• 06-30-2013
    Colin+M
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    If you're thinking about getting one of the new RS Pikes...
    Do it already!!! Massive improvement over my 2013 Fox 34 Float 140mm. This fork is superbly supple, almost coil like. Also unlike my Fox 34, you can use all the travel on this fork. I moved the slider indicator all the up to the top of the stanchion on some bigger drops and jumps. With the Fox 34 I could never use all the exposed stanchion although I don't think you can on this particular fork even without air in it.

    The stanchion length is pretty identical on the Pike vs. Fox 34, but the crown/steerer junction is much taller on the Fox and that makes up the difference in A-C length between the two.

    Also for you people on the fence about going with the 140 or 150, compared to my Fox 34 140mm Float...

    The Pike 150mm 51mm offset is approximately 7mm shorter than the Fox 34 in terms of Axle to Crown measurements. So it is like 10mm free travel, especially if you are already running a Fox 34 140mm.

    Also the Pike 150mm weighs 4.3 lbs with full length uncut steerer, crown race and axle vs. 4.57 lbs for the Fox 34 with trimmed steerer, crown race and axle.

    So take my advice, get it and while you're at it get the 150mm too.

    I also have a Pike in 140mm 51mm offset that I plan on using on my Ripley when it comes in. I'll have to compare it versus the Fox 34 and 140mm Revelation that I have when I start the build.

    Also, what's a thread about new gear without pics? Useless.

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  • 06-30-2013
    kragu
    If you're thinking about getting one of the new RS Pikes...
    First of all, SICK bike.

    I haven't had any Pike time, but am loving the new Fox 34. I know just about all they did was change the spring rate, but it feels like a completely different fork when compared to my 2013.

    I'm sure the Pike is awesome, just sayin' that the 2013 Fox 34 wasn't quite up to par with most things Fox has put out.
  • 06-30-2013
    Colin+M
    Yes, I felt the need to specify it was a 2013 Fox. I hope they got things right in 2014 because now they have some competition with the Pike and Trace, unlike in years before when they were the only 34mm+ fork in town.
  • 06-30-2013
    Colin+M
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    First of all, SICK bike.

    I haven't had any Pike time, but am loving the new Fox 34. I know just about all they did was change the spring rate, but it feels like a completely different fork when compared to my 2013.

    I'm sure the Pike is awesome, just sayin' that the 2013 Fox 34 wasn't quite up to par with most things Fox has put out.

    P.S. your new Rip Alloy is SICK as well.
  • 06-30-2013
    Bulldozer27
    I have a 2012 Fox 34 RLC that isn' t as smooth as I would like. Is the damper similar to the 2013 Fox? Just trying to figure out if the new Pike will fix my problem.
  • 06-30-2013
    Colin+M
    In short, yes it will fix your problem. This fork is supremely smooth.
  • 07-01-2013
    thegweed
    I think the Pike looks so freaking cool with the black stanchions (for myself, not showing off)...wish they made a 120mm. My bike is all black as well.
  • 07-01-2013
    Just J
    Great write up, I'm waiting on some Pikes for my SB95c build, I have some Xfusion Trace 140 RL2's to go on it until August but your report has got me even more sure of my decision to hang on for them :)
  • 07-01-2013
    Colin+M
    I've never ridden a Trace, but I can say that the Pike is worth waiting for.
  • 07-01-2013
    TwoTone
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    I have a 2012 Fox 34 RLC that isn' t as smooth as I would like. Is the damper similar to the 2013 Fox? Just trying to figure out if the new Pike will fix my problem.

    If I'm not mistaken you can get the new 2014 internals, might be a cheaper way to go.
  • 07-01-2013
    Just J
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    I've never ridden a Trace, but I can say that the Pike is worth waiting for.

    I've not ridden it either, my frame should be here next week, it's just a case of me not wanting to wait until I can ride it, so rather than wait until August for when my Pike's arrive I thought I'd put the Trace's on for now, that and I'm no longer impressed with the way Fox forks are currently.
  • 07-01-2013
    Zachariah
    Yeah, that 51mm offset will make that stable, slack head angle turn much faster, by reducing the trail. Added benefit is zero wheel/toe overlap.

    BTW - diggin' your RIP9 RDO.
  • 07-01-2013
    syl3
    The Pike is the coolest fork in this gallery:

    24 Bikes of the Enduro World Series - Pinkbike
  • 07-01-2013
    Captain Cobb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    If I'm not mistaken you can get the new 2014 internals, might be a cheaper way to go.

    Really? Where?
  • 07-01-2013
    eurospek
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    Really? Where?

    Directly from Fox Shox.

    If you have 2013 CTD, the upgrade to 2014 CTD is only $60 or so for the parts required. Now going from FIT RLC to CTD will be more expensive.

    FWIW, I'm running a 2012 FIT RLC Float 34 with the new upgraded Float Air spring side and it's much better than my previous stock 2012 FIT RLC Float 34.
  • 07-01-2013
    Captain Cobb
    I've got a 2012 140 talas, will any of these upgrades work for it?
  • 07-01-2013
    Bulldozer27
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    I've got a 2012 140 talas, will any of these upgrades work for it?

    +2???
  • 07-01-2013
    TwoTone
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    I've got a 2012 140 talas, will any of these upgrades work for it?

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    +2???

    Hmm maybe call Fox?
  • 07-01-2013
    Structure
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    Liken the Solo Air 150mm a lot.
    I don't have any time on a Fox 34, coming from a 32 Talas. But so far this Pike is wonderful. Tracks cleanly through the rough. Smooths the small while devouring the big. Zero desire for the Dual Air.

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  • 07-14-2013
    Bulldozer27
    Thanks to this thread for pushing me over the edge ;). Replaced a Fox 34 TALAS RLC Kashima with a Pike 150mm Dual Air and two things were immediately apparent. First, the Fox's Kashima coat is totally overrated and quite possibly worthless. With just basic anodized stanchions, the Pike suffers from none of the stiction issues of the Fox. Second, the Pike's damper is much more smooth and plush throughout the travel compared to the Fox's FIT damper.

    I like this new Pike so much that I'm leaning heavily towards replacing the Fox fork on my hardtail with an RS SID. It even came with an extra seal rebuild kit, although I'm not sure if that's a negative comment on long-term reliability. Also, the white with black stanchions is perfect for my build.

    http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l9...ps251d4841.jpg
  • 07-14-2013
    20.100 FR
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    +2???

    +3 !
  • 07-14-2013
    Rev. 14
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    I also have a Pike in 140mm 51mm offset that I plan on using on my Ripley when it comes in. I'll have to compare it versus the Fox 34 and 140mm Revelation that I have when I start the build.Attachment 812527

    You have Ripley coming also? Isn't that a 120mm travel bike? Can it be fitted with a 140mm fork? I'd like to know how you think the Ripley is compared to the Niner. For some reason the Ripley reminds me of the Tallboy LTc in terms of its looks.
  • 07-14-2013
    Colin+M
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    I did have a Ripley coming but decided to go with a SB95c instead. The XL Ripley still wasn't available, but the SB95c was at Competitive Cyclist. I have already had a Ripley in size large however and I wouldn't really place it in the same category as the RDO. The RDO feels like a steamroller that will go thru or over anything you so desire. The Ripley however is like a thoroughbred race horse in terms of overall acceleration, but requires you to be a tad more cautious on the descent. Neither is a bad bike, in fact they are both excellent bikes. The SB95c is a nice blend of the 2 and I'm very pleased thus far. I really think the Yeti is the one to beat in this category of "one bike to rule them all". I have mine setup with the same 150mm Pike and a CC DBair.

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  • 07-14-2013
    confused
    Colin, your killing me with all these awesome bikes! Cant wait to here the review on this one but when are you getting a Devinci to check out?
  • 07-15-2013
    shutterbug67
    I would be interested in this also...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by confused View Post
    Colin, your killing me with all these awesome bikes! Cant wait to here the review on this one but when are you getting a Devinci to check out?