Preview: New RockShox BoXXer - Be Faster

Sep 5, 2008
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
News Source: Eric Schutt
It’s lighter, more precise and ultimately faster. Increased confidence and control with decreased weight.
The most successful downhill fork of all time is now all new for the first time in its storied history.

Lighter - Lighter is always better. BoXXer achieves its light weight through a detailed study of where the actual forces are applied on a DH fork. By using the larger 35mm upper tubes to carry the strength, the steerer tube can be lightened. Maximizing the material properties of the upper tubes allows the tubes to be thin and strong. BoXXer’s new forged crowns use less material on the arms, while maintaining strength and stiffness by incorporating trussing. The new MaxleTM Lite DH pulls out 28g while being more robust than its predecessor. Add all this to a new spring and damper featuring aluminum shafting to create the ultimate light weight DH fork.

Maxle Lite DH

More Precise - A new 35mm chassis creates the perfect stiffness balance for Downhill riding. Turn the bars and the BoXXer will go where you want. Hit a bump and the fork will move into its suspension movement instead deflecting and providing too much feedback to your hands. Maxle Lite DH allows for greater expansion forces, creating a more robust junction from wheel to fork. The perfect balance equals more precision.

Mission Control DH with High and Low Speed Compression Adjust

Faster - Increased Control – The new Mission Control DH with Dual Flow adjust compression and rebound provides the ability to get Velcro® like front wheel traction. Dial in detailed settings for all riding conditions and styles through external adjustments for high and low speed compression and beginning and ending stroke rebound. Mission Control DH’s high displacement, shimmed valving allows for a butter smooth transition between circuits, giving the BoXXer that “stuck to the ground” feeling.

Mission Control DH with Beginning and Ending Stroke Rebound Adjust

BlackBox® riders consistently ask for spring curves that have an increased ending ramp, helping them to keep from hitting bottom. To help the fastest riders in the world become faster the new BoXXer has two new systems to create an increased ending ramp, air volume adjust on Solo AirTM and Drop Stop for the Team coil.

Sag Gradients

Solo Air w/air volume adjust – by changing the volume of the solo air spring chamber the amount of ending
ramp can be changed. Depressurize the solo air, turn the air volume adjust clockwise, re-pressurize and
you’ve increased your ending ramp. DropStop – featured in the BoXXer Team uses a MCU in the center of the spring to smooth the transition between the spring rate and the bottom out pad. Turn the adjuster on the top of the left leg and change how soon the DropStop kicks in.

Air Volume Adjuster

Born from BlackBox® - What better way to put a new product thru it’s paces, than to let the worlds fastest racers race on it? RockShox historically has the fastest racers on the globe, but only the most elite make up the BlackBox Racing squad. Sam Hill, Greg Minnaar, Steve Peat and Nathan Rennie raced on preproduction BoXXer forks this year, and their direct feedback went straight back into the development team. In fact, the BlackBox BoXXer podiumed at every race this year, and won the first race it ever entered (Sam Hill at Worlds test event) and has won 5 out of 6 World Cups so far (Hill 2 and Minnaar 3).

Steve Peat, “The first time I got to ride the new BoXXer was in Spain in February 2008 and I couldn’t believe how RockShox could have improved on something already so good! The fork was lighter which I noticed straight away and then once I got a few runs in I realized how well I was turning and how easily I could stick the front end on to any line I chose. I think most of this came from the stiffness gained from the 35mm stanchions. Since the first time I tested, we have been able to improve on settings at each race so the fork has gone from strength to strength. Thanks BlackBox team, another job well done.”

Direct Mount Stem

Greg Minnaar, “The new BoXXer is stiffer, lighter, plusher, and easy to adjust...the perfect combination
to be fast.”

In Action

Sam Hill, “The new BoXXer feels excellent through corners and G outs and feels smooth the
whole way through the travel.”

Nathan Rennie, “When I first saw the new BoXXer, I had a grin from ear to ear. It just looked right and I couldn’t wait to get it on the track. I went all out and could feel the difference even on the first run. Over that day, my confidence and line selection became unreal and I simply didn’t want to give it back.”
Simply put, BoXXer has enjoyed a long history of racing and winning. Since 1997, BoXXer has earned 56 World Cup Downhill victories, and 346 Top 5 podiums.


What’s New?
• 35mm Chassis
• Mission Control DH
• Maxle Lite DH
• Air Volume Adjust (World Cup)
• DropStop (Team)
• Direct Mount Stem compatible

Available early 2009




195 Comments

  • 32 5
 that's a pretty amazing line up,35mm stantions are pretty solid
  • 96 18
 so if u sit on it and the sags too much u will be riding the new rockshox xer fork ?
:p
  • 32 74
flag bighitryda88 (Sep 5, 2008 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 thats not funny
  • 7 3
 Rural, the Psylo was crap. And it's gotta be 200mm or it wouldn't be a race fork worth a shit and no one would want it
  • 10 1
 You can't judge how good a brand is by how good/bad one of there forks is. Its also a 200mil fork, so it will be completely different.
  • 8 8
 I know the psylo was junk, it just shook my view of RS and I went a different path for a few years but this fork is looking sweet. Why am I getting negative props for stating my opinion above???
  • 8 2
 swwet decals
  • 24 34
flag g3neric (Sep 5, 2008 at 17:29) (Below Threshold)
 Jesus Christ those are the sickest forks I've ever seen. They needed a change that would fit in with the new 40's. Gotta get me some
  • 8 7
 those forks are amazing! almost makes me want to change to dual crowns
  • 19 9
 if sex came in the fork of a mtb fork. that would be it
  • 9 8
 i thought my 888 ATA WC's had lots of fuckin knobs... holy shit i guess i can guess again.... id get sum if i didn't just buy my 888
  • 3 1
 wow rockshox is killing with their new lineup the features in their vivid now on the boxxer. thats amazing and lighter haha
  • 2 68
flag Jojojof (Sep 6, 2008 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 imagine putting something like that on dj BIKE that would be kinda cool
  • 3 0
 these new boxxers look solid, i like them a lotSmile
  • 5 2
 OMFG! How manyyears did it take them to finally step it up from the 32mm stanchions?! It's about time!

That's funny, putting half the name on the stanchion, so after a year of use, it'll only be half the boxxer it used to be! LMFAO
  • 1 0
 Rockshox had done it again; blowing people's minds away with their unprecedented suspension.

Rock on Rockshox.
  • 0 0
 hah buy mineWink
  • 6 0
 Oh My Sweet God! This is completly insane. I wonder how will bike stuff look like in 15 or 20 years. But 2008 is not even about to end, and they release info about 2010 fork? Things will probably change 100x till then. I got used to EA Sports releasing Fifa x+1 in year x, but this is something new Smile
  • 3 0
 ok... for some time the title was 2010 boxxer.
  • 2 0
 here is the deal. they call it a 2010 product, but it will be available in early 2009. decided to change the title so to not confuse any more people.
  • 0 0
 no problem. Smile
  • 8 1
 If the new BoXXer feels and performs anything like the Lyrik and/or Totem, it's going to be one hell of a fork! can't wait to get some riding time on one.
  • 1 1
 the guys a rockshox just keep getting smarter, I can't wait to hear more about this!
  • 2 0
 soo sexy, can wait to get one
  • 7 0
 You just dream budy. I will be the first guy in Macedonia. This fork is the best. The design is awesome
  • 1 0
 aeeeeeee
  • 5 2
 That is amazing! I've been so pleased with RockShox this past year. I got a Totem Solo Air for my Demo and it performed better than any other fork I've tried from Fox or Marzocchi. The other companies simply can't beat RockShox at the moment. Fox is too expensive and doesn't really give you a performance increase over the high-end RockShoxs, and Marzocchi are crap now. The new Boxxer looks INCREDIBLE, and my sister will definately be getting one when they come out. GO ROCKSHOX!
  • 2 0
 Yeah that is the correct word:P So nice and is perfected in every way! looks mint, have all the adjustments you need and is one of my favourites so far! I am never going to buy something else for my Norco Atomik than Boxxers!!
  • 3 1
 i wonder what fox is going to do about this. they uped everybody with there 40s and now this.... freaking amazing! and manipoo is going to have to do something drastic quick. marzocchi is just amazing already so i really dont know how it is going to get any better
  • 0 0
 zocchi still need to be lighter imo , my RC-3's were nearly 1 pound heaveyer then claimed weight
  • 0 0
 -marzzo doesnt need to do anything, For Freeride forks they got it hands down. -dh rock shox has the best -fox has the best for XC all mountain -and manitou is re-introducing the dorado, and that was an amazing fork when it was out IMHO the 2 contenders for best DH fork for 09 will be manitou and rockshox ONLY because the 40 has possibly the WORST dampening system on the market IMO.
  • 0 0
 dont forget about BOS
  • 0 0
 I havent personally tried one, I would love to though. Im almost thinking about ditching the idea of the 2010 as my next fork and then next year order the bos. I wish i could get my hands on a bos kit for the 2006-2009 boxxers though.
  • 2 0
 compared to an 08 Boxxer, 888, or 40. I really dont like the look of it. but with the info on the performance... i still want one! sounds awesome

side note
(if you spend as much as that fork will cost. i would hope you have the adjustment knobs memorized... but i still love the simplicity of the labels.)
  • 2 0
 They need to put the logos on the stanctions for the Pike. That way I could set my sag and ride around on a rockshox "ike". Then I could beat up Tina Turner. Nice fork, rockshox really got their shit together.
  • 1 0
 I did talk with distributors and Sram the past weekend at the expo-cycle in mtl, and the product his suposed to be avaible in january, but just like it happenned last season with the Sid Wc it's finally gonna be avaible for distributors in april and by the time they will receive them we will be able to get one of these in july!
  • 1 0
 these are pretty amazing... volume adjust is my fave... can really tune it for any style of riding... looks fucking solid. i don't know how they managed to best the old world cup,that is a killer fork. but they sure did a good job with this new one.
  • 8 4
 Is that meant to say 2010...
  • 6 1
 looks like 2009 is accurate
  • 4 1
 Please ignore my comment now, when the article first came up it said 2010 boxxer preview
  • 9 0
 sorry about that...se my comment below for proxx's post. even better if you ask me! a 2010 product that will be available in 2009 - rock on! Cheers!
  • 1 0
 yeah i thought it was 2010 too. now im pumped! gonna get me one a year earlier than i thought!
  • 2 0
 awsome!!!!!
i have boxxer team 08's and thay feel sweet so i cant see how they could improve something like the worldcups!!
well done rockshox/blackbox tup
  • 1 0
 yeah, they couldve gone 40mm just to keep up with the strenght of the fox40s but that would be added weight. and as it seems the 35mm stanchions are working amazing so i wouldnt say change a thing about em
  • 2 1
 I have seen broken Fox 40s though.
  • 1 0
 this fork is going too be on my bike next year for sure, it's going too be more easy to adjust and it is more stif with those 35mm legs, sow the riding is going too be more fast and smud
  • 1 0
 They look god damn sexy. Finally they got 35 mm stanchion so they should be much much much stronger forks than the 32 mm models!
  • 0 0
 uh not nessicarily stronger just thinner metal to shave off weight but with a larger diameter still keep all the strength.
  • 0 0
 Anyone know the price? chain reaction has it at £674.99 for the team, and
£899.99 for the WC. I think i will have to settle for the team model or i wont be able to get my other up-grades if i get the WC. =(
  • 2 0
 First thought: Pure sex. Must have.
Second thought: Pure sex. Must have.
Third thought: ...
  • 0 0
 I wonder when they say early 2009 availability what does it mean... will I really have to wait up until next year to have it.... Frown why ? why ? ....

I had a Fox 40 on my basket and am now replacing it...
  • 2 0
 ^ ip there probally awesome if there anything like usual boxxers but the sure are ugly
  • 2 0
 This fork will be the best of all times.. Wink Thats awesome!
  • 0 1
 Jeez I hope not!
  • 1 0
 i rode these forks last weekend and they were amazing, cant wait to see the new totems.
  • 3 1
 i'll be the first in MACEDONIA to have this master-piece
  • 0 0
 ajvan will be first, haha
  • 0 0
 You gotta love the hype of the BB riders...and yet the photos are of good ole' Kenny Smith Shredding Whistler. Gotta love product testers!
  • 3 2
 realy amazing. very good for dh racing, but realy not so good for freeride.
that´s great..
  • 3 1
 sram is the only company i WILL put on my bikes !!!SRAM FOR LIFE!!!!
  • 11 1
 you ride with no seat?
  • 2 1
 And wheels? tires?
  • 0 0
 this new design takes the boxxer line to a whole new level, paint job on the lowers and sag marks on uppers are pretty innovative, let alone a ride with this fork.
  • 2 1
 damn, this is the 1st time I'd consider swapping my 888WC's for a WC boxxer..beautiful!!
  • 3 1
 one serious looking fork.. but still i go for marzocchi forks.
  • 1 0
 well thats why u buy a bike with a slack head angle! you want yours forks as low as possible!
  • 0 0
 Wonder if it's possible to get a race in red or white, would be awesome. Black color option has been going for the last 5 years Frown
  • 0 0
 they all come in each of the 3 colors
  • 1 0
 DUDE! If i had enough money i would defs buy this fork! screw my drop off triples.
  • 2 0
 awsume fork but they look sh*t!
  • 1 0
 that is pretty sweet but i like the graphics on the old one a bit more. I'm sure it rides well though
  • 1 2
 That fork looks incredible, it makes me want to buy a DH bike so i can run one!! When are they going to introduce the lush stantions graphics to the pikes etc?
  • 3 2
 sick looks sick forks and lighter :O can they get any better?
  • 0 0
 looks like they've hit it on the head with this one, I hope they're reliable
  • 2 1
 Nice i allways wanted the boxxer to get bigger stantions
  • 2 1
 ace graphics - its gotta beat the marzocchi ones lol
  • 1 0
 rock shox-goog forks fro dh racingBig Grin , not good for extreme freeride...Frown
  • 0 0
 they are gorgeous! love everything about them. Cant wait till i get a setSmile
  • 1 0
 i hoopr that`s price will be ok!)
  • 0 0
 That is by far the sexiest piece of suspension I have ever seen in my life!
  • 1 0
 put it to new turner dhr .... RrrRRrrrrrr
  • 0 0
 Pretty decent for sure, looks like they really took their time and make changes where it counted! Great work and great fork!
  • 5 4
 im not a big fan of the boxxer decal on the stanchions
  • 1 0
 same i liked the red on white of the previos wc
  • 1 1
 Thats the nicest Fork ive seen for a while...Im definitly getting one of those!
  • 1 0
 thats awesome love the bottom resistance ending stoke rebound phnomenal
  • 1 0
 I hate rockshox, but thats fucking sick
  • 0 0
 heres a pic of the race, team, and WC
www.pinkbike.com/photo/2439762
  • 1 0
 wooooooow that samhill shit crazy
  • 1 0
 sick looki'n forks right there, I also want that cove shocker...
  • 0 0
 really cool i always liked the boxxer over the 888's and now the boxxers are way ahead good job rock shox
  • 1 2
 I like the boxxers too, but they can't do freeride. In this case I use 888 because i can't afford 2 bikes.
  • 0 0
 They're not meant for freeride! But they are the sweetest race fork out there.
  • 1 0
 that's nicest fork i've ever seen...
  • 1 0
 Collect money ready to buy now, I'll start.
  • 0 3
 Looks great but not worth the weight savings. It is .2 pounds lighter than the current Boxxer WC, which is a miniscually noticeable difference. Additionally, the stiffness of the larger stanchions will most likely not me noticeable to the average or a bit above average racer or rider.
  • 1 0
 Direct Mount.... Looks Mint
  • 0 0
 so when will this be avalable to buy
i know thats probs me being dumb...
but i want to buy it like now Smile
  • 2 3
 I'm loving the hame bein half on the uppers n half on the lowers..... looks sick
  • 2 1
 fucking ace
  • 1 1
 nice stanchions graphics...
  • 2 2
 that's lighter than my Travis 150 :o
  • 1 1
 fuck yeah! i WILL have one, no doubt
  • 4 5
 "Rockshox have started making reliable forks" - I'm waiting for this headline before I fall for their marketing hype again!
  • 0 0
 Yup the totems feel great at first but the seals last shorter than summer love. This new fork looks sweet I love that rs puts sag right on the forks and rear shocks. As a shop guy it makes setting up suspension a lot quicker. Adjustable bottom out is great this will allow you to set the fork up plusher without slamming through travel. Just hope rs has fixed the seals
  • 1 1
 :S wtf im sure it sead 2010 before
  • 1 2
 awesome, love the decals. look so much beefier than previous boxxers Pimp
  • 1 0
 That's pretty huge.
  • 1 0
 That's totaly amazing
  • 0 1
 yeah someone message me if you feel like it on a price. hopfully still 1600, or maybe they'll be nice and make it 1400.
  • 1 1
 this is the most beautiful fork you can put on your Bike
  • 0 0
 super dużo lepszy niż w tym roku
  • 0 0
 the mission control dh is easily the best upgrade the fork got
  • 0 0
 whatr do u think the price would be....any different than todays boxxers?
  • 0 0
 expansion forces??? like a bomb???
  • 2 2
 I N T E N S E thats all i have to say
  • 1 0
 sweeet thats huge !!!!!!
  • 0 0
 damn thats got a lot of adjustability
  • 1 1
 huston this is "mission controle"
  • 1 1
 houston is mission control
  • 0 0
 woooooo thats awesome im gunna get one of them fo sho when imn older
  • 1 1
 nnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiccccccccccceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  • 1 2
 It looks really nice, but I bet like the past Boxxers - it'll be too damn short for my liking! I like a slack headangle.
  • 0 0
 Soooo nice! Wonder how much one would set u back...
  • 1 3
 it doesnt look good, but by the sounds of it the performance is amazing! i might just have to try and save up and buy myself a team...
  • 0 0
 yeah dude i would deffenetly hand out the cash for those forks
  • 0 0
 whatta nice boxxer i wish i have one that.....
  • 1 1
 they looke a bit like the suntour Durolux forks!
  • 0 0
 im actually saving up for when they come out Big Grin
  • 3 3
 look like a pice of shit!
  • 0 0
 the new boxers are WICKED! one reason to go from single...
  • 1 1
 VERY VERY NICE IM LIKES THIS COLORS!!!!
  • 0 0
 siiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!!!!!!!!!!
  • 0 0
 urgg, i dont like the forks atall !
  • 0 0
 are the lowers for the world cup going to be red?
  • 0 0
 someone see a new red boxxer??
  • 0 0
 ignor that sorry was dumb "early 2009"
  • 0 0
 =O XER 2009! kkkk

love it! i'll be waiting!
  • 1 1
 wow, i want one!!!
  • 1 1
 That is sweet
  • 0 1
 Its the 2009 fork. says dirt.
  • 0 1
 It will be mine Big Grin New boxxers r perfect.
  • 0 1
 Glad to see they went 35mm, always thought 32mm was a little skinny.
  • 0 1
 how much does a Fox 40rc2 weigh?
  • 0 1
 whats the price on the new BoXXers?
  • 0 1
 a 40 is 6.8 lbs
  • 0 1
 altamente,é pena eu nao ter uma....i love is fork...
  • 0 0
 fucking hell........
  • 0 0
 i like the look of them
  • 0 0
 Ilove of boxxer wc
  • 1 2
 and 2011 ? ........... !!!!
  • 1 3
 Why don't they offer us this fork in a 175 vmm single crown version and please don't say Totems or Lyrics.
  • 0 0
 because its a race fork. whats wrong with totems and lyrics anyways?
  • 0 0
 hermosa
  • 1 1
 holy beauty
  • 0 1
 looks like im selling my 09 boxxer team and saving a little for this baby
  • 0 0
 thats a dope fork
  • 0 0
 Wow there great
  • 0 0
 nice
  • 0 0
 i want it
  • 0 0
 ja chce go miec
  • 0 0
 very goooood
  • 0 0
 no comment nice fork
  • 0 0
 thats sick!
  • 0 0
 Well I'm sold!
  • 0 0
 any1 knows the prices?
  • 0 0
 SICK forks!!
  • 1 1
 Nice ! tup
  • 0 0
 long live king boxxer
  • 0 0
 they look sweet
  • 0 0
 Way nicer that 2008
  • 0 1
 I know what Im getting
  • 7 4
 I think fox 40 isn't on my list anymore Razz
  • 1 2
 Perfect!!
  • 0 2
 so sick! lovin the new graphics
  • 0 1
 Naeeese!!!
  • 1 2
 oooooo there hot
  • 1 2
 SICCCCKKKKKKKKKK!!!
  • 0 1
 oh em gee!!!!
  • 0 3
 niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice
  • 0 1
 cool
  • 0 3
 Nice fork, but ill stay with my 2001 shiver for a couple more years.... iverted design for the win !
  • 0 2
 its all about the White Brothers Groove 2 DH
  • 1 3
 NICE FORK!
  • 0 3
 wow still shit as ever then
  • 0 2
 B-E-A-U-TIFUL!
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