Is Nino Schurter racing a prototype of what will soon become the longer 120mm travel version of RockShox’s lightweight SID SL Ultimate cross-country mountain bike fork? We first really spotted the unlabeled BlackBox fork on the 10-time XC World Champion’s bike at the Nove Mesto World Cup, then noticed it on several other current and former pros’ bikes. Then, looking back we noticed it was hidden in plain sight earlier this spring on the celebratory custom-finished Spark RC bike that Scott prepared for him to race this season.
Let’s take a closer look and see what we can deduce… Prototype 120mm RockShox SID SL Ultimate XC fork
all pit & race photos by Cory Benson, c. Bikerumor.com I got a first sneak peek at the presumed prototype RockShox SID cross-country fork when Nino was warming in Nové Město na Moravě. Outside of the non-standard decals and a QR tracking code on the back of the right leg, the lowers look like the same as when the benchmark lightweight XC fork got its last complete overhau l back in 2019 – down to the same cast ribs in the back of its arch.
The classic old-school RockShox logos are a telltale sign of a BlackBox prototype, replacing the standard SID graphics this fork would usually be finished with. It’s not a big surprise to see Nino Schurter racing on prototype kit for his sponsors. An undeniably talented and unique athlete – Nino is known to be heavily invested in R&D with his […]