New Renthal Fatbar and Fatbar Lite

New Renthal Fatbar and Fatbar Lite

PRESS RELEASE: Renthal

We are pleased to announce the following three new product groups;
– Updated Fatbar, in AluGold or Black Hard Anodised Finish
– Updated Fatbar Lite, in AluGold or Black Hard Anodised Finish
– Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35 in Black Hard Anodised Finish


Fatbar
This updated version of the Fatbar has undergone a full structural re-design. In keeping with the demand for wider, gravity oriented handlebars, we have increased the width to 800mm. Our proven high grade 7050 T6 aluminium, variable gauge, taper wall tubing is the key ingredient of the Fatbar. With careful and efficient use of material, we have massively reduced the weight to a trail-worthy 315g. At the same time, performance levels retain the same legendary DH strength and durability and match the flex characteristics of the original Fatbar.

The new Fatbar is available in our market-leading choice of rise options; 10, 20 30 and 40mm. And we have now added a colour option; either the iconic Renthal AluGold hard anodised or the all-new black hard anodised finish.

Renthal Fatbar®
• Material: 7050 T6 Aluminium
• Weight: 315g
• Width: 800mm
• Colours: AluGold or Black
• Rises: 10, 20, 30, 40mm
• MSRP: $84.95 / £69.95

Fatbar Lite
The ever-popular Fatbar Lite has been given some structural tweaks to bring it bang up to date, with the increased width at 760mm. With efficient use of high grade 7050 T6, variable gauge, taper wall tubing aluminium, we have kept the same market-leading weight of 270g. The new Fatbar Lite achieves all of this whilst retaining the same high level of strength and durability and matching the flex characteristics of the original Fatbar Lite.

The new Fatbar Lite is available in our market-leading choice rise options; 10, 20 30 and 40mm. And we have now added a colour option; either the iconic Renthal AluGold hard anodised or the all-new black hard anodised finish.

Renthal Fatbar® Lite
• Material: 7050 T6 Aluminium
• Weight: 270g
• Width: 760mm
• Colours: AluGold or Black
• Rises: 10, 20, 30, 40mm
• MSRP: $84.95 / £69.95

Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35
Black Hard Anodised Option

To co-ordinate with the launch of the version 2 Fatbar and Fatbar Lite, we have now added a black hard anodised option to the Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35 range.

In addition to our iconic AluGold hard anodised finish, this new colour option offers the same super durable finish.

Check out all the new products over on our website.

Rockshox Releases Updated Budget-Friendly Forks

Rockshox Releases Updated Budget-Friendly Forks

PRESS RELEASE: SRAM / RockShox

There is a difference between “I could” and “I did.” At RockShox we are doers. Over 25 years ago, we forever changed mountain biking by introducing suspension. And since then, we kept doing, innovating and bringing the most exciting suspension products to mountain bikers of all disciplines. Because only ACTION moves us forward.

Action is Everything is more than our tagline, too—we keep pushing the envelope of innovation, up and down our product lineup, so that every RockShox product can keep up with the evolution of the sport. From 30 to Sektor, Pike DJ to Bluto, new technology, new chassis designs and fresh new looks are guaranteed to inspire mountain bikers to action.

ACTION IS EVERYTHING.

Rockshox Sektor RL

With aluminum uppers, outstanding stiffness-to-weight and DebonAir™, new Sektor offers more than ever before. Tire clearance and axle to crown measurements match Pike and Revelation. The chassis takes styling cues from BoXXer for integration with oversize frames. And new controls and graphics cement Sektor’s place among the RockShox greats and on today’s bikes.

Rockshox Sektor RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
New DebonAir™ air spring is highly responsive and helps maintain traction in a wide range of conditions
Motion Control™ RL damper provides low speed compression adjustment to lockout
New BOOST™-specific chassis, light yet stiff
32mm aluminum Fast Black upper tubes
Can accept Bottomless Tokens for air spring tuning
OneLoc™ remote compatibility

MSRP: $429-499 | €479-549* | £429-499* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox Reba RL

Reba has always signified RockShox quality and performance. Even more so now, with chassis options that allow Reba to be a frontrunner in any role, from XC to trail riding. With technologies developed on SID, Reba and Revelation, Reba is the one-stop solution to everyone looking for the unmistakable RockShox performance in a proven package.

Rockshox Reba RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
OneLoc™ remote compatibility
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $499-569 | €549-629* | £499-569* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018

Rockshox Recon RL

The RockShox Recon sets a new benchmark for value-based performance. Recon represents a perfect partnership between 32mm Revelation’s crowns and lower legs, and bombproof RockShox new steel Fast Black upper tubes. Adopting this proven chassis allows for shorter upper tubes, which means Recon just went on a serious weight-loss program. With the addition of its now-standard Motion Control™ damper, the re-invented Recon is the new silver standard for fun.

Rockshox Recon RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
New Fast Black finish for steel upper tubes
New compression knob and air cap
New cable-remote spool compatible with OneLoc™ remote
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $249-319 | €279-349* | £249-319* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox Judy Gold

Who says entry-level bikes can’t get all the latest features and performance? Judy is built around a brand new chassis, designed with the same philosophy of the award winning Pike for the demands of modern mountain biking: stiff, yet very light. BOOST™ means also room for Plus tires, up to 2.8″ in both the 27.5″ and 29″ models, while Torque Caps compatibility adds additional stiffness and control to the fork/wheel ensemble. Judy Gold also sports a Motion Control™ RL damper, compatible with OneLoc™ remote and Fast Black upper tubes for an unmistakable RockShox look and performance.

Rockshox Judy Gold

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
Fast Black aluminum upper tubes
OneLoc™ remote compatibility
BOOST™-specific chassis, light yet stiff
New compression knob and air top cap
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $379-449 | €419-499* | £379-449* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox Judy Silver

Who says entry-level bikes can’t get all the latest features and performance? Judy is built around a bold chassis designed with the same philosophy of the award-winning Pike for the demands of modern mountain biking: stiff, yet very light. BOOST™ allows extra room for Plus tires, up to 2.8″ in both the 27.5″ and 29″ models, while Torque Cap compatibility adds additional stiffness and control to the fork/wheel combo. Judy Silver features a new Fast Black finish for steel upper tubes and RockShox’s proven TK damper.

Rockshox Judy Silver

FEATURES / BENEFITS
TurnKey™ lockout compatible with PopLoc™ remote
BOOST™-specific chassis, light yet stiff
New Fast Black steel upper tubes
New compression knob and air cap
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $299-329 | €329-369* | £299-329* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox 30 Gold

Light (actually, very light)? Check. Easy to set up? Check. RockShox ride quality? Check. Too good to be true? Not if you are referring to the RockShox 30 Gold, featuring Motion Control™ damping.

Rockshox 30 Gold

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
Fast Black aluminum upper tubes
New compression knob and air cap
New cable-remote spool compatible with OneLoc™ remote
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $349-439 | €389-489* | £349-439* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox 30 Silver

A day of slicing through sweet ribbons of singletrack on a bike sporting our 30 Silver will leave you smiling – all the way to the bank. Lightweight and packed full of legendary RockShox technology, the 30 Silver is sure to strengthen the level of your riding without breaking your wallet in the process.

Rockshox 30 Silver

FEATURES / BENEFITS
TurnKey™ lockout compatible with PopLoc™ remote
External rebound adjustment
Updated compression knob and air top cap
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $169-209 | €189-229* | £169-209* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox PIKE DJ

Just like a DJ spins sweet tunes, Pike DJ spins… off jumps and drops. Jumps are getting bigger, tricks are becoming crazier, and the slope style and dirt-jumping crowd needs a fork that facilitates the progression. Enter Pike DJ: little brother to the award winning Pike; a stout 35mm chassis, light enough to boost higher and stiff enough to shred berms. The custom tuned Charger™ damper and specific Solo Air™ system provides for heaps of bottom-out progression to help butter the landing. Everything you love in Pike, but cleared for the biggest take offs.

Rockshox Pike DJ

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Charger™ Damper with specific Dirt Jumping/Slopestyle tune (extra-firm compression)
Specific Solo Air™ top cap for extra bottom out progression (tunable with Bottomless Tokens)
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $849 | €939* | £839* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018

Rockshox Bluto RCT3

You’ve probably observed more and more riders are on bikes that look “different” on your trails. Bikes that have wheels and tires of gigantic proportion – and we’re not talking about 29ers here. The thing is, even though fat bikes were created to float on top of snow, they’re just too damn fun not to ride on dirt. So how do you amplify your fat bike adventures even further? With a supercharged, ultra-efficient, first-of-its-kind fat suspension fork called Bluto. We started with the features you’ve come to love from RockShox: Fast Black aluminum upper tubes, stout 15mm Maxle™, remote or crown adjustable damping, tapered steer tube, and the infinitely tunable Solo Air™ spring. Then, the chassis got the fat treatment by re-engineering it to meet the unique needs of fat tires and wheels. Everything from crown, to arch, to axle has been optimized to tackle the increased torsional loads of its wide stance. With more traction and control than ever before, you’ll never be happier you went fat.

Rockshox Bluto RCT3
FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring 3-position compression adjustment (open/pedal/lock)
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $689 | €769* | £689* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018

Rockshox Bluto RL

You’ve probably observed more and more riders are on bikes that look “different” on your trails. Bikes that have wheels and tires of gigantic proportion – and we’re not talking about 29ers here. The thing is, even though fat bikes were created to float on top of snow, they’re just too damn fun not to ride on dirt. So how do you amplify your fat bike adventures even further? With a supercharged, ultra-efficient, first-of-its-kind fat suspension fork called Bluto. We started with the features you’ve come to love from RockShox: Fast Black aluminum upper tubes, stout 15mm Maxle™, remote or crown adjustable damping, tapered steer tube, and the infinitely tunable Solo Air™ spring. Then, the chassis got the fat treatment by re-engineering it to meet the unique needs of fat tires and wheels. Everything from crown, to arch, to axle has been optimized to tackle the increased torsional loads of its wide stance. With more traction and control than ever before, you’ll never be happier you went fat.

Rockshox Bluto RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
OneLoc™ remote compatibility
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $719 | €799* | £719* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018


MENTIONS: @SramMedia

Limited Numbers of Intense’s M29 FRO Now Available

Limited Numbers of Intense’s M29 FRO Now Available

Intense M29 FRO
PRESS RELEASE: Intense Cycles

bigquotes Racing, we believe, is our true north. It’s where our company was born and our brand was built. By using the world’s best riders under the fiercest conditions, we are able to develop world-class products.Jeff Steber, CEO/Creative Director

Last year at Fort William, we unveiled and raced our P3 (Prototype #3) M29. After many months of testing, adjusting, and planning this would be the first real-world test on the main stage. Jack Moir piloted the P3 M29 to a 2nd place finish, his best finish in a World Cup.

Intense M29 FRO
This year we will launch the M29 to market. We will release a very limited batch of FRO (For Racing Only) models in early Summer. This limited batch of 15 M29 FROs will be exact replicas of the Intense Factory Racing team bikes. Each bike will be hand-assembled at our Headquarters in Temecula, CA by Factory Racing Tech Chappy Fiene.

Intense M29 FRO
Intense M29 FRO
Intense M29 FRO
Intense M29 FRO
Full spec and pricing will be available April 17th.

For more information on the M29 please visit: http://intenseforlife.com/m29


MENTIONS: @intensecyclesusa

Race Face Releases Cinch Power Meter

Race Face Releases Cinch Power Meter

Canada Cup XC Champ Evan Guthrie isn’t your typical spandex and salads weight weenie cross country racer. He races in baggies, can send it harder than most, has finished on the podium at BC Enduro Series events and hit top step on the Downtime at Singletrack6. Offered a spot on the Canadian National Team to race XC World Championships this year, he turned that down to go race the EWS Finale instead. With limited time on his “big” bike he went top 10 in a stage against the best dedicated EWS pros in the world in Italy. Nobody talked about it, but it was definitely more fun than doing six laps of a fifteen minute Worlds course down under.

Regardless of if you’re doing specific intervals or pacing yourself over an epic ride or enduro day, having accurate and instant power data is useful and valuable information. Evan eagerly signed on as one of the Cinch Power Meter testers and has been counting watts all year from the Sea Otter Short Track to the Italian singletrack. His data files helped Race Face refine our algorithms to speed up and improve accuracy and well as optimize the data for mountain bike applications. Big impacts and sudden changes in traction aren’t common in road and a road power meter plugged into a mountain bike often contains power spikes and other inaccurate data. The Race Face Cinch Power Meter is made for mountain biking, of all types, just like Evan. Spandex and salad not required.

“cross training”
Guthrie’s RF Next equipped Pivot LES rocking a Team Edition FOX 32 is his go-to choice for training rips.
not so secret training.
The Cinch Power Meter helps athletes track the ride: efforts on the climbs and recovery on the send.
The Cinch system allows for a power meter crankset to be swapped between bike builds with an 8mm Allen key and adjustment of the preload collar. But if Evan is changing riding styles, the power meter spindle can be easily swapped from his Next SL crank arms into Next R crank arms and back with a crank puller tool that is included in the box with the Cinch Power Meter

Enduro may be getting more technical, but the climbs can still make or break a race run.
Guthrie’s Pivot Firebird is loaded with Next R carbon wheels, cranks, and cockpit, steering a FOX 36.
Pedal churning with the Cinch Power Meter puts the information at your fingertips on Bluetooth and ANT head unit.
The Race Face Cinch Power Meter is shipping now to dealers near you!
The Cinch Power Meter gives you the tool to train for the Enduro and XC glory you truly deserve. Protected in your BB Shell, the Cinch Power Meter not only gives you the advantage you need to gauge your training and push your boundaries, but it does it with the compatibility and performance you have come to expect from Cinch. Thanks to the adaptable spindle, you can pick your poison from NEXT SL G4 to our Turbine R cranks, and with our Cinch App and both ANT+™ and Bluetooth®, you can hook it up to your favorite head unit and be on your way to the wattage cottage in no time.

• Power Accuracy +/- 2%.
• Cadence & pedal efficiency data.
• Dual Bluetooth low energy technology / ANT+ for head unit compatibility.
• Battery life over 400h & USB rechargeable.
• Utilizing CINCH for 1x or 2x configurations.
• Cinch Power Meter App for iPhone or Android.
• 134mm Spindle swaps onto 30mm Race Face Cinch capable Next SL G4, Next G3, Next R, Turbine.

Cinch Power Meter Spindle MSRP: $599.99 USD
Next SL G4 Crankarms MSRP: $479.99 USD
Next R Crankarms MSRP: $479.99 USD

Riding: Evan Guthrie
Photos: Niall Pinder
Videography: Connor Macleod for Race Face

Push Announces Trunnion-Mounted Elevensix and ACS3 Kits for RockShox

Push Announces Trunnion-Mounted Elevensix and ACS3 Kits for RockShox

Push
Trunnion and Black Elevensix Models

PUSH Industries is expanding its range of high performance suspension components, and is pleased to announce some new flavors of its tastiest goods.

As a result of the rising popularity of trunnion-mount shocks, PUSH is now offering its Elevensix in a trunnion design to meet the demands of riders seeking the ultimate performance from their bikes using the new wider shock mount design. The new trunnion-mount shock is available in metric sizes comparable to the eye-to-eye lengths of standard Elevensix shocks. In addition, being more compact than eye-to-eye shocks, the new design allows certain shorter-travel bikes to take advantage of the Elevensix’s Dual Valve System. One such example is Evil’s Calling, which will be available with an Elevensix upgrade in the new Liquid Black color.

Push
Liquid Black? Yep, all Elevensix shocks are now also available in a black anodized finish, in addition to the original clear anodizing. In order to ease the concerns of those suffering from extreme colormatch FOMO, PUSH is offering an upgrade/rehab/12-step recovery program. It won’t cost as much as a new kidney, but it’ll be a color change that demands commitment. Riders who already haveElevensix shocks that they wish were black should reach out to PUSH at [email protected]

Push

ACS3 Available for All RockShox Riders

The PUSH ACS3 coil system was released earlier this year as an upgrade for Fox 36 forks, and is now available to order for RockShox Pike, Yari, and Lyrik models. Replacing the stock air spring with PUSH’s proprietary coil and air-assist kit provides a dramatic enhancement in front suspension throughout the travel, enabling supple small bump response as well as greater mid-stroke control and superior bottom out resistance. For Pike riders looking to upgrade to ACS3 performance, there are three options — 140, 150, 160mm. Lyrik and Yari riders have four travel options ranging from 140 to 170mm.

RockShox ACS3 kits are available in seven different spring rates. The Made in the USA ACS3 is an easy install for home mechanics, with convenient step-by-step how-to videos available on Vimeo and the PUSH website.

www.pushindustries.com

New Products and Innovative Tuning System from Vorsprung

New Products and Innovative Tuning System from Vorsprung

Vorsprung s Tractive Valve Tuning System for Monarch Plus
TRACTIVE Valve Tuning System
Chapter 1: Rockshox Monarch Plus

“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey

In 2011, before the company even officially existed, Vorsprung founder Steve Mathews had begun work on what went on to become the Tractive Valve Tuning System. Rather than being a single physical part or mechanism, Tractive encompasses the single most comprehensive and consistent method of damper tuning ever seen in the mountain bike world. Working with engineers from one of the world’s foremost mathematical computing companies, we have developed a truly one-of-a-kind system – and this particular kit is only the beginning. Big claims, we know. What sets Tractive apart?

Tractive is a process, not just a part.

Demo
Example 3D plots of vertical wheel output vs displacement vs velocity from our first generation calculation software. Two different frames with two different dampers are shown.
Process
The process begins with the end result that we are trying to achieve with a particular damper curve – it must provide sufficient, but not excessive resistance to compression and extension, in proportion to the rider’s demands.

How do we define and measure this correct amount? It needs to be measured at the wheel – the only place that matters. But direct measurement of forces and velocities at the rear wheel are very difficult to make – especially when the leverage ratio between the axle and the shock is constantly changing. And is the rider a timid 45kg (100lbs) woman, or a hard-charging 140kg (300lbs) hulk of a man, or someone more “average” in stature?

Vorsprung s Tractive Valve Tuning System for Monarch Plus
Tractive Valve installed in the Monarch Plus, custom tuned for rider demands
Our Elite Partner Tuning Centres around the world now have access to our proprietary, cloud-based Tractive Valve Tuning System calculation software. This software lets the tuner observe the true response at the wheel when considering the rider’s weight, the bike’s leverage rate and the damper curve generated by a specific tune.

Unprecedented Tuning Advantages:
• Direct comparisons can be visualised between any riders, on any bikes, with suitable benchmarks established and repeatably matched – an industry first.
• Our ever-growing database and the ability to directly compare two scenarios like this gives us an unparalleled ability to analyse and summarise feedback over time.
• Benchmarks are able to shift locally to reflect the different terrain demands in different parts of the world
• The combined experience of your local suspension tuner and Vorsprung’s own expertise can be leveraged to get you the best out of your shock

Demo
Proprietary cloud-based tune calculation software enables elite level tuners around the world direct access to our database for comparison of different scenarios.
With Tractive, you directly benefit not just from Vorsprung’s knowledge, but from the collective experience of all of our partners around the world.

Tractive Valve Tuning Systems are built with the following approach:
– Damper architecture weaknesses and problems identified and improved upon with upgrade parts
– Damper tunes selected to be the most suitable custom valving for the rider, frame and terrain
– Damper adjustment ranges and modes altered if necessary

The first shock to receive the Tractive treatment is the Rockshox Monarch Plus.

Vorsprung s Tractive Valve Tuning System for Monarch Plus
Upgraded triple circuit compression base valve assembly
Features and Benefits:
– Improved support
– Superior stability and predictability
– Improved compliance
– Improved grip
– Upgrade compression base valve assembly with triple circuit technology
– More usable 3-position compression adjuster with evenly spaced settings
– Pressure-balanced valving to provide sensitivity and support without cavitation
– Low friction Acetal IFP to replace the stock metal IFP which scores the reservoir bore
– Custom Tractive Valve Tuning System tune selection for each rider based on frame, weight, terrain, aggression and preference
– Customised rebound valving to replace the stock non-functional rebound shim stack
– Over 140 possible valving combinations for this shock alone
– Nitrogen charged via low-profile reservoir end cap
– All upgrade parts developed, tested and machined by Vorsprung in Whistler
– Internal alterations to reduce the typical knocking during direction changes
– Recommendations on spring pressure and volume spacer alterations if necessary.

Who is the Tractive Valve Tuning System for the Monarch Plus NOT suited for:
– Riders who already exceed the maximum rated air pressure of their shock. You need a different shock, sorry!
– Riders who want a firmer-than-stock lockout. The Tractive system offers a firm compression mode rather than a lockout for climbing traction, but if a lockout is non-negotiable, you’ll want to look elsewhere
– Riders who want to service their damper at home. The Tractive kit for Monarch Plus is not available for self-install or self-service as it requires both a vacuum bleeder and a nitrogen charging system to install.
– Riders who are using the Monarch Plus on a frame that is excessively progressive or otherwise completely unsuited to air shocks. These will work better with a coil shock.

Pricing:
Tractive Valve for Rockshox Monarch Plus – $320CAD including full service and installation.

Making a Monarch Plus a Tractive
The Tractive kit for the Monarch Plus is not available for self-install, so you’ll need to send your shock in to Vorsprung in Whistler, or to one of our Elite Partner Tuning Centres.

Vorsprung is actively seeking elite-level partners around the world, as well as dealers for user-installable parts – if you’d like to work with us, get in touch.

What’s next
More tuning systems for shocks and forks. Here’s a little teaser of some Fit4 kits which will be available mid January.

Vorsprung Tractive Valve Tuning System. Pre-production units for Fit4 dampers.
Fit4 Tractive Valve Kit available January 2018
Vorsprung Luftkappe
LUFTKAPPE V2
Fox 34/36 Evol & 34NA2 & Rockshox Pike Debonair 2018+

When we launched the Luftkappe for the Pike, Lyrik and Yari 12 months ago, we were floored by the response – the entire first run sold out within 48 hours of release, and we’ve battled just to make enough of them over the past 12 months. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we got, along with customer demand, pushed us to offer the same kind of upgrade for other forks. We now have four new Luftkappes on offer, all of which are available for self-install. As always, the goal for these was simple: the biggest improvement in how much fun your bike is, per dollar spent.

Vorsprung Luftkappe
Luftkappe options now also available for 34 Evol, 34NA2, 36 Evol and the 2018 Pike.
Vorsprung Luftkappe
The New Kits:
Shipping immediately:
36 Float Evol (2018+): includes Luftkappe piston assembly. MSRP $105CAD ($83USD approx).
34 Float Evol (2018+): includes Luftkappe piston assembly. MSRP $105CAD ($83USD approx).
34 Float NA2 (2016-17): includes Luftkappe piston assembly as well as new low-friction, low-profile sealhead. MSRP $130CAD.

Shipping as of December 15th:
Pike Debonair (2018+): includes Luftkappe A1 piston assembly + adaptor for 2018 Pike forks (except 29+ wheel size). MSRP $100CAD ($79USD approx). Referred to as A2 variant. Available for pre-order immediately.

Continuing Kits:
Pike/Lyrik/Yari A1 version: fits 2014-17 Pike Solo Air, 2018 Pike 29+ Solo Air, Lyrik/Yari 2016-18+ Solo Air and Debonair

Optional tools are also available for self-install.

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a Luftkappe for the 2015-17 36 Float NA.

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The dramatic reduction the Luftkappe offers in initial spring rate substantially improves compliance, whilst simultaneously providing more support and predictability in the mid and late stroke.
What The Luftkappe Offers:
– Softer initial stroke
– Larger negative air chamber
– Increased sag without the associated diving
– Coil-like initial and mid-stroke spring rate without the excessive bottoming of a truly linear spring
– Increased sensitivity
– Improved mid stroke support and control
– Superior bump compliance and traction
– Reduced hand fatigue
– Reduces required compression damping
– Retains volume spacer compatibility

How it works
It enlarges the negative air chamber to reduce the initial spring rate and increase the mid-stroke rate. This also lets you run slightly higher air pressure for more support, whilst maintaining improved sensitivity in the start of the stroke.

Compatiblity with MRP’s Ramp Control cartridge
As of December 6, 2017, we are working with MRP to ascertain this. For the time being, we have to say no.

Who is this NOT suited for
The Luftkappe is outright superior to the stock air spring for nearly everyone, however there are a few cases where it might not be for you:
– If you run your 36 at 180mm, it will be quite progressive. At 170mm and below, it should be fine. Likewise, a Yari at 170+mm, Pike at 160mm or Lyrik at 180mm will be quite progressive, and while the overall ride quality improves,you may also find it hard to use the last 5-10mm of travel – if this would bother you then have a think about it first.
– If you like running absurdly low sag for some reason. The Luftkappe runs more sag than the stock fork, but is firmer in the mid stroke – similar to a coil fork, but with ending-stroke ramp up to prevent harsh bottoming. If you’re the kind of person who wants the fork to run 5% sag, this isn’t for you. We could point out that a setup like that possibly indicates that your handlebars are set too low and you’re compensating with oversprung suspension, but we aren’t here to judge you, so maybe just don’t buy it.
– If you’re anal about your fork having an exact (but rounded-to-the-nearest-10mm-increment) amount of travel (it doesn’t ever, anyway, but let’s pretend it does). Because the Luftkappe balances forces at a pneumatic topout, the force right around topout is very low (literally zero other than friction), meaning the weight of the bike alone will cause it to sag a few millimetres. Your car’s suspension sags under the vehicle’s own weight, and realistically so should your bike – unless it was so sticky, overly stiff or over-preloaded that 10kg of bike weight wasn’t enough to cause your suspension to move at all, of course. If the idea of only having an apparent 148mm out of a 150mm fork bothers you, stick with the stock fork.

Using the Luftkappe on Rockshox’s 2018 Debonair spring system
For 2018, the Pike’s Solo Air spring was updated to be more similar to the Lyrik/Yari, which previously had a larger negative chamber than the Pike. Lyrik/Yari were essentially unchanged except the shape of the topout bumper. All of them were given the “Debonair” name even though only one of them changed substantially. 2018 Pikes, Lyriks and Yaris benefit every bit as much from the Luftkappe as the previous generations, and the end result is better to boot.

Why we’re able to do this
We can’t speak for the original manufacturers, but we have a lot less constraints than them. We can say “well at 180mm some people will find it too progressive” – that isn’t a luxury that large OEM manufacturers have. We can also spend months and months optimising the piston design alone. If we made public just how much time goes into developing these, a lot of people would simply think we were lying. In the meantime though, we didn’t have to design the whole rest of the fork.

Negative air chamber size
As negative chamber size increases, the initial rate drops, but space and pressure constraints go up immensely beyond a certain point. We’d happily build negative chambers far bigger than their current size, but you’d also need stanchions that were a metre long (that’s 0.00497 furlongs for those still using imperial measurements) to get enough positive volume in there.

EWS tested
We don’t sponsor anyone, but without violating anyone’s sponsorship obligations, let’s just say that the Luftkappe/Lyrik proved to be a winning combination in the EWS this year.