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RockShox revives the Domain

RockShox e-bike fork
(Image credit: RockShox)

RockShox has revived the Domain product name, with a new heavy-duty fork offering.

This new single-crown fork offers the benefits of larger diameter 38mm upper tubes, at a much lower price point than RockShox’s ZEB.

The Domain is available in four travel configurations and both wheel sizes. Interestingly, all the forks, irrespective of wheel size, feature a similar 44mm offset.

Both 27.5in and 29er riders can enjoy the terrain taming ability of RockShox’s latest fork in travel ratings of 150-, 160-, 170- and 180mm. Across the two-wheel sizes, those travel options should cover everything from trail to enduro, and even bike park riding.

To ensure that its latest fork model has the required compression and rebound performance, RockShox has fitted the Domain with its Motion Control RC damper and DebonAir air spring. These internals should give riders adequate support when charging through technical features on any descent.

RockShox Domain

(Image credit: RockShox)

Bargain price

The Domain range has external low-speed compression adjustment, for those riders wishing to access either a bit more small-bump compliance or greater platform stability when railing high-speed berms.

Friction is the enemy of any fork’s performance and RockShox has filled the new Domain range with its Maxima Plush damping fluid. This should keep things slick and quiet – even when you are rushing over rocks and roots, at speed.

Tire clearance rates at 2.8in, although RockShox admits this will be trimmed a touch if you fit a fender.

RockShox’s product team is well aware that potential Domain customers will wish to run large diameter brake rotors. As such, the standard direct mount brake size is 200mm, but you can easily go up to 220mm, with a 20mm adapter kit.

What are the crucial differences between this and a ZEB? The latter uses superior grade aluminum used for its stanchions, better bushings and Charger 2.1 damper internals. 

Keen to bring big-hitting performance, to a broader audience of riders, RockShox has priced the Domain at $549.

Lance Branquinho
Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Rides: Morewood Kwela Cotic Simple 26 Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype