RockShox Pike 454 U-Turn fork review£499.99

Hardcore trail fork

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Pike is the original heavy-duty screw-through-axle trail fork and it’s still a tempting hardcore option.

The chassis hasn’t been changed since it was introduced and the solid crown plug and solid Maxle lever mean it now looks heavy for its travel. The IS brake mount is less convenient than Post Mount too.

Its strength is second to none though, and it feels more accurate on the trail than any other 140-150mm (5.5-5.9in) travel fork.

The well-weighted coil spring and Motion Control damping are controlled enough for most situations and U-Turn is still the best travel adjust system around and reliability is great, whatever the weather. PUSH or Black Box cartridge upgrades are also 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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