RockShox Sektor RL Air 150mm fork review£429.99

Top value trail fork

BikeRadar score4/5

RockShox’s new Sektor is all most riders need in a lightweight, high value fork. Based on the 20mm or 15mm screw-through axle, power-bulged Revelation chassis, the Sektor is a stiff fork that’s actually fractionally lighter than its more expensive brother.

The proven Motion Control damping is controlled and capable enough for 90 percent of trail situations, only getting flustered on long multiple-hit sections such as steps or random rocky descents.

The single positive air spring makes it less tunable than pricier Dual Air forks but rebound and compression/lockout adjustments are clear and consistent. Reliability of RockShox forks is generally excellent, although we recommend avoiding the simpler TK versions.

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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