Stratos MX-6 Front Shock

4.46/5 (71 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.00


Product Description

The MX-6™ provides a full six-and-a- half inches of travel, open oil bath damping, and easy rebound adjustment. This fork is at home on the racecourse or on your favorite trail.

  • Rebound Damping Adjuster
  • Dual Stage Coil Springs
  • Crown Offset allows 180 lock to lock turning
  • Adjustable Brake Brace allows 24" or 26" wheels with up to 3.1" tires
  • Open Oil Bath
  • All Parts Hard Anodized
  • Disk AND Cantilever Compatible 20mm Through Axle or Standard Quick Release


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sealman a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I manufacture a service set for the Stratos MX6 here in the UK including oil seals, wiper seals and 'O'Rings.
miami@weissx.co.uk for details

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Favorite Trail:   Sherwood Pines

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by The Grifta a Downhiller from Auckland New Zealand

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2008

Strengths:    looks.

Weaknesses:    everything about them.

Bottom Line:   
These forks had to be the worst forks i ever invested in the seals leaked like the titanic and the flex on the stantions was terrible, if you had a bolt through axle they were ok but if you had a skewer the bottom of the forks came away from the stantions and wobbled like a b1tch riding on flat pavement, they were fine for a year but ive had shivers for 3 years and they are still perfect.
Overall worst fork ever made.

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Favorite Trail:   crafnant

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   leisure lakes

Similar Products Used:   rst,jnrT,superT,shivers04/05,boxxers most of them through the years,dorado etc etc

Bike Setup:   brand new in 98 on kona stab.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Cooke a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff fork, plenty of travel, not too heavy really, nice damping, Gold colour, a good DH/FR fork...

Weaknesses:    Seals are a bit leaky at the moment and Hotlines (UK distributor) quoted me £64 for a new set. could do with a drop crown to improve tyre clearance, but still pretty good forks..


Bottom Line:   
Although these forks are a little older now they have dated well, the travel may not be as big as nost newer DH forks but it is well controlled and definately does the job...

sealing isn't fantastic, but new seals should cure this..

for £150 it's a bargain and definately won't be off of my bike for some time to come...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   boxer 151, Jnr T's....

Bike Setup:   98 Kona Stab frame, BETD 7" plates, MX6 forks, various other bits and bobs....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Weekend Warrior from Colchester, UK

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2004

Strengths:    tough as you like, not too heavy, stiff and the action is smoooooth

Weaknesses:    Aparently they are prone to a little leak now and then at the stanchion seals, but once I've had the new seals delivered, that should be a problem of the past.

Bottom Line:   
Not a fork for weight watchers, but why are you wathcing the weight on your downhill rig..? Took my first ever 8 footer, came down nose heavy and barely noticed. The XC trails between sections glide by wihtout extra effort, and twisty stutter bump sections that used to be a pain in the rse can be taken flat out.

Great fork, which now I've tried it, I'd say I would have bought on purpose.

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Favorite Trail:   Aston Hills "DH3"

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   This is my first long travel fork

Bike Setup:   Club Roost DH8, Hopes, Mavic 219's Tioga 2.3's and the MX6 up front

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikeynightmare a Weekend Warrior from asheville nc

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2004

Strengths:    Super stiff fork, great freeride fork. Not the smoothest ride ove small stuff, but definatley makes up for it over big stuff.

Weaknesses:    Weight is the major down fall. this things a beast to push up hills.

Bottom Line:   
Although this fork isnt as plush as a boxxer. i feel like it will take way more abuse. im about 180lbs dressed out to ride and this thing never flexes, cant say the same for my old boxxer. great fork ive only ridden it for about six months but it hasnt let me down yet. just wish it was a couple pounds lighter since its on my trail bike. perfect for any freerider or downhiller on a buget, you can get these for 150-250 on ebay all the time.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   boxxer, z1, super t

Bike Setup:   giant vt with swinger 4way, xtr, time, singletrack, factory dh's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hamish rackley a Weekend Warrior from toowoomba QLD AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2003

Strengths:    super plush, upped to 7" travel, beefy 35mm stanchions, cheap to maintain

Weaknesses:    axle is of poor design but tap the end and put a bolt in it and you got a boxxer style axle

Bottom Line:   
this fork rocks and when set up right feel like a boxxer with the added bonus of 90deg stearinglock beefy stanchions and cheap to maintain parts .. oil is ATF fluid about 4bux for a litre and the seals are cheap as form a bearing mob 13bux for 4...

buy this fork if u want a stiff super plush fork

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Favorite Trail:   outcast

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Second hand

Similar Products Used:   risse trixxxy (crap) , boxxer 151 (feel like these but with less travel) marzocchi mx-comp(nice cross forks) marzocchi z3(nice)


Bike Setup:   01 kona stinky, fox rc, mx6, mrp, blahh blahh blahh

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jebus Christ a Downhiller from Somewhere, bc, canada

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2003

Strengths:    beefy as hell, stiff, loads of travel, fairly light, ghetto gold that matches my pedals, it makes my hardtail look PIMP.

Weaknesses:    none yet.

Bottom Line:   
this fork rides awesome, smooth as hell, endless travel. i have done 12 foot hucks with it and have not bottomed, makes a hardtail feel alot softer over anything. Great for the price paid. i'd say get ur hands one if possible!

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Favorite Trail:   b12

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   friendly neighborhood friend

Similar Products Used:   monster t, shiver DC, shiver sc, junior t, super t, boxxer team, boxxer world cup.

Bike Setup:   02 Norco Rampage, dual double track rims, single speed for quiet DH, truvative holzfeller cranks and bb, custom made pedals (ghetto gold just like fork) :D

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pat D a Downhiller from Glasgow

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2003

Strengths:    Travel - Length and action, stiffness, style (come on...their ghetto gold!!!), cheapness to upkeep (atf fluid is cheap and easy to find), attention to detail.

Weaknesses:    Need to keep an eye on bolt tension around the crowns - they tend to loosen off (has happened to me once).

Bottom Line:   
For the money these forks are great. The seals are leaky until they are broken in (around 10 hours riding), but then seal up very well. They steer great and the steering lock is excellent thanks to the offset crowns. Very stiff and quite plush. could possibly do with being slightly more lively over the first inch of travel, but thats a personal preferance and so is subjective, not a real fault with the forks. mine have been sadly killed in a road traffic accident (i frikkin hate car drivers) which makes me very sad as they are truly a great product. Tech support at Stratos is great as well. the guys are cool and respond quickly - a rare thing. try getting the same feedback from Rockshox (I used to work in a bike shop so i know how corprate they are)

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Favorite Trail:   innerliethen

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   Marz. Z1 drop offs, Hi 5's, Boxxers

Bike Setup:   Kona Stinky 5, HopeM4 & XT hyraulic disks, Caramba DB cranks, Hope hubs, titec berzerkr cx, rhino welded alloy bars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by richard e a Downhiller from kent

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2003

Strengths:    loads of travel,super smooth, cool look.

Weaknesses:    seals.

Bottom Line:   
They would work better on a full susser because my frame is going to snap soon. super smooth, super stif. loads of travel and easy rebound ajustment.

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Favorite Trail:   last penshurst race. march 27th

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   a cool guy in somerset

Similar Products Used:   monster ts, super ts and rst rubbish bum raming poos triple clamp. oh yeah also 1901 matinou really cool magnums

Bike Setup:   buld, D321, front mini, rear magura, handsome dog poo poo ramming frame, xt gears, x-lite cracked rear rim and deore rear hub.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steven a Downhiller from Rutland, VT

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2003

Strengths:    Not heavy, big stiff stanchions, plush, good looks, quality build

Weaknesses:    I haven't encountered any

Bottom Line:   
I like this fork. It's 6.5" of travel matches the travel and feel of the Fox shock on the back of the Rotec, producing a very balanced ride. I bought this fork previously-owned to replace the WB DH2 fork that I was using. I feel that the MX-6 is an improvement over the DH2, even with the decrease in subsequent travel. I'm 6'2" 185lbs and I haven't noticed any fork deflection. I also haven't had any of the fork seal problems mentioned below...probably because I replaced the seals with Stratos' newest seals(tiger seals?)for their forks before I ever installed the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   how to pick....okay, the DH trails at Sunday River, ME

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   boxxer, white Bros dh2

Bike Setup:   Rotec Pro DH with your typical DH setup..8" hydraulic brakes, Sun Dblwides, Mr Dirt chainguide on Kooka Vader cranks....

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mat Miller from Green Bay, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2003

Strengths:    Travel rules. Beefy. Easy to work on.

Weaknesses:    It's a pig, leak leak. Tighten bolts often. (new seals may fix it)

Bottom Line:   
Coming from a small XC fork to this. No comparison. I love it.

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Favorite Trail:   That's tough

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   I'm inexperienced with long travel forks.

Bike Setup:   '98 K2 Animal- Hayes Hydros/Sun Ringle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from Mosgiel new zealand

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2003

Strengths:    just about every thing look meaty dampning rocks gold is cool makes my hard tail look sweet

Weaknesses:    the seals thay were the wrong size thay were a loos fit around the slidy things replaced them with some ment to be for a hydro ram thing to lift heavy things only cost $10 each nz$ us$ about $5 cheaper then the 70 us$ price stratos gave me and thay work better then the origanil seals

Bottom Line:   
it kicks ass for the price yea a shiver is better but you have to pay a sh1t load more i reckon more bikes should have them and thay should make them again the only thing is parts cost heaps you have to find somthing from another fork that will do the same job or pay sh1t loads

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Favorite Trail:   eny that go down hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Similar Products Used:   monsters never owned just riden judy's (real crap) and psylos not bad the u turn is cool

Bike Setup:   2001 avanti hotdog xt bits dmr chain guide race face cranks stratos mx6 and cool yellow rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by LunchBox a Downhiller from TEXAS

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

Strengths:    SO far: Plush on the flatties, endless travel, and no one else seemed to mention...WHO ELSE GIVES YA A FORK IN CLASSIC "GHETTO-GOLD"???

Weaknesses:    A litte sticky at the beginning of the travel, and if yer drunk when installing, the fork MAKES you forget to tighten a few bolts...hmmm

Bottom Line:   
ME LIKEY. Good for high speed, and freeride. GHETTO-GOLD...that sums that one up!!!

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Favorite Trail:   The one with no climbs, and points the opposite direction od work

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   from buddy in OR

Similar Products Used:   none?

Bike Setup:   DBR X6, with a M1 linkage, pimpen over 7" travel...MRP/Profile goodies, RC, XTR, and delicious Tioga DH's

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeremy a Weekend Warrior from The Wild Kindom

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2002

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    weak, noodly, horrible valving (sucks just as bad at absorbing small hit as bit hits), bad seals (old ones leaked, new ones are VERY sticky, fragile knobs, flimsey through axle, horrible customer service from Stratos.

Bottom Line:   
The two years I had this fork were the longest two years of my life! Finally I got smart and bought a Monster T - what a difference!!! Save yourself lots of headaches and stay away from Stratos.

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Favorite Trail:   Mother North

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   some place

Similar Products Used:   Monster T

Bike Setup:   Bullit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Percy from Christchuch,New Zealand

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2002

Strengths:    Looks cool,Really plush,180 turning circle,fits 3" tyres.

Weaknesses:    The axle is kinda hard to get in and out,but I made a tool to push it out.

Bottom Line:   
After the break in period,when they leaked a bit,they are all I could ask for,stiff,plush,sexy.I'm not into really big drops,about 5 feet is my limit,but as I'm about 95 kilos the landings are HARD!!! and Ive had none of the leaking/breakage problems mentioned elsewhere.

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Favorite Trail:   Lava flow

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Similar Products Used:   Jnr ts,ZZYZX(crap I blew the cardridge twice and bent a stantion),Z1crs.

Bike Setup:   Kona stab,MX6's,hope disks,Mavic D321's.

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