Rockshox Pike Solo Air RCT3 Fork
When you make a fork as good as the last Pike, it can be a tall order to improve on it. However, Rockshox has gone back to the drawing board and done just that with a multitude of small tweaks adding up to a more refined ride. While the old Pike ended up covering everything from XC to hardcore all mountain, the 2019 Pike is really designed as a Trail/All-Mountain fork.
Who's this for: This fork is a great option as an upgrade for a wide variety of bikes. With weight light enough for a spritely trail rig, but stiff enough for a hard charging all mountain machine, this fork wouldn't look out of place on just near any bike out there.
Spring type: This uses Rockshox latest DebonAir technology in the air spring. This provides very supple movement across the first 1/3rd of the travel, helping take the sting out of square edge hits, and maintaining traction.
Max tyre width: The 27.5 version can take up to 27.5x2.8" tyres, and 26x3". The 29er can take 29x2.8" and 27.5x30"
Suspension travel amount: 120mm-150mm 27.5. 120-140mm 29.
Compression damper: The Pike uses the Charger 2 damper, and this is the RCT3 version of that damper. Meaning, three positions of pedalling platform adjustment; open, trail, climb. It also has independent low speed compression adjustment.
Rebound damper: External rebound adjustment, with rapid recovery so the fork can sit back up in it's travel between hits.
Travel adjustability: The Pike can have it's travel internally adjusted by replacing the spring with another DebonAir spring assembly in the length you would like.
Internal volume adjustment: This uses Rockshox standard air volume spacers to adjust late stroke ramp up.
Stanchion diameter: Thick, 35mm stanchions keep the Pike stiff and sturdy
Axle size and style: Pike's only come in Boost 110mmx15mm, and with the Maxle Ultimate quick release lever style axle.
Steerer tube: Standard, tapered steer tube, 1.5" lower, 1 1/8th" upper.
Lowers: Magnesium lowers keep the weight down.
CSU: 7050, forged, hollow aluminium crown, and an aluminium steerer.
Brake mount style: Post mount 180mm.
Brake rotor compatibility: 180-203mm.
Pros: Pretty much the benchmark for a trail/all mountain fork.
Cons: Not quite as adjustable as the heavy hitters like the 36, Helm, and Lyrik.
If you'd like something a bit burlier - you could check out the Rockshox Lyrik.
Ratings & Reviews
Amazing how much of an
by Ben -
Amazing how much of an upgrade from a revelation. Most noticeable over small to medium bumps but adds confidence to the whole bike
Rockshox pike solo air 29+
by richard p. -
Brilliant fork made better by the 29+ model. New build is a 29+ and love the fact that I can use the same fork as my other bikes on this.