Rock the trail.
The 27.5in RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 130 Boost Fork pairs race-ready speed and smooth travel with a Boost axle width for a stable, confident ride that fights off deflection like a highly caffeinated honey badger. Add to that the Pike's stellar reputation for durability and adjustability, and this fork is ready to tackle almost any trail with abandon.
The Solo Air fork ditches the adjustability of the Dual Position Air version in favor of a single 130mm 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 save about 50 extra grams. Don't be fooled though, the RCT3 can still climb with the best of them with an adjustable Charger damper and will shine like a star on the steepest, most technical descents you can find.
That said, the Pike wouldn't be at the front of the pack if it were rigidly un-adjustable. Depending on the terrain you're climbing or dropping in to, the fork's settings can be dialed by the three-position RCT3 switch, letting you choose the amount of lockout for big hits, general trail terrain, or cross-country speed. RockShox's Rapid Recovery feature indulges the RCT3's terrain-gobbling tendencies by keeping recovery between hits short, maintaining a cushioned ride over multiple successive bumps.
The Maxle Ultimate axle is an exceptionally easy to install version of RockShox's standard model. It boasts tool-free installation that can be completed with just one hand and stiff, efficient power transfer. The questionably named Power Bulge feature contributes to stiffness with a reinforced lower leg and oversized bushing that don't require an increase in stanchion size. The Pike is finished with a PSI menu imprinted on the side, so you don't have to dig through tech manuals to find the proper pressure levels for your weight and terrain.