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RockShox Lyrik - 2018 Fork (discontinued)

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2018 RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Fork
 RockShox Lyrik - 2018 Fork  RockShox Lyrik - 2018 Fork
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Big Hitter has Big Performance

The Good:

Stiff Chassis, Smooth Feel, Blacked Out, Maxle

The Bad:

Maybe a bit soft midstroke

Overall Review:


Rockshox Lyric RC

· 150/160/170/180mm in 27.5" and 29" 

· 2040g (27.5" model, 160mm travel, Maxle Ultimate, DebonAir)

 · Charger 2 damper

· Adjustments: External rebound, low speed compression from open to firm

· Upper tubes: 35mm tapered wall aluminum

· Magnesium lowers



Initial Impressions

               I was excited to see the Lyric was going to come on my new bike after having the Pike on my last bike. I was looking for something stiffer and with more travel, but still have the same great performing damper I was used to. Mine is set up with 170mm travel with 27.5 wheels on the front of a 2018 Spartan. The construction is top notch on the outside with no visible flaws to be noted. The adjusters have a nice detent when making adjustments to help keep reference on your tune.


On the Trail

              I wanted to be sure that the fork was at least broken in before writing a review. Now that I feel like it fully broken in, I can give it an honest review. I initially had it set-up with 3 tokens in the air chamber, but I have since backed down to 2 as I feel it gives me the right ramp up at the end of the travel. I am using about 200 psi of air (180lbs not geared up). Speaking of travel, I find it hard to bottom this fork out completely just like my experience with its littler sibling, the Pike. I ride this bike in a variety of terrain from Southern downhill at places like Windrock Bike Park to easier cross country trails. I does feel like it sets midway in travel fairly easy, I would like to see a little more mid travel support. I can find a small amount of stiction at the very beginning of its travel though as you can with pretty much all air forks, but it does have a buttery overall feel.

              This one only has the slow speed compression and rebound adjusters vs the additional HSR you can find on the RCT3 version. I believe that all together that is is just fine. Sure, some HSC may come in handy, but the simplicity of these adjustments are nice for a change.


Long Term Durability

              This fork has the second version of the Charger damper in it. I have had very good luck and long intervals with the first one. I fully expect this one to be the same.


The Bottom Line

              Rockshox has brought back the once beloved Lyric in a new uniform. It performs great and looks the part too. It has subtle looks that will not bring too much attention, but will dominate the trails ahead. I have not had any issues with mine thus far, and would recommend this fork to any of my friends looking for a stout and smooth performer.



Product RockShox Lyrik - 2018 Fork
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b), 29", 27.5+, 29+
  • 150mm
  • 160mm
  • 170mm
  • 180mm
Spring Type DebonAir or Dual Position Air (travel adjustable)
Damping Charger 2
External Adjustments RC: External rebound, low speed compression (open to firm), OneLoc Remote option with 2-position compression (open/firm)
RCT3: external rebound, low speed compression (in open position), 3-position compression (open, pedal, firm), OneLoc Remote optionwith 2-position compression (open/firm)
Crown Hollow forged 7050 aluminum
Front Axle 15mm x 110mm (Boost)
Brake Mounts 180mm post mount (203mm maximum rotor size)
Steer Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Steer Tube Construction Aluminum
Stanchion Diameter 35mm
Colors Diffusion Black, Gloss Black, Gloss White
Weight 4 lb 8 oz (2,040 g)
Miscellaneous Tapered wall aluminum stanchions
Magnesium lowers
Maxle Ultimate and Maxle Stealth axle options
Torque Cap compatible
Printed air pressure guide on fork leg
Sag gradients on fork stanchion
Air spring curve may be tuned by adding or removing Bottomless Tokens
Maximum tire width: 27.5" x 2.8" (27.5" version)
Maximum tire width: 29" x 2.8" or 27.5" x 3.0" (29" version)
Price $1,030
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