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  • Black, 27.5in, 15QR, 160mm, Tapered ($799.95)
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Item # RSX000Q

Brawn and brains.

Though the Pike was originally incarnated as a reinforced cross-country fork, the completely redesigned RockShox Pike RCT 3 27.5 160mm MaxleLite15 Solo Air offers a more robust Charger damper, beefier 35mm stanchions, and 160mm of plush travel for those who live for steep singletrack and gnarly, rock-infested trails. Don't just take our word for it, you'll find this same fork comes spec'd on many top-flight all-mountain and enduro machines, thanks to its lightweight feel, excellent small-bump compliance, and ability to resist brake dive on high speed descents.

The Pike RCT3 Solo Air features a low-speed compression dial atop the Charger adjustment knob to prevent brake dive and g-outs on descents. The ingenious Charger damper lets you ride the fork fully open for the best in bump compliance, firmed up a bit in its pedal setting, and fully locked out to maximize efficiency on steep ascents. Its extruded bladder design is not only highly robust for long-lasting use, but also rides very high in the stroke where the fork is softest.

Additionally, there's a rebound adjustment at the bottom with Rapid Recovery that aids in shock recovery between successive hits for a smoother ride. Note that the Pike RCT3 Solo Air comes with a lightweight Maxle Lite 15mm thru-axle for ample stiffness without sacrificing convenience when you're taking off the front wheel.

  • 160mm Solo Air fork with Charger damper
  • Forged 7075 aluminum crown
  • Magnesium lowers
  • 3-position compression: open/pedal/lock
  • Low-speed compression dampening
  • 15mm Maxle Lite thru-axle

Tech Specs

160 mm
Stanchion Material:
Lower Material:
Crown Material:
7075 aluminum
Wheel Size:
27.5 in
Steer Tube Diameter:
1 1/8 - 1 1/2 in
Stanchion Diameter:
35 mm
Spring Type:
Solo Air
rebound, low-speed compression, 3-position compression (open/pedal/lock)
15 mm Maxle Lite
Max Rotor Size:
200 mm
Brake Compatibility:
Actual Weight:
Black, 27.5in, 15QR, 160mm, Tapered: 1,880g
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain, downhill
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Unanswered Question

Can the 27.5 version of the bike still be used with a 26 bike? I'm looking to swap on to my 2013 yeti sb66

5 5

Amazing legs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork is amazing. So supple in the chop and progressive enough to handle the big hits. Its incredibly smooth (ahem Fox). I had to dial up the rebound a bit out of the box and installed one of the bumpers they provide to make it more progressive (stiffer deeper in the travel) but it has easily met all of my expectations. I'm using it on a DB Mission as an AM weapon and it has handled everything from bike park days to long grinding XC rides. The 3 settings on the damper provide flexibility depending on what you are riding, it really handles everything well. Take the Fox out to pasture and saddle up with the Pike, best decision you will ever make.

Is this a 2014 Fork

5 5

Fox Killer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like others, I've been on the Fox bandwagon over the years and was a bit hesitant to try out the Pike. Rockshox wasn't kidding when they called this fork the Fox Killer. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that nearly every major bike manufacturer is specing this fork on their bikes. The best way I can describe this fork is: Badass. If you sweat the details you'll be pleased to hear how much adjust-ability is present. From your usual premium adjustments such as low speed compression adjuster and rapid recovery rebound, to air volume adjustments via bottomless tokens and simple travel adjustment, this fork is perfectly at home as a supple, trail tamer for an intermediate rider all the way to aggressive, endurooo! riders pushing the limits of the stiff 35mm stanchions. To clarify, a couple bottomless tokens are included to dial in the progressiveness of the air spring. Also, different length air shafts are available for about $40 to change the travel. In my case, I have mine tailored to 140mm of travel to suit my Santa Cruz 5010. As for trail performance, I was most impressed by the suppleness on trail chatter while still having plenty of platform for larger holes and any hucks you find just off the beaten path. My rides typically include a couple thousand feet of climbing rewarded with an equal vertical plunge, I keep mine completely open at all times since I have zero issues with bobbing on the climb, no brake dive or packing on the descent. This fork will help you push the limits with confidence you haven't experienced previously.

Fox Killer
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Tides have turned. Check out most manufactures now a days, most speced out bikes are rocking the 2015 Fox 36.

Responded on

I agree, I am seeing the 36 on a lot of new bikes this year. However I'm not of the mindset of that meaning the 36 is the best. While recently contemplating my build for the coming season the Pike/36 debate was the hottest topic (building up an Ibis HD3). So far I'm settling on the Pike again. As sad it may seem, one of the main issues I had with the 36 was the lack of a QR. While it is small peas, I don't want to have to deal with an allen or multi-tool every time I need to take off the front wheel for whatever it may be. Weights seems to be thrown all over the place, but it seems the Pike is coming in a bit lighter than the 36. When talking stiffness, the 36 should without a doubt be stiffer with the solid axle, however I didn’t have an issue with stiffness at 140mm, and doubt I would at 150-160. If you are going 160 and above, the 36 would make more sense if stiffness is your jam. Performance wise, the Pike on my 5010 is awesome and took very little to dial it in. I know it's simple to setup and how to tune it for my liking. Additionally, I know I can dial in the Pike easily to what I like without much trouble and that I didn’t have any issues. The Fox 36 boasts a Hi Speed Compression adjust, and while that’s really appealing, I didn’t miss having one on the Pike. The previous Fox 34 I had on my Ibis HD in 2013, felt good, but I had issues with fluid passing by the seals in the air spring. I replaced the seals after a few emails to Fox (read: not great CS). In one of the cases of draining out the excess oil in the air spring and adding fresh oil, I mistakenly over tightened the shaft, snapped, and had to replace that.

Responded on

Call it what you will, but that is my experience, and the reason I’m planning on going back to the Pike instead of drinking any OEM kool-aid.
As a side note, consider what shock you are running. If I was going to be running a Fox shock, I would have went with the 36 since they will pair nicely. I ran the RS Monarch Plus on a 5010 last year and absolutely loved it so I probably will try to get one for my HD3, which also played into my factors. I haven’t ran a Cane Creek shock before to know which they pair up with best.