RST Zeta TL 00 Front Shock

4.5/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $160.00


Product Description

  • Coil / MCU spring
  • 3.5" (89mm) travel
  • Externally adjustable preload
  • Air damping
  • Cold forged aluminum crown
  • Electroless nickel 7075 aluminum stanchions
  • 1 piece cast magnesium sliders
  • Universal disc brake mount


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Anthony a Downhiller from England

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2002

    Strengths:    good travel, extremely cheap and altogether eats the bumps. This is a great value fork.

    Weaknesses:    Have noticed it sticks a bit but seen as though it is used for the big hits it doesn't matter too nuch. So the normal rider may find that the fork feels too sticky.

    Bottom Line:   
    extremely good value for money and is perfectly fine for most types of riding. I would reccomend buying a some right now so get down to the bike shop and spend your cash!!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Similar Products Used:   Rock shox judy
    Rst capa(cheap + nasty)


    Bike Setup:   GT frame with mainly shimano LX/XT/XTR with other parts mixed in, but its the best set up for me.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jordan a Weekend Warrior from Ottwa ontario

    Date Reviewed: September 3, 2001

    Strengths:    very strong lots travel

    Weaknesses:    way to hard even for me (225 pounds)

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good for x country and that sorta riding

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $280.00

    Purchased At:   lambert cycles half price

    Similar Products Used:   rst 281's

    Bike Setup:   98 giant warp ds1

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by P Kouby a Cross Country Rider from Northampton, UK

    Date Reviewed: August 20, 2001

    Strengths:    good travel
    nice damping altough no tuning possible on it.
    removable steerer tube (good if U change UR frame)




    Weaknesses:    not stiff enough
    quite heavy


    Bottom Line:   
    Very good fork for the price
    Ok with my 190 pounds (I wouldn't recommand it for light people)
    A bit sticky. If someone has the solution ? Lube ?

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    Favorite Trail:   Pyrenees, France

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cyles

    Bike Setup:   Custom. Alu frame bought in taiwan. 24 lbs

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by BigBare a Cross Country Rider from OC, California, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 23, 2001

    Strengths:    Very stiff, tracks straight
    Extremely reliable
    Decent travel
    Good preload range


    Weaknesses:    Very heavy
    Non-exisent compression dampening


    Bottom Line:   
    This is a decent fork for someone who doesn't ride very hard or fast, but wants the front end of their hardnose a little softer. It's very reliable; I've ridden this thing hard for 2 years -- into rocks, off ledges, through rivers... never maintained the thing at all, and it's working the same as when I got it. Notice I didn't say it works well... the performance is very low, and it's definitely an entry level fork. I wouldn't hesitate to pick one of these up used, but I'd put it on my little sister's bike. It's worked all right for me, and it's worth what I paid (free), but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who cares about performance.

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    Favorite Trail:   Jedi

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   I got the fork bro-deal.

    Similar Products Used:   RST flex-mo, marzoch z2, judy with englund air

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale CAAD3 frame, LX/XT parts

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ryan whitford a Racer from cornwall

    Date Reviewed: February 11, 2001

    Strengths:    cheap and strong due to the fat oversized legs, i have never bottomed them out and believe me they have had some hard hits, good tyre clearance, tioga 2.3's fit a treat!

    Weaknesses:    hard to get both sides adjusted completely equally, seals are not too brilliant, (keep the rubber covers on)! do tend to top out a little when adjusted to the softeset setting.

    Bottom Line:   
    ace forks for the money, well worth buying, suitable for most kinds of riding styles, but damping could be improved!

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    Favorite Trail:   st erth bmx track

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $140.00

    Purchased At:   helston cycle services

    Similar Products Used:   rst 381r

    Bike Setup:   custom duel frame, mavic-hope front, halo-xt rear, stx and deore setup, single front ring with dmr device!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Benoit Landry a Weekend Warrior from Orleans, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 11, 2000

    Strengths:    -very stiff
    -nice damping
    -travel--can't get enough of those 3 1/2 inches
    really eats those big hits for lunch
    -nice materials used, aluminum stanchions & crown, magnesium legs. fairly light.


    Weaknesses:    -doesn't absorb small bumps very well (who cares anyway?)
    -the damping mechanism makes the fork feel a bit sticky, but it's not noticeable on the trails
    -too hard for me(150 lbs)


    Bottom Line:   
    This is a followup review. I took the fork apart and noticed everything was nicely greased; as I said the stickiness is caused by the many o-rings in the damping mechanism(there's no oil to lubricate all this, it's air damping...there's the problem). I can't feel it when I'm riding though. I'll have to find some softer MCU's; I'm too light (150)to make use of all the travel, and there's no sag whatsoever when I sit on the bike.
    I really noticed the stiffness when I compared it again with a rockshox indy-c; the damping is also very nice, prevents the bike from bouncing back up after hitting a root or rock and thus compromising control. It COULD be a bit more active though, I might try some springs in it.
    A good product overall, I'm very satisfied. still five chilies for this one; five for the value also.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything with jumps

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   rockshox indy-C, rockshox quadra, rigid forks(duh)

    Bike Setup:   Giant rincon
    crappy garbage-worthy Acera components
    Rst zeta TL

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Hagar De Verschrikkelijke a Weekend Warrior from Antwerp

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2000

    Strengths:    Good shock absorber, that uses it's whole lengt to absorb shocks and is thus very good for the faster downhills on rocky and bumpy tracks as it keeps the front wheel well on the road

    Weaknesses:    it is not linear in its tuning. To go from very hard to hard you need to turn the nob several times, but from hard to normal only a half turn

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good for the real mountain biker, certainly if you take into account is price and its weaknesses: after a while you get to know your product and it's tuning. And on the very soft tracks where you believe it is to soft it is in fact telling you that you are not a real mountain biker and should go to heavier roads.

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    Favorite Trail:   Les Arcs in the French Alps

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Rock Shock Judy

    Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar frame with Shimano XT Deore pedals brakes gears wheelcores. Wheels from Mavic and Hutchinson Python Tyres

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Koh lee wei Vincent a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 2000

    Strengths:    Soft and active especially when it is seasoned and the spring load is tune to the softest..Great price for a good performing 3.5 inch fork

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    Get this shock or prepare to get beaten!

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    Favorite Trail:   Any mountain trail

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou X-vert R
    Rock indy long travel
    RST 281
    Suntour MG 80


    Bike Setup:   Peugeot alu 7005
    ......

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Over a Cross-Country Rider from Lodz

    Date Reviewed: November 4, 1999

    Strengths:    
    -plush
    -cheap
    -easy to care
    -long travel (3,5)


    Weaknesses:    
    -MCUs
    -could be a little more active


    Bottom Line:   
    Well... Could be a little more active, but, anyway, is cool. If u like high speeds, the shock is perfect. And it's really cheap (i bought mine for about $100 :) ). It's also very stiff :)
    Best if u weight more than 70 kilos.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    Wielka Pusta

    Duration Product Used:   
    3 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    Mozo Pro, RX Jett XC, RX Quadra 5, RX Judy XC


    Bike Setup:   
    custom-built, stx-rc, alu frame, ritchey components

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Benoit Landry a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa, canada

    Date Reviewed: October 29, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Long travel, nice damping, devours bumps and roots. this is my first suspension fork although I've tried other suspension bikes.
    Fairly rigid.
    Removable crown and steerer tube.


    Weaknesses:    
    Feels a bit sticky. I have to take it to the shop to have it lubed, so this should disappear


    Bottom Line:   
    I'm quite satisfied with this fork. It feels much better than my friend's IndyC; It had less rebound than I expected and it really swallows bumps. If only I had a rear suspension...

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    Duration Product Used:   
    3 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    Giant Sedona SE w/Rock shox Indy-C, Trek bike(??) w/Rock shox indy-XC


    Bike Setup:   
    1996 Giant Rincon, RST Zeta TL,

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Koh lee wei a Cross-Country Rider from Singapore

    Date Reviewed: September 2, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Plush
    Long travel
    Very stable and quite light in weight.
    Absorb the shock smoothly


    Weaknesses:    
    I think it need a bit of lubrication to stop the sticky feeling.


    Bottom Line:   
    It is worth the price considering the plushness and other important factor.
    You can`t find other fork at this price outperform it.Buy it.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    Bukit Timah

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    Manitou X-vert R
    Rock Shox Indy SL
    RST 281
    SR suntour MG80


    Bike Setup:   
    Peugeot AL 7005
    24 SPEED Shimano
    Arena/Alivio
    DX brake levers
    Araya RM-17 f.rim
    Mavic X-517 b.rim
    Tracer crank
    Tranz-X handlebar
    AHeadset

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Koh lee wei a Cross-Country Rider from Singapore

    Date Reviewed: August 20, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Nice looking at good price.


    Weaknesses:    
    Don`t know yet


    Bottom Line:   
    Air damping fork at great price.
    I will submit another review later on.
    5 chilli on lookings 5 chilli on price.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    B.timah hill

    Duration Product Used:   
    tested or demo'ed only

    Similar Products Used:   
    RST 281
    SR suntour MG80 (own it)
    Manitou X-vert R


    Bike Setup:   
    Peugeot Excess AL 7005
    Tektro V-Brake
    Tranz X downhill bar
    DX brake lever
    Yeti grips
    Arena and Alivio 24 speeds gear
    Araya RM-17 (Front rim)
    Mavic X517 (Rear rim)
    Tracer 3 piece crank

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