Over the last few day, RockShox has been posting images on their Facebook
wall that, when assembled and flipped, make it clear a new inverted fork is on the way. Called the RS-1 (the same name as RockShox's very first, non-inverted fork that was released back in 1989
), the new fork looks to be aimed at the cross-country crowd, with a tapered carbon steerer and uppers designed to keep things light and stiff. There will also be a remote lockout, likely running through the right leg and out the small port at the top that can be seen in the pictures. Photos of the very bottom portion of the fork, where we'd imagine an air valve, damping adjustments, and a 15mm thru-axle are located, have just now been released. It will be interesting to see what steps RockShox has taken to maintain the new fork's torsional rigidity, one of the potential downsides to a inverted suspension design, but given the fork's short travel, cross-country intentions, this won't be as difficult of a task to achieve as it would be on a longer travel all-mountain or downhill fork. Cost, availability and other details are still up in the air, but full specifications should be available in the coming weeks. Is this initial foray into the world of inverted forks a sign of longer-travel options to come? We'll just have to wait and see.