RockShox Lyrik RC2 DH Solo Air fork review

Long-travel air single-crown

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £999.99 RRP | USD $1,586.08

Our review

An amazing performance for a long-travel air fork. Plush and very light
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In the past, long-travel air forks have been harsh, but the Lyrik DH Solo Air is simply incredible. With 170mm (6.7in) of travel, a 20mm Maxle Lite axle, 35mm stanchions and various steerer options, it’s an incredibly stiff fork – both torsionally, and forwards and backwards under braking. So much so, that it raises eyebrows about the need for the burlier 40mm Totem fork.

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Our tapered steerer fork weighed a shade over 2.2kg (4.9lb) once cut and ready to fit, which is a formidable weight given the fork’s capability. Damping is controlled by the same mission Control DH, Dual Flow rebound unit fitted to the high-specced Boxxer fork, and transforms the performance of what has been seen as a good long-travel air fork in the past into a truly excellent one.

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Unlike many long-travel air forks, there is very little early stiction – it feels more like a coil fork’s initial movement – and the mid-stroke is surprisingly active. It holds up high in the mid-stroke too,avoiding the wallow you get with similar forks. Another nice trait is the lack of bedding-in time – just a few short rides were enough to feel the full suppleness of the fork.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Lyrik RC2 DH Solo Air fork
Brand RockShox

Features Mission Control DH damping
Colour White
Weight (kg) 2.2
Bike Use Downhill
Weight (lb) 4.9
Spring Type Dual Air
Travel 170
Max. Fork Travel 170mm