RockShox’s New SID Fork Returns to its Racer Roots

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The new RockShox SID World Cup

The SID has always been RockShox’s XC race fork, but over the years it did see some changes that made it more of a light duty trail fork–namely the availability of a 120mm option. Well, no more. For 2017, the SID will be offered in a 100mm-travel package only for after market upgrades, although OE companies can spec an 80mm fork should they so desire.

There are still numerous options to choose from, with forks for 27.5, 27.5+, and 29″ wheels, with or without Boost spacing. Four levels of the fork are offered starting with the base RL, then XX, then RLC, and finally the World Cup. Prices range from $600 for the base RL, up to $1,225 for the top model World Cup. Retail availability will be July.

The base model SID RL retails for $600
The base model SID RL retails for $600

Since RockShox has numerous forks available for trail riding, they wanted to make the SID a no-holds-barred XC race fork. The tubes and airshafts have been shortened, magnesium has been shaved away from the lowers, but probably the most welcome news is that the SID is getting a 100mm version of the Charger damper first launched in the Pike. The new damper should help the fork make the most of its limited travel. Another cool feature is the tool-free brake hose guide–a big improvement over the tiny screw you have to fiddle with currently.

In its lightest configuration–the SID World Cup with an integrated carbon fiber crown and steerer–the forks weighs a paltry 1,366g–just over 3lbs. That makes it over 100g lighter than the previous generation, and puts it within a few grams of Fox’s most recent XC fork, the 32 Step-Cast.

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