RockShox Pike 426 coil U-Turn review£359.99

A long-travel fork fave

BikeRadar score4/5

The Pike has been around for years, but it’s still one of our favourite forks. Every time we do test a batch of suspension forks the one fork we always get asked whether it’s ‘going spare’ is the Pike.

The combination of simple, reliable Maxle 360 axle and coil sprung control makes it a pleasure to plug in. The easily understandable rebound, compression and platform damping, and the wide travel adjustment range means it’ll add instant versatility and aggression to a lot of different bikes too.

If we have to criticise, 140mm (5.5in) of travel won’t be enough for everyone, and it is fairly heavy. You can’t argue with the price though and the superb reliability means we’re happy to work around the old school international standard disc mount.

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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