Sneak Peek: Desert Dreaming on the New Rockshox RS1 Cross Country Fork

This new video from Rockshox follows two professional cross-country racers on a Southern California adventure, free from the stresses and demands of racing. While the music, terrain, and story line make it well worth the watch, it’s the occasional shot of the yet-to-be released RS1 fork that makes this clip particularly compelling.

Between the facebook teaser and this lifestyle video, it’s fairly obvious the RS1 is intended to be an XC fork that is capable of doing Trail work, but we won’t know the full details till Sea Otter. Until then, enjoy the video!

*UPDATE* Based on the suggestion of Trainwrek, we’re setting up a betting pool. The commenter who guesses closest to the price of the new RS1 fork in USD – without going over – wins one of our coveted pint glasses! We’ll select a winner the day of the launch. Let the #PriceisRight guesses rip.

“The life of a professional cross-country rider allows precious little extra time to look around and soak up the surroundings. Even if you’ve got your priorities straight and make a daily effort to “stop and smell the roses,” the demands of the job all too often get in the way of pure off-road enjoyment.

So, in the late-winter months—before the world becomes confined to anaerobic laps alongside a hundred or so fellow racers, and between course-marking tape that acts both as a pathway as well as a barrier to the cheers (and jeers) of spectators—it’s good to get away and remember the point of riding mountain bikes in the first place. Before the first flag dropped on the 2014 racing season, we invited Kate Courtney and Russell Finsterwald to join us in Palm Springs, California, for a bit of desert singletrack that was completely free of clocks, coaches and competitors. ” – Rockshox


Geo foo - 03/27/14 - 2:06pm

Best part…. The sausages

J Train - 03/27/14 - 2:15pm

I can see from the half-second clip where the wheel bounces over the rock that this fork is too flexy and has poor bounce qualities, because I am a spring expert according to the internets. Also, it must only be for richie-rich people because I can tell it costs a lot of money.

buriedundersnow - 03/27/14 - 2:42pm

Looks like the right tool for the XC job, but still not digging the lack of stanchion protection.

forkupsidedown - 03/27/14 - 2:45pm

J Train – Yes I agree, from the video I have a total opinion based on nothing that it’s not going to work for me or anyone else who rides totally different then myself. It must be really bad and it sucks and can tell you why from my virtual experience.

However from the vid, that fork looks sick. Hope it does work well and is highly successful.

Justin! - 03/27/14 - 2:49pm

The, “poor pro cyclist” angle is a little too “cry my a river”, for me.

trainwreck - 03/27/14 - 2:56pm

should we start a pool as to the cost of this?

i’m thinking $1500.00

Ilikeicedtea - 03/27/14 - 3:00pm

I enjoy complaining on the internet.

iperov - 03/27/14 - 3:03pm

lol 29er looks like clumsy cow

Randall - 03/27/14 - 3:07pm

@Justin, I really don’t think pro cyclists make that much money…

satisFACTORYrider - 03/27/14 - 3:15pm

is it just me or did that have a “sram=potential love connection” msg. you marketing boys are smooove..

scentofreason - 03/27/14 - 3:15pm

wow, if you watch closely there is actually 3 or 4 seconds of footage of the new shock. What a worthless video. It clearly shows the inverted shock is just a gimmick. Otherwise there would have been lots of up close slow mo footage of the shock going over rock gardens…

tomac18 - 03/27/14 - 3:17pm


I’m going to guess $2099.99 for two reasons:

1) the generous use of what appears to be carbon fiber in the steerer/crown/uppers and 2) the apparently proprietary hub.

I.Cwayner - 03/27/14 - 3:21pm

Fork design seems kinda silly. Just make a SID with a charge damper and you have a great XC fork without a stupid looking inverted fork. Add a 20mm axle if your ass is too fat. BTW kate courtney is sexy. Wish she wasn’t like 17. I’m 23 so I guess it’s alright. Mmmhmmm.

I.Cwayner - 03/27/14 - 3:23pm

@ trainwreck, gonna go 1300.

Topmounter - 03/27/14 - 4:06pm

Anything more than a grand and I’ll just go with a Lauf.

Brad - 03/27/14 - 4:13pm

@trainwreck, $1699

John Spartan - 03/27/14 - 4:20pm

Sigmund Freud would have a field day with the ending.. Sausages, Croquet

badbikemechanic - 03/27/14 - 4:31pm

I will be buying one. Hopefully it will come in at a grand.

Ilikeicedtea - 03/27/14 - 4:32pm

$2100 is just crazytalk.

$1399 including the hub.

CXisfun - 03/27/14 - 5:25pm

I’m a SRAM hater. I’ve been SRAMMED about as many times as anyone out there via warranty work. But I will admit this fork looks much better in the video than in the photos. Time will tell what it’s all about it, but I’ll keep an open mind….

Heffe - 03/27/14 - 6:30pm

Provided it comes in 650b flavor, this will probably be my next fork for my XC bike.

forkupsidedown - 03/27/14 - 7:09pm

Saw from the video has that new headset standard for lower bearing. Instead of 1-1/8″ upper and 1.5 lower, it has the new 1.650 bearing size instead of 1.5 for 27.5″ wheels. Heard instead of sealed bearings it’s using a caged bearing since it rolls better w/ our resistance. The code for the bearing is 1.650B. Pretty cool for sure.

Curmudgeon - 03/27/14 - 7:24pm

However much this thing costs, it needs to cost: [Whatever it costs] * [0.25]. That way I can afford it.

Otherwise, I’ll be the guy on all MTB forums posting threads with the subject line, “Why are bike/accessory prices way too high?” and start off with the topic sentence, “When I got into mountain biking in the early 80s, a Specialized Hardrock cost $150. Why does a fork cost as much as 10 of those?!” I will blatantly ignore the cost of inflation, as well as pay no mind to the fact that bikes today are 100 times better than the early 80s, and that if I were to make a baseline price point, that same price point buys me a better bike every year.

The Internet MTB Forum Curmudgeon

Fattylocks - 03/27/14 - 8:59pm

She could cut about a foot off those handlebars, looked like she was pushing a wheelbarow.

MaLóL - 03/27/14 - 9:16pm

Current Top of the range SID is over 1000€, that is 1390$. I say 1890$, just uber-expensive, like the XX1.

Can we make a real pool in s poll website? somebody please do it and put the link here.

Rowan - 03/27/14 - 9:32pm


silverlining - 03/27/14 - 9:45pm

Cool to see some racers actually enjoying a fun mountain bike ride. Go Russ!

bikeboi - 03/27/14 - 9:59pm

looks like the bike is too tall/big (ahem29ahem) for her, just sayin’ . also these stanchions will be scratched – is not on the trail, then on the go-there trip. and wtf is predictive steering anyway? didn’t see anything relevant in the vid. come on rockshox, we want to know.

maddogeco - 03/27/14 - 10:12pm

$1650 What is the advantage of putting the fork upside down where more mud gets onto the move parts from the bike in front of you?

Willis24 - 03/27/14 - 10:14pm

I hope this isn’t too stupid a comment, but it seems that it can be used on all wheel size trends.

yoni - 03/27/14 - 10:21pm

$1450 usd with hub

Greg - 03/27/14 - 10:21pm

One thousand five hundred and twenty five dollars

2378945 - 03/27/14 - 10:34pm


Mindless - 03/27/14 - 11:16pm

One. Million. Dollars.

Duder - 03/27/14 - 11:24pm

Once again, Saris –

Mindless - 03/27/14 - 11:25pm

Really, SID with charger damper… or something with tunability of Lyrik DH damper, is all we need. With 20mm axle.

Eric - 03/27/14 - 11:28pm

I’m thinking around $950, but then again I’m a bit of an optimist.

Kyle - 03/27/14 - 11:37pm


efrain - 03/27/14 - 11:46pm

imma go with 1299 and i too want to know what predictive steering is.

Joe P - 03/28/14 - 12:08am


greg - 03/28/14 - 12:38am

one hundred million dollars
or $1499.98

Todd Segraves - 03/28/14 - 12:44am


MC Slammer - 03/28/14 - 12:53am

$1.00 Bob… Loose the crown (and all the flex that comes with it) and you have yourself a lefty.

Luke - 03/28/14 - 12:58am

$1349 USD

Echo - 03/28/14 - 1:20am


Tony - 03/28/14 - 1:51am

$1199 is my bet, but if it has a remote Lookout it’s going to be more…

Mindless - 03/28/14 - 2:20am

Lookout on a fork will be.. remarkable

robert - 03/28/14 - 2:58am

i bet they will give a few of the first ones away, so $0.
retail…. being that a lot of companies are also trying to go to more cost effective designs, my guess would be $1050, but hey, i could be totally wrong.

Aa - 03/28/14 - 3:41am

Who cares? It’s new. Go spend your money, pay for it because it’s new and keep the machinery of economy slowly pushing us toward extinction.

That, and buy a rigid SS 29er while you’re at it.


Rich - 03/28/14 - 3:46am

$1800 or £1500 here in Britain, I reckon. But I’d be happy with a 29er Pike running at 120mm (but not with a Specialized Camber Carbon Comp attached. I’m sure it’s a great bike, I just don’t want one.)

Jeff - 03/28/14 - 4:02am

How do you make a light fork like this that will not flex? Are they relying on the through axle and bushing tolerances to keep the wheel straight? It looks like they are not using roller bearings or anything like that due to the absence of boots.

Anyway, I am guessing $1349.99

Steffen - 03/28/14 - 7:19am

Guessing in at 1598$.

Ryan - 03/28/14 - 7:36am

Can’t wait to enjoy my beer in a cool new glass.

DesertWolf - 03/28/14 - 8:28am


zombinate - 03/28/14 - 9:09am

I’m going $999. Same as the Pike, just for a different purpose. Doesn’t look like they are pushing to the racing market for this product, so I can’t imagine they are going to try and confuse anyone by pricing it beyond the SID.

Gabe - 03/28/14 - 9:19am

$1249 with fancy hub..Not a penny less. I would love a chance to ride with one, been impressed with Rock Shox latest offerings. The motocross guy in me says that a couple carbon/plastic stanchion guards could go a long way.

pigeon.mcgoo - 03/28/14 - 9:29am


Joel Eklof - 03/28/14 - 9:31am

$1301 and gosh it’s pretty.

King County - 03/28/14 - 9:32am

Retail: $2,000

Ryan - 03/28/14 - 9:37am

I’m going with a more optimistic guess because this is the first time I’ve considered a suspension fork (I ride fully rigid SS XC). For one, I would imagine like most forks there will be several versions. My guess is for the least expensive way to get into one, as well as being overly optimistic—$499.

DEZ - 03/28/14 - 11:03am

$2500 with hub and remote lockout
and pump and spare seals

Aaron - 03/28/14 - 11:07am

$1349 MSRP

Aaron - 03/28/14 - 11:20am


Chris - 03/28/14 - 12:00pm


masterblaster - 03/28/14 - 12:27pm

$1,799. Without hub. 1 dollar bob!

Anthony - 03/28/14 - 2:08pm

$1,449 (including warranty shipping)

Psi Squared - 03/28/14 - 3:36pm


Gabe - 03/28/14 - 6:10pm


Nicholas Baker - 03/29/14 - 1:49pm

MSRP : $ 1089 USD

Danny - 03/29/14 - 3:03pm

$1045. Heading out to ride those trails right now.

LJ Gibbs - 03/31/14 - 7:41pm


Andy D. - 03/31/14 - 7:46pm

MSRP guess: $1149

Andy D. - 03/31/14 - 7:47pm

MSRP guess: $1149.99

Mark - 04/01/14 - 3:02am

$4,114? Hope that’s not too high…

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