RockShox Pike vs. Fox 34 – Similarities and differences

2018 closes the gap between the Fox 34 and Pike

Forks Video
World Wide Cyclery

Jeff, owner of World Wide Cyclery, walks us through the main difference between the 2018 Fox 34 and RockShox Pike forks.

World Wide Cyclery, a popular bike shop and online retailer based in Newbury Park, CA, has been on a roll uploading quality videos comparing popular products with useful rider-based information and purchase guidance. They also include little nuggets of useful information on product warranty, defect or recall history and even brand ethos considerations which can be helpful when you are stuck in a “paralysis by analysis” situation.

Fork Compression

Lower travel forks tend to be easier to bottom out on your average trail so knowing how to dial in your fork for proper ramp up using air pressure, tokens/volume spacers and compression settings is very important for maximum performance and enjoyment.

Is this comparison video, Jeff walks us through the major differences between the updated 2018 Fox 34 Factory and RockShox Pike RCT3 forks. Spoiler alert, the difference in performance is not as great as it once was. Have you ridden both? If so what was your opinion and does it differ from Jeff’s? Let us know in the comments below.

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”


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  • Lucas says:

    I totally have to disagree with this reviewer on the topic of LSC. I’m a clyde I weigh 245 geared up. I like my fork to be quite plush of the top but than when I get int the steep so-cal rocky behind the seat descents my fork suffers from brake dive. LSC cures this problem without taking away from the overall ride quality. If you look at the normal average weight riders yes. But not everyone fits that category. The reviewer looks like he weighs 165ish. Like the problems that most shock manufacturers suffer form not everyone fits that weight model.

    • JCWages says:

      It’s totally understandable that someone outside the weight range these forks are designed for will need to make adjustments. My girlfriend races enduro and coaches and because she only weighs 115lbs her 2016 Fox 36 just couldn’t be tuned to work for her using the stock controls including LSC. She sent it in to a well known suspension tuner for revalving for her weight and it made a world of difference. I highly recommend custom tuning when it comes time for a rebuild. It doesn’t cost that much more.

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