SID® is preferred by more racers and cross country riders than all other forks combined. Could be because they're the lightest XC forks you can ride. Or it could simply be that racers who use SID® win.
Strengths: very durable and dynamic given all the adjustment settings. very comparable to newer shocks in the market today. super light, great for racing.
Weaknesses: lockout for climbing is great, but you must purchase the remote lockout or remember to switch before descending.
after 9 years of heavy use still working great. if you keep up with require maintenance, this shock will last for ever. I weight 170lbs but I have heard that it an flex if you go over the 185lb. you won't go wrong with this shock.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2011
Strengths: Weight, smoothness, look and size
Weaknesses: Slight flex
great fork, 7 years of use. need to check the pressure every now and than, exclusive look. I weight around 79 Kg. and +140/-120 Psi works great for my needs. I do not know if they have improved the flexing problem and I hope not by making more fat arms.
I wanted something light to get into xc racing, collegiate. I am somewhat of a newbie. Got a good deal on an 04 closeout. I weigh 225 and the flex is noticable. Kinda scary on the steeper sketchier descents. I guess with my weight and the light weight of the shock that should be expected. I could sacrafice a lb and get a marz. but will wait till this one is dead first. I am still happy with this shock though. This is the first performance front fork that I have bought and like how smooth it feels. Feels great actually. Havn't had the chance to use it on anything too rocky but have used it enought to appreciate how smooth it feels. This is so much better what I have used before. The lockout is messed up right now though. I think its just the set screw, but havn't had a chance to look at it yet.
a Cross Country Rider
from Cerritos, CA
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2005
Strengths: Super Light Excellent Rebound Control Lockout (when it was working)
Weaknesses: Price Damn lockout broke after 10 months of light xc riding A little flex on the turns Maintenance
After a year of use, it's a great lite fork for xc folks. There are lots of adjustments to play with and the lockout feature was great for climbing. I guess my lockout broke because RockShox recommend that you have the Pure system rebuit once a year. If you can find one on sale, it's a good fork to get.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 27, 2004
Strengths: Super LIGHT! (2.8 lbs) LOCKOUT rocks! Plush dampening Excellent rebound control
Weaknesses: Cheap plastic lockout control tab Squishy noises when dampening
For $350, this fork ROCKS!! After setting the dampening & rebound, I virtually eliminated that damned pogo effect when climbing and when standing/pedaling on straightaways!
With lockout engaged, the fork still travels a few mm, but that was no big deal. On rough, meandering terrain, reaching down to engage this feature isnt very practical though, one needs remote control to fully exploit this ability. The lockout tab is also made of cheap plastic, its already got cracks in it.
In sharp, hard, fast turns (dirt & paved) it performed beautifully! No flexing or brake rub here, but I'm also only 155 lbs. After some 200 miles though, it still makes squishy noises when dampening, i think thats here to stay.
Overall its a damned good fork & I highly recommend it for XC (Its not for people over 185 lbs!)
Similar Products Used: Manitou 6 Rock Shox Pilot C
Bike Setup: '04 Gary Fisher, XT all around, Thomson Elite (stem/post), Monkey Lite XC, Candy C pedals, Rock Shox SID Team
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2004
Strengths: Super light and amazingly plush, very adjustable. The Lock out (when it works) is great
Weaknesses: Seals (I think)
It seems I have one of the slightly less well built SID Teams. I lost the lock out after my second race (a 4 hour ride). I think the problem is in the seals as there appears to be a bit much oil collecting on the uppers. Apparently the lock out function on the forks works by restricting (or stopping) the flow of oil through the fork, so any seal leaks will stop this function opperating. If you're wondering, I didn't actually use lock-out during the race, just noticed it pretty well wasn't there afterwards. The lock out lever also started to rotate so that eventually I had nothing but locked forks. Given that I'm a first time user of these otherwise excellent forks, I'm prepared to admit that some of these issues may be because of user error (i.e. over rotating the lock out knob). I would recommend these forks to other riders, on the proviso that if you buy them off the net, rather than at the local bike shop (LBS), you get them serviced by the LBS and get them to have a look at the seals. (Also try to get them with the remote lock out... buying it separately later is proving to be expensive ($AU 300) and difficult). It's going to cost me about $100 (Australian) to get the forks serviced and re-oiled. If it turns out that I caused the problem I'll post another review here telling what it was I did wrong or what the fix was. Happy riding!
Bike Setup: All the good stuff (XT and beyond) on a Kona Kula frame
a Weekend Warrior
from Istanbul Turkey
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2004
Strengths: Lightweigt, Remote lockout, reliable, overall good quality, plushness. good looking.
Riding with this fork is like dream, making xc like never before, very good control. Remote lockout is a must have for going uphills. Make sure that you let go off the lockout when start downhill or going fast on bumpy terrain- if not it might develop play on lockout, however can be fixed on service (it hasnt happen to me but some friends) Ýnformation about weight of the fork (digitall scale) 1410gr for the fork- uncut and 77 gr for remote.
Overall I'm very happy with it... It is for pure xc riding and racing and for the weight weenie in the mind
It is NOT for Downhilling or jumping as Rockshox says in the manual Also not for people weight more than 185 lbs (i think might flex then & bottomout) If matter I weight about 176 lbs
Bike Setup: Costum build build with Trek 6500 frame, full xtr except crankset Deore Xt, Mavic 717 with dt revoulotion spokes Sid team 2004
from S. California
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2004
Strengths: This is my first air fork and it is super smooth. My bottom jaw was dragging on the ground after the first ride. The weight is awesome. Doesn't seem to have any of the problems described with previous years' models (ie air loss, bad seals...)
Weaknesses: Pricey MSRP.
This fork is one of the lightest on the market and it is SMOOTH.
Bike Setup: specialized stumpjumper fsr, mavic crossmax enduros, sid team, fox shox float rl, avid mechanical discs
from Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2004
Strengths: This is truly one of the best forks i have ever ridden, it is definatley smoother than any others in its class, like the skareb, and even the fox. The 2004 is also supposed to be stiffer than previous models, and i think its true. i used to have an old sid and it flexed quite a bit but the new one is great. Air internals, negative air to control the bob, on the fly lockout, compression and rebound ajustments.
Weaknesses: None at all, maybe not quite as stiff as the fox forks, but a hell of alot lighter!
It is the best fork i have ever ridden, ovalized lowers make it a lot stiffer than old ones, BUY IT, dont even Consider the other ones, make the change to SID!!
Similar Products Used: 2000 sid, 03 skareb super (reverse arch doesn't make sense???!!), other various old forks
Bike Setup: 04 S-Works
a Cross Country Rider
from minneapolis, mn, usa
Date Reviewed: May 22, 2004
Strengths: lightweat kick ass race fork. remote lockout is better than i thought it would be.
Weaknesses: didn't come with the slippery stantions, but i think that will wear off after time anyways. a little flexy around corners but nothing to cause for concern. rock shox only going back 3 years on replacemant parts is kinda lame
i have been riding sid forks for 5 years now. i have not had any problems with them. the new Team is saweet. i absolutely love it. the only downside is a little flex here and there but the rest of the ride is worth it. remote lockout works great. no problems whatsoever. this is the perfect shock if you are around 160pds, and a racer this is the shock for you. if you weigh more than 180 pounds forget it. too flexy for a heavier rider. cheers
Hi MTBR, Need some advice.
I have a Rockshox SID team 2009 model fork (the one with the 28mm stanchions) fitted to my hardtail. Fantastic fork when it was working and I was able to set it up to suit my needs perfectly.
Just recently I have noticed the fork has been bleeding air out of the positi ... Read More »
Riding an old carbon 2004 Trek Fuel 98. Love the bike but would like to replace the fork with something more current (still serviceable) that wouldn't change how the bike would handle too much. Would anyone be able to offer info on such or change or a fork(s) recommendation.
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Hey all. I have a Rock Shox SID Team 26" 100mm on my hardtail. Can someone recommend a shock pump? Ones avail on Wiggle or Chainrecation ideal (I'm in Australia and they ship free - USA sites too pricey on shipping).
Was looking at this one:
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