RockShox Pike 426 U-Turn fork review£499.99

Reliable and versatile choice

BikeRadar score4/5

As the first screw-through trail fork, Pike’s reliability is legendary, but its price-performance ratio has suffered recently. 

Based around the 20mm screw-through Maxle, the chunky Pike set whole new standards for stiffness, and U-Turn is still the best travel adjust system around.

Air versions have been discontinued in favour of the Revelation and the coil versions are pretty heavy for a trail fork. 

Also, the Motion Control damping system runs out of control if you really push it hard through long rocky/steppy sections. 

IS brake mounts are outdated too and it’s gone up in price massively this year. Its reputation for reliability is well deserved though, and Push damping upgrades are available.

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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