2011 RockShox Revelation World Cup: First Ride

May 24, 2010
by Mike Levy  
RockShox pushes their trail category of forks to the next level in 2011 with the addition of the new Revelation World Cup fork. With a one piece carbon fiber crown and tapered steerer tube and a weight of only 3.46 lbs, the 150 mm travel fork is sure to raise some eyebrows.

Inside you will also find details of yet another new rear shock for 2011, the Monarch Plus. The new shock is intended for all-mountain use and is a hybrid of the proven original Monarch and the brand new Vivid Air shock.

Read on...
2011 RockShox Revelation World Cup


2011 RockShox Revelation World Cup
2011 RockShox Revelation World Cup

For 2011 RockShox makes major refinements to their Revelation lineup, including adding the World Cup model that you see here. One of the most exciting features on the forks is the new Dual Air travel adjust system. Dual Air lets the rider quickly and easily drop the travel by about 30 mm simply by turning the crown mounted lever by 90 degrees. Total travel sits at 150 mm, but is dropped down to 120 mm to keep the front end from wandering on climbs. Not only does the system add minimal weight to the overall package, around 100 grams, it also keeps things simple and doesn't involve making multiple turns with a dial to lower the front end. Dual Air will be available as an option on all of the Revelation forks.

The stunning one piece tapered carbon steerer tube
The stunning one piece tapered carbon steerer tube

The World Cup Revelation that I spent my day on featured the new and very trick one piece carbon fiber crown and tapered steerer tube. The new tapered upper assembly is impressive to see in person, and drops weight while retaining valuable stiffness. Riders who push their trail bikes hard will benefit from the new carbon addition. Fittingly, only the World Cup model receives the carbon treatment. Aluminum standard and tapered steerer options are available on RL, RTL, and RTL Ti models. RockShox makes the leap to 15 mm thru-axles as well, and although new to the 15 mm gang, their Maxle Lite system is probably the most user friendly to use. The new Maxle Lite (including the 20 mm version) does away with the full length steel skewer that was hidden within and instead moves the wedge system to the lever end of the axle.

At the bottom you'll find a 15 mm thru-axle
At the bottom you'll find a 15 mm thru-axle

2011 RockShox Revelation World Cup details

• New World Cup model for '11
• One piece carbon fiber tapered steerer tube and crown
• Adjustable travel: 120 mm - 150 mm with Dual Position Air system
• BlackBox Motion Control damping
• Dual Flow rebound
• Adjustments: external beginning stroke rebound, low speed compression, floodgate and lockout
• 32 mm stanchion tubes
• Option remote PushLoc lockout
• 9 mm QR, 15 mm Maxle Lite, 20 mm Maxle Lite options
• Weight: 3.46 lbs
• MSRP $1090 USD


The World Cup's one piece carbon fiber crown and steerer tube is a thing of beauty
The World Cup's one piece carbon fiber crown and steerer tube is a thing of beauty

I put in a few hours on a Revelation World Cup equipped Cannondale RZ140 and came away impressed with the new fork. The Dual Air system proved to be easy to use and was very functional in the field, making it easier for me to make it around some of the day's tight switchbacks and up some technical climbs. While there are many forks out there with travel adjust mechanisms that accomplish the same feat, the quick and easy nature of the Dual Air design was a bonus. When the trail pointed the opposite direction the Revelation more than held its own over the fast and rocky terrain. Stiffness was never an issue, and many of us even commented to each other about how well the 3.46 lb. fork tracked at speed. There was nary a hint of flex, even when comparing it to larger legged and heavier models. While one ride is far from a proper test, I was impressed. The Revelation World Cup's total package is outstanding: easy to use travel adjust, light weight, and a stiff chassis should make this a winner for 2011. Look for a full length test at a later date as this fork will be on my short list of products to put a lot of miles on.

The Dual Air lever was easy to turn
The Dual Air lever was easy to turn





2011 RockShox Monarch Plus


2011 RockShox Monarch Plus
2011 RockShox Monarch Plus

Somewhat obscured by the exciting new Reverb, telescoping seatpost and Vivid Air shock is the new Monarch Plus. This all new shock for 2011 is based on both the original Monarch and new Vivid Air, with the goal of producing a light and adjustable shock for all-mountain use. Using RockShox's Solo Air spring technology, along with Dual Flow separate rebound circuits, this new shock should be at home on today's mid-travel, weight conscious bikes. Those who earn their turns should take note of the three position external compression adjustment that can be easily flipped while on the go to make those out of the saddle efforts really count. Other external adjustments include beginning stroke rebound speed and air spring pressure. The new shock will come in a variety of common sizes to fit most all-mountain bikes.

Monarch Plus details:

• New all-mountain orientated shock for 2011
• Damper based on Monarch and Vivid internals
• Piggyback reservoir for extra oil volume and heat dissipation
• External 3 position compression adjustment
• Beginning stroke rebound adjustment
• Available sizes: 7.5" x 2", 7.875" x 2"/2.25", 8.5" x 2.5", 8.75" x 2.6"


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98 Comments

  • + 8
 Carbon is a good application for crowns, as the fatigue life is great on carbon and the sweeping shapes and bonded junction between the carbon and stanchions make the crowns really damn strong. HOWEVER, its really hard to lay up the carbon in a way that will not create massive stress risers right where the carbon weave transitions from crown to steer tube. Carbon steer tube, sure. Carbon crowns, sure. But the one piece crown/steerer will be the end of that fork, the first place it will break is where the steer tube meets the crowns. I think they could have made it much less likely to fail at that point if they had just bonded an aluminum steer tube in there.

I'm not saying the fork will break left and right. But if it does break anywhere, it wont be the steer tube or the crowns, it'll be where they meet, and very simply for the reason that its all one continuous carbon weave that isnt smoothly transitioning.

I can say a lot more on this, I have a bit of experience using aerospace grade carbon fiber weave to make racing components, and an actual engineering degree unlike some of the wankers arguing here. But I'm not an expert.
  • + 6
 i don't see why people argue about bike parts and shit, so what they are trying to bring something new out that might work if you don't like it don't buy it. but don't bitch about it just say its not for you geez.
  • - 2
 That's where one word comes in... "opinion".

If you don't like viewing opinions, it's probably best to completely overlook the comment section... which is full of what? Opinions? Smile
  • + 1
 They've done the same steerer on the Spesh Enduro 160 no?
  • + 8
 less than 3.5 lbs.... you can buy a box of oreo's that weigh more!
  • + 3
 first you twist it then you lick it then you dunk it then you eat it
  • + 4
 The fork looks very similar to my 2010 Specialized E160TA fork with carbon steerer/crown assembly and Maxle Lite thru-axle,160-135mm adjustable travel. I wonder how they compare.
  • + 3
 lovin the look of them espesially the monarch plus!!! tup
  • + 7
 Both of those look insane, whack them on a Trek Remedy 9.9 Carbon and go out to Coed-y-Brenin and you will be in heaven Big Grin
  • + 5
 anthonysjb is right on the money, these on a remedy with the reverb seat post aswell would be one hell of a trail bike beast!! they would be equally nice on the new orange five evo thats soon to be released, damn you can build some sweet ass bikes these days . . .
  • + 0
 wish they would make a 1.25 with 20mm axle version but i guess it needs to be 1.5 for strength if its gonna be carbon :/
  • + 2
 I have heard that the E160TA is insanely spindly, and I can't imagine that a 32mm stanctioned 150mm travel fork with a carbon crown/steer tube is much different.
  • + 0
 from what i've read/heard, rockshox makes the specialized e160ta. i think there was a recent article in decline? but i could be wrong...
  • + 2
 I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
  • + 2
 i thought spesh used fox internals and parts not rockshox
  • + 1
 Monarch Plus looks tits!
  • + 1
 ok yeah stupid comment i know carbon is plenty stronger than steel i was trying to say that a carbon steerer would be stronger but would flex more i would think idk i just wish it wasnt made in just a 1.5! here come the neg props...
  • + 3
 Uncle Cliffy:

Natual Selection? Here's one....some kid will certainly put a star nut in one unknowingly........

I had carbon steerers on a -road bike- back in '98. They really are nothing new, but on a 'all mountain' ride, who knows?
  • + 3
 I just wasn't down with his "well go run it dumbass, I don't care if you kill yourself" attitude. That'll teach me to feed the troll I guess.
  • + 4
 The perfect trail fork or another SRAM product released too early without proper testing and poorly assembled? Hopefully the perfect trail fork as that will be perfect for my Mythic Spitfire and it's tapered headtube!
  • + 1
 id prop this all day if I could Razz
  • + 2
 The fork is pretty strong I wager, most of the issues with carbon are that IF it does fatuigue and crack ( yes i spelled fatuigue wrong quite possiblly ) then you wont know until it fails, aluminum can also Catastrophicly fail but Usually you will see microfractures before hand.

nice product, time will tell its strengths and weaknesses, and I am sure there are plenty out there who buy new products for top dollar just because they are new... as Always I would give it a year at least to hear some actual Rider feedback, and by rider I am talking about you an me, Not pro riders who get stuff for free.... must be awesome. Smile
  • + 5
 Someone needs to put this fork on a Karpiel Armageddon... perfect application.
  • - 2
 Smile

See there is a sense of humor haha!
  • - 3
 good good points rffr... im on ur side... for SURE.
  • + 0
 replied to the wrong comment.... and rffr is just making hollow statements that are permanently negative, on everything.
  • - 1
 lol, really... people are still going on about this?
  • + 1
 seems so Razz
  • + 1
 LMAO! i thought it was longggg over
  • + 1
 well it doesnt seem to be Smile
  • + 2
 One thing to look out for is people overtighening stems onto the steer tube.

Most people have heard that if you overtighten your carbon bar or seat post its strength is drastically reduced and problems are coming soon.

While this isnt totally catastrophic to the budget when its a 200$ easton bar but what about when you realize that you just crushed your steer tube... 1000 fork is in for a BIG repair.

I'm not against carbon, just not sure AM needs to be ALL CARBON, there are plenty of better applications than this IMO
  • + 3
 I'd love to run a Revelation WC and Monarch Plus on a Santa Cruz Blur LTc. Perfect application. You could easily build a 24 lb all mountain warrior! Ultimate Downieville bike? I think so...
  • + 1
 Now that I've built my Nomad C at 27.4 lbs, I imagine that putting a Revelation WC 20mm on there would make it a 25 lb 6.5" travel bike...

...yeah, that's rad.
  • + 4
 looks good, wont be long until people have lowered cardon revelations on their street bike.
  • + 2
 have to have a 1.5" headtube tho Confused
  • + 2
 4x bikes yeah but street?!?!? not sure how they would hold up on the harsh landings that come with the "street" label? would love a set lowered to 100mm on a yeti dj 2010 tho Smile
  • + 1
 I've seen people using rock shox sids for street. Seems stupid to me. But yeah, the 1.5 heatube will stop most people!
  • + 1
 MSRP on the Monarch Plus?
  • + 1
 bikerboywill, you could run a lowered Revelation WC on a Trek Ticket Razz
  • + 4
 wow...rockshox is stepping it up
  • + 4
 that monarch plus makes my monarch 3.1 look like crap.
  • + 2
 im waiting for that waki designs guy to reply, but it doesnt look like he's got anything... was a good debate while it lasted Razz
  • + 3
 some how i find the monarch plus better looking than the vivid air imo
  • + 2
 weres the 2011 long travel forks from them? ;]
or are we just going to go straight to 2012 alreadY?
  • + 1
 Titanium would be great, is carbon really that much lighter? IS this just a bling factor? nice fork, great looking, lightweight, carbon bars are scary enough.
  • + 1
 well anyways hope nobody gets killed with the fork. See ya all on the mountain
  • + 1
 is it possible to lower a rs revelation to 100mm or 80mm and make them stiff
  • + 1
 Quite a few AM bikes run a 1.5-1 1/8. Just for strength and weight.
  • - 3
 I am sticking with rffr this time, he is the one that had made it more clearly on this post and with real reasons, and without throwing words on the air. Hope nobody gets hurt with that fork, but we will see soon. btw i cant believe is AM intended.
  • + 4
 what were his "real" reasons? i don't see them
  • + 3
 neither could I... showed no signs of having any knowledge of the properties of carbon even if he claims to work with it! I reckon he is just having a rant as he is upset he snapped his alu steerer.
  • + 1
 How much 4 the monarch plus?
  • + 0
 damn... $1000 that ain't cheap, forget the carbon/aluminum debate the price settles that issue for me Wink
  • + 1
 are you kidding? thats an awesome price for something like this
  • - 2
 At that price?... Buy a Fox and be done with it.
  • + 1
 You could buy a Fox, but then you'd still end up having a heavier fork.
  • + 1
 Theres nothing special about a fox compared to a rock shox, I dont get what the big deal about fox is. I like them as much as the next guy but a revelation is just as good as a float.
  • + 0
 nooooo
  • - 2
 no offense to anyone but i hate the tapered 1.5-1 1/8 steer tube. i just fined it pointless and inconvenient considering most bikes would be unable to run it.
  • + 2
 Actually, most bikes CAN run it. Those with 1.5 headtubes, and those with tapered headtubes. The only bikes that cannot run tapered are those with 1-1/8 headtubes. So if you want to talk about compatibility, 1.5 steer tubes are the least convenient since only bikes with 1.5 steer tubes can run them. And to be honest, I'm quite sure that tapered is here to stay, because it works for all disciplines from XC to FR.
  • + 1
 i know that u can run it on a 1.5 because u just put a reducer on top. what i meant by that is that most bikes have a 1 1/8 steer tube witch would make it impossible to run a tapered tube
  • + 0
 That crown is just plain nutty.
  • - 1
 I see what looks like a crack on the underside of the crown pic 4 lower right side...
  • + 1
 reflections and material overlap, I have the same on my SC BlurLTC
  • + 1
 so sick the carbon!
  • + 1
 how much are they
  • - 1
 I wonder how far are we from single piece carbon crown and steerer.
  • + 1
 I think the 2010 SID has it.

The progression is one piece/uncut carbon from steerer and all the way to the bottom of the stanchions (sorta like some of the road forks). If there is no way of surfacing carbon suitable for wipers/seals/bushings then you could have a thin metallic pipe over the carbon stanchions. You could use a big diameter for the stanchions since they weigh less. There would be no bulgey crown, just smooth lines from crown race and into top of stanchions, and less stress risers.
  • + 1
 Yes, cf all the way from top to bottom would be my vision too. I think they are going to solve it sooner or later. Regarding coating ofstanchions, you can just use a thin tube as an outer cast, double win Smile Though carbon lowers imao, is just not worth the hassle, as magnesium ones are already feather light.
  • - 1
 why dont they just use titanium?
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