2013 Dirt 100: Bos Idylle Rare Air
Bos Idylle Rare Air
Perfection achieved? We think that BOS have come very close indeed with the introduction of an air-sprung version of the already difficult to beat RaRe downhill fork. What sets BOS suspension apart from the rest is the acute amount of detail – every eventuality has been tested, often with the help of a world champion downhiller, and every tiny feature of the fork has been refined and then refined again.
The 2013 RaRe air is no exception; the arch is recessed to save weight, so too the upper stanchions. The adjuster knobs themselves are a work of art, the cable guide is simple and incredibly neat, and even just the glossy finish and the BOS logo itself look amazing. Something that is never an issue with BOS kit is reliability – we’ve used coil RaRe’s for months on end without needing a service, and the RaRe Air is proving to be just the same. Big drop in performance over the coil-sprung version? Not at all.
In fact, the BOS team riders all chose to use these over the coil-sprung fork for the entirety of the 2012 season, and so would we as unbelievably BOS have managed to make these air forks better than the coil, particularly in respect to small bump sensitivity. A truly remarkable pair of forks.