RST Hi-5 Front Shock

3.73/5 (80 Reviews)
MSRP : $349.00

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RST Hi-5

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alvin Bonifay a Weekend Warrior from Moama, nsw, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2003

Strengths:    I bought this fork second hand for $200 australian dollars and its soo sweet.people say its not plush but its plusher than my old white bros.its travel is wicked and it takes a fair beating. Ive been freeriding/north shore/jumping with it and its held has a little flew and i cant tell that good but they look a little bent, but that could of been the previous owner, oh they also look sweet on my hardtail, and they are not noisy

Weaknesses:    they flex
pretty soft
stiffness is shizen

Bottom Line:   
This fork is very good handling and jumping and freeriding.
i got it 2nd hand so its prob had a fair bashing by the person who used to have it, but they seem fine to me, they flex a little bit but i think thats cause im about 80 kgs and ive got them on a hardtail??!! If your up for a budget fork, these are the best buy, try and get them 2nd hand as well, even cheaper!!!

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Favorite Trail:   twisties and the pit

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bikes and Trikes

Similar Products Used:   White bros at 90( i exploded them)

Bike Setup:   Dmr trailstar with lx/xt,white bros ti bar,rst hi 5

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paddy a Weekend Warrior from lanarkshire, scotland, uk

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2003

Strengths:    Good value for money, reasonable performance. stiffer than singlecrown forks and a decent amount of travel for freeride/simple DH duties

Weaknesses:    fork brace to small for 2.3 tyres, need regular, careful(!!) servicing if ridden in dirt.

Bottom Line:   
for the money they are a decent fork. reasonably tough (for the price and level they are aimed at), good performance (espec. if you mess around with them and keep em well lubed with light oil.) (try spraying the legs with GT85 or the like regularly and keep the pneumatic damper well lubed with a TINY amount of grease and a light spray of gt85). however, they are NOT a pro level fork and anyone who thinks they are, or should be, has rocks in their head. pound for pound there is very little to beat them at that price point either for performance or strength. (except possibly second hand single crown marz. bomber drop offs)

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Favorite Trail:   innerleithen trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   the bike shop, motherwell

Similar Products Used:   manitou mach 5 sx, marzocci bomber z1 DO, stratos mx6's, rockshox boXXer race..

Bike Setup:   kona stinky w/stratos mx6's, hydraulic XT disks etc..

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by luke rst a Downhiller from england(yeah)

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    well rst stands for really s**t technolgy. The forks sumtimes compress when its hot, when it is cold(which is often in the uk) It decides to not compress, which means that flipping is an often occurence in my riding life. Really the only strenth it does have is that it makes a good rubber bung prodder.

Weaknesses:    evrything, WARNING avoid this fork, it is a danger harzard

Bottom Line:   
no I have supers i ride like the wind , instead of flipping with the wind. sorry the boys at rst but this fork really does suck real bad.

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Favorite Trail:   penshurst

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   some pooy shop

Similar Products Used:   monsert t, super t

Bike Setup:   super t 2002, dh hardtail, halo combats, hayes 8 inch.gazzas and 247 cranks + roox chain device.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Williams a Weekend Warrior from Warwickshire

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2002

Strengths:    Nice to ride with. Comfterble. Gives u anough hang time off a jump if u push at the top of the lip. Look well nice. Very durable!!

Weaknesses:    Abit tall but im a quite small person!!

Bottom Line:   
A nice fork with good durance but u look like a fool if you are quite short!!

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Favorite Trail:   Ummmmm any where with a nice set of jumps!!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   My mate

Similar Products Used:   RST 381.

Bike Setup:   A hybrid.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Tom a Downhiller from Tavistock Devon

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2002

Strengths:    Well as i got them for absolutely nothing i think that they are pretty cool for that.

Weaknesses:    Snapped the bridge 3 times in 3 months, easy to replace but a pain in the f**king arse. Doesnt absorbe any little bumps and bottomes out on any drop aver 3 foot

Bottom Line:   
Face your fears to reach your dreams
Keep it real

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Favorite Trail:   Porcs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Partridge

Similar Products Used:   Getting super t's

Bike Setup:   Patriot with top components...too many to list

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mario Orso a Downhiller from Croatia

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2001

Strengths:    Best for money

Weaknesses:    dual crown

Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   ee

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   uu

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Bomber z2

Bike Setup:   Kona LX/XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ILIKETO FUKYOASS a Downhiller from EMMERDALE

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2001



Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   INNERLIETHAN

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   WIGGLE



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bob Frendo a Downhiller from nsw blue mountains

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2001

Strengths:    not really shore don't think that there are any.

Weaknesses:    very easy to snap if going bike as i have snapped both legs and hav cracked the bottom grown.

Bottom Line:   
Very crap fork for dh.

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Favorite Trail:   old bathurst road down hill trax extremly good

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $255.00

Purchased At:   friend that hadn't used them

Similar Products Used:   they work very much kie judy's but judy's don't brake.

Bike Setup:   i had a DMR hardtail which i would recomend to any doing down hill on a hartail great beike and know i have a gt lts 4000 good bike to. i do alot of dh and majo freeriding they take big hits well but brake.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eder Giovani Savio a Downhiller from Florianópolis/SC - Brazil

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2001

Strengths:    Do not brake.
Eat midle and big obstacles (consider it has just 5 inchs)
Easy maintence.
Good rebound control by the simple air system.
You can put compression springs (coil).
Not very soft and save your power.
Very cheap, like a weak psylo XC.
Light for a double-crow five inchs fork.

Weaknesses:    It do not absorbs small vibrations while high speeds.

Bottom Line:   
Well. I don´t know if you will find one because RST stop it. It is an excelente piece for extreme endure rides and moderate free-ride. You can so make some light DH. I love it. If you use the manitou lubricant it will works very well for many time.

Ok ok ok. I'm not comparing it with a powerfull and full adjustable Mr. T. Hi5 is just an excelente fork for heavy fun.

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Favorite Trail:   Costa da Lagoa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Pro Shock HR 120
Rock Shox Boxxer
Marzocchi Jr. T
Marzochi Monster T

Bike Setup:   Haro Extreme MX3, 6,25 inchs rear travel rock shox super deluxe, werks swmingarm, Deore 2000, Maxxis Mofo 2.35 tires, 35 mm stem Power Tools.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Georgi danov a Downhiller from Sofia,Bulgaria

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2001

Strengths:    cheap

Bottom Line:   
this fork is for you only if you are a starting downhiller with low budget like me :) . it has about 10cm of travel, but still it's too bad when you ride on rocks. the only plus is that it's cheap. everything else sux. in the moment I have enough money I'll be buying a REAL one. still it's a good product for $150 (brand new)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   BAS

Bike Setup:   too custom YOUN

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shawn a Weekend Warrior from Federal Way, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2001

Strengths:    Inexpensive long travel

Weaknesses:    Elastomers are crummy
Sloppy tracking

Bottom Line:   
I slapped these on my old Joshua to make a "basher bike". I noticed that the travel on the RST was stiff. I pulled out the elastomer stack and performed some surgery. I replaced the elastomers with speed springs. I am happy with how they perform now. If you are looking for a pro-level fork, look elsewhere. This fork probably couldn't handle the rigors of competition. For playing in the park on my bike though, this fork is more than adequate. It won't break the bank either.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Old Gary Fisher Joshua, XT drivetrain, Platform pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by livasio peerie a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2001

Strengths:    triple clamp, stiff, 5 inches of travel, simple to use, mantainence free.can take jumps like never before.

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
this fork kickass man. 5 inches of travel is morethan enough to handle staircase and jumps ..really a good budget fork..feels good too.try to get the new ones with the coil feels better.....trash this fork the first day i got it.went to jump form the roof of my friend's house..was a one storey resort kind of house...near the beach.guess what?...all the bikini babes check me out when i did that jump.go on this fork

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Favorite Trail:   marina sqare

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   HL co.

Similar Products Used:   rst mozo pro 3.5,
rockshox(it sucks!)

Bike Setup:   jump bike with big wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joshua a Downhiller from Canberra Australia

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2001

Strengths:    Little stiction
True 5in travel
Ridgid laterally
Can use springs

Weaknesses:    Torsionally sloppy
No adjustment outside preload

Bottom Line:   
Good fork for the money, very laterally ridgid and will strudel any single crown for the same money. I weigh 88kg and have hd nasty bifs and landed badly of largish drop offs and these thins never felt like they'd snap.

I don't know how people break them. Torsion weakness means steering is a little less accurate than it could be and they flex just a little front to back.

Great value for money, although I probably wouldn't buy them new.

Godd for intermediate downhillers, struggles on really rough stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Majura- Anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Bomber triples

Bike Setup:   Avanti Hardcore pro DH
Rst alfalfa XL

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Billy Bob a Downhiller from South Engerland

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, good for beginner DHer on a budget - Okay, so they have 5inches of travel (In the UK, that's pretty good for $350!) Disc mounts.

Weaknesses:    Poor construction, Floppy, Adjustment is Sh*t.

Bottom Line:   
First, the adjusters did'nt work, and when they were "fixed" they did even less. The fork is great if you aren't a heavy rider, or expect to take off higher than 2-feet. I went out to the local trail for a bit of a session for the first time properly, had a bit of a misjudged take off, and landed with my face in the stem. The drop-outs had snapped clean off. After a night in hospital with a suspected broken collar bone, a look through the metallurgist's microscope showed air cavities, at one of the most important parts of the fork! Admittedly,- being mass produced in taiwan- they can't be expected to be as well built as a handmade model, and the prce shows it. Just don't expect them to get you out of any trouble.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Giant UK

Similar Products Used:   1997 DHO - Alright for a DS bike but not a lot more)

Bike Setup:   Very custom Giant ATX-2. Hi-5's came as standard. Now most things have been replaced, and it rocks!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Hubert Carneiro a Weekend Warrior from Revere, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2000

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Everything. As you can probably tell, i snapped mine and face planted into concrete. No adjustibility and not 5" of travel.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is cheap for a good reason. It is a worthless piece of crap that shouldn't be on the market. I don't even do big drops and I broke it. I am a light rider to.

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Favorite Trail:   bow ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   None

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