The chatter coming out of mtbr.com forums confirms that Rock Shox is coming out with a different offset for the Reba fork. Not to get too technical, but the current offset is at 38mm while the suspected new offset will be 47mm. Increasing offset by nearly 10mm means quicker handling through the tight stuff. More info about how a change in offset affects a bike’s handling ability can be found here.
This is a solid development by Rock Shox in order to compete with the longer offset Manitou (48mm & 43mm) & potential Fox 29er forks (summer maybe?). But what most people would really like to see is a Rock Shox 29er Pike or Lyric fork.
The Pike/Lyric forks have made names for themselves for being great all mountain 26″ forks. Will Rock Shox move in this direction? If they want to stay one step ahead (as they were by coming out with the 29er Reba) they should go all mountain.