RockShox is going all-in on 29ers for 2012, offering seven fork models in 15 total variants – including a 140mm-travel Revelation 29-inch.
RockShox will offer four different Revelation 29-inch versions; XX, RCT3, RLT and RL, each with different compression damper assemblies, and claimed weights vary from 1,806g (3.98lb) to 1,855g (4.09lb) depending on model and air spring configuration.
Riders on more of a budget can instead turn to the Recon 29-inch with either 32mm-diameter aluminum or steel upper tubes, 80/100 convertible travel, and more basic TurnKey compression dampers or the all-new entry-level XC 29″ range. The XC 32 29″ uses 32mm-diameter steel tubes while the XC 28 TK Mg 29″ gets slimmer 28mm-diameter stanchions. Both get PowerBulge-equipped lower legs, TurnKey compression dampers, and remote lockout compatibility, too. Claimed weights range from 2,200g (4.85lb) to 2,263g (4.99lb).
The Motion Control DNA compression damper, one-piece air cap, and butted aluminum air shafts used in the new SID 29″ will find their way into some standard 26″-wheeled RockShox models for 2012, yielding the same 100g weight savings relative to 2011 versions. Claimed weight for the top-end SID XX World Cup is now just 1,311g (2.89lb) while the Reba drops to 1,519g (3.35lb) in RLT trim.
Meanwhile, the 80/100/120mm-travel Recon gets 15mm Maxle thru-axle and aluminum upper tube options for 2012 and the 130/140/150mm-travel Revelation RCT3 model earns the promising new three-position Motion Control DNA compression damper. RockShox will also add its new entry-level XC range in 26″ variants, too, with travel options from 80-120mm and 28, 30, or 32mm stanchion diameter choices.
The mid-range Sektor gets one of the most appealing-sounding new features for 2012: a coil-sprung version of RockShox’s on-the-fly Dual Position travel reducer. Dual Position Coil uses separate primary and secondary springs stacked end-to-end in series. In full-travel mode, both springs are fully extended and active but flipping the travel reducer knob a quarter-turn locks the secondary spring in compression – thus reducing the crown-to-axle height and travel by about 30mm while still leaving up to 120mm of movement available.