ROCK­SHOX BOXXER WORLD CUP DOWN HILL FORK

£1,689 Get­ting bet­ter with age

Mountain Biking UK - - FIRST LOOK -

The 2019 BoXXer may have a retro red paintjob (don’t worry, it’s also avail­able in black) but it’s an all-new beast. In­ter­nally, it runs a DH-spe­cific ‘De­bonAir’ spring, which is said to have less fric­tion and to get mov­ing more eas­ily than the pre­vi­ous air spring. To stop things get­ting too soft, you can eas­ily tune its pro­gres­sion us­ing Rock­Shox’s ‘Bot­tom­less To­ken’ vol­ume spac­ers. The lat­est ‘Charger 2’ car­tridge of­fers ex­ter­nal, in­de­pen­dent low and high-speed com­pres­sion and be­gin­ning-stroke re­bound damp­ing ad­just­ment. Ex­ter­nally, the fork gets new lower legs, re­vised up­per tubes (still 35mm in di­am­e­ter) and a flat crown, to help keep han­dle­bars from rid­ing too high when the fork is used with 29in wheels. It’s avail­able in 650b and 29er ver­sions, with Boost 20x110mm wheel spac­ing. Tip­ping the scales at 2.58kg (650b), Rock­Shox claim it’s the light­est DH fork on the mar­ket. www.zy­rofisher.co.uk

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