We're finding it difficult to believe that RockShox could stiffen up the Pike Fork, seeing that its stout 35-millimeter chassis made believers from staunch devotees of the competition's forks. That being said, a contingent of aggro all-mountain and enduro riders desired a bit more stiffness than what's available with the Pike, inspiring RockShox to create the Lyrik RCT3 DebonAir 170 Boost 27.5in Fork for long-travel applications. For 2018, the Lyrik is upgraded with a Charger 2 damper and DebonAir spring, both working to increase its small-bump sensitivity, traction, and mid-stroke support.
The Lyrik is the flagship enduro fork in RockShox's line, delivering unwavering levels of support for riders demanding every last bit of stiffness and precise handling when they're pushing themselves and their forks to the absolute limit. To handle the rigors of enduro racing and aggressive all-mountain riding, RockShox beefed-up the Lyrik with thicker stanchion walls and a reinforced arch to deflect lateral/twisting forces from bucking you silly across imposing rock gardens and bigger hits.
Newly introduced to the 2018 line of Lyriks, the Charger 2 damper improves the fork's small-bump sensitivity, which equates to better traction when you're riding over rocks and large roots. This new damper gives riders a wider range of low-speed compression tuning, meaning it's all the more adjustable to your exact needs and riding preferences. It's also easier than ever to turn the lever of the 3-position adjust, making it compatible with RockShox's OneLoc handlebar remote. Besides being incredibly popular in the Alps where long climbs are necessary, the OneLoc remote is especially useful for enduro racers seeking a handlebar lockout.
Another new addition for the 2018 model year, the DebonAir spring increases the negative air spring volume of the fork, much like you'd find with RockShox's Deluxe and Super Deluxe shocks. This increased negative air spring volume makes the Lyrik all the more sensitive to small bumps, and also increases mid-stroke support.
Seeing the Lyrik has wider Boost spacing, it makes perfect sense that RockShox designed it to clear tires up to 2.8 inches. This means you can use this fork with both wide volume trail and plus-sized tires without clearance issues. It's also compatible with RockShox Torque Caps, which are wider hub end caps that stiffen up the interface between hub and fork dropout, which is helpful in long-travel applications. To gain the benefit of Torque Caps, you'll need a compatible hub from SRAM, but there's also a few wheel companies supporting this technology as well. Fear not if you don't use Torque Caps, as the Lyrik works with a standard hub, so long as it's Boost spacing.
- RockShox's stiffest fork for enduro and all-mountain use
- 35mm stanchions with thicker walls for greater support
- 3-position adjust: Open, Medium, and Lock settings
- Charger 2 damper widens range of low-speed compression tuning
- DebonAir spring enhances bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support
- Available in Boost spacing only, clears tires up to 2.8in
- Torque Cap compatible for extra stiffness (not included)
- OneLoc remote compatibility (not included)