RockShox’s new travel-adjust fork is a breeze to use and impressively controlled on the trail. The 15mm Maxle Revelation forks get a new bottom end including a bolt-in hose guide. Stiffness is very good. It tracks tighter and is more capable of bullying its way through random rockeries than the obvious competition.
Despite the Dual Position travel-adjust it’s still a bearable weight. The left-hand travel lever is a cinch to use, dropping the fork 30mm and softening the air spring for better climbing manners, especially on the uphill switchbacks. The Solo Air spring self-sets its negative pressure for a supple start to the stroke and there’s no palpable difference to the smoothly progressive stroke of the fixed-travel forks.
While RockShox Europe only had a basic RL version spare, Fisher Outdoor Leisure will be bringing the full RLT Ti version to the UK. This means better high-speed oil flow for excellent big-hit and square-edge slap to let you plough through serious trouble without flinching. We’ve not had any trouble from several sets we’ve ridden, so RockShox’s impressive reliability reputation looks safe.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.