The first announcement from RockShox on its 2019 line doesn’t introduce any revelatory upgrades or new models, but tweaks, adjustments and modifications, as well as trickle-down tech from higher end forks to further refine the range.
RockShox Sektor RL
The updated RockShox Sektor Courtesy of RockShox
The all-new Sektor RL will now feature a DebonAir spring as well as Fast Black coated 32mm aluminium uppers.
RockShox claims increased sensitivity for the initial part of the travel and improved traction as a result. The spring rate can be tuned with Bottomless Tokens and the fitted Motion Control RL damper is compatible with an external OneLoc remote.
The fork is based on a new BOOST specific chassis, and identical tyre clearances and axle to crown measurements as the Pike and Revelation make potential later upgrades trouble-free.
RockShox Reba RL
RockShox Reba RL for 2019 Courtesy of RockShox
The Reba RL has received some minor graphics updates. Apart from that it’s still running on the well proven Solo Air and Motion Control internals.
RockShox Recon RL
The new Recon RL Courtesy of RockShox
The Recon RL will now be based on the Revelation crown and legs (instead of the Sektor) but feature 32mm, steel, Fast Black coated stanchions.
RockShox claims changing the chassis has allowed it to drop (an unspecified amount of) weight from the fork.
The fork will feature Motion Control damping and various updates to the compression knob, air cap and cable-remote attachment, which should improve ergonomics.
RockShox Judy Gold and Silver
Brand new Judy Gold and Silver Courtesy of RockShox
The RockShox Judy forks feature a brand new BOOST specific chassis. With clearances for up to 29 x 2.8in tyres the new design caters for all modern mountain biking predilections.
The steel uppers are now Fast Black coated and the lowers can be used with RockShox’s Torque Caps to improve the stiffness of the fork/wheel interface.
The Judy Gold will feature Motion Control damping with OneLoc remote compatibility. The Judy Silver will rely on TurnKey damping which is compatible with a PopLoc remote.
RockShox Judy Gold: £379–£449 / $379–$449
RockShox Judy Silver: £299–£329 / $299–$329
RockShox 30 Gold and 30 Silver
Entry-level RockShox 30 fork Courtesy of RockShox
The RockShox 30 forks are right at the entry-level in the RockShox line but still use proven RockShox technologies.
The Gold will now have Fast Black aluminium stanchions along with a Motion Control damper and OneLoc remote compatibility. The Silver will still be based on TurnKey damping with a PopLoc remote.
RockShox 30 Gold: £349–£439 / $349–£439
RockShox 30 Silver: £169–£209 / $169–$209
RockShox Pike DJ
The venerable Pike DJ sees minor updates for 2019 Courtesy of RockShox
The RockShox Pike DJ remains largely the same, retaining its custom dirt jump/slopestyle tuned Charger Damper and specific Solo Air top cap for increased bottom out progression.
There’s not much to change in an already very capable fork, except the graphics to match the rest of the range.
Two damper options on the fat-bike Bluto fork Courtesy of RockShox
The RockShox Bluto, the company’s fat-bike specific fork will keep its original chassis but now features two different damper options.
The RCT3 will use a three-position (open/pedal/lock) Motion Control damper, while the RL will use a OneLoc compatible Motion Control damper with low-speed compression adjustment.
RockShox Bluto RCT3: £689 / $689
RockShox Bluto RL: £719 / $719