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    2017 Pike Non Boost vs. 2018 Pike Boost....Boost worth it?

    Hi all

    I recently posted about my 4 year old Fox Evolution on my new Hightower. Everyone seems to lean towards a Pike and I agree. However, the decision now revolves around price and Boost performance.

    I have a newer set of Stans Flows with a Boost rear hub to fit the HT and non boost front to fit my existing old Fox. I can get a 2017 Pike RCT3 for $650 Non Boost or a 2018 Pike RCT3 for $800ish plus another $250 for a Boost front wheel to match.

    So is the 2018 Pike plus the supposed stiffness of Boost worth an extra $450?????

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwj75 View Post
    Hi all

    I recently posted about my 4 year old Fox Evolution on my new Hightower. Everyone seems to lean towards a Pike and I agree. However, the decision now revolves around price and Boost performance.

    I have a newer set of Stans Flows with a Boost rear hub to fit the HT and non boost front to fit my existing old Fox. I can get a 2017 Pike RCT3 for $650 Non Boost or a 2018 Pike RCT3 for $800ish plus another $250 for a Boost front wheel to match.

    So is the 2018 Pike plus the supposed stiffness of Boost worth an extra $450?????

    Thanks
    There is one more option though..... Boost fork and boost conversion axle kit for your front hub.

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    The '18 Pike is a better fork and just about everything is boost nowadays, so I'd go with the '18 fork. As wenna mentions, you can convert a non boost hub to boost, but not the other way around.
    What, me worry?

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    I have a '17 Pike and I don't like it that much. The high speed compression shim stack is really firm, and there's no way to adjust it. It has kind of a weird ride - when you hit big drops or big obstacles, it is nice and plush. But short drops and small bumps are really harsh.

    So if you haven't tried it, if I were you I would test it out first if you can. I can see why some might like it, if you are into aggressive/fast XC I am sure it is a great fork and very stiff. For the more technical stuff that I ride on a regular basis, it leaves my hands aching at the end of a two hour ride.

    (And in case anyone thinks it is a setup issue, I've gone down that road.. check out the long thread in the Suspension section titled 'I hate my Pike' for further explanation)

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