RST Gamma EL 00 Front Shock

2.32/5 (34 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Coil / MCU spring
  • 3" (76mm) travel
  • Externally adjustable preload
  • Cold forged aluminum crown
  • Cro-Moly stanchions
  • 1 piece cast magnesium sliders
  • Universal disc brake mount


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Sasu a Cross Country Rider from Bucharest, Romania

    Date Reviewed: July 20, 2005

    Strengths:    It can tremendously improve break power for the ones who use entry level V brakes. It is more comfortable than fixed forks. It is resistent (if you don't try to use it for something that it wasn't designed, such as high jumps).

    Weaknesses:    There were described above

    Bottom Line:   
    Considering its price, it is a goog fork for riders without high expentancy. If you want something better, you'll have to pay at least double or triple, so i belive Gamma EL is a good product for its pricing. With this fork, i can control the bike easyer.

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    Favorite Trail:   Baneasa forest, Bucharest

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   small bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   none


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Coldfire a Cross Country Rider from Budapest, Hungary

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2003

    Strengths:    Good price
    adjustable
    plush sometimes :)


    Weaknesses:    A little heavy
    dont jump over 5 feet, because this fork is not for it



    Bottom Line:   
    I like this fork, because that was my first
    i think this fork is for easy rideing, not for downhilling, or freeriding

    Coldfire

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   A Local Bikeshop (Potto)

    Similar Products Used:   That was my first fork!!! Now I have a RockShox Duke XC U-turn (63 to 108mm), and it's much better.

    Bike Setup:   OLD Bike: Caprine HIGHLANDER frame, STX-RC brakes, Shimano Acera derailleurs
    NEW: Merida Big Air Elite frame, X-Fusion O2 Prime rear suspension, RockShox Duke XC U-turn fork, Magura Julie Hidro Disc Brakes, Deore XT rear, and Deore front derailleurs

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by wannes a Cross Country Rider from belgium

    Date Reviewed: December 12, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    De vering trekt op niks!!!!!!!!!!

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $175.00


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mundi a Cross Country Rider from Tauranga , New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: November 7, 2002

    Strengths:    theyre blue, ill give it some credit it can compress

    Weaknesses:    the whole thing, i bottomed them out and i only weigh 68kgs, yiou cant go over any sorta bump with out them firing back out cos of the lack of rebound dampimg

    Bottom Line:   
    crap , buy them if you got no money and need to ride but otherwise stay the heck away
    and i only give them one flamin chlli cos you have to give it one

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came with the bike

    Similar Products Used:   rockshoxs judy xc.tt,sids, marzocchie bombers Z1's i think

    Bike Setup:   avanti barracuda, 01 judys xc, deore groupset, deore hydraulic discs

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jacek a Cross Country Rider from Warsaw, Poland

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2002

    Strengths:    cheap, light, simple and comfortable

    Weaknesses:    poor design, damping

    Bottom Line:   
    Believe me, it's much better then they all write! For this money it's a perfect cross country fork for beginners. Very light and flexible (yes, sometimes too flexible). It came with my bike, wich was very light (about 11 kg) and I upgraded it after a month with Bomber MXC Coil. The next day I was almost crying, my bike became stiff and heavy, I needed 2 weeks to use to it. Of course you can't ever compare on difficult trails, but still I say Marzocchi is too heavy. I'm looking for another upgrade (SID or Mars).
    Great fork for entry cross country, get rid of RST stickers and have fun. But if you plan to ride seriously in the mountains, buy something else. All those DH racers complaining on this 80$ fork make me laugh! Poor boys, didn't you know before wich brand is best for this purpose?
    I give 4 chilis within this price range. Don't forget you can buy 3 RSTs for entry Marzocchi.

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    Favorite Trail:   Along Swider River

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Bomber MXC, Judy TT, Mars Elite

    Bike Setup:   Wheeler 5900, LX, XT, Avid, Ritchey, Mavic

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kyle a Downhiller from Vermont

    Date Reviewed: July 18, 2002

    Strengths:    This shock is very durable it never compressed all the way after hitting 4 ft drops never had any problems great shock

    Weaknesses:    none it is great

    Bottom Line:   
    great shock this shock is able to handle anything you throw at it for it's price it is a great shock and for only 80mm it never bottomed out so if you have little money this is a great shock to buy

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    Favorite Trail:   sawmill

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   bike barn

    Similar Products Used:   rst 281

    Bike Setup:   dual slalom

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by gary a Cross Country Rider from canada

    Date Reviewed: March 5, 2002

    Strengths:    good all round shock

    Weaknesses:    poor reviews

    Bottom Line:   
    this shock is a lot better than they make out on here. good travel. nice plush ride. would exceed most riders abilities

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   jetts


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Tammy A. a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: January 10, 2002

    Strengths:    If you like pogo-sticks, this is the product for you...

    Weaknesses:    where do I start...the slightest bumps or roots feel ten times bigger then they are. The fork barely gives and when it does it pops you back up again in a very jerky, fast manner.

    Bottom Line:   
    Do not waste your money on this "suspension".

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    Favorite Trail:   Delta Watershed

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   local bike store- Jubilee Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Mozzarochi Z-5's they are great for British Columbia' wet/ muddy conditions.

    Bike Setup:   Kona Blast, hardtail- it came out midseason, 1999.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jeebo Jeebo a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: October 15, 2001

    Strengths:    good value 4 people who dont noe the difference between forks.

    Weaknesses:    go buy a $4 pogo stick and sellotape it to yer bike. No really this is the equivilent of a pogo stick!! Bottoms out on everthing! SAve sum $$$ 4 sum manitou sx or mars forks!

    Bottom Line:   
    THis fork is OK for riding round town and sum off roading but dont take drops anymore than 5 feets cause ull screw every thing on yer bike and yer self! But its Cheap so WAIT! and buy sum decent forxs

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    Favorite Trail:   Kahutarawa

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   pins cycles

    Similar Products Used:   381 el rs indy bomber z5

    Bike Setup:   raceline deore... kore stuff wildgrippers

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Damo a Weekend Warrior from Toowoomba, QLD

    Date Reviewed: October 12, 2001

    Strengths:    Smooth ride if your not going over big stuff. But thats about it.

    Weaknesses:    Lots! These forks are rubbish! As soon as you hit big stuff for the first time like i did 2day they will shake your eyeballs out!!!!! Topin out everywhere with hideous clunking noises!!!!!!!!!! :-(

    Bottom Line:   
    Do not bother with these!!!! they came with the bike I bought 2 day and i'm bitterly disappointed. An upgrade is a must!!!!!! These aren't even worth the shipping costs it takes to bring the buggers over here!!!!!! they suck !!!!!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Off the side of the range

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Bikeline

    Similar Products Used:   RST 281's Rockshox jett's

    Bike Setup:   Alivio on a Giant ATX 840

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Martin Dibb a Cross Country Rider from Canberra, ACT, Australia

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2001

    Strengths:    Uuummmm.........

    Weaknesses:    Where to start. Pre load adjustment makes no obvious difference to control. Even set on full hard they bob 2" when standing up and pushing up a hill. They top out noisily and constantly. A complete waste of time.

    Bottom Line:   
    My RST's came on my new bike. If there are Gamma's on your new bike, swap them BEFORE you leave the shop. 1 flamin thingy only because I cant give a negative.

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    Favorite Trail:   too many to list

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1.00

    Purchased At:   Lonsdale St Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox MG21, 2001 Rock Shox SID 100

    Bike Setup:   Avanti Barracuda, Deore everything, Surface RX saddle, Magura Julie hydraulic discs with Magura stainless steel braided brake lines, now 2001 Rock Shox SID 100 forks

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from Christchurch, New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: August 28, 2001

    Strengths:    easy to maintain, put it on your bike and for a reasonable price you've got suspension, they look the goods (fat, ugly & quite cool)

    Weaknesses:    no damping at all

    Bottom Line:   
    I had few complaints with the Gamma El. Never bottomed it out (if you can bottom your fork out just by pushing down on it, maybe its a good idea to have a bike shop check it out). The lack of damping becomes a nuisance - it will make an embarassingly loud banging noise as it tops out when you pull on the front wheel to clear or hop an obstacle.

    This fork is fine as a first suspension fork. Though it may not handle or perform like a more expensive fork (and if it did, no one would buy the more expensive fork), it does the job. By the time you're ready for big drops you will have saved your pennies for an upgrade. If you're not into riding the rough stuff, maybe this fork is all you need.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   came with my bike

    Similar Products Used:   was my first suspension fork

    Bike Setup:   Wheeler 4900, Truvativ cranks, Marzoochi Z4 2002 fork, else all stock Shimano Deore componentry

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by this fork sux from australia

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2001

    Strengths:    none!!! this fork is SH1T. heavy like a tank.

    Weaknesses:    blew up after the first ride. doesnt asorb anything. when it does. the rebound will send you into space.

    Bottom Line:   
    dont buy this SH1T fork. get a bomber instead. you will KILL YOURSELF if you buy this. it is so SH1T. 1 flamin' turd cos' i can't give it negative turds.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1.00

    Purchased At:   k-mart

    Similar Products Used:   various rs, marzocchi, manitous

    Bike Setup:   raceline

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alexander a Weekend Warrior from Moscow

    Date Reviewed: July 10, 2001

    Strengths:    Comfortable. Helps to keep direction on uneven trail. Has good shield against dust, mud and moisture.

    Weaknesses:    Not found

    Bottom Line:   
    Good for those, who ride during weekends in moderate manner. Don't think that it could be used for agressive riding.

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    Favorite Trail:   East side of Moscow Region

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   Local bike club store

    Bike Setup:   Alivio

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dude a Weekend Warrior from Colombia

    Date Reviewed: July 7, 2001

    Strengths:    Good travel, Cheap. Pretty good for $80.

    Weaknesses:    Bottoms out. A little heavy.Adjustment f**ks up.

    Bottom Line:   
    Pretty good all round. Bottoms out a bit much. Cool ride though, just not a heavy duty fork.

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    Favorite Trail:   Barracuda Hoodrat

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Supercycles

    Similar Products Used:   Rock Shock(cant remember)

    Bike Setup:   Barracuda Hoodrat

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