by Dave Anderson
April 1, 2014
Boxxer upgrades to Charger Damper, first seen in Rockshox Pike…
For nearly two decades, BoXXer has been piloted to the top step of the podium at downhill World Cup races and freeride events more than any other fork. With such a legacy, it’s no doubt the new BoXXer has already proven itself with Steve Smith’s World Cup overall victory and Kyle Strait’s Rampage win in 2013. The new BoXXer features the new Charger Damper™, new air and coil spring systems, Rapid Recovery™ rebound, Fast Black stanchions and 27.5″ options. And guess what: the lightest production downhill fork on the market is getting a whole lot lighter.
ROCKSHOX What’s Your Line?
RockShox was born out of a belief that the mold was meant to be broken. We know one size does not fit all. We know even the longest rides are too short to worry about your equipment. Our patented designs push the limits to bring the utmost in performance, control and adjustability to every product in our line. From our Charger Damper™ to the easiest to use thru-axle on the market, the Maxle, we believe race-proven technologies shouldn’t just be for racers. Being on the leading edge of technology isn’t just our history. It’s our future.
NEW BoXXer – Available: August 2014
A LEGACY OF WINNING
For nearly two decades, BoXXer has been piloted to the top step of the podium at downhill World Cup races and freeride events more than any other fork. With such a legacy, it’s no doubt the new BoXXer has already proven itself with Steve Smith’s World Cup overall victory and Kyle Strait’s Rampage win in 2013. The new BoXXer features the new Charger Damper™, new air and coil spring systems, Rapid Recovery™ rebound, Fast Black stanchions and 27.5” options. And guess what: the lightest production downhill fork on the market is getting a whole lot lighter.
World Cup, Team and RC models
Charger Damper™ with Rapid Recovery™ rebound (World Cup and Team)
Air and coil spring refinements (World Cup and Team)
Fast Black upper tubes (all models)
27.5” option (all models)
New BoXXer: In Their Words
“The biggest improvement for me was decreased fatigue in my hands and arms. I attribute the Charger Damper™ to being able to ride the most DH laps I ever have this summer… I did 250 laps in the Whistler Bike Park without pulling it apart at all and only did so then to see what it looked like on the inside.” -Adam Billinghurst, BoXXer Charger Damper™ test rider–1 million vertical feet of downhill in the Whistler Bike Park in 57 days last season
“…I have more confidence as it gives more traction with the new Charger Damper™!” -Troy Brosnan, Specialized Factory Racing
“I ended up looking further ahead, because I honestly didn’t care about what I hit. I ended up riding better because of it.” -Steve Wentz, BoXXer Charger Damper™ test rider
“I can feel the front wheel like never before, amazing grip and sensibility.” -Loic Bruni, Lapierre Gravity Republic
Charger Damper – Built For Charging
Initially developed for the worldwide acclaimed RockShox Pike, the Charger Damper™ found its way onto BlackBox athletes’ bikes during the 2013 season. Simply put, the consistency, traction and small bump sensitivity of the Charger Damper™ were an instant hit with all our riders, including overall World Cup Champion Steve Smith.
The Charger is RockShox’s most refined damper, and its sealed construction with an expandable rubber bladder ensures damping consistency, reduces vibration and is almost 100 grams lighter than the previous BoXXer damper. Adjustment is easy and intuitive, with a single compression adjuster and a beginning stroke rebound adjuster with a factory set Rapid Recovery™ tune. The internal shim stacks can be re-tuned for light or firm compression and rebound settings. The Charger Damper™ equips the World Cup and Team models of the new BoXXer.
Rapid Recovery™ is More Control With Less Work
Successive Bumps With Standard Suspension
1. Wheel does not recover fully from impact leaving a gap between it and the ground.
2. Suspension “packs up” as your body mass pushes the suspension down, reducing ride height and available travel for next bump.
3. Pushed into the suspension you are in a firmer part of the spring curve. More bump energy is now transferred to the rider’s body to absorb and control.
Same ride with Rapid Recovery™
1. Ride height is maintained, leaving more available suspension for each bump.
2. Wheel maintains better contact with the ground.
3. Less energy is transferred to rider increasing control and decreasing fatigue.
Refined To Win
Both the air and coil spring systems on the new BoXXer have been refined for a smoother ride. The Solo Air™ version found on the World Cup model features a revised spring curve and the possibility to tune the spring’s progression with Bottomless Tokens. The coil sprung Team receives a new, factory set bottom out progression. The Fast Black upper tube finish and the 27.5” option for all models (World Cup, Team, RC) round out the list, delivering a new BoXXer platform bound to continue its legacy amongst riders worldwide.
Charger Damper™ Upgrade Kit for BoXXer
• Give your fork the latest World Cup winning damper
• Replaces the damper in any BoXXer Race, Team, RC, R2C2 and World Cup 2010–2014 (35mm chassis
MSRP: $379, € 337
Solo Air™ Upgrade Kit for BoXXer World Cup
• New Solo Air™ spring with revised spring curve
• Air spring tunability with Bottomless Tokens
• Compatible with BoXXer World Cup forks from MY11 to MY14 (serial number later than 16T11XXXXXXX)
MSRP: $188, € 167