RockShox RS Pike 454 2008 Forks

5/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 2113 grams


Product Description

  • Travel: 110-140mm
  • Spring: Dual Air
  • Damping: Motion Control
  • Lowers: Magnesium, 20mm dropout only
  • Crown: Forged, hollow, 6061 T-6 aluminium
  • Steerer Tube: Butted Aluminium
  • Upper Tubes: 32mm 7000 series aluminium


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 2wheelsoul a Weekend Warrior from Oakland, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2010

Strengths:    Adjustable travel, Lockout, 20mm Maxle, Coil Spring

Weaknesses:    Weight, only mentioned because Fox Vanilla is a full pound lighter. I suspect Rockshox could shave weight if motivated.

Bottom Line:   
Pike 454 U-Turn Coil, with upgraded XFirm spring

This fork has amazingly smooth travel. I have owned so many older gen forks, that simply were not smooth. The Pike feels like a motocross fork with its linear feel. Maybe everyone is there now, but, from previous experience, it is the first fork to feel like a motorcycle fork.

Adjustable travel is pretty standard now. This is such a great addition to forks. Obviously, this is most important when trekking across a lot of terrain. Downhillers with 10 minutes runs could care less, but, if you are on a 4 hour epic, you may find yourself changing the travel many times.

The best part of the adjustable travel, is the change to the head tube (HT) angle. If it is flat and twisty, you only need 100mm of travel with a steep HT angle to manage the turns. If it is straight down, 140mm to soak up the hits. For the long climb, I love the front sunk as low as it will go so I can grind it out.

This fork is so sweet. I am re-enjoying mountain biking all over again.

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Favorite Trail:   Mr Toad's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Marz 55 ETA, Marz AM1, Fox Vanilla 130 RLC, Marz Marathon 100

Bike Setup:   Turner 5 Spot, Pike 454, Fox RP3, Magura Louise, RP3, Mavic 819, Continental USTs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MTBJong a Cross Country Rider from Logan, UT

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2009

Strengths:    Review of 2008 454 Coil U-turn 95-140mm: Stiff, coil spring, plush, motion control

Weaknesses:    U-turn takes many complete turns compared to talas 3 clicks to adjust.

Bottom Line:   
This thing made my bike so much better. Its stiff (compared to the talas). Goes where I point it. These things make alot more difference than 1lb weight to me. Good small bump sensitivity even with the x stiff spring in there (weigh 220 in ride clothes with a full camel back). Plush in technical rock gardens, and small drops. I like the motion control lockout. Also with the coil there is much less maintenance than with an air shock.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Similar Products Used:   Fox Talas 32

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR 2007

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Manetherin a Weekend Warrior from Victoria

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2009

Strengths:    2008 454 Coil U-turn 95-140mm:
Strong, stiff, plush, and versatile. I'm a fan of motion control, I think it works great.


Weaknesses:    Needs to have a greater range of rebound adjustment, sometimes I need a little more rebound. This is a minor issue though I just like the feel of a little more rebound. When riding it does not affect my style or flow!

Bottom Line:   
This fork does what I need it to do, as a dirt jumper. But also gives me the option to do many different styles of riding all on one bike, I have been very pleased with my Pike, it really is all-mountain. I would recomend it to anyone who needs a fork thats going to perform in a wide variety of riding situations. I find that it works the best on faster, smoother style trails. However i've ridden it uphill, downhill, through loose rocks, and never lost control unless I was pushing myself past my skill levels.

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Favorite Trail:   Local spot

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $479.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Pike 426, Rock Shox DJ3

Bike Setup:   2009 Specialized SX: Pike, Deetraks, SRAM, E-13, Truvativ, Straitline, Easton, DMR, Maxxis, Avid.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cbchess a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2009

Strengths:    This is for the 454 AIR U-turn model:
Very easy to set up. Air pressure adjustment works well. U-turn works well. Compression and rebound adjustments are very responsive. The whole fork is set up with quality. The knobs are alloy. The 20mm Maxle works like a champ! easy on/off and make the front end track VERY well. Light and strong 140mm of real travel.


Weaknesses:    I have had a bit of trouble with the maxle not wanting to come loose. Easy fix with a touch of grease on the threads and shaft. Twice in a year the negative pressure has been too cloose to the positive and the fork will loose 20 - 30 mm of travel. Not a big issue as it is is fix with a top up of air pressure in the positive chamber and the fork shoot back up.

Bottom Line:   
This Fork seems to be made specifically for this frame from Ventana. The 20mm thru axle works just as easy as a QR skewer but with LOADS more front end stiffness. I can't believe what a good product Rock Shox has with this PIKE. I had tried Rock Shox in the past around 2001 and was not happy with their forks. This fork is 5 stars in looks, constuction, and set up ease. Set the pos and neg air chambers according to your weight. (Tip: Run the NEG at least 5 to 10 p.s.i. lower than the POS chamber to prevent bleed over.) Adjust the Compression and Rebound to personal taste and ride. It is just that simple. The AIR fork is as plush and any coil I've ever used and much lighter. The U turn works great for climbs. The front end stiffness from the maxle is VERY VERY good. A SOLID super plush very adjustable top quality fork. Light enough for weekend XC rides, Strong and plush enough for rough aggro All mountain 5" to 6" bomber sleds. Best fork I've ever used.

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Favorite Trail:   JRPS -Buttermilk

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $590.00

Purchased At:   Mountain High Cycler

Similar Products Used:   Marzochi mcr Z1 coil(2001), Fox Vanilla RLC 130 (2006)

Bike Setup:   Ventana El Ciclon with all the good kit. Thompson, Hadley, Sram X.0 Fox RP23 rear shock and Quad bearings kit. Running a Hope Pro II front hub with this thru-axle fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nagatahawk a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, Calif. USA

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2009

Strengths:    Simple, no air, coil spring, dampening is excellence and set up is very easy.

Weaknesses:    stock spring is for 130 to 160 lb riders.

Bottom Line:   
came with light spring but still absorbed the hits really nice. Steering has improved at low and high speeds. The bike handle better at 140 mm even during climbing. It is still nice to have the U Turn feature to lower travel to 95 mm.
I will go up two steps on the spring. will order the black spring today.

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Tree Fort Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi AM2 air coil

Bike Setup:   KHS AM2000, Fox DHX Coil 5.0 rear shock, Pike 454 coil front, XTR hubs and Mavic D 321 rims, WTB Rock v saddle, Race face 50mm stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben1 a Weekend Warrior from Devon UK

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2009

Strengths:    (454 coils) Plush, stiff, relatively light, strong. Reasonable value for what you actually get. Adjustable travel makes for great versatility

Weaknesses:    U-turn system would be better if it was slightly easier to use on the go.

Bottom Line:   
Brilliant forks, really am very impressed. Ride and stiffness is excellent. Not overly heavy for a relatively strong fork with so many features.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   Various Marzocchis, manitous.

Bike Setup:   Evil DOC, long in black, Pike 454 Coils, XT F&R (2X9 with bash), XT shifters, Hope Tech M4s (200/180 floating), Singletracks on Pro IIs with 2.35" Panaracer rampages F&R, Easton bars, RaceFace stem and post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SuperbMan a Cross Country Rider from The Wooded Hills of Western, MA

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

Strengths:    Very Rugged, adjustable, great feeling xc fork. Maxle is the easiest to use, and most functional Thru-axle system to date!

Weaknesses:    Air Pressure (positive and Negative) settings can be a little finicky-though the fork chart recommends equal pressure in each-I've found that unless the neg presssure is 10-15 psi below the positive, the fork loses about 5-10mm of travel (gets sucked down).

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for the stiffest, most adjustable, sharpest looking burly XC fork-well, this is it. Northeast hard cores-(where pitted rocks and deep root wells abound on every trail) this is your Excalibur. I've had no problems, the motion control adjustments (progressive compression dampening) works great. It's just a fantastic fork and a real testament to how far Bike suspension technology has evolved.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Bicycles Unlimited

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float

Bike Setup:   Sinister Ridge Hardtail. Spinergy Enduro Wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AlasdairMc a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2008

Strengths:    Coil forks, piece of cake to set up. Supremely plush, the travel is very smooth and small bump sensitivity is amazing. They literally eat up the trail, I'm yet to have them bottom out on me and they remained plush throughout. Wound down to 95mm is adequate for climbing, and opened right up to 140mm for DH - they're very versatile. I tend to run them at about 110mm all the time unless I'm hammering it down something rocky that warrants the extra travel. Maxle is stiff and very easy system to use.

Weaknesses:    Compression circuit is noisy at certain settings.

Bottom Line:   
Great value coil forks and better than Fox forks costing double.

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Favorite Trail:   Laggan black

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Winstanleys

Similar Products Used:   Talas 125mm - RS trump Fox on reliability and consistency of use. My Pike doesn't require a service every 25 hours, whereas Fox do, and aren't easily user serviceable either.

Bike Setup:   2004 Enduro Expert, Hope Pro2 hubs on DT5.1s. Hope stem, Easton bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by biker94 a Downhiller from altadena

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2008

Strengths:    every thing

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
great shock for all mountian

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   full suspension all air shocks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Terrie from Calif

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2007

Strengths:    Handles like a dirt bike.Improved overall ride quality of my bike.20mm thru axle.Adjusts to any type terrain.

Weaknesses:    Weighs 2175 gm before cutting steer tube.

Bottom Line:   
Seven years as a Fox fan now I dont even want to ride one.Slight weight penalty offset by great performance.After setup ride taking a couple hours and tinkering with positive air 125 psi negative air 115 psi travel at 128.I have finished six more rides including weekly buddy ride (so called friends try to kill each other)I am so impressed.The fork and axle smooth downhill section.High speed cornering rails. I weigh 180 and bike weighs 26lbs even. Yes I am a weight weenie.

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Favorite Trail:   Bunker creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   2007 talas, 2006 talas, 2006 talas pushed.

Bike Setup:   2007 ellsworth epiphany,Hope pro2 front hub,tune rear hub,355 rims,07 xtr cranks,xo rd,x9 shift,avid ultimates.

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