Hanebrink Downhill Fork Front Shock

3.29/5 (59 Reviews)
MSRP : $1200.00


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Hanebrink Downhill Fork


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by m-unit a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2013

Strengths:    light, no doubt

Weaknesses:    the akward hub size


Bottom Line:   
this is for the silver one. its a good fork for its age, probably one of the first forks that had a spring leg and a cartridge leg. ahead of its time... maybe... idk. most, if not all forks for the time it came out were open bath forks (boxxers, marzocchi, etc..)

the seals on the forks do little, just like every other fork nowadays. maintenance on this fork is just like any fork, i do not know why people are complain about it. if they are leaking oil, its probably safe to say, the dampener is leaking. the seals main job is to keep dirt out. one side is a spring side ( just 2 springs (like older marzocchi stuff, one soft the other firm)), while the other holds the cartridge/dampener(whatever you want to call it). you should be able to find seals at a place that sells them for hydraulic rams, they are just a simple rubber seals, nothing fancy. you could probably rig up the fork with a newer cartridge (fox 40, boxxer, manitou travis sherman dorado, elka, etc) and have a fork that rides better but what they are now works alright. the cartridge has a schrader valve on it, dont know if that is compression or not but it would make sense if it was. its not really reach-able, unless the fork is apart or if you have a long air end

the bushings on this fork are a great design if parts are available (might be able to email hanebrink and ask, i dont know though, they sell electric bikes now). you might be able to find them at a bushing and seal place (i doubt they are a special design to keep cost down) they can be removed without and special tools. i there is on that goes right behind the seal, at the bottom of the outer leg, it has an edge on it and the other slides up and down and is attached to the end of the inner leg.

i know these have adjustable travel but i am not sure how it works

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Similar Products Used:   all forks basically ride the same, when comparing apples to apples


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick bayne a Downhiller from Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2008

Strengths:    The 'World Cup 7-10' is indestructable. The crown and overall manufacture is solid and it's really easy to strip and rebuild. If i can't be bothered an MX garage does it for me. Rode this all over Europe and UK (Including some big runs in The French Alps) and they have never let me down. Very smooth compression and return.

Weaknesses:    Bushes have a tendency to slide (just hold them in palce with Blue Compound). I'm 5'10' and sometimes find them heavy but they are also huge so that's forgivable. Very tall.

Bottom Line:   
I can't comment on the smaller Hanebrink forks. Don't buy these if you don't abuse what you currently have. These really do need treating hard to get the most out of them. Don't buy them if you are not strong enough to power a big rig with a little extra weight on the front. DO buy if you want a fork that won't break, if you're an agressive/strong rider and if you enjoy going fast downhill without worrying about 'that boulder' and bouncing off BIG drops trusting in Forks that will neither snap or bottom out, throwing you off (you're more likely to snap the headset from the frame)

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Favorite Trail:   Coed Y Brenin

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Direct with Dan

Similar Products Used:   Marzochhi, Rock Shox.

Bike Setup:   If any of you seen Hanebrinks old website mine was the bike advertising the forks for years! Cortina DH, Hope, Race Face, Hand made Cortina Rims. Mint!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jesus Santiago a Weekend Warrior from Bronx New York

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    god for my weight on the rebounds when landing

Weaknesses:    lower crown i only rode the fork one day and the lower crown broke so im here to ask for some help and ask if anyone has any crowns to the fork i dont wanna buy a whole fork so if ya do email me jay4u2nv29@yahoo.com it would be great help thx

Bottom Line:   
im here trying to buy the piece and i recommend the fhe product eventhought mines broke the same day but maybe it had a crack or i made a mistake on teh set up but its good stuff lol

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Favorite Trail:   vancortlant park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   some guy i met while riding

Similar Products Used:   none i only rode my bike with it and my friends bike we had the same forks but after that i ahvent rode more downhill i been on just riding

Bike Setup:   hanebrink 6"1/2 on a diamond back with 6" of rear travel

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jesus Santiago a Weekend Warrior from Bronx New York

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    god for my weight on the rebounds when landing

Weaknesses:    lower crown i only rode the fork one day and the lower crown broke so im here to ask for some help and ask if anyone has any crowns to the fork i dont wanna buy a whole fork so if ya do email me jay4u2nv29@yahoo.com it would be great help thx

Bottom Line:   
im here trying to buy the piece and i recommend the fhe product eventhought mines broke the same day but maybe it had a crack or i made a mistake on teh set up but its good stuff lol

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Favorite Trail:   vancortlant park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   some guy i met while riding

Similar Products Used:   none i only rode my bike with it and my friends bike we had the same forks but after that i ahvent rode more downhill i been on just riding

Bike Setup:   hanebrink 6"1/2 on a diamond back with 6" of rear travel

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jesus Santiago a Weekend Warrior from Bronx New York

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    god for my weight on the rebounds when landing

Weaknesses:    lower crown i only rode the fork one day and the lower crown broke so im here to ask for some help and ask if anyone has any crowns to the fork i dont wanna buy a whole fork so if ya do email me jay4u2nv29@yahoo.com it would be great help thx

Bottom Line:   
im here trying to buy the piece and i recommend the fhe product eventhought mines broke the same day but maybe it had a crack or i made a mistake on teh set up but its good stuff lol

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Favorite Trail:   vancortlant park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   some guy i met while riding

Similar Products Used:   none i only rode my bike with it and my friends bike we had the same forks but after that i ahvent rode more downhill i been on just riding

Bike Setup:   hanebrink 6"1/2 on a diamond back with 6" of rear travel

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jesus Santiago a Weekend Warrior from Bronx New York

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    god for my weight on the rebounds when landing

Weaknesses:    lower crown i only rode the fork one day and the lower crown broke so im here to ask for some help and ask if anyone has any crowns to the fork i dont wanna buy a whole fork so if ya do email me jay4u2nv29@yahoo.com it would be great help thx

Bottom Line:   
im here trying to buy the piece and i recommend the fhe product eventhought mines broke the same day but maybe it had a crack or i made a mistake on teh set up but its good stuff lol

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Favorite Trail:   vancortlant park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   some guy i met while riding

Similar Products Used:   none i only rode my bike with it and my friends bike we had the same forks but after that i ahvent rode more downhill i been on just riding

Bike Setup:   hanebrink 6"1/2 on a diamond back with 6" of rear travel

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jesus Santiago a Weekend Warrior from Bronx New York

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    god for my weight on the rebounds when landing

Weaknesses:    lower crown i only rode the fork one day and the lower crown broke so im here to ask for some help and ask if anyone has any crowns to the fork i dont wanna buy a whole fork so if ya do email me jay4u2nv29@yahoo.com it would be great help thx

Bottom Line:   
im here trying to buy the piece and i recommend the fhe product eventhought mines broke the same day but maybe it had a crack or i made a mistake on teh set up but its good stuff lol

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Favorite Trail:   vancortlant park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   some guy i met while riding

Similar Products Used:   none i only rode my bike with it and my friends bike we had the same forks but after that i ahvent rode more downhill i been on just riding

Bike Setup:   hanebrink 6"1/2 on a diamond back with 6" of rear travel

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by carlo montecillo a Downhiller from laspinas,philippines

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2005

Strengths:    loojks so good>>>.well if you guys take time to set the adjustment eventually you will be able to get the right setting for your riding.....25mm hub,stiff, plush and light.

Weaknesses:    well the seals are kinda gay....

Bottom Line:   
if you are not happy with this fork go buy a boxxer,dorado,or a 888, but this fork only costs a fraction of these forks....thats the thing you should take note of.

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Favorite Trail:   joanne's trail tagaytay city

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   some guy

Similar Products Used:   marzoochi single crown forks.....

Bike Setup:   black diamond hardtail......

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by greg a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2004

Strengths:    looks, but thats not why i am here, can anyone help me, i need to know how to adjust these forks, i want to adjust the preload compression and rebound but without a manual have no clue how, any help would be great cheers
gregclarks@hotmail.com


Bottom Line:   
looks, but thats not why i am here, can anyone help me, i need to know how to adjust these forks, i want to adjust the preload compression and rebound but without a manual have no clue how, any help would be great cheers
gregclarks@hotmail.com

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Favorite Trail:   south downs, chilterns

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   EBAY RULES!


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Downhiller from Stockton,UK

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2004

Strengths:    Very well built and sturdy fork, if it can handle me then its a good fork, im a big guy, and like to ride hard, i have done 6ft+ drops on these forks and they are fine, ridden them 3 times since i had them and had no problems at all. First thing i did when i got them is had some new seals made for them, by a friend. since fitting them the travel is buttery smooth and bottomless.

Weaknesses:    The forks are Waaaayyyy long, thats the only problem with them, they make my sintesi feel like a hotrod!

Bottom Line:   
These forks rock, once the seal problem was sorted, haven't leaked at all since, haven't blown the damper on mine and im 6'6" and weigh 195lbs, I ride hard, and make use of most of the travel, and my damper is fine, there is only one problem with hanebrink, and thats the customer service, so all you people moaning about broken dampers, get one made, its cheaper than buying one from hanebrink. Go to a local MX specialist and get them to service your forks, chances are they have all the bits to fit, that aren't hanebrink bits, trust me on that one. I would reccomend these forks to anybody, they are awesome, but need some weight behind them to power through the travel, thats why they are such good forks for me.

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Favorite Trail:   Carlton Bank DH

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Rckshox Boxxer Race's, 151's, Foes F1's, Marzocchi Monsters, Manitou Dorado's, 'Zocchi Shivers.

Bike Setup:   Sintesi Bazooka 1998, Hanebrink LT-9, Magura Louise Discs, Alex DM24 rear wheel on deore disc, Mavic D521 on Hanebrink front wheel, Shimano 105 mech, Truvativ stylo SL cranks, Gigapipe SL b/b, DMR V12 magnesium pedals, Thomson Seatpost, 24/7 saddle, Tioga DH 2.3 Tyres, Amoeba DH bars, Will Longden MX grips, Suntour Shifter.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Butthead a Downhiller from Redding

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2004

Strengths:    Is Hanebrink still in business? I really don't know how since their products lack any strengths. Their forks look pretty nice until you ride one. I was stupid enough to buy a used bike with one of these forks. I thought it was the bomb cuz it had 9" of travel. WRONG!! I busted this fork so bad after less than a month of light riding.

Weaknesses:    This fork really sucks because it doesn't eat up small bumps at all. In fact, mine was so stiff and unresponsive I forgot what a good fork feels like. Needless to say, after this fork broke, I bought a 2004 Marzocchi Jr. T and it is a world of difference- adjustable, sensitive to small bumps, no a gimmick design- truly a good product.

Bottom Line:   
I thought about sending my fork to Hanebrink for repair after it busted but I was scared cuz there was no telling if it would break again a month later. These forks are poorly made- they appear to be tough and durable but it is soooooo basic and simply a gimmick.

I have NEVER seen any pros riding any of their junk and I think there is a reason for that. Get a real fork- Fox, Manitou, Marzocchi, Rock Shox- these companies will atleast stand behind their product.

Bottom line, Hanebrinks are sketchy- you will be worried about the fork breaking as you are riding- NOT GOOD.

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville DH

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi,(I have owned 2 Marzocchi forks and I think they are awesome) Rock Shox.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mt. RMX w/ 2004 Jr. T

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Thomas Torquemada a Downhiller from Irvine. CA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2004

Strengths:    None Whatsoever

Weaknesses:    No progressive qualities.
Completely blew both seals on 6' drop.


Bottom Line:   
A true piece of shiite. No adjustment,no progression over small stuff, blew seals on a drop that my Marzocchi DJ II has done a hundred times.

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Favorite Trail:   Deaths Ugly Haed

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Test from Friend

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi. Manitou, Fox (you know...real forks).

Bike Setup:   2004 Norco DHR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Alvin Gratos from Santa Cruz

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2004

Strengths:    Looks tough, draws attention. That's about it.

Weaknesses:    This fork has no sensitivity for small bumps. You basically have to be going full speed for it to compress. Even then the fork doesn't ride smoothly. It is very low tech, disappointing. Purchasing this fork was a mistake.

Bottom Line:   
Here are my reasons NOT to buy this fork. I don't want anyone to make the same mistake I did.

1. Lack of adjustments
2. No one carries these forks- parts are impossible to come by.
3.Way over priced.

I am taking this thing off and selling it on ebay. Hanebrink makes garbage forks. I am race downhill and thought I would try this fork out cuz I heard some good things about it. However, the performance of this fork is horrible. It's very stiff and doesn't really eat bumps like a good fork. Kinda like riding a pogo stick on the front of your bike. DON'T BUY THESE FORKS. GET SOMETHING THAT WORKS GOOD, I.E. MARZOCCHI, MANITOU, ROCK SHOX- NOT A HOMEMADE POGO STICK AKA HANEBRINK.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Direct

Similar Products Used:   Boxxers, Dorado.

Bike Setup:   Intense DH bike, all the goods except for fork.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Warren G a Downhiller from Kings Beach

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2004

Strengths:    THIS IS AN UPDATE- AS YOU CAN SEE FROM MY REVIEW BELOW I HAD SOME POSITIVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS FORK UNTIL I BLEW THE DAMPENING OUT LAST NIGHT RIDING SOME SINGLE TRACK. THIS FORK CAN'T HANDLE ANY ABUSE. I WAS RIDING ALONG AND HIT A ROCK AND THE DAMPENING BLEW UP. THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. THE SAD THING IS IF I CALL UP HANEBRINK, THEY WILL TRY AND CHARGE ME FOR PARTS WHEN ITS CLEARLY A PRODUCT FAILURE.

Weaknesses:    EVERYTHING- FRONT WHEEL IS VERY HARD TO REMOVE AND PUT BACK ON, DAMPENING WILL BLOW BECAUSE THIS FORK IS DELICATE AND PRISSY. IT MAY LOOK TOUGH BUT I RODE MY OL' MARZOCCHI 4" TRAVEL FORK SO HARD- I WOULD BOTTOM IT OUT ALL THE TIME AND IT NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS.

Bottom Line:   
AT FIRST I TRIED TO GIVE THIS FORK A CHANCE. I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE DISSED THIS FORK SO HARD AND THEN I FOUND OUT FOR MYSELF WHY MANY PEOPLE HATE THIS FORK. BOTTOM LINE: I WOULD RATHER HAVE A FORK WITH LESS TRAVEL THAT IS RELIABLE THAN A FORK THAT CLAIMS 9" OF TRAVEL YET IT BREAKS UNDER NORMAL USE. I GUESS I WILL CUT MY LOSSES- I AM NOT EVEN GOING TO BOTHER FIXING THIS FORK UNLESS I CAN DO IT MYSELF AND NOT SPEND ANY MONEY.
THESE FORKS SUCK. THEY WILL FEEL PLUSH FOR A WHILE BUT ITS SCARY HOW UNRELIABLE THEY ARE MADE.
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT BUYING ONE- GET A MARZOCCHI OR ROCK SHOX- THERE IS A REASON NOT ONE TOP RIDER USES A HANEBRINK FORK- THEY SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   RIGID FORK, POGO STICK. THIS FORK IS ONE OF A KIND- THERE IS A REASON NO BIKE SHOPS WILL CARRY IT- IT WILL BREAK EASILY, UNRELIABLE- UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED.

Bike Setup:   BULLIT

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Warren Gee a Downhiller from Tahoe

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2004

Strengths:    Pretty Plush, light, turns heads.

Weaknesses:    Its a pain to take the tire off- one leg is longer than the other, you have to manually compress the leg with the spring to put the tire back on- basically you are screwed if you are in the middle of the woods with a flat.

Bottom Line:   
Does anyone have any suggestions on this fork? I bought it with a used bike. It's plush, but I don't know how to adjust it. Also, it is stiff as hell! You really have to throw some weight on the fork or ram it into a huge rock to even get the fork to compress. I weigh 175, 5'10" and the fork just doesn't seem to have the plush feel with other forks in the same price range such as the Monster T or Triple 8 Marzocchi. Please email me if you know how to make this fork feel better.

tahoehouser@aol.com Thanks.

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Favorite Trail:   TRT, Northstar

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi- MXR only 4" of travel but a nice fork.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit- set up for DH/Freeride

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