Incoming: Rock Shox announce updates for RS1s, the Monarch RT3 as well as a new fork remote and even lighter Maxle

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RS_Media_040715_PR-8Sorry folks but we at Spoke have been so busy unpacking from our massive Crankworx/WTB road trip that we appear to have dropped the ball regarding a whole bunch of new product releases which are coming through our inboxes thick and fast in anticipation of Sea Otter, so apologies if we drop a whole lot of stuff on you in one hit. In this product update release from SRAM RockShox announce they have brought lightweight XC forks to the 275 crew in the form of the RS-1 inverted fork and have added a new colour option to boot. The RockShox Monarch RT3 gets a damping makeover to enhance its boingyness, a stealth Maxle appears to shave weight and avoid vine grabbing (if you don't mind carrying your tool) and a slick new multi-position fork remote to clean up those XC bars.

It looks like the bike industry is in full swing at the moment and my wish list is overflowing. Boy I sure hope a lot of this stuff needs reviewing in New Zealand real soon. Anyhow here is all the guff.

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MAXLE STEALTH

Who knew we could make a thru axle disappear? The new Maxle Stealth offers a light, low profile alternative to Maxle Lite and Maxle Ultimate.

New, tooled Maxle option available in 15x100,15x110 and 15x150 sizes. Weight: 37g – Almost 50% weight saving over a standard Maxle Lite Easy installation with an 6mm Allen wrench Available as an upgrade for SID, Reba, Revelation, Bluto and Pike.

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RS-1 27.5 AND NEW COLOR OPTION

25 years after the original RS-1, the fork that revolutionized mountain biking, RockShox does it again. A chassis design never seen before, which integrates the fork's steerer tube, crown and legs into a single carbon mainframe. The all-new Accelerator Damper, which combines incredible small bump performance with an ultra-efficient lockout. And Predictive Steering, a reimagined interface between hub and dropouts which enabled us to create an inverted fork light enough for XC racing and stiff enough for trail riding. For 2015 the RS-1 family grows with the addition of a 27.5 model, and a new Gloss White color option.

Dedicated 27.5” model with 42mm offset chassis in 100 and 120mm travel options 29” and 27.5” version both get new color option: Gloss White

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MONARCH RT3 UPDATES

Monarch stands for smooth damping in a lightweight chassis, with coil-like performance thanks to its Solo Air spring with DebonAir option. For 2016 Monarch RT3 received some important damper updates, to enhance the shock’s performance and make it perfectly adaptable to each rider’s and ride’s characteristics.

NEW COMPRESSION PISTON: MORE CONTROL AND BETTER TRACTION A redesigned piston reduces compression forces at high-speeds. The increased oil flow results in a smoother feeling shock at high shaft speeds, more control and better traction on the trail.

NEW POPPET VALVE: BETTER LOCKOUT FEEL An updated poppet valve design with o-ring and riveted shims create a better seal for a more refined lockout feel.

NEW REBOUND CIRCUIT: INCREASED ADJUSTMENT RANGE Additional beginning-stroke rebound shaft port with dual-taper rebound needle results in increased oil flow for a wider range of adjustment. The rebound range now allows for more precise control over a broader range of riders’ weights.

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ONELOC

The new OneLoc remote provides total control over your RockShox fork at your fingertips. The increased leverage at the bar translates in a smoother and easier actuation. Its countless mounting options (left and right, below or above the bar, tall or standard clamp) make it an ideal companion for SRAM's drivetrain, brakes and RockShox's Reverb remote.

More leverage at the bar Right/left, above/below mounting options Forks ship with right-above (left-below) remote OneLoc clears a Reverb remote and GripShift in both above and below mounting options. Replaces PushLoc remote

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ROCKSHOX REMOTES COMPATIBILTY CHART

POPLOC ONELOC (replaces PushLoc) XLOC (Sprint and Full Sprint)
30 GOLD SID RS-1
RECON SILVER REBA SID XX
30 SILVER RECON GOLD
XC 30 (OE ONLY) REVELATION MONARCH XX
XC 28 SEKTOR GOLD
SEKTOR SILVER BLUTO
PARAGON GOLD
PARAGON SILVER (OE ONLY)