RockShox Domain RC 180mm suspension fork review£499.99

Simple big-hitter

BikeRadar score3.5/5

RockShox’s simple big-hitter isn’t light but it’s a great fork for those who want solid long-travel reliability. Based on the Lyrik fork but with steel stanchions, the Domain is a serious chunk of weight, but that translates to serious stiffness and strength.

There are two dual-crown versions if you want an even stiffer fork and can cope with less steering lock, along with a shorter-travel (160mm) single-crown version that offers optional U-Turn travel-adjustment. 

The Motion Control IS damping on the 180mm model is workmanlike rather than super-fluid and the rebound can get confused if you hammer it down a long steppy descent. Ninety percent of the time the gently progressive spring rate is fine though, and there are no obvious spiking or top-out issues even on big slams. You get a full set of seals in the box for servicing too, which is a nice touch.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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