RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2 | The Ultimate Fork? Reviewed

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Earlier this year RockShox announced a new, updated version of their top end enduro fork, the Lyrik. The Lyrik was only updated less than a year before, which gave rise to the Lyrik RC2. For 2020, RockShox has revamped that chassis and introduced the RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2.

RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2 Review
The new RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2

The Fork

Rather than being a full on, ground up re-design, the Lyrik Ultimate is more a refinement of technology and still uses the same chassis as the RC2 with those burly 35mm black anodised stanchions and chunky BoXXer Red Signature lowers.

The biggest difference between the MY19 and MY20 models comes in the damper.  The Ultimate now uses a Charger 2.1 damper, which is an update of the RC2’s Charger damper. The damper still features the same independent high and low speed compression adjustments, but the high speed compression has been re-tuned and reduced. This has been done to give a more usable range as a lot of people, including myself (read my MY19 review here) were running the high speed on the previous model fully open.  

The damper also benefits from a new piston wear band on the main piston which is designed to stop oil bypassing any of the damping circuits and improve the consistency of rebound.  This is combined with new heat resistant Maxima Plush damper fluid to reduce friction and quieten the damper. Along with that, the damper also features a re-designed damper seal head to improve sensitivity

RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2 Review
New seals and damper fluid keep things plush

The air side of the fork stays relatively unchanged with the Lyrik Ultimate using the same DebonAir air spring as the previous model, for class leading off the top suppleness and mid stroke support. RockShox has changed the grease though for 2020, which combined with brand new seals from SKF (that were reportedly 2 years in development) it’s claimed will add up to increased suppleness, longevity and overall suspension feel.

  • Long-travel enduro fork
  • 35mm diameter stanchions
  • Travel: 150mm
  • Wheelsize: 29in
  • Offset: 51mm
  • DebonAir spring
  • Charger 2.1 RC2 damper
  • 110x15mm Maxle Lite thru-axle
  • Tapered alloy steerer
  • RRP: £989

Set Up

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Review Info

Brand:RockShox
Product:Lyrik Ultimate RC2
From:RockShox
Price:£989
Tested:by Ross for 5

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