RockShox Jett XC 99 Front Shock

3.52/5 (58 Reviews)


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Rock Shox JETT XC


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Curt a Cross Country Rider from Boise, Id, USA

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2005

Strengths:    Had them for 6 years, never done any maintenance on them. They do what they're supposed to do. Very inexpensive.

Weaknesses:    No damping.

Bottom Line:   
First time I tried Mountain biking was with a rigid fork (A friends bike) I biked all day and I loved it, but when the ride was done my hands were very sore and my arms felt like they were vibrating for the next couple days. I knew I needed a suspension fork. I got an entry level Rocky Mountain because it was all I could afford and to my untrained eye it looked just as nice as the bikes with the huge price tags. The "cheap" Jett fork felt smooth as butter compared to the rigid experience. I thought I was rolling in style. Since then I love my bike more every time I ride it and I only replace parts when they wear out or break. The fork is one of the few remaining original parts, very durable. I'm an xc rider so I'm not too concerned with bottoming out the fork, although it has bottomed out at times when riding agressive. When this fork expires I'll most likely replace it with a SID or something like that so I can shave a pound or two off the weight of my bike. I'm only going 3 on Overall since it's the only suspension fork I've used and I have nothing to compare it to besides rigid.

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Favorite Trail:   trail 4

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Moo's cycles

Bike Setup:   '99 Rocky Mountain Fusion

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by charles a Weekend Warrior from phoenix,AZ,USA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2004

Strengths:    Doesn't Leak, good on mild terrain trails or street.

Weaknesses:    Makes a squishing noise when it compresses.
I wish I could remember what I did with the owners manual, I'd change the oil, and experiment with different weight oils. Cheezy adjustment knobs.


Bottom Line:   
Worth every cent.
Four good years.
If these are the "El Cheapo" forks, I can only imagine what "Cosmic Dollar" are like.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Mail Order

Similar Products Used:   None, these are the first and last suspension forks I would buy.

Bike Setup:   Rockshox Jett on a hard tail.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by will a Downhiller from LUTZ, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2004

Strengths:    Duration. Pretty stiff for some reason.

Weaknesses:    Bent steering tube, not a top notch fork.

Bottom Line:   
This fork held up solid. I rode ramps, trails, down all the mean florida hills and it did fine. I am not some rich yuppie who wants to spend $500 on a damn fork so I wouldn't know how much these 'really' suck. I ride some mean stuff and they held up damn well. I hit all the Lutz trails on em but the Z-hills trails broke um. I cased the second double in a six pack and bent them b's out like chopper style. Well good luck richars...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   UBC bikes

Similar Products Used:   Judy, BMX rigid forks

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Mesa GSX, broke all but frame, LX, 2.3 tioga DH, profile monster bars, fat ass rims, LX creaker crank...

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Marquette, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2003

Strengths:    Easy to maintain as I had just set it and forget about it. Durable (I rode almost every trail in Marquette other than the sick stunts and mean freerider stuff w/o a problem)

Weaknesses:    63mm, heavy as hell, coil compression tends to bounce on fast downhill bumps

Bottom Line:   
Hey if you want to do 3+ foot drops this an't the fork, anything over 2m you should expect a XC fork to not hold up (hence freeride difference from XC). This was a great fork but an upgrade was due for the technical riding in da UP I do. I would have kept it if all I did was XC stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Art Sharp

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   2003 Duke xc

Bike Setup:   99 GT backwoods frame, XT F/R Der, XT Crank, LX cassette, Bontrager ASYM wheelset

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by graham a Cross Country Rider from longmont co usa.

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2003

Strengths:    nothing

Weaknesses:    brakes

Bottom Line:   
I made this shock go into national recall

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   high gear

Similar Products Used:   01judys

Bike Setup:   gt interseptor stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by corey a Cross Country Rider from groton

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2002

Strengths:    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm...................... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........... lets see if u like to crash cuz the fork cant handel the pressure of a 4 foot drop this is a great for.

Weaknesses:    everything, bobs like crazy makes climbing a oain i the @$$, i will never try to go off a drop bigger than 5 feet cuz im scared that the fork will blow, its not adjustibul [i think] and eveything else that u can think is bad about a fork this one has it [What the hell was Rock Shock thinking?]

Bottom Line:   
dont get this fork im gonna get a new fork soon or hopefully a new bike [ trek 6700 its so sweet!] well anyway dont buy it it is a wast of money i have rode ridgeds that are better that my bike [talkign about the ride climbing desending jumping] this fork just bobs way too much

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Favorite Trail:   bluff piont

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   ummmmmmmmm this one sucks so much i dont think that there is one like it........ o ya well there are syncs but they are better

Bike Setup:   stock except for the pedails

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Thomas Sturtevant from Madison Wi

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2002

Strengths:    Uhh...



Weaknesses:    bottoms out every time I pick up the front end of my bike!! flex,no travel,no ajustments,bland graphics,weak elastomer too many to list

Bottom Line:   
this fork is junkyard worthey as soon as it is put on your bike!! Don't buy this one. The duke is an awsome ride for cheap. Plus it uses the same technolegy as the $500 sid for a fraction of the cost. If you are under 50 pounds then mabey this fork is the one for your needs. If you weigh any more go for the duke and save some money!!

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Favorite Trail:   quarey park/picnic point

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   willey's

Similar Products Used:   duke C

Bike Setup:   a fast one

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by marshall a Cross Country Rider from TheWoods, Maine USA

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2002

Strengths:    takes a beating.. will not break but isnt that great.. good for kids and women..

Weaknesses:    boots ride up, too flexible, bottoms out all the time, especially with my weight.. 6'2 245

Bottom Line:   
sucks the big one.. bottoms out constantly.. i pretty much want to run over it with my car and hang it on the wall of shame.. don't buy it if you are over 150 lbs

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Favorite Trail:   singletrack

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   LL Bean

Similar Products Used:   old rock shox quadra 10

Bike Setup:   specialized hardrock comp fs.. stock 'cept for seat, lx brakes, and xt levers

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Delhi Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2002

Strengths:    Its plush during the first ride....

Weaknesses:    everything. Under built, over priced, heavy, flexy, weak, makes funny noises, stripped plastic caps, stripped aliminum bolts, lots of bs over the past year

Bottom Line:   
This fork sux. It was ok the first ride but went all downhill from that. Save your money and get a real fork.

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Favorite Trail:   the really really technical one!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Manitou SX (I love it)

Bike Setup:   Giant Rincon SE, many upgrades

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andy Parkinson a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2001

Strengths:    Swallows bumps with ease,
look good,


Weaknesses:    No rebound dampening,
no disc mounts,
bottom out easily


Bottom Line:   
Very good for trials/slalom.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Bike Setup:   Saracen X-Ess, Rockshox Jett XC's Deore throughout, D521's, Hayes semi hydraulic discs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joe a Cross Country Rider from NH

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2001

Strengths:    low mantainance
low cost
high endurance
good travel
eats up bumps well


Weaknesses:    BOBBING UP HILLS
heavy
no rebound dampening


Bottom Line:   
this shock is very good for a beginning rider who likes to go out in the woods and ride. It is not good for a racer or serious rider, as although it can sufficiently absorb small to medium bumps it is not stiff enough and bobs even on the stiffest setting. This fork is not good for long distance or serious riding, but is ideal for the rider who needs something more than a rigid fork for offroad riding, but not much more

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Favorite Trail:   bear brook

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   on bike

Bike Setup:   GT Backwoods with xt rear derailer and shifters ect

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Sharer a Racer from State College, PA, US

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2001

Strengths:    Hydracoil, Inexpensive

Weaknesses:    Heavy, Squeaks

Bottom Line:   
Inexpensive and a great value. Worth the buy if you're on a budget. I've raced with this fork, and it's performed better than I could have hoped. I just wish it didn't sqeak.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Jett Race 2000

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Frame w/ Shimano LX components, XT rear derrailleur, Mavic 517 rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marijn Uilenbroek a Weekend Warrior from Haarlem, noord holland, Holland

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2001

Strengths:    Looks nice'n green :)
Feels good
Not too heavy
Not much to adjust


Weaknesses:    Noisy
Makes using brakes a hell..
No disk option
flexible


Bottom Line:   
Nice shock if you haven't ever used one.
The noise give me the creeps..

I think about buying a helmed .. :)
Don't buy if you have more money to spent! Judy XC or Bomber

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Favorite Trail:   Bergen, Schoorl (NH)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Bike Sportive

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Magnum
Judy XC
Marz. Z5


Bike Setup:   Wheeler 5800
all XTR
twisted spoked DP-22 wheels
Gripshift X-ray
Takoma brakebooster
Tioga tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Josh Petterman a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2001

Strengths:    The right amount of firmness and agility. Travel seems adequate. Have many miles on shocks, having banged them around pretty good, but they have continued to function well. Maintenace is simple and quick.

Weaknesses:    none yet.

Bottom Line:   
The RS XC 97' is a good entry-mid level fork that gets the job done, at a good value.

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Favorite Trail:   Tahuya State Forest trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   97' Specialized Hardrock with many upgrades

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Cross Country Rider from thunder bay

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2001

Strengths:    -3" travel (long travel springs)
-nice looks
-not expensive
-semi-adjustable


Weaknesses:    -rebound damping where are you?
-boots lift up too easily
-noisy


Bottom Line:   
This is actually a great entry level fork. It works well on just about any type of trail, but you quickly learn that its biggest weakness is its huge rebound. if you hold your front end up and drop it, it will bounce back up into your hands!!! :( If you're a serious rider though, you might as well get a judy or sid. the jett is great for just recreational riding (like bike paths or gravel roads), but dont try to do big drops or anything with it. THIS IS A GREAT VALUE FOR A BEGINNER OR LIGHT RIDER! YOU WILL NOT REGRET BUYING THIS FORK AS LONG AS YOU DONT MIND UPGRADING IT WITHIN A YEAR OR TWO (if you are more serious).
just a note- i'm gonna throw the jett on my mx-3 in a couple months and try to beat the crap out of it, so i'll give an update later on how it's performing after some big stair gaps and roof drops ;)
peace

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Favorite Trail:   shuniah mines

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   cyclepath in medicine hat

Similar Products Used:   2000 judy xc, 2000 sid xc

Bike Setup:   1999 gt backwoods, judy xc, lx, stx-rc, truvativ cranks, titec bars, avid brakes

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