It’s been quite a while since we’ve discussed the NeverReach Pro hydration system. We wish we had a good excuse, but we’ve honestly been busy with marathon training and not spent much time on the old bike. The good news is that in the past month or so we’ve had more time on the bike and have now wrapped up our final review. Our apologies for the delay.
If you haven’t seen the previous review, take a moment to check this out.
As we mentioned in the first review, we had a few struggles mounting the system to our Adamo seat. We’re happy to report that Linda at NeverReach is very responsive and soon got back to us with updated mounting instructions. After reviewing these, they seem to be much more useful. You have to love a small company that responds quickly to customer feedback.
Our final thoughts:
Since our initial review, we’ve used the NeverReach Pro on every ride we’ve taken. Most of them have been in the 30 to 40 mile range, but a few have been north of 50 miles. Nothing approaching a full IM course, but decent distances here. During these rides, we spent some time in aero position and some time in a regular riding position. In both cases we could adjust the mouthpiece of the NeverReach Pro to allow easy access to our water, but it was certainly easier in the aero position.
We didn’t have a chance to test the Ironman splash guard, at least not in a real competition setting. We did practice refilling while riding and the splash guard seems to work quite well. It did prevent our liquids from spilling or splashing.
One tip that we discovered to help keep your NeverReach Pro clean and in good shape is to disconnect the feed tube from the tank after your ride. We didn’t do this the first few times we rode and the water left in the system had a off taste to it after a few days. Nothing serious, but not a great first sip. So, we decided to start disconnecting the tube from the tank and letting them drip dry. Excellent idea on our part. We haven’t had any problems with mold or off flavor water and we haven’t noticed the tube stretching or any leaks due to the frequent removal.
There’s also not much else to wear out on this system, so we don’t have anything groundbreaking to report in that sense. The mouthpiece has obviously been used and there are some stains on the neoprene mouthpiece wrapper, but nothing that we consider real wear and tear. Based on our experience, if you keep this system clean, you’re going to have it for as long as you want.
The bottom line is that this is an interesting hydration system that works. The design and construction are solid. It’s nice to get those bottles out of the way and have easy access to your hydration, even when you’re in the aero position. Installation is reasonably simple and once you’ve got all the settings tweaked, there’s not much for you to worry about: just fill it up, clean it up, and you’re going to be in good shape. We recommend, without reservation, the NeverReach Pro Hydration System.