RockShox Domain 318 U-Turn 1.5 review

The Domain is RockShox's entry price freeride fork, based around the Lyrik platform but with simpler and cheaper materials and mechanics.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £389.99 RRP
The Domain soon gets into its smooth stride.

Our review

Proper big-hit fork performance and strength for only medium money
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The Domain is RockShox’s entry price freeride fork, based around the Lyrik platform but with simpler and cheaper materials and mechanics. At just under 3kg this is no lightweight trail fork, but U-Turn travel adjust (115-160mm) at least keeps the nose down on climbs. The stock spring rate is pretty solid, with preload set internally, but after a few sessions it gets into a smooth and very predictable stride. Externally adjustable rebound and Motion Control IS low-speed compression give effective tuning for most situations, and the whole feel is very consistent and confident for the cost.

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The optional 1.5in head tube keeps tracking impressive and steel 35mm legs really stabilise things out under braking, making it a good lower cost fork for bumpy/rutted bike park/alpine courses.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Domain 318 U-Turn 1.5
Brand RockShox

Crown to Axle Length 565
Min. Fork Travel 115mm
Steerer Material Steel
Adjustable Travel Yes
Lockout No
Damping Adjustment Low Speed Compression Rebound
Year 2006
Max. Fork Travel 160mm
Disc Caliper Mount Post Mount
Features Motion Control IS
Material Chromoly Steel
Steerer Size 1 1/8 1.5
Wheel Size 26
Brake System Compatability Cable Disc Shimano Dura Ace
Weight (kg) 2.95
Stanchion Diameter 35
Dropout Type Thru Axle