RockShox Jett C 99 Front Shock

2.56/5 (48 Reviews)


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Rock Shox Jett C


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Christian a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2012

Strengths:    It works.

Weaknesses:    My Jett C has about 4 centimetres of travel when I put all of my weight on it. On the jumps, it feels like a pogo stick. It's pretty heavy for something with almost no travel. I recently switched it out for 100mm on a Manitou R7 Pro.

Bottom Line:   
A budget fork. The only thing of value on the fork is the Rock Shox sticker.

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Favorite Trail:   Morses Pond Trail

Duration Product Used:   Two Years

Purchased At:   New Hampshire

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox XC, Fox F100, Fox 36 Float

Bike Setup:   GT Rebound, Shimano drivetrain, Answer DH bars and stem, Alex rims and DT Swiss internals, Maxxis High Rollers, Pro Max brakes, Thomson and SDG saddle.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from Pleasanton, CA

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2007

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    everything

Bottom Line:   
Sucks horribly.. I did some mild cross country riding and the fork is now stuck stiff, it is heavy, ugly, and is worse than the shocks that come on walmart bikes.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mo Elinsky a Weekend Warrior from Bethesda, MD

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2004

Strengths:    It's cheap, it gives 80MM of travel, it's low maintenance, has disc mounts. For some reason, this fork doesn't seem to bottom out harshly so you don't get jarred around. It is actually a nice aspect of the fork.

Weaknesses:    no adjusments, not that smooth, rebound feels like a pogo stick,

Bottom Line:   
You get what you paid for (if you paid anything). Just another budget fork for winter commuting. I got rid of this fork after 2 years because i became tired of it's rough and bouncy feel.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Hudson Trail Outfitters

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Jett, Judy TT, Marzocchi DJ2, Manitou Six, Marzocchi Z.1

Bike Setup:   '03 Bullit with 5th element and shiver.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2003

Strengths:    Virtually maintenance free. Durable. Great for beginners

Weaknesses:    Heavy, limited travel and adjustability

Bottom Line:   
After 6,800 kilometres I've only needed to open them up once to clean and change oil. You get what you pay for.

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Favorite Trail:   The Oaks

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Maroubra Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Six sport, RockShox Indy C, Rigid

Bike Setup:   Mongoose SX 6.7 with all mech and running gear upgraded

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Weekend Warrior from Perth

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2003

Strengths:    Maintenance free (practically), 'cept some greese and a dust off every now and then. Strong, good for beginners and ever intermediates (come on, we ALL wish we were pro's but do we all NEED the BEST stuff).

Weaknesses:    Looks crap, getting tired, needs upgrade (after 4 years though). Bottomed out for the first time the other day (on soft setting down stairs). No good for small bumps, feels like a stiff fork, until you hit a big bump.

Bottom Line:   
Great if you can find a good one if your just getting in to mtb. Don't buy this for an upgrade.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   03 Pilot C

Bike Setup:   Trek 6000- stock but for the bars and pedals

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mark Bradley a Cross Country Rider from Watkinsvile, Georgia

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

Strengths:    None, though it is good for just around town riding

Weaknesses:    It is too stiff for a 210 pound football player. It has been a weak link in a good bike for as long as I have owned it.

Bottom Line:   
The fork is good for first time riders and beginers. I have been riding for 2 years on the bike and it needs to be upgraded.

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Favorite Trail:   Chicopee Woods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Magnum

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Mesa GSX with LX brakes, LX hubs, Sun Rhino Lite Rims, Easton EA 70 Bar, and Coda clipless pedals.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joel a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002

Strengths:    They r pritty good for a begginer, fairly stiff, will last for ever also faily light.

Weaknesses:    they bottem out WAY!! to easy. not much travel and they dont look every good.

Bottom Line:   
I got these shocks when i was only a begginer and they were very good but when u start lifting of the ground they ALWAYS bottem out. they will last for ever but buy the time u wreck em u will need a whole new bike.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   Frame: Raceline 7005 DH Semi Monocoque 4 Bar Linkage with 5th element rear shock: DNM USD180 with 180mm Travel Preload Adjustable & 20mm Dropouts Shifters: Shimano Deore 9 Speed Wheels: Alex ESD25 DH with Formula Hubs Drivetrain: Truvativ Hussefelt DH Chainwheel with Hussefelt Chainguide & XT Rear Derailleur Brakes: Hayes Hydraulic Disc Tyres: Michelin Wildgripper DH Comp 24 26 x 2.5 Saddle: Selle Italia Karve DH with 9mm Rails Handlebar: Titec Hellbent Riser with Knucklehead DH Stem Pedal: VP 133 Clipless Platform.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jer a Weekend Warrior from Fredericton, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    Decent travel (48 mm),for the price. Better than rigid forks. Good fork for beginners, fairly stiff. After two years of hard use they still work like new.

Weaknesses:    Bottoms out easily over curbs and small jumps if you weigh 150 pounds or more. I realise these aren't your ideal downhill racing shocks but bottoming on a curb for the heavier riders?

Bottom Line:   
Good upgrade from a rigid fork, they are a steal if you can get them cheap. Definately a good purchase for beginners weighing below 150 pounds. Best bang for the buck you wont get anything better for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   SR suntour 7500
Ballistic EX 600
96 rock shox indy c
99 rock shox judy xlc
01 rock shox jett c


Bike Setup:   2000 GT Palomar with 99 Rock shox judy xlc, axiom parts all around.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002

Strengths:    Doesn't break, doesn't bottom out.

Weaknesses:    Very little travel

Bottom Line:   
I've had this fork for a while and as you can see I've upgraded just about everything on my bike and still haven't upgraded the fork. I learned on this fork and it I don't feel its holding me back. I've seen people riding pretty knarly stuff on solid from forks, so I can hack it with this one.

Pretty much like everyone else said. Don't buy this as an upgrade, unless its really all you can afford. It is better than a solid fork and requires no maitenence. Fine for a beginner, or anyone really if you don't need loads of travel.

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Favorite Trail:   Vietnam

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Specialized HardRock, everything replaced except V-brakes, front shock, and handle bars/stem/headset.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brad a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2002

Strengths:    doesn't break very easy and takes a while before it starts bottoming out

Weaknesses:    doesnt really feel like suspension doesnt do much for small bumps

Bottom Line:   
not for someone who does drops or if you race a lot. If you are begining then it is great but you will probably grow out of it in time.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi mxc, Judy C

Bike Setup:   Stock GT Tempest soon to replace everything but frame

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cliff Darby a Weekend Warrior from Pineville, Louisiana

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2002

Strengths:    Great for a beginner (like me), taken some fairly rough hits

Weaknesses:    not adjustable

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding my mtb for about 3-4 months. I only weigh 240-150 pounds. If this is you, you're in luck. This fork came with my bike. Its fairly stiff, whichj is good. My year spring is too big at 750, which hurts the suspension/ feel. I endoed (as in flew over the handlebars) pretty hard it it didn't break. The hole was washed out due to the rain i was riding in and i wasnt paying attention. You get the picture. Great beginners fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Cincaaid Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with my bike

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Mongoose D60R (see my initial review in the mtb section, i'll update when i up grade shortly)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by scott a Weekend Warrior from Bremerton WA

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2001

Strengths:    fine for beginners

Weaknesses:    non-adjustable; just like no suspension at all 'till there's a major hit

Bottom Line:   
came with bike. it doesn't feel like you've got a front suspension at all 'till you hit a major obstacle. in the future, i'd look for something a bit more plush. if it comes stock and you're new to mtn biking, i would leave it as is until you actually realize what you want from a front suspension. if you're experienced, upgrade right away. overall, though, i'd have to say it's been working for me for two years, and will last 'till i get a new bike, i'm sure.

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Favorite Trail:   Wildcat

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   rockshox judy sl

Bike Setup:   stock 'cept for handlebars & peddles

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from SC now in FL

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2001

Strengths:    Has yet to bottom out on me.

Weaknesses:    stiff, not adjustable....but hey its a beginners' shock

Bottom Line:   
I have no idea how people can say this thing has bottomed out on them if they are not downhill riders. I weigh 215lbs and have yet to bottom these things out, and this is on aggressive trails (of course the trails are in SC and FL and not CO). This is a good beginner’s shock. Stiff, cheap and strong enough to handle all those crashes that you must go through to get better. Would not buy this as an upgrade, but lighten up, people that still ride on these are not going for the gold in the Downhill Invitational.

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Favorite Trail:   whatever

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   can't remember can with the bike

Similar Products Used:   yada, yada, yada.....

Bike Setup:   hardtail Fisher

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Fremont,CA,U.S.A

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2001

Strengths:    Strong, Cheap, Hard to bottom out

Weaknesses:    need more travel

Bottom Line:   
Despite what everyone says about this fork, it served me well for all the rides I've been in. Yes,I dont do 5 foot drops or do DHing but I think it's a pretty solid made fork, I'll give to four flames overall.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Start To Finish Bikes (came with bike)

Similar Products Used:   Judy XC, RST 281, Crappy generic shocks...

Bike Setup:   99' Trek Y3 stock except for Shimano PDM646 (clip less) and some bontrager racing bar ends (forgot excact model).

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by dennisd a Cross Country Rider from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2001

Strengths:    Cheap, requires little maintenance, looks okay.....

Weaknesses:    Way too stiff, not enough travel, catastrophe only suspension.

Bottom Line:   
I've tried a lot of forks over the years and to be honest, the Jett is better than some but far worse than most. Including the ancient RS Quadra 21r. This thing is strictly entry level. It's travel is too limited, and the technology is just too primitive compared to other shocks out there now. But, even so if you bought a bike that came with it then it will be better than nothing at all.

I think that it's too easy to trash this fork. It has its moments. If you're just starting out in the wacky world of trail riding the Jett is a good introduction provided it comes with a bike. It won't do much unless you hit a major bump then it will come alive like a frickin pogo stick! Forget it as a stand alone purchase. An upgrade this is not.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Indy C, Judy SL, Judy DH, Judy XC, Quadra 5, Quadra 21r, Marzochi Bomber z5, etc.


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