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RockShox Yari RC - 2018 Fork (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Mediocre)
2018 RockShox Yari
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Big Hitting Fork With Disappointing Damper

The Good:

Very Stiff Chassis, Upgradeable

The Bad:

Motion Control Damper, Harsh, Lack of Sensitivity, Slow Rebound, Useless compression, Over Damped

Overall Review:

I have been riding a 2018 RockShox Yari RC for over a year now and have had a lot of experience with it. Lets start off with the few positives of the fork, stiffness and upgradeable chassis. Since the fork uses the same chassis as the Lyrik, it is one of the stiffest fork on the market, creating a confidence inspiring ride. The last positive aspect of the fork is the upgradeable chassis. Since the fork uses 35 mm stantions and Lyrik chassis, you can put a new Charger 2.1 Damper or DebonAir spring inside of the fork which would completely transform the fork. With the few positives aside, I would like to talk about the negatives which completely out way the positives. First off, the Motion Control Damper creates a very harsh ride with no midstroke. On medium sized hits and smaller impacts, the fork feels "fine" but on bigger hits the fork feels extremely harsh and jars your hands. After just 2 - 3 bike park laps you will feel more arm pump then you have ever felt. Thanks to the Motion Control Damper, the fork cannot use full travel. My 170 mm Yari has never bottom out and this is with big 5 ft drops to flat and a couple of jumps to flat. I have even messed around with 50% sag off a drop to flat to see if I could bottom out the fork. The fork has never used more than 160 mm of travel. The Motion Control Damper creates a very harsh ride with no mid stroke. Another issue with the fork is the lack of small bump sensitivity, you can feel every bit of the trail as the fork doesn't compress. Another issue is the slow rebound circuit, even with it set to fully open. Slow rebound paired with no midstroke means the fork spends most of its time deep in its travel which adds to the overall harshness of the fork.

I would highly not recommend this fork as I have not had a good and enjoyable experience using the product


Product RockShox Yari RC - 2018 Fork
Riding Type 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 Motion Control
External Adjustments Rebound, low speed compression (open to lock), OneLoc Remote option with 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
Stanchion Diameter 35mm
Colors Diffusion Black, Gloss Black, Gloss White
Weight 4 lb 10.9 oz (2,123 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 $700
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