Rockshox Totem Coil fork review£899.99

The biggest and the best

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Single crown freeride forks don’t get any bigger than RockShox's Totem Coil, and they don’t get any better either.

With massive lower legs making even the huge 40mm stanchions look normal, this is a rock solid anvil of a fork for forging your most mental moves.

In the 1.5in steerer version the stiffness and tracking are comparable with the best dual crowns, but you still get a complete 360 degrees of turn.

The power bulged lowers also include a screw-through Maxle axle and Speed Lube injection ports for convenience (with lube and syringe coming in a separate box). 

Mechanically pre-loadable coil spring guts keep basic performance simple and super smooth, but the Mission Control damping is the key to its ride quality and reputation.

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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