Pike or Yari ?
I mean I have a 650b 160mm travel Yari and it works fine as far as I can tell. No requirement to send away to make it work properly. Never ridden a Pike or Lyrik, but vs the other forks I’ve had they are an improvement (150mm Revelation).
Always good to make things better though. When it’s due a service (quite a way away as they’re only a few months old) I may make some tweaks and see what they do. That luftkappe air piston change looks interesting.Posted 9 months ago
What’s the price difference you’re looking at and how hard is it going to be ridden?
Yari = heavier, stiffer, cheaper
Pike = lighter, better damping, bit of flex if you’re really smashing into stuff
I got a secondhand Pike for my recent 29er build. I’m appreciating the weight saving and not really noticing the flex so far.Posted 9 months agojoebristolMember
The Yari seems to sit high enough up its travel so far. I’ve not used the last 20mm of travel yet, but it feels very plush. Smashing my Strava PR’s everywhere and the forks feel very stiff through rock gardens etc in terms of steering where you want.
When I was specifying my current bike I was trying to decide between Yaris and Lyriks in the end.Posted 9 months agoP-JayMember
I know we see this Pike v Yari question come up now and again, I think mostly because the Pike is often discounted to near Yari money and the Lyrikl isn’t.
Really though the discounted price comparison is the only similar thing about them.
Really the question is do you want an Enduro / Park fork, or a Trail fork? Once you’ve decided which is best for your riding – how much do you want to spend to get the best damper for your needs?
If it’s a Trail fork you want a Pike, if you can’t spend enough for the RTC3 version, then seek out a OE Market RC version, it comes with the same adjustments as the Yari, which to give it it’s full name is a Yari RC.
If it’s a stiffer, but heavier fork (with a larger negative air volume) then you want a Lyrik or a Yari – yes the Yari has an older, simpler damper to achieve it’s RC status, but it’s still a good fork and has some benefits – mostly that It’s complete childs play to service yourself.
I have a Yari and a luftkappe (very good they are too BTW) but I read people saying “Yari with a luftkappe is as good as a Pike” which is not really true, they’re meant to do slightly different jobs and whilst they’re both RS and black, they’re not the same, they don’t even look that alike side-by-side.Posted 9 months agoScamperMember
Recently bought some Yari for £350 from Merlin, but they were 650b 160mm.
My only reference point were my previous 26inch Lyrik, which had the official RCT3 upgrade.
I can notice the extra stiffness of the Yari, and over small bumps the low speed sensitivity is way better than the Lyrik – very plush. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that perhaps the simpler damper will start to be less composed once I find some serious rocks to smash through. However, for now it does actually feel as least as good as the lyrik through rough root complexes possibly the added stiffness compensating.
15 Stone with 2 tokens and like joe above not using at least the last 20cm yet with 25% sag. Did start with one token and 5psi more air for only a ride or two, and it was not sitting as high in the travel, which I prefer. What I have noticed is I basically run no LSC at all or just one click with lots of fast rebound- even on steeper stuff. Not sure if this is right, but basically this is a simple fork which seems impossible to set up wrong.Posted 9 months agochopchopMember
Personally, i prefer the Yari over the Pikes after running Pike for years I’ve swapped to Yari on both my bikes. Both 27.5 and 29 flavours, both unmodified and untouched after initial setup with tokens. Stiff, responsive and plush, I’ve yet to suffer any arm pump where this would often be the case on the Pikes. I am a Heffer and lack finess, this may be a factor why the Yaris suit me better!Posted 9 months ago
No help to the OP, 27.5 Yari are currently available on Merlin for @£315.P-JayMember
I had X-Fusion Sweep RL2 forks before he Yaris. They were a bit lighter and a bit plusher in the initial stroke (before the Luffkappe, less afterward) but flexier and whilst they worked well most of the time they came over all dazed and confused in the face of continuous abuse like at BPW through the rocks. Fine most of the time though.Posted 9 months agosirromjSubscriber
http://www.bird.bike/product/ex-demo-yari-150-rc-diffusion-black-stealth-black-graphics-2/Posted 9 months ago
Oh not sure what wheel size that is. Oh and going cheap on Merlin too. Hmmmmmm. Maybe some bartering power?johnnyboy666Member
What about an xfusion with the new roughcut damper? That’s meant to be really good. Also every thread like this that comes up I say the same but Manton Mattoc? Some of the newer suntour range look pretty good all available at sensible prices. I know they aren’t on the cover of magazines as much as RS but just as good and in some aspects better.
JohnPosted 9 months agotomasoSubscriber
2018 Rockshox range now has two families of forks in either dampers or chassis.Posted 9 months ago
Chassis wise the new Revelation with 35mm stanchions is shared with the Pike. And the Yari chassis with the Lyrik.
Damper wise the Revelation and Yari share the motion control damper and the Pike and Lyrik the charger damper.
There may well be greater differences but that is roughly how things are.
I do wonder how much difference the charger damper makes in the real world outside of MBR testers? I loved my old Lyriks with mission control RC2DH damping, but also get on fine with Pikes in both RC and RCT3 flavour.nickfrogMember
I just wish Rockshox/SRAM had a clear spec matrix document on their range of forks that allows to understand what I perceive (rightly or wrongly) as a pretty large but opaque and very complex range of very similar forks.
If I look at their site, I am even more confused.Posted 9 months agoAlexSubscriber
Boost pike RCT3, boost YARI RC and XF Mcqueen with Roughcut damper.
They’re all fab 😉 The Yari is on my Stache and while it does weigh a bit more than a Pike, it’s fantastic as just smashing through stuff and has great small bump performance as well. The Pike is on my Mojo and it does what a Pike does. Can’t say I’m desperate for after aftermarket mods. The XF is on the flaremax. That’s a great fork as well, pretty light, stiff enough for me, nicely put together and totally forgettable (in a good way) in use.
So basically for your average rider (like me), I’d be more inclined to go for the one that suits your budget and not worry about anything else.Posted 9 months agoBagstardMember
Just back from a bone dry and stupidly hot Bike Park Wales and really impressed with my luftkappe yari, so much more composed than before and much easier on the hands.
As a heavier rider I would be looking at the yari or lyric, depending on intended use. One of the super cheap yari’s with an easy £62 luftkappe upgrade makes for an excellent bargain fork.Posted 9 months ago
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