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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.

Please note that a shock pump is not included with this fork.

  • 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
  • Please note that a shock pump is not included with this fork.

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:
Claimed Weight:
1861 g
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain, downhill
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Great Fork

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Have one on my 5010C and one on my Nomad C and love how simple it is too add or subtract the tokens to get the fork dialed in!

It may not be as stiff as the fox36 I was running prior but I have found it be more supple on the small trail chatter.

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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.

Did you ever switch from 160mm to 150mm? Would love to hear your thoughts, I'm considering swapping out my 150mm Fox 34 for a 160mm Pike

Hey Nicholas S. I did change out the air shaft for a 150mm and I have found that the climb/descend performance was balanced out way better for the SB5c. I've had to stiffen it up a bit when it comes to rebound and air but I haven't made too many other adjustments. Also, the ride position is still a bit moto but much easier to get used to with the 150mm. For straight trail riding and not so much AM I would've taken it down to 140mm even, but in Utah we have a lot of trail/XC climbs with AM descents on the same system so it works really well at the 150mm setting.

Appreciate the insight. With this current sale, I think I'm going to give the 160mm a try and then adjust if necessary. Most of the guys I ride with are on 160mm (SB6c's) so I'm thinking this is a good compromise for the decent

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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

Yep. No reason you can't use a 27.5 fork on a 26 bike. The offset/rake and axle to crown will be a bit different and I'd do some research (but basically it'll be ~10mm higher in the 27.5 version).

I'm running a 27.5 Mattoc on my 26 Banshee Rune no problem. Now a 27.5 wheel in a 26 fork is an entirely different matter...


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

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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

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

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.

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.