RST 261 Front Shock

2.48/5 (27 Reviews)


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RST 261


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel a Downhiller from Perth, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2004

Strengths:    Strong,
Laterally Stiff,
Maintenance Free


Weaknesses:    No Adjustability
heavy


Bottom Line:   
They are alright if on the right bike. The avanti suited it just nice. The bike was short and low, the stiffness was good so that they never really bottomed to badly on steep drops (my favourite obstacle type). Wouldnt buy them, but if they are stock, keep them. I did a lot of downhilling on them and never serviced them once. They go well. My Mate now owns the bike and he doesn't mind them at all. But he is just stzarting in the whole MTB scene, exactly who I would recomend them for.

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Favorite Trail:   Dwellingup

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Minute One 2004, Some OLD elastomer shock from '96 or there abouts.

Bike Setup:   Was on an Avanti Activator, now I have Giant VT2 with decent shocks

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nattapong A Assalee a Weekend Warrior from Kansas City

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2003

Strengths:    I got it for cheap. It is good looking.

Weaknesses:    No adjustment. No Online instruction.

Bottom Line:   
I bought it from the closing store. So I got it just $15. I think if you could find it at this price, it would be good for upgrade your bike that with out shox fork. It is so simple. I think it 's good for on road. Not go down hill with it!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Orshman


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ben a Cross Country Rider from Whakatane New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2002

Strengths:    Good to show off with when ure 10 yrs old. Lil kids only

Weaknesses:    wont evn bottom out on a 6 foot jump. No travel

Bottom Line:   
When ure a lil kid yeah. But when u get a bit older and want more travel don't even bother with these

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Avanti cycle centre in N.Z

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   98 Avanti Lightning Shocks came standard

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ian a Cross Country Rider from bay area, california, usa

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2001

Strengths:    suspention

Weaknesses:    everything, the boots practicaly riped off on a ride
makes a loud poping noise when it hits the ground hard, i have seen triple crown forks lighter than this


Bottom Line:   
these forks suck, if i had known anything about suspention when i bought this bike i would have upgraded right away, now i am buying a new bike and i am not going to be able to upgrade for a while- also some of the bolts rusted and are striped

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   none as crappy as this

Bike Setup:   97 khs crest, shimano components

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from Suisun, CA USA

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2001

Strengths:    umm.. better than nothing i guess

Weaknesses:    Mine has been reluctant to work at beginings of rides for a while, you have to work it in all the time.

Bottom Line:   
don't buy this fork if someone offers it to you. It's the same fork as on those cheapie Costco bikes. I'm looking to upgrade, since I got stuck w/ it stock.

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Favorite Trail:   Rockville Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   other people's bikes, every fork has been nicer

Bike Setup:   raliegh M50- this fork was stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan a Downhiller from Gore, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2001

Strengths:    Very cheap entry level shocks, look good, go well with my existing paint job

Weaknesses:    limited travel, plastic covers, bottom out on large bumps (1.5 feet+)

Bottom Line:   
I am a wannabe downhiller student with limited $ to spend, so the shocks do the trick, the only problem is the rest of the bike falling to bits. You get what you pay for.

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Favorite Trail:   Grants Bush

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Gore

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shocks Jett

Bike Setup:   Upgraded '96 Hurricane

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Freddy a Downhiller from Cairns, QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2000

Strengths:    Colour

Weaknesses:    Very weak rebound not to mention the travel

Bottom Line:   
This is a fork for beginners that don't know anything about suspension (No offense)
Not enough travel, not plush and the rebound doesn't responde for any rider with any weight.
The yellow fork with dark blue RST logo kinda looks good.
Well, at least it is a suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Jett
Sr Suntour M6700
Sr Suntour DC7600
Sr Suntour M6200
Sr Suntour M6100


Bike Setup:   On my friend's 1998 Avanti Hurricane

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Justin Chambers a Cross Country Rider from Gorham, Maine, USA

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2000

Strengths:    Nice color, stiff.

Weaknesses:    Nearly everything else. Read below.

Bottom Line:   
Well where do I start. This shock is very strange. Some days you appriciate it, others, or rather most, you don't. The shock came stock on my KHS, and WILL be replaced. The shock behaves on the trails fairly well, with decent stiffness so it doesn't bottom out often, even on big jumps, just don't take it down hill. The rebound on the shock sorta sucks as well, which is too bad, but then again, its cheap elastometer. Now, onto the cons. The boots suck, always getting caked up with dirt and grime. There is no adjustability, but then again, i heard the 261TL offer adjustability that doesn't offer any difference. The shocks freeze up in water, cold weather, and any other abnormalities other than 75 degree dry weather. The shocks make weird sounds after a few hard rides, and I ride hard 90% of the time.
So who do i reccomend this to? Anyone staying on pavement, who are gonna take huge air, but nuthing but, and someone who doesn't wanna spend a lot but still have a semi good LOOKING shock. I give it 3 flamin turds all around.

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Favorite Trail:   USM loop, Sebago Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Jett T2 (crappier than this crap), Indy C, Manitou SX R

Bike Setup:   KHS Hardtail, STX and powertools components, RST fork, some upgrades

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by T B a Cross Country Rider from USA

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2000

Strengths:    somethin to impress the kids

Weaknesses:    everything about it

Bottom Line:   
this is a bad shock. i got it on my schwinn mesa as a beginner bike. the plastic boots make a constant and annoying slapping sound everytime it compresses. travel is barely noticeable. way too stiff for a 160 lb rider. not adjustable. like the others say, DO NOT BUY THIS!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   judy c, xc


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Greg from Wellington, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2000

Strengths:    None, does very little to soak up any kind of terrain. As others have stated you may as well have rigid forks.

Weaknesses:    Really bad product all round, crap paint job, travel reduces to 20mm or less after a while. Also very bad in the cold weather. Very stiff and slow on stutter bumps and bottom out on a dropoff of higher than one or two feet. Oh and did I mention way too heavy for the travel you get.

Bottom Line:   
Don't ever buy these forks for trail use they are toy forks. Save up for something better. Might do for onroad use, but why bother?

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   KHS FS with Judy 100.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2000

Strengths:    The only credit I can give these are that they are better for riding up the hill than for going down. Seriously, you have to wonder if these actually do anything at all. I mean, you still feel every little vibration, its as if your riding a rigid bike.

Weaknesses:    Absolutely everything. They are a waste of money and you are better off buying nothing at all

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely crap. Not worth $10. Invet your money else where

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Zeta EL's

Bike Setup:   Shogun Slick Rock Expert. 48cm cent-cent. Hardtail

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Drew a Weekend Warrior from Sagamore Beach, MA, USofA

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2000

Strengths:    I didn't buy RST261 suspension, it came with my bike & Low Maintenance

Weaknesses:    Performs horribly (and loudly) over rocky terrain... hard plastic boots (need I say more)!

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is "UPGRADE"! I have very little trail experience on other suspensions, but enough shock knowledge (I sell automotive and truck shocks) to recognize a poor performer. Take it from someone who inherhited this suspension... after three months I am looking to buy either a new bike or new suspension!

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Favorite Trail:   Bourne Conservation Area

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   Came stock on my 1999 Raleigh M50

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2000

Strengths:    Good for easy to moderate cross country. Great for riding on the road. Easy to take apart and clean.

Weaknesses:    No rebound adjustment. Plastic boots. Locks up in mud, water, and the cold.

Bottom Line:   
I weigh 205 lbs. and it is a good fork for me to ride easy to moderate cross country and on the road. It is easy to take apart. I removed the plastic fork boots and the fork looks a whole lot better than it did before. It requires more cleaning though.(I have to wash out the whole fork and relube it after it has been in mud) It locks up sometimes. Brake arch holes are weak. Was rremoving front brake one day and the pin ripped right through two of the holes on the arch.

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Favorite Trail:   haven't found it

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Jett C, Judy XC, SID XC

Bike Setup:   Marin Bolinas Ridge w/ lots of extras. Nothing OEM is left on the bike.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Mainville a Weekend Warrior from Timmins,ON,Canada

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2000

Strengths:    Nice Ride, decent travel (2.5"), well built

Weaknesses:    Customer Service, warranty questions, lack of replies to customers concerns, no on-line instruction manuals!

Bottom Line:   
Good Product, nice feel, hope I don't run into any troubles. (no repair manuals etc...)

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Favorite Trail:   Hersey Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox, Quadra

Bike Setup:   2000 MesaGS w/rst 261 (no maintenance or instructions manual)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Australia, Melbourne

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, good for street fun and also a bit of very, very easy downhilling. Serve me well, and they arne't too boucy, but I am about 40 kilos so I am light. Cool silver finish. Easy to lube.

Weaknesses:    Bottom out on big jumps and have plastic boots. No problems for me yet so... we'll seee whats to come.

Bottom Line:   
These are good shox for an average rider that wants do do a bit of everything. Absorbs what it is needed for and it doesn't get too cold in Australia in soeme p[laces so they haven't frozen yet...
Don't but it if your gonna race or give it really hard stuff, but perfect or a beginer etc.

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Favorite Trail:   None really...Like em all...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   sr suntour 7500, rst 281 dh, rst 381, rock shock jett,

Bike Setup:   1999 Haro Extreme Exo. Wtb saddle, speedmaster rims, Irc mythos xc tyres, shimano alivio, etc..

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