RockShox J1 2006 Front Shocks

3.75/5 (20 Reviews)
Weight : 2310 grams


Product Description

  • Lowers: Aluminum
  • Steerer Tube: Steel
  • Spring: Dual stage coil
  • Upper Tube: 28mm steel
  • Crown: Forged 6061 T-6 aluminum


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 15 (20 Reviews Total) | Next 15

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ASDF/ a Weekend Warrior from oakville,ontario, canada

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009

Strengths:    good for entry level rider cheap somewhat light and good rebound

Weaknesses:    mine have ben really soft and easy to bottom since i bought them

Bottom Line:   
good entry level fork but mine bottom too much for my liking but a cheap to replace and make a good backup fork.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   glen eden

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi dj3 marzocchi 22r and mz comp

Bike Setup:   stock 2006 rocky montain vapor with white dmr v8 pedals

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by adfman1986 a Weekend Warrior from long beach

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2008

Strengths:    It was a very solid shock and never gave me any trouble for a while.

Weaknesses:    It WAS a very solid shock and never gave me any trouble FOR A LITTLE WHILE. IT'S CHEAP. Be careful.

Bottom Line:   
The shock performed well for about two months before it suffered a fatal failure. It bottomed out on a small jump and the top cap on the left hand tube blew off. The shock spring turned deadly projectile and shot straight up at my neck and knocked me out. If it didn't first rip through the cable for my lights I fear I might be dead. RockShox gladly replaced the shock with the Boxxer but it still isn't a solution to the problem. Be careful with this one...

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   anything in el morro canyon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   2009 RockShox Boxxer World Cup

Bike Setup:   2006 K2 Crush (same as attack), 2008 RockShox Boxxer WC, Race Face Evolve chain rings and bash ring, Sette Stumpy stem, Avid BB7 mech disc brakes front and rear. All else stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CO Mtn Biker a Cross Country Rider from Denver, Colorado USA

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2008

Strengths:    Solid product, external pre-load adjustment, I'm 175lbs and haven't bottomed out off 4-5 ft. drops. (I do have the 100mm J1 version though).

Weaknesses:    Pre-load knob design could have been better for easier use. weighs in at just under 4 lbs. Lighter than my old fork but shaving some weight off would've been nice.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden for many years. I ride fairly hard & technical trails. I think its a pretty decent fork for the money. Good for entry level to more experienced like me. Don't bash this fork, its good and solid for the price range. You want a lighter, more adjustable fork you have to spend a lot more to get it. Great overall fork for the budget mtn biker.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Any in the Great Rocky Mtns

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Manitou with extra firm titanium springs.

Bike Setup:   Full suspension Klein Mantra Comp. Don't laugh its still lighter than a lot of new full suspension bikes!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bob58 a Cross Country Rider from Coos Bay, OR USA

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2008

Strengths:    It's a decent entry level fork, travel is ok enough to do light off road trails and street.

Weaknesses:    Load adjustment does not work well, flimsy build compared to other forks I have used, and just afraid if I jump a bigger jump that they will break! My Manitou forks were terrible for dampening, but a lot stronger than these.

Bottom Line:   
Would I put out money to buy these forks seperately (if I had to buy a new set of forks)? No. I think the Marzocchi MZ SUPERCOMP would be a better fork for the money.

I will wind up replacing these forks with a Marzocchi fork of some flavor. Would prefer a DJ3, if I can afford it.....

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Winchester Trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Bay Area Bike Center

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi DJ3, Marzocchi DJ2, Manitou ?

Bike Setup:   2006 Rocky Mountain Soul

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dylan Marriott a Racer from Bundaberg Queensland

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2008

Strengths:    NOt much

Weaknesses:    Bottomed out about 4 times so far.NOt very durable.Crap adjustment...and more.Gettin new 1's

Bottom Line:   
Alrite for not hard riding or racing.If you are getting into hard riding or overly hard riding or racing they will bottom out and brake within a couple of rides..like mine lol

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   With bike

Bike Setup:   Giant and a kona stinky

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Vilneff a Weekend Warrior from Marmora

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2007

Strengths:    doesn't bottom out, has a decent sag on it, strong, durable, maitnence free,

Weaknesses:    hard to adjust, thats about it, nothin really
lol


Bottom Line:   
its a great fork, good for just your average trail ride and downhill ride , no issues with it

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Bloody mary

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Sport Chek

Similar Products Used:   i dont even know, it was on my first bike, Arashi, Pffh

Bike Setup:   IronHorse Warrior Team FS Disc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Green Lane, Pa, USA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2007

Strengths:    Decent entry level fork. Good amount of travel for XC riding. It's easy to use and has not let me down yet! Can run both v-brakes and discs.

Weaknesses:    Preload adjuster is very hard to move. Fork is somewhat stiff, and a bit heavy.

Bottom Line:   
I work at a bike shop and got this fork for $5 because it was an internal warranty issue. I fixed it and the bossman gave it to me cheap. I've had no issues with it, but it hasn't stood out either. I would recommend this fork as a back up, or as a decent entry level upgrade for a budget minded rider. $5 is a fluke, but this fork can be had cheap on eBay. After fixing this thing I've ridden in dust, mud, and through numerous streams, and I haven't done one bit of maintenance to it. It's nothing special, but it isn't bad either.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   green lane park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   My workplace

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Dart One (2007 model of J1)

Bike Setup:   Generic Mongoose CroMo frame, Deore XT FD, Deore RD, Avid SD7 brakes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by simon a Cross Country Rider from PEI, canada

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2007

Strengths:    niceish movement of travel, easy to remove spring and change, small bump sensetivity

Weaknesses:    preload knob is really hard to move, very bouncy with almost no dampening [it feels like a trampoline on the trails!]

Bottom Line:   
great fork for the money but consider upgrading to a rock shox tora or a marzocchi exr pro for more dampening

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   brookvale

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   '06 rocky mountain vapor stock except for a pair of spd's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by billc from southampton,ny

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2007

Strengths:    dirt cheap on ebay,i like the 4 inches of travel,and there hard to bottom out.i haven't had them long but i like em so far.

Weaknesses:    stickers,so i removed them

Bottom Line:   
for the price ,you cant go wrong. i'm an agrresive xc rider,and so far so good with these.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   gila tl

Bike Setup:   2002 k2 zed 2.0. just finished rebuild after crushing it with an f250 4 years ago. only survivers were the frame(k2...i believe!!),shimano cranks/shifters/brakes. got new vuelta vision rims,titec hellbent xc bars ,cane creek s-8 headset,kore stem,odi lockons,and just ordered new avid bb7's...making the swap.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sawyer Boswell a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2007

Strengths:    This fork is good for beginner bikers learning to ride the trails.

Weaknesses:    If you're a really good biker and like to ride hard, you'll have to go for another fork

Bottom Line:   
This fork is over all god for street, and trail riding, good for people learning to bike and developing their skills.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Dirt Jumpers

Bike Setup:   Tribal Tahiti Full Suspension

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DJ a Weekend Warrior from Salt Lake

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2007

Strengths:    Cheap has some adjustable travel. Strong

Weaknesses:    The shock is a bit hard. Wouldn't buy it if you are a bit of hard rider.

Bottom Line:   
if you are tight on a budget and a novice rider it is alright. i would not by this shock again if I had the chance. low travel, it is just not the best shock you can get for your money.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Anything Technical

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Came With Bike

Similar Products Used:   Dirt jumper 3

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse Maverick Trail Team 2006

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Leighton Chiverton a Downhiller from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2007

Strengths:    Great, fork. I love to hit trails hard and fast and I have only managed to bottom it out once. Great for ramp riding to. If your starting out and don't want to empty the bank than buy these forks. The J1's are a srong beginning fork.

Weaknesses:    Adjustment is a bit of a pain but other than that it's great.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork to begin with. I'd reccomend it to anyone.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bike store

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse Warrior Team '06

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan from Ohio

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2006

Strengths:    Durable.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
This is a very strong and reliable fork. I dont think i will change it.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Ironhorse Warrior.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Angus McVey a Cross Country Rider from scotland

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2006

Strengths:    Reosnably priced and good travel for the money.Optionable travel to fit price range.

Weaknesses:    Hard to tune but it can be done.Not that tough.

Bottom Line:   
Rockshox J1's are brilliant forks for the money. And there great!!!!!!!!!!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Kirk forest Aberdeen

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   With bike

Bike Setup:   My J1's are on my claudbutler rock hardtail and I have 100mm model of J1.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bryce koperski a Cross Country Rider from edmonton,alberta,canada

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2006

Strengths:    its awsome for the price you cant get a better shock for that price. Dosent bottom out easily works very well.

Weaknesses:    if the temperature drop a little it will barly work.

Bottom Line:   
Any one who wants a shock that will work but doesent want to pay lots of $$$$$ has to buy this shock.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   sport check

Similar Products Used:   rock shox judy tt, Marizochi mz 3,

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse warrior team fs.

Reviews 1 - 15 (20 Reviews Total) | Next 15

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating


Rockshox Judy J1 Leaking

I have a 2006 Haro V4 hardtail and the front shock appears to be leaking oil. Its a Rockshox Judy J1 and the right side has oil and dirt stuck to it after every ride. I know its an old fork that wasn't very good to begin with, but it is sufficient for my needs and I am curious if I can rebuild it ec ... Read More »

User reports needed on Nikon V1 or J1

Yes, I searched all relevant words and got nothing so I'm starting a new thread about this. Surely someone here owns one of these new little Nikon cameras. They would seem to be the perfect size to carry, reviews have indicated they have stellar IQ and speed of function. So, anyone here carry ... Read More »

Need help with weird problem on a Rock Shox J1

I have a friend with a 2006 J1. It has been practically locked up ever since I've known him (about 6 months) so I offered to take it apart and service it for him. It was really hard to get apart. The stanchions were stuck into the lowers but we finally got them apart. All of the seals and bushings l ... Read More »

RockShox Judy J1 (100mm Not)

Hi, On the 2 Haro V4s (2005/2006) I have, the front suspension travel is supposed to be 100 mm but they only deliver about 50mm travel. Can anyone provide any clues or tips as to how to rectify this? Thank you, Michael Holberton Hospedaje Los Jardines & Sacred Valley Mountain Bike Tours ... Read More »

RockShox Judy J1 (100mm Not)

Hi, On the 2 Haro V4s I have, the front suspension travel is supposed to be 100 mm but they only deliver about 50mm travel. Can anyone provide any clues or tips as to how to rectify this? Thank you, Michael Holberton Hospedaje Los Jardines & Sacred Valley Mountain Bike Tours [url]http:/ ... Read More »

Read More »



 




Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!



















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »

   

MTBR on Facebook