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RockShox Pike RCT3 - 27.5in 160mm MaxleLite15 Solo Air $0.00
While the original Pike was built on a reinforced long-travel cross-country platform, the newly redesigned Pike was conceived from the axle up to be the ultimate all-mountain fork — something RockShox only saw as possible with a dedicated platform. A pair of 35mm stanchions, bound by a forged 7075 crown and magnesium lowers, make the new RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air your — and your bike's — best friend on gnarly and smooth trails alike.
The Solo Air fork ditches the adjustability of the Dual Position Air version in favor of a single 160mm travel position. You lose the ability to drop the front end of your bike by 40mm to make it more aggressive on the climbs, but for some, the extra weight saved (about 50 grams) and the complexity saved is worth it. While still a comfortable climber, thanks to the Charger damper's adjustability, the Solo Air would love to be bolted to your preferred shuttle machine, ready for the steepest and most technical downhills you can stomach.
Speaking of that Charger damper, it's pretty rad. With it, you're not limited to factory low-speed compression settings. 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. Doctor the set-up as you feel fit, then let her rip.
The Rock Shox Pike RCT3 27.5in 160mm Solo Air fork has a tapered steerer tube and uses a post mount brake interface. It comes in Black with a 15mm Maxle Lite axle.
- 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
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Community & Reviews
So Far So Good
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Snagged the RockShox Pike RCT3 - 27.5in 160mm MaxleLite15 Solo Air for my Yeti SB5c build and it has been awesome so far. The Pike gives that stiff but supple feeling throughout the travel and doesn't seem to falter. I've dialed the rebound back a bit as it feels a bit too springy on the more squarish hits. I'm also going to replace the 160mm air spring with the 150mm to balance the climb/descend performance of the SB5c build out a bit. Will report back when I've made the transition.
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
- 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
Yeah, this is the 2014 model
- 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.