Noleen Elite Front Shock

4.46/5 (13 Reviews)


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Noleen Elite


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam Lazenby from Sandy, OR

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2001

Strengths:    Smooth travel. The smart shock lets it be soft in the little stuff and much stiffer in the big G-outs. Very tough to bottom out with the smart shock on.

Weaknesses:    Cables rub on the sides of the legs. The smart shock shorted out after only six months of riding. This made the shock handle very poorly. It was very stiff on the small stuff and bottomed out quickly with a loud thunk.

Bottom Line:   
As long as the smart shock is working this shock is outstanding. But, as soon as it dies the fork is not quite as enjoyable.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   ediscountbike.com

Similar Products Used:   Indy S, Judy 100

Bike Setup:   K2 Proflex 4000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by George Estreich a Cross Country Rider from NYC, NY

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2001

Strengths:    Super laterally stiff...no side to side what so ever. Tightest fork Ive ever used. Replaced NR1 with NR2 and it got even better with dampening control. Tracks like a laser. Looks real mean (great conversation starter + anyone who has one will treat you like a brother)

Weaknesses:    a little on the heavy side. Tall mounting makes low handlebar height tough to acheive (get - stem angle and flat bar) Smashed my rapidfire shifter barrels to smithereens on the bottom out.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is I love this fork. I raced for one season in the NORBA circuit in Hawaii (BIMBA) and I used the Judy for half the time and the Noleen for half. I love the friggin thing. Its so tight its like halfway between a sid and no shock at all. (those of you who can appreciate the no shock analogy will love this thing). Not for the meek...for the intense. I loathe the dual suspension experience, I need much more feel...the noleen delivers. Get a softer coil and an NR2 and you can have the plush too. Not me. I dial the preload stiff and rip. When it bottoms out (very rarely) I know Im riding properly.

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Favorite Trail:   Stillwell Preserve

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Hilo Bike Hub, HI

Similar Products Used:   rock shox judy race, manitou sx, a few others.

Bike Setup:   '01 Trek 6700 frame with all fresh components. (easton ea- 70 post and bars, bontrager race lite crankset, xt/xtr derr., Avid arch rival V's, superstock rims. Fits me like a Trojan.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from Loa Angeles, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2001

Strengths:    awsome suspension soacks up big obstacles, but is also precise on singletrack. very low unsprung weight, although the entire unit is probably heavier than the judy sl it replaced. got it for a great price!

Weaknesses:    poor powdercoating job - it's flaking off a bit, but luckily is painted white underneath also. nothing like the awsome powdercoating on the santa cruz frame.

noise from shift cables hitting the fork's cable guides during heavy pounding. I think a couple cable ties and/or foam tape will silence this.


Bottom Line:   
On my first ride out with it, I rode faster and with more confidence. A much more active suspension than the rock shox which was a good fork. A noticable improvement to an already sweet setup. Bike geometry didn't noticably change except handlebar is now 1" higher due to upper mount of fork above the head tube. I could invert the stem, but I use a flat bar anyway and the higher position was just fine. sub-par powder coating job keep it from 5 chilies, but I recommend it highly anyway.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   ediscountbike.com

Similar Products Used:   rock shox judy sl with speedsprings, AMP

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler, king headset, bontrager jones tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shaun ONeil a Weekend Warrior from Amherst

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2000

Strengths:    I work at a bike shop in Buffalo NY, and I have to day when my collegues pointed me towards the Noleen I was very uncertain, somehow they talked me into it and now I feel it is one of the greatest purchases I have ever made. It handles like a dream and will without a doubt go through anyting. If you dissagree with this it is only because you need to learn how to really bike!

Bottom Line:   
Its the bomb
No side to side movement you get from all those other front shocks out there

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Favorite Trail:   Hunters Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Precision


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan a Cross Country Rider from Jonesboro, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2000

Strengths:    Good stiff fork, dependable, great performance for the money, reasonable weight.

Weaknesses:    Will raise handlebar height unless you flip a rising stem upside down... not really a problem in my case.

Bottom Line:   
Best all around fork that I have used to date. Great on single track. Seems plush on small and large hits but a little harsh "in the rough" at speed. Works well for XC racing.
Thought it steered flawlessly until I added an Ionic Major Stiffy brake booster. Now it REALLY does steer EXACTLY where I want it to go: the most confidence inspiring fork I have ever ridden. I am 140lbs and using the RED 200 rate spring.
I recommend this fork to anyone wanting a great performing XC fork at a reasonable price. Follow the instructions CAREFULLY if you install this fork yourself. Have a bike shop do it if you are not mechanically inclined. Then go out and enjoy a great riding bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   '93 Specialized Future shock, '94 Girvin Vector 2, Specialized FSX Carbon/titanium (tapered legs).

Bike Setup:   '95 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 frame, XT rapidfire & V-brakes, Raceface crank, Cane Creek Cronos WAM wheelset, Thudbuster Quatra-pivot seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mike the bike guy a Cross-Country Rider from Leesburg VA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 1999

Strengths:    
It really takes the hard hits well. Rolls right over them.
Tracks very well!!!
Can bunny-hop like a crazy person...


Weaknesses:    
no disc mount (no biggie) I can deal with that.


Bottom Line:   
OK the fork's great but.... check this out:Here it is 12ish and I just finished up, guess what?installing a light directly onto the Noleen Elite fork I just got.I putz'd around with a few different ideas when, low-and-B-hold, I found it...
The perfect do-hicky.I installed a simple, single-beam, helmet light, made by Cateye, taken off it's bracket then mounting it onto a cut and re-bent reflector bracket intended for a kid's bike.In a spot where Noleen made a bracket intended for running derailleur/brake cable I was able to mount the light directly onto the inside of the right fork leg. (right in front of the fork's shock)It looks as if it belongs there. It almost looks like a motorcross bike. tee hee :-)Best thing about it, because of the light's location (on the actual fork leg), it doesn't pivot very much. And, if you think about it, the pivot action it does have is actually good... it pivots slightly downward, something you'd want when you're hitting the bumps.I crack myself up. I'm so frikin' creative!!!Now I just gotta figure out how to mount the battery pack (which is no biggie).
+ I gotta get a new bulb to replace the one I torched the other night (woops).

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Favorite Trail:   
anywhere off road

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
NA


Bike Setup:   
On a Dean Z Link.
Talk about a your pivots!!! yikes

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Billy a Weekend Warrior from Castle Rock Colorado

Date Reviewed: November 11, 1999

Strengths:    
Very Reliable


Weaknesses:    
Funky Travel


Bottom Line:   
Had the fork for a little over one year. Never been broken. First fork I have had that was so reliable. I have only done scheduled maintance and have had zero suprises. My only bitc* is the way the travel arcs under. This fork does dive under because of the design of the travel, so it does take awhile to get used to. It's probably me but I find it hard to jump with this fork, landings are sometimes sketchy at best, maybe I'm getting sloppy. I really don't like this one any higher than three feet. Nice under pedaling, very little bob. I give it a three not cause it's a bad fork but there after riding some other stuff I found this is not the fork for me.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Judy, XCR, Bomber


Bike Setup:   
Ti frame, XTR, Light Cross Country

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Tony D a Cross-Country Rider from Vancouver, WA

Date Reviewed: October 17, 1999

Strengths:    
STIFF, tracks very well, handles square edge bumps, very, very little bobbing or brake dive


Weaknesses:    
Could be lighter, no disc mounts


Bottom Line:   
I wouldn't pay retail for this fork, but got mine for $150 and am happy. It replaced a '97 SX-Ti w/Speed Springs. This fork is very stiff, I immediately noticed less front wheel deflection. The fork lets most the small stuff through and doesn't activate until more medium hits. Anything from say 6 to 2.5' this fork just eats alive. I would not call the ride plush at all though, it feels much more like a race fork. At about 3.65lb, it could be lighter. Word is that Noleen has an air shock in the works that is retro compatible that'll get the weight down to the 3.15-3.2 range. There are also replacement legs soon available that're disc compatible. Maintainance is a breeze w/the lube ports

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by P.D. Nick a Downhiller from Englewood, Colorado

Date Reviewed: August 12, 1999

Strengths:    
Very light, if you are a climber. Stiff, nice amount of travel.


Weaknesses:    
Not disc brake mountable unless you by a new leg which costs $180.


Bottom Line:   
It is a good shock for downhilling, but I have decided to change to a Manatou X-Vert R. And it is not $600 like the site says, I'm selling mine, which is in good condition for $400, O/B/O
It really is a good fork for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   
Keystone, Colorado

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Girvin Elite


Bike Setup:   
K2 4000, Noleen Nr-4 it is fu@#$%^ awesome.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Pablo a Racer from Spain

Date Reviewed: July 24, 1999

Strengths:    
The feeling is just great!


Weaknesses:    
If you really want to take it to the top, you should change the shock that cames with it and put an NR-4.


Bottom Line:   
I've raced for almost five years and I've tried every new model that came out. When ive gone for a ride with this fork, I didn't think it any more: it looks cool, it doesn't flex and it's perfect for XC racing. It's just the best fork ever built!

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Favorite Trail:   
Sierra Nevada Downhill

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Lots of Judy's, bombers and RST.


Bike Setup:   
Sunn Revolt Gp, XTR, Race Face and Crossmax.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Puotinen a Cross-Country Rider from Alamo

Date Reviewed: May 17, 1999

Strengths:    
Stiff relibil Wow this thing rock


Weaknesses:    
None what so ever


Bottom Line:   
Buy this if you ever by a new shox

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Girvin victor 3


Bike Setup:   
proflex 855

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Puotinen a Cross-Country Rider from Alamo

Date Reviewed: May 17, 1999

Strengths:    
A great shox flies down the hills and keeps the bike on the groud with just one shox


Weaknesses:    
A bit heave but not to bad.


Bottom Line:   
Pimp one shox designe

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Victor 3


Bike Setup:   
Proflex 855

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Puotinen a Cross-Country Rider from Alamo

Date Reviewed: May 17, 1999

Strengths:    
A great shox flies down the hills and keeps the bike on the groud with just one shox


Weaknesses:    
A bit heave but not to bad.


Bottom Line:   
Pimp one shox designe

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Victor 3


Bike Setup:   
Proflex 855

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