Bike Setup: carrera kraken sram x7 quad qhd1 alexrims dp17 odi ruffian grips truvativ isoflow sram pc 991
a Weekend Warrior
from BRONX NY, NORTH AMERICA
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2006
Strengths: LIGHT FOR THE TRAVEL. NICE SOLID COLOR. GREAT AMOUNT OF TRAVEL. GOOD PRICE FOR THE TRAVEL.
Weaknesses: CAN'T FIND AN IMPORTANT WEAKNESS OTHER THAN A LITTLE PLUSHY I LEARNED TO COPE WITH IT.
IF YOU CAN NOT AFFORD A HIGH END FORK LIKE NIXON , SHERMAN, PIKE , RIBA, BOMBER ,MINITE THESE FORKS START @ 300.00 . I BOUGHT THE PSYLO OF COURSE THE PSYLO CANT BE FOUND ANYMORE MAYBE ON E-BAY.NOT FOR DH MAYBE SOME FR. EXCELLENT FOR XC ITS A GOOD ASS FORK I LOVE IT NO PROBLEMS. I WILL USE IT UNTIL IT GOES ON ME I WOULD PROBLAY GO BEFORE IT. LOOK BOTTOM LINE IS THAT FOR 200 BUCKS I GOT A KICK ASS FORK AND DID NOT REGRET IT.
Strengths: travel adjust is excellent- plush for drops and downhills but lower and more aggressive for climbing and single track
Weaknesses: -Heavy, but not for the travel and the date of manufacture -alittle flexy = XC lowers + 125mm travel
A solid fork overall. If you wind the travel to the limit and then try to give it a few more turns, the fork won't rebound off larger drops. found that out after i rode up a jersey barrier and hopped off. you should never really be forcing anything on a bike. Other people have complained about the fork locking up, but its really just because their trying to squeeze too much travel out of it. And these are the people doing drops that are too big for a 125mm adventure fork anyway (its called the XC... hint hint) four for value 3 for overall... because its nothing extraordinary but its 'good'
good for the rider who likes long loops, with some agressive decents and no numb forearms at the end. The wind down feature is accesable while riding, which is great.
poor choice for a freerider.
actually is o.k. for dirt jumping & reasonable urban
Strengths: Variable travel, reliable, simple, solid, good look. Very good for free ride style (laughs at rocks)
Weaknesses: factory springs are a little smooth for heavy guys (180 pnds and +)
I saw a lot reviews of guys complaining about this fork because it's too soft. I appreciate my psylo but I found it was a little soft too. Especially when I have to jump on my bike, the front dives a lot and I have to sit down before pedaling. I finally finally read the owner's manual and this is the good advise which every owner should follow. There is four spring rates existing for this fork. 1- smooth (less than 140 pounds), 2- medium (140-160 pounds) 3- firm (180-200 pounds) and 4- extra firm (200 pounds and +)
My told my about this chart (factory sprigns are medium caliber and my wheigt is 190 pounds) and upgrading to firm springs made me very happy with this fork. This is an excellent fork, you just have to tune it properly.
Strengths: Plush as you like, strong, awesome U Turn thingamajig, very effective rebound adjustment, very light for the travel
Weaknesses: Spring way too light, seems to scratch easily
unbelievably plush at the moment, soaks up small bumps like my mates 888, only problem is my 90kg self can bottom it out easily over 2 ft drops and the plushness will probably go when I get the right weight spring. Rebound adjustment is effective and useful although on higher settings it seems to affect compression as well. The U Turn is great meaning that theres loads of travel for hammering downhill and little enough to reduce the pain of getting up the hill. The forks lighter far lighter than my friends comparable dropoffs and DJumpers and works just as well except for the bottom out thing and while its more likely to snap I'd say nothing thats sane on a single crown like this will snap it. Overall great with no problems Ive found (yet)and cheap too. 4 chilis cos I'm gonna have to get a new spring.
Similar Products Used: MX Comps, Psylo SL, RST Gilas, Blacks
Bike Setup: Muddyfox with LX/XT group, deore disks, EX721 rims and other freerideish parts
a Weekend Warrior
from Cool, CA
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2004
Strengths: I really like the adjustable travel. The forks are smooth, plush (but don't bottom out) and side-to-side flex is negligible.
Weaknesses: Even with the extra-firm spring and a heavier weight oil the forks are too soft for my liking. RS needs to make a "real" extra-firm spring for those of us who tip the scales on the otherside of 200 lbs. (I'm 220 before dinner and a couple beers).
Been riding the Psylo for more than a year (I bought it fall of 2003) and in a lot of different situations, from XC singletrack to bombing Downiville, and its performed very well. I'm big and I tend to really crush parts and I haven't had any problems with the Psylo at all. Also, RS supplied some great tech support when I was setting up the forks. I only wish I had spent a few extra bucks and bought the SL or Race because I think the on-the-fly lock-out those models have would be worth the cash. I'd recommend the Psylo to anyone who wants to be able to adjust travel out on the trail and needs a plush, sturdy, trouble-free front end that doesn't require excessive maintenance.
Similar Products Used: I've tested various XC forks, 'zokes, RS, Manitou, etc., but nothing else with an adjustable travel feature like the Psylo.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Tazmon, XT, Riesse racing rear shock. That frame is dust though, so the forks are going on a new Santa Cruz Chameleon as soon as it arrives.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2004
Strengths: U-turn, external rebound, durable (Crash once no scratch)no damage. Value. wide tire clearance. max 2.7
Weaknesses: spring to soft for 215 guy like me...
Can handle aggresive XC and little of Downhill run on rocks try the ratlesnake and rocket... clean it and smoothly..cant wait to change to firmer spring this will definitely make it diff in handling. keep riding safe.
Similar Products Used: black platinum (same soft spring need upgrade)
Bike Setup: XT, Raceface, WTB
a Weekend Warrior
from Los Angeles
Date Reviewed: August 30, 2004
Strengths: - Adjustable travel
Weaknesses: Stock springs are way softer than any other fork out
A good trail fork. This fork comes super soft in stock form. Don't really know why it's stock springs are WAY softer than any other stock fork. Crank down to 85mm and climb with no wandering front wheel. Turn it up 115mm and smooths out fast descents. Versatile fork. Rebound adjuster was bad out of the box. LBS ordered part from RS and fork was fixed in about 7 days time. Durable metal decals if you care, I didn't so I took them off. I have enjoyed this fork for the year that I've ridden it, but now that I've ridden the Minute 1 fork, I think I may be moving onto to SPV.
Bike Setup: planet x jack flash hayes holzfeller alivio salsa rims race face riser bar planet x stem
a Weekend Warrior
from Joliet, IL USA
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2004
Strengths: Price? External adjustments, Looks okay if your into looks.
Weaknesses: Doesn't work well after taking a bath in the Fox River. Rebuilt it once, but it needs new seals. Very chattery. I have Avid mech. discs and when I brake hard the fork flexes almost an inch making stoppies and stuff pretty sketchy! Took em off and put on some Marzocchi Z1 drop off II's and love em!($275 E-bay)
If your into x-country this would be okay for you...I guess, but then I would go with a Fox Vanilla or Fox Float...yea, it's more money, but it's well worth the investment for a smooth fork! If you're into the fun stuff like dirt jumping and urban/free riding, I would go with the Marzocchi Z1's any day of the week!!! Very solid!
Favorite Trail: Anything that's not paved and straight!!!
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Jenson
Similar Products Used: Rock Shock Judy (Hey, it came on my first, now old, Trek 4900 bike!)
Bike Setup: Jamis Komodo Frame (17"), Marzocchi Z1 drop off II, Avid Mechanical Brakes, Race Face North Shore Cranks, Sun Sigle Track Rims, Kenda Tires, Azonic Love Seat/Big Drop...I can't decide which one I like best yet. SRAM x.9 (Great idea...but reliability is poor so far on the shifers...broke 2 for 2...not even riding hard!)
from Perth, Western Australia
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2004
Strengths: Super Plush U-Turn Great Looks Confidence inspiring
Weaknesses: springs a bit soft no biggie thou.
Best upgrade on the bike! makes riding much more comfortable and makes me wanna go harder! great fork. stock springs a bit soft thou.. and im not huge as well.. but thats easily upgradeable... overall great fork. buy it!
I have a bike with a RS Psylo XC that started leaking shock oil pretty bad recently. I am looking to replace as it is very old and would like to get someting a little more modern. I am ~190 lbs, and ride New England trails(lots of roots, small rocks, etc.). My bike is a Diamondback XSL P ... Read More »
i'm about to get some revelation 426 coils for my bike and my g/f wants new forks aswell, is it worth sending my old psylos to get them refirbished or should i just spend the £80 on a new set such as tora 302 for about the same price and bin the psylos??
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Anybody know if it is possible to convert a 2002 Psylo SL to XC?
From the exploded view, it appears the three parts that are different over the XC are the PURE tube, compression assembly and top cap in the right leg. I think the rebound assemblies are the same?
I'm wondering if I can just remo ... Read More »
I let my friend borrow one of my bikes. Unfortunately he over turned the U-turn knob and broke the knob, no big deal, I have a new one on the way. Here's the question, I was able to glue the old knob back together for a temporary fix but the travel will not reduce. How do I fix this? Am I gonna have ... Read More »