RockShox SID RLT suspension fork review£585.00

Light for racers

BikeRadar score3/5

With its skinny, shallow crown, deeply recessed, scooped and bulged lower leg section the SID comes in ballpark light for racers.

There are loads of lockout/damping/crown material options plus 15mm axle versions. The basic stroke is smooth and progressive, letting you use the full 100mm without worrying about regularly slamming out top or bottom.

Separate positive and negative air springs mean you can set the initial spring feel as supple or stiff as you want. Air pressure guides on the back of the leg are accurate for a decent set-up and there’s a Plimsoll line sag marker for 80 and 100mm travel on the damper side stanchion.

The RLT gets an adjustable lockout threshold and dual flow position sensitive rebound to handle bumps and square edges with composure, letting you ride this fork hard in rocky conditions.

Alternative leg graphics and 80mm spacers are included, and reliability is excellent.

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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