RST 280 99 Front Shock

2.88/5 (16 Reviews)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Columbia, SC, USA

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2003

Strengths:    Cheep, looks good

Weaknesses:    Cheep, water gets in em' easy

Bottom Line:   
They came with my bike, but I dont know how satisified with them I am. They are pretty stiff and not adjustable, and if you leave your bike outside they can get water in them that takes out all the oil. Good for begginers, but you'll be looking to upgrade soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Issiqueena

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   this is my first fork

Bike Setup:   Haro Vector V2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Adam a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap.

Weaknesses:    Cheap. After riding this fork for a little over 2 years it broke in two, and I am beginning negotiations with RST today. Getting a good look at the inside of the fork, I can see that there was nothing holding it together.

Bottom Line:   
There are no bolts inside this fork to keep it from flying apart. I would not suggest it unless you want to land on your face biting through your lip and smashing your knees into oblivion. It will ruin your leather jacket and your upcoming ski-trip. The upper part of the fork detached from the lower half while I was crossing an intersection sending my face to the pavement with nothing to stop it. The wheel flew up in the air with the bottom half of the fork and then came crashing down on my back.

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Favorite Trail:   Memorial Park or Lake Bryan

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Bryan, College Station Bikes

Similar Products Used:   I'm pretty sure my fork is actually a 2000 or 2001 model, so it's fairly safe to say anything before this has the same problem.

Bike Setup:   Kona Hahanna

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Stephen Hulley a Weekend Warrior from Derby, UK

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Weigh more than the rest of my bike, barely any travel, freeze up in cold weather

Bottom Line:   
Didn't like these one bit, they were my first suspension forks and even then I didn't like them. If you want some better forks but don't have much money then make some yourself, they will probably be better than these.

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Favorite Trail:   Moors near my house

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   J. E. James

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Judy XC

Bike Setup:   Kona Hahanna

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mike stead a Cross Country Rider from Hampshire, England

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2002

Strengths:    very good value, and great for a begginer.

Weaknesses:    jerky, and no damping

Bottom Line:   
great value, them came with my bike and i used them for for a year, and they were great, and then when i needed to i upgraded. perfect for anyone starting out, or low on cash. im not sure how much they are in america, but there great vlaue at around £50 in England.

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Favorite Trail:   any where muddy

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   rock shock jets, bomber Z5s.

Bike Setup:   scott yercora with judy sl,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Johan Sahlin a Cross Country Rider from Södertälje, Sweden

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2001

Strengths:    cheap alternative to a rigid fork

Weaknesses:    jerky

Bottom Line:   
Its not adjustable and pretty stiff, which makes it pretty much a city shock. Travel enough for bumps in the street and pavement edges. As long as you stay on paths and small gravel roads, its very sufficient. It also doesnt flex much so you dont get tired from city biking. This is a very good shock if you usually just bike in cities and on country gravel roads. See it as a comfort step up from a rigid fork and you will be pleased with your RST 280! My weight is 160 pounds.

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Favorite Trail:   small and fast paths

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Indy C, Rockshox Jett XC Long travel

Bike Setup:   Scott Yecora with Alivio equipment

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ian physik a Downhiller from lancashire

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    every thing bottom out easy over speed bumps weight strenghth limited travel no adjustability the left leg snapped when the crown buckled. jammed up

Bottom Line:   
crap avoid if you can because these are rubbish pretty cheap though but a good quality pair of rigid forks with soft tyres are about as shock absorbing. a pile of bollocks
a poser who knows nothing should have this fork but if you want fun for single track then go somewhere else eg z5

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Favorite Trail:   local woods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   millenium cycles

Similar Products Used:   manitou magnum

Bike Setup:   scott yecora alivio irc kujo dh alex dm-24

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hobo Jenkins a Downhiller from Anchorage, Alska, USA

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2001

Strengths:    nice triple crown, it's pink, incredibly plush even though it doesnt travel

Weaknesses:    no not weak, tis only strong

Bottom Line:   
incredibly smoothe, neat dampening, incredibly interesting to use...nice travel...saved my life, bottom line...Its cool

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Favorite Trail:   hobo house trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   My trusty local shop- Westlake Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   white brothers, Monster T, Psylo Race

Bike Setup:   Bike?...oh...yeah, a santa cruz Super8

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dr. Lix a Cross Country Rider from Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2001

Strengths:    -cheap
-durable


Weaknesses:    -not much travel
-heavy for what it is
-ugly


Bottom Line:   
You get what you pay for, it's a good shock for entry level riders but if you plan to go riding for more than a couple times a month I wouldn't suggest this one. This shock came with my first mountian bike and it served me well for my rookie year of mountian biking.

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Favorite Trail:   Shunia Mines

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   older rock shocks

Bike Setup:   nakamura desent fs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Shoreham

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2001

Strengths:    non what so ever!!!! ecsaped its light but if the shock doesn't work good whats it worth

Weaknesses:    I may have an older model then yours but if they didn't redesign them since then the have no travel to begin with. they froze and now have about 3/4" of travel i don't care how inexpensive they are but in less you ride about once a mounth your just wasting your money. or if you just want a shock to say to your friends that youhave a shock on your bike go ahead waste your money but in the long run you will be better with another shock

Bottom Line:   
Don't wast your money by the rock shocks or manitues. my friends have them and they don't even compare to the rst

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Trever a Weekend Warrior from PG, BC, CANADA

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2000

Strengths:    Reliable
Low Maintenance
Price


Weaknesses:    Not much travel
Not adjustable
Not plush
Ugly


Bottom Line:   
A great fork for a beginning rider. Good value for a person new to the sport. May need to upgrade later though.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   MCBIKE

Similar Products Used:   Marz 01 z5

Bike Setup:   00 Kona Hahanna

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by King Kikapu a Weekend Warrior from calgary alberta canada

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2000

Strengths:    Great feel for such a low end fork! Plush, has 2' of travel.
Though a bit heavy, it's great for its price!


Weaknesses:    Weight, no rebound dampining, not disc brake compatable

Bottom Line:   
If you don't got the big bucks, this fork is the best choice for you. Great feel for beginners. Even though this is kind of heavy, its not heavy enough to notice. For the weekend warriors out there, this for could be right for you. It's made by a REAL biking company, not some cheap department store brand fork. It is a v-brake only fork, so check to see if you want vee's or disc.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   sport chek

Similar Products Used:   rockshox jett xc

Bike Setup:   xc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from B.C.Canada

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2000

Strengths:    pretty much the only thing on my bike I havent broken

Weaknesses:    everything the shock caps come off

Bottom Line:   
Im actually a cross country racer/free rider who can break pretty much anything.I was going to trash the rst but now that I think about it they are the only thing i havent messed up or broken. As I said everythings wrong with them except they havent broken yet.I would say if you have not much money or you dont mind a not poor ride buy them.

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Favorite Trail:   the cranbrook hill one

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Judyxc

Bike Setup:   98 kona hahannah some replacement parts

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by SeMaJ a Weekend Warrior from Kelowna BC

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2000

Strengths:    price obviously, seems to get the job done, if you've never had a shock before (my first shock)

Weaknesses:    travel, no adjustments

Bottom Line:   
if your only going to be hitting easy trails dont worry about it, but this fork isn't good for big hits.

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Favorite Trail:   Okanagan Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   the rst 280 came stock on my Raliegh Avalanche

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cotto a Cross Country Rider from Bucharest

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2000

Strengths:    weight , price
they are very good for cross country or city but not for slalom or dual. They are very modest


Weaknesses:    Travel(just 2.5), durability , a bit flexy ;without oil dampening;I had to open and clean it.
It's not a very good fork but it's allright.


Bottom Line:   
Until now it seems a good fork but I want to change the
frame and fork with a marzocchi z1 drop off for dual / slalom.
If u're a kid buy the fork because it's cheap and good.

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Favorite Trail:   Cross Country and Slalom

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Suntour 90 and 89

Bike Setup:   Aluminum frame(royce union)for cross country
LX,XT,XTR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aubs ellis a Cross Country Rider from bc, canada

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2000

Strengths:    trials,reaction,cheap and plush

Bottom Line:   
good for beginners or poor kids like me

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


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