RockShox Pike 454 Dual Air fork review

One of the first forks from the 'SRAM powered' RockShox launch, the ugly duckling Pike has proved itself a superb do-it-all hard riding fork.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £460.00 RRP
RockShox Pike 454 Dual Air

Our review

A superb do-it-all hard riding fork
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One of the first forks from the ‘SRAM powered’ RockShox launch, the ugly duckling Pike has proved itself a superb do-it-all hard riding fork.


The 32mm legs are only average diameter but the super neat, screw-in and lever lock Maxle QR lower legs give it great point and shoot precision.

Heading into rock gardens, big root nests or anywhere there’s no obvious clear line, it just blasts its way through like you’ve got the biggest über-weapon in the whole computer game. Even in this lightest Dual Air version it does add noticeable weight to the front of your bike, and U-Turn versions are heavier still. It’ll totally change the level of aggression you take to the trail though, and we don’t know many Pike riders who’ve switched back to lighter forks.

Typically for RockShox it takes a few rides before initial stiffness eases (coil versions are smoother starting), but positive/negative air springs and Floodgate threshold damping make it super easy to set up to taste.

Apart from keeping the screw thread on the Maxle clean, its longevity reputation is blemish-free too, so you can go gunning for the biggest trail trouble day in and day out without any downtime.


95-140mm coil, or 110-140mm air U-Turn plus other family options including neat Pop Loc remote levers are also available.

Product Specifications


Name Pike 454 Dual Air
Brand RockShox

Crown to Axle Length 520
Stanchion Diameter 32
Weight (g) 2023
Bike Use Mountain
Spring Type Dual Air
Max. Fork Travel 140mm
Year 2007
Damping Adjustment Compression External Rebound Floodgate PopLoc Remote Option
Steerer Material Butted Aluminium
Spring Adjustment Positive and Negative Schrader Valves
Damping Motion Control
Crown Material Forged 6061 T-6 Aluminium
Upper Tube Material 7000 Series Aluminium
Lowers 20mm Maxle Only Magnesium