I have owned or test rode various forks over the years from Fox (a couple of versions of the 34), Rockshox, (the Recon, Sektor, Bluto, Reba & Revelation) and Manitou (the Machete & Mastodon fat fork)...Rockshox has always been my favorite (for many reasons) and this Pike is no exception.
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So, why did I choose this Pike specifically? Here are a few things that really steered me towards it.
Now...any review has the potential for negatives, and with this fork, there are NO negatives (in my opinion), but I did find one minor annoyance/gripe. SRAM has designed this fork to work with their “Torque Caps”, now if you've got these torque caps installed on your front hub, then this becomes a HUGE positive, as it make putting the wheel on SUPER easy, and according to SRAM it makes the interface between the hub and fork even more stiff....however if you don't have the torque caps it's a little more difficult to line up and install the axle, it's by no means “hard” and not having torque caps doesn't mean you can't use this fork, I just felt it was worth mentioning.
Now, that said, I currently don't have the torque caps for my DT Swiss 350 hub, but I intend to buy them, to me the increased stiffness & ease of wheel install makes it worth it.
Installation of the fork was pretty straight forward and took me maybe 30 mins, but I have the correct tools & the needed skills to do the job, if you're unsure about doing it yourself, I seriously suggest you have your local shop do it.
Included in the box was the fork, and a new Maxle Ultimate, also included in the box was a Rockshox sticker, a few bottomless tokens (how many is based on your fork travel) a new star nut, the manual, AND a set of stealth fork decals, I left the standard decals on the fork, but if you're into that stealth black on black look, you can do that with the new decals. Note: there is NO shock pump included, so if this is your first air fork, you'll need a shock pump too.
As far as the trails I ride? They are just your basic Midwestern singletrack, no huge mile long climbs, and no 15+ minute downhill flow runs, but there are a TON of short punchy climbs, roots & rocks for days, and enough jump lines to get yourself into trouble, this Pike has performed flawlessly on every single type of terrain I've thrown at it. I think it would be a winner on pretty much any trail.
I cannot recommend this fork more highly, it is a PERFECT trail fork that can do anything you throw at it, it's got a silly amount of adjustment potential, it's the plushest fork I've ever ridden, it can handle some pretty wide tires (I have the 27.5+/29er 120mm model), the maintenance (when needed) is a snap, and dare a say it's actually priced pretty decent, yes it IS expensive, but when you look at what you actually get, then compare that to the prices of comparable forks from other brands, the Pike stands out as a clear winner with a ton of value for the price.
Now, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Worldwide Cyclery in this review, I have had some of the best customer service anyone could ask for when dealing with these guys, they are a class act to be sure, and they have set the bar pretty high.
WWC stocks some of the best MTB gear in the business, and their pricing is very good, add that to the fact that every person I've ever chatted with there is knowledgeable and passionate about mountain biking, all adds up to a top tier shop, I've never been steered wrong when looking for product recommendations. Thanks, Guys, YOU ROCK!