Girvin Cross Link Elite Front Shock

4.5/5 (22 Reviews)
MSRP : $600.00


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Girvin Cross Link Elite


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roverguy2000 a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA USA

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011

Strengths:    Stiff, reliable, sexy, price

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Put this on my K2/Pro Flex (Left over PF beast relabled K@ after take over)and took off the Chubby that came with the bike originally. This fork design is/was way ahead of its time. The coil over shock is a vast improvement over the elastomeers of the old days and the electronic shock gives me the willys. Smoot! - thats the best description. If you are bottoming this fork out you have either adjusted the coil/rebound way to low or you are not using the fork for its intended purpose

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Favorite Trail:   Mission Gorge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   AMP Research, Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   Pro Flex/K2 450

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zack from Singapore

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff and "self-centering" effect it gives on the steerer.

Weaknesses:    Crappy plastic bushings, no disc brake attachment, noisy shock (noleen) and the yoke surface aren't level. Limited travel (2 1/2")

Bottom Line:   
Stiff as hell!!! Tracks true and I simply love the centering effect. It made the trail ride feels like a road/ tarmac. Mine doesn't come with the electronic shock but the coil/elastomer ones. The shock creates snapping sounds on the trail but I've changed it to a cane creek air shock and problem solved. Though it does take alot of modifications to fit other shocks on the girvin but it's worth it.
On the whole, it makes you a better and faster rider if you can adapt to the fork's attitude. It just begs you to ride fast 'cause it's so stiff and tracks excellently, giving you confidence at speeds. Not quite a light weight but your bike's front wheel feels light and easy to flip around 'cause the weight is bundled-up at the head tube area and not the lower fork end, unlike telescopic forks, which have all their coil/hydros/elastomers and gadgets inside their lower fork legs.
You can even adjust your bike's head tube angle by placing spacers either on top of the yoke or below the yoke. But,firstly, you need to machine flat the yoke's bottom surface to get your headset to sit properly.
I love this fork so much that I won't part with it, even when friends offer triple the original price for it. It's an eye cather too, so don't leave you bike in the back alley.
If you're an XC racer looking to improve your technical riding skills, look no further, this forks' for you... if you can still get you hands to it nowadays.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GREG WILSON a Weekend Warrior from FRESNO

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2006

Strengths:    IT LASTS FOREVER! IT DOES CROSS COUNTRY TRAILS LIKE A MAGIC CARPET RIDE!! IT STEERS BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE!! IT ATTRACTS CONVERSATION EVERYWHERE!! THE BOMB!!

Weaknesses:    I MISS MY BIKE SHOP BROS!! I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE MONEY I SAVE?? YOU CAN'T BY THEM VERY EASILY ANYMORE AND THEY HAVE NO WARRANTY NOW!! DON'T NEED ONE THOUGH!!

Bottom Line:   
THIS FORK CAME ON THE SCHWINN MOAB THAT I BOUGHT OFF OF EBAY. WHEN I WON THE AUCTION MY INITIAL PLAN WAS TO GET RID OF THE FORK AND REPLACE IT. INSTEAD I HAVE GOTTEN RID OF ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE THAT CAME ON IT. ONE GOOD RIDE ON THIS FORK AND I KNEW THAT IT WAS PERFECT FOR A CROSS COUNTRY SET UP. I HAVE RACED BIKES AND RIDDEN TOO MANY TO COUNT. BUT, I NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO RIDE A CROSSLINK FORK UNTIL NOW. I WISH I HAD WHEN I WAS STILL IN RACING SHAPE, BECAUSE I THINK IT COULD HAVE MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE. IT CLIMBS LIKE A RIGID FORK. IT TRACKS LIKE A ROLLER COASTER. AND IS ALMOST AS LIGHT AS ANYTHING OUT THERE. I LOVE RIDING ALL OVER AGAIN. NO BOB UNLESS YOU REALLY POUND THE PEDALS IN STANDING POSITION. AND FOR THE BOZO THAT SAID IN HIS REVIEW THAT THE FORK BROKE AND HE ATE IT ON HIS FACE! ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS ONE WORD "HUFFY"??????? WHAT THE **** WERE YOU THINKING!! BLAME THE HUFFY, NOT THE FORK!! CMON!!! ANYWAY, THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO DO 3'+ DROPS, THEN THIS IS EVERYTHING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. FIND ONE!! BUY ONE!! FORGET ABOUT IT!!!

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Favorite Trail:   007

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   MARZOCCHI Z1,Z2,QR21. ROCK SHOCK JUDY. MANITOU MINUTE 2:00. WHITE BROS. ETC.

Bike Setup:   SCHWINN MOAB 1 WITH KOOKA CRANKS,KORE ELITE STEM, SKEWERS, BAR, NUKE PROOF WHEELSET, SRAM 9.0, AVID ULTIMATES, THOMPSON POST, TIME PEDALS, ETC.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron a Cross Country Rider from Sunny Tampa, Florida

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2005

Strengths:    Extremely rigid, very light and you can get 'em dirt cheap nowadays.

Weaknesses:    Relatively short travel, and install and set up is a bit of a pain.

Bottom Line:   
You aren't going to find a lighter fork for less than $300. You won't find a more rigid fork for under $400. There just plain isn't a lighter and more rigid fork at any price. There are a lot of forks with more travel and a plushier ride.

Buy according to your priorities. Me, I like riding fast through the woods, that makes this the near perfect fork. At current prices it is an insanely good deal. I'm giving it only four hot ones because it hasn't served me a beer yet.

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Favorite Trail:   Wilderness Parks, the big loop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   eBay Deal

Similar Products Used:   Buncha lower end RS stuff

Bike Setup:   Fetish Discipline, Girvin Elite, assorted LX and XT parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ezekiel a Weekend Warrior from Calgary

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2005

Strengths:    Light, Strong and Stiff. Simple design, easy to maintain.

Weaknesses:    Not what I would describe as "plush". Puts a decent amount of stress on frames, more like what a triple clamp/dual crown fork would.

Bottom Line:   
There is one reason I'm always going to love this fork: it's very stiff. I found the fact that the legs are all one solid piece of metal with some linkage attached made this fork very strong and stiff.

I broke both the Hare and the Kona while riding this fork and it doesn't show any signs of weakness.

I am getting a new fork soon to suit my new frame (Mountain Cycle San Andreas) better but I will miss this fork greatly.

I enjoyed this fork very much.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Similar Products Used:   RST, Judy

Bike Setup:   1. Haro Extreme 1
2. Kona SexOne

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by coley r a Cross Country Rider from austin

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2004

Strengths:    Tracks well and the chicks dig it (and the guys too for some reason)

Weaknesses:    the guys always wanting to ask you about it, it kinda scares the chicks off

Bottom Line:   
when i was young and poor i wanted these and now at 29 i'm just poor. but now i got me the setup i dreamed of back then. the ride is more than i ever dreamed. i stayed away from the ones with the carbon arms cause every one i came across cracked around the dropouts. so for all the snooty dh yuppies who are weekend warriorin' it with their multi-pivot, multi-thousand dollar rides, you should really think about why you're ridin'. are you doin it for the love or just doin cause it defines how "extreme" you are? you should try riding up a hill sometime.

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Favorite Trail:   700 acres (in the 210)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   rockshox mag21, judy xc

Bike Setup:   trek y-22 with full carbon everything except for this fork that's got the alum arms, xtr, race face cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Graham a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
If anyone could please supply me with any information on the Girvin Crosslinks eg.what thier made of, materials, how they work etc.Please could you email me at littleman_2058@hotmail.com i am doing a project for my A level course at collage and am trying to find out as much about them as i can. Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks for reading.
G
ps. it says that i ahev to check my spelling, and im not too good at it(it doesnt have a spell check button) so excuse the mistakes if there is any.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mark a Weekend Warrior from Bristol UK

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2000

Strengths:    Low maintainance. Very rigid

Weaknesses:    Looks stipid

Bottom Line:   
A good light weight design killed off by fashion more than anything. They all suffer from poor machine work on the lower side of the upper yoke-this pulls the headset bearings down unevenly and wrecks them.Get it machined flat. I believe later models came with a collapsable spacer to correct this.
Mine just died though. The shock now jams half way down its stroke. The UK repair people are talking of up to £70 to fix it. Shame really.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Manitou X-vert R

Bike Setup:   Supplied from new with my Proflex 857.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by james a Weekend Warrior from bath, avon, england

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2000

Strengths:    Low maintenance, super stiff, light weight, easy to adjust damping/preload.

Weaknesses:    There a bit of a pain to fit as an aftermarket fork and they really benefit from a brake booster.

Bottom Line:   
Not the first fork that springs to mind as a play bikers fork but they match the travel on the back of my Super V perfectly! There nice and light so the front end is easy to flick about, and because they raise the already high front end of my Cannondale they make a surprisingly good, short travel, downhill fork. They are easy to look after, I just spray mine once a week with WD40! I found the Magura DH brake booster really made a difference to the stiffness of the fork; they certainly flex alot less than the Judy DH or Z1 Bomber! I have never experienced them 'hanging up' in corners as some riders describe although I find they work better if you dont put to much weight over them and let them track naturally over the trail surface. All in all a top fork for any rider who wants a 'do any thing' fork.

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Favorite Trail:   odd down bmx track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox judy DH, Z1 bomber

Bike Setup:   Cannondale SV500 frame, magura hydraulic rim brakes and boosters, LX groupset, Azonic and Kore finishing kit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2000

Strengths:    Low maintenance, easy to adjust rebound/damping, takes big hits well, no leaky cartridges, light, strong.

Weaknesses:    it takes a while to get used to, but once you do you have the ability to take on aggresive trails with confidence.

Bottom Line:   
It is so awkward in the beginning. I bought the bike used and it came with it. I think the shock is a 1997 or 1998. I have used k2bike.com to get the manuals and have greased it up with ease (5 allen bolts), and dialing in rebound and damping is easy. the new smart shock is awesome, it has an electronic board to read the hits you take and adjust instantanily. its not squishy, takes big hits and falls from what i have provided it with so far and is easy to maintain. i dont know if you can get your hands on these, but i really like it. thanks to the other guys who have given reviews, has helped me realize that it takes patience to enjoy this shock, once you become the controller of it, the rest is a blast. Guys/girls who have ridden SID's and other oil/air shocks might not like it because it takes some time to get used to, but this is my first real bike and so I am a beginner and it has helped me with controlling the bike better.

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Favorite Trail:   Memorial Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   manitou, judy, jett

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Homegrown, XT/XTR, Mavics

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle Baillargeon a Cross Country Rider from Cumberland, RI US of A

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2000

Strengths:    Well i just got the bike. It is very strong. It's not to bouncy and it adjusts really easy. I love it so far. It demolishes my Judy XC on my other bike.

Weaknesses:    I haven't found any yet.

Bottom Line:   
It rules.

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Favorite Trail:   Tower Hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Judy XC

Bike Setup:   98 K2 Pro Flex 3000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Blurple Haze a Cross Country Rider from Aurora, Colorado

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2000

Strengths:    Low to no maintenence design, nice travel and adjustability of dampening, unique travel motion eats up big hits (I have never bottomed this baby out. If the wheel is hitting your fork, you must be landing harder than I ever have), reasonably light, wicked noleen shock unit, superior cornering (with one exception. See below)

Weaknesses:    Installing this fork extends your wheelbase and raises your handlebar height which will change your riding style and take some getting used to. Some would whine about this, but once you adapt the fork is real workhorse and worthwhile. Several reviews mentioned the fork "folding up" or "compressing" in a high speed turn. It might do that, but I'd bet it happened because your weight was shifting forward in the turn. I have had it compress when trying to make an extremely sharp, lowspeed turn on level ground trying to negotiate a gate. This seems to be related to the linkage design, but I'm talking about trying to whip the front 90 degrees and kick the rear around which is something you'd try at low to slow, not full, speed. As I think back to the various times this has happened, I'm sure I was standing with weight on the bar which loads the spring and starts the funky movement and pulls your weight even further forward. You learn to watch out for this, but the fork is so good in every other way that this problem is negligible.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that I have loved this fork despite its idiosyncracies. Yes, it extended the wheel base which required me to get further over the bar on climbs, but that is just good climbing technique anyway. This longer wheelbase probably benefits me when decending in that I don't have to get quite as far back on most stuff (just don't weight that fork in a turn). Correcting the increased bar height is easy enough by flipping your stem. I've had more than a few front end Pogos on this fork and recovered despite what the above discussion might suggest. I've also had my front tire skid out in a fast turn with zero factor of the fork buckling and been able to correct and recover rapidly because the fork legs are nice and stiff and don't move independantly of each other. I'm no pro, but I ride pretty hard and was able to keep up with my buddy on his full suspension GT through all those shelves and stutters on Porcupine Rim with no problem. Good riders will get the gist of this bad boy and reap the benefits. It takes some time, though. I definitely ride faster with this fork. Buy this fork (if you can find it anymore) if you hate maintaining your elastomers etc, after every other ride; if you want something that will track a fast corner like a rigid fork all the while eating the ruts when ridden with your weight back (as it should be); if you want travel that is probably as effective as a longer-travel freeride double-crown (to a point) without a major weight penalty; and finally, if you are willing to adapt your style. It could definitely make a better rider out of an intermediate, but the change in style might be detrimental to an advanced rider/racer. A great Cross-country option, espescially if your trails have rough downhills, but fire trail riders who put a foot out and skid their turns might find themselves folding it up.

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Favorite Trail:   locally; Apex & Deer Creek Canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   A 6 year old Diamond Back Vertex Chro-mo lead sled that won't die. Everything but the seat post, stem, and handle bar has been upgraded to XT or XTR for the most part.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Nate Terning a Cross Country Rider from Whitefish

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2000

Strengths:    Fairly Light, Stiff, corners well
it has been low maintenance


Weaknesses:    Legs are too weak.
"Bottoming Out" is defined by your tire hitting the top of the fork, and you going over your handle bars.


Bottom Line:   
I love the fork, but I am just about to give it up for good now, because I just bent my third pair of legs. I don't have much to compare to as this is really the firt suspension bike I've owned. Granted I ride fairly hard, but I am no pro, and I don't consider myself overly extreme, so I am to the point now where I am about to try a different fork. I tried to get the legs warrantied and of course fell on deaf ears, but I can't afford to keep buying new legs for my fork every six months. I would give the fork a five if they could just keep the fork from going dog-legged on me.

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Favorite Trail:   This Granite Mountain trail down here in Prescott, AZ

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Cannondale CAAD 3 frame, XTR front/rear, XT shifters, Sun Rims

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by goerge a Weekend Warrior from billericci, canada

Date Reviewed: November 26, 1999

Strengths:    
This product is very strong and dousn't weight too much.


Weaknesses:    
i wish it had a disk brake mount


Bottom Line:   
A realy good value. not too expesive but you get a lot out of it!

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Favorite Trail:   
dirt jumps

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
judy xc
sid
zi superfly



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Cross-Country Rider from Montana

Date Reviewed: October 22, 1999

Strengths:    
light and stiff


Weaknesses:    
no disc brake


Bottom Line:   
When I bought my k2 I thought I would tolerate the Noleen until I had time to put my Z2 on it. I was wrong . It isn't as plush as the Bomber but is stiffer and the dampening is more adjustable. It had some stiction at first but now it is very smooth. At slow speeds it doesn't seem very active but then it doesn't pogo either when climbing hard. At speed it really comes into its own and goes over everything without protest. I don't know what the other posts mean by dive. Perhaps their spring is to soft. I would say this fork dives the least of the Bomber, Manitou and Rocksox we have. Bottom line it is a great fork.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Bomber Z2, Manitou Pro, Rockshox Indy


Bike Setup:   
K2 4000rs noleen elite with nr-2

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