RockShox Boxxer Team 2003 Front Shocks

3.94/5 (18 Reviews)
Weight : 6.79 lbs MSRP : $999.00

Product Description


SPRING: Dual Coil
Adj: Preload

Adj: Rebound, High speed compression, Low speed compression

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by toxicreligon a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2009

Strengths:    really stiff not to much travel(i actualy like to feel the trail)it will take the big hits

Weaknesses:    needs to be tuned to ur weight pretty well(i recomend taking it to ur local shop) and i wish it had a lil easier to tune nobs

Bottom Line:   
good fork and once there setup u dont need to do any tuning last for a long time and will do everything

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Favorite Trail:   anything hard

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   with bike

Similar Products Used:   06-07(not shure) boxxer

Bike Setup:   kona stinky 02,03 boxxer team,fox vanilla R ,double track in the front,single track in the rear,2.4 specialized s-works tires front and rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sam vilneff a Weekend Warrior from marmora, y'ever herd of it?

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2007

Strengths:    flippin sweet. i love em, i went from Manitou Splice Comp. forks, i liked the comps, but these r better. instead of 7" of travel, i moved it up to 8.5. i had i compressed all the way, with a machine of course. they r in rough shape, on the out side, but finom. on the inside. they are true for what they look like. the kid rode into a parked truck and knocked the plate on the casing off, but did no damage, thank god, he had em on a norco kompressor(hartail), and busted hus front hub off a tenfoot drop. i love em, my biggest drop is 6.5 feet. the 2 diff. coils in each side really keeps it from bottoming out

Weaknesses:    hard to tighten in the head of a bike, but that could be just me. fairly heave, compared to the comps. but thats normal

Bottom Line:   
love it, works like...well better than anything ive tried.

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Favorite Trail:   anything fast

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   some kid at school

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy 1, Manitou Splice Comp(love them too)

Bike Setup:   Giant AC, front wheel- sun rims single track. back wheel shimano mavic. bars-EA50 with hussefelt-truvativ stem. Kenda Nevengal front tire, Kenda Blue Groove back tire. rear der. Shimano Deore, e.13 chain guide. race face BB. race face headset, bontrager crank arms, 50-50 pedals, hayse disc brakes, 8" front and back(hyro.) titanium custom chain, rear shock- rock shox Vivid

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jose a Downhiller from COlorado Springs, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2004

Strengths:    trave;, smooth, strong, ajustable, everything pretty good

Weaknesses:    I started getting some spots on the stancion but it didn't effect performance at all and at times it would top out , and it doesn't have a huge tire clearence

Bottom Line:   
good cheap fork great for racing and dropping just that topping out got to me but I would recomend it I I wish I still had mine!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   paid in full keystone

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   a shop

Similar Products Used:   risse trixxy, sherman breakout, zzyzx fork, some other crapy ones

Bike Setup:   I had this on a 2001 bullt with xtr cranks and stuff and 321 wheels and some panaracer 2.5 tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam a Downhiller from Ashland Oregon USA

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2004

Strengths:    Super plush and NO flex

Weaknesses:    None aside from it needs to be dialed in before your first ride!

Bottom Line:   
This fork works well but if it is not set up right for your weight then it really feels bad

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Favorite Trail:   All of Mt. Ashland

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   99 boxxer 02 monster t 03 dorado sc 01 shiver dc 03 boxxer race

Bike Setup:   2003 Azonic eliminator boxxer team fox vanilla rc 24 atomlab trail-p the rear 26 rhyno lite up front intense 2.7 front arrow 2.75 rear mrp ds 1 hayes 8 inch front and rear hydros fsa the pig dh pro azonic shorty stem holzfeller cranks ea70 monkey bars azonic love seat

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by adam a Downhiller from yorkshire , uk

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2004

Strengths:    light and stiff

Weaknesses:    i think rockshox threw the internals out and replaced them with fisher price technology. the damping is totaly fecked. do what im going to do , either get them tf tuned or replace the internals with mojo boxxer carts ,
or buy some new forks.

Bottom Line:   
get the damping sorted out and they should be fine.

and replace the bolts in the crowns with ones that are 5mm longer.

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Favorite Trail:   wharncliffe

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   888s bit tall but v good. dorados , bit pricey , or shivers.

Bike Setup:   tomac magnum , boxxers , northshores , bulbs on 321s and hope 4 pots.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sid no name a Downhiller from where ever

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2004

Strengths:    cheap and light

Weaknesses:    over sprung over damped.They just suck.I hate these forks

Bottom Line:   
Did they just take a guess at the settings?
They are not even close to what works.
If you like big jumps and landing on your front wheel they are the forks for you.
Upgrade kit has helped some but they are still not right

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Favorite Trail:   secret

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Jrts.m888.judy xls

Bike Setup:   two wheels and shocks front and rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AKRida a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2004

Strengths:    Durable, Lightweight, Great adjustment's, nice and plush

Weaknesses:    adjustment knobs, as the guy said it'd be nice if they where quick little knob's you could turn with fingers.

Bottom Line:   
it's a Great fork, Alot cheaper than Dorado, DH3's etc and still works awesome, very tunable fork, durable fork it's a great fork nomatter what your skill level is at, Rock shox is doing Free Blackbox Kit upgrades to address the small issue with porthole sizing, *oil couldn't circulate fast enough and was occasionally blowing out the seals so i'm told*, mine is currently at rockshox getting the kit in for free so it should come back better than ever!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Similar Products Used:   Hanebrink WC, Stratos S7, DNM, WhiteBros, bombshell

Bike Setup:   Banshee Scream, Trailpimp/Mag30, Azonic/Michilen tread, FSA cranks etc blah blah

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruno Alves a Downhiller from Niteroi,Rio de Janeiro,Brazil

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2003

Strengths:    Good Looking , Externals set-ups , after the run in time it has a very smooth and progressive travel , low-maintence . Fork well-job work gets better with my special oils for external aplication .

Still too expensive , logos can drop out , i sow some upper crowns broke , mine still good , could have buttons for the external set ups , not allen keys ...only small things

Bottom Line:   
Appears to be a excelent fork for expert/race riders , you can realy push the limits , boxxer can hadle it , ande it has so much stiffnes , it's great on turns , good deal for those kind of riders who don't have mechanical assistance .

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Favorite Trail:   Catarina

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $615.00

Purchased At:   Here

Similar Products Used:   Shiver DC , Junior T , Boxxer Race , Boxxer 2001

Bike Setup:   Giant AC Team , DH set up , All XTR , XT 8" brakes , Michelin , Titec carbon bar , flite tomson and some stuffs that i forgot ...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin n a Downhiller from Ontario

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2003

Strengths:    this fork is wicked has the rebound adjustment very handy and low and highspeed adjustment i wish they were knobs u have to use the 3mm alan key thought the 5mm axel bolt to adjust them starting to ware down my alan key i adjusting the fork all the time to the riding i do gets to be a pain should put knobs like on the shiver or psylo to adjust the rebound and the low speed compression and another one for the high speed compression u have to take to lower bolt out to do that and a easyer way to for adjust the preload but its not that hard it would just save time. but this fork has been solid for me havnt noticed much flex like other peolpe say there is i found the 02 to have more flex. i dunno what that last guy was talking about he must of had a bad fork from factory or something 2 rides and leaking thats not right. your probley the 1-1000 that got unlucky.

Weaknesses:    it was a b*tch to get the drop crown on properly wouldnt fit right..had to preswade it with a rubber mallet. those rubber stopers are unless for my bike the drop crown hits the frame i wraped some rubber tape around my frame to protect it works good. and the stachions are turning color cause of the oil..

Bottom Line:   
well for what it was built for DH Racing i'd say its one of the best out there whats everyone race on mostly BoXXer's or Dorados mostly Boxxers though very nice racing fork. so ill have to give it 5*'s also casue that last guy such a bad review for such a good fork gotta get the points back up.

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Favorite Trail:   whare u get big air

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   though support

Similar Products Used:   03 dorado. sherman. psylo. shiver sc/dc. dh3. dh 2.0 . monster T. Super Monster T. super t. jr t. boxxer World Cup. Boxxer Race. S8. DMN dunnno. Avalanch racing fork. risse big foo--sucks.

Bike Setup:   2 wheels a fork a frame and chain and other important things

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Greg Minter a Downhiller from Newark, NJ

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2003

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Where to start, this shock starting leaking oil after two rides then some of the internals crapped out still waiting for a replacement part from Rock Shox after 4 weeks.

Bottom Line:   
I thought I would give Rock Shox a try I had a 99 Boxxer that required oil changes after every 15 hours of riding or it would seize up completly due to metal filings in the oil. I figured after a few years they would be better so I tried a 2003 Race, it was awfull no rebound damping to speak of and poor construction. So I figured let's get a 2003 Team that must be better right, wrong more problems and lousy customer service from Rock Shox. Bottom line this company is going down fast, looks like they are putting their money on sponsoring well known riders so they can get publicity instead of putting the money into their products. And if you think that Steve Peat is riding
the same Boxxer that get from them, think again I doubt that any part of his so called Boxxer is in the one you bought. Do yourself a favour and get a Dorado that's what I have been on while I wait for my Rock Shoxx parts.
Manitou service support has been amazing so far. Anyone want to buy my peice of crap Boxxer

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Favorite Trail:   Platekill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Local Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   1999 Boxxer, Boxxer Race, Dorado

Bike Setup:   Giant Team DH

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jake may a Weekend Warrior from Alameda, Ca

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2003

Strengths:    fully adjustable, light weight, low maintnece.

Weaknesses:    Internal highspeed compression and preload adjustments not external, the range of adjustment for the compression (low speed and high) and the rebound is very limited. The two options that you have for top crowns, tall or short, are either too tall or to short if you have around a 5" tall head tube, I bought both and neither fit right so I got a Romic top clamp because it is between the hight of the two choices from Rock Shox. It fit perfect and it looks better.

Bottom Line:   
The boxxer team is a good fork for the money. It is low maintnece, fully adjustable, ligth wheight and it runs great. The only complaints I have are about the range of adjustments and the choices for top clamps. This is a good fork and it works great but I think that it is more geared towards beginner riders that might not know the value of having the perfect amouts of comppression and rebound and the difference it can make. I think this fork will be almost flawless after Romic starts selling internals for it.

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Favorite Trail:   north star at tahoe

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles Alameda (RIP)

Bike Setup:   Haro DHR, the full DH setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Forrest Arakawa a Downhiller from Pleasant Hill Ca.

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2003

Strengths:    Lightweight. Stealth black. Easy to change oil and springs. Super easy to tune. Easy to get wheel on and off. Very progressive travel. Ramps up just when you need it most at the bottom of the travel. Rebound and Compression are very easy to adjust.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The single greatest aspect of this fork is that is doesn't require maintainence after each ride. It seems that some of the newer high end DH forks require you to tune them after every practice run. This is great if you have a mechanic sitting down at the bottom waiting for you. If your not Chris Kovarik this can be a problem. The 2003 Boxxer design definately had the privateer in mind. It is a true consumer/enthusiast fork that will perform for the pros. If you want a high end fork that will not cost you extra money down the road then consider a Boxxer.

As far as performance is concerned: I would be hard pressed to find another fork that feels better than this one. I mean there are forks that perform to this level but they cost more and require a mechanic to tune them. It feels great on the Super rough rocky sections as well as the smooth fast sections where you need to get low and corner.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Dorado, Shiver DC

Bike Setup:   V10,Stealth Hubs, Hayes HFX Mag PLUS disc brakes, WTB rims, Weirwolf 2.5 DH tires, Thomson Stem and Post, Tru Vativ Holzfeller Cranks, Shimano XTR drivetrain, WTB Laser V DH saddle, Easton Carbon DH bar, ODI lock ons...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rat Fink from Orange County

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2003

Strengths:    Light & Stiff

Weaknesses:    Feels Like A$$!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
This fork FEELS LIKE A$$!!! This is the biggest hunk of junk RockShox has ever put out!!! I don't know what the hell you people above have riden before if you think this fork works well. Rumor has it that Romic is working on internals to make this fork work properly! I hope this is true because if it's not look for my Boxxer Team to be posted for sale cheap on this site.

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Favorite Trail:   Troy Lee

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   2001 Boxxer, 2002 Boxxer

Bike Setup:   Turner DHR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Downhiller from Kitchener

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2003

Strengths:    Great strength/weight ratio, very stiff, good adjustability, feels lively, good price, makes me feel like Steve Peat

Weaknesses:    rebound adjustment doesn't do much, logos look like they're gonna fall off, would be nice to have external preload adj. too.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork for racers, trailriders, medium huckers, and anyone else who needs a lightweight long travel fork. It's great. I love it.

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Favorite Trail:   TE (RIP)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Balfa factory

Similar Products Used:   99 Boxxer, 00 Junior T, 03 Monster T, Hannebrink WFO,

Bike Setup:   03 Balfa BB7, Boxxer Team, 5th Element, full XTR, Hayes HFX Mag, MRP, D321 etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Downhiller from Buffalo, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2003

Strengths:    Light, super stiff, looks pretty good, great compression adjustment.

Weaknesses:    Rebound adjustment is pretty lame for a DH fork.

Bottom Line:   
Fork is a great deal, great for a freerider or a racer, lots of adjustment. Changing the oil weight is the only way to slow rebound since the adjuster does next to nothing. Rock Shox has it going on except for that. Ti springs would be a nice option too

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Favorite Trail:   Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   QBC

Similar Products Used:   Shiver DC

Bike Setup:   03 M1

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