RockShox just let this pre-Sea Otter news slip on the new 2011 RockShox BoXXer Keronite fork. Keronite is a sealing process that RockShox claims not only saves weight but allows them to be more consistent in the production weight of the fork (because the process is more exact than painting). The hard surface finish is commonly used in the aerospace industry as a coating to protect landing gear of airplanes to protect against impacts and damages while landing.
RockSox claims the fork is more responsive on small bumps creating a bike that will stay more steady and stable thanks to design updates to the Mission Control DH damper. The increased responsiveness improves traction and front wheel guidance, largely credited to the redesigned rebound piston valve that has enhanced performance and function to provide increased bike control for the rider.
No tools are needed for on-course adjustments thanks to repositioned knobs on the upper side of the fork legs. The rider can tune the compression for the high-speed mode and for the low speed adjustment.
Topping the race ready details of the new BoXXer World Cup Keronite are a pair of hard-anodized black crowns with transfer decals under clearcoat. The BoXXer World Cup Keronite with Mission Control DH damping and SoloAir spring system will be available in shops beginning in May 2011 and will sell for $1,700.
You can get more info on Keronite by clicking here. More info on RockShox by clicking here.
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