Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking Gear Reviews and Roundups





RockShox Pilot C 2005 Front Shocks

3.57/5 (7 Reviews)
Weight : 1978 grams

Product Description

  • Travel: 80 or 100mm
  • Spring: Single sided coil
  • Adjust: Preload
  • Damping: HydraCoil
  • Adjust: Change oil weight
  • Lowers: One piece magnesium
  • Recommended Rear Shock: Bar

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by HTR4EVR a Cross Country Rider from Gridley

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2007

Strengths:    Price,quick problem fixer ...

Weaknesses:    Stiff, too flexi, heavy,thin legs,Rock Shox ...

Bottom Line:   
Good for learning, I used it for two years, the I changed for a Vanilla RL. Since then is stock on my commuter bike ... Save your money a go with a real fork..

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Favorite Trail:   Upper Bidwell Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Judy ...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David Vanderbist a Cross Country Rider from Kessel-Lo, Belgium

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2006

Strengths:    No nonsense, simple fork, good for beginners

Weaknesses:    does not have the 80 mm travel it supposed to have - only about 60 at max,
a bit heavy, too stiff when riding hard over rough terrain, no adjustabillity

Bottom Line:   
Nice fork for when you are starting with (light!) XC. Use it to learn the trade, and upgrade! I could use the adjust-button one time - after that it was stuck (rust?), and after applying too much force to it, it broke off (my own dumb fault, i know). It served me well for the many weekends I rode, but i noticed it became stiffer and stiffer, and at the end it had no travel left. Only after i upgraded to my new fork, i reallised that this fork is for beginners only. So, if this fork came with your bike, use it untill it's broken, and replace it with a better one (reba, sid, fox, ...). You will really enhance the performance of your bike. If you are looking to buy this fork, i must say: spend a little bit more for a fork that will give you much more bang for your buck.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   since january 2006 SID World Cup 2006

Bike Setup:   Thompson Mach5

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris McDonagh a Weekend Warrior from Motherwell, Scotland

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff and Reliable, light in weight. Excellant entry level/beginner forks. Ecellant for Weekend Xc

Weaknesses:    None if used at entry level/beginner

Bottom Line:   
Excellant Forks for those who are trying to get used to Xc mountian biking and or weekend mountain biking while gaining experience. Will certianly be relaible when you required. Excellant Value

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   trek 6500, v-brake type

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andy a Downhiller from Colorado

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2006

Strengths:    The fork provides a decent amount of travel.

Weaknesses:    The fork is so flexy its dangerous. You can actually feel your tire deflecting off of rocks. There is no rebound adjustment. The preload adjustment does not work very well. Heavy

Bottom Line:   
This fork is a good beginner fork, because when you first start you do not know how to adjust things. Once you decide to venture outside of the cross country course though, this fork just does not cut it. When you get into true trail riding, you need to have rebound adjustment and such. If you want to stay on the XC course though, this fork will not do you wrong.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   SR suntor 60, now using a Marzocchi 66

Bike Setup:   05 enduro SX trail

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Christian a Cross Country Rider from Marquette, MI USA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff,light & simple. Inexpensive. It never bottomed out. This fork came with the bike and it performed as well as expected.

Weaknesses:    Slow rebound. I would prefer a fork that offers more travel. This fork only has 80mm of travel & preload adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
The fork is good for entry level/beginner XC mountain bikers. It's a great value but if you ride a lot of single track and downhill you will want to go with a better fork.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Down Wind Sports

Similar Products Used:   Ballistic 105

Bike Setup:   2005 Giant Iguana 21" frame. Hayes HMX-1 mechanical disc brakes. Shimano Deore.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Mc fadden a Cross Country Rider from Bristol UK

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2006

Strengths:    surprisingly light weight, fairly rigid for an xc fork, look quite smart (especially on a silver bike, never managed to top out or bottom out

Weaknesses:    stanchions scrath and atrt to rust very quickly if left for more than a week or after a wet ride, rebound is not always quick enough compared to other forks

Bottom Line:   
good lightweight Xc fork and general trail riding, excellebnt value for money

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Favorite Trail:   Coed - y - Brenin

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1, Manitou Axel, Manitou Minute

Bike Setup:   Trek 8500, Full new xt, crossmax sl, bonty race x finishing kit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jobsy a Cross Country Rider from cleveland, hawii, russia

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2005

Strengths:    nice and stiff,light, wont bottom out, but soft at the same time.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
best fork out there

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Favorite Trail:   rubicon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Jobsy burger palace

Similar Products Used:   rock shox boxxer world cup

Bike Setup:   Kona Stinky supreme, pilots, hutchinson golds

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