RockShox Domain RC 180mm suspension fork review

Simple big-hitter

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £499.99 RRP | USD $849.98
Rockshox Domain RC 180mm fork

Our review

Heavy, but offers rock-solid reliability and tracking stiffness with basic workmanlike control
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Domain RC fork (12)
Brand RockShox

Description • Damping: Motion Control IS • Rebound: External Adjust • Springs: Coil • Adjustments:External Rebound / Low Speed Compression, External Travel: Coil U-Turn, Preload via Spring: Coil • Steerer: Aluminum 1.1/8", 1.5" tapered • Crown:Forged, Hollow Al 66 TV, Anodized Aluminum • Upper Tubes: 35mm, 4130 Tapered Wall Steel, Chrome • Lowers: Magnesium, Post Disc Mount, 20mm Maxle Axle
Weight (g) 2670
Travel 180