Strengths: its perfect if you are in the correct weigth range
Weaknesses: none if you are in the correct weigth range
mi son is 11 old, may be the only oficial dh competitor in mexico at this age (no kids over here doing dh),so he rides adult tracks, 10 foot drops and all that stuff you cant find something better for a 140 pound rider or less, believe me, is the exact tune
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2008
Strengths: Not many, if any !
Cheap crap, Very plush, to plush in almost all cases, if thats what yo like then thats fine
Weaknesses: I had the spring upgrade to the heavest, and the were still soft and crap, (I weight 90Kg), we also ran 15 weight oil and this made almost no difference, they still dived under light braking and threw the bike geometry out, if you were doing any thing technical.
SSV doesnt work
They have been sold, I now have a Lyrik 2 step
I bought this fork, because my original Mazzochi Z1 Bam, was fantastic, and i thought that Id like to get another Mazzochi Fork, after quite a few Rock Shox products, Well that was a mistake. Dont get me wrong Mazzochi have great products just not this one
Strengths: Good price for a triple crown fork, Dual spring, oil damping.
Weaknesses: Not very adjustable, only preload, no compression damping. Upgraded to the xfirm spring set and added more oil and still isnt very stiff, Dives in corners going at a fast pace. Seems like i can almost bottom it out by just preloading and i wiegh almost 160.
Good product for someone planning on hitting small drop offs or hitting trails at a moderate pace. No problems after some pretty good use.
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2007
Weaknesses: Couldn't lock out without dropping the front end 170mm. 8(
I weigh ~200 lb. and i beat the crap out of mine. I hit retarded drops w/o landings, would stuff this thing head on into stairs.
Shortly after throwing this on my frame (a k2 disco monkey at the time) i went for a ride on a pub crawl. I launched off a stair set ~25 or so stairs, landed with my chest on the handle bars. I fractured a rib, and jammed the right stanchion 3/4" up through the crown. after loosening everything and getting it straight again, the fork was ready to rock.
I am again contemplating getting this thing for my hard-tail. Just because it was such a great fork.
from Wellington, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2007
Strengths: nice and smooth progresive feel without being a pogo stick amazing for racing/freeriding you name it this fork can take it it's not very heavy but is very strong
Weaknesses: possibly to soft at the start but after I got some more oil put in them and a HSCV cartridge put in to improve damping I haven't been able to bottom them out since (and that is the only difference between junior and super t's so really I have Super t's not junior t's)
this fork is amazing great damping great feel not to heavy not expensive I've given this fork hell trying to bottom it out and the only time i have achived this was overjumping and basically flatlanding a 4 metre drop at the national champs
If your fork feels like a pogo stick just take it into the bike shop and ask them to put some heavier oil in them.If it is bottoming out to easily them take it to a shop and get them to put some more oil in them and it will fix them.
so if you want a cheap fork that can handle lots of abuse and is really smooth get the Junior t
Similar Products Used: haven't had any long term tests but have done some riding on drop off triples and boxxer races
Bike Setup: 03' Bighit DH, hayes nine HD/shimano deore,sram x9, blackspire ds1, atomblamb rims
from Bend, OR.
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2007
Strengths: Inexpensive, Idoit-Proof, Lack of Adjustments, sexy...
Weaknesses: Lack of adjustments, Heavy for 7"....
I paid for a budget dual crown fork to inspire confidence while racing at Mt. Hood, Willamette Pass, and White-Trash Wednesdays. In short, I got what I paid for. The fork is immesurably better than what came with the bike and smoothes out my mistakes and keeps me from breaking more teeth (That crap REALLY HURTS!). It's simple and I have not had a single problem with it. The mechanic and I put the thickest/heaviest oil we could find in it, as well as the heaviest springs avialable. Yes, I'm "Thick/Big Boned"... What downhiller that isin't a pro isint?! In short, good fork, good price, good times.
Strengths: Very simple, strong, good looking, never have to worry about the internals or the adjustments.
Weaknesses: The only weakness is the lack of adjustment.
For the price you pay, this is an awsome fork. Its low budget, but certainly not cheaply built. Its a DC fork, made for abuse, but for the people who cant afford the adjustability of the 888 or 66. If its too soft, stop complaining and buy new springs, change the oil or get aircaps...dammit, its not that hard.
Strengths: This fork is stiff, well priced, simple and good for jumps and rock gardens.
Weaknesses: The preload screws nobs are kind of a joke, cheap fix though (air adaptor). Recommend getting 30w oil for them.
These forks are perfect for the weekend warrior, if your a little on the heavy side get some new oil for them. All these guys saying oh crap crap bottom out all the time, bottom out when I pedal...thats because yes, the pre load nobs suck and your going to have to put more air into them with the air adaptor (holy cow i don't want to spend $15). You don't need all the adjustments unless you race, because how many people tune their forks in perfectly for every weekend ride? Rule of thumb is 15 psi for drops and big jumps and 10 psi for a rock garden or single track.
Strengths: everything...unlikethe stock (low oil height, crapy thin oil) my fork has only bottomed once since my inexpensive oil change (30Wt.) and increase in oil volume . rebound is perfect, compresion is great, better steering range than manitou dual crowns.
Weaknesses: lack of adjustment, not that i would change anything from the perfection i have gained
(follow-up review) the Jr.s that come on bikes insult me, but they can be changed. I have thrown down 2 road gaps and every stunt at silverstar, always in controll, and never bottoming. Highly recomended.
a Weekend Warrior
from Pacifica,CA, USA
Date Reviewed: November 4, 2005
Strengths: very plush and eats drops and jumps easily
Weaknesses: nothing yet
This is definately the best fork I've tried out. I got my bike a few weeks ago and I'm already use to this fork. It's very plush and I've started hitting jumps and drops already. Tomorrow I'm really going to try this bike out on some real freeride trails. I'm really looking forward to racing this bike next year!