RockShox

  • Introduced alongside the Lyrik Ultimate fork and Charger 2.1 damper update, the MegNeg air can kit more than doubles today's already large negative volumes. This results in a noticeable and tunable boost of mid- and end-stroke support (and a lot more pumping). Join Vital MTB's Produc...

    Posted by bturman on 12/30/2019 5:02 PM

  • The Good:

    Smooth Damping, Supple, Lots of usable rebound adjustment, Linear

    The Bad:

    Can over heat after a long downhill run, Linear, Lack of Pop

    Overall Review: I have been using the RockShox Deluxe RT for a little bit over year and have a fair understanding on how the shock rides. In my opinion this is one of the best shocks that money can buy. The damper is really nice offering enough support without being to harsh, and big plus in my opinion. The sho...

    Posted by AlexTeo on 10/14/2019 6:38 PM

  • 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...

    Posted by AlexTeo on 10/10/2019 6:56 AM

  • The Good:

    Light weight

    The Bad:

    Unreliable. RockShox Super Deluxe Air couldn’t handle 8 rides before losing air seals. Not a great service life

    Overall Review: Blew out an air seal on the 8th ride. That’s correct, only 8 (eight) rides on my new 2018 Nomad and the RockShox Super Deluxe Air shock is already toast. Took it back to my local Santa Cruz dealer, as instructed, and the warranty repair/replacement process has begun but now I’m looking at weeks ...

    Posted by Dan_Lediard on 7/30/2019 5:48 PM

  • The Good:

    Stable, nicely working in all freeride and downhill rides, taking that hits and feels like it can't be bottomed out which is great, also have screws on bottom of lowers so you can easily change your oil every time you feel a need for it.

    The Bad:

    Nothing so far.

    Overall Review: I'm completely satisfied with this forks, was riding on boxxer team but my mechanic talked me into geting a totems as they are burliest single crown fork which can be used for really spinechilling gravity zones and can take big gaps and drops like they are a joke. Can't be happier that i replace...

    Posted by Deathchaser on 7/23/2019 1:48 AM

  • The Good:

    Structurally stiff, extremely lightweight, high-quality damping

    The Bad:

    Unreliable internals, long-term durability questions. Many popular steel frames and popular application-specific wheelsets are incompatible.

    Overall Review: The Pike DJ is extremely lightweight, even more so if you replace the stock axle with a Maxle stealth. and cut the steerer. Even a few years ago, the idea of a sub-4 pound fork that's more than stiff and resilient enough for freestyle applications was laughable. The tapered steerer and 35mm stan...

    Posted by CR- on 5/8/2019 10:30 AM

  • The Good:

    From brand new, the post is flawless, the thumb actuation is stiffer than some cable actuated posts but it’s smooth and positive. Nice and tidy on the bars too. The post goes up and down at an adequate (and adjustable) speed and it’s pretty solid when up.

    The Bad:

    I know two riders who’s posts don’t go all the way up, and sink, and one who’s doesn’t o up at all. The unnecessary hydraulics mean self fitting and shortening of the hose is tricky or not possible at all. And there really isn’t much benefit.
    Cheaper options from brands such as KS seem to require the same if not far less maintenance, and perform just as well, but for less money
    The top sticks out a good inch too which is more than other competitors too, which can be off putting on some longer seat tubes.

    Overall Review: When the reverb works, it works. It does the job well, and looks clean. It came on my bike and I’m happy with it. However the hydraulic actuator never made sense to me. It doesn’t provide much advantage considering the difficulties shortening the hose etc brings with hydraulics Plus if you s...

    Posted by crazy_freerider on 12/29/2018 1:23 PM

  • The Good:

    Reverb lever actuator has nice feeling.

    The Bad:

    Needs occasionall bleed (after replacing remote seals the intervals are longer).

    The lever needs service also unlike cable levers..

    The droper develops noticeable sag every half year -year (depending on riding).

    High stack height - if you want every cm of range of motion there are better options today.

    Overall Review: Own the b1 version for two years and serviced it twice and the remote lever once.. Overall the dropper works but needs service like suspension.

    Posted by Serjo73 on 12/29/2018 7:50 AM

  • The Good:

    Plush
    No spiking
    Nice blow off
    Supportive
    5 clicks of compression all make a big change in feel
    Super easy to service (no bladder yay!!)
    Tunable rebound damper

    The Bad:

    Compression damper doesn’t seem to be tunable
    Rebound and midvalve use few small diameter shims - but tune is not bad

    Overall Review: it’s nice. I need more time on it.

    Posted by mtnslayer on 12/5/2018 9:03 PM

  • The Good:

    -Damper works well
    -Stiff for a 32mm stanchions fork
    -Ample tire clearance

    The Bad:

    -Limited adjustments range
    -120mm travel version chassis can't be upgraded to 140mm damper
    -Silver stanchions coating (black for 2019)

    Overall Review: This fork came stock on my Marin Rift Zone 1 2018, and honestly, with its 32mm stanchions and basic damper, it was one of the first things that I thought would need upgrading on the bike. I decided to leave it there for the season and see what would happen, but I was surprised. I have the 1...

    Posted by nature.culture on 11/28/2018 7:11 AM

  • The Good:

    Precision design and easy to grasp.

    The Bad:

    Cost is higher than a PVC pipe.

    Overall Review: The first time I replaced seals on a fork I used a screwdriver to pry them out and a block of wood to pound the new ones back in. It was a brutal scene, but deemed successful after cleaning up the splinters with only minor paint damage to the top of the castings. I didn't have a socket in the...

    Posted by thinkbike on 6/29/2018 8:35 PM

  • 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 alumi...

    Posted by Carraig042 on 2/27/2018 6:45 AM

  • The Good:

    Low maintenance, improves ride experience, will change the way you ride if you have never ridden with one.

    The Bad:

    Price, weight, hit or miss reliability, the lever ergonomics (but I guess they just changed that recently).

    Overall Review: I am on my 3rd Rockshox Reverb dropper post. I am NOT on my 3rd post because of problems but on my 3rd post because of bike changes.  Everyone I have had has always worked flawlessly.  I did demo a bike once that had a faulty one but I imagine they were not well cared for.  The po...

    Posted by conlysm on 7/5/2017 5:58 AM

  • The Good:

    Stiffer than Pike
    Plusher than Pike
    Good price right now with the 2018 models coming out ($700ish)

    The Bad:

    Little heavier than Pike

    Overall Review: In order to properly review the Lyrik, a comparison to the Pike is necessary. Why buy a Lyrik when everyone already loves the Pike so much? For a while I was running a 160mm Pike up front on my Santa Cruz Nomad. It never felt quite right, coming from the old style (non-black stanchions) Lyrik on...

    Posted by ih1358 on 5/12/2017 8:16 PM

  • The Good:

    Perfect shape, excellent placement, super smooth.

    The Bad:

    A pretty pricy upgrade.

    Overall Review: After riding the Reverb by RockShox for five years, I was always pretty impressed with it’s overall performance. When working right, the Reverb is a hard post to beat in smoothness and adjustability. On the other hand, there’s no secret that the Reverb had it’s fair share of technical problems. ...

    Posted by dirtworks911 on 5/12/2017 4:34 PM

  • "How easy is it to take the RockShox Pike for granted now? We would’ve killed for this fork eight years ago and now it goes by with a simple sentence or two of gratitude. Thanks Pike, you changed the game and we’re better for it." - Mint Henk, Vital MTB Test Sessions Rider Originally launche...

    Posted by bturman on 4/13/2017 9:25 AM

  • The Good:

    Smooth, controlled, easily tuned, supportive

    The Bad:

    Slightly awkward if your wheels aren't torque cap compatible

    Overall Review: After trying a buddy's Lyrik, I replaced a 160mm Pike with a 170mm Lyrik on my Norco Range late last season. Not that the Pike is a poor performer in any way, but the Lyrik simply does what the Pike does just a little bit better in every way. The Lyrik definitely feels smoother and more plush of...

    Posted by NMK183 on 4/9/2017 10:42 PM

  • We ask a lot from our dropper seatposts - we want them to go up and down on command, lock out entirely, stay smooth, offer infinite adjustability, hold up to the constant abuse of dust and mud, and to do it over and over for months on end without ever servicing the things. From a designer's stan...

    Posted by bturman on 4/3/2017 5:57 PM

  • The Good:

    Effortless initiation. Smooth motion. Durable!!!

    The Bad:

    At $471, the price could turn some people away.

    Overall Review: I’ve owned a number of RockShox Reverb Stealth (A2) dropper posts and it seemed that the durability declined with each one I got. This got so bad that I contacted my LBS and filed a warranty replacement (on a post that was less than 2 months old!) Sram sent out a replacement Reverb Stealth and t...

    Posted by dirtworks911 on 5/23/2016 9:10 AM

  • The Good:

    Smooth, light-ish, range of adjustment, stiff

    The Bad:

    questionable top cap adjustments

    Overall Review: The hype surrounding these forks is well founded, I have a set on my Stumpjumper and they are awesome! The small bump sensitivity is great, and the range of adjustment is insane helping these forks to excel in many different situations, but they really shine when hauling the mail down your favor...

    Posted by kstrongin on 3/17/2016 1:42 PM

  • The Good:

    Stiffer Crown, Stiffer Lowers, Small Bump Sensitivity, Supple Initial Stroke, Charger Damper

    The Bad:

    Torque Caps, 15mm Axle Only

    Overall Review: Initial Thoughts When Rockshox announced the new Lyrik I was excited. I wanted a fork that could compete with Fox’s 36 FiT4 but feel more active. After reading the initial launch notes and reviews I began to get sad..  I admit I was not excited about “Torque Caps” or that it looked like a...

    Posted by vathana.song on 3/2/2016 5:01 PM

  • The Good:

    Great small bump performance
    Easy to maintain
    Good adjustablity
    Light
    Better seals

    The Bad:

    Tight clearance with some 2.4 and 2.5 tires
    Lacks high speed compression adjustment

    Overall Review: This is a review for the 2016 160mm RCT3 Solo Air Pike So, what is noticeably different for 2016? Well, the initial action feels smoother and there is less static sag compared to previous models. New seals? Surprisingly, I am running this fork with one less bottomless token with less frequent ...

    Posted by VonR on 2/7/2016 3:40 PM

  • The Good:

    Looks, weight, adjustability,performance.

    The Bad:

    Finish coat, negative air chamber.

    Overall Review: The fork works great when you find the sweet spot, until that moment you think you've been scammed and you think that all the good reviews are fake, or your fork is defective, or that Rockshox bribes. But adjusting the pressure fine to my weight (70kg) and put a token, and then the fork become...

    Posted by MAT7nueve on 12/15/2015 3:43 PM

  • The Good:

    Buttery smooth, stiff, convenient maxle lite, good looking, configurable characteristic (bottomless tokens), lightweight

    The Bad:

    Air spring not so durable.

    Overall Review: I'm using Pike about half a year. I do rather downhill than uphill. The fork is very good, really smooth. But lastly the negative air spring begin to suck upper legs in. For about 50 psi the sag chart on upper legs wasn't visible at all. For greater pressures was better, but even with 120 psi I ...

    Posted by mihsam on 12/5/2014 12:10 AM

  • The Good:

    Buttery smooth, Bottomless Token tuning, lightweight, stiff, longer damper service interval than competition (recommended time), and looks good on any bike.

    The Bad:

    Stanchion not as hard as the other vulgar looking gold ones, difficult to find parts and oil (0w-30) as this is a relatively new product.

    Overall Review: As a long-time Fox Racing Shox user, I never did like Rockshox forks as my Tora 302 died in a months time and the Fox Talas that replaced it made it clear that Fox makes stunning products, but today in 2014, it seems as if the roles changed. The 160mm 26" Pike is mounted on a 2014 Santa Cruz C...

    Posted by stigsvancouvercousin on 10/30/2014 9:37 PM

  • The Good:

    Light, STRONG, stiff, and great for hitting the streets of downtown or hitting the jumps at Crankworx!

    The Bad:

    Nothing that I know of. Vital just needs to update this picture haha

    Overall Review: Been riding the RCT on my P3 for awhile now. I must say I have bailed on lots of jumps and cased a lot and its still stronger than ever. Love the solo air with many different adjustments!

    Posted by osborne1031 on 8/9/2014 6:25 PM

  • The Good:

    Price, easy set up, reliability, weight, easy to do your own service

    The Bad:

    You can lose rebound knob.

    Overall Review: Awesome fork for good money (if you look at other fork prices...) and easy settings. It will ride great if you do at least 1 oil changing per season (depends on how much you ride, of course). It has two very basic settings - compression and rebound and you honestly don't need anything else excep...

    Posted by matkom6 on 8/4/2014 11:12 PM

  • The Good:

    weight, color, abilities, damper, stiffness

    The Bad:

    could offer a 20mm version or conversion with future models

    Overall Review: I have read and read and read about this fork and finally got a chance to test all the greatness, praise or whatever kudos someone gives it on my own. First thing i noticed is how this thing does what is supposed to and that was eat up the real world terrain. I rode this from smooth to loose tri...

    Posted by rickyla2 on 6/3/2014 2:44 PM

  • The Good:

    rockshox quality, easy maintenance, adjust-ability

    The Bad:

    can chunder a little bit

    Overall Review: This fork has been smooth from day 1. I got this used off of ebay and the lowers came bent (how the hell he bent those I dont know) so aside from putting new lowers on ...this thing has been awesome. After using some of rockshox starting points from their manual and adjusting a few clicks here a...

    Posted by rickyla2 on 6/3/2014 1:58 PM

  • The Good:

    Thru-axle, rebound adjustment, travel adjustment, 35mm sanctions, smooth travel down

    The Bad:

    bouncy, no compression adjustment, bottoms out in lowest height setting

    Overall Review: This came as the OEM on bike and I haven't the money to purchase a new fork. I don't hate this work, but I definitely don't love it or would buy it as an aftermarket choice. The overall looks and feel are good, minus the very bland chrome sanctions. Fork travel is smooth when compressing, but b...

    Posted by awol12 on 4/9/2014 5:48 PM