A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

Review: the 2019 RockShox Lyrik DebonAir RC2 suspension fork

Georg 20. March 2018

The new Lyrik RC2 is here and ready to take on all the bigger hits.

New and improved! I’ve been waiting for an update for the Lyrik for a while now, and I am so happy to finally have one of the best Gravity forks back on my bike. Many mountain bikers have been riding the Lyrik for years and getting their first taste for Enduro while using one. In conjunction with the reworked Pike, the Lyrik was also updated three years ago. However, in my eyes, the Lyrik lost a lot of its soul. It had roughly the same guts as the Pike and a functioning high or low-speed compression were now were to be seen. To get back to the true spirit of the Lyrik, RockShox has redone the entire fork from the bottom up.

A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

That red turns heads.

First impressions

Just look at that colour! Those who remember the Judy DH know what I mean. Besides the boXXer red, which is a special 20th RockShox anniversary colour, the golden DebonAir logo on the left lower tube catches my eye. This shows that RockShox really did put a lot of work into updating the Lyrik. It can especially be seen when looking at the features:

Available in 29“ & 27.5“

150 / 160 / 170 / 180 mm travel

A new RC2 cartridge

Separate high and low-speed compression

New DebonAir technology with a 42% larger negative air chamber, for a more coil-like feel

The travel compresses less after successive hits

Progression can be adjusted with tokens

Responsiveness has been improved

After looking at the updates, it’s clear this fork is a new beast. The new DebonAir air chamber / spring have reduced friction by 80 % and the larger negative air chamber gives a more coil-like, linear feel.

A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

That red colour just keeps me staring.

A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

The SAG line changed sides.

A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

Torque Cap compatible.

On the trail

I tested the RockShox Lyric RC2 in a new Transition Patrol. Because I’ve ridden previous Lyrik models in this bike, it made it easier to feel the differences. The first few metres really showed what the new Lyrik can do. The breakaway point is close to zero and it handles as if it was coil sprung. Adjusting the new high-speed compression is intuitive and the low-speed has 5 clicks, with the middle being the most common. The adjustability of the fork offers every rider the right kind of suspension.

After the first few trails, it was clear: this fork is something else! Buttery smooth response with improved feedback. As soon as the hits get big or the terrain gets steep, the Lyrik stays high in its travel. The harder the trail, the more impressive the RC2 cartridge preforms. It is a great cartridge for riders looking for something a little stiffer.

A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

Airtime!

A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

It takes roots like a champ.

A review of the 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 Suspension Fork.

Hammering through corners, the fork offered great control.

Summary

Why did RockShox take so much time to update a classic? Because they knew they had to fill the hole left between the Fox 36 and Öhlins RXF. With the feedback of the 36 and responsiveness of the RXF, what more could a rider want out of the Lyrik? That’s right, nothing!

If you want to know more, hit me up.

Georg

Georg

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  • Simon K. 29. March 2018

    Can the air spring and RC2 cartridge go in a 2018 Lyrik?

    I finally gave up trying to dial the 2018 after 3 months and just replaced it with a 36 RC2 which solved the problem

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    • bike-components 25. April 2018

      Hi Simon,

      here is the Upgrade-Kit:
      https://www.bike-components.de/en/RockShox/DebonAir-Upgrade-Kit-for-Lyrik-starting-from-2016-Model-p63788/

      The Upgrade-Kit will be available mid-june.
      Best regards, Georg

  • Rasmus A. 27. March 2018

    Do you sell the 2019 air spring? Can I fit that into my Pike RC (2016 or 2017 Im not sure)?
    Thanks
    Rasmus

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    • bike-components 27. March 2018

      Hi Rasmus, yes the air spring will be available at the end of April. You can fit that into your Pike RC. Doesn't matter if it's from 2016 or 2017, so don't worry!

      Cheers, Georg

    • Mirko M. 24. April 2018

      Interested to replace my Lyrik to the new Debonair Spring. Can you please post the link once available?