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Dec
2007

2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

12/5/2007 : sicklines
, 2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

In 2007, RockShox introduced the Totem. It raised the level of what people conceive a single crown fork capable of and tons of people have been running them with great success from freeriding to downhilling. The Totem Solo Air remains pretty much the same for 2008 but SRAM says they’ve fixed the issues they had. See inside for more information on this burly single crown fork.

The RockShox Totem lineup was introduced in 2007. It comes in four variants now: Solo Air, Coil, 2-Step, and IS. We’ll be taking a look at the Solo Air 1.5″ version below.

, 2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

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The Totem is a unique single crown fork that is designed for freeriding. Travel on this fork is 180mm but can be adjusted all the way down to 150mm internally in 15mm increments by using RockShox all travel spacers. The Totem chassis is a 40mm stanchion setup that is solid and kills a lot of dual crown forks in terms of stiffness and adjustability. A lot of racers have been using the Totem forks on their downhill race bikes with great success.

, 2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

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  • Available in galvanized or black
  • The Totem Solo Air 1.5″ fork uncut weighs in at a scant 2663g/ 5.87lbs which is lighter than their claimed weight.
  • The fork is very light but still feels just stiff and responsive as a dual crown.
  • Available in 1 1/8″ or 1.5″
  • The Totem’s lower stanchions are made of magnesium to keep the weight down and have a very beefy look to them.
, 2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

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  • All Totems have a built in 8″ (203mm) post mount disc brake adapter. No disc brake adapters necessary unless you want to run a 210mm(max) disc brake.
  • Mission Control damping provides external high and low speed compression, rebound, floodgate switch, and internal floodgate switch.
, 2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

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  • 40mm upper tubes taperwall 7000AL
  • Forged aluminum 66TV crown
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  • Massive updated sticker kit with graphics by Pete Fowler. The stock stickers are shown on the fork and are clear coated over.
  • Maxle 360 20mm provides a 20mm tool-free quick release system that is stiff and easy to use.
, 2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

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  • Speedlube ports provide an easy and quick way to overhaul your fork in minutes. The fork comes with the speedlube syringe.
, 2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″

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  • Fork pump is included to add or remove air from the fork via a quick access top mounted schrader valve.
  • Axle-Crown 565mm
  • MSRP $1060

We’ll be testing out this fork in the coming months and will have a full review of it next year sometime. We were impressed with how stiff the Coil Totem was and the ride that it provided was quite stellar. The benefit of the Solo-Air version is that you can dial in the feel of the shock quite precisely since it uses an air system.

The Axle-crown of the Totem is quite close to an 8″ dual crown fork and can easily be substituted without affecting the geometry drastically or at all. The Totem’s only major downfall with this fork in 2007 was an issue with the fork seals that some people experienced which we’re told has been fixed.

If you’re looking for one of the best performing single crown forks, the Totem is a major contender worth considering and SRAM backs up their products with the best of them!

[2008 RockShox Totem Solo Air 1.5″ Gallery] [RockShox Website]

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