Fitting the 2014 RockShox Pike 27.5 fork on the Ibis Mojo HDR yesterday I was kinda reminded of my first suspension fork – the RockShox Mag 20. With noodle-like 25.4mm stanchions and theoretical 48mm of travel, back in 1992 it was state of the art. Compared to modern forks it didn’t really do much but with the gold magnesium lowers it wasn’t short on bling, but more than that you just knew it symbolized the start of the MTB suspension revolution.
How much has changed in 20 odd years of RockShox suspension forks? After running Fox forks for the last few years I’m about to find out with the new 27.5″ Pike.
At the time of writing 650b forks are in seriously short supply in Australia. It turned out that at distributor level across all brands there was one single 27.5″ fork left in Australia until the next wave of shipments arrive. A lonely 160mm 2014 RockShox Pike 27.5″ needed a home, and having given Rich at Over the Edge his 160mm 650b Float back I had a Mojo HDR that needed a fork.
Early previews of the Pike from SRAM’s 2014 product launch spoke highly of the fork, plus the black stanchions were a perfect match for the stealth look I had in mind for the Mojo HDR so it was a case of decision made!
The technology packed in the fork is seriously impressive! Check out Mountain Bike Action’s First Ride impressions of the Pike.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know the Pike. Once the rain clears and the trails dry out it’s on!