Tuesday, March 3, 2009 2.00pm
By Guy Kesteven, Mountain Biking UK
The new Maxle Lite Revelation is a lot stiffer than the old version but its weight and cost have both gone up.
While RockShox's 120mm Reba Maxle is a totally new fork, this just uses Pike lowers on the old Revelation top.
Tracking stiffness is improved over the quick-release forks and stiffer than 15mm through-axle systems. The opposed dual air design means broad spring rate tuning, and reliability is excellent.
Despite a new Maxle Lite axle, it’s still 130g more than '08 quick-release forks and IS disc brake mounts (as opposed to the newer post mount design) are a pain.
The Revelation doesn’t get RockShox's excellent Black Box damping either, so it runs out of control at the ragged edge. At £639.99 (U-Turn travel adjust) and £574.99 (quick-release) they’ve lost their value advantage too.
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