RockShox Revelation 426 Air U-Turn review£369.00

RockShox Revelation 426 Air U-TurnWith RockShox Reba Race winning our short travel fork test last month, it's no surprise that the extended travel Revelation comes top this month.

BikeRadar score4.5/5

What makes the extended travel Revelation so good? You'll certainly wonder what we're on about for the first few rides, as it takes a while to relax and smooth out. Once it's loosened up though, you can balance the positive and negative air springs to give whatever initial feel you want. Travel is incrementally adjustable from 100-130mm (85-130mm in coil version) for lifting or dropping the nose of your bike to suit the occasion.

The compression damping also includes an adjustable 'Floodgate' threshold setting if you want the fork semi or completely locked in response to braking or pedalling loads. For a QR axled fork it's usefully stiff and steerable too, with no distracting flex or flutter, even when you're working it hard at full travel. They're even relatively light considering how feature packed they are.

What really makes the Revelation - and most other RockShox - forks great trail companions though is their phenomenal long term user friendliness. Wherever and however often you ride, you can just plug them in and play uninterrupted, while most other forks gradually grind to a halt. This fork is well worth the ticket price.

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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