Music on the trail.
The new, 27.5in RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Dual Position Air 180 Boost Fork brings back all the dirt-shredding prowess we loved about its previous versions and ups the ante with an elongated brace, tapered legs, and a Boost axle with for increased stiffness and control to deftly clean technical, burly terrain.
Though RockShox's two flagship forks, the Pike and the Lyrik, share a general pedigree, there are some key differences. These lie mostly in the 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 favorite to begin with, including the RCT3 Charger damper and Fast Black coating, and Dual Positions 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 lockout 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.
- A big hit fork with lightweight nimbleness
- Beefy stanchions and axle width for stiff control
- Tapered legs reduce weight
- Air spring ramp-up is adjustable with Bottomless Tokens
- Remote damper tuning accommodates varied terrain on the fly