We test the Rockshox Pike RC
Rockshox Pike Fork
For some years, the Rockshox PIKE was out of the picture but has now come back with a bang in the market. This is one of the most amazing products that Rockshox has ever produced. This is so good a fork that I will not hesitate to say that whether you are going for a smooth ride in single track or a rough ride in the rockiest terrain in the world, the PIKE is what you are looking for.
Ultimate in its own class!
Rockshox is said to have claimed that the PIKE rides high and resists brake dive. Well, I couldn’t agree with them more. This has not one competitor in this weight class. It is outstanding in all sizes.
Such varied features in a single product:
There are three versions in which this is offered by PIKE that are 26, 27.5 and 29ers. It is available both in Dual position and Solo. The range of the travel is 140 to 106 mm. The charge damper too is to die for, literally.
|Travel||26”/27.5” – 150mm, 160mm; 29” – 140mm, 150mm|
|Weight||26” – 1835g (4.05 lb), 27.5” – 1861g (4.10 lb), 29” – 1876g (4.14 lb)|
|Available Springs||Solo Air, Dual Position Air|
|Adjustments||External rebound, low speed compression to lock|
|Steerer Options||Tapered aluminum|
|Crown||Forged, hollow 7050 aluminum|
|Upper Tubes||35mm, Tapered Wall Aluminum, Fast Black|
|Lowers||Magnesium, 15X100mm Maxle Ultimate|
|Recommended Rear Shock||Monarch, Monarch Plus, Vivid Air|
|Maximum Rotor Size||200mm|
|Color Options||Black, Diffusion Black, White|
|Other||Weight based on 265mm tapered aluminum steerer, 15mm Maxle|
|Retail Availability||May 2015|
Talking of the charger damper:
One of the unique features is that the charger damper that this contains is a sealed single-piece damper cartridge that is claimed to be much less prone to contamination than the simple motion control system that is found on other forks. It is also said that this damper has made it possible for the engineers to tune the damping curve. This tuning will help the fork to be swishy on a trail clatter. Typically, in other kinds of forks, there is some air always in the cartridge. This causes the oil to not compress well. The result of this is that the fork is not able to absorb the impacts. In RockShox: The case is, however, contrary to this one in this product. The system is entirely closed and fully pressurized which prevents the air from getting in it. Also, at all times it is full of oil that ensures that foaming is as less as possible even on the extensive use of it causing it absorb impacts as much as possible. The mesmerizing design and exterior: The exterior of the fork is also quite impressive. This big fork has a good enough large crown that is 35 mm stanchions and burly lowers. On giving this fork a much closer look, you will realize that every attempt has been made by Rockshox to cut down on unnecessary weight as much as possible. The material has been taken off from the non-braking leg as the stress put on this leg is much more than that of the other one i.e. the braking leg.
I agree that it is hard to say that the product is absolutely seamless and flawless. But on my part, I haven’t managed to find any flaws yet. There is an absolute state of enchantment while you are riding the bike with this fork. The specialists at Competitive Cyclist have some great deals on the Rockshox Pike RCT3 at the moment we wanted you to know about!