The Forks They’re Racing in Rio

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“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.”

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.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (13)

    Wrong timing for their publicity unfortunately. The winners forks seem to have DT Swiss stickers. Maybe I’ll be able to get some sid’s at a lower price.

    Well, DT didn’t send us any, so they’ll have to make to with having an Olympic champ. 🙂
    It’ll be interesting tomorrow with Schurter (DT) vs Absalon (RockShox)… which will be cause of much fork-brand smugness if either of them win…

    & a 650b fully was quicker than the 29er hardtail?!

    Are they permanently locked out for gravel path performance?

    DT Swiss win both XC Golds…

    What happened to all the RS1 forks? Didn’t see one at the Olympics, I thought they were Rockshox’s top xc fork.

    There was definitely at least 1 pair of RS1s around yesterday.
    What were the forks with the blue stantions? I forget who had them.

    Maxime Marotte. What forks did he have?

    DT Swiss is now sending us a fair of Olympic-spec forks to look at. 🙂

    Thanks nach.
    Now where are the blue stanchions?

    An article about SID’s is pointless without a genuine weight shown… and difference in weight to current models 😉

    ir_bandito in the second photo at that link.

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