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Item # RSX002I

Scrambling.

Six-inch travel bikes have become the golden standard in enduro racing, tempering race-worthy speed with enough travel to tackle whatever rock gardens, gutters, and drops a given mountain might have in store. Almost as soon as it hit the market, the RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 150 Fork proved that it was the standard fork for the golden standard enduro bike, the level against which all other six-inch forks would be measured. While other manufacturers scramble to re-engineer their entire lines, the Pike continues to focus on scrambling across trail furniture and finish lines.

The Solo Air fork ditches the adjustability of the Dual Position Air version in favor of a single 150mm travel position. You lose the ability to drop the front end of your bike by a couple of centimeters 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 really shines on the steepest and most technical downhills you can stomach.

Of course, the Pike wouldn't be in the pole position of the six-inch travel game if it were rigidly un-adjustable. Depending on the terrain you're climbing up or dropping in to, the fork's settings can be dialed by the three-position RCT3 switch, which lets you choose discreet amounts of lockout for bigger hits, trail terrain, or cross-country speed. RockShox's Rapid Recovery feature indulges the Pike's terrain-gobbling tendencies by keeping recovery between hits short, so you'll always have that cushion, even during multiple successive bumps.

The Maxle Lite axle is a lighter and stiffer version or RockShox's standard model. This means it requires fewer watts to move it, and the watts you do send its way transfer more efficiently. The questionably named Power Bulge feature also contributes to stiffness with a reinforced lower leg and oversized bushing that, contrary to the name, don't involve a corresponding increase in stanchion size. The Pike is finished with a PSI menu tattooed on the side, so you don't have to turn to your smartphone to determine the proper pressure levels for your weight and the terrain.

Tech Specs

Travel:
150 mm
Stanchion Material:
Fast Black-coated aluminum
Lower Material:
magnesium
Crown Material:
forged hollow 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
Damper:
RCT3 Charger
Adjustability:
external rebound, low-speed compression, 3-position compression
Lockout:
yes
Axle:
15 mm Maxle Lite
Max Rotor Size:
203 mm
Brake Compatibility:
post mount
Recommended Use:
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Smoother than a hot knife through butter

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This isn't my first Pike, and likely won't be my last. Since I put the first Pike on my bike I've been very pleased with how awesome it performs.

The 35mm stanchions provide a stiff platform for riding rough terrain. The chassis is fairly light weight considering how robust it is. You're also able to find the right tune for the trails you ride due to the rebound and compression settings. If you're looking for a great do-it-all trail fork this is one to consider.

Want to chat about forks? Contact me:
dbennett@backcountry.com 801-736-6396 ext. 4999

Everyone wants a pike

    The Pike has performed to the level expected from the pike name. I don't know anything about translating lateral stiffness of a fork to words on paper, but it seems to be more predictable and make technical sections easier than the Revelation & Marzocchi 44 I've recently used. The charger damper keeps performance high on downhill sections. It's easy to setup although it may require different pressures than "standard".

    Extra Stability

      The extra stiffness you probably need.

      I upgraded from a Revelation, and man, can I feel the difference. Whether you a running through a rock garden, or, taking flight, the Pike gives you the extra confidence and stability to rail it.

      It's the bomb. Black on Black is classy too!