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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. @trainwreck,

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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….

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


  13. $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.)

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. $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.

  17. 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.

What do you think?