For 2018, RockShox has made some major changes to not only their rear shocks, but also their forks. The big news today is that they have completely re-engineered the Pike yet again. A number of their other forks have also seen updates in one way or another, but for now we’ll start with the Pike.
- External rebound damping adjustment
- Low speed compression adjustment in open mode
- RCT3: 3-position compression adjustment (open/pedal/firm)
- RCT Remote: 2-position compression adjustment (open/firm) via OneLoc remote
- 180mm direct brake mount
- All-new lighter chassis with signature Pike stiffness
- New Charger 2 damper with OneLoc remote options
- New DebonAir air spring for increased small bump sensitivity and mid-stroke support
- 2.8” maximum tire compatibility for both 27.5” and 29” models (27.5”x3.0” tires fit in the 29” model)
- Updated air pressure guide maximizes performance for E-MTB applications
As you can see in the photo above, the Pike has received a chassis update which results in substantial weight loss. Internally, the Pike has a new second generation Charger damper as well as an updated, higher volume Debonair negative air spring. You can graze over the finer points from RockShox in their words below.
THE BENCHMARK, REDEFINED
Pike has redefined the standard by which all trail and enduro forks are judged, and is poised to keep doing so for many years to come with a completely new chassis, which enables a weight reduction of almost 150g. A new Charger 2 damper is now compatible with RockShox’s OneLoc remote for on-the-fly compression adjustments, and a perfect match to Deluxe and Super Deluxe rear shocks. The new DebonAir air spring enhances small bump sensitivity and mid-stroke support. Pike’s travel options are up to 160mm for 27.5” and 140mm for 29” with room for tires up to 2.8” on both models.
PIKE RCT3 – RCT REMOTE
The new RCT3 Charger 2 damper provides a wider range of low speed compression adjustment in the Open mode, while the Pedal mode has been re-tuned for excellent trail support. The firm setting has also been re-tuned to better match RockShox rear shocks, with OneLoc compatibility which allows on-the-fly suspension control.
Availability: April 2017
MSRP: 875-1000$, 970-1100€, 825-940£
CHARGER 2 DAMPER
The evolution of the acclaimed Charger, RockShox’s most advanced damper, brings a whole new level of performance and refinement for each intended use. The new damper design provides a wider range of low speed compression adjustment in the Open mode, with a more usable Pedal setting that excels on rolling trails. The Firm setting on Pike and Lyrik has been re-tuned, and remote options with OneLoc provide on-the-fly access to the Firm mode and are an excellent match with RockShox Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Super Deluxe Coil remote rear shocks.
Featured on: MY18 Pike, Lyrik
A larger negative air spring resulting in plusher suspension. An intuition born on RockShox’s rear shocks back in 2014 is now a benchmark for superior small bump and traction performance. No longer only reserved to rear shocks, RockShox’s DebonAir air springs complement the trail smoothing performance of many forks in our product range. And while incredibly smooth in the first 1/3 of travel, DebonAir forks and shocks still provide the consistent mid-stroke support that riders know and love.
Featured on: MY18 Pike, Lyrik, Revelation, Yari