RockShox Indy SL Front Shock

3.59/5 (138 Reviews)


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Indy SL Shock


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Univega RAM9DH a Downhiller from Amsterdam

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2004

Strengths:    Light and with the long travel kit mounted relatively much travel.

Weaknesses:    When aplying the front brake you can see the thing bending. I've always had the idea that the travel had two ways to go, 1:The sliding of the fork tubes, 2:bending of the tubes. My friend had broken it and I felt unsafe using it any longer.

Bottom Line:   
Although it is light this fork is not suitable for taking medium/big hits. Marzocchi has MUCH!!!!! better forks to offer for the same price!! Only good for extremely light crosscountry riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Morzine

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came with Trek Y11

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Psylo XC, als has the bending problem.

Bike Setup:   Univega RAM9DH, Magura HS33, Vuelta Airline1 rims, manitou SPV 4-way rear shock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2001

Strengths:    Very, very light. Good amount of travel. Stiff when climbing. Low maintenance.

Weaknesses:    Looks skinny and takes time to adjust when you were so use to the Marzocchi forks with huge legs. Not as plush as many of the other forks available today. Not as agressive on turns as I would like it to be. Feels a bit flexy at times.

Bottom Line:   
Good fork if you do not have a strong desire to throw a bunch of cash in something you don't exactly need. For XC riding, it is in excellent choice. The fork is light and that is a trade off. You sacrifice adjustability, although some is available. The forks can just downright be scary when descending fast since I use to ride a bike with the Marzocchi Z-4 and it sucked up and handled everything like it was cheesecake. On turns it takes time to learn how the weight is distributed since it has no type of angle, just straight perpendicular to the floor. I've seen this being blown out at under $100 a pop and I definitely recommended it for a user who wants a decent fork. Unfortunately, these will go back on the garage wall as I am going to test out the 2001 Rock Shox SID XC.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z-1 and Z-4. Chubby fork from Proflex. Rock Shox Judy SL.

Bike Setup:   '97 Gary Fisher carbon fiber Procaliber with XT parts.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Black Ice a Weekend Warrior from Bathurst, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2001

Strengths:    It's a RockShox ?

Weaknesses:    Stiff as a rock

Bottom Line:   
These things came on my friends bike, we bought them at the same time. He got the Haro, I got a GT Palomar. Great shocks.. to look at. Adjusters DON'T ADJUST, they're stiff as a rock, even in the middle of summer, 2mm of travel, gritty and sticky feeling. Kinda like having rigid forks with the headset tightened up way too far. The RST's on the GT are a lot smoother, and do a lot better job of soaking up the potholes and train tracks. As for the Haro frame, he cracked the rear triangle. Woohoo, Quality ride all the way. Oh yeah, they feel like those early MalvernStar front shock bikes with the fake shocks that looked the business but didn't do anything.

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Favorite Trail:   Mount Pan

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   RST 280 Team Series
Malvern Star (those original ones with springs)


Bike Setup:   stock Haro Extreme EX2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Doctor White (Evil phD) a Cross Country Rider from Steeple Bumpstead, Great Britain

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2001

Strengths:    I suppose you could say that the light weight, but it doesn't mean much compared to how crap they are.

Weaknesses:    Soggy bananas have more stiffness. First ride and the brakes were rubbing when out of the saddle on both rims. I thought that was standard thing for suspension forks until I bought some proper ones.

Bottom Line:   
I weigh between 9.5 and 10 stone depending on my daily pie consumption (and level of latest tropical disease) and these crap arse forks were thrashed in 18 months. The bushes were shot so that there was 1/8" of front to back play at the wheel. They had more stiction than a pair of nun's knickers, and they were practically unserviceable. Oh, did I mention the flex.
Can't believe that baboon's bum yank company are still making these under a different name. Rhymes with wet? Hey, YOU CAN'T POLISH A TURD!!
Does anyone want to buy a pair, 60 quid to you mate, one careful owner.

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Favorite Trail:   Long gruelling climbs which make you sweat.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came on bike as standard

Similar Products Used:   Pace RC36 EVO (Buy these they crap from a great height on the yank toss that we get forced on us because some paid off bike journalist says it is good)

Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude Comp (97) with Pace RC36 EVO forks and some other standard shimano pants stuff. (don't get me started on Shimano)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by The Pimp a Cross Country Rider from London (in the UK, yankee schmuck)

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2001

Strengths:    Lighter than my wallet baby, heavier than my soul.

Weaknesses:    Flexes more than a Russian gymnast, and baby they flex. Bugger to take apart - can't get the elastomers out, but apparently mine are part of a faulty batch - had the UK distributor service them twice for me free of charge.

Bottom Line:   
These puppies are light. They work for me, but I'm pretty light (only heavy where it counts, baby). I very rarely bottomed these babies out, but they get stiff during the winter, whereas I'm far more of a summer man in the great outdoors. Oooo! Sometimes I just want to touch myself! They flex though, which makes rolling on the front wheel braking a bee-hotch. Also get rim slap (just slap it baby. Ooo! That's soooooo goooooood! Did your Mumma show you that?) on the brakes when you honk out of that saddle. Adjustment is a pig, and I only ever got mine apart once, and I'm an ex-Shimano Service Centre mechanic.
Get some Pace baby, or for those reading in American, still get some Pace. They rule the roost cat, a bit like me.

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Favorite Trail:   Snail trail baby!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came Schtock

Similar Products Used:   Pace Evo2 and Evo3 (Pace rule in a big way), Manitou, Judy, Sid.

Bike Setup:   97 Fisher Paragon, SX-ti, ATACs, ESP 9.0sl, XT, Contis - tuned to the point of no return, like a fine woman getting it on, and about to get off. Ooo! Sometimes I lurve myself!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Martijn Scholten a Weekend Warrior from Amstelveen

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2001

Strengths:    Light and with Englund Air suitable for lightweight riders.

Weaknesses:    FLEXXXX!

Bottom Line:   
The only reason I had this fork for so long is that I simply didn't know ALL other suspension forks on the market are better. This thing is a dangerous in turns and absorbes shockes mostly by bending back- or sidewords.

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Favorite Trail:   Portes du Soleil (France)

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   Trek Y11/ Vuelta Airline 3 rims / XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chris from Moscow, ID, USA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2000

Strengths:    Light. Looks alright (but who gives a crap about looks)

Weaknesses:    Flex, travel, bottoms easily, damping sucks

Bottom Line:   
My biggest problem with this fork was the flex. It seems to have more horizontal travel than verticle. I can't say how scary it is now having complete control over your wheel.

Another problem was that it bottoms easily. 63 mm doesn't cut it these days. I can bottom it simply by throwing my 160 pound body onto it.

In cold weather, this thing feels like it is lubricated with tar.

I broke the thing the other day. Went off a jump, came down, and one side of the brake arch broke off. I got a Judy XC, which is soooo much nicer. Hard to bottom, stiff, bit heavy.. but hey, you want to lose weight, lay off the damn cheeseburgers.

If you care about money and weight but not about performance, this is the fork for you. If you want real suspension, however, fork (no pun intended) out the extra $ for a SID or Judy (Judys probably have the best price for what you get of any fork), or even a bomber if you feel like spending some more. I give it 2 flaming chilis because it's cheap, but it doesn't deserve a flaming dildo overall, much less a chili.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   Various 2000 judys


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by scooby doo a Weekend Warrior from scooby land

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2000

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    flexy
not enough travel
stiff
not good in the cold


Bottom Line:   
although they are very light mine is a piece of junk, to stiff in stock setting, freezes up in the winter and not enough travel, the only thing good is the travel

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Favorite Trail:   dirt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   judy xc


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tanner a Cross Country Rider from calgary, ab, canada

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000

Strengths:    Very, very light....pretty plush, decent travel with the long travel kit

Weaknesses:    a bit flexy, tuning ability??

Bottom Line:   
Great fork never riddin in cold so can't tell you about performance in cold like other guys...this fork rocks cause its light but would rather have sid race or judy race even though its heavier so a could tune it better..........if you have this fork get the long travel kit it helps so much for trail ridding so you won't bottom out and makes it plusher..........4 flaming flamingo crap nuggets

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   a bunch of crap not worth mentioning

Bike Setup:   GT avalanche mod. trail bike

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Cross-Country Rider from Menomonie, WI

Date Reviewed: November 5, 1999

Strengths:    
It's light
cool color


Weaknesses:    
doen't respond well in cold weather
not as plush as other shocks I have tested


Bottom Line:   
For lighter riders the shock responds great. Only shock really lighter is the SID race and I don't think it gives a better ride. Not as plush as other shocks I have tested but all of them weighed more. Cold weather tends to stiffen shock. For the weight and the price you can pick one up you can't beat it. Better shocks with comparable weight would be SID's XC & SL, SX-TI & carbons. On my next bike I would want a shock to be a little plusher than my indy.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Judy XC
First SID
SID XC
Spyder R


Bike Setup:   
Rockhopper Comp
Drivetrain LX,XT
Indy SL, with other upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ken Chang a Cross-Country Rider from Tucson, Arizona

Date Reviewed: October 15, 1999

Strengths:    
It's frickin' light.
As light as a SID.
It's beautifully yellow!


Weaknesses:    
Meant for light riders.


Bottom Line:   
I weigh about 150lbs. and this shock is very comfortable. I hardly ever bottom it out and I have it set to the lightest spring load. I think it is definitely meant for lightweight riders though. I like the fact that it's 2 years old and is still as light as the new SID's (although when I save up enough, I'll probably get a SID).

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Favorite Trail:   
Starr Pass, Tucson

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Bike Setup:   
1997 Gary Fisher Kai-Tai
Full XT drivetrain
blah blah blah

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Tom R. Engelsen a Cross-Country Rider from Norway

Date Reviewed: September 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Very light!! (1,1 kilo)
Nice and plush travel.
Cool colours.
Boots stays on!


Weaknesses:    
A little bit flexy.


Bottom Line:   
I bought these forks used from a friend of mine. They rule! Nice, plush travel (I'm 76 kilos). Cool colours on my black and yellow cr-mo frame!
They are extremely light(same weight as the SID!!) I took off 750 grams compared to my old AKELA fork. Some flex, but it doesn't bother me.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Rigid (came stock on my bike)
AKELA suspension (cheap crap bought on sale)


Bike Setup:   
A norwegian extreme piste cr-mo 19 frame
LX gears/shifters/hubs
Tektro V-brake/levers
Impel Sugino 350 crankset

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Glen Hunmplik a Cross-Country Rider from calgary, alberta

Date Reviewed: August 31, 1999

Strengths:    
This for is light!!!!


Weaknesses:    
Very flexy....
quality of travel,
amount of travel


Bottom Line:   
This fork is okay. Too little travel, locks out on the stutters and bottoms on big hits.....but is freakin' light!
3 flaming dog terds.

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Favorite Trail:   
greenstone mountain

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
rigid crap


Bike Setup:   
avalanche fully modified trail bike.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Bill Keeler a Cross-Country Rider from Ottawa, ON

Date Reviewed: August 31, 1999

Strengths:    
light,


Bottom Line:   
My buddy and purchased this fork with our bikes last year and a couple of nights ago his snapped coming down the hill, The snap took place right at the brake holders. my buddy went for a dive and lucky for him he only had some scratches but I will get back to you when he deals with RS and our local retailer. I hope mine doesn't break too....

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Favorite Trail:   
Kanata Lakes

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Bombers



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Moscow, Idaho

Date Reviewed: August 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Light as hell.


Weaknesses:    
Kinda Flimsy


Bottom Line:   
What can I say? It's... well.... light.

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Favorite Trail:   
Anything around Moab, Utah

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Rigid


Bike Setup:   
Giant Yukon w/ Aluminum frame

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