The NEW RockShox Pike | GMBN’s First Ride

The NEW RockShox Pike | GMBN’s First Ride


– The last model of the
RockShox Pike launched in 2013. It was a really popular
fork and it was a benchmark for all other trail and enduro
forks we measured against. This is a brand-new RockShox Pike. I’m gonna take a proper look
and also take it for a ride, and see how it works. (electronic music) The Pike is RockShox’
trail and enduro fork, and they’re really keen to get it back into that middle ground,
rather than the Lyrik, that covers that longer travel end. This comes at 160mm travel
maximum on the 27.5-inch model. On the 29-inch wheels, it
comes in at 140mm max. And this is a boost fork
only, so it’s been designed from the ground up to be boost. So rather than the old style
of having a hundred-mil fork and also the boost 110mm width, they designed this just for boost. So that is something RockShox believe is the future of forks. Not only just for fork technology, but boost actually makes
those wheels stronger by getting that larger
bracing angle of the spokes. So, looks like that is the future. So this boost fork gives
you space for 2.8-inch tyres on both wheel sizes, so there’s
loads of clearance in there. Also on the bigger 29-inch fork, you’ve got space for a 27.5 plus. So all sorts of different wheel sizes and tyre sizes available fit this fork. As far as brake rotor
size, it comes down to a 180mm direct mains on there, so RockShox believe you
shouldn’t use anything smaller than a 180-mil rotor on this fork, which makes sense for
trail and enduro bikes. You have a couple of different
options with the axle. Here is this Stealth Maxle, where you need a 6-mil allen key to take out the front
wheel bit nice and neat. You’ve also got that Ultimate Maxle option to make it a little bit quicker with a lever to get that front wheel out. The Pike is a 35-millimeter
fork and as ever it’s got these really helpful markings on the stanchion to help you set your sag. This fork is actually set on the 150-mil travel setting at the moment. On the left-hand fork, you’ve got the sticker on the back side to give you a guide as
to how much pressure to put in that air
cartridge for your weight. (electronic music) So in the left fork leg,
we’ve got this DebonAir air spring, and that’s been designed with a larger negative air spring. So that gives you much better
small bump sensitivity, much more like the Lyrik. So that’s really good
for fatigue in the hands, but also for grip on that front tyre. The more that tire’s on
the floor, no small bumps, the better grip you’re gonna have. So it’s not quite as plush as the Lyrik, as the Lyrik is a longer travel fork. You need to keep this trail
fork a little bit more lively, a little bit more sporty. It’s also got more mid-stroke support, so it’s much more like a coil spring, where you’ve got that
small bump sensitivity, but also it ramps up. Again, that’s tunable
with bottomless tokens. And something that’s really interesting is because this fork has been
designed from the ground up, the 27.5 and 29-inch versions
both have exactly the same air volume in that fork. And that means it’s made it much easier for RockShox to set those base settings and get them more accurate for each rider. So now the pressure in that fork leg almost corresponds
directly to your weight. So I personally weigh 70 kilos, about 70 psi in that fork,
and that works pretty well. Again, I could put more
air pressure in there if I’m a more aggressive rider, or again, tune it with
those bottomless tokens. Even the airspring cap
has been thought about. It’s really low-profile now, to give the clearance
for frame manufacturers, and to get inside the fork
you now need a cassette tool rather than having to use those really low-profile spanners in the past. In the right leg we’ve
got a Charger Two damper, and that comes with
four different options. You’ve got two remote
options and two knob options. This one is the RCT3 version. The three standing for
three different settings on the compression damping or lockout. So there’s open, pedal, or firm. In the open setting now
we’ve got a much larger range of low speed compression control
than on the previous Pike. And also, the pedal setting’s now designed to be much more usable in things like flow trails and pump tracks. Even the full firm lockout option, because it’s a trail fork,
is designed to be usable not quite so locked out
as a cross-country fork. You’ve also got the
rebound damping control on the bottom of that right-hand leg. A lot of design work now has
gone into this Charger damper to make it really lightweight to turn this knob from
open to pedal to firm. On the old fork, you
actually had to manually turn a spring inside the fork to do that. This is much lighter, so it
feels really nice on the hand, but also it’s light enough
to give you that option to use a remote. So I’ve got the Pike
set in 150-mil travel, and I’ve got that main gear
at 140-mil travel bike. And I’ve gotta say, RockShox
have worked really hard on getting their suspension on the bike fork to match their shocks. And the bike does feel really balanced. I’ve got the fork set in
open mode at the moment, so nice and active with a load of adjustment on that low speed compression. Bike feels really playful. Definitely nice and plush
on that low speed start. So while that small bump
sensitivity feels really good, it does ramp up nice on those bigger hits. Makes this bike, actually,
feel really playful, sort of sporty, but you
can actually give it a pretty good thrashing as well. Really abuse the trail bike a little bit. (electronic music) So there you go, there’s
the brand-new RockShox Pike. A fork that had a lot to live up to. Its previous edition was
a really popular fork. It’s interesting to see SRAM
RockShox just developing the boost-size fork from now on. Probably something we’re
gonna see across the line from other fork manufacturers as well. You get all those clearance
advantages, also gonna see bigger tyres probably
on the market, 2.6, 2.8. They also get the same stiffness as the old Pike for 150 grammes less. If you wanna see more videos from GMBN, click on the GMBN logo here
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