RockShox Lyrik 2-Step fork review£899.99

Travel-adjustable all-mountain fork

BikeRadar score3/5

RockShox’s most adjustable all-mountain fork finally gets the reliability and smoothness it deserves, but it’s not light or cheap.

Historically, 2-Step travel-adjust has always caused problems, but with well over a million vertical feet ridden on our Whistler-resident set and no problems with this sample, that all seems behind it.

The travel drop to 115mm for climbing is immediate and the stroke is impressively smooth for an air adjust too. Once you’ve learned the slap-and-twist actuation technique, the Floodgate platform damping firms up already highly adjustable high and low speed compression damping.

It’s 200g heavier and £50 more than the significantly smoother 170mm (6.7in) Lyrik Solo Air with Mission Control DH though, so you’d have to really want that travel adjust option.

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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