RockShox Lyrik DH Coil fork review£774.99

Plush gravity fork

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The simplest, plushest Lyrik fork only gets subtle changes this year, but the differences are big where it matters.

Travel stretches to 170mm (6.7in) with the Maxle Lite axle, but it still feels totally surefooted in the most random rock garden situations. You also get two extra springs supplied with the fork if the one supplied isn’t the right weight.

The new DH Mission Control swaps pop-up Floodgate platform damping for faster flowing big hit, long drop compression. It feels like it might be too dive-prone in the workshop, but on extended rocky descents or big drops it’s phenomenal.

Position-sensitive Dual Flow rebound controls the return impeccably for outstanding overall control. A U-Turn option with standard Mission Control Floodgate is also available for £799.99.

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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