So the press release for the new RockShox Boxxer Keronite showed up; you can read it below if you want. It's going to tell you that the 2011 Boxxer is the lightest one ever made at 2,689 grams, and that's mainly due to the new Keronite paint finish. It has increased damping (in the World Cup and R2C2 models) for more traction, it's sporting a new Solo air spring for reduced friction and it's got easier to adjust knobs (even with gloves) with improved detents (the notches you feel when you adjust a dial). There are a few more improvements as well but you'll have to check out the full release... (complete with a few more pictures)
The passion for racing has always been the inspiration for RockShox engineers to develop new exciting products. Since its introduction in 1996 the BoXXer has won over 10 elite downhill World Championships and more than 66 World Cup races. Fuelling this passion while exploring the limits, the world’s best riders like Sam Hill, Myles Rockwell, Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar have been propelled to fame with advanced technology–like special long-travel DH air spring systems.
Motivated by racers to develop the lightest DH fork for any trail, the new 2011 RockShox BoXXer Keronite® comes with unique features and improvements. RockShox engineers were able to eliminate the paint weight variation that accompanies ordinary paint applications to lower fork legs. However, Keronite® is more than a color–it is a sealing process, shaving off over 30 grams, and more consistent in weight than painting or powder coating. The light and hard surface finish is commonly used in the aerospace industry as a coating to protect landing gear of airplanes to protect against impacts and damages while landing at nearly 180 mph (300 km/h).
Beyond the light new finish, this grey uber-fork is now more responsive on small bumps creating a bike that will stay more steady and stable thanks to design updates to the Mission Control DH damper. The increased responsiveness improves traction and front wheel guidance, largely credited to the redesigned rebound piston valve that has enhanced performance and function to provide increased bike control for the rider.
Tool-free tuning! No tools are needed for on-trail adjustments thanks to repositioned knobs on the upper side of the fork legs. The rider can easily tune the compression for the high speed mode (in 18 clicks) and for the low speed adjustment (14 clicks). No World Cup mechanic necessary–just ride, change the clicks and ride again until you go fast.
Topping the race ready details of the new BoXXer WC Keronite® are a lightweight pair of hard-anodized black crowns with durable transferdecals that sit under the protective clearcoat for the ultra clean fit and finish you expect from a pure racing tool. The BoXXer World Cup Keronite® with Mission Control DH damping and SoloAir spring system will be available in shops beginning in May 2011. For more info about Keronite® please visit: www.keronite.com