RockShox Lyrik RC2 DH Solo Air suspension fork review£849.99

Still one of the best

BikeRadar score4/5

The DH version of the Lyrik RC2 doesn’t change for this year, but then it didn’t really need too. If we're being picky the zip-tie hose guide is a bit naff, but the 35mm structure with 20mm Maxle screw-through axle is stiff and reasonably light, which is the important thing. 

The fork takes a while to feel smooth over small stuff, but the Mission Control DH damper sucks up big slams beautifully. Low and high speed compression is separately adjustable for fine tuning too. The dual flow position sensitive rebound brings it back up with excellent control however deep or repeated the impacts and overall control is excellent. Tapered steerer tubes are more readily available this year too, and replacement seals are now included.

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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