RockShox Pilot SL 2004 Front Shocks

2.64/5 (14 Reviews)


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lanvillas

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2013

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    Nothing

Bottom Line:   
I am in "shock" at all the less favorable reviews?! 8 years riding in all conditions with this fork and I couldn't have asked for more. You can increase the PSI and have a very stiff fork or back off the PSI and have a lot of absorption. I have run it at low and higher PSI and have been very impressed with the way it absorbs yet isn't "mushy" when pedaling. In fact, I have taken the bike on 50k rides with roadies and kept up and didn't feel like all my energy from pedaling was going into the shock.

It is as good as any shock I have ever had (including the one on my pro-level fs bike).

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T Robot a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2008

Strengths:    Really good performance, especially on harder hits. Really adjustable.

Weaknesses:    Does not look too stiff because of thin lower legs

Bottom Line:   
Dirt Cheap and does the job well. Pretty adjustable and alot of bob on the out of seat climbs but perfect if you stay seated when clibing.

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Favorite Trail:   You Yangs

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox TORA 07, countless RST's, 04 Rockshox SID

Bike Setup:   i-Drive

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brian from Frederick, MD

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2006

Strengths:    Plush on the downs. Adjustable rebound.

Weaknesses:    Bobby on the ups. No fine adjustment to rebound. Plastic (as opposed to aluminum) top caps. Schrader air cap didn't thread well for me.

Bottom Line:   
Good fork for entry level or folks who are new to suspension'd mtbs (as I was). Seemed to require a lot of air adjustment and attention toward the end of its tenure. In my op, not the type of fork to purchase, but the type to come stock.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came stock.

Similar Products Used:   Up'd to Marz MX comp eta.

Bike Setup:   i-drive

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Nathan a Weekend Warrior from Kentucky

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2005

Strengths:    Price
Surprisingly it's not broken in half yet


Weaknesses:    FLeXy
sticky
unreliable
inconsistant


Bottom Line:   
Okay, I'll try to be nice. For starters, if you have an air leak and a u-cup air seal, it needs to be replaced under a recall. That stopped my air leak almost completely.
Now, my list of qualms with this fork is nearly endless. The only lowers I have felt that were flimsier was on a 1999 Jett. Yeah. Just cruising down a trail, you can feel the fork shimmy and deflect this way and that. I lowered it to 80mm to see if it would improve this, but alas, my problems persisted (I weigh 170 btw). The legs are very sticky. This fork is faaar from plush. It almost feels like it has a pedal platform, but it doesn't. The only time that it felt fairly smooth was when one of the upper bushings slipped from the lowers. The next problem I have with it is the rebound damper. On small bumps, it does not work. The fork just harshly tops out with an unsatisfying clunk. The adjuster knob also stripped out the bottom of the plastic damper and now if I want to change the damping, I have to dissassemble the whole fork. This fork has spent almost the same amount of time on my workbench as on the trails.

Through all of this, it has somehow managed to live 2 years now, and has outlived one frame headtube. This has been the only part I have owned that I pray breaks. It hates me so much, it still refuses to grant me this. As much as it pains me, I have to give it at least 2 flaming turds for this reason.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi

Bike Setup:   KHS team softtail, hayes hfx, XT, etc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque, NM

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2005

Strengths:    Don't know of one.

Weaknesses:    The shock broke at the dropout on a paved forest road. I hit a bump and flew.

Bottom Line:   
Don't use this shock it could kill you.

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Favorite Trail:   Foothills Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Bike Setup:   Diamondback Apex

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Estiaan Ferreira a Racer from Molteno,South Africa

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2005

Strengths:    None except Lockout that does'nt work
None further


Weaknesses:    In for a service after 2 long rides. Cluking sounds on each bump, rock. Weight.Leaks air
Flexy


Bottom Line:   
This is a S%#t fork I do not recommend it to you. This is A k@k fork that does'nt do his job

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Probike came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Rock shox judy tt

Bike Setup:   Raleigh RM 5.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Hansen a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2005

Strengths:    Not too heavy. Smooth rebound. Has enough travel (100mm). Not expensive. GREAT VALUE!

Weaknesses:    Absolutely none!!

Bottom Line:   
This fork is great. It does everything it is supposed to. I've had no problems what so ever.

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Favorite Trail:   Mission Trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Judy SL

Bike Setup:   Diamondback Apex.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tyler a Weekend Warrior from forest grove, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2005

Strengths:    Good Travel when it has full air. Must have full air for the stiffness to allow good control.

Weaknesses:    Blown seal twice, this has spent more time in the shop than on the trail!!! GRRRRRR!!!! Wouldn't recommend this to anyone my size, 210lbs. This fork can't hold the pressure rating at the PSI I need.

Bottom Line:   
This fork has been a series of frustrations and near misses for me. I am out on a great ride and the seal blows, I loose all my air and the rest of the ride is scary because of the washout from the fork. I have had the seal replaced and took it home, pumped it up for a ride the next day and the seal blew in my garage. Not a great thing. Don't buy this shock.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reed Ellis a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2004

Strengths:    This fork is great. It is plush, and very adjustable and very easy to adjust via the air pressure. This was my first air shock, and it is much more sensitive to small bumps than my old coiler.

Weaknesses:    none that i can find, except for maybe it loosing maybe 5 psi at the end of a rough ride at my favorite trail. thats what a shock pump is for though. this was expected because my LBS told me about it, so i will not knock off any chilis.

Bottom Line:   
I only weigh 125 lbs, and i hae the shock set up at 130 psi. I loose very little to no air after rough rides, maybe its just because i'm so light. The fork is good over small jumps, drops, and excellent over rough, choppy xc terrain. i love the fork and see no reason to upgrade. once again, i believe my light weight has alot to do with why all my parts last so long. If your a lighter rider, this fork is an excelent choice.

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Favorite Trail:   fantasy island

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   this was my first air shock

Bike Setup:   2004 Trek Fuel 80, Yeti Grips, Panaracer Tires

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kevin Ballou a Cross Country Rider from Bronx, ny

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2004

Strengths:    Worked good for about 3 months, made tons of noise. I took the spacer out to bring it to 100cm travel,worked good for about 2 months. If you are a moderate rider the shock might last longer, but if you want a shock that can take a beating this is not it.

Weaknesses:    Seal's dont last shock leaks oil like crazy, and constantly needs air. I would not recommend this shock

Bottom Line:   
Shock not built well and will not last if you ride aggressively on a regular basis

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Manitou XC

Bike Setup:   KHS 504

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kona Schultz a Weekend Warrior from Denver

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2004

Strengths:    Smooth Ride, long travel

Weaknesses:    Required rebuild at 50 miles, loses about half of it's air after a single ride, blew oil all over the shock. This occured not only on my bike, but my wifes as well! The shocks were 2 months old.

Bottom Line:   
These shocks are absolutely worthless. DO NOT BUY, unless you mind frequent rebuilds, and replacing air after each ride.

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Indy

Bike Setup:   04 GT iDrive 2.0

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2004

Strengths:    Cost, travel, adjustable, not a bad performing fork for the cost, damper adjustment and air assit feature that ACTUALLY works. Easy to service and maintain with right tools.

Weaknesses:    Weird clunking noise that comes and goes under compression (loose spring?). Air assist lose air in short time. Seal on compression side leaked since first ride!

Bottom Line:   
Had moderate expectations for this mid level fork and it didn't excel or disappoint, since this fork is basically a 2002 Judy XC with new chromed upper legs, new crown and lower sliders - the internals are identical meaning maintenance will be easy. Been used to riding the old 96 Judy DH so the first time I rode the Pilot I thought it was way too plush - actually mushy - yuk! Noticed tiny amount of oil on the stanchon tube (compression side) which indicated a leak. Compared to Judy DH which refused to budge unless you hit something sizeable, the Pilot was way too active, especially when doing out of saddle sprints. Solved this by pumping the fork up but then it lost ability to absorb small bumps (Just like RS Mag 21!) but not a problem for general XC riding and urban thrashing. Weird clunking noise (sounds like spring banging against leg internal wall) under compression that comes and goes. Only managed to get 90mm travel even after big hucks but at least it doesn't bottom out easily. Rebound adjustment feature handy and actually makes a big difference but the plastic dial lever is just a cheap part waiting to break. New crown design rigid enough and tracked accurately with almost no brake induced flexs.

Overall an adequate fork for what you pay for. Good for morderate weekend XC trail works but if you are planning to go freeriding, get something else like a Sherman or Psylo - even the ancient Judy DH will do a better job than Pilot if you plan to go hitting trail hard and fast. Good for budget conscience but if you want better and can afford to, go Fox RL.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   RS Judy XC 2002, Manitou Scareb Comp, 2003 SID Race, Cannondale H/S Fatty 80

Bike Setup:   Came stock on a GT Zaskar Expert 2004

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stevie a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2004

Strengths:    Well it do is a fork and the looks are okay.

Weaknesses:    May I kindly draw your attention to the fact that all the pilot and judy crap has chromed steel upper tubes. Now what does this mean in practice.... THEY CORRODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
I'm not trying to prevent you from bying this fork, but hell no, I would never buy it again.
I also sent an email to RockShox about this problem, but apparently they didn't even feel like they had to answer this email.
So byebye RockShox and hello Manitou

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wim Bonami a Weekend Warrior from Belgium

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2004

Strengths:    -Adjustable rebound
-80 to 100 mm
-does what rockshox sais it can do


Weaknesses:    For the riding i do it's ok, but i guess that if you want to do more serious riding you need a "biger" fork.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork, does the job for you everyday rider who doesn't jump from buildings. Very nice for XC en some freeriding, but don't go to hard on it because it might bottom out when you come down tò hard. But everything is adjustabele, rebound and airpressure, so it is virtualy impossible to bottom out except when you put to little pressure on it! Clear manual for the fork and the maintenance is very simple. Air pressure adjustment via the top of the fork, beneath a cap. --> Easy to clean and adjust, great for riding!

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Favorite Trail:   Local forest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Trek 6700

Similar Products Used:   manitou sixsport (with ancient:-) materials)

Bike Setup:   Full deore, bottom bracket XT, BBB handlebars, magura louise, sram x.0 shifters, bontrager tubeless

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