Meet RockShox ZEB: The New Single Crown, Long Travel eMTB and Enduro Fork

Today RockShox revealed a new single crown, long travel fork which fills the void between the Lyrik and Boxxer.

ZEB is a versatile 38mm chassis fork for 27.5 or 29-inch wheel sizes and is available in five models.

There are two eMTB optimized ZEB models. The ‘Dual Air Spring‘ option is a 180mm fork which can be dialed down to 150mm, on-the-fly, which improves handling on steep climbs. Then the Debonair Air Spring eMTB ZEB is available as either a 150, 160, 170 or 180mm travel fork and features the new Charger R damper. Hard-hitting Enduro riders have the choice of a ZEB Ultimate, ZEB Select+ or ZEB Select which are all available in 160, 170, 180 or 190mm travel options yet feature different dampers, internals and compression adjust possibilities. Check out all the specs and tech in this official release from RockShox.


A WHOLE NEW BREED

The next evolution of single crown awesome is here.

The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa
The new chassis design maximizes bushing overlap.

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.

A Santa CRuz Megatower bicycle with The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa

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.

The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa
Torsional Stiffness = 21.5% Stiffer | Side Bending Stiffness = 7% Stiffer | Fore/Aft Bending Stiffness = 2% Stiffer | *Lyrik vs ZEB test lab data- both forks are 29″ 180mm travel

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.


FEATURES

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.

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.

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.

MIND THE GAP: 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.

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

THE ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE PLAY: Going Ultimate has its advantages. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


BRAINS AND BRAWN

World Cup Downhill precision mixed with raw Enduro brawn

Sam Hill rides The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa
Sam Hill: “Straight away I felt smoother in the gnarlier, rocky straights. Charge into them, let off the brakes, and monster truck through with confidence.” 

MODELS

ZEB ULTIMATE

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.

The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa

Features & Specifications

  • New 38mm chassis
  • Highly-tunable DebonAir™
  • 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 (RockShox fender sold separately)
  • 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 190mm
  • Offset: 38mm (27.5″), 44mm (27.5″, 29″)
  • WEIGHT: 2281g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Stealth / Uncut Steerer)

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.

The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa

Features & Specifications

  • New 38mm chassis
  • Highly-tunable DebonAir™ air spring
  • Our highest performing Charger technology. The Charger 2.1 RC damper features easy to adjust low speed compression and rebound – 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 (RockShox fender sold separately)
  • 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 190mm
  • Offset: 38mm (27.5″), 44mm (27.5″, 29″)
  • WEIGHT: 2281g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Stealth / Uncut Steerer)

ZEB SELECT

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.

The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa

Features & Specifications

  • New 38mm chassis
  • Highly-tunable DebonAir™ air spring
  • 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 (RockShox fender sold separately)
  • 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 190mm
  • Offset: 38mm (27.5″), 44mm (27.5″, 29″)
  • WEIGHT: 2270g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Stealth / Uncut Steerer)

ZEB E-MTB Debonair

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.

The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa

Features & Specifications

  • New 38mm chassis
  • Charger Technology – The New Charger™ R damper features factory tuned compression with easy to adjust rebound
  • 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
  • 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 (RockShox fender sold separately)
  • eMTB endorsement decal
  • 150mm, 160mm, 170mm, 180mm
  • Offset: 44mm (27.5″, 29″)
  • WEIGHT: 2279g (29” / 170mm / Maxle Ultimate / Uncut Steerer)

ZEB E-MTB Dual Position Air

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.

The new RockShox ZEB mountain bike suspension fork for Enduro and e-MTB riders as featured in Bike Network South Africa

Features & Specifications

  • 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
  • The 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 (RockShox fender sold separately)
  • eMTB endorsement decal
  • 150mm / 180mm: 30mm Travel Adjustment

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