It’s been 4 years since the modern RockShox Pike fork was released and this year we are finally seeing an update to what we consider to be one of our favorite forks here at the shop. The Pike is so versatile – you can find it on long travel enduro bikes, standard AM/trail bikes, dirt jumpers, and even hardtails. It’s such a well-rounded fork that works well in a variety of conditions. The introduction of the RockShox Lyrik saw more of the enduro riders leaning towards the Lyrik leaving some riders wondering what type of application the Pike was best suited for. RockShox went back to the drawing board and revamped the Pike, making it a fork suited specifically for the ‘Trail’ category.
-Charger 2 damper
-Boost spacing only -New DebonAir spring
-Travel: 120-160mm (27.5"), 120-140mm (29")
-Clearance for up to 2.8" tire
-Weight: 1841 grams (140mm 27.5" model)
The first big noticeable change is that the new fork only comes in a 15x110 boost axle. RockShox set its sights on creating a new chassis for the Pike that maintained the same stiffness with a reduction in weight. The new lowers aren’t too different looking, but they do allow for a 2.8” tire allowing riders to tinker with different tire widths. Accompanying the new lowers are the same 35mm stanchions found on previous model Pike’s, however they are thickened up a bit internally so they can accept the small grey Bottomless Tokens moving forward. Creating a fork around one axle helped shave roughly 150g compared to the old Pike and doesn’t affect the new fork’s stiffness at all. Score. Another change to the Pike is a new 180mm direct post mount brake which means a 180mm brake rotor will be the smallest you can run on the updated Pike.
Next change up for the Pike is the addition of the new DebonAir spring which increases the negative air volume in comparison to the previous model Pike. So what does this mean exactly? Better small bump sensitivity while adding mid stroke support so that the fork rides higher deeper in the travel. The Pike has always felt great in the initial travel and we expect the same with these revisions.
The updated Pike also receives the revised Charger 2 damper which features an easier to turn dial and a larger range of low speed compression adjustment when riding in the ‘Open’ mode. This damper also makes the middle ‘Pedal’ setting much more usable and can be used on trails other than your typical fire road climb. While not too many people in the states are running remotes, the folks over in Europe have been begging for such a feature, and RockShox made this possible with the new easy to turn dial.
The new RockShox Pike should be available in late May/early June so keep your eyes peeled for the new fork as well as our first initial impressions as we test out this fork!
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