Forks & Shocks

2015 Fox 34 Float 26 160 FIT CTD Fork

2015 Fox 34 Float 26 160 FIT CTD Fork

Fox has redesigned a number of their forks for 2015, and the new 34 Float may be the best in its class.

RockShox Pike RCT3

RockShox Pike RCT3

The Rockshox Pike’s low weight and great adjustability set the standard for trailbike forks.

Interbike Roundup

Interbike Roundup

A look at some of the noteworthy new products we played with during the Interbike demo days, including the DVO Emerald fork, the Thomson dropper post, and the Smith Optics Forefront helmet.

Avalanche Chubie Rear Shock

Avalanche Chubie Rear Shock

The Avalanche Chubie rear shock can turn a long-travel trail bike into a mini-downhill machine that can also be pedaled uphill as fast as many short-travel trail bikes. It’s a durable, adjustable, high-performance upgrade.

2013 Fox 34 TALAS 26 FIT CTD Fork

2013 Fox 34 TALAS 26 FIT CTD Fork

Fox now includes their CTD damper system on ALL of their 34mm and 32mm forks. So is that a good thing or bad thing? Blister’s Noah Bodman weighs in.

RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Shock

RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Shock

The RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 is basically the best air shock that reviewer Kevin Bazar has ever ridden on any trail bike.

2012 Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO V2 Fork

2012 Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO V2 Fork

Marshal Olson has this to say about the 2012 Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO V2 fork: “Go sell your hunk of junk and buy one.”

Well, then.

Marzocchi 55 Micro Ti Fork

Marzocchi 55 Micro Ti Fork

The Marzocchi 55 Micro Ti is a smooth, reasonably light fork with good feel, though reviewer Marshal Olson did hit one snag with the axle.

Niner Bikes Carbon Rigid Fork

Niner Bikes Carbon Rigid Fork

The Niner Bikes Carbon Rigid Fork steers great on hard-packed trails and climbs technical terrain incredibly well, but it didn’t offer the control or smoothness that reviewer Marshal Olson looks for when he decides to ride rigid.

2011 X-Fusion Vector HLR rear shock

2011 X-Fusion Vector HLR rear shock

Want to float for a fraction of the price? Look no further.

2011 X-Fusion Vengeance RC 160mm fork

2011 X-Fusion Vengeance RC 160mm fork

According to Marshal Olson, “this is the best trail bike fork currently on the market, in all aspects of its construction.” Well, then.