RockShox Pike RCT3 - 27.5" 160mm MaxleLite15 $1,085.00
The original Pike, built on a reinforced long-travel crosscountry platform, enabled the mountain bike to naturally evolve into the highly capable yet fun-to-ride machines they are today. This time around, however, instead of relying on existing components, Rock Shox focused on making the Pike the perfect match for 27.5in wheels, which is why you'll find 35mm stanchions keeping things light and tight on this RCT3 model with a Dual Position Air spring.
This means the Pike for 27.5 wheels can drop 40mm of travel to suit those who earn their turns. It does add a little complexity and weight (we're only talking just above 50g here), but lets you drop the front end down for an improved riding position and better traction when climbing. The two travel settings are adjusted using a switch on the top of the right crown.
On the other side of the Pike, resides the RCT3 damper. With this, you're not limited to factory low-speed compression settings without playing doctor. Via the shiny dial atop the Charger adjustment knob, you can increase low-speed compression to avoid brake dive and g-out, or run it wide open. The Charger damper also gives you three instant compression settings from open, trail-tuned, and completely locked out.
The Rock Shox Pike RCT3 27.5in 160mm Dual Position Air has a tapered steerer tube, and uses a post mount brake interface. It comes in White and with a 15mm Maxle Lite axle.