The RockShox Pike is a legend, but it’s time for it to step aside and make room for the Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air 170 27. 5in Fork. RockShox hasn’t reinvented the fork, exactly, but it has taken just about everything that the Pike did and make it better, so you get a long-travel enduro fork that’s lighter, stronger, stiffer, and smoother than ever. The Lyrik’s crown and stanchions are both burlier than the Pike’s, which endows the fork with a stiffer feel that’s perfect if your preferred method of descent often swings towards the hell-for-leather end of the spectrum–just point it and go. Underneath, the Solo Air spring has been updated with a new negative chamber and seal design that’s smoother, requires less servicing, and helps the Lyrik gobble up washboard ruts (brake bumps, we’re looking at you) and resist diving when you get on the brakes. For all the advancements, RockShox didn’t get too crazy, though. The FastBlack coating and bomber Solo Air shock design stayed the same, because they’re awesome, as did the Rapid Recovery (small-bump compliance) system and the RCT3 Charger damper, which lets you power up those shuttle stages and hammer the descents like an animal.
Travel: 170 mm
Stanchion Material: Fast Black-coated aluminum
Lower Material: magnesium
Crown Material: aluminum
Wheel Size: 27.5 in