RockShox have comprehensively revised their entire fork range and also had an eye on E-MTB riders. Even though the outside seems untouched, all forks have undergone some bigger changes. We will tell you what has changed on the PIKE, Revelation, Lyrik and Yari for the upcoming season.

RockShox Lyrik | RockShox PIKE | RockShox Yari | RockShox Revelation

RockShox PIKE 2018 – The evolution of a legend

Rockshox extensively overhauled the PIKE and optimised it for the use on bikes up to 160 mm of travel. Now it’s even lighter, smoother and stays up in its travel even better. We’ve had the chance to ride the new PIKE on a conventional MTB and we were pleased with its performance. The new PIKE is available in 27.5″ and 29″ options, both offer room for up to 2.8″ wide rubber, the 29″ even up to 3.0″. The completely re-developed Charger 2 damper unit allows for a wider rebound-and compression adjustment range. With its bigger negative air chamber, the DebonAir air-sleeve is supposed to improve the responsiveness of the fork. The new PIKE is now compatible with the OneLoc-remote. It’s available in the usual RCT3- and RC-versions. RockShox now includes a setup guide specifically for E-MTBs on the down tube.

Price: € 970–1,100
Weight: 1,841 g (27.5″)
Travel: 100 mm, 110 mm, 120 mm, 130 mm, 140 mm, 150 mm, 160 mm
Damper: Charger 2
Damper options: RCT3 or RC
Air unit: DebonAir or Dual Position Air
Wheel sizes: 27.5″, 29″, 29″+
Axle: 110 x 15 mm
Maxel options: Maxle Ultimate or Maxle Stealth
Release: April 2017
More info: sram.com


RockShox Lyrik 2018 – more performance thanks to Charger 2

For the upcoming season, the Lyrik will remain the enduro-flagship fork in the RockShox line-up. For the new season, RockShox provided the Lyrik with a Charger 2-damper unit. The Lyrik already featured an oversized negative-air chamber last season, and so does the new PIKE. The Lyrik features the same option for an “on the fly” lockout directly on the handlebar, in the shape of a OneLoc-remote. The Air-Pressure-Guide on the lower leg has been updated and now also includes guidelines for the use of the Lyrik on E-MTBs.

Price: € 1,145–1,310
Weight: 2,034 g (RC) 2,040 g (RCT3)
Travel: 150 mm, 160 mm, 170 mm, 180 mm
Damper: Charger 2
Damper options: RCT3 or RC
Air unit: DebonAir or Dual Position Air
Wheels sizes: 27,5″, 29″
Axle: 110 x 15 mm
Maxle options: Maxle Ultimate or Maxle Stealth
Release: Mai 2017
More info: sram.com


RockShox Yari – a number of upgrades for more performance

The RockShox Yari shares the same chassis with its top of the range brother, the Lyrik, as it did last year. Also, the DebonAir- and/or the Dual Position Air systems are identical. Some compromises are to be made merely with the Motion Control IS damper unit. In thi, case RockShox renounced the closed Charger system. The Yari is solely available in an RC-version, still, both rebound and slow-speed-compression can be adjusted externally. The air pressure guide printed on the lower leg has been updated and is now also including guidelines for the use of the Yari on E-MTBs. The new PM 180-mm brake mount makes it possible to use 180-mm discs without the need of an adapter.

Price: € 780–865
Weight: 2,123 g
Travel: 100 mm, 110 mm, 120 mm, 130 mm, 140 mm, 150 mm, 160 mm, 170 mm, 180 mm
Damper: Motion Control
Damper options: RC
Air unit: DebonAir or Dual Position Air
Wheels sizes: 27.5″, 29″, 29″+
Axle: 110 x 15 mm
Maxle options: Maxle Ultimate or Maxle Stealth
Release: Mai 2017
More info: sram.com


RockShox Revelation – the PIKE’s little sister

The new RockShox Revelation has grown some impressive muscles, now sporting 35 mm stanchions. It’s using the same casting as its bigger sister, the PIKE, and the same DebonAir air sleeve. As it was the case for the Lyrik/Yari equation, also for the Revelation/PIKE comparison there are small compromises to be made as far as damping settings go. The Revelation is available in both 27,5″ and 29″ with tire-width up to 2,8″ (and a 27,5″ x 3,0″ option for the 29er). With travel options ranging from 120 to 160 mm it offers a light alternative to the Yari in this category. For their Revelation, RockShox have decided not to offer a Dual Position Air option for adjustable travel. It is compatible with the OneLoc-remote.

Price: € 720–800
Weight: 1,951 g
Travel: 120 mm, 110 mm, 120 mm, 130 mm, 140 mm, 150 mm, 160 mm
Damper: Motion Control
Damper options: RC
Air unit: DebonAir
Wheels sizes: 27.5″, 29″, 29″+
Axle: 110 x 15 mm
Maxle options: Maxle Ultimate or Maxle Stealth
Release: Mai 2017
More info: sram.com

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Words: Christoph Bayer Photos: RockShox

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