With the new Charger 3.1 damper, RockShox are giving their fork portfolio a promising update. The aim is to improve both the fork’s control and response. Alongside the new damper, the American component colossus has also released a wide range of upgrade and tuning kits. Here’s all the details, and our first riding impressions.

For model year 2025, RockShox introduced several updates for their Charger 3 damper, which was introduced in 2022. Back then, the change from a bladder to an internal floating piston (IFP), a new air spring, and clever features like ButterCups, were a big step ahead for the American suspension specialist. The main focus was on achieving a finer response and better control on the trail. With the new Charger 3.1 damper, RockShox are building on previous technologies and incorporating feedback from World Cup riders, magazines and end-users. The aim is still to reduce stress on the hands and improve control on the trail. At the same time, RockShox are also introducing new air and coil spring shocks, which we have already tested for you here

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Words & Photos: Peter Walker