Bike Check: Stefan Garlicki's Solid Strike EVO

2016 has had its successes for Stefan Garlicki. He defended his SA National Champs title at Cascades in July, snatched a win in the iXS Downhill Cup, and has been putting up a fight on the World Cup circuit. Stefan rides for Solid Reverse Factory Racing. Photos by Zack Faulkner.


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Stefan races a Strike EVO from German bike manufacturer Solid Bikes. As a number of German bike companies seem to prefer, Solid Bikes sell their products direct to market.


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The German theme continues with Magura's 4-piston florescent powerhouse MT7 brakes.


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The suspension is a full BOS affair with an Idylle Rare FCV fork and Void air shock.


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Most of the components on Stefan's bike are supplied by team sponsor Reverse Components. Stefan runs a 790 millimetre wide Reverse carbon handlebar with a 50 mm stem. When all you need to know is your time down the hill, a trusty digital watch is all you need.


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Reverse also tend to Stefan's wheelset while Schwalbe's Magic Mary tyres work for traction.


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Stefan rides shorter 165 mm Reverse cranks with a 34 tooth narrow wide chainring. The cassette is also a Reverse component while SRAM X0 DH components handle the shifting. Shimano pedals fasten him to the bike.


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What? There are German's that don't like football?


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Full specification:

  • FrameSolid Strike EVO M/L
  • ForkBOS Idylle Rare FCV
  • ShockBOS Void
  • RimsReverse 650b DH 31mm
  • HubsReverse EFS 7-spd
  • SpokesSapim
  • TyresSchwalbe Magic Mary, SG, V
  • HandlebarReverse Seismic 790mm carbon
  • StemReverse Fast Lane 50mm
  • HeadsetReverse Reach Set, +6mm
  • BrakesMagura MT7
  • ShiftersSRAM X0 7-spd
  • DerailleurSRAM X0 7-spd
  • CassetteReverse
  • CranksReverse Legend DH cranks, 165mm
  • ChainringReverse narrow wide, 34T
  • ChainKMC
  • Bottom BracketReverse Legend
  • SeatpostReverse RCC309 carbon
  • SaddleReverse Fort Will
  • ComputerGarmin + Stopwatch
  • Weight16,3kg complete with pedals


Hairy, Oct 19 2016 07:46

That's rather sexy

Mongooser, Oct 20 2016 09:53

rear BOS looks better than a db air

Formallyknownas, Oct 20 2016 10:21

That company slogan is priceless. Sweet ride that.

Odinson, Oct 20 2016 10:22

Holy hell, that's a hot bike!

Amberdrake, Oct 20 2016 10:37

Thats one cool ride!

Like the Frame design its interesting :)

NicoBoshoff, Oct 20 2016 12:07

And it can fit a large water bottle!

nox1111, Oct 20 2016 12:23

yoh! that's a solid beast!... sorry

Mechcal, Oct 20 2016 03:58

Now that is an awesome looking rear end! Very nice design!

ZakAttak, Oct 20 2016 04:09

The German's has a sense of humour.... "Because Soccer only requires one ball..."  :w00t:

nonky, Oct 21 2016 11:35

Hot sled alert!

Odinson, Oct 21 2016 11:46

At least Solid can put together a slick looking DH rig. You should have a look at their AM bike - it looks like something ripped straight from the pages of a 2012 Giant catalogue.