Fox Racing Shox Vanilla R 130 2005 Front Shocks

4.24/5 (37 Reviews)
MSRP : $410.00


Product Description

The 2005 Vanilla line from Fox Racing Shox is ready, and the change you've requested most is finally here: disc-brake only lowers! Fox has dropped the V-brake bosses from the entire Vanilla line for '05. Also new for '05 is an extra 5mm of travel - these now come from the factory set to 130mm. They are internally convertible to 100mm, if the geometry of your bike calls for less travel.

The same great quality and attention to detail you've come to expect from Fox are still here - you get 12-click externally adjustable rebound damping, proprietary Fox oil seals with scraper lip technology to keep debris out and oil in, and proven magnesium lowers for unparalleled stiffness and rigidity for a difference you can feel when cornering. 2005 Vanilla's feature a new, slim damper cartridge that helps eliminate cavitation and allows a wider adjustment range. The new cartridge saves 30 grams over '04 forks.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by finerbiner a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2012

Strengths:    Smooth as can be. I have had this fork on my bike for 6 years. I only recently even considered it. For the first time I could hear it working. Upon further inspection, I noticed too much oil on the sanctions. After a bushing and seal replacement it is as good as new.

Weaknesses:    It does not have platform and will bob on climbs if you have to lay down some power.

Bottom Line:   
If you race or want to be the fastest, this fork is not for you. Any other rider will love the simplicity and performance of this fork.

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Favorite Trail:   nicolet Roche

Purchased At:   Richards bikes

Bike Setup:   mongoose teocoli mostly stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DEAGO SANCHEZ a Cross Country Rider from N.Y. N.Y.

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2007

Strengths:    Extra light weight,super capability!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I am over 200 pounds & this shock soaks up roots,rocks,dips & anything that comes in it's path.It seen it's share of mud,dirt & grime,works like the day I bought it(& that was used).The Cadillac of shocks.Worth the price you pay for it new or used.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   RIDEMONKEY

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox ,Marzocchhi

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar XC Expert

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Aaron a Weekend Warrior from Rainier, OR

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2007

Strengths:    Light, stiff, fairly plush, nice CNC dials

Weaknesses:    no compression adjustment on a $400 fork?, typical Fox bushing play

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad fork, certainly does the job. Swapped out the stock spring to a heavier one. Has been more reliable than my 2002 Vanilla that had to be sent back twice in a year. But, it still lacks the smoothness of other forks (Manitou's with TPC+ to be exact)in its class. Also, can Fox please offer a Vanilla RC! Would it kill them to offer compression adjustments w/o a unneeded lock-out? For $400, they need to offer at least this one extra adjustment.

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Favorite Trail:   Stella

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   2002 Fox Vanilla RLC, 2003 Manitou Black Elite, 2005 Manitou Sherman Flick Plus

Bike Setup:   2005 Jamis XLT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam a Cross Country Rider from Clarksville, TN

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2006

Strengths:    Very Plush.

Weaknesses:    Only comes with light weight springs.

Bottom Line:   
at first i was bottoming out a lot on big hits. i ordered the yellow spring and now i'm very satisfied with the forks performance. rides great and takes a beating. I highly recommend you use the correct spring for your weight or you WILL be bottoming out. and if you change the travel to 100mm you will need a heavier spring. I love this fork but i'm gonna take away a chillie for not providing us fatties (180lbs riders) a spring.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Manitou axel and six. both are junk

Bike Setup:   cannondale jekyll. fox vanilla 130r, hayes 9 carbon, xt crank, x9 twist shift, x9 rear d, deore front d, panaracer fire xc pro tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed a Cross Country Rider from Topeka

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2006

Strengths:    Plush

Weaknesses:    Lack of compression adj. (buy the RLC)

Bottom Line:   
I am an aggressive "All-Mountain" rider. I ride XC trails with rocks, roots, urban ledges, 2-4' drops. This fork is very plush and laterally stiff. The loose bushing feel that comes with the fork brand new is normal. That's why it's so plush. I only notice it when I hold the brake and rock the bike back and forth.

When I ride, I don't even give it another thought.

This fork absorbs big hits on the trail like they're not even there. Small stuff is erased with ease. I use the factory settings for XC, but when I want to jump off some ledges or ride more agressively I put a stiffer spring in it. It seems to help keep it from bottoming out on drop off impacts.

Even with the stiff spring (I weight 185) this fork is very nice on an XC trail thanks in full to the coil negative spring assembly. It helps soften that first inch and a half to erase the small stuff.

Overall, this fork is a perfect match to my Dakar XLT's plush rear suspension. I find myself getting lazy and just rolling over 6" logs that I normally bunnyhop. I tend to aim my bike toward the bumps instead of picking a line around...just to see how well the suspension works.

Great value! I would prefer to have the Vanilla RLC instead of the R because I would like to have some compression adjustment, but this fork was a closeout from Jenson for $215. I couldn't pass it up.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $215.00

Purchased At:   Jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   RS Judy's, Indy's, Pilot SL, Headshock's, Suntour's

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar XLT /Fox Float Rear / XT drivetrain with Saint Cranks / XT Rhyno Lites / Easton Cockpit / Juicy's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from south west Sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2006

Strengths:    Plush as plush can be, great dampening

Weaknesses:    lack of low speed compression, some say a pedaling platform.
squelling noise when pulling faster than rebound


Bottom Line:   
Plushest and light as fork. A bit too soft but can be easily fixed with larger spring. Dampening works, you feel every click make a difference. The price is a bit over the top for a fork with only 2 adjustments. I had a slight problem with mine in that when it rebounded faster than the set rate, it makes a squelling noise, it doesn't affect performance but it annoying. Knobs are simple and plain, just set and forget. Did i mention they are plush as?

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Minute 1:00

Bike Setup:   Dakar XLT 1.0 stock with new tyre, grips, the fork was post as i broke my minutes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brian a Downhiller from san rafael, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2006

Strengths:    it is very good, and very ajustable, and comes with a soft spring and a stiff one

Weaknesses:    bottoms out too easily

Bottom Line:   
this is a very good reliable fork. i used to have it and when the spring got loosened up a little, i took it to the bike shop and they switched the springs that i got with the fork and then it worked fine! the rebound ajustments are awesome and it is perfect for dirt jumping, cross country, and free ride- i did a 12 ft drop and it didnt even bottom out!

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Favorite Trail:   solstice

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   too many to name

Bike Setup:   specialized bighit spec, marzocchi drop off triple fork, fox vanilla r rear shock, truvativ bash guard, azonic a-frame pedals, everything else is stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Petr Gromov a Weekend Warrior from Moskow (Russia)

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2006

Strengths:    easy

Weaknesses:    In we wash cases quality of assembly

Bottom Line:   
After 1 month of use of a leg in trousers have strongly become loose. Condensation have deteriorated and a lot of oil has flowed out. I do not know about other such cases in Russia, imho it is my failure. The shop has returned money. Unfortunately after that I cannot trust a case to quality Fox.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   veloimperia.ru

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black Sport (2 year), Marzocchi AM II (1 year)

Bike Setup:   Author a-gang. Rear fork Marzocchi AM II, brakes Hope MonoMini, rims Alexrims DX, the plugs Ritchey.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by frank conrad a Weekend Warrior from montara, CA

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2006

Strengths:    this fork is by far the most adjustable fork for me. It is good for dirt jumping but the lip has to be big.

Weaknesses:    it comes a little soft even for me: I've bottomed it out countless times.Its bad for exterra jumps cause the shock just absords the lip.

Bottom Line:   
this is a good shock and I suggest bying it.

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Favorite Trail:   boyscout

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   bike works

Similar Products Used:   my bros RLC

Bike Setup:   03 stuff w/ ups

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave o a Cross Country Rider from annandale,nj,us of a

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2005

Strengths:    Nice adjustability, lockout is nice

Weaknesses:    Stock spring is soft, even though it is the one spec'd for my body weight.

Bottom Line:   
This Vanilla RL130 fork came stock on my new Slayer. Within 50 miles of riding, the fork started making a horrendous clanking noise. It happens any time I pull up the front of the bike quickly, like when crossing a log or bunny hopping. The fork basically tops out with a loud clank! Going through technical rocky sections it sounds like a bucket of bolts. Apparently the fork is not returning all the way to it's top-most position, so now the lockout no longer works either. I have owned several Rock Shox products that lasted many years with no maintenance whatsoever. For what this fork costs, any problem this early on is inexcusable. We'll see what Fox does for me on warranty coverage.

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Favorite Trail:   It's all good

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Stock on Rocky Mtn Slayer

Bike Setup:   '05 Rocky Mtn Slayer (FS "all mountain")

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Travis from Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2005

Strengths:    beefy construction, quality components, and impressive ride.

Weaknesses:    It never goes on sale.

Bottom Line:   
Very plush fork. You need to follow the set up instructions to get the optimum ride. Setup to the freeride mode with 1-1/16 sag for 160pund rider. Impressive, It soaks up hard edge rocky terrain better than some dual crown forks I've tried. Im testing oil viscosity since the stock fork oil is 7.5 wt. Am interested in raising to 10wt to get a better dampening on rough rides. Overall this is one of the finest riding forks out there. There are many forks that are quite possible stronger. There are absolutely many more that are lighter, but the fork ride surpasses alot of them. Absolutely one of the top 3 single crown forks in production.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dan stephens a Cross Country Rider from dallas tx,usa

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2005

Strengths:    smooth,light,and sexy

Weaknesses:    very weak and fragile

Bottom Line:   
The fork was the best feeling ever. I was really impressed at first.Im a 165 pound bike courier who rides 5 days a week , 30 miles a day.I never crashed on this fork and I like to bunny hop gaps downtown, but I'm not an agressive rider.After 3 monthes the fork started to creak when I would turn. Then the rebond started to lock up and make loud scraping noises.I tryed to see if the oil was ok and the caps bent up easy. Then the rebound knob snapped off and I bearly twisted it.Fox is fixing it ,but they charged me 90 dollars for the caps and knob.They shound have just gave those parts to me free for my troubles.For 410 bucks the fork should have not broke down in 2.5 months.They are also hard to get on the phone and are asses. This fork is a pole smoker for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $410.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   manitou,marazochi

Bike Setup:   chameleon,raceface,xt,shimano,avid,wtb,azonic,easton

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2005

Strengths:    Plush ride, stiff, easy to adjust travel

Weaknesses:    Quality control, bad seals, no service

Bottom Line:   
Purchased this fork to upgrade my Black Elite. Reduced the travel to 100mm to match the geometry of my Jamis Dakar frame. First ride I noticed this thing absorbs bumps great and I could take corners faster and with more confidence thanks to the stiffness of this fork. Unfortunately the damper locked up so rebound was constantly in the slowest mode, and the left seal started to spew oil, all after only ONE ride. All my calls to Fox for warranty service were directed to their voice mail box, to which the voice mail informed me that their box was full, and I was promptly disconnected after that. This happened every time I called. After reading the mtbr forums a bit more, it seems to me Fox has issues with quality control and service, and because of that I have lost out about 4 weeks of riding this season. In the end, I've returned the fork to Pricepoint and have a Marzocchi Marathon XC on order, with high hopes.

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black Elite

Bike Setup:   '04 Jamis Dakar Comp

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug D a Downhiller from yorba linda

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2005

Strengths:    good all around fork

Weaknesses:    springs come too soft for big drops and jumping.

Bottom Line:   
good fork for beginers and x-country riders handles 4 ft without bodoming out. lots of pre-load and good for small bumps

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Favorite Trail:   7 bridges

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   THe Path

Similar Products Used:   mar. z1 (150) mar. 888

Bike Setup:   santa cruz hecler 5th coil 8 in roders

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Matthews a Weekend Warrior from pacific grove, california, USA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2005

Strengths:    eats up everything ive gone over

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
i would recomend this to the lighter type of people becuz the things ive heard about bigger people having this fork it has a alot of flex and it snapped on me and stuff like that but otherwise its such a great fork if ur not a down hiller or a drop kinda guy then id get this if i were u its awesome

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $410.00

Purchased At:   blueskycycling.com

Bike Setup:   bighit spec

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