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The RockShox Rudy XPLR Gravel Fork and SRAM AXS XPLR on John’s Sklar Gravel Bike

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The RockShox Rudy XPLR Gravel Fork and SRAM AXS XPLR on John’s Sklar Gravel Bike

We joke that time is a flat circle in cycling all too often. Gravel bikes are just ’90s mountain bikes, etc. Yet, we have to accept that we’re in an era of electronic shifting and yes, suspension forks on gravel bikes. This tech, however, is nothing new especially not for RockShox, who for the 1994 Paris Roubaix unveiled a suspension fork on team Lemond GAN’s bikes. In that same year, Mavic even had some Zap electronic groups on the exact same bikes.

Now, 27 years later, we have my Sklar gravel bike which is familiar to most of you, with a suspension fork and electronic shifting, under the banner of SRAM and RockShox’s new XPLR lineup (explore, not explorer). While I haven’t taken on the Hell of the North, I have spent a lot of time being a weirdo in the woods on this kit and have a really fun review to share with y’all, so read on below.

The New RockShox Reverb Stealth Gets a Port at the Post Head

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The New RockShox Reverb Stealth Gets a Port at the Post Head

Your RockShox Reverb dropper is going to need service at some point and with the new Stealth Reverb design it’s easier than ever. With RockShox’s new Reverb Stealth port design, you can now remove the saddle, depress the valve, compress the post and reset. The result is the air is channeled back into the chamber leaving the oil where it is supposed to be. The Reverb Stealth post body is now shorter too. Head on over to RockShox to see more.

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The Updated RockShox Pike

My favorite fork got an upgrade by the fine folks at RockShox. The new and improved Pike now features a lighter chassis, with a 150g reduction, a Charger 2 damper with OneLoc remote compatibility, a new DebonAir spring and will fit boosted, plus sized 27.5″ tires (up to 2.8″). Expect these to hit retail shelves this month with an MSRP of $875 – $1,000. See more at SRAM.

RockShox Brings Back the Judy with 27.5 / 29 Boost Compatibility

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RockShox Brings Back the Judy with 27.5 / 29 Boost Compatibility

Sometimes the classics are worthy of a resurrection. The RockShox Judy Gold RL gives you the options for a 2.8″ tire on either a 27.5+ or 29+ platform and 80, 100 or 120mm of travel. The new and improved Judy uses Motion Control RL damping, Solo Air springs and OneLoc remote compatible. Expect these to hit your local dealer in April with a retail of $380-450. Check out more at RockShox.

Geoff McFetridge for RockShox

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Geoff McFetridge for RockShox

You may or may not remember this project. RockShox reached out to a handful of artists back in 2011 to design decal sets for their forks. Geoff was one of them, bringing his playful typography and animals to the design palette. You can see the other artwork over at PinkBike.

Great find, Tracko!