RockShox Domain 318 U-Turn fork£419.99

A solid, adjustable 152mm (6in) all-rounder at a decent price

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Lyrik’s little brother Domain is a solid, adjustable 152mm (6in) all-rounder at a decent price. 

The 318 uses the same bottom end, alloy steerer and crown as Lyrik, which means it’s a tight tracker with Maxle axle convenience. The 35mm stanchions are steel, so it’s heavier than alloy.

External low speed compression and rebound knobs give reasonably smooth control but expect inconsistencies when you start working it hard. Its general reliability actually seems improved by its simplicity though.

The U-Turn travel wind-down adds useful incremental steps from 115mm (4.5in) to 160mm (6.3in), although there are no tidemarks on the leg to track where you’re at.

Fixed travel versions are £389, and there are 1.5in steerer options too.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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