BIKERUMOR.com 2009 SEA OTTER CLASSIC COVERAGE: Video coverage from the SRAM press lunch continues with a full run down of the 2010 RockShox Revelation. Ã‚Â (Yes, we know, the intro title is wrong…but it takes four hours to re-rip and upload, so we’ll do it later.)
This fork was completely redesigned using technology, styling and performance features from pretty much every other RockShox fork to be (in their words) the ultimate Trail Bike suspension fork. Ã‚Â Watch the video (you may need to hit the ‘HD’ button to see it in Hi Def), then hit ‘more’ for lots of pics and details…
New developments for the 2010 RockShox Revelation include a Power Bulge in the middle of the lower legs. Ã‚Â This gives the bushings a little extra support, which results in increased stiffness and better durability. Ã‚Â It’s a little hard to see them in the pic above, slightly better in pic below…they’re just below the clamps holding the fork legs:
32mm upper stanchions borrow technology from the SID forks. Ã‚Â They’re shorter overall, which means less material and less oil volume. Ã‚Â End result: lighter weight.
Another change is the redesigned arch. Ã‚Â They opened it up to accommodate bigger 2.5″ tires that are popular among “Trail Bike” type riders.
All Revelations are air forks using Rockshox’s Dual Air (positive and negative) system. User friendliness improves with better detents on the rebound adjusters (red knob), and as alwaysÃ‚Â air pressure settings are printed directly on the fork. Ã‚Â Axle options include 9mm QR or 20mm Maxle Lite, and the brake mounts switch to Post Mount.
The Revelation has a ton of travel options, with the upper limit bumped from 140mm for 2009 to 150mm for 2010. Ã‚Â First choice is Fixed Travel (left) versus Air U-Turn. Ã‚Â Fixed travel options include 130mm, 140mm and 150mm. Ã‚Â You can buy any option to fit your current bike’s setup, but they’re all internally adjustable, so you can readjust as necessary if you get a longer- or shorter-travel bike in the future.
Or, you can get the Air U-Turn that adjusts from 120mm to 150mm in 1mm increments. Ã‚Â The Air U-Turn model is slightly heavier, though. Ã‚Â Full weights and feature breakdown at bottom of post.
Also new for the 2010 model is the availability of a BlackBox Motion Control, which further refines the damping control. The fork had MC before, just not the BlackBox version. Ã‚Â The remote compression settings use a new Nip/Tuck cap that hides the extra cable, and the cap-mount controls (right) get a carbon fiber lever.
It’ll also come in an SL version as OEM on complete bikes, the chart above is for aftermarket versions only. Ã‚Â Word is they’ll have a full 1.5″ steerer tube (non-tapered) version, too.