Compare to other Forks. Need more info? View our MTB Forks buyer's guides. Over the last decade or so downhillers haven't exactly had an excess of stellar options when it comes to forks. Marzocchi and Manitou have won a few hearts over the years and despite some struggles they've remained alternative contenders as well. I was lucky enough to spend the last couple of months on one - let's see how it fared Out of the box, the first thing I noticed was the clean design and solid machine work on the adjustment knobs and the end caps that protect them. Removing the lower cap on the drive side reveals the high and low speed compression knobs, and the rebound knob is always accessible at the top of the same side.
Lesser known but certainly not less important. A great DH fork.
Adjustability wise the fork follows a similar path to the Fox 40, with high and low speed independently adjustable compression and rebound adjustment, and also has pressure release valves to neutralize the internal pressure build up. The seal drag on the RV1 is minimal and out on the track this leads to a sensitive ride characteristic. Just a fraction heavier than a BoXXer at 2. Simply part of the mountainbike furniture. Trusted, reliable and always innovative, MRP make the best chainguides. With a range of profiles and compounds the ODI Elite Series is one of the most up-to date grips on the market. More a case of friendly than fat, the Fatbar is reassuringly Renthal throughout.
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By Jake Ireland. Out of the box, the clip-on frame bumpers fit easily, with cable ties holding them in place — not the neatest solution, but it works. The post mount disc brake tabs are sized for a mm rotor, but a neatly machined adaptor for mm rotors is included. Our first impression when we fitted the fork was just how supple it is to get moving. We did find the stock spring to be far too soft for our 80kg tester though. After swapping between firm and extra firm springs we settled on the latter. The rebound adjustment is on top of the right leg, while high- and low-speed compression dials hide beneath a protective cover at the bottom. The adjusters are all easy to turn with clear indexing, so you know where you are with setup.
Different fork crowns will allow the RV1 to work with both 26'' and B wheel sizes. The fork arch looks burly from the front, but a peek from behind reveals that X-Fusion has pared it down quite a bit in an effort to shave grams. Pressure release valves allow for quick and easy discharge of any built up pressure without having to open the fork's top caps. The fork's 20mm thru-axle requires a tool to remove - we like this on a true DH fork - and employs a single pinch bolt on the right hand side. Mar 20, You must login to Pinkbike. Don't have an account? Sign up.