RST 381 Front Shock

2.84/5 (43 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tyler a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2013

Strengths:    They seem to be holding up fine and mine are 2006 so have disc brake mount. They are 100mm travel so reasonable travel and haven't bottomed out on 5 ft drops

Weaknesses:    Adjusters do nothing and they just don't feel as smooth as they could be

Bottom Line:   
Reasonable forks that work well for my occasional XC riding. I would recommend them for a beginner or a spare set but nothing further.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dom a a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2007

Strengths:    Fits my bike,good performance and durable

Weaknesses:    seals are made of rock(dont seal at all)

Bottom Line:   
A good shock . do not remove the rubber sleeves from the topas they are the only relevent seals.on the ajusters for the best performance turn them anti clockwise with an ajustable spanner as far as it will go,and then more.mine have stood up to punishing riding including jumping over a ford transit van.good shocks.good for a beginner-intermediate.havnt tested them for compitition.=)

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Favorite Trail:   anything that gives a pounding

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   barracuda jump bike with rst 381s

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob wotzapollohimalaya a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2004

Strengths:    best 10 years ago for the $$
easy and cheap to fix
looks good


Weaknesses:    adjustments do nothing
minimal travel compared to mondern shocks


Bottom Line:   
good for the time but haven't shocks come a long way.... they may be crappy by todays standards but still a helluva lot better than rigid forks

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Favorite Trail:   oakes/narrowneck

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   long time ago... chatswood universe cycles

Similar Products Used:   manitou black comp

Bike Setup:   on and old apollo himalaya

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dex gino a Weekend Warrior from gusa,philippines

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2004

Strengths:    it's cheap and almost no maintanance.i placed top 10 on a local dh race with this fork. nice aluminum steerer. 5 foot droips were no problem. i even use it on road rides though heavy.

Weaknesses:    it's elastomers got stiff!i have since replaced its elastomers with coil springs and new bumpers.adjustability stinks.

Bottom Line:   
i had this fork for 6 years now. performance may not be right on top compared with a rock shox. for weekend assault on our local trails and occasional races its performance is average.but tinkering its internals could give life to this fork.don't remove its boot and always grease the insides.downhilling on a fireroad is fine with this fork, but not enough when drops and basketball sizes rocks are on the way.replacing its elastomers helped a lot. on a cross country set up its good enough.i used the same fork for dh and xc rides.this fork goes where its aimed.

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Favorite Trail:   malasag hills

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   manila

Similar Products Used:   rock shox judy xc with englund air guts and a stock rst mozo

Bike Setup:   gt zaskar with lx drivetrain. suntour microdrive crank-with its 20T small ring, climbing is easy!no lifts in here.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marcu Bogdan a Weekend Warrior from Bucharest, Romania

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2004

Strengths:    Easy to maintain and pretty durable. And it`s cheap :)

Weaknesses:    Heavy, practicaly no travel, or so it feels :)

Bottom Line:   
If you are on a low budget this could be the fork. It`s cheap, if you do once in a will some maintance to it, probabily it will last for a lifetime. Performance it`s very low, and it`s quite heavy.

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Favorite Trail:   Bucegi

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1 Wedge,Jr. T, Manitou Black, Firefly and other rst junk

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z1 Wedge 2004, PolarX 14.5" 2002, Shimano Deore&Hayes Mag HD hidraulic disk brakes, irc kujo dh 2.65 tires etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fabiano a Cross Country Rider from Trento, Italy

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2003

Strengths:    Never had problems

Weaknesses:    Not great performance

Bottom Line:   
It is a very good fork for the price I paid it. Maybe it will not be the best choice for performance but I used it for three years (or more) and never had problems: it stills works well.

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Favorite Trail:   Everything

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cody a Weekend Warrior from Michigan

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2003

Strengths:    Very durible, lasted longer then I expected

Weaknesses:    Sudden just broke. I was jumping it and it bottomed out a couple of times and you couldn't adjust the preload.

Bottom Line:   
Durible (for the price paid), lasted longer then anyone ever wouldhave expected from an RST.

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Favorite Trail:   Mackinac Island

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jacob O'Neall a Downhiller from Eubank,Kentucky, USA

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2003

Strengths:    Durability, responsive, fairly stiff, strength

Weaknesses:    do you expect a beginner's fork like this to be the "crowning glory" of all forks, anyway it doesn't have damping, it's about 3.5-4 pounds

Bottom Line:   
A good fork. It handled four and five foot drops, dirtjumping, urban riding, and hard trailriding for five or six months when I replaced it with the Z-5. I have no complaints, I still have the fork, and have used it on other bikes since. If you don't need the newest technology, or the adjustability of a top fork, this could be the fork for you. The fork is bombproof, and never needs any maintenance other than to unscrew the two bolts at the bottom of each fork leg, pull off the lowers, clean and regrease everthing, then put it back together. I did this every few months, and because the fork is so simple, dissassembling and cleaning it is super easy, and really it probably could go without it, but I like to work on my bikes. I feel that this is a great fork for beginners, or riders who don't want to mess with new tech stuff, and just want a fork that will last forever.
I'd give it 5 chili's, but a Marzocchi is just as durable, but puts in a better performance.

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Favorite Trail:   any thats rough and technical

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   other RST, Marzocchi Z-5 100 air, Rockshox Psylo, Manitou SX-E that came on one of my bikes (I like the RST's better)

Bike Setup:   2000 Mongoose XR-850, Now has a Marzocchi Z-5, Promax disks, Syntace VRO bar & stem combo(sweet), Kenda Kenetics, Truvativ Firex ISIS cranks/ Raceface SRX ISIS bb

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by oliver davies a Weekend Warrior from pembrokeshire

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2003

Strengths:    they kept the wheel in place when riding on the road

Weaknesses:    Forks randomly went stiff from time to time, sod all travel. Look crap and internal parts consist of polystyrene and mud.

Bottom Line:   
Performance wise these forks suck willy. To be fair they didn't actually break in the time i had them and took a fair amount of punishment. in this respect they're not bad for a beginner because any susp is better than none. If you can find some for less than £20 ($30ish) then go mad. Value rating?? they came with the bike.. How much are they????

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Favorite Trail:   devils kichen

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   mikes bikes

Similar Products Used:   judy long travel, judy, jett

Bike Setup:   hard tail alu

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lee a Weekend Warrior from Orangeville, Ontario

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2002

Strengths:    hahahaha good one

Weaknesses:    everything. tops out, bottoms out, makes noise, no travel, piece of crap

Bottom Line:   
a great fork for beginners, but please, once you get good and start going big, replace the fork. i took mine off so i could borrow a friend's, and it turns out i had 2 1-inch long cracks in the crown, and 2 more on the otherside of the crown. one more bad landing and i wouldnt be here. the rating below is an overstatement, the fork is crap. if u have one, get rid of it.

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Favorite Trail:   skating rink

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi z5

Bike Setup:   2001 GT Aggressor 2.0 with everything upgraded minus front derailer and shifters/brake levers

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2002

Strengths:    lightish thats bout all

Weaknesses:    the name ? (RST need i say more !!) harsh top out harsh bottom out weak crown (snapped jumping doubles)

Bottom Line:   
poor, borrowed off of a mate as i snapped my Marzocchis dont belive me email me at paulbeechey007@hotmail.com for pics n after 2 days the crown failed im not really sure y as i treated em nice i felt also my arms hurt due to the top out grrrrrrr well there pretty poor really, oh yeh i must congratulated marzocchi on the shi%^"st customer service ever !!!!! cheers !!!

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Favorite Trail:   Penshurst

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   borrowed from Brow (cheers geezer)

Similar Products Used:   Dirt Jump 2s

Bike Setup:   hope, shimano , middleburn, azonic, club roost, bombers

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by justin a Weekend Warrior from lincolnshire

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2002

Strengths:    reasonbly light,good learner fork

Weaknesses:    weak plastic ajusters,i went over a table top and overshot the domnside landed hard and the ajusters poped out snapping all the plastic inside,no travel,no dampening harsh topout

Bottom Line:   
dont buy this fork ,and if already got then replace ,these fork were alright to start on but as you start getin better you will also need a better fork

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Z3s, Z5s, judy sl, duke xc, judy tt,

Bike Setup:   ddg shooter avids Z1 wedge

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dylan Lacsamana a Weekend Warrior from Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2002

Strengths:    It fits the budget. Nice rebound. With the proper adjustment, this will relieve stress on your arms.

Weaknesses:    1999 model not yet disk brake ready. It's kinda heavy compared to Suntour XCP95 or Rock Shox Judy C.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good product for someone's who's tight on the budget. I would say this is a beginner's fork as you'd definitely upgrade to better brand (like Rock Shox or Manitou) eventually.

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Favorite Trail:   Cauayan Trail in Angeles City

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Moab 3, deore xt derailleurs, deore crankset, deore hubs, mavic deemax rims, maxxis tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by david blake a Weekend Warrior from somewhere

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2002

Strengths:    strong stanchions and crown

Weaknesses:    way too loose!
crappy dust seal


Bottom Line:   
right dust seal popped out.
i way 115lbs and take four foot drops so its okay for its price.
loosness is so shi##y and annoying

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Favorite Trail:   graveyard

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   NONE THIS LOOSE

Bike Setup:   Titan Infinity

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Werrob a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2002

Strengths:    Nice strong fork, nothing broken in 2 years of riding. i weigh 210 pounds and it tends to bottom out on drops 2 foot +.

Weaknesses:    REBOUND, every time i do a jump or drop clunk, it has done no damage so not worried. allround a good fork for the price.

Bottom Line:   
these forks are good for a weekend worrior but in a compitition these forks are sh*t. 65mm of travel does not do mutch justice, reccomend a 100mm + fork for compition.

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Favorite Trail:   fast ones

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Cycleogical

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Stock

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RST 381 elastomer

can anyone direct me to some information on how to maintain these elastomer forks. i would imagine the maintenance to be different than that of a oil bath/air fork. thanksRead More »

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