DNM USD-180 Front Shock

4.38/5 (29 Reviews)
Weight : 3.6 kg


Product Description

  • For Dowhill.
  • Air/Oil/Coil Spring/MCU.
  • Adjustable hydraulic damping (Open Bath System).
  • 20mm through axle design.
  • Stanchion:35mm AL 7075, Dark hard-anodized.
  • Steerer diameter:28.6mm.
  • CNC machined:AL6061 T6 dropout and crown.
  • Compatible brakes:Disc brakes only.
  • Adjustments:Rebound/Compression;Preload.
  • Available with quick release.
  • Travel:180mm (7").


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Craig James a Downhiller from Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: September 3, 2007

    Strengths:    They are so bloody strong and can handle anything you throw at them.

    Weaknesses:    They are a bit heavy and the compresion is hard to sort out

    Bottom Line:   
    Awsome fork witch can handle anything and is strong and it looks awsome

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    Favorite Trail:   Naesby Forest Tracks

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Trademe

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou Splice Comp

    Bike Setup:   A White Avanti HOTDOG

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Norbert a Downhiller from Warsaw

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2007

    Strengths:    Indestructible(I've hit a side of a ditch at 80km/h and I only needed a small adjustment to make it correct) Very good for the price, Works good if you do some small tuning

    Weaknesses:    HEAVY! Works not so good if you do no tuning. Not too much adjustment possibilities, the adjustment knobs can fall off

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good fork for that price especialy if you know what to do(firstly change the god damn oil in it cuz the stock is crap). If you have low budget and want something that can take a punch yet is not that heavy as the monster take it

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    Favorite Trail:   Spindleruv Mlyn

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Marz Monster

    Bike Setup:   2004 Rock machine adrenaline 7000, Dee Max wheels, Swinger 4 way

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by A. Prociw a Downhiller from Kitchener

    Date Reviewed: November 8, 2005

    Strengths:    Price & Quality of the fork

    Weaknesses:    One heavy Mofo of a fork

    Bottom Line:   
    Excent reliable fork. No problems to date. Highly recommended.

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    Favorite Trail:   Blue Mtn.

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Boxxers, Monsters, Hanebrink LT-7

    Bike Setup:   Scott 8-Ball

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Portjammer Xavier a Downhiller from Philippines

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2005

    Strengths:    Long Travel, Attractive Design, Good Performance if maintained well.

    Weaknesses:    So Heavy, Hard Maintenance

    Bottom Line:   
    find another fork

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    Favorite Trail:   Bulusan

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   friend

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Ellsworth frame, all XTR, Maxxis Tires

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Edwin a Downhiller from Philippines

    Date Reviewed: August 16, 2005

    Strengths:    Inverted, 7inches travel, durable. Can take 15 ft. drops easily.

    Weaknesses:    Quite Heavy but no complaints, no stanchion guards, and of course a very touchy rebound.

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork is very cheap and reliable has lots of travel great for downhill racing. Undergo lots of punishment over the years but still coming out strong!!! maintenace and conditioning is a must to any fork to get the bet of it.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything downhill

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   a friend

    Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi shiver, manitou dorado, RST sigma

    Bike Setup:   DNM forks and rear shocks. Frame cayote DH1 modified. Avid disc brakes, 26x2.5 maxxis tires, chainguides etc.etc...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jash Cyout a Downhiller from chelsea

    Date Reviewed: June 20, 2005

    Strengths:    Lots of travel and stiff as hell 8 ft+ drops very easily with the weight i am 145lbs. awsome forks for the price

    Weaknesses:    VERY sensitive rebound. 1/8 of a turn. inverted bottom part needs covers as soon as you get them. If dug or marked hard it will rip out seal

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good shocks for the money still riding them and plan to uintil they die

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   boxxers

    Bike Setup:   kona stab primo

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by crazy downhiller a Downhiller from Snohomish, WA USA

    Date Reviewed: May 23, 2005

    Strengths:    these forks are pretty trong for the price. they are made real well.

    Weaknesses:    they dont come with fork guards. otherwise they rock

    Bottom Line:   
    THese forks are awesome for the price. If you get these forks worked on they will work like dorado's and shiver or w/e the best fork is. These things all out rock

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    Favorite Trail:   a-line, my backyard and dirt merchant

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   ?

    Bike Setup:   kona stinky...modified

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Darren Williamson a Downhiller from Pierrefond(montreal),qb,Canada

    Date Reviewed: January 6, 2005

    Strengths:    Travel,overall feeling is awesome,very strong,inverted

    Weaknesses:    Adjustement is inverted:+=- and -=+

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork is awsome i only triend it in my basement and it is beef,massive and dh all the way.

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    Favorite Trail:   radical,boomerang,la jungle,balfa alpha

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   friend at 200$ canadian

    Similar Products Used:   shiver sc,dorado,shiver dc

    Bike Setup:   2002 norco drop,24 doublewide back mavic 321(onyx) 26' at the front,dnm usd 180,hayes comp 8',hussfelt,snafu,crowbar hadlebar and raceface system dh stem.deore xt

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by DEREK a Downhiller from CHILLIWACK

    Date Reviewed: November 6, 2004

    Strengths:    SUPER STRONG NICE AND SMOOTH ,SOAKS UP ALMOST ANY DROP

    Weaknesses:    THE WEAKNESSES OF THIS FORK DOES NO OVER WAY THE BENIFIES .THE PRELOAD IS A LITTLE SENSITIVE TO AJUST AND THE FORK BOTTOMS OUT ON REALLY LARGE DROPS.BUT IF I WASN'T 225 LBS IT PROBABLY WOULDNT.

    Bottom Line:   
    THIS FORK IS UNTOUCHABLE.NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE UNBELIEVIBLE,BUT THE PERFORMANCE IS INCREDIBLE.I PUNISH THIS FORK AND IT JUST KEEPS GOING.SOME ONE SAID THEY WERE CONCERENED ABOUT THE WEIGHT,LOOK AT THE WEIGHT AND COMPARE TO OTHER FORKS IN THIS TRAVEL RANGE .IT IS A WEAK COMPLAINT.ANYONE LOOKING FOR A NEW DC FORK I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS FORK.LOOK OUT MARZ YOUR IN TROUBLE!!

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    Favorite Trail:   A-LINE

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $199.00

    Purchased At:   BIKEROOM

    Similar Products Used:   SHIVER DC

    Bike Setup:   2004 A-LINE,AZONIC 454 34T,3.0 F&R 24"R,8" HAYES F&R,AZONIC SHORTY STEM WITH 31.8 PWD BARS,DOUBLEWIDE RIMS.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott a Weekend Warrior from Richmond

    Date Reviewed: November 6, 2004

    Strengths:    This is a review update-see below. I was just looking at the reciept for the fork. $318 with taxes and freight!!!! I can't believe how well this fork has worked considering it cost so little. Beefy, reliable, plush and fuss free. Even multiple rounds of west coast winter weather and Whistler decender fests failed to faze this fork.

    Weaknesses:    ?

    Bottom Line:   
    Move over Italy, China has figured out the DH Fork

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    Favorite Trail:   Upper Oilcan

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   bikeroom.com

    Similar Products Used:   Mr. T

    Bike Setup:   Bullit, Hope, Shimano, Nokian lalalala

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt Arrigo a Weekend Warrior from Oregon

    Date Reviewed: October 21, 2004

    Strengths:    Looks great, very beefy, nice travel and very plush, Price

    Bottom Line:   
    For the price they can't be beat. I put some lizard skins on em and now I only lube em about once a month. Haven't had a problem yet. Soaks up 5 foot drops very easily.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $329.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tyler nulty a Downhiller from newburyport, ma usa

    Date Reviewed: August 22, 2004

    Strengths:    great stance. supirior look. beefy as hell. super plush travel. perfect for racing and i love it!

    Weaknesses:    on the heavy side. tempermental preload ajustment konb.

    Bottom Line:   
    the king of all forks, simply the best for your money!

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    Favorite Trail:   MT. snow

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   beyond bikes

    Similar Products Used:   marzzocchi DJIII

    Bike Setup:   kona stab,custom paint,usd 180, fox vannila R, 8 inch hayes,sdg saddle, all XT, double wide sun rims w/ intense 909'Z.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by dylan mitchell a Downhiller from toronto

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 2004

    Strengths:    STRONG, way over built, excellent build quality, next to no flex, sensitive, tracks great, can keep the front wheel glued to the ground in any situation, would be great for dh racing, highly effective rebound and preload adjustments. again, beefy, confidence inspiring. smooth. if you maintain it by repacking the seals with grease (easy, fast) every couple rides, this fork will be as plush as any marz.

    Weaknesses:    weight, air compression adjustment is effective, bottom doesn't do enough to combat bottoming. the best solution to make the travel more progressive to eat big hits would be to get rid of the MCUs as they make the travel linear. billy@ridersdirect.com told me that a more progressive replacement air spring will be available soon, to appeal to freeriders and those wanting to lighten this fork.

    Bottom Line:   
    no regrets, great fork. retails for about new 950 at bikeroom.com, excellent support from them too. easy too maintain, i already changed the oil once. just make sure you always keep at least 120 PSI in the air catridge or the oil could leak into the air chamber. max 200 PSI.
    would be perfect but compression dampening needs to be better- and i know how to ride.
    peace out

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    Favorite Trail:   anything.

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   martians

    Similar Products Used:   i had 2003 Marzocchi Dirt Jumper.

    Bike Setup:   Norco Sasquatch frame, Race Face North Shore Cranks, 8" Hayes Mags, DoubleTrack 26" rims, XTR/XT drivetrain, badass tire and other stuff

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ben Landry a Downhiller from Gatineau, Québec, Canada

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2004

    Strengths:    Amazing value for money, smooth plush travel, front wheel stays glued to the ground when you want it to, excellent finish, fat and THICK upper tubes (+-42mm), nice smooth fat anodized 35mm lowers, big burly CNCd crowns, will clear any tire, wide rebound range, steertube can be changed without changing lower crown, compression adjuster on bottom of right leg is spring-loaded (on air pressure) so it won't break if it gets hit, very hard to bottom out. actual travel on mine is 187mm. did I mention it was smooth?

    Weaknesses:    No stanchion guards included, too much preload even at lowest setting results in top-out when rebound is set low, thin paint coat wears easily(use clear plastic film to protect the upper legs), rebound is a bit harder to dial in than on most forks due to the 1/8 turn sensitivity, lower crown apparently has a fixed spot and shouldn't be moved up or down (even though it does have bolts and can be removed/changed), few sevice centers and unknown reliability, tall upper tubes can get in the way of bars with short stems. MCU stack hardens a bit in the cold, reducing your travel by 2-3 inches or so. weighs 8.5 pounds, may be a bit heavy for competitive DH.

    Bottom Line:   
    For those who have had their fork seize: the lower bushings are EASY to sube up. Just unscrew the caps (by hand) that hold the dust seals and pack the grease in. do it every ride and you'll never have that problem again. I got this sucker used, but it had only one or two rides. I'm very impressed with its performance after a few urban rides. It's responsive and smooth over bumpy terrain, and it sucks up the flat landings without a fuss, smooth and confident, just like my friend's dorado. Pretty stiff side to side; I didn't notice any flex while riding (never mind the tire-between-the-legs, blah blah). I have yet to see how it performs in an actual DH situation, but so far so good. A great fork for big hit riding at least, one look at it and you'll be convinced. It has a lot of small cons, but I've been able to work around all of them and overall it's an amazing product that deserves all of its 5 chilies. just make sure you peel off the horrible stickers!

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    Favorite Trail:   The Dump, Salamander

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $325.00

    Purchased At:   Second-hand

    Similar Products Used:   DH forks - Manitou Dorado DH, '03 Marzocchi monster T

    Bike Setup:   2003 Brodie devo, Alex DX32/sun doublewide rims, 31.8mm bar/stem, 3-piece chromoly cranks, avid 6.5in mechs, and a big DNM inverted fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by eddie from shanghai

    Date Reviewed: February 14, 2004

    Strengths:    very tough, good design, never hits bottom,

    Weaknesses:    not sensitive in gravel, short rebound adjuster

    Bottom Line:   
    it's actually good fork for price. you can't get any good fork than this in this price. this fork let me feel 6ft drop like 2ft!! you'd better buy this one since you wanna downhill bike in cheap price!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Downhill

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $160.00

    Purchased At:   local shop

    Similar Products Used:   boxxer

    Bike Setup:   freeride

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