RockShox Argyle 302 review£269.99

Tight, sweetly controlled, super reliable jump fork

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Basically a beefed-up, shorter travel Pike, Argyle has been chieftain of the jump fork clan since it appeared. 

The proven bottom end benefits from RockShox’s simple but secure Maxle 20mm screw through-axle for extra tracking stiffness. The steel top end is fully reinforced so you’ve no worries if you come up short on a set.

It’s the cheapest fork around that has anything that feels like proper suspension. It’s still tuned to suck up big stuff, but there’s enough compliance for holding traction on less groomed trails. The additional Floodgate platform control of the 318 models is well worth the extra money if you’ve got it.

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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