We like RockShox’s U-Turn travel adjust thingy, as found on Psylo and Duke forks. Not just because you can wind the fork down for steep ups and up for steep downs, but because you can pick pretty much any amount of travel you like. Just the job for those odd bikes that feel like they could take more than 80mm of travel but go all floppy at 100.
So it was with some cheer that we greeted the news that the venerable RockShox Judy SL makes a comeback in 2004 in a freshly fully featured fashion. The only thing the new fork has in common with the old is the name, really – it’s an all-new thing. The crown is shallow under the steerer and deep at the stanchions, the stanchions themselves are good old chromed steel and the lowers have been redesigned in a slightly SIDesque fashion. The new arch is particularly funky-looking.
Travel is adjustable between 70 and 115mm of travel, with that short setting looking promising for an inexpensive suspension upgrade to older bikes. There’s oil damping, probably not very sophisticated but this is a budget fork – no official word on pricing yet but we’d expect it to be under two hundred quid. It’s kind of to the Duke what the Pilot is to the SID.
What it rides like is anybody’s guess, but hopefully we’ll find out soon…