RockShox has launched a more affordable fork for enduro racing and aggressive trail riding. The new Domain shares many similarities with the company's hard-hitting ZEB suspension fork, including 38mm stanchions, but it will retail for just $549 when it becomes available this summer. RockShox managed to cut costs through the use of affordable materials that come with a slight, but manageable weight penalty. We haven't received one for test yet, but it looks promising. Read on for the details.

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RockShox Domain Highlights
  • Wheelsize: 27.5 and 29
  • Available with 150-180mm of travel
  • 38mm stanchions
  • Offered with a Motion Control RC or R damper
  • Upgrade option to Motion Control 2.1 damper
  • Takes a 200mm direct mount rotor
  • Offset: 44mm (all models)
  • Price: $549
  • Availability: July 2021
  • For more information: Domain - RockShox
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The Domain is back in the RockShox line for 2021 and, as mentioned in the introduction, the new fork appears to offer many of the benefits of the more expensive ZEB for a fraction of the price. The Domain differs from ZEB by using 6000 series aluminum stanchions in place of more expensive 7000 series aluminum. This budget-minded fork also forgoes the Charger Damper found on the ZEB for the less sophisticated RC or R dampers, depending on the model. The claimed weight for the Domain is 2,606g / 5.57lb, which is approximately 332g/.5lb heavier than the ZEB Ultimate RC2. It's also $452 cheaper, which seems like a fair trade-off for many mountain bikers.

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Internal differences resulting from the different stanchions materials mean the DeBonAir air spring used in the ZEB is not cross-compatible with the Domain. However, riders can swap the RC damper for the Charger 2.1 RC2 damper assembly found on the top-end ZEB. The upgrade cost is steep at $330, but it might be an option for some riders when it comes time for a fork overhaul.
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Domain riders can upgrade to the RC2 damper used on the ZEB
The Domain R is intended to be an OE fork. As such, aftermarket pricing and availability have yet to be released. Riders who buy a bike equipped with this simple, rebound-adjust-only fork can upgrade it to a Domain RC by dropping in a Motion Control RC damper. This is a much more affordable upgrade at $42.00. Riders can also customize their forks with a $98 remote upgrade kit or RockShox' $20 bolt-on fender.

Both the R and RC models can be tuned using RockShox' tokens. The maximum token quantity is three 3. Domain forks will ship from the factory with the following Bottomless Tokens installed:

  • 180mm travel – 0 tokens installed
  • 170mm travel – 1 token installed
  • 160mm travel – 2 tokens installed
  • 150mm travel – 2 tokens installed
Look for bikes equipped with the Domain to arrive in the market this spring. Aftermarket forks are expected to be availabe in July. Visit Domain - RockShox for more information.