Bike review: Silverback Sido-1

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When I looked at this bike for the first time. All I can think was; damn that is one sexy looking bike! 🔥

This is not your average bike review. I’ve previously reviewed the Sesta Pro and Slider-1 from Silverback. This time around, I want to take the opportunity to thank Silverback Technologies for sponsoring the Sido-1 for our upcoming Wine 2 Whales race.

The Sido is an aluminium full suspension racing machine featuring the Silverback BURST suspension. The design and suspension makes this  a fast cross country and marathon bike that eats up distance efficiently and comfortably.

I will be taking part in a mixed team in the W2W Adventure race.  I cannot wait to see how the Silverback Sido-1 performs in this 3-day stage race with over 60 kilometers per day, over tough terrains.

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To find out more about the Sido-1 specs below

Follow my journey as we train for W2W leading up to race weekend!

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What is new about the Sido-1?

  • RaceFace Aeffect SL 32T, 1 x 11 crankset
  • Stans Crest 29” tubeless rims (32H)
  • Fox Factory float DPS Rear Shock with 3 position adjustment
  • Sexy colours! The 2017 Sido-1 comes in Aston black with Monarch Orange and Arctic White

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What is the bike specs?



Aston Black / Monarch Orange / Arctic White


SB Lightweight 6061 Alloy 29” Suspension, Tapered 1-1/8” – 1.5” headtube, Press-Fit BB Shell, Alloy Triangle with Dual linkages using 142 x 12mm through Axle Integrated Dropouts, Replaceable Alloy hanger, XGuide cable management system




Rockshox Reba RL 29”, 100mm Travel, Solo Air, Tapered Alloy Steerer, remote OneLoc sprint, QR15 dropout with a post mount disc




Fox Float DPS, 3-position adjustment and customed tuned – 90mm travel


Stan’s Crest 29”, Alloy 32H, Stan’s yellow rimtape and valves and custom decals


Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo, 29” x 2.1 and tubeless ready


HANDLEBAR Sector Plane, 6061 butted alloy, W: 700mm; Back Sweep: 9° x 31.8mm


BRAKES Shimano SLX BL/BR-M675, open hydraulic system, metal pads, levers rotors front: 180mm; rear: 160mm, centre lock




Shimano XT SL-M8000, 1×11 Trigger




Shimano XT CS-M8000, 11 Speed, 11-40T




Race Face Aeffect SL 32T, L: 175mm all sizes


Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt launch

We attended the launch of the Three Ships 10 year old Single malt.

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The history & Heritage

The Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt distilled in 2005 is the first to carry a vintage statement and follows the successful release of the single malts launched in 2003 and the collector’s tin series over a three year period in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The whisky & tasting

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Master distiller Andy Watts says this is the most powerful single malt he has produced to date, a style he will be continuing in the single malts to come.

“When we launched South Africa’s first single malt in 2003 we didn’t have a single malt style policy in place and since then we have actively planned towards this moment where we are now in the position to launch a vintage statement single malt, each year and one with a defined style and vision.

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“I use the Cape winter months for fermentation to allow the yeast to follow its natural fermentation curve with as little temperature control interference as possible. We distilled the spirit in 2005 in copper potstills before it was laid to rest for 10 years in a selection of older American oak to compliment the delicate flavours of the spirit. It’s a beautiful whisky and a very proud moment for me!”

Andy Watts (whiskey maker) talking at The Craft Restaurant. Picture: Brian Witbooi, 04 April 2016, Weekend Post

Andy Watts (whiskey maker) talking at The Craft Restaurant.
Picture: Brian Witbooi, 04 April 2016, Weekend Post

Andy Watts (whiskey maker) talking at The Craft Restaurant. Picture: Brian Witbooi, 04 April 2016, Weekend Post

Andy Watts (whiskey maker) talking at The Craft Restaurant.
Picture: Brian Witbooi, 04 April 2016, Weekend Post

“I use the Cape winter months for fermentation to allow the yeast to follow its natural fermentation curve with as little temperature control interference as possible. We distilled the spirit in 2005 in copper potstills before it was laid to rest for 10 years in a selection of older American oak to compliment the delicate flavours of the spirit. It’s a beautiful whisky and a very proud moment for me!”


You can pick up hints of cognac in the Original 10 Year Old Single malt. This can be because sherry and other oak casks was used in the fermentation process. The original 10 YO has a rich & dark golden colour with a smooth feeling over the tongue that leaves a linger sensation in your mouth. To get the best out of this Single malt, we suggest:

  • Serve the 10 YO Single malt slightly chilled
  • Add a touch of water to open the natural flavours even more

The food & venue

Charango Cape Town

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The super sexy and trendy spot in Bree street, Cape town CBD was the venue for the #ThreeShips10YO launch.  Charango is a Peruvian inspired grill restaurant.

The exquisite interior of Charango is a testament to the creatives of the team from the murals by the talented Faith47, the on-trend exposed brick and honeycomb tiles to the ceramic tableware, that makes you feel like your back in NY city.

We were treated to a delightful tasting menu prepared by the talented Kieran Whyte. If you want to have an idea of which Peruvian-styled dished you can expect at Charango, feast your eyes on this…

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What we enjoyed the most about the tasting menu and dishes is the fact that most dishes are meant to be shared. In true Peruvian-style, each dish was served on a big tray and you could plate for yourself.

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Seared tuna tiradito – pickled ginger, miso mayo, caviar & sesame.

Three Ships 10yr Single Malt by TheOneK

Sirloin lomo saltado – tomatoes, peppers, aji panca, fries & crispy rice.

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Pork belly “chica” – caramelised corn & miso, corn salsa & crackling.


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Black kob – Langoustine quinoa, soy & wilted pak choi.

To get your hands on this spectacular Single malt that is truly one of its kind in South Africa. Go check out the Three Ships website.

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Bike Review: Silverback Slider 1

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The Slider platform is a high performance alloy trail machine that features 140mm front- and 135mm rear suspension travel for aggressive riding. IDS Revo suspension technology is used on this mountain bike model, resulting in a stiff and predictable suspension feel with great pedalling stability. The 275 size wheel with large volume tyres works perfectly for aggressive trail riding, offering a great balance of grip, stiffness and agility.


  • FRAME: Silverback Intelligent Design System (IDS) Revo Technology, Exclusive Suspension Science, 27.5” Trail Machine, Hydroformed 6061 alloy custom butted tubing, Tapered 1-1/8”-1.5” Headtube, Silverback 12 x 142mm dropouts
  • FORK: Rock Shox Revelation RL, 140mm, Solo Air, Tapered alloy steerer, crown lockout, QR15 Dropout, Post Mount Disc
  • REAR SHOCK: Fox Float DPS, 3 position adjustment, 135mm travel, 200 x 50mm
  • HANDLEBAR: Sector in alloy and W: 740mm | back sweep: 9° | up sweep: 5°  15mm
  • SEATPOST: SBC dropper post, remote lockout, internal cable routing, 100mm Drop, 31.6mm, S: 350mm, M/L/XL: 400mm
  • BRAKE SET: Shimano SLX BL/BR-M675 with open hydraulic system. Also, metal pads and front rotors are 180mm & rear rotors: 160mm
  • SHIFTERS: SRAM GX X-Actuation SL trigger shifter
  • REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM GX X-Horizon with a rolling bearing clutch and cage lock
  • CASSETTE: SRAM XG-1150 11 Speed

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I had a quick ‘chat’ with Dayle Holmes the Industrial Designer at Silverback. Dayle provided some in-depth info into the design of the Silverback Slider.

Karlien: What is unique about the Slider Frame?

Dayle: The slider frame was designed for all round riding, utilizing relaxed geometry coupled with efficient peddling characteristics and robust hydro-formed tubing that isn’t too overkill for the trail category. We believe these bike models fit into a more all round category, or as we like to call it, XC trail

Karlien: If you had to explain it to my mom, what is the IDS Revo Technology all about?😛

Dayle: IDS is Silverback’s unique and custom designed trail suspension technology. This is a floating pivot design meaning that the bike uses a solid rear triangle that rotates on two sets of linkages. What makes this system different is that it uses a lower linkage that is concentric (on the same axis) to the bottom bracket (where the cranks are attached to the frame). This linkage uses large cartridge bearings to create a stiff and strong attachment point for the rear triangle. This removes any unwanted flex on large impacts and keeps also keeps the power transfer direct.

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Karlien: How does this improve your performance for climbing and descending?

Dayle: The IDS uses a relatively high anti squat value that is optimized to complement dual and single chainring setups ensuring that power transfer remains efficient and direct. The system’s pivot point is floating, meaning it that it changes location as the suspension moves. We have designed it so that the pivot point moves downwards through the travel, reducing anti-squat on big hits to avoid any unwanted pedal feedback but keeping power transfer efficiency when at sag.


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Whenever I get a demo bike to test out, I immediately think, “which trail will be the best suited for this specific bike?” I figured the trails at Jonkershoek would be the ideal terrain for the Silder. Why? Well, the 27.5 wheels, agile brakes, dropper seat post and the IDS suspension system.

Jonkershoek trails are situated in the Jonkersberg valley in Stellenbosch. These trails are forever changing, well maintained and designed to test different levels of riding.

The Slider handled the down-hills like a champ! Quick & nippy on corners and potent breaks, so very agile. It’s my first time riding with a dropper seat post and I know some say it’s the future for downhill riding. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case for me. I’d rather manually adjust the seat post when I know I am going to enjoy a bit of downhill and want to have the freedom to move.

Check out the Slider in action!

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The Macallan brings the triple cask matured Fine Oak Range to South Africa

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presents two new expressions to the SA market, Fine Oak 12 and 18, and brings back a favourite; Fine Oak 15.

The Macallan, one of the world’s greatest single malt whiskies, will be launching the triple cask matured Fine Oak Range in SA. A firm favourite: Fine Oak 15 will be re-introduced, and two new expressions will also be rolled out over the coming months, Fine Oak 12 and the 18.

The Fine Oak range is triple cask matured in a combination of European oak sherry casks, American oak sherry seasoned casks and American bourbon casks, delivering a more diverse yet subtle style of whisky, whilst maintaining The Macallan’s core DNA which is a focus on sherry seasoned oak casks, natural colour, and rich, fruity full bodied flavours and mouth feel.

To craft Fine Oak, we bring new oak from America across thousands of miles to Spain, where oak casks are crafted and sherry seasoned before traveling to our distillery on Speyside to mature for twelve years. These whiskies are then combined with those aged in the very best sherry seasoned European oak casks and American Bourbon casks.  This approach reveals an unmatched investment in time and extraordinary commitment to mastery for which The Macallan has been known since 1824

Bob Dalgarno, Master Whisky Maker explains,

“The Macallan Fine Oak requires a distinctive approach to whisky making.  Being created from a triple cask combination, both sherry and bourbon seasoned, we are working with a broader spectrum of character.  The resulting versatile single malt which offers up great flavour diversity.”

The Fine Oak range will sit alongside The Macallan 1824 Masters Series which is available in SA, including Rare Cask, Reflexion, No.6 and M, – which now offers The Macallan fan a wider choice of whiskies from the portfolio.

“The Macallan Fine Oak Range is an extraordinary range of whiskies which bare testament to the incredible wood story of The Macallan, reintroducing this range into the South African market at a time where malt whisky demand and interest is at its highest is an exciting transition for The Macallan brand. This represents our ambition to translate our ultimate luxury spirit positioning and obsession with craft and quality to produce a peerless spirit, in one of the world’s most exciting malt whisky markets” – 

– Mac Mabidilala, Africa Marketing Manager

Commenting at the launch of The Macallan Fine Oak range, whisky expert Jim Murray said:

“The breadth and depth and sophistication of The Macallan Fine Oak range is simply jaw-droppingly good.”

The Macallan Fine Oak Range is available from selected liquor stores and online retailers (RRP for 12 is R599 (Limited stock), 15 is R999 and 18 is R2500)

What makes the Fine Oak Range exceptional?

The American oak casks are crafted from timber sourced in the woodlands of Ohio, Tennessee and Missouri and are logged by third generation woodsmen, who are personally selected by The Macallan’s own Master of Wood.  Some of these casks will mature bourbon in humid Kentucky warehouses for three years before the long journey to Scotland whilst others will be transported to Jerez, in Spain, to be filled with sherry.

The addition of American oak bourbon seasoned barrels imparts aromas and flavours slightly drier and more oaky than the American oak sherry casks, with more pronounced aromas and flavours of coconut, but still with the lighter colour and sweetness associated with American oak.

The European oak sherry casks begin life in the dense, sustainable forests of Northern Spain and each cask is handcrafted in the cooperages of Jerez where they are fired to ensure the spirit penetrates deep into the wood. These casks will then be seasoned with sherry for a minimum of two years before being transported to The Macallan Distillery in Speyside for filling with new make spirit.

The Story of The Macallan

The Six Pillars are the foundation stones for the fame and character of The Macallan. They encompass the strong sense of place at the heart of the distillery and the estate, together with their long experience of distilling and maturing a single malt whisky with a reputation for product excellence and distinctive character. These, in combination, contribute to the essential character of The Macallan.

  1. Spiritual Home; Easter Elchies House, built in 1700, lies at the heart of The Macallan estate in an area of great natural beauty and is farmed sensitively, in harmony with the environment. The estate covers 390 acres (158 hectares), of which some 90 acres are sown in the spring with our own exclusive barley variety (Minstrel) to make The Macallan. A single acre will produce nearly two and a half tons of barley, which will yield around 1,800 bottles of The Macallan.
  2. Curiously Small Stills; The Macallan’s curiously small spirit stills are the smallest on Speyside. Their unique size and shape give the spirit maximum contact with the copper, helping to concentrate the ‘new make’ spirit and provide those rich, fruity, full-bodied flavours so characteristic of The Macallan. There are fourteen of these curiously small stills, crafted from copper, each holding an initial ‘charge’ of 3,900 litres.
  3. Finest Cut; The Macallan takes only 16% of the final distillation from the spirit stills to fill into their oak casks. This is the best of the best and one of the smallest in the industry.
  4. Exceptional Oak Casks; The Macallan spends more on sourcing, building, seasoning and caring for its casks than any other single malt whisky.
  5. Natural Colour; the rich range of colours in The Macallan whiskies is drawn only from the wood of their exceptional oak casks
  6. The Macallan itself; From humble beginnings in 1824, The Macallan has grown from a small local enterprise to global recognition, based on a constant and determined attention to quality – one of the world’s greatest whiskies.


Press release written by Bonfire Media (South Africa)

Bike Review: Silverback Sesta Pro 2016

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The Bike

The Sesta Pro mountain bike or I like to refer to it as the Black Beast! The Sesta Pro is created for fast cross country and marathon rides. What makes the Sesta Pro stand out is the stiffness-to-weight ratio of the frame. This provides a good platform for the BURST technology to do its job in providing seamless grip, control and comfort. But read more about the geometry and bike specs below, and decide for yourself.😉

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The Technology

  • FRAME: SB Advanced Dynamics Carbon 29” Suspension, Tapered 1-1/8” – 1.5” Head tube, Press-Fit BB Shell, Full Carbon Rear Triangle, Carbon linkages, 142 x 12mm Thru Axle Integrated Dropouts, Replaceable Alloy hanger, XGuide Cable management System
  • FORK: Rock Shox SID RL. 100mm Travel, solo air, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Remote OneLoc Sprint, QR15mm Dropout
  • REAR SHOCK: Fox Float DPS, with three position adjustments. Also 90mm travel, 165mm x 38mm, Stainless Steel 10mm hardware
  • HANDLEBAR: Sector plane, double Butted 6061 alloy. Matt black and 700mm in width.
  • BRAKE SET: Shimano XT BL/BR-M8000 with an open hydraulic system, that packs a punch!
  • SHIFTERS: Shimano XT SL-M8000, 1×11 Trigger, Black
  • REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano XT Shadow Tech Plus RD-M8000, Long Cage, 11 Speed

The Geometry

To give you a better idea of the geometry behind the Sesta Pro. I asked Raoul De Villiers, Head of Innovations at Silverback a few questions.🙂

K: Why is a proper bike setup important?

Raoul: It helps to put the rider in an efficient position to limit fatigue over longer distances and also improves their pedalling movement for best power delivery from their body.

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K: What about the Sesta Pro is unique in its Geometry?

Raoul: The Sesta bike was designed for cross country racing, and the geometry helps in this regard with short chainstays that improve cornering and maneuvering responsiveness. The longer top tube length and compact head tube also position the rider in a more stretched and forward position to help them keep the front wheel weighted during steep climbs and also helps the rider use more of the larger muscle groups in the lower body during pedalling.

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Karlien: Tell us more about the angle of the seat tube of the Sesta Pro?

Raoul: The seat tube angle is positioned for two reasons. One is that the actual tube angles make the seat tube in a more forward position in the area where the tyre would be at full compression of the rear shock to enable short chainstays without the tyre touching the seat tube. The other reason is so that the virtual seat tube angle is quite steep, again helping the rider to stay forward on the bike in a more powerful position suited to cross country racing.

Karlien: Tell us more about the BURST suspension on the Sesta Pro?

Raoul: The BURST suspension design came about from the need of a really stiff and responsive cross country racing full suspension bike. It marries the benefits of a stiff single pivot design with the controllable leverage ratio of a multi-pivot bike by using a solid rear triangle with short double linkages to the rear shock. In this way the overall frame and suspension design increases the stiffness of the frame while allowing the suspension to soak up small bumps and large bumps equally well. At the same time this provides good trail feedback that helps the rider stay in tune with the ground surface for better rider response to the terrain.

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The Ride

OK, so why do I call this the “Black Beast?” Let’s start with the frame and suspension system. The BURST suspension system felt like a soft cushion on your bum going  down on rocky descents. The Advanced Dynamic carbon frame provides the right amount of stiffness without losing too much of its agile features. This was the first time that I rode with a 1 x 11 groupset and oh boy, I loved it!😉 It’s hard to go back to any other groupset.

Overall, the Sesta Pro blew me away! I liked the frame geometry and very good bike specs on the Black Beast. If you are a bit more serious about your marathon ride, I suggest you consider the Sesta.

[Sesta Team and Sesta Race also available in this range]

Elgin MTB by TheOneK.comI took the bike out to Oak Valley and Paul Cluver, but you can read more about that in my post; Girl’s MTB Getaway.