RockShox SID XC '01 Front Shock

3.64/5 (39 Reviews)
Weight : 3.2 lbs MSRP : $430.00


Product Description

Aluminum Steerer // Adapter-less Positive Air Schrader Valves // Tubular Shaped Aluminum Crown // EA 70 Butted Aluminum Upper Tubes // XXX Seals // New Casting


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Austin a Cross Country Rider from Dahlonega, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2007

Strengths:    Adjustability, ride.

Weaknesses:    Flexes badly under braking

Bottom Line:   
Would not buy a new one, but I'm relatively happy that it came with my bike. If it did not flex under braking, I would keep it as long as I could. Will be replaced before I upgrade to disk brakes.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bullwinkle Moose a Weekend Warrior from Maryland

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2004

Strengths:    Lightweight, excellent damping, reliability

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
GREAT fork. Awesome performance, very light, EXTREMELY reliable! I weigh 165lbs and ride very rough, rocky singletrack, moderate drops, etc. I rarely lube this thing and it has KICKED BUTT for 2 years now. I'd recommend this fork to absolutely anyone looking for a great, relatively inexpensive high performance fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Avalon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Judy XC, etc.

Bike Setup:   SC Hardtail, SID

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Per Hasvold a Cross Country Rider from Norway

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2003

Strengths:    Not too heavy, Good damping suitable for amateur racing and XC riding

Weaknesses:    Reliability: Seals pop! I can no longer trust this fork for marathon races and thus need a new fork!

Bottom Line:   
Although I quite like the action of the fork as a racing XC fork, I cannot recomend it because of its unreliability. Three times one of the seals have popped leaking all air and spilling oil. I no longer trust it for marathon races or epic rides and it will be replaced! If it was more reliable I would gladly give it 4 chilis.
Not as stiff and it does not track as well as the K2 Vector forks, but not many lightweight telescopic forks do.

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Favorite Trail:   Fløya

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   G-Sport

Similar Products Used:   Girvin vector and K2/Noleen Vector forks. Rock Shox Judy Race

Bike Setup:   K2 Razorback Team 2001 frame, RaceFace and Tune components with XT gears and shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cory Molzahn a Cross Country Rider from Bellingham, WA U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Good fork. . . and now response to Manuel's bad publicity of Gregg's about three reviews down. He must either have the kind of personality that warrants a "snobby attitude" in return, or he caught them on a bad day, because every time I've been in they've been more than gracious, even going so far as to give me free service when I wasn't even buying anything. You'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar, Manuel. Turn that frown upside down.

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Favorite Trail:   ridge trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave Barratt a Cross Country Rider from Poole, Dorset UK

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent ride and easy to setup

Weaknesses:    reliablity

Bottom Line:   
Fork came as standard on Bike, so price is not real. Forks nice to ride but unreliable, I'm 160 pounds and 56 years, so not a mad rider. Dismantled in order to service, found broken parts. My dealer tried to get replacements, no joy. Emailed Rock Shox, their response is no email only accept 1-800 number calls. not possible from UK. Suppose I now bin the forks and try something else, won't be from rock shox though, their service is non existent, spoils a good set of forks.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Winstanleys in Wigan

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   GT Idrive 3

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nate Ross a Cross Country Rider from MA

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2002

Strengths:    it works. no probs so far. love the air adjustability. light weight.

Weaknesses:    pricey for what it is. not super plush. if you set it to the reccomended sag then the fork becomes a little harsh.

Bottom Line:   
my old fork leaked oil and the lack of dampening made it feel like a pogo stick, not to meantion the bushing slop it develoved...so it was time for an upgrade. if i had to pay full price for this fork i would have looked elsewhere, but the deal was too good to pass up...so i went for it. the fork works for me considering im not a heavy-weight (155lbs.) and im not a terribly harsh rider. just do yourself a favor if u get one give yourself more than the recc. sag. (it will give you great small bump sensitivity) you wont be able to do big stuff with this...but thats not what it's designed for.

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Favorite Trail:   resovior trail, fells

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   buddy of mine

Similar Products Used:   manitou magnum r (came with bike)

Bike Setup:   00 rockhopper comp w/a bunch of upgrades including fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Manuel Ang a Cross Country Rider from Bothell, WA USA

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2002

Strengths:    A great range of spring can be acheived with this bad guy, make sure you have a shock pump and know how to use it otherwise you will hate this shock!

Weaknesses:    No on the fly lock-out. I like a remote one.

Bottom Line:   
I guess it's not the lightest one in the army, but after I purchased a shock pump for it (best thing I could do) I feel that this shock is probably one of the best out there for non-fat ass rider, non-freeriding, non-dh, non super-duper aggro MTB ( alought it does accomodate aggro MTB). As long as you make sure that your pressures are ok you will have the ride you want. At 125# I have a lot more options than most people, from super plushy at close to 25 psi, stiff but still ridable at 45 psi, street stiff yet some what forgiving at 65 psi, and all the way up to locked out at close to 100 psi. For me this is perfect! For XC applications it is perfect, the only downer is the reliance on the shock pump, but for the degrees of flexbility I love the idea behind the shock. I wish it had a remote lock out switch.

Don't shop at Gregg's on Greenlake in Seattle Wa - unless you appreciate bad customer service and a snobby attitude from its parts department - f u michael!

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Favorite Trail:   Jury still out on this one.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   World's crappiest LBS - Greggs on Greenlake!

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Magnum R

Bike Setup:   2k1 SJ Pro - It came with the bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew Holliday from Switzerland

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002

Strengths:    Durability, Smoothness re-bound action, weight, steering accuracy.

Weaknesses:    For/aft flex

Bottom Line:   
Cross country mountain biking in Switzerland has rather alot of up. Light weight and durability for all bike components are a must. These forks are brilliant. They have been in temperatures from -10 to 32deg C. Now over a year of hard trail use with big rocks loads of mud, steps are the seals starting crack resulting in slight air leakage when used hard. No problems with any caps blowing off!
I'll certainly buy another pair.
Not for the more portly user.

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Favorite Trail:   Sorrenpass Switzerland

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Bike Supply Germany

Similar Products Used:   Various Marzocchi and Manitou

Bike Setup:   Specialised Rockhopper pro 00 frame various light weight components

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bez a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2002

Strengths:    Smoothness of action, responsiveness to small bumps, weight, adjustability.

Weaknesses:    Flexible, paint falls off, not much fun with discs.

Bottom Line:   
A fantastic XC fork (which is what it's designed for) - but for harder use it's a bit flexible by todays standards, especially if you use discs. Steering is fine apart from on hard downhill turns, the greater problem is braking. If you use discs, the fore/aft flex is disconcerting, and very juddery at low speeds.

However, the action is ideal for all-round XC use - nice and responsive to the smaller bumps, but won't blow through all its travel until you hit the big stuff.

At its original price it seems a bit overpriced, but you can pick them up for peanuts now so they're a bargain.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Mag21, MXC, SID 100, Indy SL, Mars Elite, etc

Bike Setup:   Has been used on a GT i-Drive 3.0, Kona Lava Dome and Kona Chute

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TJ a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight

Weaknesses:    Poor durability

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow-up review to 9/30 below:

The fork is back at RS for service. At Sea Otter this year the rebound adjust became frozen. Took the fork apart (since it was time for 2nd service) and noticed that the wave washers in both legs were disintegrated! Also, the bushings had play so I wanted them replaced. I heard that RS is replacing bushings of '00 and '01 forks with the longer bushings on the RS 2002 line (SID SL or Duke).

Im 195 lbs and ride religiously, down aggressive trails.
Your probably wondering why Im still giving the fork high marks even though it broke 2 times in a year:

1) If you buy the fork for purely a lightweight racing apps, I would say that it has done the job. If you expect this fork to last day-in day-out, I would say forget it. RS expects you to service this thing every 50 hours - too much in my opinion. If you have your own mechanic (most of us dont) - no prob!
2) Considering all the probs, RS is sending me a 2002 Duke SL as a FREE replacement. The reviews look good so far and I hope that its a better fork than the SID for everyday riding and weekend racing. Its heavier but stiffer with bigger stantions. Its bushings are beefed up and it only has one air piston (which hopefully reduces O-ring seal problems in half over the SID).
As in the original review, I believe that RS still has great customer service and they stand behind their products. Like most components, you usually give up reliability and durability for weight savings. You are selling yourself short by buying a light fork if you value stiffness and durability.

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Favorite Trail:   dirt!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Manitou mars

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SirRobin a Cross Country Rider from Tidewater VA

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2002

Strengths:    Weight, looks, construction, ride, adjustability, simplicity

Weaknesses:    rebound adjust is just plain silly

Bottom Line:   
I'm 160lbs and haven't had the bushing woes others have had. I also did not find the fork andy more flexy than comparable designs of 01... some of the mega-tubed (manitou black) shocks are stiffer. I'm not the biggest fan of negative loading so the simpler positive air spring design appeals to me. The SID XC does so much so well, perhaps it is often taken for granted.

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Favorite Trail:   XC/Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   manitou mars, RS judy

Bike Setup:   Custom hard-tail, LX gruppo

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kate a Cross Country Rider from Oxford, England

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2002

Strengths:    Light, was in the sale so it was half price, adjustability is really good as I only weigh about 120 pounds and can tune it just right.

Weaknesses:    Bendy and after about 1 week the seals blew. 2 weeks later it was back from Rockshox. 2 weeks after that the seals blew again.

Bottom Line:   
If the stupid thing didn't blow up every five minutes I might have a chance to go out and ride it. When it works it is great. Light and easy to control. Rebound adjustment is a bit tricky as you only get a tiny little thing to play with and it hits the top if you have it pumped up fully and try to lift the front wheel. But in the end it is about a million times better than the other forks I've had and as I got it half price it was good value. As I am quite little I need a light fork and one that can be custom tuned and this one fits the bill. If I had paid the full price of £325 I would be very very unhappy but as it is I will wait for it to come back from RS and put up with the pain 5 for value, 3 overall because to be honest, it isn't all that wonderful.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Beeline Bikes, Oxford

Similar Products Used:   RS Jett Manitou Magnum

Bike Setup:   Trek 4900 WSD, stock more or less apart from fork, Hope Enduro headset and Mavic 517 wheels with Deore Hubs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Corvallis, OR

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2002

Strengths:    i guess you could say the weight, but saving a couple tenths of a pound isn't really that helpfull

Weaknesses:    Bushing play, flexy as all hell, rebound adjuster is pretty crappy.

Bottom Line:   
This fork sucks, weight isn't important, even if you're a racer, a stiff fork is more helpful than a flexy light fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   2000 z1 xfly (best fork every)

Bike Setup:   01 fuel 98

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Orlando, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2002

Strengths:    Plush, perfect the first two months

Weaknesses:    bushing play, clicking in right side

Bottom Line:   
Owned a 2001 stumpjumper Pro FSR for 5 months when I starting hearing the clicking noise. Thought it was the frame so Specialized replaced it with a 02 S-Works FSR frame. Come to find out it was the fork. Specialized is a great company to work with, but I haven't heard great thing about Rock Shox, I'll never own a RS fork again. I'm going with Marzocchi, I've only heard great thing about them. If your 150lbs this fork might work well heavier than that go with something else. The only good thing I can say about RS is that I now have a SWEET frame thanks to them.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bike Works

Similar Products Used:   00 Manitou Mars

Bike Setup:   2002 S-works FSR, Monkeylite riser bars,XTR all around, Hugi 240 hubs,Mavic 517, Avid Disc brakes

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve Burton a Cross Country Rider from Cambridge New Zealand

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2002

Strengths:    Reasonable weight. Nice looks. No boots.

Weaknesses:    Bushes wore out pretty quickly.

Bottom Line:   
These forks have worked quite well especially for the dollars paid. I previously had a pair of Manitou Mars which were dogs and these are much improved as far as reliability goe's but I have still had some problems. I havn't had to service them yet but they have develped some serious flex due to worn bushes. I am loathe to get them serviced as it takes by all accounts weeks and then once they have been serviced they become potentially unreliable. I will update this once the service has been done.
Bottom line; I think there is only one company out there trying to make a quality product and that is Marzochi. My friends that ride Bombers do not have the reliability problems, sure they may be that little heavier but they work well and it stays that way. I'm starting to save now for a pair!

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Favorite Trail:   Takesi Trail, Bolivia

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Multisport Bikes (on special)

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Mars00, Manitou FX, Marzocchi Marathon 02.

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Owl Hollow, xtr/gripshift etc.

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