BombShell Kamikaze Front Shock

4.82/5 (11 Reviews)
Weight : 7.8 lbs MSRP : $899.00


Product Description

Designed in the true spirit of the Kamikaze Downhill, we present to you the ultimate tool for speed and control. With 185mm of ultra-plush travel fueled by our exclusive Hyper-piston dual chamber open oil bath dampening design, the Kamikaze downhill fork promises to be a top contender. Other features include beefy 38mm stanchions, on the fly rebound dampening and spring preload adjustment, 8-bolt lower crown for the ultimate stiffness and zero twist, and adjustable compression dampening. Sliders have our exclusive Slick-sleeve bushings for a no-slop fit and zero stiction.


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by onepieceofwork a Weekend Warrior from seattle

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2009

Strengths:    burly. its true, you don't see too many of these. uniqueness is a strength. but its a serious dh fork. thick stanchions. i painted mine all black. looks sick. its been to whistler a time or two back in the day.

Weaknesses:    heavy. but its a dh fork for petes sake. you want to keep your wheel on the ground. i dont do too much dirt riding anymore. that is a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
rare fork. well designed. stout. this fork will let you down(hill), without letting you down(depressed, disappointed). if you find one used, get it serviced and tear it up your local dh spot. this fork gave me more confidence. when you put your life into the hands of your front fork... dont go flimsy. instead get a beefy fork like the kamikaze.

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Favorite Trail:   a-line

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   recycled cycles seat

Similar Products Used:   nothing i have ridden compares to it. the closest thing i have used is a super t. the super t felt dorky in comparison despite its weight being less.

Bike Setup:   big hit expert. intense m1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt LaNew a Weekend Warrior from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Strengths:    Good craftsmanship, very adjustable, stiff, looks good, still smooth,

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I posted a reveiw about 6 months back. I have pretty much beat the sh#t out of this fork for the last 6 months and have not have one problem. I have no complants what so ever. If you want a fork that will give the Monster a decent run for its money than get one. The C/S @ Bombshell is the best I have seen. Its hard to find good C/S, and I very inpressed with Bombshell. A product is only as good as its C/S. Thanks to Gary and Jason, for making it easy on us all.

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Favorite Trail:   Todnau Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Bombshell

Similar Products Used:   Hanbrink, Zochi, Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   2001 Joker,Trailpimps,MRP,Thomson,XT drivetrain,Raceface N.S. cranks, on and on.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken Bennett a Downhiller from Peoria,AZ USA

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2002

Strengths:    I know the owner of Bombshell and was slightly involved with the development of this fork. That explains how I got such a great deal on it but it doesn't mean I'm going to sugarcoat anything. This fork is very stiff torsionally due
to the 8 bolt lower crown and 4 bolt axle clamp. It has 38mm
stanchions so there isn't much flex front to back either.The brake arch is also keyed to make it even stiffer. The rebound and compression adjustments will go from full open to almost locked out. This allows you to set up the suspension exactly like you want it. I just pulled the fork apart to service it (it's 1 yr. old now) and inspect the internals. The wiper seals on this thing work very well. I had no dust intrude into the upper portion even after months of desert riding. The fork disassembles much like a Marzocchi so you don't need to order any specialty tools.I've used it racing, freeriding,and jumping and it works well in every situation. The ride is a lot like a Monster T but it weighs less and is a bit less cash.


Weaknesses:    Ok now for the not so good. This fork is not light, mine weighed 9 lbs. at install (there is 16 fl oz of shock fluid in there and 2 big burly springs in the left leg). If you are a smaller rider (below 150) or you're looking just for a race only fork, this might not be what you want. The seals
are moto type, which means they fit pretty tight. This keeps
all the dust out but makes the fork feel sticky until they
break in. You'll notice it especially on fast,chatter bumps.
The seals take a bit longer to break than other forks I've
ridden but they do eventually get there. You just have to be patient and ride it a bunch to speed things along.


Bottom Line:   
If you do big drops and/or weigh more than 150 this is a real
alternative to the offerings from the "Big Guys".It's less
weight and cash than a Monster,much less cash than a Dorado or Boxxer and works a lot better than any White Bros. I've had.If you're a lighter rider who doesn't do drops or jumps
the fork may be too sticky feeling while it breaks in.

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Favorite Trail:   Holbert

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Direct from mftr.

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi ,Manitou , Rockshox, White Bros.

Bike Setup:   Turner DHR, Mr Dirt chainguide, Profile cranks, Hayes W/8 inch rotors, Kamikaze fork ,Maxxis Tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ryan Spindler a Downhiller from Lakeside, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2002

Strengths:    Very responsive fork. Adjustments for rebound, comp., and preload are always acessable, and the words rebound and compression are even machined in the knobs. I have been riding on these forks hard almost every weekend for a little over a year and they still do not have major leaks. This is probally the most reliable fork on the market. Bomb Shell's customer service is also out standing. If you ever need service they are there for you!

Weaknesses:    The seals on these forks always have slight seepage. It is not a big deal, but it doesnt always look pretty. I would suggest checking the fluid height about every six months (atleast).

Bottom Line:   
The most RELIABLE fork your money can buy!

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Favorite Trail:   Andersons truck trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Marzochi Monster T

Bike Setup:   Kamikazee on a mindbomb frame.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Downhiller from connecticut

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent craftsmanship, extremely tuneable, large fork tubes = no flex. Excellent product support. the guys at bombshell are extremely infomative.Reasonably priced

Weaknesses:    None, hurry up and buy one

Bottom Line:   
This fork works great. It has excellent action and far superior tuneability to other forks on the market. The fork is heavy duty, large fork tubes, no flex. I love this fork and would recommend it to anyone. Save some money, buy a kamakazie. You will be happy you did.

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Favorite Trail:   anything at plattekill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer, Shiver, superstar 8

Bike Setup:   Karpeil Disco Volante, kamakizie fork, dee max rims, hayes 8in, maxxis tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt LaNew a Weekend Warrior from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2002

Strengths:    weighs less than the monster, very tunable, smooth, burly, good craftsmanship, excellent customer sevice.(best c/s I'v ever delt with.

Weaknesses:    N/A

Bottom Line:   
At first I was worried about weight, but after riding this fork I forgot all about it. I'm not out to win any races, just out to have good time. If you do have to climb with this fork you can run the rebound to the slowest setting, lay on the bars and the front will drop about 4-5 inches and almost stay there as long as stay on the bars. Can set the the rebound from super fast to super slow and can set the compression to the exact spot you want it to stiffen up I set it up pretty soft for the first 4-5 inches, the last 2-3 inches get used on the drops etc.It has rebound, compression and preload adjustments. No flex. Absolute great DH/Hucking/FR fork. I weigh about 140-145lbs so I had them put the lightest spring they had in it. Depending how you like your set-up BombShell will hook you up. Get one!!

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere in the Black Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   BombShell

Similar Products Used:   Hanbrink, Zochi(Z1), Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   Joker, Stratos HelixPro, MRP, Michelins, Rhino's, Thomson, Azonic, XT Discs, XT drive.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evan laudon a Downhiller from SO FLO

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2002

Strengths:    BIG BAD AND BURLY. awesome tunabiity, open oil bath, stiff, rigid, smooth stroke, huge 185mm travel, and 8 bolst lower crown. SOOO SWEEEEEET

Weaknesses:    none, none at all

Bottom Line:   
this is a truely sick fork!!! feels like a monster but better. it has more travel(the most travel available in a non inverted fork) and it is still stiff as all hell. it is fairly lightweight for its size, and is silky smooth.

I have to say that bombshell gave me a great deal becaue i broke a Bad Bettty 6 fork, they gave me 30% off the Kami' and my bike rides so great no. go check it out and notice all the reviews 5+5+5+5 . this fork is a true contender on the market. BUY ONE

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Favorite Trail:   verticle

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $630.00

Purchased At:   bombshell direct

Similar Products Used:   super t, shiver, monster T, LT9,

Bike Setup:   2000 cove g-spot, purple hayes, kooka DH crank, azonic bar/stem, Planet X BMF rims, custom mrp, IRC Kujo tires. The works

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Guillermo Islas a Downhiller from Mexico

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff!plush and smooth, great variety of adjustments, preload-compression and rebouud, open bath system is perfect. big stations tubes and great looking too.

Weaknesses:    top seal at the preload knob, but will be replaced for a newer and better by bombshell, exellent service and backup from factory, Thanks Jason!!

Bottom Line:   
For a better undestanding this is a Monster-T with out the fat! and a litle more travel or a Boxxer for grownups!

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Favorite Trail:   Volcano Nevado de Toluca, El Barro in Monterrey

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   CicloDeporte in MexicoCity

Similar Products Used:   Monster-T, Boxxer, Stratos SS-8

Bike Setup:   Bombshell - Mindbomb DH specific bike, just paid 100 extra for the Kamikaze

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean McC;endon a Downhiller from Pine Valley CA. USA

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2001

Strengths:    Super stiff sanction tubing,i love the four bolt bottom crown. open oil bath system which keeps the fork cool, lubricated, and makes it an all around great fork.

Weaknesses:    not enough riders use the fork.

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is, last season i had the most inexpensive downhill bike around. a tanked out fsr was good enough, but without the kamikaze fork i wouldn't have won the california state title, and the amatuer cup title. with this fork you can do any thing. it comes stock with a 35 pound spring, if you like to jump this set up is perfect. and with the stock spring the biggest bumps snow summit threw at me were no problem to handle. if you dont like the stock set up, you can call bombshell, send them your forks and they will make them softer or stiffer which ever you prefer. the fork will out ride you with ease.

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Favorite Trail:   the ones i build

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   Bombshell

Similar Products Used:   Hanebrink Z-6, Marzochi monster T

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR, with mountainspeed 6 inch kit, mrp system 2 guide, shimano XT cranks, bombshell kamikaze fork, pro max disc brakes. azonic butcher rims, and bombshell front hub.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Larry Oliver a Downhiller from NY

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2001

Strengths:    Point and shoot, nice prices, Fully adjustable, nice prices, looks hot, nice prices!

Weaknesses:    Heavy (but lighter than the monster T) Too adjustable took me three days before I got where i want it. And i'm still messing with it. I guess thats a good thing.


Bottom Line:   
This fork rocks for the price. Shock companies fail to realize that some of us can't pay $1200 for a fork. some of us go to college. I mean look at marzzochi the monster T was $1100. now that the shiver is out the monster T is $850. Why the hell couldn't it be $850 from the start. Anyway, I still needed a good fork so I gave the kamikaze a try. First, after 15 rides i still dont have to touch it. My friends are allways taking apert their forks (manitou, boxxer) Second, It feels mint, smooth, plush and has high speed valving. Third, it's well priced.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Brands Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer 2000, Monster T, Xvert carbon, hanebrink.

Bike Setup:   Specialized DH 2001

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gary a Weekend Warrior from illinois

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2001

Strengths:    a little early to complete this but so far its perfect

Weaknesses:    none...i forgot on my review of my marilyn forks.....loose the cheezey stickers on the marilyn ! cool stickers on the kami !!

Bottom Line:   
i thought i loved the marilyn but i really think i will like the kami better...a little early yet but it reminds me of a Monster t on a diet !!! it's different as far as damping...its oil bath and a little noiser then the marilyn . It is also a traditional looking triple crown instead of inverted....i feel that any thing you choose from precision billit will make you happy.....now i am torn on which fork to get for my next bike (VPP) the kami or marilyn ????? maybe i will get one of each ! nice product's bombshell !!! again price,quality,performance,knobs....they can't be beat!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   addison cycle, addison Il

Similar Products Used:   bombshell marilyn, wendy and every thing else

Bike Setup:   santa cruz bullit with kamikaze....and other stuff

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