Lyrik Ultimate 27.5in Boost Fork
We're fans of chasing progress, and the leaps and bounds that the mountain bike industry has made in the past decade alone is mind blowing — but that doesn't stop us from always wanting to see just what's next. The engineers at RockShox must be just as eager, as they've jumped right into their 2020 universe before summer has even hit us here at the Competitive Cyclist office, launching into things full speed with the new Lyrik Ultimate 27.5in Boost Fork. The newly redesigned Lyrik now tags on the Ultimate designation, situating the fork as the top-dog in the brand's new model structure. It features subtle changes that don't look like much on paper, but create a noticeably different ride-feel, offering the best in show when it comes to off-the-top sensitivity and mid-stroke support - terms that are thrown around left and right in the suspension world, but we're confident in the ride improvements that truly do stand up, and shine against the competition. The fork uses an updated Charger 2.1 damper, paired with the DebonAir spring that you found in previous models to offer a smoother than ever ride, that spends more time higher in its travel for better handling in chunky terrain and lofty hits.
The Lyric Ultimate represents the cream of the crop in RockShox enduro fork offerings, and updates start with the newly engineered Maxima Plush oil that reduces friction and improves smoothness in the stroke over previously used oils, improving seal lubrication. The seals themselves are also new, moving to a lower-friction design that's inspired by the motocross industry. RockShox also went with a new type of grease in the air chamber that lasts longer, and wears better than the grease in years passed.
RockShox made the largest changes on the Lyrik in the damper. Now dubbed the Charger 2.1, the damper features tweaks to its high-speed compression damping to reduce harshness, and altered the low-speed compression settings to make them much more usable — meaning you can run the highest amount of compression, and still feel the benefits of a supple fork. The rebound circuit has been updated, allowing the fork to ride higher in its travel when you're rolling across brake bumps and chattery rock sections. The damper also received a new wear band around the main piston, which is designed to stop oil flowing around the piston to increase rebound damping control when traveling at low shaft speeds, which translates to improved traction.
RockShox crafts the Lyrik Ultimate with travel ranges from 150-to-180-millimeters, and with both 42mm and 37mm offsets, allowing you to pair up with your steed for perfect compatibility on the trail.
- Conquer enduro lines with RockShox newly fine-tuned fork
- New Charger 2.1 damper reduces harshness and stiction
- Oil flow path improves recovery and traction on the trail
- Improved seal design is inspired by motocross to reduce friction
- New rebound circuit lets fork ride higher in its travel
- Maxima Plush oil bath keeps thinks moving slick and smoothly
- Air chamber grease lasts longer than previous generations