RockShox Lyrik Coil RC2 DH£899.99

Highly adjustable chaos-tamer

BikeRadar score4/5

The Lyrik DH coil is still one of the best long-travel forks available. The power-bulged 35mm stanchion structure feels rock solid and accurate, however hard you steer, brake or carve through rocky, rooty or off-camber sections.

The 170mm coil-spring stroke eases into a predictably plush action over the first few rides and stays there. The Boxxer fork derived Mission Control DH damping gives multi-stage rebound damping and faster big-hit flow for totally consistent, spike-, dive- and cavitation-free smoothness.

Mission Control DH means no ‘Floodgate’ lockout, but the Lyrik is high- and low-speed compression adjustable. Two different weight springs and a sticker kit are also included.

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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