SRAM 2007 Product Preview: Part 1 - Intro/RockShox

Jun 17, 2006
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
What better place to hold a product launch ride camp than one of the most popular mountain bike destinations in the world. Especially to showcase some new all-mountain and freeride componentry! Moab is the destination and the goal is to experience SRAM's new 2007 freeride products.
RockShox Long travel single crown forks, Avid new freeride brakes and Truvativ’s new crankset. This ride camp is a continuity of the 2007 product launch SRAM had at Sea Otter back in April, which wasn’t the appropriate venue to showcase these new 2007 products.

Many SRAM sponsored riders such as Jeff Lenosky, Geoff Gullevich, Kirt Voreis and Tyler Morland were on hand to partake in the fun and show us media peeps how's it done! And what would a SRAM ride camp be without the one and only [L=]Greg “H-Ogan” Herbold[/L]! All these talented folks in addition to the many SRAM employees that were there made for a fun time! Great rides, good laughs, new friendships, and a whole lot of sunshine! But let’s not forget the main purpose of this trip – some very desirable and for the meantime, unobtainable new SRAM products!

The schedule was as follow:

Monday - Ride #1 at Slickrock. We got to experience hands on some of the new components. Mid-day we had a RockShox and Avid product presentation. Then in the afternoon we did some Porcupine DH Furry DH shuttle runs

Tuesday was pretty much the same schedule as Monday, although our morning ride was a Porcupine Rim Epic and I must say, that was one of the best (if not THE best) ride I’ve ever been on! Simply amazing! Mid-day we got a Truvativ/SRAM product presentation followed by a Freeride/hucking session at Bartlett Wash.

I’ll start off by talking a bit about each new product that was showcased at the product launch. Then I’ll give you my first impressions since I got to ride most of them..


Mission Control Technology

About Mission Control:
Before diving into the new range of RockShox long travel single crown forks, let me give you some information about the new RockShox damping technology dubbed Mission Control. Whether it’s for long epics, bike parks, dirt jumping or urban, long travel single crown forks are typically used for a wide range of riding – which means they will see the most diverse combination of rider and terrain inputs. To address these inputs and maintain control you need a fork that with a highly adjustable damper. In addition, these forks not only have to bee efficient while going downhill, but should also be efficient when the trail turns uphill – look no further, Mission Control has it all!

** The Totem & Lyrik both feature Mission Control Damping.

Mission Control Technology Details:

High Speed Compression Adjustment – Shim Stack Preload

High Speed Compression is controlled via the bigger blue knob located on the top of the right fork leg. It regulates the oil flow at high shaft speeds. Using this adjuster can increased your confidence and control through square edges, g-outs and landing.

Low Speed Compression Adjustment – Piston Bypass Circuit

Low Speed Compression is controlled via the silver knob located just above the HS compression. It regulates oil flow at low shaft speeds. Small bump sensitivity and brake dive can be balanced using this adjustment.

Floodgate Switch

The Floodgate Switch is used to toggle between performance and efficient modes. With the [L=]Floodgate “on”[/L], the fork will have a level of threshold or platform for efficient pedaling. When “off” the fork is fully active and responsive.

To actuate the Floodgate simply push down on the LS Compression knob and turn 90 degrees clockwise – the LS knob will pop-out and the Floodgate is now “on”. To turn the Floodgate “off”, push on the LS Compression knob and turn 90 degrees counterclockwise.

The Floodgate can be adjusted using the forks rebound adjuster 2.5mm Hex wrench located under the right leg. Simply pull the rebound key out and use it to dial-in the Floodgate. Turn clockwise to increase or counterclockwise to decrease the level of threshold or platform.

When the Floodgate is “on” both the HS and LS Compression circuits are closed until a hard impact breaks the threshold (e.g. opens it), at which point they become active.

In depth:
In the Mission Control leg you have a tube sitting in the uppers (e.g. tube in a tube) that allows RockShox to use smaller amounts of oil and oil weight. It also allows them to have additional air in the casting and keeping it there. The upper tube is completely sealed off and they have air trapped in between the upper tube area and upper seal of the casting. So in the casting, all around the damper rod, there is some air trapped in there that compresses as the fork goes through its travel. This creates what you call “casting ramp”. As a starting point RockShox has a much larger area of volume to work with.

One other thing to note is that the rebound circuit assembly is dual flow and detented. This is RockShox’s first detented rebound assembly. The detents are complete housed within the system which means they are complete cleared of any contamination and lubricated by the damping fluid to keep it running nice and smooth.

So to sum it all up – Mission Control features:
• Detented Dual flow rebound assembly
• High & Low Speed compression adjustment: Both Detented and at the top cap.
• Allows you to efficiently switch in between a “performance” mode and “efficiency” mode

2-Step Air Technology

About 2-Step Air:
2-Step Air Technology is simply travel adjustment made easier! When RockShox first introduced the U-Turn system, the 2-step was the most requested thing after U-Turn. Riders loved the U-Turn adjustability but wanted one “switch” to go from one travel to another. This is what RockShox has done using the 2-Step system.

** The Totem & Lyrik both feature 2-Step Air

2-Step Air Technology Details:
On the 2-Step fork models, the adjuster sits on top of the left leg.

To Decrease travel
+ Turn the adjuster 60 degrees clockwise
+ Compress the fork
= The fork will compress 45mm and stay there

To return to original travel (e.g. full travel)
+ Turn the adjuster 60 degrees counterclockwise
+ unweight the fork or simply ride
= The fork will return to full height

In depth:
When RockShox was developing this new system they referred to it as “liquid all travel”. Why? I’m sure many of you are familiar with the all travel spacers used to adjust the travel on RockShox Dual-Air forks. Well RockShox has found a way to accomplish the same results using shock fluid instead of the all travel spacer. The oil essentially moves above (when 2-Step is off) and below (when 2-Step is on) the shaft. The top cap has 2 check assemblies: turn it clockwise and it allows the oil to flow out of the top cap (2-Step “on” setting), turn it counterclockwise to allow the oil to flow into the top cap (2-Step “off” setting).

When you turn the 2-Step on and then compress the fork – the air pressure building up in the fork is going to push up on the floating piston, force that column of oil out of the top cap, into the upper tube. Because the fork is compressed and your shaft is slightly inside the fork – it leave a void that will be filled by the flow of oil.

The spring rate increases between 15% to 20% when in 2-step mode (e.g. lower travel). But I would like to point out that you still have a balance Dual-Air feel in the 2-Step mode (e.g. super supple on the small and big bumps). Unlike other Solo Air fork, which you fill via a Schrader valve that is located on top of the leg, the 2-Step air valve is located under the leg.

Big thanks to the Engineers that work on this - so simple, yet very effective!

RockShox 2007 Long travel Single Crown Forks

RockShox Lyrik

ALL Lyrik forks feature Mission Control Damping – the main difference between models are in the spring system. There are three different spring options for the Lyric: 2-Step, Solo Air and U-Turn. The Lyrik has a maximum travel of 160mm while the travel on the 2-Step and U-turn can be reduced to 115mm.

The Lyrik all have butted aluminum steerer tubes in both 1 1/8th and 1.5 steerer configurations. RockShox has a unique way of approaching the 1.5 system by not charging any premium for the 1.5. There is NO price difference between the two systems. The only difference is weight! In the case of the Lyrik the 1.5 version is slightly heavier (e.g. 20 grams).

Crowns are made of forged, hollow AL 66-TV Aluminum. Strong & light – what more do you want eh! This had been a proprietary Truvativ alloy which is now used for RockShox crowns. The crowns have laser etched logos for the ‘bling’ factor and nice finishing touch.

Upper Tubes are 35mm 7000 Series Aluminum for added rigidity and strength. On the lowers you will noticed added material in the arch area while reduced area in the back of the brace to keep the weight down. The arch also features a guide for disc brake lines.

The Lyrik uses a two stage seal similar to the Pike, Reba and BoXXer forks. Also if you look at the lowers you will notice a “bulge” in the castings – that is right where the lower bushing sits. RockShox refers to them as “PowerBulges”! One thing RockShox found during the development of their long travel forks is the benefit to having additional material right there where the lower bushing sits. The stiffness of a fork comes for multiple different areas like the steerer tube, crown, lowers, etc… all the way down to the axle. One of those areas is where the bushings are and how that area is supported. By adding more material to that area they were able to increase stiffness while reducing the play or slop that develops in the bushings over time. Many people confuse bushing wear with carrier stretch. When slop develops you’re not really wearing out the surface of the interior of the bushing – what is really happening is stretching the carrier.

The Lyrik now uses post mount disc brake for 160mm rotors and also uses the new Maxle 360 system which allows you to position the lever where ever you want it! SWEET – I for one am pretty stoked about that!

Few more things I would like to mention. At the full travel setting the Axle to Crown height is 545mm and enough tire clearance for 2.7”. I’ve also been told that it has plenty of clearance for 2.7 Kenda tires and Comp 32 Michies.

Lyrik Solo Air: 5.1 lbs
Lyrik 2-Step Air: 5.49 lbs
Lyrik U-Turn: 5.73 lbs

Lyrik Solo Air: Black
Lyrik 2-Step Air: Diffusion Silver
Lyrik U-Turn: Diffusion Black

Lyrik Solo Air: $960 USD
Lyrik 2-Step Air: $1,050 USD
Lyrik U-Turn: $920 USD

Around October

RockShox Totem

The Totem is very similar to the Lyrik in that it has one chassis, one damper setup and three spring choices. Like the Lyrik, all Totem forks have Mission Control Damping. There are three different spring options for the Totem: 2-Step, Solo Air and Coil. The Totem has a maximum travel of 180mm while the travel on the 2-Step can be reduced to 135mm.

Upper tubes are 40mm taper wall 7000 aluminum while the crown is made out of the same material as the Lyrik – e.g. Forged AL 66-TV Alloy.

The casting on the Totem is monstrous! If you compare the “PowerBulges” of the Totem to the ones on the Lyrik – I would say the Lyrik has “PowerLumps”. ;o) Not mentioned above: but another things that the “Power Bulges” helps with is making more robust sizing of the bushings from the factory. When the bushings are brand new you set them in the lowers and run a thick piece of steel through to push the backing pate against the casting, sizing the bushing appropriately. But adding some more material to the casting makes it a lot easier for RockShox to size them accurately because you are not flexing the magnesium out just to have it retract again causing unnecessary added friction. The bulges helps make the fork feel like butter right out of the box! Little fact about the Totem casting – you can make 2 SID castings out of the amount of magnesium used for the Totem casting.

Like their World Cup Forks – the Totem has water released graphics that are under the clear coat. Why? 1) High Quality look to the fork 2) You can customize the look of your fork with a 5 page Sticker job decal kit that comes with the Totem. RockShox is encouraging Totem owners to customize and personalized their fork with the stickers. You can bee just like the Bicycle Rockers yo! BTW: D.H. Pendleton created the graphics found on the Totem fork. We were given a decal kit at the camp but unfortunately the fork didn't come with it!! ;o)

A new feature on the Totem is SpeedLube System. The SpeedLube bolts are located at the bottom of the fork, behind the lowers. Just take the bolts off, drain the oil then refill using a Juicy syringe. Makes for a quick and easy oil change!

Forgot to mention that the Totem also comes in a 1 1/8th and 1.5 steerer. In this case, the 1 1/8th steerer configuration is heavier than 1.5 by 0.2 lbs (90 grams). The 1.5 steerer is 20% stiffer under bending, which is fore and aft movement and 10% stiffer torsionally than the 1 1/8th version.

At full travel, the Axle to Crown height of the Totem is 565mm

The Totem also uses direct post mount disc brake for 203mm rotors – YAY! And also uses the new Maxle 360 system. The maxles are the same for all RockShox long travel single crown forks.

Weights (1.5 Steerer):
Totem Solo Air: 5.9 lbs
Totem 2-Step Air: 6.3 lbs
Totem Coil: 6.3 lbs

Totem Solo Air: Black
Totem 2-Step Air: Galvanized
Totem Coil: Black

Totem Solo Air: $1,060 USD
Totem 2-Step Air: $1,150 USD
Totem Coil: $995 USD

Around October

RockShox Domain

The Domain comes in 2 flavors. You can get either a 180mm Coil version, or 160 U-Turn versions. Two different damper: 318 IS and 302. The 318 features the IS compression adjustment and the 302 is rebound adjust only.

The Domain has 35mm Taper Wall steel upper tubes – super burly but reduced weight by using Taper Wall.

Being the last ones into the freeride market RockShox knew they couldn’t show up with a sub par product. So in looking at the next step below the high end forks – they knew they had to create a product that was durable and meet a minimum quality and ride requirements. Therefore they focused a lot on the durability of the product to make sure it would stand up to what consumers will use this fork for.

Just like the Lyrik and Totem it used hard anodized AL 66-TV upper crown with a 1 1/8th Chromoly steel steerer or optional 1 1/8 or 1.5 Aluminum steerer.

Maxle 360, post mount 160mm and new Motion Control IS. IS stands for Integrated SpeedStack. RockShox has taken what they have learned from BoXXer SpeedStack and incorporated that into the Domain. Note that the SpeedStack in the Domain is not tunable. When RockShox was initially working on the BoXXer SpeedStack, they found that riders would blow off the Motion Control spring tube and fall through the travel. It really need a high speed catch – that’s when they added in the SpeedStack, which is little tunable secondary piston that RockShox can modify for each of the riders. To be more cost effective, they integrated shims into the valve body on the spring tube. (looks like a shorter and stockier Motion control damper).

Weights (1 1/8 Steel steerer):
Domain 318 IS U-Turn: 6.5 lbs
Domain 318 IS Fix Coil: 6.3 lbs
Domain 302 U-Turn: 6.35 lbs
Domain 302 Fix Coil: 6.15 lbs

Domain 318 IS U-Turn: Diffusion Black
Domain 318 IS Fix Coil: Diffusion Black
Domain 302 U-Turn: Punishmint

Domain 318 IS U-Turn: $595 USD
Domain 318 IS Fix Coil: $565 USD
Domain 302 U-Turn: $530 USD

Around October

RockShox DART
R.I.P Judy and J-series forks – make way for the DART! The Dart is RockShox new entry level XC fork. Might not sound too interesting to most enthusiasts, but though I’d mention it since it’s a new RockShox product.

The fork has an all new chassis design. RockShox wanted a fork with more of the spirit of cross country and more lightweight. So they redesigned the fork top to bottom. New crown, new lower legs with 28mm chrome steel upper tubes. The lowers are now disc only, which is new for lower end RockShox forks.

Three models will be available:
• Dart 1: entry level product with simple coil preload adjustment.
• Dart 2: you gain a rebound adjust knob with option of a TurnKey lockout.
• Dart 3: Magnesium lowers and Turnkey is standard.

Only Dart 2 and 3 will be available in the aftermarket.

Dart 2: $100 USD
Dart 3: $135 USD
Dart 3 with PopLoc: $170 USD

photo:Stuart Kernaghan
photo:Stuart Kernaghan

Unfortunately I didn’t get to ride the 2-Step Lyrik, but I rode the Solo Air version on Monday during our Slickrock Ride, and then rode the Coil U-Turn version on Tuesday morning during the Porcupine Epic.

First I have to make this clear – it’s really hard to do any comparison testing when you are 1) Riding an unfamiliar bike 2) on a unfamiliar trail 3) with brand spankin’ new components. So this is just some initial impressions of the products, no comparison to fork X or Brake Y.

The Solo air Lyrik felt pretty damn good! Same buttery feeling you’ve come to expect from its little sibling the Pike Dual Air and stiff to boot! Don’t confuse the Lyrik for the Pike – they are two different beasts! The Dual Air Pike is more geared towards trail riding and allows you to set the air volume in the negative and poitive air chamber via two different air valves. The Lyrik is more geared towards All-Mountain/Freeride and one air valve fills both the positive and negative air chambers simultaneously, giving you the plushest ride. The Lyrik is basically more geared towards 6+ inch travel bikes (but less than 8”)

I don’t know exactly how much air was in there, but I’m sure the expert mechanics at SRAM had it set up for my buck fifty because it felt perfect on the trail. The Floodgate was set a bit firm so we could experience the difference from having it ‘on’ or ‘off”. I turned it on at one point and purposely came off a small drop to see if it would blow off, and it did. I also like the fact that it’s now adjustable via a 2.5 Hex key – much cleaner look and more downtube clearance for those who like to do X-ups! It will also prevent you from damaging your downtube in the event of a crash that sends your bars twisting.

I’m sure most of you have already heard or already been to Slickrock – it’s a pretty unique place to ride! Since its all rock, the trails are marked on the rock surface with white paint dots. But that doesn’t stop you from exploring other ‘unmarked’ lines – but if you do, be prepared to react quickly and keep that front tire out of trouble. The slickrock give you the impression that everything is flat and smooth, but that’s far from the truth! I came off the trail one and eyed this little booter and tried to clear this mound of rocks – just to land front heavy on an uphill piece of rock slab! The slack head angle of the Nomad paired with the Lyrik really saved me getting massive Slickrock road rash! After inspecting the fork I noticed that I had gotten full travel (e.g. bottomed it out all the way to the crown) but I never felt any harsh bottoming! Good stuff.

Having separate High Speed and Low Speed external controls on top of the fork is pretty handy if you want to get the most out of your fork on any given terrain. By dialing in the HSC (High Speed Compression) and LSC (Low Speed Compression) you can really get the fork to work the way you like it. Fork feels harsh at high speed, especially when hitting square edge obstacles – back out the HSC. If in the same situation it bottoms out too much – just add a bit of HSC. Running too much HSC can cause loss of traction on rough terrain.

The LSC is great for mitigating brake dive. If you run too low of LSC damping will feel like the front end is all over the place (out of control) over small bumps. Just like HSC, too much of it will cause you to loose traction on small bumpy terrain.

The Lyrik was VERY stiff – wherever you pointed the front end, it went! No muscling required.

The Coil Lyrik I rode on Tuesday felt overspung for my 150 lbs carcass. But it still had the same ride quality as the Dual-Air Lyrik. Mission Controls worked the same and the fork performed flawlessly. The last half of Porcupine trail was pretty damn fast and rocky – the fork really did its job since you had to let it go and pick your lines.

I would really like to spend more time on one of these once they become available – would be a perfect fork for local trails like Mammoth, Santa Cruz or Downieville.

Dayum what can I say about the Totem? It’s was like riding a single crown BoXXer on steroids! And what I mean by that is that the Totem features advanced Mission Control damping, bigger 40mm upper tubes and gigantic stiff castings. The one mounted on out test bikes (Devinci Ollie) was the 1.5 Totem Solo Air. There is something to be said about bombing down some rough DHish trails on a single crown air fork – and that’s FUN!!

Just like the Lyrik you can adjust the HSC, LSC and actuate the Floodgate with one turn of a knob. While making our way out to Bartlett Wash – I had the Floogate “on”. The first spot we hit was the Playground. As I take the plunge into the Playground and start picking up speed over the steep and wavy rock surface, I can hear this distinct high pitch noise coming from the fork. Since it felt great I didn’t think much of it – that’s until I realized the Floodgate was STILL ON. This is just one example of how well the Floodgate control works – e.g. when I was just pedaling to the Playground, the fork was exercising minimal movement, but once the going got really rough and the forces were great enough to ‘blow-off’ the system, the fork became active just like when the Floodgate is “off”.

Again just like the Lyrik the Totem was very smooth and stiction free. I was also mega stiff and easy to throw around – although I can’t say the same about the Divinci Ollie, which was pretty heavy!

First impressions were good – I REALLY liked the Totem. Would make a perfect fork for my Iron Horse 7Point or even my Sunday. Can’t tell if it was a problem or not, but I did notice a little bit of oil seeping out of the seals after our little Bartlett stint. Could have simply been oil residue that built up at the seals during fork rebuild.

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 Is it easy to change the main spring on the 180mm domain...?
  • 1 0
 Super easy! You just need the correct size spanner and you're done in 3 minutes! I have a Totem coil and swapping out the main spring is the same.

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