RockShox Revelation 426 Maxle Lite Dual Air fork£599.99

Stiff but weighty and costly choice

BikeRadar score4/5

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.

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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