RockShox Totem RC2 DH fork review£949.99

Still the ultimate huck fork

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RockShox’s monster is still the ultimate huck fork. At just under 3kg the 40mm-legged Totem is as stiff steering and strong as most double crown downhill forks, but with all the barspin versatility of a single crown.

Even stiffer tapered steerer versions like our sample are a lot more readily available than last year too. The Boxxer-derived low- and high-speed compression adjustable Mission Control damping is excellent, particularly on the supersize hits this fork is built for.

The coil stroke is consistently plush (way better than the air Totem) once you’ve bedded the seals in for a few hours too. The Speedlube syringe injection helps keep them sweet on heavy use foreign trips and different weight springs, sag markers and sticker kits help you personalise your ride.

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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