RockShox Lyrik RC2 DH Solo Air fork review

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£999.99

RockShox Lyrik RC2 DH Solo Air Fork

BikeRadar verdict

80.0 out of 5 stars

"An amazing performance for a long-travel air fork. Plush and very light"

Friday, November 5, 2010 10.00am By

In the past, long-travel air forks have been harsh, but the Lyrik DH Solo Air is simply incredible. With 170mm (6.7in) of travel, a 20mm Maxle Lite axle, 35mm stanchions and various steerer options, it’s an incredibly stiff fork – both torsionally, and forwards and backwards under braking. So much so, that it raises eyebrows about the need for the burlier 40mm Totem fork.

Our tapered steerer fork weighed a shade over 2.2kg (4.9lb) once cut and ready to fit, which is a formidable weight given the fork’s capability. Damping is controlled by the same mission Control DH, Dual Flow rebound unit fitted to the high-specced Boxxer fork, and transforms the performance of what has been seen as a good long-travel air fork in the past into a truly excellent one.

Unlike many long-travel air forks, there is very little early stiction – it feels more like a coil fork’s initial movement – and the mid-stroke is surprisingly active. It holds up high in the mid-stroke too,avoiding the wallow you get with similar forks. Another nice trait is the lack of bedding-in time – just a few short rides were enough to feel the full suppleness of the fork.

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Specification

Name:
Lyrik RC2 DH Solo Air fork
Brand:
RockShox
Price:
£999.99

Features:
Mission Control DH damping
Colour:
White
Weight (kg):
2.2
Bike Use:
Downhill
Weight (lb):
4.9
Spring Type:
Dual Air
Travel:
170
Max. Fork Travel:
170mm

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