RockShox Zeb Fork Testing

ROCKSHOX

THE NEW ZEB FORK

ZEB AIN’T DEAD

Just like our forks, every peak has a story. Pikes Peak, towering 8,000 feet above the RockShox global design center in Colorado Springs, CO, is the highest summit in the southern Front Range of North America’s Rocky Mountains. The ultra-prominent 14,115-foot fourteener was first attempted by the iconic American explorer, Zebulon Pike, back in 1806. He set out to conquer the great peak’s razor-sharp shale walls, bone-crushing boulders, and extreme climate.

Taking no shortage of inspiration from our backyard, Zebulon was born (shortened to ZEB). Built to withstand everything the 7,960-foot singletrack descent of Pikes Peak is known for – death grip speeds, relentless rock gardens, raw corners, steep chutes, and one heck of a good time.

“ STRAIGHT AWAY I FELT SMOOTHER IN THE GNARLIER, ROCKY STRAIGHTS. CHARGE INTO THEM, LET OFF THE BRAKES, AND MONSTER TRUCK THROUGH WITH CONFIDENCE.”

– Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles)

BRAINS AND BRAWN

WORLD CUP DOWNHILL PRECISION MIXED WITH THE RAW ENDURO BRAWN

The next evolution of single crown awesome is here. We created a whole new breed of fork, designed to challenge the limits and take on the world’s toughest Enduro tracks. ZEB’s stiff yet versatile single crown 38mm chassis and machined good looks, pack a punch, and deliver a clear tactical advantage to win races.

NOTHING ELSE QUITE MEASURES UP

Built to match the new generation of long-travel, hard-hitting mountain machines. ZEB’s bold design and smashing good looks offer a perfect match.

RockShox Zeb Fork Testing

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

GREATER PRECISION AS YOU CHALLENGE YOUR SPEED LIMITS

Riders of any size benefit from the extra strength to send it, without needing the extra hours in the gym. It all comes down to a critical balance between stiffness and weight (something our engineers love to obsess over). ZEB’s robust 38mm chassis delivers the perfect blend. Increased sensitivity, greater steering precision, and the ability to go faster, corner harder, and stay in control. ZEB crosses the line in a stiffness category of its own.

So, what do numbers prove? It was never about building the stiffest fork we could. Based on rider feedback, we focused in on increasing torsional stiffness. Why? As testing revealed, increasing the torsional stiffness made a noticeable difference in the performance and how the fork would hold a line with better control. A noticeable and direct rider benefit for those looking to go faster with more precision in rough terrain.

LYRIK VS ZEB TEST LAB DATA
Both forks are 29” 180mm travel

    • TORSIONAL STIFFNESS = 21.5% STIFFER
    • SIDE BENDING STIFFNESS = 7% STIFFER
    • FORE/AFT BENDING STIFFNESS = 2% STIFFER

WORTH THE WEIGHT

A lean, mean, fighting machine. ZEB’s aggressive good looks add stiffness in all the right places, while maintaining meaningful compliance where required. Even on this heavy-hitting fork, we know gram counting makes a difference. We’ve chiseled away anything extra without compromising the integrity of ZEB’s design.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ZEB HERE
RockShox Zeb Ultimate

WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH, ZEB PLOWS RIGHT THROUGH IT. THE NEW WORLD ORDER OF ENDURO RACING HAS RAISED ALL THE LIMITS. HOLDING EVERY CRITICAL LINE, WHEN IT MATTERS THE MOST, HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT. ZEB’S NEW CHASSIS DESIGN MAXIMIZES BUSHING OVERLAP. THIS REDUCES FRICTION AND KEEPS YOUR FORK SLIDING PERFECTLY SMOOTH. NO MATTER HOW ROUGH THE TERRAIN, ZEB GIVES YOU THE CONFIDENCE TO PLOW RIGHT THROUGH IT.

RockShox Zeb Crown Jewel

CROWN JEWEL
Minimal in weight, and tough by design. ZEB’S aluminum crown is built to withstand the elements. Extra durability with added machining shaves away the unwanted grams to keep things light and looking fresh.

RockShox Zeb Fender Mounts

FENDER MOUNTS
ZEB makes fender integration a breeze. Featuring a new RockShox 3-bolt fender, available on all models.

RockShox Zeb Fork

MIND THE G A P
From full travel to bottom out, mind the gap. With all things going big, the ZEB lower leg arch was designed to ensure plenty of clearance for beefier headtube profiles and our integrated fender.

RockShox Zeb Fork

FEATURES THAT COUNT
NOT FEATURE COUNT

RockShox Zeb Charger 2.1

CHARGER 2.1

TAKE BACK CONTROL

Designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, Charger 2.1 increases confidence and control over every trail. The Charger 2.1 RC2 was fitted to ZEB’s 38mm chassis and features independent high and low speed compression adjust.

RockShox Zeb DebonAir

DEBONAIR

TRUSTED PERFORMANCE WHEN THINGS GET STEEP AND TECHNICAL

The highly tunable DebonAir air spring is ready for whatever the trail demands. Buttery smooth feel off the top, now optimized to maintain higher ride height to add more confidence on technical terrain. Building on the updated DebonAir air spring found in Pike and Lyrik, ZEB features additional negative volume for an even more DH-like ride.

RockShox Zeb eMTB

OPTIMIZED FOR eMTB

DUAL POSITION AIR

The Dual Position Air spring, found in the base model ZEB, allows riders to adjust the fork between two distinct travel positions. With the turn of a knob, adjust from 180mm of max travel to 150mm minimum travel. The lower front end helps eMTB riders tackle aggressive climbs more efficiently. Crank back up to max travel for max fun on the way down.

RockShox Zeb Maxima Plush

MAXIMA PLUSH FLUID

Developed with the world’s fastest racers, on the world’s toughest circuits. Maxima Plush Fluid is designed to protect against suspension wear, reduce friction, silence damper noise and maintain a consistent feel in all temperatures and ever-changing conditions.

RockShox Zeb SKF Wiper Seals

SKF WIPER SEALS

Friction down, dirt out. Everyone loves a good collaboration, which is why we’ve been working with SKF, the world’s highest-performance seal manufacturer, for over five years. Together we provide ultra-low friction wiper seals, less fatigue, and unmatched suspension feel, all while keeping the dirt where it belongs. Because no one wants dirt in there.

RockShox Zeb Fork

PRODUCT

NEW ZEB ULTIMATE

MSRP: $999

ZEB Ultimate is a whole new breed of fork, designed to challenge the limits and take on the world’s toughest Enduro tracks. Going Ultimate has its advantages. Featuring an all-new stiff 38mm chassis designed with the Charger 2.1 damper, DebonAir air spring technology, SKF Wiper Seals, and Maxima Plush Fluid. Our highest performing, athlete-proven technologies matched with premium style plays. An anodized crown and ZEB’s signature color—Slab Grey—make a rocking debut.

SPECIFICATIONS
WHEEL SIZE:
27.5″, 29″
TRAVEL: 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 190mm
DAMPER: Charger 2.1 RC2
OFFSET: 38mm (27.5″), 44mm (27.5″, 29″)
UPPER TUBE: 38mm aluminum
WEIGHT: 2281g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Stealth / Uncut Steerer)

FEATURES

  • New 38mm chassis for increased stiffness and rider confidence.
  • Highly-tunable DebonAir air spring offers a buttery smooth feel off the top and maintains a higher ride height for increased confidence in steep terrain.
  • Our highest performing Charger technology. Charger 2.1 RC2 damper features independent high and low speed compression with rebound adjustment – designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, the Charger 2.1 damper increases confidence and control over every trail.
  • Ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel.
  • Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • Available in the Signature Colorway Slab Grey or Ultimate High Gloss Black with foil graphics
  • Short fender compatible (ZEB fender sold separately)
RockShox Zeb Ultimate

NEW ZEB SELECT+

ZEB is a whole new breed of fork, designed to challenge whatever limits you find. ZEB Select+ features an all-new stiff 38mm chassis designed with the Charger 2.1 RC damper, DebonAir air spring technology, SKF Wiper Seals, and Maxima Plush Fluid.

SPECIFICATIONS
WHEEL SIZE:
27.5″, 29″
TRAVEL: 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 190mm
DAMPER: Charger 2.1 RC2
OFFSET: 38mm (27.5″), 44mm (27.5″, 29″)
UPPER TUBE: 38mm aluminum
WEIGHT: 2281g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Stealth / Uncut Steerer)

FEATURES

  • New 38mm chassis for increased stiffness and rider confidence.
  • Highly-tunable DebonAir air spring offers a buttery smooth feel off the top and maintains a higher ride height for increased confidence in steep terrain.
  • Our highest performing Charger technology. Charger 2.1 RC2 damper features independent high and low speed compression with rebound adjustment – designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, the Charger 2.1 damper increases confidence and control over every trail.
  • Ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel.
  • Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • Short fender compatible (ZEB fender sold separately)

*Not available aftermarket

RockShox Zeb Select+ Fork

NEW ZEB SELECT

M.S.R.P: $799

ZEB Select features an all-new stiff 38mm chassis designed with the Charger RC damper, DebonAir air spring technology, SKF Wiper Seals, and Maxima Plush Fluid. A whole new breed of fork, designed to challenge whatever limits you find.

SPECIFICATIONS
WHEEL SIZE:
27.5″, 29″
TRAVEL: 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 190mm
DAMPER: Charger RC
OFFSET: 38mm (27.5″), 44mm (27.5″, 29″)
UPPER TUBE: 38mm aluminum
WEIGHT: 2270g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Stealth / Uncut Steerer)

FEATURES

  • New 38mm chassis for increased stiffness and rider confidence.
  • Highly-tunable DebonAir air spring offers a buttery smooth feel off the top and maintains a higher ride height for increased confidence in steep terrain.
  • Charger Technology – The Charger RC damper features easy to adjust low speed compression and rebound.
  • Ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel.
  • Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • Short fender compatible (ZEB fender sold separately)
RockShox Zeb Select Fork

NEW ZEB

DEBONAIR AIR SPRING
M.S.R.P:
$699

ZEB features an all-new stiff 38mm chassis designed with the New Charger R damper, DebonAir air spring technology, SKF Wiper Seals, and Maxima Plush Fluid. A whole new breed of fork, designed to challenge whatever limits you find.

SPECIFICATIONS
WHEEL SIZE:
27.5″, 29″
TRAVEL: 150mm, 160mm, 170mm, 180mm
DAMPER: Charger R
OFFSET: 44mm
UPPER TUBE: 38mm aluminum
WEIGHT: 2279g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Ultimate / Uncut Steerer)

FEATURES

  • New 38mm chassis for increased stiffness and rider confidence.
  • Highly-tunable DebonAir air spring offers a buttery smooth feel off the top and maintains a higher ride height for increased confidence in steep terrain.
  • Charger Technology – The New Charger R damper features factory tuned compression with easy to adjust rebound
  • Ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel.
  • Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • Short fender compatible (ZEB fender sold separately)
  • eMTB endorsement decal
RockShox Zeb DebonAir Air Spring Fork

NEW ZEB

DUAL POSITION AIR
M.S.R.P:
$799

ZEB features an all-new stiff 38mm chassis designed with the New Charger R damper, Dual Position Air adjustment, SKF Wiper Seals, and Maxima Plush Fluid. A whole new breed of fork, designed to challenge whatever limits you find.

SPECIFICATIONS
WHEEL SIZE:
27.5″, 29″
TRAVEL: 150mm / 180mm: 30mm Travel Adjustment
DAMPER: Charger R
OFFSET: 44mm
UPPER TUBE: 38mm aluminum

FEATURES

  • New 38mm chassis for increased stiffness and rider confidence.
  • Charger Technology – The New Charger R damper features factory tuned compression with easy to adjust rebound.
  • Dual Position Air spring allows riders to adjust the fork between two distinct travel positions. With the turn of a knob, adjust from 180mm of max travel to 150mm minimum travel.
  • Ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel.
  • Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • Short fender compatible (ZEB fender sold separately)
  • eMTB endorsement decal
RockShox Zeb Dual Position Air

NEW ZEB FENDER

M.S.R.P: $20

Don’t let the weather get in the way of adventure. The new RockShox branded ZEB short fender is designed to keep you dry and clean when the weather turns. It can be easily installed at three points and looks as if your fork and fender are one, leaving your friends wondering why they are still messing around with zip ties.

SPECIFICATIONS
ORIENTATION (WHEELS):
Front
MOUNT TYPE (FN):
3-Bolt
CHASSIS COMPATIBLILITY:
ZEB (A1)

FEATURES

  • 3-bolt mounts make for easy installation
  • Designed to integrate seemlessly and look pro with RockShox branding
  • Compatible with all ZEB models
RockShox Zeb Fender
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RockShox Zeb Fender
RockShox Zeb Fender
RockShox Zeb Fender