RockShox Domain 318IS fork£419.99

Brilliant budget long-travel single-crown

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Domain is basically just a cheap RockShox Lyrik. It shares the same lower legs, Maxle screw-through axle, bushing and seal hardware as its twice-the-price brother, but with steel upper legs and steerer adding a few hundred grams and 20mm of travel.

The 318 version (as opposed to the horrible feeling 302s we’ve met on some complete bikes) gets a basic version of RockShox’s well proven Motion Control damping.

That means consistent, widely adjustable rebound throughout the extended stroke, and while it can get lairy through long rock gardens it’s fine most of the time.

There’s a 115-160mm UTurn version and a 1.5in steerer version, so there’s every fork option you could want. If you're on a tight budget, it's a winner.

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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