Stratos Superstar 8.0 00 Front Shock

4.68/5 (38 Reviews)
Weight : 8.2 lbs / 3722g MSRP : $999.00


Product Description

  • Open Oil Damped
  • Compression Damping: Internally Adjustable, Speed and Position Sensitive
  • Rebound Damping Externally Adjustable
  • Preload Adjustments: Internal Spacers
  • Axle Type: 20 mm Through Axle - Non Threaded.
  • Lubrication Method: Open Oil Bath
  • Brake Type: Disc Only - European Standard
  • Travel: 203mm positive, 19mm negative
  • Special Features: 3" tire Carcass Compatible, 180 Degree Lock to Lock Steering.


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by biker a Downhiller from Poland

    Date Reviewed: July 3, 2011

    Strengths:    Everything

    Weaknesses:    What?

    Bottom Line:   
    the best dh-fork i have ever ridden

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Similar Products Used:   S8 Ultra, white bro dh3, monster T

    Bike Setup:   Yeti DH8, Yeti DH9, Scott Hi-Octane FX ONE

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by protecon a Downhiller from Down Under

    Date Reviewed: January 31, 2005

    Strengths:    Buttery smooth progressive travel, rigid as a rock with undetectable torsional flex - virtually indestructable!

    Weaknesses:    Heavy, no external compression adjustment.

    Bottom Line:   
    Highly recommended.
    Best Bang for Buck and notably MTBR choice winner.
    Definately not the lightest dual crown forks on the market (bear in mind these are almost 5 seasons old) but undoubtably built to withstand the gnarliest rock garden sections and steepest stepdowns. Beefier than White Bros, DMN and even Shivers - S8's add another level of confidence in UpSideDown as the choice of vertically-challenged riders all over the globe.
    Older models should grab a set of superior supaseals direct from Stratos (www.stratashock.com) and give your forks protection for years to come. I needed fork guards for my S8's and was pleasantly surprised to get an email reply from Stratos who promptly shipped them - I knew the forks were good, but after reading the experiences of others when dealing with Stratos direct, I was not expecting great support.
    Bottom Line: At some time in your MTB life, get your hands on a set of these.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   eBay.com

    Similar Products Used:   Boxxer, Super T

    Bike Setup:   Norco Team DH: Fox, Hayes, Raceface, Tioga, Blackspire, Hadley, Mavic etc..

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Todd Braraten a Downhiller from bowen island bc canada

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2004

    Strengths:    everything this is the fork man you cant get a nicer fork for a better price

    Weaknesses:    all of my riding buddies say that’s stratos suck what the f*** do they know, and I still kick their buts

    Bottom Line:   
    you cant get a better fork for a better price. there strong and can hadle huge drops(20+) feet, also very plush travle

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    Favorite Trail:   The Flying Circus

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   from friend

    Similar Products Used:   shiver, 888, jrT, monsterT duratos

    Bike Setup:   2001 marin wild cat trail, race face sx cranks,bb. race face diablus 31.8 handle bars and stem, hayes hydro 8inch disk front and back. 24 double track rear rim and a mag 30 front 26 rim. maxxis mobster front and gozzalodie mud rear, with a titec seat and tioga dh peddes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by david rechtob a Weekend Warrior from redtown

    Date Reviewed: October 19, 2002

    Strengths:    everything

    Weaknesses:    ???

    Bottom Line:   
    the best dh-fork i have ever ridden

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    Favorite Trail:   every hell track

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Similar Products Used:   ---

    Bike Setup:   santa cruz super 8

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by uwe böttcher a Weekend Warrior from memmingen germany

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2002

    Strengths:    butterweicher Freudenspender.da können sogar kleine kinder im weg liegen! die macht alles platt!!!

    Weaknesses:    als die gabel neu war ist eigentlich von anfang an öl ausgelaufen!Jetzt habe ich neue sealnuts und seit dem gab es keine probleme mehr!

    Bottom Line:   
    wenn se ein ganz keines bisschen leichter wäreund nicht ganz so hoch bauen würde absolut spitze!!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   todtnau

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   hajos

    Similar Products Used:   superstar

    Bike Setup:   orange "222",s8,magura gustav m,maxxis

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jon Hunt a Downhiller from Stow MA, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 19, 2002

    Strengths:    This shox is huge! It makes the shiver look silly....(realy it does!) If you would ever think of buying a shiver over a S8 you are a tool! The quality product that Stratos puts out is unreal. The way that the big clamps and the whole thing is machined is stunning. I havent had a problem with any thing with the fork .My seals never leaked or anything tike other peoples. It is so damn stiff! Looks just sick too!! 3.0 tyre is no problem. Very symple desing inside that works. All the up grades you can put on it-moto stem, compression/preload cartrage, + fork gards. Stratos naled the S8 ,but I havent heard the greatest reviews on their other forks.

    Weaknesses:    Some people tend to diss stratos, but f*^k them, they don't know whats up do they?

    Bottom Line:   
    The bottom line is that this shock is huge in diameter and height and looks sick with the jet black sliders. The shock is great for freeriding wich I mostly do. It takes huage impacts with no problem. It is so stiff, as stiff or more than the monster t. I can take 8-9 feet drops to flat landings with no problem. You can't imagin what this fork can do with a steep landing! And if you own a Specialized Big Hit DH this is the damn best fork you can put on it. It looks and works perfect. If you have any problem with your fork just call up mark at stratos, he is the man.

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    Favorite Trail:   Lyn Woods, bow ridge trail

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Direct from Stratos

    Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi monster T , 2002 Marzocchi jr. T + super T, Marzocchi shiver , Marzocchi Z3 , rock shox psylo , manitous-(they all suck, broke 3) ,

    Bike Setup:   2002 Specialized Hit DH , hayes disc , 2002 S8, mrp slalom-36chainring, race face north shore cranks

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Rich Steelsy a Downhiller from England

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2002

    Strengths:    They look the bollox, ooze qualitity and ride like no other.

    Weaknesses:    Lack of adjustment, price of after sale parts are expensive, bolt through design is tricky to remove with out the help of a mallet and low quality sealing results in frequent leaks.

    Bottom Line:   
    The Stratos Superstars 8.0 are an excelant DH fork. "They do exactly what it says on the tin" They track well over anything you throw at them, from rocks to drops, roots to shoots they handle it all and they do it to the expectaions of the rider. I've been running my S8's since 2000 and until now I've had no problem with them. I encounted my first problem after I had my forks professionally tuned by Stendec Shock Works (www.stendec.com) over here in the UK. I was suffering a lot of diving problems with the fork when I rode whoopy sections so I decided to have the fork raced tuned for my riding style etc. Stendec tuned the fork, replaced the seals and changed oil to Rock Oil and increased the volume to 300cc. When I got the forks back they were spot on, even beter than before, but 2 months down the road they began to leak!!! Since then I've changed the seals several times, replaced the oil back to ATF and lowered the volume to the stock 270cc with no success. Because I live in the UK I can't get hold of the retro fitting upgraded seal nuts which offer a beter sealing unit as my importer (Hotlines) are crap when it comes to customer service. Also Stratos won't deal with me direct as I'm a jonny foreigner who has an importer!!! So if you live in the US ye sorted, put the S8's down on ye christmas List. If your a jonny foreiger like me, don't buy any S8 that is older than the 2001 models as like mine they don't come with the upgraded seal nuts and you could end up with the same problem as me.

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    Favorite Trail:   DownHill

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   www.chainreactioncycles.com

    Similar Products Used:   Stratos Superstar 6.0, Marzocchi Shivers, Risse Champs, Rock Shox Boxers and White Brothers UD's

    Bike Setup:   Karpiel Armageddon, Profile SS cranks and 39t imperial Chain ring, MRP Chain Device, Azonic Chubby bar and Hammer Stem, Stratos Superstars 8.0 forks, Hope Enduro headset, 24 Bike toaster pedals, Atomlab trail pimp rims, Hope Big'un Hubs, Hope DH4 Disk F&R, XTR group-set, Intense Tyres and Thompson seat post.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Quintin Roggenkamp a Downhiller from Springfield VA

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2002

    Strengths:    This fork is very plush, but as with many inverted forks, there is a tendency for leaks. "No problem" said Stratos when I called, "we will send you some new seal nuts for $30." After about a month, I began to wonder what was up and why I had not seen my new seals. So, I called again, this time, I got hold of a guy named Rubin. Nice guy and all, but... So anyway Rubin tells me that they will be at least $35-40, and that the guy I talked to the first time had quit that day. So he says that they are in the mail, $35. Cool, a week later, they arrive, C.O.D., for $71. Needless to say, I sent them back. I immediately called him and asked what was going on. He said that it was no problem and he would send them to me again. One week later, I had just left work (where I was having them sent), when I returned, one of my friends told me that they were more expensive than I had thought. My boss quickly told that I owed him $65. If I had been there, I would have sent them back. I called Rubin again, "oh, I am sorry, can you fax that invoice here?" I did so, and he called back saying that as soon as I got that cleared check, that I should fax that to him and he would get me the $30 refund. So, I called when the check cleared and explained the whole situation to Rubin, who obviously smokes to much mari to remember people from day to day. He tells me that he does not know why he said that to me, but that he did not think that he could refund the money. I reminded him that this is what he said he would do, he said he would talk to his boss and call me back immediately. That was three f#&king weeks ago.

    Weaknesses:    Customer service

    Bottom Line:   
    If you have problems, especially warranty, you are screwed. Buy the Monster T.

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    Favorite Trail:   ???

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Similar Products Used:   Monster T

    Bike Setup:   Karpiel Disco Volante, Stuff

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by BARRIS a Downhiller from Moscow, Russia

    Date Reviewed: February 22, 2002

    Strengths:    Strong fork, good work :-)
    Very stiff and strong, very plush


    Weaknesses:    Heavy weight. But it is not weakness in DH.

    Bottom Line:   
    Best fork I ever used. People in Stratos are nice. Good price, thanks to russian dealers.

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    Favorite Trail:   DH, freeride

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $850.00

    Purchased At:   Omni Bike (Russia)

    Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi bomber Z1

    Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Dare DH

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by dimitri a Downhiller from santa barbara

    Date Reviewed: January 30, 2002

    Strengths:    everything I hade a 99 X-vert carbon and this fork blows it out of the water

    Weaknesses:    nobody makes fork guards, but I made my own and they work great and only way 12oz for both

    Bottom Line:   
    this forks are the best I have tried, better they the shiver,foes F1 wet one,white brothers,any hannbrink or zzyzx,and the X-vert carbon

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    Favorite Trail:   cold springs

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   stratos

    Similar Products Used:   shiver

    Bike Setup:   99 super8,raceface LP,tomac wheels,s8 fork,bottomed out chain guide, avid machanical front and rear discs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by carmen a Downhiller from Nelson, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: September 15, 2001

    Strengths:    plush, fairly stiff, eats up anything in its way

    Weaknesses:    slightly flexy, but stiffer than a shiver. not being able to adjust the compression externally

    Bottom Line:   
    this fork is amazingly plush and smooth. I went down to the local motorbike store and bought some dirt bike fork gaurds and they protect the stanchions. I've never owned a stratos, and I always thought marzocchi's were better, but they aren't, stratos' are better.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Similar Products Used:   shiver (friends)

    Bike Setup:   2000 stab primo with 2000 superstars

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Anonymous __________ a Downhiller from __________

    Date Reviewed: September 1, 2001

    Strengths:    they look great and feel good at the store

    Weaknesses:    but they suck the sales rep convinced me that i could do anything with then so that made me confident too try this 13ft drop and then they bottomed out and i broke my wrist

    Bottom Line:   
    is go buy a better fork like hanebrink lt14 or risse big foots

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    Favorite Trail:   north shore

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   rickton cycles

    Similar Products Used:   shivers

    Bike Setup:   norco vps team downhill

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brett Thorne a Downhiller from Orem, UT

    Date Reviewed: August 29, 2001

    Strengths:    Everything. This forks tears it up. 8" true inches of buttery smooth suspension. Strong, little flex, and cool as hell looking.

    Weaknesses:    Ha Ha

    Bottom Line:   
    The fork is without a doubt the smoothest fork that I've ever used. It's strong, it has very little torsional flex and the 20mm setup is top notch. The stanctions are super hard which in turn prevents them from getting scratched or showing wear. I've had zero problems with them. The seals are still in top notch condition. You litterally only have to change the oil and clean her up once a year. If you follow the torque specs and you wreck all is good. Just reset the forkup and your good to go. I've owned the MX-6 and plan on staying with Stratos through out my years of biking. Thanks guys!

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    Favorite Trail:   State Course

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   N/A

    Similar Products Used:   MX-6

    Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR DH, Hayes, Azonic goodies, etc...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Garrett a Downhiller from New Hope, PA

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2001

    Strengths:    very smooth travel, eats up everything you put it through, corners well

    Weaknesses:    the bolts on the crowns strip easily when overtightened, the rebound adjuster works well but the rod they use to fasten it to isn't strong enough, mine broke off

    Bottom Line:   
    this fork is the plushest and pretty much the best one you can buy out there for the price. other than the minor problems of stripped bolts and a broken rebound adjust the fork has worked great. o yeah by the way stratos is pretty good about replacing parts on warranty, they replaced mine no questions asked. they do however have a problem getting the parts to you in a reasonable amount of time, its worth paying the shipping if you want your fork to be usable without having to wait a month or more. this fork kicks a$$ though and i wouldn't trade it for anything else out there except for maybe a risse bigfoot or an avalanche 10" fork,

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   marzocchi monster t, risse trixxy

    Bike Setup:   stratos s8 ultra(has compression and rebound instead of just rebound), brooklyn machine works tmx, sun double wide rims, gazzi 3.0" tires, profile cranks&bb, azonic dw bars, azonic seat, brooklyn shifty midget stem, xtr der. & shifters

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Garrett a Downhiller from New Hope, PA

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2001

    Strengths:    very smooth travel, eats up everything you put it through, corners well

    Weaknesses:    the bolts on the crowns strip easily when overtightened, the rebound adjuster works well but the rod they use to fasten it to isn't strong enough, mine broke off

    Bottom Line:   
    this fork is the plushest and pretty much the best one you can buy out there for the price. other than the minor problems of stripped bolts and a broken rebound adjust the fork has worked great. o yeah by the way stratos is pretty good about replacing parts on warranty, they replaced mine no questions asked. they do however have a problem getting the parts to you in a reasonable amount of time, its worth paying the shipping if you want your fork to be usable without having to wait a month or more. this fork kicks a$$ though and i wouldn't trade it for anything else out there except for maybe a risse bigfoot or an avalanche 10" fork,

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   marzocchi monster t, risse trixxy

    Bike Setup:   stratos s8 ultra(has compression and rebound instead of just rebound), brooklyn machine works tmx, sun double wide rims, gazzi 3.0" tires, profile cranks&bb, azonic dw bars, azonic seat, brooklyn shifty midget stem, xtr der. & shifters

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