At the beginning of June, we reviewed the NeverReach Pro Hydration System, a sizable hydration tank that mounts on the rear of your bike and holds 64 oz. of liquids.
Today, we’re looking at the NeverReach Go! a smaller and simpler version designed for regular cycling and off-roading. Thanks to NeverReach for the sample. The Go! retails for $49.99
About the NeverReach Go! Hydration System:
The NeverReach Go! system is the little brother of the Pro System. The Go holds 38 oz. of liquids compared to 64 oz. for the Pro System. The Go! is a basic sphere shape, not as aerodynamic as the teardrop of the Pro. Both NeverReach systems feature the same tubing and ‘Easy Flow’ mouthpiece. The Go! releases easily from the mount for cleaning.
Mounting the NeverReach Go! Hydration System:
Since our first review, the folks at NeverReach have updated their installation instructions. We are going to update the previous review to reflect this new mounting process, which we found to be much easier.
The NeverReach Go! is quite easy to mount. You can check out the instructions in a separate PDF. We mounted the NeverReach, without any instructions, in less than 4 minutes. First, open the bracket and attach to your seat rails. We decided to use a different seat for the Go! since our ISM Adamo was currently fitted with the NeverReach Pro System. We attached the mount to the seat before putting it on the bike, so it was even easier for us. Once the bracket is on the seat, all you have to do is slide the Go! into the bracket and slide the rubber band around the mounting area to secure the bottle. After getting the bracket and tank mounted, we connected the tubing used for the NeverReach Pro system, since it’s exactly the same equipment.
For users that don’t already have a NeverReach system mounted, which is most of you, your next step is to attach the tube holder to the handlebars. Then run the tubing down your frame to the seat and Go! nipple. Cut the tube to fit, making sure you’ve measured twice or three times. It’s impossible to ‘un-cut’ the tube, so make sure you’ve got the length exactly right.
After cutting the tubing, you can use the included straps to secure the tubing to your frame.
Testing the NeverReach Go! Hydration System:
After the easy mounting operation, we filled up the tank and headed out for some quick tests. We removed the aerobars from our test bike for this review, so we had some adjusting to do to the mouthpiece. As we mentioned in the Pro review, make sure you give yourself time to adjust the mouthpiece. It took us much less time to get the mouthpiece set this time, we’ll chalk that up to experience.
After getting the mouthpiece set, we cruised around our neighborhood for about 7 miles to get the feel of things. We hit some hills, but most of our testing was on flat ground.
As with the Pro, we didn’t have any problems with the bite valve leaking or the tank nipple leaking. The Go! has a cap that covers the fill opening, so you don’t have to worry about sloshing or splashing.
We did not test the tank off-road, but have arranged for a MTB friend to take the Go! out for a few miles of trail riding. We’ll bring you those results in the final review, next month.
Initial Impression of NeverReach Go! Hydration System:
As with the NeverReach Pro, this is a well made product. The mounting equipment, tubing, bite valves and tank are all sturdy and fit together well.
The Go! system is easy to mount and doesn’t leak. They system seems expensive, but if you add up the cost of two bottle brackets and two bottle brackets, you’re in the same ballpark.
The Go! delivers a good flow of liquids without much effort and the mouthpiece can be moved out of the way after use.
We continue to test the Go! on surface roads, riding paths, and will soon have some off-road experience to add to the final review.
Stay tuned for our final review.