RockShox ZEB Ultimate 2021 Fork

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RockShox ZEB Fork TECH TALK & Ride Report
One of the biggest, burliest single-crown forks in years has arrived! Get your questions answered and learn how it rides.
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Featuring 38mm stanchions and travel lengths up to 190mm, it's clear the all-new RockShox ZEB is ready for business. As enduro race bikes gain additional travel and courses get rowdier, demands on forks increase. The same is true in the rapidly evolving eMTB space. The ZEB looks to meet those needs head-on with a robust, chiseled-looking package and impressive performance traits.

In this Tech Talk Q&A podcast, Vital MTB's Brandon Turman calls up RockShox Product Manager, Jon Cancellier, to discuss the ins and outs of the ZEB fork. The two cover everything from stiffness considerations to how it compares to a Lyrik, Pro rider feedback, and where it shines on the trail:


If the terrain demands a full-face helmet, the RockShox ZEB is likely right up your alley.

On the air spring front we've noted great support with minimal need for added compression damping, and, combined with its 5mm longer axle-to-crown length versus a Lyrik, this thing is clearly geared toward the steeps. The pressure recommendations and stock volume spacer configuration feel bang on with sufficient bottom-out ramp for the vast majority of big hits. Should you reach bottom though, there is a noticeable "clang" sound that caught us by surprise.

The fork rides in its first half of the travel most often, recovering from bumps and fluttering along really well while keeping things sting-free at the bars. The robustness of the fork will, at times, transmit trail features in a more abrupt, direct-but-not-harsh manner that lets you know exactly where the front end is.

Altogether, the ZEB encourages you to get over the front end and push into it, hard, reaping the benefits of everything it offers. At times it feels like you can do no wrong, especially when dirt conditions are prime.

In Action

Models & Pricing

ZEB Ultimate - $999 USD (Tested)

ZEB Select - $799
ZEB - $699
ZEB Short Fender - $20

What's The Bottom Line?

If the terrain demands a full-face helmet, the RockShox ZEB is likely right up your alley. It offers a notable performance improvement thanks in large part to a stouter chassis and increased bushing overlap, creating a very direct-feeling fork that is always working smoothly underneath you and tracking a straight line. Our first impressions have been incredibly positive with dozens of instances that impress us on every ride.

Head over to www.rockshox.com for more details.

Vital MTB First Ride Rating: 5 Stars - Spectacular


About The Tester

Brandon Turman - Age: 34 // Years Riding: 19 // Height: 5'10" (1.78m) // Weight: 170-pounds (77.1kg)

"I like to have fun, pop off the bonus lines on the sides of the trail, get aggressive when I feel in tune with a bike, and really mash on the pedals and open it up when pointed downhill." Formerly a mechanical engineer and Pro downhill racer, Brandon brings a unique perspective to the testing game as Vital MTB's resident product guy. He has on-trail familiarity with nearly every innovation in our sport from the past several years and a really good feel for what’s what.

Photos by RockShox and Brandon Turman

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Specifications

Product
RockShox ZEB Ultimate 2021 Fork
Riding Type
Enduro / All-Mountain
Freeride / Bike Park
Wheel Size
27.5" (650b)
29"
Travel
Option 1: 150mm
Option 2: 160mm
Option 3: 170mm
Option 4: 180mm
Option 5: 190mm
Spring Type
DebonAir air
Damping
Charger 2.1 RC2
External Adjustments
Independent high- and low-speed compression, rebound
Crown
Anodized aluminum
Front Axle
15mm x 110mm (Boost)
Brake Mounts
200mm direct mount
Steer Tube Diameter
1.5" and 1.8" tapered options
Steer Tube Construction
Alloy
Stanchion Diameter
38mm
Colors
Signature Slab Grey or Ultimate High Gloss Black with Silver, Rainbow, or Copper foil graphics
Weight
5 lb 0.5 oz (2,281 g)
Miscellaneous
2021 model year
38mm chassis for increased stiffness
3-bolt fender mounts (fender sold separately)
Updated DebonAir air spring with additional negative volume
Re-designed Charger 2.1 damper reduces hand fatigue and fights unwanted friction
Maxima Plush suspension fluid
SKF wiper seals
Sag gradients on upper tubes
Accommodate tires up to 2.8" on both 27.5" and 29" platforms
Offset: 38mm (27.5"), 44mm (27.5", 29"), 51mm (29")
Weight listed is for a 170mm 29" with Maxle Stealth and uncut steerer
RockShox model ID: FS-ZEB-ULT-A1
Price
$999.00
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$1,019.00
Free U.S. shipping on orders over $45.
International shipping available. Some exclusions apply.
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