The Pike is the new fork from RockShox. A new chassis design featuring 160mm (or 150mm) of travel with 35mm stanchion tubes. Learn some details about the construction, seals, new RCT3 damping, and much more.
Video: 2014 Pike Features and Technical Overview
Jeremiah Boobar expounds for us on the new Pike above. He runs through a lot of the details on the Pike and the inner workings of it as well as the consturction and asymmetrical legs as well. They’ve also revised the Maxle design on this fork so that there are no tools necessary. You can see how it works in the video above but it allows you to re-clock the head of the Maxle by compressing and rotating it into the right position.
If you’ve curious how their new extruded expanding bladder and charger system works in the fork, you should watch the video above as well to learn more. As the fork compresses the extruded bladder expands (see picture below). They’ve designed a new damping package as well since its a cartridge based system.
Expanding Bladder system (static state on left, fork compressed state on right)
RCT - Charger Damper
Charger Damper - 3 positions to pick from open, pedal, and a lock as well as low speed compression adjust in the open setting
Video: Bleeding the Charger Damper and Technical Internal Details
We were interested to learn more about the revised seals, bushing setup, and bleeding of the RCT3 bladder system. Watch the video above to see how its done.
The 15mm Maxle also sees revision on this Pike fork.
New 15mm maxle setup can be re-clocked without any tools
Pike Maxle can be easily re-clocked by comrpessing and rotating to reset the axle into a different position without any tools