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First Look: RockShox debuts an all-new SID


The SID fork has been around for a long time now, and has always been RockShox’s premiere cross-country fork. It even dabbled in the early trail bike fork arena with a double-crown model that had a whopping (for the time) four inches of travel and more recently with 120 mm models for lightweight trail bikes.

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Now that short-travel trail bikes are using Pikes or Revelations, this leaves SID room to focus on its original intent: Superlight Integrated Design. That means a full redesign and some trickle-down trail bike tech.

All four SIDs now max-out at 100 mm of travel, letting RockShox optimize for stiffness and weight, including shorter air shafts and upper tubes. The magnesium lowers have a full redesign, including Torque Cap compatibility, which promises increased torsional stiffness when used with a Torque Cap hub, but you can still run any 15 mm hub.

The Solo air spring is more linear, but can be tuned with Bottomless Token spacers for heavier and/or harder charging riders. A Jounce bottom-out bumper (from the RS-1) helps to prevent harsh bottoming, and updated seals lower friction and improve cold weather performance.

Probably the biggest news is the addition of the excellent Charger damper in the World Cup and RLC models. The Charger damper, which is used in the Pike, Lyric and Boxxer is well-loved for its performance and easy set-up.  In the SID, the Charger has only Open and Lock positions, with a compression adjuster for the Open position.

The SID XX and RL keep the older (but still quite serviceable) Motion Control damper, but rest of the upgrades remain the same. All forks come in either 27.5 or 29 inch options, 80 or 100 mm of travel, 42, 46 or 51 mm offset and 110×15 Boost or 100×15 spacing.

All forks will be available June 2016.

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SID World Cup
Carbon steerer and crown, Charger damper
1366g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$1,150-1,225

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SID RLC
Aluminum steerer and crown, Charger damper
1530g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$845-915

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SID XX
Aluminum steerer and crown, Motion Control, XLoc remote
1572g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$825-905

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SID RL
Aluminum steerer and crown, Motion Control, XLoc remote
1523g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$825-905

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RockShox drops new rear shocks and 29plus forks


Last week RockShox announced new sizing for rear shocks, which it dubbed Metric Sizing. This has create some confusion among consumers, but the idea is to consolidate shock sizes into fewer options, while improving performance and longevity. RockShox isn’t alone here, with many other OE manufacturers following suit.

The Deluxe and Super Deluxe are the first offerings to take advantage of the new shock sizing. New scraper seals promise less maintenance and improved durability. Increases bushing overlap reduces internal friction under load. Combined with a new Counter Measure coil spring working to counteract the pressure of the IFP, and the built-in Debonair air can, new levels of plushness are said to be achieved.

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Also quietly released are 29plus suspension forks at both the Pike and Yari level. These are Boost only forks, with all the same performance and features as the the previous models. We are happily surprised to see this, as the 27plus juggernaut was looking like it might steamroll the 29plus wheelsize into niche status. We’re guessing a 29plus full-suspension trail bike is in the works from a major manufacturer, as it is rare to see a new fork like this get made without a serous OE commitment. Sea Otter will probably tell us if our hunch is true.

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Get your fill of info at sram.com.

 

Below is the text of RockShox press release about the new shocks for those who want to dig deeper, because this stuff gets real deep, real fast:

ROCKSHOX DELUXE | SUPER DELUXE
EMBARGO: APR 07, 2016

AVAILABILITY: OEM SPEC – SUMMER 2016

A NEW APPROACH IN REAR SHOCK DESIGN
INITIAL QUESTIONS
How did we get to the current stroke and eye to eye offerings?
As frame manufacturers pushed the limits of frame design new rear shock sizes were created without broad consultation within the industry, resulting in a complicated offering with many overlaps and performance compromises.
How did we get to the current hardware and mounting options?
Same process described previously. There are currently almost 90 varieties of rear shock hardware being used in the industry.

How are frame designers interfacing with rear shocks?

Bushings, bearings, proprietary mounting systems.
How much performance are we leaving on the table as a result of these compromises that have accumulated over the years?
A lot. This is why we adopted a new approach to rear shock design.

GOALS
Starting from a blank slate allowed us to establish ambitious goals:
Performance

How do we build the best possible rear shock?
Integration

How do we improve the integration of rear shocks into frame designs?
PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 1:

BUSHING OVERLAP
Starting with a blank slate allowed us to extend bushing overlap between the moving elements of the shock. This greatly reduces system friction under load. Riders benefit from this with:
BETTER TRACTION
RESPONSIVENESS
INCREASED DURABILITY
AIR CAN BUSHINGS – 33% more overlap
PISTON/SEALHEAD BUSHINGS – 90% more overlap

PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 2:

IMPROVED SCRAPER
Seal consistency is critical for rear shock performance and longevity. The increase in eye-to-eye per stroke created through Metric Sizing allows Deluxe and Super Deluxe to feature an improved scraper seal resulting in the following benefits:
LESS MAINTENANCE
INCREASED LONG TERM DURABILITY
BETTER PERFORMANCE IN COLD TEMPERATURES

PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 3:

COUNTER MEASURE
Introduced in 2013 on Vivid and Vivid Air and highly acclaimed for its effects on shock performance at top-out, the Counter Measure spring works to oppose the effect of the IFP pressure, effectively lowering the initial breakaway force.

PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 4:

DEDICATED DEBONAIR CHASSIS AND BETTER TUNING SYSTEM
Introduced in 2014, the DebonAir air can option for Monarch and Monarch Plus was a stepping stone in improving the performance and feel of air shocks on all kinds of bikes. Deluxe and Super Deluxe take this to the next level by incorporating DebonAir in the air can design without any added weight or complexity.

The air volume tuning system on Deluxe and Super Deluxe capitalizes on RockShox’s Bottomless Tokens technology, adapting it to its rear shock platform in a clean and easy to use format.
INTEGRATION
INTEGRATION ACHIEVEMENT 1:

MOUNTING SYSTEM
“TYPICAL” VERTICAL MOUNT
Higher rotation at shaft eyelet (70-120 degrees)
Recommend use of Trunnion mount or shaft end bearing mount
Shaft end bearing mount is recommended to reduce overall suspension friction
Trunnion mount can reduce overall length by 25mm to allow for lower top tube height
“TYPICAL” HORIZONTAL MOUNT
Higher rotation at body eyelet (70-120 degrees)
Recommended use of body end bearing mount to reduce overall suspension friction
The Trunnion mount allows for a shorter eye to eye length while maintaining a specific stroke size (25mm overall length reduction over standard or bearing mount). Benefits are significant for smaller frame sizes, women specific models and bikes that are designed for low standover height.
Designed to be used in conjunction with frame mounted bearings at the mounting bolts.
Bearings eliminate friction caused by pivot rotation.
Smoother shock action resulting in better traction and responsiveness.
Available at both body and shaft ends.

INTEGRATION ACHIEVEMENT 2:

METRIC SIZING
SO…IS THIS A NEW REAR SHOCK STANDARD?
No. It’s a new set of sizes for rear shocks, developed and agreed upon by suspension and frame manufacturers, starting from a blank slate and with the sole purpose of allowing suspension manufacturers to create better rear shocks and frame designers to build better bikes.

SUPER DELUXE
CHANGING EVERYTHING
The directive was simple. Engineer a shock that does for rear-suspension performance what Pike did for forks. Simple? Don’t bet on it. A gamble? Absolutely. It required a complete change in the way we approach shock design. It meant focusing on performance first and leaving old constraints behind. And it gave us a clear path to develop the world’s lowest-friction shock — Super Deluxe. Metric sizing gives Super Deluxe significantly increased bushing overlap, which, together with a sophisticated new bushing profile, virtually eliminates friction in the shock. A new damper holds the shock high in its stroke and offers unparalleled traction. Unshackled from the old obstacles of shock design, Super Deluxe is free to tackle new ones — on the trail. This changes everything.

THINGS TO REMEMBER
Metric sizing and a sophisticated new bushing design allows this to be the lowest-friction rear shock we have ever made.
Super Deluxe has three independently tunable compression settings.
Increased bushing overlap allows for better sealing and decreased friction.
Mounting options: Trunnion mount, bearing mount, Standard DU.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Features increased bushing overlap and new bushing design which decreases friction, also increasing on-trail performance and overall durability.
New scraper seal technology increases durability, improves performance in colder temperatures and lengthens the intervals between required maintenance.

TECHNOLOGIES
Solo Air™

Rapid Recovery™ System

Sag Gradients™

METRIC SIZING™

DELUXE
REDEFINING A KING
How do you improve on the success of a rear shock that has received critical acclaim for its stellar performance and supple feel? It’s Simple. You rewrite the rules, throw existing design constraints out the window and focus solely on the best possible performance solution. We took the proven damping performance of our popular Monarch series and introduced it to our new metric-sized chassis. The result is truly Deluxe. With the incredible feel of DebonAir as its standard-bearer and three new mounting options, our new Deluxe is ready to redefine your ride.

THINGS TO REMEMBER
Metric sizing.
Incorporates proven damping performance of Monarch.
Mounting options: Trunnion mount, bearing mount, Standard DU.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Increased bushing overlap and sophisticated new bushing design decreases friction, which increases performance and durability.
New scraper seal technology increases durability, improves performance in colder temperatures and lengthens the intervals between required maintenance.

TECHNOLOGIES
Solo Air™

Rapid Recovery™ System

Sag Gradients™

METRIC SIZING™

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Redesigned Reverb dropper post, now with 150 and 170 options


It’s that time of year, SRAM is dropping the new product news on the regular. The latest out of Chicago is a Reverb with all new internals and more travel options. The changes aim to improve reliability, and offer longer travel options for modern trail bikes.

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Bushing overlap is increased, which should increase longevity. SKF, a well-respected bearing and seal manufacturer now manufactures the internal floating piston.

Both internal and external routing options will be ready in June.

External – $400 MSRP

100/340 mm, 125/390 mm

Internal/Stealth – $471

100/340 mm, 125/390 mm, 150/400 mm, 170/480 mm.

Any post can be had in 30.9, 31.6, or 34.9 diameters.

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RockShox updates base-model suspension forks


RockShox updated its entry-level suspension forks with offerings from 80 mm to 140 mm. Variations on the theme are found primarily in travel, hub compatibility and weight. BOOST and 27plus compatibility arrive on the scene while forks for 9 mm quick releases and 26-inch wheels are still available.

Recon Silver

Recon Silver RL – $235-$295

Crown and lower legs from a RockShox Reba paired with steel upper tubes
Motion Control damper with available remote
Lowers: 15×100 mm, 15x100mm Boost or 9 mm quick release
Weight: 1960 grams (27.5 version)
Travel: 80, 100 or 120 mm
Spring: Solo Air
Steerer: tapered
Wheel sizes: 27.5, 29/27plus, Boost models for both
Available: May 2016

Sektor Silver

Sektor Silver RL – not sold aftermarket

Motion Control damper with available remote
Lowers: 15×100 mm, 15x100mm Boost
Weight: 2190 grams (29 version)
Travel: 130, 140 or 150 mm
Spring: Solo Air
Steerer: tapered
Wheel sizes: 27.5, 29/27plus, Boost models for both
Available: May 2016

30 Gold

30 Gold RL – $345-$425

Motion Control damper with available remote
Lowers: 9 mm quick release
Weight: 1841 grams (27.5 version)
Travel: 80, 100 or 120 mm
Spring: Solo Air
Steerer: tapered
Wheel sizes: 26, 27.5, 29
Available: May 2016

 

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Inside Line: RockShox updates the Lyrik and introduces new Yari fork


Today, RockShox announced significant updates to the Lyrik as well as as a completely new model based on the Lyrik chassis called Yari.

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MY16_RS_LYRIK_275_RCT3_GLBLK_FrontThe Lyrik was well liked among the hard-charging set, but was stuck in 26-inch wheel purgatory, a sad place to be for such a well made fork.

No longer. The new Lyrik will be available for 27.5 and 29-inch wheels. Some may bemoan the loss of the Mission Control DH damper with its high and low-speed compression clickers, but the Charger damper is well proven under riders who charge mighty, mighty hard.

Billed as stiffer and sturdier than the Pike (and a few hundred grams heavier), the Lyrik is beefed up via tapered legs and a taller stiffer brace. Stanchions remain 35 mm. The wiper seals and internal seals in the Charger damper are now provided by SKF, an upgrade that is shared with all Charger-equipped forks 2016. Both Solo and Dual Position air springs can use Bottomless Tokens to adjust air spring volume. The rebound damper can also be tweaked internally to adjust rebound via shims, tech carried over from the Boxxer.

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Boost 15×110 spacing and “standard” 15×100 will be available, and the Boost 29″ fork can handle 27plus (27.5×3.0) tires as well. Travel is 160, 170 or 180 mm for the 27.5, 150 or 160 mm for the 29.

Both the 15×100 and 15×110 versions are Torque Cap compatible. Torque Cap hubs use oversize axle ends are said to create a stiffer connection at the hub, leading to more precise steering. Standard hubs work fine in Torque Cap comptable forks, but don’t try to shove a Torque Cap hub in your non-Torque Cap fork. Not going to work.

The high-end RCT3 will be the only fork available for aftermarket sales, the less expensive RC version will be OE-only.

Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air – $1,030.00

Lyrik RCT3 Dual Position Air – $1,110.00

Available October 2015

Yari

MY16_RS_YARI_275_RC_GLBLK_3QThe new Yari is a less expensive option to the Lyrik (and the Pike for that matter), but claims the same stiffness as the new Lyrik.

Externally, it seems identical to the new Lyrik, but internally a revised Motion Control Damper takes the place of the more expensive Charger. Damping rates have been updated to replicate the feel of the Charger damper, including the Rapid Recovery Rebound Circuit.

The rest of the features are the same as the Lyrik, but the Yari gets more travel options; 120-180 mm in 27.5, 120-160mm in 29/27plus.

All travel lengths and hub widths are the same price. This might be a hot upgrade for those trail bikes that came stock with a 32mm fork, but the Pike or Lyrik is a little too spendy.

Yari RC – $700

Available October 2015

 

 

More info is already on RockShox website.

 

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New 2016 goodies from SRAM: 27.5 RS-1 fork, new fork lockout, and Monarch RT3 updates


SRAM has made some big news in recent weeks with the launch of its new GX drivetrain group and the Boost series of components, but there are some smaller changes in the lineup that are worth noting.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Review: RockShox Bluto fork


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By Adam Newman

RockShox deserves a lot of the credit for driving the latest wheel-size trends in mountain biking these days. As the first major manufacturer to offer 27.5 forks, it created the watershed moment for that wheelsize to quickly dominate the industry. I predict the Bluto will do the same for the fat-bike scene.

Essentially a widened version of the Reba/Revelation chassis, the Bluto doesn’t make fresh tracks in the technology department, but what it symbolizes is perhaps more important than its performance. By incorporating a 150x15mm Maxle thru axle, it almost overnight became the de facto standard for fat-bike forks, and now most brands’ rigid forks use that size for easy compatibility.

It will clear a 4.8-inch tire on a 100mm rim and even a 29×3.0. It is offered in 80mm, 100mm, or 120mm of travel, with RockShox’s RL damper and Solo Air spring moving through 32mm stanchions. Rebound is adjusted at the bottom of the right leg and there is a simple lockout lever at the top.

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But this is a product review, so let’s talk about performance. A lot of folks seem to think that a 4-inch tire provides 4 inches of suspension, but let me tell you, that ain’t the case. Does a 2.5-inch tire give you 2.5 extra inches of suspension? My point is that before the Bluto, fat bikes rode like rigid bikes. Yes, the sensation is different, but it’s not suspension. The Bluto completely transforms fat bikes into something they weren’t quite before: true mountain bikes.

Mounted on the front of my Salsa Mukluk, the Bluto partners well with the pneumatic damping of the tires to create an incredible amount of traction. The lighter your wheels are the better, as the sprung and rotating mass of a heavy fat-bike wheel and tire can really slow things down, but set with proper sag and a bit of rebound damping, the Bluto lets you roll your fatty down some gnarly lines.

Aside from the tires-equal-suspension misconception that I often hear is the complaint that the Bluto should have been built around the stouter Pike chassis. My counterpoint is this: Consider the current version a gateway drug. Starting at $643, it is reasonably priced for an aftermarket upgrade and will be spec’d on dozens of 2015 bikes. As fat bikes come out of the cold and into the mainstream—which they will, I’ll bet you a Coke—you’ll see more-advanced versions of this fork emerge.

And if not, you can enjoy your Coke and I’ll keep enjoying the Bluto.

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Video: RockShox – Prove ‘can’t’ wrong


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From RockShox:

Whether it’s pulling off your first bunny hop, or winning a World Championship title, we all have a “can’t” we’re chasing. People once said “suspension can’t make up for the added weight.” That didn’t stop RockShox from changing the face of mountain biking in ’89. And it hasn’t stopped riders from doing what “can’t be done” ever since. This short film salutes, amongst others, Danny Hart’s competition shattering World Champs run in 2011, one of the most prolific products in DH history – the RockShox BoXXer fork, Brandon Semenuk’s gravity defying Crankworx winning run in 2013, and many more of those who go out and prove that “can’t” is just a matter of opinion.

What does it take to progress the sport? A willingness to #ProveCantWrong.

See the film here.

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Desert Dreaming with the Rockshox RS-1


Details are still scarce about the new RockShox RS-1 inverted fork, but today SRAM released this teaser video with Kate Courtney and Russell Finsterwald. They’re the future of XC mountain biking—in more ways than one. Courtney and Finsterwald are classic overachievers: She’s a NICA alumnus gone World Cup hopeful (and is a Stanford undergrad in her spare time), and he’s a former U23 National and Pan Am champ ready to compete in 2014 at the pinnacle of our sport. Stripped of team logos, and outside the boundaries of course-marking tape, however, both are simply mountain bikers with a passionate penchant for new trails and eye-opening adventures.

See more photos here.

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