Strong and intelligent makes for an incredibly threatening combination, and its one that RockShox has executed admirably with its Pike RCT3 Solo Air 150 Boost Fork. Like a certain British secret agent who has remained cool and collected from the middle of the last century clear into a new millennium, the Pike blends style and grace with unapologetic brutishness delivered in the form of six capable inches of travel, proving burly and smart is a combination with serious staying power. Tipping the scales with cross country lightness and delivering a forward thinking Boost compatible design, this Pike RCT3 will work with both the crusty 29 inch wheels in your garage or the new 27. 5 Plus hoops you can't wait to take out on the trails. Using Solo Air, this version of the Pike ditches the adjustability of the Dual Position Air version in favor of a single 150mm travel position, saving you about 50 grams of weight and unnecessary complexity. The Charger damper's adjustability still gives you room to spin the pedals without feeling bogged down on a climb, allowing you to choose between Open, Pedal, and Lock modes, but Solo Air truly shows its strength on the steepest pitches and most destructive descents you can convince yourself to steer your bike into. When you're dialing settings on the three position charger damper, Open will let you enjoy discreet amounts of low speed compression, while Pedal and Lock are pre tuned for a plush platform that keeps moving across unyielding trail decor and maintains speed on smooth climbs and unavoidable fire road transitions. You'll also get the benefit of RockShox's Rapid Recovery feature, which keeps the Pike feeling hungry after successive hits and hand numbing stretches of repetitive bumps, ensuring it stays high in its travel and recovers quickly to maintain cushion when you pick the wrong line. The design of the Pike overall brings us back to our earlier musings about its intelligence, as it features a reinforced lower leg a...