RockShox Revelation 426 Air U-Turn fork review

New trail fork lives up to its name

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8
GBP £449.99 RRP | USD $673.91

Our review

Redesigned, improved and simply brilliant – RockShox’s latest fork really is a Revelation
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Sitting between RockShox’s race-friendly Reba cross-country fork and the abuse-thirsty Pike is the Revelation, which has always been overlooked but is actually surprisingly good. Its 2009 revamp is causing quite a stir, leaving Reba and Pike riders scratching their heads – the new Revelation operates at both ends of the spectrum with worryingly good performance at each.

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We rode the 426 model, which uses a dual air spring for positive and negative adjustments. RockShox’s U-Turn system allows you to adjust the fork’s travel without changing the spring rate. Screwed down to 110mm (4.3in) travel, it feels like a burly short travel fork, but when released to its full 140mm (5.5in), it’s a bump swallowing beast.

The 426 features Motion Control damping and rebound adjustment. Up top is a T6 aluminium crown, which resembles the Pike crown, but on a diet. The lower legs feature the Power Bulge, allowing a bigger bush to be used for increased stiffness and better wear, while a Maxle Lite 20mm through-axle system sits down below. There’s also a quick-release option.

With the new Maxle Lite being substantially lighter, and the whole fork resembling and handling like a light Pike, it’s easy to get carried away, but this is still a trail fork. The ride is amazing – we think even better than a Pike for most bikes due to its light weight. But it isn’t a freeride fork, and if you ride it as hard as you would a Pike, it could leave you pinballing through rough stuff. 

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The Revelation will take a hammering in the right hands, but it’s in its element as a trail fork – its silky smooth action, reliable damping and light weight make it a sure-fire winner in the trail/all-mountain market. 

Maxle lite 20mm axle as shown, qr option is also available: maxle lite 20mm axle as shown, qr option is also available
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Product Specifications

Product

Name Revelation 426 Air U-Turn
Brand RockShox

Features Maxle Lite, 110-140mm adjustable travel
Weight (kg) 1.837
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Weight (lb) 4.05
Stanchion Diameter 32
Spring Type Air U-Turn
Disc Caliper Mount I.S
Year 2009
Damping Adjustment External Low Speed Compression External Rebound Floodgate
Adjustable Travel Yes
Damping Motion Control