RockShox Domain 318 U-Turn 1.5 review£389.99

The Domain is RockShox's entry price freeride fork, based around the Lyrik platform but with simpler and cheaper materials and mechanics.

BikeRadar score4/5

The Domain is RockShox's entry price freeride fork, based around the Lyrik platform but with simpler and cheaper materials and mechanics. At just under 3kg this is no lightweight trail fork, but U-Turn travel adjust (115-160mm) at least keeps the nose down on climbs. The stock spring rate is pretty solid, with preload set internally, but after a few sessions it gets into a smooth and very predictable stride. Externally adjustable rebound and Motion Control IS low-speed compression give effective tuning for most situations, and the whole feel is very consistent and confident for the cost.

The optional 1.5in head tube keeps tracking impressive and steel 35mm legs really stabilise things out under braking, making it a good lower cost fork for bumpy/rutted bike park/alpine courses.

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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