The Forks They’re Racing in Rio

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August 20, 2016

“We’re overnighting a package to you to arrive on Saturday” came the message from RockShox. What could be so important that it arrives on a Saturday?… the same… Saturday as the first Olympic XC race…

Ooh... interesting.
What could it be?

Ooh, interesting. What on earth could it be?

As we suspected (and anticipated) the package that appeared this morning was very much bicycle fork shaped. If our suspicions were correct, then this would have a lot to do with what goes on later today on the other side of the world.

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A familiar hue

And, as we unwrapped it, a very distinctive shade of blue was glimpsed. A variation of the SID Blue that’s been a very familiar sight at cross country races since the late ’90s.

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One piece carbon crown and steerer
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RockShox’ cleverest fork damper so far
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And no mud room!
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RockShox World Cup model.
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Available to mortals too. Only not in this colour…

The message that came with it said:
“This is a very special edition of our RockShox SID fork. This limited edition colour has been produced to celebrate SID’s glorious history of Olympic wins, with gold medals at every edition of the Games since 2000.”

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One of the great things about mountain biking is that the level of kit that the pros race, is readily available to mortal riders – and this is true of the SID fork. Although this is a special colour, the actual model of SID World Cup, with Charger Damper, remote lockout, carbon crown and steerer and so on, is available for sale in local bike shops.

 

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Let’s race!

Today is the Women’s Olympic Mountain Biking in Rio. Tune in to see some of these forks being ridden like they’re meant to be.

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