Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

1/26/2010 : sicklines

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm The Lyrik has been a favorite fork in the RockShox line for many riders. The updates for 2010 should make it an even more sought after fork.  The Lyrik is aimed at the all mountain segment and the updates RockShox has put into it helps make it even more of a contender against forks like the FOX 36 lineup. To find out more about the 2010 RockShox Lyrik check inside.

Key updates throughout the Lyrik chassis for 2010 include a lighter Maxle lite axle, an optional increase in travel to 170mm in the Coil and Solo Air model, updated Mission Control damping (available in a DH or standard setting), and a nicely updated dual flow rebound system through a reworking of the rebound shaft, piston, and internals. With riders seeking to take the single crown into more adverse terrain, the updated Lyrik for 2010 is a fork you won’t want to overlook. The fork we’re featuring here is the 2010 RockShox Lyrik Coil DH (170mm).

  • A red (medium) spring is installed from the factory.
  • Included with the 2010 Lyrik Coil DH comes few extra springs to suit various rider weights and preferences (yellow and blue springs).
  • Additional springs are available to purchase to suit other riders as well including X-soft(silver), soft(yellow), blue(firm), and black(extra firm)

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

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Lyrik Spring Options: (4 spring choices for 2010)

  • 2-step Air – The 2 Step setup features a hydraulic travel adjuster to the Solo Air design. The 2-Step Air is able to reduce the travel by 45mm at the flip of a switch.  This can help make for easier climbing or extending the travel all the way for descending.
  • Coil U-Turn – The Coil U-Turn has an external adjuster that allows the rider to incrementally reduce the travel by up to 45mm giving the rider a range between 115mm and 160mm of travel. As the travel is decreased the spring rate is automatically compensated so it does not change across the range of travel for a consistent ride at any height.
  • Solo Air – Uses the RockShox Dual Air system.  It features a floating negative chamber to optimize the spring curve to help provide a consistent feel throughout the travel. Positive and negative chambers are independently adjustable for greater tuning capabilities.
  • Coil – The coil spring is a simple time-tested design with a smooth feel and linear spring curve.  It comes stock with Red (medium) spring but comes with Yellow (soft) and Blue (firm) extra springs to help the user fine tune for their weight and riding style.  Additional springs can be purchased to help riders at extreme sides of things.

Lyrik 2010 travel options:

  • 2-step Air – 115mm or 160mm
  • Coil U Turn – 115mm to 160mm
  • Solo Air – 160mm/170mm
  • Coil – 160mm/170mm

Lyrik 2010 steerer tube options:

  • aluminum 1 1/8”, 1.5”, and 1 1/8” to 1.5” tapered available in all models

Additional Lyrik 2010 details:

  • 555mm axle to crown (@170mm of travel) – 545mm axle to crown (@ 160mm travel)
  • Brake mount: 74mm post mount (6″ standard) (210mm maximum brake rotor)
  • Lowers: magnesium construction with decals under the clear coat
  • Uppers: 35mm 7000 series aluminum (travel gradients on some models)

Maxle update: The 2010 Lyrik comes with the Maxle Lite 20mm thru axle. The axle has been lightened by 40% from previous years’  (148g standard Maxle, 94g Maxle Lite by our measurement).  This is a tool free 20mm setup and removing the axle requires no tools.

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

Maxle lite and rebound adjuster (click to enlarge)

Lyrik DH Adjustments:

  • External beginning stroke rebound (red knob at the base of the right leg)
  • High and Low Speed Compression (DH Mission Control)
  • Coil preload
  • Coil spring tuning (X-Soft, Soft, firm, or x-firm)
  • (check the data sheet for other specific Lyrik model adjustments)
, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

Mission Control DH (click to enlarge)

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

red knob is the Rebound adjust (click to enlarge)

2010 Lyrik damping options:

  • (Lyrik DH damping) Mission Control DH – The updated Lyrik Mission Control DH damping setup offers a bit more control compared to 2009 and earlier Lyrik forks.  While both have external high and low speed knobs, the Mission Control DH offers more to the end user in controlling the ride even more.  The Mission Control DH is new for 2010 and is focused on descending.  The floodgate is removed in the Mission Control DH (still present on the Standard version) and is replaced with a new high-flow compression piston that is designed to help the fork perform better in rough terrain.

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm
high flow piston | credit: RockShox compression piston cut away | credit: RockShox
  • (Lyrik Standard damping) Mission Control – consists of high and low speed compression with floodgate adjustment. The floodgate adjustment is present to help dial in the platform threshold to offer better climbing performance (less pedal bob) while still allowing bump performance when descending.
  • (Lyrik IS damping) Motion Control IS –  Motion Control with the addition of high-speed compression control through an Integrated SpeedStack as well as a crown-mounted low-speed compression knob.

Out of the box our damper knobs were a bit firm, but loosened up after a few turns.  It would be nice if the knob break in was done before we received the fork as it makes for a better experience for the end consumer. It would reflect a bit nicer on the investment and the end product as a whole.

Differences between the Mission Control and Mission Control DH

We asked SRAM about the differences between the standard Mission Control and the Mission Control DH to get a better idea their design philosophy. They provided with a lot of backstory on the development of the damper and explains why they offer both options for riders to choose.

“When we originally designed the Lyrik we loved the idea of having an efficiency feature in the damper.  The team designed in the pop-up Flood Gate button that allowed you to toggle between your favorite performance setting and a more pedaling friendly mode.  As we started living with Lyrik and riding it we found that not everyone used that feature. Specifically while riding here in Colorado, none of us were even using that feature.  A few of us at the shop decided to pull out the floodgate feature, which sits directly in front of the compression circuits.  When we did that we had to re-shim the compression piston because there was more oil flowing straight to the shim stack.  The guys here in the shop fell in love with bump performance of this tune.  This new set up reduced the systems harshness on big hits.  At the time we just kept running that system in our personal forks.  We talked about putting it into production, but couldn’t justify all the work against other projects we had going on.

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

Mission Control cut away | credit: RockShox

When the MY10 BoXXer project kicked off, it needed a new compression piston design that fit into the same size upper tube as a Lyrik.  Since all the work was already being done on the BoXXer side of things we could just plug in the Lyrik and get this fork we’ve all been riding into production.  The production version is dramatically more refined than the proto system we had been riding on.  The new compression piston was focused on increasing the oil flow across the piston allowing us to control more of the compression load with the shim stack.  This boils down to a controlled compression feel, without harshness and smooth transitions between high and low speed compression circuits. So, why do we have both systems still?  A lot of users out there love the Flood Gate feature and use it on every ride.  But, for those out there who don’t use that feature, the Mission Control DH provides superior bump performance.  It really is a pretty big difference.” – Jeremiah Boobar

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

Mission Control asembly | credit: RockShox

Differences between the Lyrik’s Mission Control DH and the BoXXer’s

“There are a few parallels between the two systems, but really they were developed independently.  We use the same compression piston, but the valving is different.  The new Lyrik uses a larger rebound shaft than the original, but it isn’t as large as the massive 19mm shaft on BoXXer.  Lyrik does not have enough room in the upper tube to accommodate as much displacement at the BoXXer.  The Lyrik rebound shaft is as large as we could make it without coming up short on travel.  Both compression tunes were tested on the types of bikes with the types of riders who would be really using the product.  If we just took the BoXXer compression tune and applied it to the Lyrik the Lyrik would feel horrible and vise versa. The Lyrik and BoXXer were both designed by the same team, but each project was run by a different designer.  In the teams weekly meeting, the designers shared what they were learning from their test riders and sharing ideas to see what would make the best product tune for each application.  This is one of the huge benefits to having a design team that is focused on long travel suspension.” – Jeremiah Boobar

Revised Rebound System

Perhaps just as important as the new damper, is the revised Dual Flow Rebound system in the Lyrik. This updated Dual Flow rebound circuit seems to take cues from the 2010 BoXXer.  The new Dual Flow rebound offers additional control over previous Lyrik rebound circuits and helps the Mission Control damper work better than before.

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

dual flow rebound

Both of the Mission Control forks (DH and Standard) have these updated rebound circuits that feature a larger displacement shaft and the removal of an internal tube, so a larger rebound piston can be utilized. The Dual Flow rebound incorporates independent damping circuits allowing separate rebound speeds for big hits and small ones. The adjustable rebound is the beginning-stroke (small hit) rebound while the ending-stroke (big hit) is factory set. We suspect this change is just as important as the updated Mission Control (DH) cartridge as it helps push more oil in the circuit and offer the end user a more controlled ride in all situations.  While the ending stroke rebound isn’t an external adjustment, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this implemented in future Lyrik forks.

Update your old Lyrik

If you’ve got an older Lyrik and are looking to get some updated internals, RockShox hasn’t left you high and dry.  You can retrofit your old fork with the updated rebound and the new Motion Control (DH or standard) damper as well.

  • The new Mission Control Damper ($110 MSRP) (vendor part #: 11.4015.415.020)
  • The new dual flow rebound ($80 MSRP) (vendor part #: 11.4015.416.020)


  • Maxle Lite – 94g
  • Coil DH fork (full steerer + Maxle Lite) – 2413g


  • Lyrik Coil DH 170mm MSRP – $955
  • (other models vary)


There are a lot of combinations for the Lyrik colorways. The base colors are White, Black, and Diffusion (matte) Black. The decals are under the clearcoat for 2010. Depending on the fork model, damping, and steerer there are different colors. Check the gallery for examples and with your dealer for specifics.

  • 2-Step Air – White/Grey | Black/Grey
  • Solo Air – White/Gold | White/Red | Black/Red
  • U-Turn Coil – White/Grey – Diffusion Black/Grey
  • Coil – White/Red | Black/Red

* note – spare lowers can be ordered with other SRAM color decals – Tango (orange), Cash (green),  Pinkslip (pink) The Lyrik fork is easy to work with and service with minimal tools.

If you’re big into tinkering with your fork, the RockShox Lyrik’s simplicity lets you crack it open a bit easier and modify compared to a lot of other forks out there.  The available parts and tech manuals help make servicing or changes easy and straight forward.  We’ll continue to test the Lyrik throughout the coming year and expect it to perform well considering how its done so far.

, Spotlight: 2010 RockShox Lyrik DH Coil 170mm

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In the mean time feel free to contact your nearest dealer to check out one of RockShox’s Lyriks for yourself. We suggest a reputable and knowledgeable bike shop like Red Barn Bicycles.

[2010 RockShox Lyrik Gallery] [RockShox Website]

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