RockShox Revelation 426 Dual Air£320.00

The Recon's bigger brother uses the same sturdy 32mm bottom end but with two significant changes. Firstly, a much lighter top end with alloy steerer and hollow crown saves 100g to give a very competitive overall weight.

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Recon's bigger brother uses the same sturdy 32mm bottom end but with two significant changes. Firstly, a much lighter top end with alloy steerer and hollow crown saves 100g to give a very competitive overall weight. More significantly for fork tuning fans, you also get RockShox's deceptively simple Motion Control damping. This gives full adjustment of rebound and compression through to lockout, plus 'Floodgate' lockout threshold. It's all easily controlled by external knobs too, so you can set the fork to feel exactly how you want over the bumps at any point in the ride.

An extra negative air spring lets you tune initial sensitivity, and the fork just gets smoother the more you ride it. You can occasionally overwhelm the damping on long, rough descents, but the overall reliability of this year's RockShox has set whole new standards. The same fork with Poploc remote control for the lockout is £320, while the travel adjustable 85-130mm 'U-Turn' fork is £350.

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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