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As the stiffest fork in RockShox's line this side of a dual-crown Boxxer, the Lyrik RCT3 Dual Position Air 160 Boost (51mm Offset) 29/27.5+ Fork takes your all-mountain riding and enduro racing to the next level with its big-hit support and dual-position adjustment. Beefed up over its Pike sibling with thicker stanchion walls, the Lyrik RCT3 is RockShox's premiere fork for conquering demanding alpine terrain with steep, rocky descents. For 2018, it's been revised with a DebonAir spring and Charger 2 damper, both of which improve its small-bump sensitivity and mid-stroke support.
This particular version of the Lyrik RCT3 features the Dual Position Air Spring for changing the fork's travel from 160 to 130 millimeters with the quick flick of its dual-position knob. This allows you to drop the travel to a far more manageable 130 millimeters when you're pedaling up steep climbs, versus having to push a longer 160-millimeter fork uphill. By lowering the travel by 30 millimeters, you'll find the fork reduces your long-travel bike's tendency to wander the front end, meaning you'll have a much easier time cleaning tight switchbacks and technical climbs where a long travel fork poses difficulties.
Newly introduced for 2018, the Charger 2 damper improves the fork's small-bump sensitivity, which equates to better traction when you're riding over sections of jarring roots and rocks. The new damper widens the range of low-speed compression tuning, giving you greater control over the feel and performance of your fork. Also, it's easier to turn the lever of the 3-position adjust, meaning it's now compatible with RockShox's OneLoc handlebar remote (sold separately) for quickly locking the fork during racing scenarios.
Since it's made exclusively for the newest Boost axle standards, the Lyrik now clears tires up to 2.8 inches when you're riding a 29er, as well as accommodating 3-inch tires with 27.5+ wheels. This gives you the ability to run the larger/plus-size tires that are becoming popular for bump compliance and traction benefits, especially when you're riding them at lower pressures. Another design feature inherent to this particular fork, the 51-millimeter offset reduces the "dead space" between the steering axis and hub. This offset negates the sluggish handling at low speeds inherent to many 29ers with slacker geometries.
- RockShox's burliest enduro fork with dual-position travel
- Dual Position Air Spring switches between 130 and 160mm of travel
- 35mm stanchions with thicker walls for stiff, precise tracking
- Boost axle spacing clears 29 x 2.8in and 27.5 x 3-inch tires
- Charger 2 damper offers greater sensitivity, wider adjustment range
- 3-position adjustment knob: Open, Pedal, and Firm modes
- Open mode features range of low-speed compression tuning
- Torque cap compatible for extra stiffness (not included)
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- Q & A
Thank goodness for dual position!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I ride just about every day, and most of the time those rides involve riding to the top of a long descent. So for me a the dual position is a must. It makes a world of difference in my bikes climbing abilities, by lowering the front end. Not only does it charge to the top, but it feels at home ripping down anything you want to throw at it. From technical to big hits, the Lyrik delivers with unmatched stability.