The 27.5in RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Dual Position Air 160 Boost Fork brings all the hard-charging ability we loved about the previous Lyric and adds newly tapered legs, an elongated brace, and a Boost axle width for increased stiffness and control on almost any terrain you dare approach.
Since the Pike has become the default enduro fork, comparing the two is an apt exercise. The key differences between the Pike and the renovated Lyrik lie in the latter's body, which enjoys a general reinforcement throughout. The 35mm stanchions are similar to the Pike's, but they beef out more at the crown. The crown itself is also sturdier, as are the lowers, and the overall effect is a noticeable gain in stiffness. If you often find yourself questioning the prudence of your line selection, then you'll appreciate the Lyrik's stiff, confident tracking as an alternative to constantly correcting lines in the middle of terrain features.
The Lyrik runs a Dual Position Air spring with a large negative chamber and a new SKF cartridge seal that nets claimed reductions in friction and increases in intervals between servicing. This seal and chamber combination creates a smooth initial stroke and contributes to the Lyrik's uncanny ability to stay on top of successive, small bumps and alleviate brake dive—both of which it does better than the Pike.
RockShox preserved certain elements of the original Lyrik that made it the all-mountain favorite to begin with, including the RCT3 Charger damper, Fast Black coating, and Solo Air shock design. Depending on whether you're climbing up or dropping in, the fork's settings can be dialed by the three-position RCT3 switch, which lets you choose discreet amounts of damping for bigger hits, trail terrain, or cross-country speed. RockShox's Rapid Recovery feature indulges the Lyrik's terrain-gobbling tendencies by keeping recovery between hits short, so you'll always have that cushion, even through multiple successive bumps.