RockShox Domain 318IS Coil U-Turn fork review£529.99

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The Domain delivers simple, cut-price control for those not worried about weight. The crown and lower leg are the same as on the RockShox Lyrik but are joined by steel 35mm stanchions, saving money but adding weight.

It’s solid in terms of tracking or braking and the Maxle screw-through 20mm axle is easy to use. The coil-spring feels far better than air versions, and settles into a smooth, plush stroke very quickly.

The U-Turn travel adjustment lets you wind travel exactly where you want between 115mm and 160mm (4.5in and 6.3in). Motion Control IS damping provides compression and rebound tuning, and there’s a fixed travel 180mm (7in) option in standard (£474.99) or 1.5in (£484.99) steerer sizes.

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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