RockShox Reba RLT suspension fork$713.50

Utterly reliable and top value

BikeRadar score4/5

RockShox’s revamped Reba RLT has lost loads of weight for 2012 and gained damping subtlety to create a killer mid-travel, mid-price suspension package.

By shifting the Reba onto the existing hollow bottomed SID chassis for 2012, RockShox have saved almost 200g. The screw-through Maxle axle option also switches from 20mm to 15mm, giving compatibility with a much lighter range of wheels for a weight saving double whammy. 

Despite the serious mass reduction it’s still an obedient and reliable line holder, and it'll take any size of brake rotor without buckling under. The Dual Air positive and negative springs need balancing to suit your initial stroke feel preference but small bump sensitivity improves noticeably during the first few hours of riding.

Reba doesn’t get the new Motion Control DNA damper of the SID and Revelation but the original, simpler Motion Control damper is a rock solid reliable unit. Floodgate adjustable threshold lockout lets you fine tune the ride feel to suit most tastes anyway, and only gets unsettled if you slam it to full travel repeatedly in rapid succession.

Steerer nut, shock pump and different coloured stickers are included with the fork, plus a full set of seals and bushings for the first service, backing up already excellent reliability and value for money.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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