The Rock Shox SID Race 63mm forks are 20mm longer than last year. We found this out after a chat with John North from Karrimor/Raw Experience.
Apparently lots of the pro riders at this weekends RAV 4 race were having trouble with the length of their forks.
“I fitted them and I thought I’d cut the steerer too long or something,” said John. “But then I thought about it for a moment and I realised that it’s the forks that were 20mm longer than the ones I’d taken off.
Chris Young also had trouble with his forks, and ended up with his bike looking like a chopper and his saddle point ing up in the air like a “phat jump bike”.
The measurements are:-
Rock Shox SID 63mm race
99 model – specified ride heigh of 428mm
2000 model – ride height 445mm.
It seems as if the stanchions are the same units as on the 80mm travel fork, and the travel has been shorted.
Rock Shox are aware of the problem and have changed the 2001 model ride height of 432mm, but that’s including the -ve travel of 4mm (so that should bring the fork down to 428mm).
All is not lost for riders of the 2000 model. Rock Shox have brought out a kit to drop the fork down to 428mm,. The only trouble is they do it by limiting the travel… you only get 46mm of compression!
See your local Rock Shox dealer for more.