First up is the 27.5 version of the RS-1 fork. The unique inverted design brings all the performance of the 29-inch version to the smaller wheels. The dedicated 27.5 model with a 42 mm offset uses the same Predictive Steering hub as before and will be available in 100 mm and 120 mm options.
Also new this year is a gloss white version for both 27.5 and 29-inch. It will retail for $1,865 when it goes on sale in June.
The Monarch RT3 shock gets a performance upgrade with a new compression piston, poppet valve and rebound circuit. The new piston reduces compression forces at high speeds resulting in more oil flow for a smoother feel at high shaft speeds. The new valve design creates a better seal for a more refined lockout feel. Finally, the rebound circuit allows for increased oil flow and a wider range of adjustment for a broader range of riders’ weights.
The new OneLoc fork remote replaces the PushLoc remote. It looks a lot like a shifter pod, but can be mounted on either side of the cockpit above or below the bars. RockShox says it will fit with a Reverb dropper remote and a GripShift in both above and below options.
There is a tall version and a short version to dial in a perfect fit. It is compatible with the SID, Reba, Recon Gold, Revelation, Sektor Gold and Bluto forks. It will retail for $75 when it goes on sale in May.
There is also a new Maxle Stealth axle available, essentially a bolt-on replacement for the popular 15 mm thru-axle. It weighs about half of what the stock axle weighs and does away with the bulky look of the lever. I could see this being a popular option for road and cyclocross bikes with thru axle forks. It will be available in 100×15, 150×15 and yes, the new Boost 110×15 for $39.