RST Alfalfa XL 00 Front Shock

3.24/5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $999.00


Product Description

  • Coil/MCU spring
  • 6" (152 mm) travel
  • Externally adjustable preload
  • Hydraulic open-bath with adjustable rebound damping
  • CNC double crown with intergrated adjustable stem
  • 7075 aluminum stanchions, 36 mm diameter
  • One piece cast magnesium slider
  • 20 mm axle clamp
  • Universal disc brake mount
  • Quick release hub adapter


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Mark a Downhiller from Haberfield, NSW, Australia

    Date Reviewed: December 21, 2004

    Strengths:    Good Looks, 6" Travel, Adjustable Rebound & Preload and the 20mm Thick axle.

    Weaknesses:    If the forks or bike is turned upside down, the forks leak excessive amounts of oil. The crown cracks constantly near the L/H/S Leg, (This is my third pair of forks in 3 years, all under warranty).

    Bottom Line:   
    I reckon they are CRAP. I gotta constantly fix and maintain them. I hear Marzorcci Shocks are way better and cheapper than these shocks, and probably weigh lighter too??? The crown keeps cracking which becomes a hazard to the 20mm axle from bending or cracking. Never turn the forks upside-down or they'll leak and you'll have to get them serviced after that, No Oil - No Work!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Woodford to Glenbrook, Castle Hill, Red Hill

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   Universe Cycles

    Bike Setup:   Craftworks 2005 frame with 8" rear travel, Mavic double-wall rims, 16# S/Steel spokes, RST Alfalfa forks with 6" travel and 20mm axle, Hayes Hydraulic Disc Brakes front & rear, Redline Splined Flite Cranks with 'GT' single gear disc sprocket, Black Spire chain guide, Shimano XT rear derailier, Azonic handlebars with Oury Grips and an Azonic seat with quick release. Did I forget anything????

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Kabong a Weekend Warrior from Queensland, Australia

    Date Reviewed: October 15, 2004

    Strengths:    Strong durable and can take realatively big hits.

    Weaknesses:    Parts hard to get and nobody seems to know to much about them.

    Bottom Line:   
    I would not have paid the original price for these forks, however I have looked after them and they are still going strong.The real bottom line is that those of us on a low income with a family can't really afford 1 or 2 thousand dollar forks, so be happy with what you've got and give what ever that maybe a little TLC. Happy Trails.

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    Favorite Trail:   castle hill

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $210.00

    Purchased At:   Private seller

    Similar Products Used:   never used another fork with similar specs, but would love to have that opportunity.

    Bike Setup:   GSR Mach8,Rock shock Pro deluxe pull shock,Mavic 321 disc wheels, Hayes hydro disc brakes, other bits XT and funn

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by tim sluis a Downhiller from cape town

    Date Reviewed: May 8, 2003

    Strengths:    big hits
    tracks well at pace


    Weaknesses:    drop out not replaceable. break it and your fked.
    frame broke


    Bottom Line:   
    good frame but not for huge drops

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    Favorite Trail:   DH

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   given to me

    Similar Products Used:   kona stab

    Bike Setup:   rst alphalpha, race face, dual banger hydrolic discs

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Johan doodles a Downhiller from Winipeg, Manitoba

    Date Reviewed: May 29, 2002

    Strengths:    beefy fork, 6 inches and I paid way under cost. I paid 600CAN for it. Thats like paying 400 american!

    Weaknesses:    I dunno yet, the thing is that I'm waiting to get my new frame b4 I put it on. I DIDN"T GET AN OWNERS MANUAL! PLease tell me where can I get one off the net?????? or who can I contact for one!

    Bottom Line:   
    I just really got a good deal and I couldn't pass it up. That's why I bought them. I can't comment on the "do they freeze" comment yet. I mainly posted this to ask if anyone knew where I could get an owner manual. Thanks 4 now I'll give it a 4 out 5 cuz I got so cheap. BUt no manual : (

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    Favorite Trail:   hmmm, not to many round here

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   olympia bucycles

    Similar Products Used:   Most probably the junior T, not like the Mr.T or boxxer.

    Bike Setup:   not done yet, it's gonna be a santa cruz bullit (7in of rear travel and 6 in front), hayes discs and some other things.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Doug Minor a Downhiller from Nine Mile Falls, WA, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2002

    Strengths:    Good looking - elegant machining & finish
    Beefy 32mm stanchions
    QR adapter incl (I'm running the 20mm thru-axle)
    Easy rebound and preload adj. via CNC'd knobs
    Awesome integrated stem


    Weaknesses:    None that I've found

    Bottom Line:   
    Probably the best 6" of travel you can find - especially at the MSRP. Has sucked up everything thrown at it so far. Oil dampened thru a chamber in one leg - easily adjustable via CNC'd knob on top of stanchion; 3/4 turn from fast to super-slow rebound. Adjustable (3-position) stem is just the right length and gives your bike a razzoo moto-look too. Exposed slider seals look vulnerable - may buy some MSR fork boots for insurance. Perfect fork for a racer on a budget.

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    Favorite Trail:   Beacon

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   2000 Specialized Big Hit, Rhynolites to Formula dic hubs, RST mech discs, FSA Vdrive Xtreme ISIS crank, 8-speed XT/STX-RC drivetrain

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by matt a Downhiller from canada

    Date Reviewed: March 18, 2002

    Strengths:    good look,

    Weaknesses:    slow rebound

    Bottom Line:   
    it's a great fork for summer and winter use. the alfalfa xl work well in downhill,freeride and dropping.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   judy xl (this fork sucks),z3 5" QR20(i've broke it in 2)

    Bike Setup:   big hit 01 with doublewide rims and truvativ crank/chainguide

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by blah blah a Weekend Warrior from blah

    Date Reviewed: February 4, 2002

    Strengths:    IVE GOT THE SINGLE CROWN RST ALFA2 AND IT SUCKS!!!
    WHAT STRENGTH?, looks maybe but functionality wise it sucks. THE PRICE IS UNREASONABLY HIGH FOR AN ELASTOFREAK. THIS FORK SUCKS BIG TIME!! DO NOT BUY!! UNLESS IT IS 1/10 OF THE MSRP!! YEAH LOOKS MASSIVE BUT SUCKS MASSIVE TOO!!


    Weaknesses:    PRICE, MCU - at this price range the freakin looser rst uses mcu!!! HEY RST YOU SHOULD BE ASHAME!! GO TO HELL RST!!

    Bottom Line:   
    bottom line - DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT!! IF YOU ARE EXPECTING AN OPEN-BATH TECHNOLOGY ON THIS SHAMEFUL PRODUCT YOUR WRONG!! YEAH IT DOES LOOK MASSIVE AND STRONG BUT DON'T BE FOOLED!! IT COST MORE THAN MARZOCCHI Z1 SO GET YOUR SELF A MARZOCCHI AND STILL HAVE A CHANGE

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    Favorite Trail:   blah

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   lbs

    Similar Products Used:   i hate to say this but RST hi end products sucks big time!!

    Bike Setup:   blah blah blah

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alexey T a Downhiller from Odessa, UA

    Date Reviewed: November 30, 2001

    Strengths:    + good looking
    + no flex
    + great stem
    + q/r adapter
    + superb damping control


    Weaknesses:    - 12mm allen key
    - yes, they freeze
    - clean it often and that is it


    Bottom Line:   
    I find this fork is superb for mild downhill and freeride too.
    Some people here says that it’s rebound is too slow – then try going to the lighter oil, and different springs.
    I tryed Jr MrT not even close to the AlfalfaXL , they are to hard for me ( 70kg) and work in the workman sort of way, not plush at all.
    I,ve ridden this fork for 1 year and didn’t really had any problems with it.
    I definitely would advise this RST product to my friend who’s on the budget, And who will not sell his soul for a DH fork.
    Now I have a new version of Alfalfa with the changes in damping . Didn’t try it yet .
    The only thing I would change on that fork is – add the cover against mud .

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    Favorite Trail:   n/a

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   n/a

    Similar Products Used:   98/99 boxxer- no , Jr T- really bad , RockS XL – real crap

    Bike Setup:   KHS Dominatrex, 00 Alfalfa XL, mavics 521, SRAM 9.0 , Fizi;k, etc.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Seth Linkovich a Downhiller from Canberra Australia

    Date Reviewed: November 5, 2001

    Strengths:    They look big and tough

    Weaknesses:    They friggin suck. They freeze up when it gets cold. They stick way too much unless you clean them every day. Not responsive at all. Pathetic in dry, dusty conditions or in the rain and mud.

    Bottom Line:   
    About a month after I bought these forks I tried to sell them. About six months later someone was dumb enough to buy them. When I went into a bike shop with these forks they laughed at me. These forks are the worst forks I have ever used. I had nothing but problems with them. They were serviced about four times and they still sucked. They felt okay after the fourth srvice for about 4 rides then they starting sticking again. In the cold they freeze up and just stay compressed. I would not recomend anybody buys these forks, unless you're some pretty boy who wants to look nice while you ride around on the streets

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    Favorite Trail:   Isaacs

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou Xvert TI
    Marzocchi Super T
    Boxxer


    Bike Setup:   Came on a Raceline, supposebly a DH bike.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Tough Guy a Downhiller from Adelaide, Australia

    Date Reviewed: September 17, 2001

    Strengths:    Look Good?

    Weaknesses:    After only havving for less than a month, i the bottom horseshoe from the side of the fork! I only weigh 85 Kgs!Way too much cleaning for my liking.

    Bottom Line:   
    Don't Buy them!!! Spend the extra and go get something like Boxer's Worst purchase made by me so far in mountain biking.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bennets

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Bicycle Express

    Similar Products Used:   Mr T Jr.

    Bike Setup:   Craftworks DHR, Hayes, 321's, XT , Fox Vanilla Pro

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Scotty who a Downhiller from Australia

    Date Reviewed: February 7, 2001

    Strengths:    Chunky, red...so they go faster,mad goose neck.And all u boys
    who raged on them, take off the rebound cap,take off the cir clip and re-adjust the cartridge pre set u loosers!!know the will have no sticktion and rebound like a "Boxxer" :p


    Weaknesses:    The 12mm allen key.other than that they work great.

    Bottom Line:   
    They are a good reliable TAIWANES fork.BUT my new investments a goig to be a set of White bros DH3's.

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    Favorite Trail:   THE BIG STEEP HILL

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $9000.00

    Purchased At:   Wemberly cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Mr T mazzochi

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Super V DH Specific 00' Mdl

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Rabideel a Downhiller from Lexington MA

    Date Reviewed: September 28, 2000

    Strengths:    hmmmm, lets seeee, it moves

    Weaknesses:    WAY TO MUCH STICTION, the money i spent on this fork should've meant that my fork would work well, this is a super NOT plush, seriously. My dealer let me trade it in for a 99 Mr. T, that is a real fork

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork shouldnt be bought by anyone who wants their fork to preform like it should. This fork was VASTLY overpriced for the pile of $H1T that it is. Serioiusly, do not buy this fork. Only buy it if you have a lot of money, and have a RST fetish.

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    Favorite Trail:   PORCUPINE RIM IN MOAB!!!!

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $950.00

    Similar Products Used:   Mr. T, Z3 longtravel, Manitou Exvert DH

    Bike Setup:   RM-6, Race face cranks, XTR drivetrain

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Pee Wee Herman a Racer from Huntington beach

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2000

    Strengths:    A great looking fork, not too heavy, and you get a cool stem!

    Weaknesses:    Other than looks, this fork is useless, ive had nothing but trouble with them, theyre anything but plush and they have the most stiction i have ever seen. Who carries a 12mm allen key around with them?

    Bottom Line:   
    I would relly advise against these forks for a serious racer, but maybe if your a little short on the dough....

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    Favorite Trail:   Snoqualmie

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Cycleworks

    Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Mr t's

    Bike Setup:   Muddy fox rock n roll, stock setup

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Urban Dynamo a Downhiller from Layton UT USA

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000

    Strengths:    +Decent Price
    +Nice design
    +Great travel
    +Stiff lower sliders
    +Integrated on-board stem


    Weaknesses:    -Slow damping
    -Either needs boots or better seals.


    Bottom Line:   
    This is another of RST's great products, the Alfalfa XL. Since the Alfalfa XL is not top of the line, it is not going to be the best, but it's still a greak fork. I loved the stiffness of the lower sliders, probably because of that funky brake arck design. The on-board stem was good, too, it handled pretty well during the really extreme stuff. Though by todays DH fork standards 6 inches of travel may not seem alot, but it was enough to keep me on my bike. This fork has a pretty nice price, $1000. This fork, however, has slow damping, even when set on fast damping it's slow, and the seals aren't the best either, I hope RST would work on that on next years model, Frankly I think that RST should throw away the Sigma and just make a suped-up Alfalfa XL.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    :) Ideal buyer- Extreme Downhiller on a tight budget.

    :( Non Ideal buyer- Anyone who demands 7-8 inch travel and want fast damping.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   '99 Rock Shox BoXXer
    '98 Marzocchi Super T



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by A Marsian from Mars

    Date Reviewed: April 20, 2000

    Weaknesses:    No oversized boot available. Cleaning em after every ride is a minus.

    Bottom Line:   
    Youll never go wrong with this fork. I will never trade this with Mr.Ts. Youll get a free stemm, QR/Thru axle convertible are excellent. Good thing that there are only three of this are in my planet. I'll have a lesser chance of racing with those 2 guys who has it, whew...If you find one like this, get em. You'll save more money compared to other DH forks that doesnt work. Congrats to RST!!This is an excellent job.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months


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