a Weekend Warrior
from Newport, KY, USA
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2002
Strengths: Weight, durability, awesome looking, decent adjustability for the price. Very smooth on medium hits and great negative rebound performance when the trail drops out.
Weaknesses: Don't ignore the foam wipers under the XXX dust seals. Keep them oiled or you'll be riding a rigid fork. But not a big deal once you identify the problem.
This has been a great fork for the money. I have to admit, I'd gotten a little disappointed because it was very smooth when it was installed. But the smoothness quickly went away. Couldn't figure out the problem...even asked bike shop owners who just shook their heads. Thought my rebound damping was "packing up" so I backed it way off, which didn't help. After a few months, finally read through owners manual again and realized I was supposed to be lifting the dust seals every couple of months and putting 5w fork oil on the foam wipers. Boy! What a difference. That was the problem all along. Better yet, there's a shortcut, and it works on any oil damped fork. Every so often, store your bike upside down, simple as that. Over night, the oil will run down and soak into the wipers, restoring all the buttery-smooth performance you expect from a hydro-coil type suspension. Since I've learned this little trick, this has been a terrific fork for its intended purpose - fast XC and trail riding. A nearly perfect combination of value, performance and weight. If you can find a retailer looking to unload one of these at a good price, gobble it up. You'll be happy you did.
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Bike Setup: xtr raceface thomson
a Weekend Warrior
from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2001
Strengths: Looks mad, feels unreal(so smooth), good adjustment, XXX works real good so far, no troubles.
Weaknesses: umm... yet 2 find any. if u dont ride it for a few days, the next time its ridden for about a minute theres a really annoying oil sound, but it doesnt effect performance an goes away quick. it could be cheaper.
mad fork, get it its so good, the oily sound is nothing, ussually doesnt happen anyway. great 4 enduro/Xcountry/bit of freeride it'd be pretty hard 2 break it.
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Bike Setup: Norco hardtail
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2001
Strengths: It's really smooth and stiff set at sixty-three mm. At eighty, I didn't really notice that much of a difference, except that I had about another three quarters of an inch of travel to fool around with.
Weaknesses: I want to see Rock Shox make a Judy Race with a hundred mm travel for the enduro guys. I guess I'm looking at a Psylo or a Manitou X-Vert Super.
A really nice fork, could be better, I want more travel. XXX seals hold up well, changing travel ought to be easier. A great fork for the competitive XC guys. A good fork for endurance stuff, although a bit more travel would make your more comfortable. This is a review for the Rock Shox 2001 Judy Race.
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Bike Setup: Giant ATX LE frame Shimano XTR brakes, drive train and shifters
a Cross Country Rider
from turkey point canada
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2001
Strengths: LOOKS, PLUSHNESS, NEW CROWN AND BRAKE ARCH, XXX SEALS, DAMPNER WORKS
Weaknesses: TOP RIGHT PRELOAD CAP DOESNT WORK HAVE TO GET A NEW ONE
WORKS REAL WELL IF ONLY THE PRELOAD KNOB WORKED AND THE MECHANIC INSTALLED THE STAR SCREW THING IN THE STEERER TUBE RIGHT, KEEPS POPPING OUT EVERYTIME I SCREW THE SCREW IN OTHER THAN THAT SWEET PERFOMANCE LIGHT AND PLUSH
Not sure the year of the bike, and Bikepedia doesnt have the colour his is, (blue front triangle and white rear). He just got the bike at a great price and its in good condition, but needs a complete bushing/bearing pivot kit incl hardware( shock bolts etc.). Does anyone know of a good place ... Read More »
For those who participated in this weekend's SRC Southridge Winter Series Round 2 XC race and would like to see your pictures, here's my link...
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I've got this:
Basically, it has disc hubs and rear disc thingys. Since it's Avid, I've heard that I can upgrade to BB7 discs easily. Apparently I need the BB7, but not su ... Read More »
Does anyone know where I can get new springs for my 2001 Marzocchi Z2 Atom Race? I am looking for firm and medium sets? I am planning on doing a rebuild this winter with new Enduro fork seals. I have notice over time that the springs seem to have gotten softer and would like to replace th ... Read More »