Pushing the XC envelope.
On the forefront of XC design, the RockShox RS-1 RL Solo Air 120 27.5in Fork w/Remote turns a traditional fork upside down with inverted stanchions that improve fore/aft stiffness while remaining properly lubricated throughout their lifetime. When RockShox first introduced the RS-1, it was purely intended for competitive XC use, although many non-competitive riders were running it on their lightweight XC bikes just for fun. However, these same riders often ran higher pressures to prevent blowing through excess travel due to its linear curve, making the RS-1 feel firmer over small bumps and trail imperfections.
Realizing these same riders desired the RS-1's lightweight efficiency and fore/aft stiffness, but with greater bump compliance and traction while running higher pressures, the RS-1 RL improves upon the original RS-1 by adding a more sensitive Charger 2 damper. By replacing the previous version's Accelerator damper with the Charger 2 unit, the RS-1 RL becomes all the more trail-savvy—without the unrelenting firmness of a race-ready tune you'd expect from a competitive XC fork. This particular version gives you 120-millimeters of bump-smoothing travel to tackle rougher trails and technical XC courses. That being said, it's still going to be on the XC end of the riding spectrum, due to its inverted 32-millimeter stanchions optimizing efficiency and steering precision over big-hit compliance.
Besides its Charger 2 damper unit overhaul, the RS-1 RL features a OneLoc remote that mounts to your handlebars for maintaining efficiency on uphill climbs and out-of-saddle sprints. This remote is compatible with RockShox Deluxe rear shocks, making it a great choice for XC riders seeking to lock out the front and rear simultaneously. Please note, the RS-1 RL is only compatible with SRAM's Predictive Steering hub with torque tube (sold separately), which bolsters extra stiffness over the front wheel to compensate for the fork's skinnier lowers. It does come with a 15-millimeter Maxle Ultimate for a more secure attachment interface.
- Lightweight, inverted XC fork with increased trail sensitivity
- Inverted stanchions stay oiled and bolster fore/aft stiffness
- 120mm travel is better equipped for bumps and trail obstacles
- One-piece carbon fiber upper maintains stiffness, shaves weight
- Required SRAM Predictive Steering Hub with torque tube (separate)
- Charger 2 damper unit increases traction over small bumps
- 2-position Open/Loc with bar-mounted One Loc remote
- Comes with 15mm Maxle Ultimate with quick-release