The RockShox Judy Is Back!

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After a short hiatus, the RockShox Judy is back! But not quite as you remember it…

First launched to the public back in 1995, the original Judy XC fork featured 50mm of suspension travel, magnesium lowers, 28mm diameter stanchions, and a MCU spring along with hydraulic damping. With the addition of titanium hardware and an alloy steerer, the higher-end Judy SL dropped total weight down to just 1.22kg (2.7lbs), while also pumping up travel to 63mm. Interestingly, that 22-year old Judy SL is still lighter than most XC race forks today. For the gravity-fiends, RockShox also brought in a DH version of the Judy, which dished out a gargantuan 75mm of travel. Despite using a beefier crown to handle all of that suspension travel, the Judy DH still weighed 1.4kg (3.1lbs).

The popular RockShox Judy range has evolved over the years, but it’s been missing from the lineup for a good while now. As one of the legendary names in the world of mountain biking though, RockShox has decided to revive the Judy for 2018 in an all-new platform. With plus-tyre compatibility and multiple travel/wheelsize options, the Judy is coming back bigger and bolder than ever before. So let’s take a closer look eh?

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The RockShox Judy is back!

Who says entry level bikes can’t get all the latest features and performance? Judy is built around a brand new chassis, designed with the same philosophy of the award-winning Pike for the demands of modern mountain biking: stiff, yet very light. Boost™ means room for Plus tires, up to 2.8” in both the 27.5” and 29” models, while Torque Cap compatibility adds additional stiffness and steering precision.” – RockShox.

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All-black and available in 29+ or 27.5+ versions, the new Judy is the biggest and baddest version yet.

RockShox Judy Gold RL

  • New plus-compatible suspension fork
  • 80-120mm travel
  • Compatible with up to 2.8in wide tyres
  • Available in 27.5in and 29in sizes
  • 30mm Fast Black anodized upper tubes
  • Solo Air spring
  • Motion Control RL Damper w/lockout, adjustable compression and rebound
  • Wider and stronger Boost-specific chassis
  • 110x15mm Maxle thru-axle
  • RRP: £360-£425
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A wider and burly chassis offers compatibility with tyres up to 2.8in wide.

The new Judy will be available in two different versions; the Gold SL and the Silver TK. The Gold SL model uses lighter weight alloy stanchions, which are anodized black to give it a mini-Pike vibe.

Inside the left hand fork leg is the Solo Air spring that offers quick and easy adjustment of spring pressure for different rider weights, while the right hand fork leg houses the Motion Control RL damper. The blue lever on the crown offers adjustable compression to a full lock out, while rebound damping is controlled at the base of the same fork leg.

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One-piece magnesium lowers with dedicated Boost 110x15mm dropouts and a Maxle thru-axle.

The Judy chassis has been designed specifically around Boost hub spacing and compatibility with up to a 2.8in wide tyre. The one-piece magnesium lowers are tied together with a 15mm diameter Maxle, which offers a tools-free lever to remove the front wheel. Other features include post-mount brake tabs, and an integrated bolt-on cable guide for the front brake hose.

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The Judy Silver TK fork is OEM only, and uses cheaper steel upper tubes and a Turnkey damper.

Also available as an OEM spec from RockShox will be the new Judy Silver TK fork. Using the same overall design as the Judy Gold SL, the Silver TK subs in cheaper and heavier steel upper tubes, along with a cheaper Turnkey damper. You’ll still find the same Boost-specific lowers, Maxle thru-axle and Solo Air spring though. Expect to see a lot of these on 29+ and 27.5+ stock bikes for 2018.

RockShox Judy Silver TK

  • New plus-compatible suspension fork
  • 80-120mm travel
  • Compatible with up to 2.8in wide tyres
  • Available in 27.5in and 29in sizes
  • 30mm steel upper tubes
  • Solo Air spring
  • Turnkey Damper w/lockout and adjustable rebound
  • Wider and stronger Boost-specific chassis
  • 110x15mm Maxle thru-axle
  • RRP: OEM Only
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There’s new Recon options for 2018, including a 29in Boost version.

While the current fanfare is around the new Judy fork, RockShox has also introduced some updates to its existing suspension fork line. One of those forks is the Recon SL fork, which is now available with up to 150mm of travel and in a 29in Boost version. The 29in Boost model will be compatible with 27.5×3.0in tyres, making it a lower priced alternative to the current Yari and Pike forks for bikes running 27.5+ wheels.

RockShox Recon RL

  • Updated with new wheelsize and travel options
  • Two versions: 80-120mm or 130-150mm travel
  • Available in 27.5in and 29in Boost sizes
  • 32mm steel upper tubes
  • Solo Air spring
  • Motion Control RL Damper w/lockout, adjustable compression and rebound
  • 15mm Maxle thru-axle
  • RRP: £235-£300
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The SID RL is all-new for 2018, adopting the same Charger 2 damper found in the SID RLC and World Cup models.

For the XC crowd, RockShox has revamped the lower-priced SID RL model, integrating the same changes found in the current SID RLC and SID World Cup models that were introduced last year. That includes the addition of the brilliant Charger 2 damper, along with chassis upgrades that have helped to lower weight over the current SID RL fork.

RockShox SID RL

  • Updated Charger 2 Damper
  • 80-100mm travel
  • Available in 27.5in and 29in sizes
  • 32mm Fast Black anodized upper tubes
  • Hollow alloy forged crown
  • Solo Air spring
  • Charger 2 Damper w/lockout, adjustable compression and rebound
  • Available with 100x15mm and Boost 110x15mm hub spacing
  • RRP: £565-£630
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The Reba range grows, with new options with up to 150mm travel.

The venerable Reba has also been brushed with the updating wand, and in the process, has grown longer legs. Essentially replacing the Revelation, the new Reba RL is available in travel options up to 150mm, and it also comes in a 29in Boost version that you can squeeze a 27.5×3.0in tyre into.

RockShox Reba RL

  • Updated chassis and wheelsize options
  • Travel options: 80-100mm, 120mm and 130-150mm
  • Available in 27.5in and 29in sizes
  • 29in Boost version is compatible with 27.5 plus tyres
  • 32mm Fast Black anodized upper tubes
  • Solo Air spring
  • Motion Control RL Damper with lockout, adjustable compression and rebound
  • Available with remote lockout
  • Available with 100x15mm and Boost 110x15mm hub spacing
  • RRP: £470-£535
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The new Reba RL is rocking some rather dashing yellow graphics on the upper tubes to help with sag setup.

In addition to the new wheelsize and travel options, the Reba also gets a rather dashing colour upgrade for the sag gradients on the upper tube. Also of note is a redesigned spool for the remote lockout version, which offers a sleeker look than the current version.

With the new wheelsize and travel upgrades, the new Reba RL range looks to be further encroaching on territory previously occupied by the RockShox Revelation fork. Does that mean SRAM has a new Revelation fork in the works? Perhaps something a little burlier to string the gap between the Reba and the Pike? Who knows, though given we’re starting to enter the product launch season for the 2018 model year, we suspect we’ll have an answer in the not too distant future…

Comments (9)

    They should be red/black Yellow/ Black!! 🙂

    Sad times. Judy is back but has been demoted to the bottom of the range. Also as above, YELLOW!

    STATO, the Judy was a bottom of the range fork the last time it was brought back too.

    So are any of these compatible with proper 29+? As in 3.0″ tyres.

    I don’t believe so @YoKaiser – looks like 2.8in is the max recommended tyre width on the new Judy forks.

    As far as I’m aware, only the Yari, Pike and RS-1 forks are available in 29+ sizes that will fit a 3.0in tyre.

    What I want to know is when a charger damper is going to come out for the Rev…?!

    I have a searching journalistic question about the new Reba.

    Does the bloody thing work properly now, or is it the same old fuck up in new livery?

    Silly question, but why does the so-called budget fork which looks like a replacement for the old Rockshox XC30 cost significantly more than the Recon? Am i missing something?

    80-120mm, 30mm stanchions, so the old ‘Psylo’ is back as the ‘Judy’… Bring back the Mag 21!

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