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Rockshox Pike RCT3 26" Fork 2014

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The RockShox Pike is back! Like the long awaited Jay-Z album, the Pike was well worth the wait. After taking a few years off, the Pike has come back to rejoin the RockShox lineup, as the ultimate trail fork. The Pike will turn your bumpy uncomfortable trail into a silky smooth ride. Be warned, the RockShox Pike creates such a comfortable ride that you’ll begin to notice the sweet scent of flowers, chirping birds, and beautiful butterflies fluttering about. It’s totally normal. The RCT3 damper allows you to adjust the rebound and has a three position compression (open/pedal/lock.) Magnesium lowers make for a super light chassis without sacrificing rigidity. Power Bulges reinforce the lower leg to allow for an oversized bushing, which increases the stiffness and maximizes each pedal stroke.

  • Crown adjust
  • Aluminum steerer
  • External rebound, low speed compression, 3-position compression (Open/Pedal/Lock)
  • Magnesium Lowers, Aluminum Steerer
  • Air Guides
  • Charger Damper
  • Power Bulge
  • Rapid Recovery
  • 15mm Axle
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Rockshox Pike RCT3 26" Fork 2014
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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      5.0

      One of the best trail/AM/Enduro forks ou

      By Lee

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Bottomless Token Tuning
      • Buttery Smooth
      • Lightweight
      • Longer Lasting Damper
      • Looks Good On Any Bike
      • Stiff

      Cons

      • Availability Of Oil
      • Price

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Rockshox Pike RCT3 26" Fork 2014:

      As a long-time Fox Racing Shox user, I never did like Rockshox forks as my Tora 302 died in a months time and the Fox Talas that replaced it made it clear that Fox makes stunning products, but today in 2014, it seems as if the roles changed.

      The 160mm 26" Pike is mounted on a 2014 Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad with a Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS. Prior to the Pike, I had a 2014 Fox 34 Float CTD FIT, until the aluminum bolt holding it together on one side snapped.
      Compared to the Fox 34, I feel as if the Pike is in a different league. Not only is it stiffer and lighter, it also doesn't dive under braking (massive issue with the 34) and has more adjustments to fine-tune on a relatively simple platform with the RCT3 settings.

      Riding is done at the Sunshine Coast and Coast Gravity Park. Out on the Coast trails, the Pike feels glorious through loam, rocks, boulders, and anything you throw at it. The most impressive part about the Pike is the amount of mid-stroke support and how it truly feels "Bottomless" with just a single token. The Pike soaks up whatever you throw at it and still maintains composure allowing you to track your front wheel better and simply go faster. It's scary how fast trail bikes can go now.

      At Coast Gravity Park, where the 160mm Nomad may look a little small beside the sea of DH sleds, it feels surprisingly at home. Yes, I would have an easier time if I had a DH bike and would definitely be able to go faster, but the Nomad with the Pike is already so much fun that it never crossed my mind while riding CGP. During and after the endless shuttle runs, the Pike did not change in behavior and maintained its same buttery smooth, controlled stroke throughout the entire day of hard laps. I did manage to bottom it out once after hucking it to flat on a drop, but nevertheless, the Pike feels very at home in bike parks.

      With Fox bouncing back with their revised Fox 36, the competition is starting to heat up again, but prior to the 36, the Pike was the only mid-travel fork I drooled for. Maybe I'll try the 36 one day, but the Pike works so well that I can't think of upgrading any time soon.
      The Pike is set at 60-63 psi, 5 clicks of LSC, 5-8 clicks of rebound, and 1 Bottomless token.

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      5.0

      best pike yet

      By Deeber

      from Corona, Ca

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • 2 Step Air
      • Buttery Smooth
      • Not Fox
      • Super Plush

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Mountain
        • Trail

        Comments about Rockshox Pike RCT3 26" Fork 2014:

        Swapped out my old pike 351 for the dual position 160mm and am not looking back. The adjustments are easy to work and tune. I noticed the air guide sets up a little on the stiff side I'm 195lbs and dropped the psi to 80lbs and now use the full travel. I haven't tried the air spring adjustments but I prefer a more linear rate. Would for sure recommend this to anyone in the market for an new fork.

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        5.0

        Probably the best fork on Market.

        By Lfsart

        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Value

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Rockshox Pike RCT3 26" Fork 2014:

        This fork is incredible and in my opinion a better fork than Fox.
        The Pike looks great on just about every bike I have seen one on! The black stanchions really stand out and keep the front end looking really clean! Looks aside, the Pike is packed with tuning features that every rider can appreciate. The RCT3 adjustment (open, pedal and lock) work really well as I found that I kept the fork in the "pedal" position most of the time until I came up to a technical descent and really wanted to put the fork through it's paces. In the "open" position the Pike literally floats over whatever is in front of me as it really soaks up technical features and rough terrain while asking for more! Rock Shox's new Charger damper is really the crown jewel of the new Rock Shox Pike RCT3 in my opinion as it provides buttery smooth suspension that usually isn't synonymous with air suspension forks. Another great feature of the Pike is the low speed compression adjustment that allows you to dial in the fork when it comes to small bump compliance and controlling brake dive.

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        5.0

        Best. Fork. Ever.

        By Farmer Ted

        from Fort Collins, Colorado

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Lightweight
        • Plush
        • Smooth And Controlled

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rockshox Pike RCT3 26" Fork 2014:

          This is by far the absolute best suspension fork I've ridden in 25 years of mountain biking. I've got the 160mm dual position air version and it is so incredibly smooth, plush and controlled, I can't believe it.

          This fork has nearly the small bump sensitivity of a well tuned and broken in 100mm fork but it is also right at home with medium to large hits, chunky sections, and g-outs. The spring rate is very linear with just the right amount of progression at the end of the stroke so you use full travel but never feel it bottom out. The dual position air system works perfectly and has never let me down.

          The damper is just incredible, both the rebound and compression dampers are super smooth and predictable giving you total control and confidence in all situations. They are also very adjustable with a broad range adjustment.

          The fork feels very stiff and planted, the new Maxle Lite is easy to use and spot-on. My fork was stiction free and buttery smooth right out of the box. I now have around 500 miles of steep and technical Northern Colorado all-mountain riding on it and it feels better than ever.

          My only real gripe is that it's pretty pricey but I have never regretted my purchase. This fork transformed my AM rig and I don't want to stop riding it. The performance of this fork makes me want to go faster and push harder on every trail I ride. I hope to enjoy it for years to come.

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