RockShox Pike 426 U-Turn fork review

Reliable and versatile choice

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £499.99 RRP | USD $724.43
RockShox Pike 426 u-Turn

Our review

Stiff and legendarily reliable, but very heavy for its category
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As the first screw-through trail fork, Pike’s reliability is legendary, but its price-performance ratio has suffered recently. 

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Based around the 20mm screw-through Maxle, the chunky Pike set whole new standards for stiffness, and U-Turn is still the best travel adjust system around.

Air versions have been discontinued in favour of the Revelation and the coil versions are pretty heavy for a trail fork. 

Also, the Motion Control damping system runs out of control if you really push it hard through long rocky/steppy sections. 

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IS brake mounts are outdated too and it’s gone up in price massively this year. Its reputation for reliability is well deserved though, and Push damping upgrades are available.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Pike 426 U-Turn 2009
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, RockShox

Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 2496
Material Material, 2, 0, Material, Aluminium
Stanchion Diameter Stanchion Diameter, 2, 0, Stanchion Diameter, 32
Min. Fork Travel Min. Fork Travel, 2, 0, Min. Fork Travel, 95mm
Max. Fork Travel Max. Fork Travel, 2, 0, Max. Fork Travel, 140mm
Year Year, 2, 0, Year, 2009
Damping Adjustment Damping Adjustment, 2, 0, Damping Adjustment, Compression Adjust and Lock External Rebound Floodgate
Steerer Material Steerer Material, 2, 0, Steerer Material, 4130 Chromoly
Spring Adjustment Spring Adjustment, 2, 0, Spring Adjustment, Change Spring
Damping Damping, 2, 0, Damping, Motion Control
Mounts Mounts, 2, 0, Mounts, International Standard Disc Brake Mounts