The Boxxer Race weighs in at 2.82kg (6.2lb), which is a big bonus when it comes to keeping your bike as light as possible. It boasts 200mm (7.8in) of travel, which works effectively and won’t shy away from big hits, thanks to the Motion Control IS damping.
The Race uses the same World Cup proven chassis design with 35mm upper tubes as RockShox’s pricier Boxxer Team and World Cup forks, so it's stiff enough to keep steering precise, but not so stiff that your hands get rattled off of the bars.
With easy to use, externally adjustable low-speed compression and rebound, the fork is a doddle to set up and simple to fine tune. The price is good and there is good potential to tune it into something even better if you spend some time fettling its internals.
The Race's looks are sleek, and it comes with spring and crown options included, making it an extremely competitive entry-level downhill fork. However, its beginning stroke isn’t the plushest out there, which means it isn’t the most sensitive fork on the smaller bumps.