RockShox Reba RLT Ti 120 fork£700.00

Hardcore, short-travel trail fork

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Reba was updated with a 20mm Maxle axle, power bulged and post-mounted brake lowers a while ago, which makes it one of the stiffest steering and braking 120mm forks available. It’s not light and there’s no 15mm axle option so you’re restricted to a generally heavier range of wheels unless you go quick-release and give up stiffness.

It can be shimmed down to 100mm or 80mm of travel, and dual positive and negative air chambers let you set up the initial stroke as plush or as tight as you want. The BlackBox damping in the RLT Ti version is good too, with the titanium damper body giving more oil volume and shimmed big hit control.

Add in the chassis stiffness and this is a fork that proves its mettle by being pushed hard through the most testing sections that most longer-travel forks would faint at. RockShox’s remote lockouts are the most ergonomically efficient and their reliability reputation is excellent.

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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