RockShox Reba 120 Team Maxle Lite fork review£639.99

Superb trail fork

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The second prong of RockShox’s devastating attack on the trail fork market, the Reba Team adds a lightweight 20mm screw-through axle to the SID's superb Black Box internals.

That’s selling the Reba short though, as it has a new bottom end complete with the Power Bulge bushing area reinforcement RockShox first used on their Totem freeride forks. 

Add a Lite version of the well proven Maxle 20mm screw-through axle and this fork sets new benchmarks for lightweight 120mm fork stiffness. 

It’s particularly noticeably with cleaner cuts across off-camber situations and sharper turns into corners, even compared to 15mm screw-through forks, while the difference against 9mm quick-release forks is dramatic.

The race-developed Black Box Motion Control damping is outstanding too. Dual flow rebound and compression circuits manage suspension speeds differently at different stroke depths to give consistent control that shames most 120mm forks. 

Dual air springs let you micro-manage ride height, initial sensitivity and through-stroke spring rate too, and the Reba matches its rivals from Fox Racing Shox every step, rock or drop of the way on descents.

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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