Most of the time when we catch wind of new, exciting suspension products that usually means something that will break the bank – much to the chagrin of some commenters. So maybe RockShox new 30 Gold will bring things into balance – especially with a price tag starting at $330.
The 30 Gold is based on a 30mm straight wall, anodized aluminum stanchion platform, with a magnesium lower leg assembly that is disc only. Compared to its Recon Silver predecessor, the 30 Gold is nearly half a pound lighter. Even better is the fact that the 30 Gold is available in all wheel sizes, 26, 27.5, and 29″. Travel is limited to 80/100 for the 26″ model, while the 27.5 and 29″ forks get 100/120 – but also weigh almost 200 grams more. Weights for the three forks come in at 26” – 1660g (3.66 lb); 27.5” – 1842g (4.06 lb); and 29” – 1828g (4.03 lb).
To keep adjustment and set up as simple as possible, the new fork is equipped with a Solo Air spring – simply fill the chamber to the desired pressure and you’re done. The 30 Gold will also feature external rebound adjustment and a TurnKey lockout with the option of a Poploc remote. It’ll be available aftermarket in both 1 1/8″ straight, or 1.5 to 1 1/8″ tapered aluminum steerers, and will only come in a 9mm QR axle.