 10 Speed, Silver
  •  Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50, 10 Speed, 11-36T, Silver
  •  Crankset: Shimano Deore FC-M617, 38/24T, L: 170mm

The Conclusion

To round up the Splash 279 from Silverback. The two different wheelset is what gives the bike its ‘name’; 279, and if you are looking for something different. This is it! I would recommend the Splash for a newb to an intermediate rider. The current retail price is around R14,000. Last, but not least. This is perfect for the lady in your life and it even comes standard with a women’s specific Sector seat. Winning!

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