RockShox Sektor RL Solo Air suspension fork review

Top value trail option

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Sektor RL takes RockShox's proven Revelation chassis and simple but effective Motion Control damper to create a bombproof plug-and-play fork. At just over 1,700g it’s very light for a 150mm fork, too.

There's a choice of 15 and 20mm Maxle Light screw-through axle options, so it's compatible with both light trail and heavy all-mountain wheels. It’s impressively stiff in both formats too, with no twist and choking in braking ruts or when cornering hard. 

The automatic negative balancing Solo Air spring with reliably ballpark recommended figures is a cinch to set up. The Motion Control damping adds simple rebound and compression to lockout control that only gets out of it’s depth if you really force the fork down the throat of extended, big hit or steppy descents. Longevity is excellent and the ‘free’ spare seal kit adds even more value.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK 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: 45
  • 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 than 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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