unknown Psylo Race 2001 Front Shock

4.05/5 (56 Reviews)
Weight : 3.57lbs. MSRP : $699.00


Product Description

  • 80-125mm. Travel
  • Pure damping with Climb-It Control Lever on-the-fly adjustable compression
  • Single Sided Dual Air spring-adjustable positive and negative air pressure
  • Rebound Adjustment
  • Aluminum Steerer


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeff L a Racer from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2005

    Strengths:    This fork is great once it's dialed in. It's pretty light. Tracks great, is ALMOST as smooth as butter. Rebound adjustment is nice. It looks cool.

    Weaknesses:    It took me a while to get dialed in but since it has been adjusted I couldn't be more happy with it for the price that I paid.

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome fork for the price that you can get it at now. This is my favorite fork that I've ever owned. It is not on par with FOX, but it is a 2001 remember and for what it is it performs better than I expected it to. I bought this fork to hold me off until I could afford a FOX F80x but now that I've got it dialed in I think I'm going to keep it for a bit longer now.

    Value - 5 chilis because of the price it can be found for now.
    Overall - 4 just because it's not the best out there but it's pretty dang good.

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    Favorite Trail:   Leominster State

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi, SID, tried my buddy's fox (sweet).

    Bike Setup:   Set up for XC racing:
    2005 Trek 8500 frame
    2002 Psylo Race
    Avic BB7 disc brakes
    Bontrager Race Lite bars
    XT Shifters
    Chris King headset
    XT (F&R)derailleurs
    XT crankset
    Eggbeater SL pedals
    Mavic Crossmax SL wheelset
    Panaracer fire xc pro (tubeless)

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Norm a Cross Country Rider from Brea

    Date Reviewed: May 24, 2005

    Strengths:    Lots of travel, fairly light

    Weaknesses:    Internal adjustment.

    Bottom Line:   
    Really like this fork. I XC but I also ride fairly hard. This shock takes everything I throw at it including freeriding, drops, ect. Just wish you could adjust the travel without breaking into it. But it's worth it none the less! Wouldn't throw this on a DH but will work great for a Freeride or even like mine, an XC bike on steroids!!

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    Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Purchased At:   New bike take-off

    Similar Products Used:   SIDs, Manitou, other RSs

    Bike Setup:   '98 GT Avalanche LE, Xt/XTR, Avid discs,Easton, Mavic 317s

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jordan a Weekend Warrior from Taunton,somerset,uk

    Date Reviewed: December 13, 2004

    Strengths:    Every thingh

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    These forks rule get some if you have the chance

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   J T's , Shivers SC , DJ2&3

    Bike Setup:   DMR Trailstar

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from Waco, TX, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2004

    Strengths:    climbs great!! Light, stiff, adjustable lockout, lots of travel for a light shock- also rockshox customer support is awesome!

    Weaknesses:    um, have to take it apart to adjust travel (but if it is at 125 why would you want to?) and I wish I had not gotten the 20mm version- I miss my old frount wheel, but thats my fault.

    Bottom Line:   
    Im a 6 foot 4 inch 200+ pound xc rider who likes to free ride when possible and this shock has never let me down. For a larger agresive xc rider/ racer who doesnt want to be hanging over his frount end with a 80 mm shock this is a great product.

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    Favorite Trail:   For TX- Cameron Park

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $240.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   22inch Nuke Proof hard tail xc setup

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

    Date Reviewed: March 14, 2004

    Strengths:    Light 5" travel fork
    Air allows wide range of rider weights without needing to buy springs
    Good damping response
    No air leaks


    Weaknesses:    Rebound adjustment doesn't allow fast enough rebound
    More difficult to work on than Marzocchi


    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the 2002 Psylo Race non-Tullio. It is a very good shock and replaced an 85mm travel SID on my DBR. The weight difference is really minor but the performance improvement was significant. After 2 years I was getting oil blow-by on the XXX seals (note, it was not leaking air or oil from the "pure" system, but the oil-bath lubrication was pushing out of the seals on big hits. I stripped it down, cleaned and refilled it today and was impressed with how little wear was apparant on the internal components. I've ridden about 1000 miles on this shock without an oil-change, which is about 3 times as far as I go on my Marz. The only parts that needed to be replaced were the oil seals and I replaced those with Enduro's. Now that this bike is my spare, I'm guessing it will be at least 2 more years before I need to do anything to the shock again.

    I really think that the people who've had leaks must have dirt in their valves and/or something wasn't tight on the shock, mine has never lost any air that I've noticed, even when it sat for 4 months over the winter it still had 160lbs in both chambers.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $349.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria

    Similar Products Used:   2003 Z1 FR
    2001 SID


    Bike Setup:   1999 Diamondback XR4 with lots of upgrades
    Hope M4 Disc brake w/ 185mm rotor (front only)

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Luke from SOuth Lake Tahoe, CA

    Date Reviewed: February 29, 2004

    Strengths:    very light...i would say the only person who should buy this fork is the person who needs more travel without the gain in weight..

    Weaknesses:    its flexy...and i'm only 130lbs...

    Bottom Line:   
    Well...the bottom line is that this fork works well for trail riding and light downhill...but don't expect it to handle any freeriding or any even moderate downhill...I like the lightness (that's not a word) and agree that it would do well on a Superlight or any of the other xc bike ( the owner of this xc bike is the type who needs it for mojo and not for practicality)...but don't put it on a bullit or anything in that class.

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    Favorite Trail:   all the tahoe trails

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Similar Products Used:   Darado, z1, super t, black, quadra 5???lol

    Bike Setup:   2001 Santa Cruz Bullit with the DH kit

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Dan Nichols a Downhiller from Studio City,CA,USA

    Date Reviewed: December 22, 2002

    Strengths:    20mm tullio Q.R. is fast. Very adjustable.

    Weaknesses:    The fork cannot achieve 125mm travel, it is impossible while assembled. Plastic threads and knobs. Slightly flexy. Oil leakage on front disc rotor. Pressure loss. Lots of care. Repair takes about 2.5 - 3 weeks from shipping to receiving. Everyone that you talk to at Rock Shox will have a different idea, solution and opinion.

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork physically cannot get 125mm of travel while assembled. This is false advertising. If you dont believe me put a zip tie on one leg. Push it down, go 4 a hard ride. Measure the distance from seal to crown. Sure, if you release all the air. Or on a SL take the spring out of the crown mechanically it will have 125mm, but how the hell can you ride a fork like that. If you like to tinker its perfect. If you want 4" of travel, great. If you dont mind losing your fork for 2.5 - 3 weeks and also pay for the shipping you are in luck. The bottom line is to convert to u-turn, ditch the air. And before assembling very carefully cut out, in thin slices the green elastomer hidden in the spring ( you must uncrimp a spring otherise). This company is no bueno, its my first and last purchase with these fools. Once converted to the spring (more $) i'm much happier but not satisfied.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   Helens

    Similar Products Used:   zoke z1 2001 20mm thru axle

    Bike Setup:   2001 Santa Cruz Bullit,XTR,Hayes,Race Face

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jesse a Cross Country Rider from RC, South Dakota

    Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

    Strengths:    Light, air pressure controls at your fingertips. Easy to adjust during ride.

    Weaknesses:    haven't found any.

    Bottom Line:   
    Being able to adjust air compression on the fly, and take it all the way up to lockout is very usefull when going from climb to downhill mode in a spit second. Very happy with this shock.

    Have heard some complaints about the seals, but I think this may be more of a '01 problem because I have had no such trouble with my '02.

    many flamin' turds for this great fork.

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    Favorite Trail:   All

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   ACME

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou SL

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight, Fox Float rear 4"

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider from Mission Viejo, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2002

    Strengths:    Dual air adjustability, Light for the amount of travel.

    Weaknesses:    Must disassemble shock the change the travel. On some of the earlier units the pure dampner seals leak oil.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this on sale at Supergo. This is an excellent front shock. Great adjustability, good travel very little stiction. I'm 5'11" 190# and have yet to bottom out this shock. At first the shock would bob somewhat using RS setup but, then with a little ajustment to the postive air spring no problem! Mine is the white version with no canti mounts (disk brake only). Installing the Hope Mini Disks to the fork could not have been easier.
    This fork is perfect for a Dual suspension frame with a rear air shock (mine has a RS SID XC) the two air shock complement each other. Any one using this setup for cross country or even free ride would be satisfied with its performance. If you purchase one check for signs that the pure dampner is leaking oil first before you buy it.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou Mars and Manitou Black Elite

    Bike Setup:   Weyless single pivot, Hope Mini Disks, XT/XTR mix

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Micke a Weekend Warrior from Sweden

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2002

    Strengths:    Adjustable, adjustable, adjustable. Light in weight for it's travel and stiffness.
    Did I say it's really adjustable?


    Weaknesses:    Travel adjustment demands taking fork apart.
    You better like shock oil cause it's gonna get messy when you service it!


    Bottom Line:   
    I mostly do xc but also some serious jumping and urban freeriding and this fork can do it all. Its light enough for the xc and strong enough for the more abusive riding.
    And the adjustability! I love that fact that I'm able to easily tune the fork for all my riding. If I'm gonna go jumping I just bump up the positive pressure and increase compression damping. For xc, just remove some positive air pressure and decrease compression.
    Plus, when properly set, it feels virtually bottomless. I have yet to feel the need for the 125mm mode, 100mm soaks up everything.

    Bottom bottom line: For anyting but downhill racing or insane freeriding hucking, this is it.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   ScottUSA Team Racing, fork run in 100 mm setting.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Scott a Downhiller from Mammoth Lakes

    Date Reviewed: July 7, 2002

    Strengths:    Great for the first couple of weeks

    Weaknesses:    This shock is not working properley after only about 15 rides on it. I am very disappointed w/it and will not buy this shock again. I have sent it in for warranty so well see after that

    Bottom Line:   
    Don't buy this shock if it can't take the abuse I give it then I can't imagine it working for a heavier person or pro racer.

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    Favorite Trail:   Skid Marks

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit w/5th element

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mcihael Rogers a Weekend Warrior from Kailua, Hi

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2002

    Strengths:    Still working after a year of hard riding.

    Weaknesses:    I just looked How much I bought it for and I was shocked. That doesn't matter to much because it has worked this long with no maintenance and I could always make more money.

    Bottom Line:   
    I first wrote about this product around a year ago. I have changed a lot in my riding style and the Psylo worked great in all my changes and let me work up to a much higher level of riding.
    This is an all around shock that works well with med. to large riders.

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    Favorite Trail:   Aiea / Norfolk Trails

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $545.00

    Purchased At:   Raging Isle

    Bike Setup:   2000 Rocksprings,Hayes, Chris king

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Nick a Cross Country Rider from Anchorage, AK

    Date Reviewed: April 27, 2002

    Strengths:    Lots of options with travel, pretty light for the amount of travel u get, it can be set up to fit just about any riding style, and it is one of the only forks that works great for heavy riders from the factory.

    Weaknesses:    rebuilding the pure system sucks, there is a set of o-rings in there that get trashed way to easy.

    fork is a little flexy at 125 mm of travel


    Bottom Line:   
    This is a really nice fork, but I would get the 02 since they are out now. Rebuilding the pure system can be a real pain, and replacement seals are way too expentsive. Bottom line, I would buy this fork again over the competition. It has been a great addition to my bike. 4 chlis for price because msrp is so high, but u can find it for cheaper. I'd give it 5 chilis for preformance, but the cost of replacement seals and the weak o-rings kinda piss me off.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $360.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria

    Similar Products Used:   Psylo SL, Manitou Elite Air

    Bike Setup:   Marin Mount vision pro, stock except the fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Toino Capaçete a Downhiller from Leiria

    Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

    Strengths:    It's strong, lightweight, infinite ajustability

    Weaknesses:    Where............?

    Bottom Line:   
    It take some time to use to this fork. At start mine was a litle bumpy, but I think it was 'cause I am light and the I had 130PSi in both sides...! if u want a secure and strong front shock, here u have one!... i've tryed many many others and defenitly, psylo race is the best....!

    a good fork

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    Favorite Trail:   Secret.....! :þ

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Similar Products Used:   Psylo Sl/Xc, marzochi bomber

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8000, Psylo Race, Hope bulb hub w/ Mavic F219 Disc rims, some race face and roox components, XT/XT-R, Hope Enduro 4 disc brakes F-> 185mm B-> 165mm

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tommy a Weekend Warrior from Tennessee

    Date Reviewed: March 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Climb-it Control, 125mm travel, many adjusting options, easily serviceable

    Weaknesses:    A little hard to control on turns.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a very plush shock with plenty of travel. There are enough options to tune it to get it the ay you want it. I love the Climb-It control. To be able to adjust or lock out my shock while riding is totally cool.

    The only problem that I have with this shock is that I feel that I have less control because it's so high (longer travel). I ran into a couple of trees my first time using it. Maybe it takes a little getting used to.

    Bottom line, it's a very plush shock. It soaks up the big and small hits pretty well. It's also air so you can adjust it to your weight without having to buy the right spring. Climb-It control that really works.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hamilton Creek

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   Some Dude

    Similar Products Used:   Z2 BAM, Marzocchi XC, Rock Shox Judy

    Bike Setup:   Trek Y-11

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