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.


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.


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