RST has been in the fork game forever, though at the more affordable end. It’s now trying to fill more of the upper middle ground with some sensibly designed forks that come in at a decent weight.
2013 Champ 26in.
The Champ 26in fork is an XC fork that’ll come with a 9mm QR axle or a 15mm QR. It’ll come in 80/100 and 120mm fixed lengths. There’s a choice of tapered or straight steerers and the stanchions are 32mm. There’s a cartridge damper and an air spring. RST is clear about making a bit for the RockShox SID market. The fork weighs in at 3.3lbs and there’s a remote lockout option. The US price is going to be around $600/$650 so hopefully a little less in £.
There’s also a 29in version of the RST Champ fork. It’ll come in 15mm QR or (why?) 9mm QR and with the same 80/100/120mm options as the 26in fork. In fact the internals are the same… All up weight for a 15mm version will be 3.8lbs including axle.
RST will also be offering an air spring swap-out kit for its existing coil spring fork. This lets you lose a ton of weight without having to upgrade the whole fork.