RockShox Totem Air fork review

Slightly lighter but not as smooth as coil option

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £954.99 RRP | USD $1,340.00
RockShox Totem Air

Our review

Slightly lighter than the Totem Coil, but still heavy and noticeably less smooth
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Swapping coil springs for air saves serious weight from the Totem freeride fork, but at the expense of some smoothness.


The actual structure of the Totem Air is exactly the same as the Coil, which means you get the same Maxle axle and Speed Lube features plus an uber-stiff 1.5in steerer option. Unlike the coil fork, though, you can also chock the travel down to 150mm with plastic spacers.

Mission Control damping is as consistent and controlled as on the Coil, but the air spring feels comparatively dead in the mid stroke, with faster hand fatigue on long runs.


Even with 200g saved by switching to air springs, it’s still a damn heavy fork, so we’d recommend the smoother coil version for almost every application.

Product Specifications


Name Totem Air (09)
Brand RockShox

Weight (g) 2786
Available Colours Black Silver White
Stanchion Diameter 40
Spring Type Solo Air
Disc Caliper Mount Post Mount
Travel 180
Steerer Material Aluminium
Dropout Type Thru Axle
Spring Adjustment Air pressure Schrader Valve
Upper Tube Material 7000 Series Taper Wall Aluminium
Stanchions Material Alloy