ROCK­SHOX PIKE RCT3 (2018)

£825 Full over­haul for a trail-rid­ing sta­ple

Mountain Biking UK - - FIRST LOOK -

The Pike is al­ready one of our favourite trail forks, and the 2018 ver­sion looks even bet­ter. It’s got a new ‘DebonAir’ spring, first seen on Rock­Shox’s rear shocks, with a larger neg­a­tive cham­ber to im­prove small-bump sen­si­tiv­ity and mid-stroke sup­port. This is con­trolled by an up­dated ‘Charger 2’ damper, with a lower-pro­file ex­ter­nal ad­juster that lets you click be­tween three low-speed com­pres­sion damp­ing modes (‘open’, ‘pedal’ and ‘firm’), the first of which is ad­justable. By of­fer­ing the fork with Boost hub spac­ing only, Rock­Shox have been able to main­tain stiff­ness while shav­ing off a claimed 150g. www.zy­rofisher.co.uk

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