RockShox Indy S Front Shock

2.78/5 (37 Reviews)


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Rock Shox Indy S


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Daniel a Weekend Warrior from France

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Dumping system, rigidity.

Bottom Line:   
I've opened it.
1 piece of elastomer on one side, nothing on the other side. But the adjusting knob still there!!!

Weak like a twig, when uphill, it flexes up untill the brake pads touch the rim.

No dumping what so ever.

Surprised this was ever manufactured.

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Favorite Trail:   Off

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Similar Products Used:   Indy SL

Bike Setup:   2003 bottom-middle range hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sdude30 a Weekend Warrior from Arlington, VA

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2009

Strengths:    Great xc fork. Must be indestructible because its been used for 8 years. I think its light, although thats compared to my other forks

Weaknesses:    Only for v brakes. Has bottomed out a few times off of jumps and drops.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a cheap, strong xc fork that practically needs no maintenance this will do the job. Just take it easy on the rough stuff.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Tony's Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Marrzocchi z.1 sport and dj3

Bike Setup:   This fork was on my Diamondback voyager 2, which was pretty much my first mtb even tho the frame was more of a hybrid. Its now on my brothers motiv rockpoint (from sams club, but has yet to break)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2007

Strengths:    indestructible, no maintenance needed at all, light, perfect for xc, never bottomed out even after jumps, you will never feel a single bump if you know how to ride properly

Weaknesses:    not meant for over 150 pound riders, sleeves make it hard to tell how much travel you are using,no disc mounts

Bottom Line:   
If you're a light guy like me, you don't need disc brakes, and you're into cross-country, this is perfect. If I didn't require disc brakes for races, I would never switch shocks.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   used


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter None a Weekend Warrior from NY

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2003

Strengths:    man,this baby is not the best fork you could ever have,but for the year of 98,when it was made it was one of the best.i got this on my trek 6000,and its still going.after 5 years of XC,jumps from ramps in the skate park and similar brutalities its stil doing its job.i have never ever opened it,i just grease it regularly.so i think its pretty good.

Weaknesses:    no disk mounts,not good for people over 150 pounds./i'm 150,so i know/rubber seals have the tendency to shrink.

Bottom Line:   
its good,wort it price,if you have the choice between stiff fork or this one,go with the suspention man!/although i doubt that you will be able to find this fork anywhere,they are too old/.if you have such a fork,and you want to keep it,better find some parts,or a extra one for parts,because nothing last for ever...

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Favorite Trail:   i'm sure you don't know it

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   USbikes,Wash. D.C.

Similar Products Used:   whole other pile of junk...manitoes,newer R.S.,fox,marzocchi-can't even spell that joint.but rst,i proclaim the biggest crap EVER!

Bike Setup:   it does't really matter...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Adam Joanisse a Cross Country Rider from Sudbury

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2002

Strengths:    none they make me laugh cuz they say ROCKSHOX ha ha

Weaknesses:    everything they not bettet then anything theses shocks just plain suck. BEG TO DIFFER?

Bottom Line:   
These shox just plain suck

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   bobs

Similar Products Used:   nothin as bad as these puppies.

Bike Setup:   KHS xt components kore stem & seat post RockShox indy c's
i think the c stands for CR#P

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lindsay a Cross Country Rider from Australia nsw

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2001

Strengths:    Great introductory shock for lighter weight riders, inexpensive, simple to maintain, good shock absorbing qualities for cross country riding preload adjuster works effectively, strong….survived several crashes.

Weaknesses:    Relatively springy compared to air shocks, bit of flex in lower legs, limited travel 50mm, chrome worn off inner tube after four years or so of use. Not suitable for large impacts

Bottom Line:   
Very impressed with the shock, ideal for entry-level riders but suitable to race on. Provides added traction and control, but strong enough for that good hard thrash every now and then. Dust boots keep seals clean however trap some water. Almost no maintenance required, quiet- no squeaking, look impressive. Adds to the fun of flying through the bush.

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Favorite Trail:   washpool walking tracks

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   RST381
RST231
RST381
RST231
RST381
RST231
RST381
RST231
RST381, RST231


Bike Setup:   Giant ATX840 , STX-RC group set, SPD's, Tioga psycho tyres,

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by DH Pro a Downhiller from Northshore Vancouver

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2000

Strengths:    This product is the best fork I have ever ridden on. I considered many other forks before i came to the final decision of the indy s. It makes no difference to me that only one side of the fork has a shock in it. I contemplated for a while, then soon realised that my Monster t's had to go, and i strapped this baby onto my brand new 2000 RM9 team issue.

Weaknesses:    ABSOLUTELY NONE

Bottom Line:   
This fork is amazing. The single spring eats the bumps like nothing ive ever felt. This fork comes out of the box ready to be bolted onto your threaded headset of your brand new DH bike. You save approximatelu 0.93 pounds off the stock Monster T, which makes the biggest difference in climbing to the start of the DH course. This product is a bit pricy, but the serious downhiller should definately check it out. Forks like the Monster T and x=vert carbon are made a mockery of when this fork is put to its maximum potential, which can be scary. The bottom line is that this fork rules, and although you might pay alot for it, trade in the Monster T and get yourself a real fork.

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Favorite Trail:   any crazy DH stuff

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   Monster T, x-vert carbon DH, Boxxer, ZZYZX, JR.T

Bike Setup:   full SRAM 9.0 and race face Dh stuff. Fox rear shock 9" travel, Indy S up front to eat the 8 foot drops of northshore and DH

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jim Crowther a Downhiller from england

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2000

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    bottomed out far to easily. Even when going up a curb

Bottom Line:   
Don't even consider this if you are a serious or semi-serious biker. It bottomed out far to easily. It's good for road use and for begginers who enjoy feeling the soft springs but don't put to much pressure on it or your wrists will hurt. Don't reccomend for jumps at all

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Favorite Trail:   Jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   With bike

Similar Products Used:   Rst 281

Bike Setup:   gt arrowhead

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by will j a Cross Country Rider from spartanburg, sc, usa

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2000

Strengths:    had them for about 4-5 years, they are still working O.K. they have around 50 mm of ride and are great for beginners who want a shock that will last them.

Weaknesses:    doesn't feel like the ajusting screws (or whatever they are called) still work

Bottom Line:   
if you think youve abused your shocks, ya aint seen nothin yet. i have never cleaned them, go down a set of around 20 steps near my house that are (and im not exagerating, i went out and measured them 5 minutes ago)5 inches wide by 9 1/2 inches tall every time i am biking around my house, which i do around 3-4 times a day, and hit a 5 foot dropoff near my house daily (only once a day cause i crash almost every time i jump it). the shock covers got riped of by a dog in our neiborhood, and i go on trails and get them covered in dirt every day. if thats not abuse, what is?

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Favorite Trail:   tour de dump

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   '99 rock shox jetts, '98 rock shox jetts

Bike Setup:   schwinn frontier

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian from Saratoga NY

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2000

Strengths:    cheap

Weaknesses:    everything besides price

Bottom Line:   
has almost no travel, i weigh 115 and it bottomed out i replaced it a while ago because it was so bad, dont waste your money on it, save up and get a better one

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Favorite Trail:   stables

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   99 judy 97judy indy c sid xc


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hernan Aguila a Cross Country Rider from Viña del Mar, Chile

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2000

Strengths:    At the year I bought my bike, the best suspension fork I could afford. Very low maintenance need it.

Weaknesses:    It has elastomer in one leg only, I weight 160 lbs. and soon started to bottom out on big hits, not good for bumping roads.

Bottom Line:   
I put elastomer in the other leg, that works find, especially in big hits. But now since two years, it has been decreasing its performance. If you are short one many and find a big sale, buy it, but look around there are good forks on sale too.

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Favorite Trail:   off road trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   none yet. I bought a Indy SL long travel, wait for my comparison.

Bike Setup:   GT hardtail with stx group

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mark a Downhiller from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2000

Strengths:    Good luck finding one.

Weaknesses:    Almost everything!!!!

Bottom Line:   
Fine fork for a person on a REAL! buget. or a 11 Year old kid that likes things that bounce. It sucks. It sucks. it f#$@in' sucks. (I had To write 50 words)

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Spyder, Indy XC

Bike Setup:   Old: GT with stx group
New: Santa Cruz Chameleon with Jr.T

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Terry Shulze a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, basic suspension for occasional riders, low maintence (a few drops of oil now and then), fool proof (a disclaimer is necessary for the exceptional fool)

Weaknesses:    Short travel (48mm), no dampening, very difficult to upgrade

Bottom Line:   
After about 3 months I could use the upgrade, until then my cardi-respitory system was the limiting factor.

Did some research and found out about the Englund air cartidges. Also that all the Indys were basically the same. I obtained some long travel rods for free (the increase in the travel is about 13mm). I knew from the drawings I reviewed that there was a 13mm spacer in the bottom of the Indy S fork that reduced travel, what I didn't know was that it is put into the fork BEFORE the bushings are pressed on.

I had to manufacture a special tool by grinding down a hacksaw blade so that I could cut out the spacer apart and slip the pieces past the bushing without nicking the surface. It took 4 hours! I got the spacers out without nicking the bushing in either leg.

I now have 75mm air forks that work like magic. This (Indy S)is not a modification for the novice. However, there are plenty of used Indy C forks lying around that could be upgraded easily and the result is the best value for money upgrade you could make.

See my reference in the Englund Product Review for tuning tips.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Trek with suspension seatpost, (now)75mm Englunds

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Matt from Ohio

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2000

Strengths:    good brand name...thats it

Weaknesses:    everything this fork bites. you get 1 big green MCU and thats in, and even worse in one leg only, adjuster knobs dont do crap fork is weak and looks crappy too

Bottom Line:   
this fork sucks!! dont buy it, i bought mine for 150 bucks and got rippped off soooo bad!! DO NOT BUY THIS FORK I GAVE IT 1 CHILLI B/C THERE WASNT ANY LOWER

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   manitou SX


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Munster a Weekend Warrior from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2000

Strengths:    Umm...none.

Weaknesses:    It's an MCU only, therefore doesn't work at all in the cold.
Small amount of travel, therefore bottoms out easily and harshly.
No adjustability at all (The 'preload' are fake)


Bottom Line:   
You'd be better off with a rigid fork.
Rock Shox made this fork to 'look' like a suspension fork, but it is not. The internals consit of one big long MCU in one of the legs. It's sad that brand new this fork was selling for $150CAN (mine came with the bike).
I weigh 135lbs and was bottoming this fork on the smallest hits, it really isn't meant for any serious riding and should only be speced on a department store children's bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Kanata Lakes

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   '99 Marzocchi Z1 Alloy
'99 Marzocchi Mr T


Bike Setup:   Raleigh Canada Hardtail

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