RockShox Boxxer Race 2003 Front Shocks

3.77/5 (56 Reviews)
Weight : 6.61 lbs MSRP : $670.00


Product Description

TRAVEL: 6 or 7"
Adj: ALL TRAVEL

SPRING: Dual Coil

DAMPING: NEW! HC2
Adj: Rebound


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryan a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2012

Strengths:    light for the size and does the work it needs to..works very good on drops with my dobermann pincher. Good dual crown fork for that price and if bought second hand its already worn in for you.

Weaknesses:    I used to use a single crown so makes my riding weirder at the front because of the weight difference. Like others said it could be better but good bang for your buck with this 200mm fork

Bottom Line:   
Good bang for your buck but if you have lots of money i suggest going for a fox 40 or a fox single crown. if not this is the best fork for you.Get new stickers though make it nice and pretty...i have my 2003 boxxer rc with some 2009 stickers to make look fresh. Go dirt jumping with a dual crown its fun especially with this amazing fork

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Favorite Trail:   McClennan and Trusler

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike.com

Similar Products Used:   no dual crown...

Bike Setup:   dobermann pincher decked out with this nice red rockshox boxxer rc 200mm

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 502stingray a Downhiller from Pboro, New Jersey

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2009

Strengths:    Its really light for its size, simple and durable, I have Code 5's up front and slammed on the breaks from a 10 foot drop, no problems at all. Im not worried about snapping in the least. Its strong, smooth, looks good and has a 20mm. Not sure what other are claiming with all their bad reviews, I ride that bike daily, no issues

Weaknesses:    I wish I had more travel, need a special IS mount for the brakes.

Bottom Line:   
I like it, Im not sure what people bitc* about. Maybe they just suck at riding and landing properly, or expect the fork to compensate for bad riding skills. Its no Fox 40 or built 888 but its dam close to it. Its smooth, durable, and I took a 43 foot drop with it twice with NO problems, NO bottom out. I have a heavier spring since Im 190, but Ive never had a problem with it. Put 395 km of trailriding on it since January 09, with drops and jumps, and its still awesome. I just wish I had a bit more travel. Ok so you cant adjust your rebound, but get it setup right and you never have to adjust anything on it. Its just simple reliable engineering vs high tech stuff

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Favorite Trail:   Pocono's

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   2001 Bomber

Bike Setup:   08 Kona CoilAir Deluxe, 2007 Boxxer world cup, 3.0's front and back, rebuilt Fox RP2 Float, Code 5 front and back, custom chainstay, Abbah single ringle

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Shawn a Weekend Warrior from Sydney

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2008

Strengths:    Umm they are not rigid

Weaknesses:    Where do I start, having 'upgraded' (sic) from 2003 7" Boxxers I must say I went years backwards

Bottom Line:   
Buy the older 7" travel forks and don't be sucked in buy the extra 1" of travel. These forks are harsh and just do not offer all of the things that the previous Boxxers have become legendary for.

Sorry SRAM but this one is a turkey and I loved both my previous Boxxers. One flamin Chili for value and overall as they just don't cut the mustard and the way I see it there is only one value on saftey off a drop. They work or they don't and these babies don't.

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Favorite Trail:   Ourimbah

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Similar Products Used:   2000, 2003 Boxers, 07 Boxxer Teams, 888's, Travis, Jr T's, Monster T's, Totems you name it

Bike Setup:   2004 Giant DH Comp and Sant Cruz Bullit

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by romain smith a Downhiller from ottawa, Ontario

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2006

Strengths:    cheep plush and can take a beating

Weaknesses:    sometimes to soft uppers tend to bang on frame if using a hardtail, barky ajustable

Bottom Line:   
for the money it is great but if you do bug drops i would say look for somin more ajustable

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Favorite Trail:   Q-Cup

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Fresh Air

Similar Products Used:   manitou Kingpin (terrible)

Bike Setup:   04 norco manik boxxers axiom chain guide all husslefelt

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Szedlak a Downhiller from Brussels, Belgium

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2006

Strengths:    Beautiful movement through the whole travel. Very light.
It can be tuned to your personal needs.


Weaknesses:    small turning radius, a bit flexible, not really well adjustable (only rebound)

Bottom Line:   
It has a beautiful look, it is light, and it works really well. I use it with 5W oil, but for DH race you'll need 2.5W.
The best buy I have made yet.

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Favorite Trail:   berlaymont in waterloo

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   from a guy from the net

Similar Products Used:   Monster T, Zoom 1100 Force tuning, RS pike

Bike Setup:   Illmatic DH, BoXXer Race 2003, Hayes HFX HD, Sram 9.0, Truvativ, Bike Positive stuffs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2005

Strengths:    Light. Looks good. Low ride hight. Good servicing by rock shox

Weaknesses:    I have had none stop problems with the internals in the right leg coming lose and rattling inside the fork. This means the fork has plush and stiff stages. i Have since replaced with 888vf

Bottom Line:   
Rock Shox are a good brand but this particular modle sux. I think the main reason is because they are adjustable down to 6" and this is where my problems stemed from. But that dosnt mean that all are like this. they are good and light and good for racing if they are working at the time. And to their credit they are very hard to bottom out even off drops of 15 feet

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Local shop

Similar Products Used:   jn ts.

Bike Setup:   Keewee cromozone. 888vf. mavic/dmr rims. WTB DH hubs. Truvativ chain guide RPM cranks. Hayes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Billy Ray a Downhiller from mississauga

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2005

Strengths:    when its dented it works better

Weaknesses:    everything, better off rigid.

Bottom Line:   
yeah, nothing much to say... dont even look at this fork, i would ride springer forks over this. I would rather run down the mountain on foot with my bike over my head screaming "gaaaa" while doing tricks then ride this fork. ok.

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Favorite Trail:   canada cup, bromont

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   yourmom.com

Similar Products Used:   supercycle zooms

Bike Setup:   yeti ASX full saint, and the... boxxer

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by francois allaire a Weekend Warrior from dolbeau-mistassini, canada

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2005

Strengths:    The fork is lightweight for a 7 inches travel dual crown fork. The rebound damping is working well. The fork is easy to service.

Weaknesses:    it maybe bottoms out easily.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is designed for downhill, not for big huge drop and gaps. It will soaks the bumbs in your path without problems. If you are a drop, gap jump rider i would consider another fork. If you don't want to spend too much on a triple clamp fork this is the choice. This fork is very plush and will make you feel faster.

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Favorite Trail:   amazone

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi drop off triple, Jr-T


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rick `Petersen a Downhiller from santa cruz ca usa

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2005

Strengths:    none the fork suck so bad

Weaknesses:    it is so bad!!! i hate it if you want it email me ill sell it for 150$ i putt black bow kit in it and it helped it alot butt it still sucks!

Bottom Line:   
the fork sucks!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   mailboxes

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   my freind down the stret brand new

Similar Products Used:   jrt

Bike Setup:   i got a bullit with a 888 a much better fork

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by J-Factor a Downhiller from Ontario

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2004

Strengths:    Probably the only strength on this shock is that the you rarely whack your knees off the tops of the stantions 'cause they are so low.

Weaknesses:    When i first used them they felt fine, nothing special than things just went downhill from there. I frequently ride 6 - 15 foot drops onto smooth tranies and this fork bottoms out like there is nothing in the way to slow it down. Also one minute the fork feels stiff and the next it feels plush. I've got it proffesionally maintained and it still happens. Not only does it bottom out jumping but it uses almost 6 of the 7 inchess under medium braking and i only weigh 130.

Bottom Line:   
If you like sprain your wrists off drops and jumps than buy this shock. If your budget is around the boxxer race than get the jr. t or the super t instead. if you hit any sort of jumps that you get over 3 feet high than don't even think about buying this shock.

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Favorite Trail:   Auto Bahn

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   600

Similar Products Used:   boxxer team, z1 wedge, dj1, dj3, manitou breakouts

Bike Setup:   Giant dh, titec components, manitou 6 way, mavics, abbah hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jesse a Downhiller from bainbridge island

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2004

Strengths:    Very sweet and plush. Awesome and easy rebound adjustments. Very responsive and light. Hc2 dampening is the best ever made.

Weaknesses:    I have not found one yet with me fork

Bottom Line:   
Definately worth getting over a jr. t or any other fork in its class. Lightest 7 inches of travel out there. Get it Get it Get it!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   pinkbike.com

Similar Products Used:   exr pro (crap), felt a dorado,

Bike Setup:   Big hit with this beautiful boxxer

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by peter huisinga a Downhiller from bainbridge is, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2004

Strengths:    very plush, looks good, light, good tire clearence

Weaknesses:    anoying to adjust preload, i hate the drop crowns, paint comes off easily

Bottom Line:   
boxxers kill marazocchi unless its a 888r or shiver. its not the greatest for the big hits. manitou is better. you can get them for cheep. unlike marazocchi boxxers are much more responsive and have good progressive dampening. these forks are light and are a quality fork for downhillers of any level.

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Favorite Trail:   a-line

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   a friend

Similar Products Used:   888r, supert, jrt, boxxer world cup, spikes (but rarely).

Bike Setup:   03 sgs, 888r, 5th element, wtb laserdisc, minions, hot seat, fsa v-drive, hayes mags

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom Gredley a Downhiller from Kent, UK

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2004

Strengths:    plush, stiff, look good, fairly light weight

Weaknesses:    paint chips easily, damping spike. feels pants if not tuned (apparently; ive not tried and un tuned ones for long)

Bottom Line:   
brilliant for dh racing, can take the big hits too. lateral stiffness is very good. mine had problems with damping spike sometimes, but it rarely happened. feels like it has more travel than it really does.
drops etc are better dealt with by shivers, but for dh racing these fork rule.

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Favorite Trail:   les gets pleney run

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $520.00

Purchased At:   used from a mate

Similar Products Used:   shiver dc (2001 and 2003), had a few minutes use of junior t's, dorados, 888's, monsters, manitou sherman plus etc

Bike Setup:   '02 bighit dh with '03 tf tuned boxxer race, single tracks, truvativ etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by skyler gustin a Downhiller from port alberni,B.C. Canada

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2004

Strengths:    the size of thestansions are huge compared to most regular forks.20mm trough axle are suppose to be stronger then a regular QR ( id never know ive always had a QR20 so)

Weaknesses:    when i first got them hey were super plusher then my o2 dj 1s and i was still paying for my bike just taking it for rides in the parking lot till my rear shock came in .then i came in the next day and they wre like stiff the had like this air noise so i bounced on them a few times and they were super smooth again.then i got my bike back with rear shok and went ridin around then did a 6ft drop back tire first and my forks backa bang or clunk noise the you would push them down even a little and they would have a hard spot or a clunk and then the next day i tried themaand they were fine so i was like OK what ever then i went to scorpion did a 4 footer to flat in the very begining and they did the same thing accept they were very bad so i had to skip the whole trail and go down to the bike shop we took them all apart and the bottom seal things got sucked up into my top springs and got torn a part so i had to wait a month for them to get fixed but mean while when they were getting fixed my bike machanic talked to rock shox and they siad they had a problem in 2003 so they upgraded apart of my fork donno wich part and we set them up for 7 inches instead of 6 and ive been riding for a 3 days or so and ive done some of my biggest stuff ever like and 10 footer off a rock to like flat with no armour i forgot it hehe) and they work SSSSSSOOOOO smooth and soft.i was doing a race course called gunt wrencher and i was taking jumps and landing front weel to c what would happen and nothing just plushness and the same track has lots of routes and i was riding front tire real hard and they just sucked every thing up i was so pleased!!HINT: if your going over a race with lots of routes have them set fast and youll just feel plushness theyll suck them up the when it gets off the route since they have lots of rebound they got down real fast then suck up the the next route.if i would ever buy a fork for racing it would be a boXXer!!they are so sweet!!!I LOVE THEM ALOT..the only thing different about the world cups is the ealiing or sumting nuttin much

Bottom Line:   
just make sure when you feel a clunk get them serviced right away then they will be kik A$$

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Favorite Trail:   scorpion

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   cutting edge sports

Similar Products Used:   nothing ..they are to nice

Bike Setup:   2004 brodie devo with rock sox 2003 boXXer race envy chain giude stratos rear shok alex supra-E rims truvativ hussefelt cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chuck Call a Downhiller from Utah

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2004

Strengths:    these shocks can take 6 foot drops like curbs, rebound is perfect,I haven't bottomed out yet.

Weaknesses:    if you want to change travel you have to do it internally,
changing the oil is a pain,but worth it.


Bottom Line:   
i love these boxxers, there the most plush shocks ive ridden and there really cheap! also these shocks are almost the same weight as some single crown forks, which make them great for just riding around, even a little cross country. I hear things about the XXX seals not working, theyve held up fine for me and i ride hard almost everyday, so if your looking for a nice downhill/freeride double crown fork this is your answer.

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Favorite Trail:   Rudys flats

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   cambriabike.com

Similar Products Used:   JR.T's

Bike Setup:   Haro X-1 with boxxer race,travativ holzfeller cranks.

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