For the first time in years, the RockShox Boxxer didn't make it into the Dirt 100 for 2018. It was long overdue an update and, after an off-season of it being glimpsed at races, the details have dropped in Losinj.
It's all about the new with RockShox, not only has this fork been designed with the newly discovered (as long as you don't ask Jeff Steber) 29 inch wheels but they're launching the fork with a young woman who's just stepping up to junior racing this year - Vali Holl. She's due to go toe-to-toe with Meg James and Mille Johnset in a year that really could ignite the recently formed series.
RockShox Boxxer World Cup
Wheelsize 27.5 boost, 29 boost
Available Spring Debonair
Adjustment External begin stroke rebound, HSC, LSC
Offsets 48mm and 56mm
Upper Tubes 35mm, Fast Black
Min Rotor Size 200mm
The fork itself gets new lower legs, new upper tubes, and a new MX-inspired crown that lowers the increased handlebar height that has been raised due to bigger wheels and tyres. Inside there's a Charger RC2 damper and DebonAir air spring that have both been apparently optimised for downhill. RockShox describe the feeling as the best attributes of coil and air: low breakaway force, mid-stroke support, linear feel, and tunable progression.
The fork was released yesterday but we were all on a plane so missed the jump. To make up for it, here's a gallery of it fitted to some of the World's fastest bikes in the pits.
Kona Fearon's 29" Kona
Kye A'Hern's 27.5" Canyon Sender
The forks will be available to buy in June with an rrp of £1,689 (about £130 cheaper than a Fox 40). There will also be an RC version that features the Charger RC damper, not the RC2 - this will retail at £1,299.