RockShox BoXXer Keronite - First Look

Apr 7, 2011
by SRAM  
Pinkbike's Keronite® BoXXer has already been un-boxed and installed on our test bike so expect some riding impressions soon from this uber-light fork soon, but there is plenty to talk about in the meantime. Yes, the fork is lighter due to its high-tech Keronite® coating, but there is plenty more to the story than the grams that have been shed. Not only have their been updates to the Mission Control damper assembly, the fork's entire Solo Air spring has been reworked for more sensitivity and durability over the long haul - something that both racers and riders alike should be able to appreciate. Have a read of the press release from RockShox below to get the complete story.


The 2011 RockShox BoXXer Keronite
The 2011 RockShox BoXXer Keronite


The passion for racing has always been the inspiration for RockShox engineers to develop new exciting products. Since its introduction in 1996 the BoXXer has won over 10 elite downhill World Championships and more than 66 World Cup races. Fuelling this passion while exploring the limits, the world’s best riders like Sam Hill, Myles Rockwell, Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar have been propelled to fame with advanced technology–like special long-travel DH air spring systems. Motivated by racers to develop the lightest DH fork for any trail, the new 2011 RockShox BoXXer Keronite® comes with unique features and improvements. RockShox engineers were able to eliminate the paint weight variation that accompanies ordinary paint applications to lower fork legs. However, Keronite® is more than a color–it is a sealing process, shaving off over 30 grams, and more consistent in weight than painting or powder coating. The light and hard surface finish is commonly used in the aerospace industry as a coating to protect landing gear of airplanes to protect against impacts and damages while landing at nearly 180 mph (300 km/h).


2011 RockShox BoXXer World Cup Improvements and Updates:

• BoXXer Keronite® model is lightest BoXXer made! At 2,689 grams, it is also the lightest DH fork on the market
• Updated damping featured in World Cup and R2C2 models for increased wheel traction
• Redesigned valve for long-travel-specific Mission Control DH damping system gives more responsiveness
• BoXXer World Cup model receives entirely new Solo Air spring for reduced friction and increased durability
• Updated Maxle Lite DH for additional stiffness and optimal bearing preload
• New damping-adjust knob shapes and detents for increased grip and engineered for ease of use, with or without gloves.
• Decals positioned under clear coat with hard-anodized black crowns for durability


Beyond the light new finish, this grey uber-fork is now more responsive on small bumps creating a bike that will stay more steady and stable thanks to design updates to the Mission Control DH damper. The increased responsiveness improves traction and front wheel guidance, largely credited to the redesigned rebound piston valve that has enhanced performance and function to provide increased bike control for the rider. Tool-free tuning: No tools are needed for on-trail adjustments thanks to repositioned knobs on the upper side of the fork legs. The rider can easily tune the compression for the high speed mode (<i>in 18 clicks</i>) and for the low speed adjustment (<i>14 clicks</i>). No World Cup mechanic necessary-just ride, change the clicks and ride again until you go fast.
Beyond the light new finish, this grey uber-fork is now more responsive on small bumps creating a bike that will stay more steady and stable thanks to design updates to the Mission Control DH damper. The increased responsiveness improves traction and front wheel guidance, largely credited to the redesigned rebound piston valve that has enhanced performance and function to provide increased bike control for the rider. Tool-free tuning: No tools are needed for on-trail adjustments thanks to repositioned knobs on the upper side of the fork legs. The rider can easily tune the compression for the high speed mode (in 18 clicks) and for the low speed adjustment (14 clicks). No World Cup mechanic necessary-just ride, change the clicks and ride again until you go fast.
Topping the race ready details of the new BoXXer WC Keronite are a lightweight pair of hard-anodized black crowns with durable transfer- decals that sit under the protective clearcoat for the ultra clean fit and finish you expect from a pure racing tool. The BoXXer World Cup Keronite with Mission Control DH damping and SoloAir spring system will be available in shops beginning in May 2011 and will have a MSRP of $1,700 (USD).
Topping the race ready details of the new BoXXer WC Keronite are a lightweight pair of hard-anodized black crowns with durable transfer- decals that sit under the protective clearcoat for the ultra clean fit and finish you expect from a pure racing tool. The BoXXer World Cup Keronite with Mission Control DH damping and SoloAir spring system will be available in shops beginning in May 2011 and will have a MSRP of $1,700 (USD).


Check out the RockShox website to see their entire lineup.
For more info about Keronite® please visit: www.keronite.com/


Not only does the BoXXer get even lighter, it also sees damping updates for more control and performance. Pinkbike's BoXXer Keronite has already been installed on our 2011 Devinci Wilson test bike - stay tuned for early ride impressions!


109 Comments

  • + 114
 woah 30 grams thats insane weight loss there!
  • + 52
 there is no way 30 grams will ever make you go faster!!!!
  • + 72
 Do keep in mind that 30 grams isn't the only news here. There is also an entirely new air spring system and reworked damping internals.
  • + 402
 Charlie sheen doesn't think 30 grams is a lot.
  • + 14
 Stoked to see if there is a improvement in ride quality, those are some big internal changes.
  • - 71
flag thecarpy (Apr 7, 2011 at 12:24) (Below Threshold)
 Evil -- Charlie Sheen
  • + 5
 Given the information here
www.keronite.com/userfiles/files/Keronite-Lighter%20bikes(1).pdf1
It sounds like they might have been better of using this on the stanchions instead of the lowers (for the wear characteristics)
  • + 2
 The World Cup gets even better. I don't really care about the 30 grams (although it does all add up) but if it actually is more reliable and has better damping then it may be worth while. Mine hasn't had any issues but I don't see how it being more sensitive could be a bad thing.
  • + 1
 @mike

it's all just fine, but i bet it'll cost 50$ more for shaving off 30 grams. that is, if they offer an ordinarily painted version of world cup.
  • + 17
 Great internal changes but 30 grams isnt even as much of a difference as takin an extra piss before you ride.
  • + 15
 yea, I love it when the weight weenies are like "yea, so this'll save around 60 grams"
"ok man, thats cool"
"thanks"
"lets go riding after you eat that 700 gram sandwich, and fill your camelbak until it weighs 2000 grams."
  • + 115
 Instructions to make BoXXer Kerotine:

1. Buy a 2010 BoXXer WC
2. Take off a knob from the top (30g)
3. Buy a chicken for $5 from the grocery store
4. Take the cartilage (contains kerotine) out and spread it all over your fork

Saves you $700.
  • + 58
 and you get to eat the chicken. Smile
  • + 32
 Fowl mouth...
  • + 21
 pun of the century
  • + 9
 why dont they put the black stantion coating in to production instead of arseing around with thin paint...
  • + 13
 you could save another 30g by rawing them if you were desperate
  • + 5
 they are not putting out DLC coatings yet because they are waiting for all the fan boys to buy loads of these boxxers, wait few more months then drop the DLC so the fan boys have to buy a new fork all over again.

besides if you really want DLC buy a marzocchi, they have been using it since 2004 Wink
  • + 2
 hahaha lol. probably quite hard to tell the difference anyway. and yeh its just like apple. they release new shit so often the preppy hip kids have to keep on buying it!
  • + 8
 To all those who think adding weight to yourself is the same as adding weight to your bike are stupid. Just putting it out there
  • - 3
 weight savings is always about a buck a gram. seems reasonable.
  • + 6
 In the next few years expect forks to surpass $2000 easily, its starting to get a little ridiculus on the price of forks.
  • - 6
flag RampageRules (Apr 7, 2011 at 16:17) (Below Threshold)
 30 grams? thats nothing. Charlie sheen bangs 30 gram rocks!
  • + 2
 is no-one reading the bit about the finish being far more durable? typical pinkbike finding something negative and spouting shite about it...
  • + 4
 I agree, wiping the dirt off your bike will save you more than 30 grams anyways...But more durable=big plus
  • + 1
 Anyone remember the marzocchi 55 triple in decline a while back? Claimed weight was 5.5lbs or 2,500 grams...Which would make it lighter than this...But it's not in production. Just throwing it out there. And that's without any special coating...Maybe a sub-5lb DH fork in the future? I wouldn't run it, but I could see it happening

Source: danjones.posterous.com/marzocchi-2011-in-decline-mag-scan-including
  • + 2
 yeah but the 55 triple is only 180mm of travel
  • + 4
 this fork is bi-winning
  • + 5
 The Boxxer is nice. I dont really understand all the hate. I think its sick, and If somebody sent one my way I would prob hang it off the front of my bike. Its a racing fork, not for everyone- ill admit, but sick nonetheless. Dont hate Boxxer WC because she's beautiful.
  • + 3
 I love how they talk about saving 30 grams of paint and then go and say something Stupid like

" BoXXer Keronite® model is lightest BoXXer made! At 2,689 grams, it is also the lightest DH fork on the market"


2, 689 GRAMS!!!! NOTHING sounds light if you talk about it in the thousands of Anythings ... lol

Salute better praise of the new internals would make more sense..
  • + 28
 I want a kashima keronite rc3 ti...
  • + 1
 get me one of those too please =]
  • + 2
 ill have what theyre having Big Grin or just get a bos rare and smoke all your asses..... and be almost 2 grand out of pocket
  • + 16
 30 grams! I'd save more weight if I shaved me bollox
  • + 3
 "Do keep in mind that 30 grams isn't the only news here. There is also an entirely new air spring system and reworked damping internals"

Mike did they not already do that for 2011 boxxer line up, as well as changing the knobs?
  • + 1
 I hope so, I waited out the super cheap 2010 models and ponied up for the 2011. Starting to feel like I got hosed after this article.

Edit: Still recovering from surgery so I HAVE NOT had a chance to ride it yet.
  • + 1
 The 2011's have the updates across the board. Only difference with the Keronite is the color and 30g...

www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/SRAM-Announces-Rock-Shox-Boxxer-Keronite,304
  • + 3
 30 grams meh! it'll make up for the extra short post mounting points that require after market post mounts and the associated hardware to run 8 inch rotors. what, they didn't think people would notice that they cheated the weight savings by pretending there are actually folks who would run a 6 inch rotor on the fork of a DH bike?
  • + 4
 My totem SINGLE crown mounts 8" rotors, no adapters needed. My boxxer DUAL crown does not.....hmmmmm...............weird huh?
  • - 2
 why are you guys bitching about having more options? i dont get it. Maybe some people don't want/need 8" rotors.
  • + 0
 Put your 6" rotor on and then talk, otherwise shut your mouth.
  • + 2
 Good luck with your 6" rotors ACE! Unless you are Sarah Jessica Parker. Wait...are you Sarah?
  • + 2
 Keronite is an -aftermarket- process in the aerospace industry only, it is not 'commonly used', nor is it widely approved (yet). Maybe Rockshox's marketing team can be used to sell this coating to all the OEM's lol! I work in said industry, and the primary use for it in the coming years will be for durable anti-corrosion coat for (especially) magnesium cases in rotary industry....where corrosion is a huge factor in getting life out of components. It is an alternative to anodizing on some applications (and it's cheaper!), and hopefully in the future a replacement for Rockhard coating technology that is used widely for magnesium protection. Just a note, Keronite is commonly used with a durable top coat. Sooo....... Rockshox has applied a durable primer (just kidding:-).
  • + 2
 hope they got the air spring working properly without all the stiction and lack of sensitivity Wink


I got to ride the 2010 Boxxer World Cup and though it was absolutely terrible, and completely let down the rear suspension of the test bike (2011 Devinci Wilson SP) which was simply amazing

the Boxxer Team (now R2C2) was much better than the World Cup I rode
  • + 0
 Opinions are great things, the world would be boring if we all liked the same things.
I love timing with kit, to see what works best for me when it comes to Dh (gotta try and keep up with all the young kids who can ride a shopping trolley fast).
  • + 2
 I got the R2C2 with the Avalanche cart. Thanks but you can keep your "fancy " WC AIR.
  • + 3
 if you were getting avy anyways why'd you shell out more for r2c2?
  • + 5
 It's like kryptonite but ...30g lighter.. :o)
  • + 3
 Create some seals that don't leak all over the place after 5 days of riding then maybe I'll be interested in boxxer forks again. Until then I'll stick to my 888's
  • + 2
 just another expensive gimic honestly who is going to feel ant weight difference in the type of paint when its on you bike and your riding it will feel like every other boxxer
  • + 0
 Well until RockShox will not stop this flexible shits called boxxer and will not make a useable STIFF and PLUSH fork, for an average freerideer too, who don't want to service it after every 1,5-2 months of ride - and of course he can use it for at least 3 years (without buying a new one, becouse the eggsells broken...), i will stick with my old 2006 Marzocchi 888 RC2X - becouse it still laughts on every of the boxxers why the only fact is RELIABILITY and of course the huge break power difference (I had 2002 Boxxer WC, and 2008 Boxxer Team, and i testet for a month 2011 Boxxer Team) - and i hate all of them, sorry RockShox but you make the worst suspension in the market, sorry you lost someone who loved you at the start (2002 WC Factory Rebound fail, but otherwise it was a good fork, 2004-2005 number of my friend factory oil leaking from oil seals, and broken leggs, 2008 Flexible shit, very fast wearing bushings - with costly services oil leaking from compression side gate valve, eggshells which brake so fast, and another big number of costly services, the 2011 was better but still not enough stiff)... Hopefully i didn't use RockShox Eggshells more - so my motivation came back finally, when i was almost stop what i love so much...
  • + 1
 nem annyira szar... najó de Razz
  • + 2
 And I thought my regular 2011 WC air spring and MC had been re-worked for more sensitivity and durability.............bummer. The regular finish is a joke at best too...
  • + 1
 Pretty sure all the 2011 World Cups all have the new internals. This article is misleading...
  • + 2
 sry guys but in "my" oppinion 40's win, I am obviously not a weight weenie cool looking but... 30 grams really ? not worth it really
  • + 1
 You don't even have a 40, just 888's and a boxxer. How are you suppose to know if they "win"?
  • + 1
 Because I've demoed multiple bikes with 40's and I've ridden a few of my friends bikes for a day at hills and btw like i said it's only "MY" oppinion, you can think what you want and not put a condrodicting post to mine thanks.
  • + 1
 i think that the boxxers are good forks but i think 40's and dorado's are better and avalanche mtn 10's are way better than all of them...to bad they are double the price = (
  • + 1
 My 2008 WC Boxxer was the SHIT.....
One seal change per year, two at the worst.
Just got a new Demo w/ the WC Boxxer....hope it's as reliable as the last!!!!
  • + 1
 Yeah Its cool and all and I would love to have one but for my skill level this fork would make me look like a poser. That would kill me
  • + 1
 i suggest rockshox does some further research on their lightest production dh fork claim.. (www.pinkbike.com/news/whitebros-grooverace-test-2007.html)
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/6407398

Snapped during a DH race in Malaysia last weekend. Seriously hoping that the new boxxers are stronger...
  • + 2
 ouch..!
  • + 1
 Frown bad time there
  • - 1
 buahahah coating saving 30g OMG.. obuahahahaha, industry really runs out of ideas, make it carbon guys and do a 29er version it's all you got left after 6 years of trying to lower the weight below 2700g just as if it would do anybody any difference if the boxxer weighed 1700g. I can only imagine how long their R&D was shaggin their brains out to come up with that buahaha, I see the discussion in the board room.

- The black coating for stanchions isn't ready yet, we'll have to postpone it for 2012, and anyways we have nothing else to show at Sea Otter - how about we change the compression dials colour and make it 10g lighter and say that's a mission control DH damper update - no we've done it already - so maybe we add some material to make it more reliable, and lasting longer than 2 years... silence... - Boobar get this parcticant fXck out of here FFS! - how about we change the paint job... ah no everybody does that. How about we make the paint job lighter?! - yea, promotion Bobbey, good job Bobbeeeeey! Woooo blaaaaa promotion fXck yeaaaaa! yyy aaaa!

Loosen up you pricks and admit that you are happy with what you've done so far adn you believe changes are right now unnecessary. You have not enough money? End this pish and admit you like what's you've done for more than a year. lighweight paint job buehahaha
  • + 1
 they're just hoping people will spend $2000 after hearing the " used on airoplanes" part of the story... after people have already bought the 2011 wc's...
  • + 2
 yeah, exactly...

that's why it's only $100 more than the world cup and comes with a vastly improved damper (allegedly)... Rolleyes


Seriously, who gives a f*ck about the 30g difference? it's the damper I'm interested in.
  • + 2
 Then get the Avalanche cartridge and leave it be. No regrets.
  • + 0
 yeah, but that would most likely push your fork into the $2000 range like poundsand said.
  • + 1
 Better spend extra funds on a dampener that is worth it than some coating. Expecially if that is what the desire is, to insure great performance.
  • + 1
 Stick Sam Hill on my wifes hard tail and he would spank you on your $2000 fork super bike.... No Elephants testicles coating with sheeps bladder internals there. Just a rider and skill.... we all know riders who buy buy buy looking for the magic answer, who can competently come 4th last in a race, spanked by a 14 year old on a cheap bike!
  • + 2
 Sure would ...
  • + 1
 Anyone want a non -30 gram 2011 boxxer WC? I have a few of them and selling them for a song.
  • + 1
 Any plan on applying this coating to the Totem or updating/upgrading
the Totem?
  • + 2
 what happened to the black stanchions they've been testing? 2012 model?
  • + 1
 They will keep that for next year, as an "must upgrade" excuse... And fan-boys will sell their brand new 2011 just to get the black stanchions..
  • + 1
 NOT A CHANCE!!! Oh....wait......not a fan boy...... My parents don't have the money! lol
  • + 2
 would those shox fit on my bmx?
  • + 1
 Looking good. Apparently the new 2011 damper feels amazing. A good step foward from the 2010 gen.
  • + 1
 I tried the 2011 Boxxer WC a few days ago. Was not convinced it was any better than my 2010 ones. Might have been because the fork was new compared to my 2010 Boxxer WC (mine were serviced a month ago, so many many hours of riding on them), but it had more stiction at 70psi than I had when I was running 80psi a week ago (I run 62/5psi most of the time as I am under 12st).
  • + 2
 Always a bit of stiction when they're new. A good tune up is always needed to get them to feel right. Ride a couple of days on it, then service it completely with motorex.
  • + 1
 i think looking at numbers itself is misleading - 30grams off for color and finishes is something remarkable!
  • + 0
 Ill wait another year for the forks with the DLC coating. 30 grams and a somewhat better damper doesnt seem like it is worth the upgrade.
  • + 1
 i am very interested in dlc stanchions too, if dlc is as good as i think it is, boxxers should become marzo style butter smooth. now if only they reworked lowers or tucked the damper a couple of inches higher in the stanchion so it could accomodate more oil...
  • + 3
 lol @ 30 grams.
  • + 2
 is the white bros 180mm dh triple clamp lighter? sure its around 5 lbs?
  • + 1
 @alexnash
He needs a lot more... LOL!!
  • + 1
 I don't downhill ( no mountains to in Ontario) but I love boxxers.
  • + 1
 There might not be any real mountains, but there is definitely a few half decent places to ride...
  • + 1
 Yeah, theres some descent spots. I don't have anybike distance spots though, except for the drumlin trails by trent which is still not worth getting a DH for.
  • + 2
 amazing forks
  • + 2
 beauty.
  • + 1
 30 grams... Hmmmm.. still - lush forks =)
  • + 1
 black crowns with white lowers?.. hhmmm..
  • + 1
 a new lower color should make it really interesting...
  • - 1
 ill stick to my 2010 boxer race fork dont care what people say its simple dose the job and aint let me down yet Smile rathher not spend a months wage on a fork
  • + 1
 keronite... gonna be bomb proof? thats is real light too.
  • + 1
 YO! im not a drug dealer! how many american pounds is that?
  • + 1
 Think i'll stick to my 40's,i've never bin a Boxxer fan!
  • + 2
 How many 40s do you have on the front of your bike cause I only have one fox 40 on mine.
  • + 2
 Nice Smile
  • + 1
 keep 'er coming.... Smile
  • + 1
 yeah its 2011
  • - 3
 i wonder if this fork will be 30% easier to bend and flex over last years fork, sense it is 30 grams lighter
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