RockShox Pike A1 2014-17

The A1 Pike was a complete redesign with a new fork chassis.  It uses the 35 mm stanchions and offered different air springs and dampers to any previous Rockshox Fork.  It debuted the Charger damper, now known as "Charger 1".  Air springs were either solo air with self-balancing positive/negative (via a notch inside the stanchion)  or Dual-Position-Air (DPA) which uses an internal needle to select two different travel options.  It was available in 26, 27 and 29" wheel sizes.  This model was not boost and internals (spring and damper) changed length with wheel size.
Pike A1


Fork Details & Identification:


Brand


Rockshox


Stanchions


35 mm aluminum,
Black anodised


Model


RC with Charger 1 RC damper
RCT3 with Charger 1 RCT3 damper

Air spring either solo air or DPA (dual position air)


Crown & Uppers


Aluminium


Release
Year/s


2014-17


Decals


Various


Damper


RC - Charger 1 RC  Adjustable LSR & compression.

RCT3 - Charger 1 RCT3 Adjustable LSR & LSC with three pedal/lockout modes


Wheel Size


26, 27" or 29"

All non boost


Spring


Solo air spring or DPA (dual position air).


Configurations
& Travel



26,27 & 29" 120-160 mm

Travel set by air shaft length.


Fitment
Options


Tapered steerer only
15x100 axle only
PM160 disc mount


Stem


Conventional


Updates
Since
2014


Upgraded damper seal head (SKF)
Upgraded air seal heads then Debonair air shafts


Upgrade
Compatibility


SKF seal head fits all Charger 1 dampers

Updated air seal head is NLA, use Debonair shafts to fix internal air leaks



Upgrades:

Make your Pike even better with these upgrades.  Purchase either with a Shockcraft service or for DIY installation.  Pricing is provided at links below.


Unharsh & Matrix Tune


Unharsh modifications and matrix tuning of the Charger 1 damper (RC or RCT3) to suit your weight, terrain and riding style.
Learn More

 
Debonair
Air Shaft
Upgrade


MY2019 Debonair shafts are backwards compatible with 2014+ forks to give better small bump compliance and better mid-stroke support.  Also used for travel change.
Learn More


Vorsprung
Luftkappe


MY2014-18 forks can use the Vorsprung Luftkappe to get even better results than debonair.  More negative volume and higher compression ratio for negative.
Learn More


Smashpot
Coil
Conversion

Vorpsprung Smashpot coil conversion system for RockShox Pike, Lyrik & Yari forks.
Learn More



Fluids:


Stock


RC/RCT3 - Rockshox/Maxima 3 wt fork oil in damper - bleed full.
All - Grease in air-spring.
Rockshox/Maxima 0W30 Semibath - both sides - 10 cc


Shockcraft Recommended


RC/RCT3 - Hot Oil Green in Charger Damper for quiet operation.
RC/RCT3 - Hot Oil Pink in Charger Damper for highest performance.
Motorex Supergliss 10 cc bath oil in both sides.
Slickoleum - air piston & seals