unknown Psylo SL 2001 Front Shock

4.09/5 (82 Reviews)
Weight : 3.96lbs. MSRP : $449.99


Product Description

  • 80-125mm. Travel
  • Single Coil spring - preload adjust and coil spring tuning
  • Pure damping with Climb-It Control Lever-on-the-fly adjustable compression
  • Rebound Adjustment
  • Aluminum Steerer


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by drew funk from washington

    Date Reviewed: June 29, 2006

    Strengths:    I do mostly dirt jumping and urban assault with a few drops and the psylo works very well.Its got lots of adjustability-rebound, climb-it control(compression), u-turn travel adjust, and lockout. These are really fun to play with and actually make a difference in ride quality. The fork is really smooth and quiet and it doesnt make any thuds or squeaks, even when it bottoms out.

    Weaknesses:    The psylo is in desperate need of preload adjustment to stiffen the suspension or it needs stiffer aprings. I only weigh 105 lbs but it is still easy to bottom out the fork on small jumps or drops. The rebound adjuster is impossible to turn with hands(do I need a special tool?).

    Bottom Line:   
    its a really smooth fork with lots of adjustments and great looks. I would reccommend this fork to aggressive trail riders and for light freeride and dirtjumping, but you will probably need stiffer springs if you are heavy or go really big on jumps or drops.

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    Favorite Trail:   dirt jumps

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   givin to me from friend

    Similar Products Used:   just looked at and compressed other forks at the shop

    Bike Setup:   2000 Specialized BigHit, Shimano, Sun Rims, Maxxis tires

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Ian a Weekend Warrior from alberta

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2006

    Strengths:    It worked for a few months...

    Weaknesses:    till the internals fell apart and Rock Shox took months to get it back to me.

    Bottom Line:   
    I got my Brodie bike, was very happy with everything for the first month or so. Then out of nowhere the internals started to creak and act up. I sent it back and something inside was broken and they were cool enough to say it was a manufacturing defect so it only cost me shipping. The major downside is that it took for ever for me to get it back, so meanwhile I got a Marzocchi z2 and its just so much better that the psylo went on my beater ride. I have had no problems with it since but the most action it sees now is to get to school.
    It is a nice fork but Rock Shox slow turnaround makes it NOT worth it.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Similar Products Used:   my first suspention fork, came on my brodie

    Bike Setup:   Brodie, hayes, Marzocchi

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brandon a Weekend Warrior from scottsdale

    Date Reviewed: October 1, 2005

    Strengths:    smooth, light, can take a beating,

    Weaknesses:    not very stiff

    Bottom Line:   
    i wasnt really sure what to think of these forks when i first got them. i end up blowing the rebound on my stance flows and need a fork to replace them. so i got them for a guy for 80 buck then had a 20mm axle too. they came with x firm spring which where perfect for urban i havnt bottomed them out yet and i weight 250. i like these forks so much that i am not putting my stance flows back on my bike. these things weight like a 1.5 punds less then the stances. the only thing wrong with them is that there not very stiiff i can see the bottom of the fork move a little but not too bad. ill give it 5 flames for value and overall

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   some guy

    Similar Products Used:   manitou, marzocchi

    Bike Setup:   haro 8.1 psylo sl, azonic outlaws, race face bars and cranks

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Bert a Weekend Warrior from SF, CA

    Date Reviewed: October 4, 2004

    Strengths:    Smooth out of the box. Relatively inexpensive. U-turn works well. Pure damping and lockout work well and are easy to adjust while riding.

    Weaknesses:    Dust wipers are poor quality, no oil seals, exceptionally fast bushing wear. No preload adjust. (I'm too light for med springs and too heavy for light springs).

    Bottom Line:   
    worked well for the 1st few rides, then bushing play developed after ~20 hrs riding. Exceptionally difficult to change bushings-- nobody local will work on any Rock Shox anymore and their service sucks. Great performance if you plan to buy a new shock every year. I'm never buying a Rock Shox again.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   old Mag's and Judy's, Marzocchi Z5 and X-Fly, Mars C

    Bike Setup:   Sugar 2

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by David a Downhiller from Stockton, UK

    Date Reviewed: September 9, 2004

    Strengths:    These forks are super dooper, the Climb-IT control is awesome allowing you to change from 80-125mm travel while just riding along, they suit my XC bike brilliantly, i ride XC about once a month and these forks are just amazing, awesome small bump sensitivity, and quite good hard hit sensitivity( i have bottomed them out a couple of times though) They work better with V's rather than discs as they are quite flexy with discs.

    Weaknesses:    flexy when using discs, crown bonding isn't amazing

    Bottom Line:   
    They rock for XC, BUY SOME NOW, and forget about the rest!! leave the competition standing with a set of psylos!

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    Favorite Trail:   Carlton Bank DH

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Judy C, RST Gamma TL, Marzocchi Z4

    Bike Setup:   Concept Aluminium frame, Vuelta USA rims, Diatech Hubs, Shimano Alivio Chainset, Deore Rear mech, LX front mech, Diatech V Brakes, Psylo SL's, Selle Italia Flite saddle, Kore bars.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by milan from exeter

    Date Reviewed: December 18, 2003

    Strengths:    light weight]
    strong
    reliable


    Weaknesses:    action isnt to great
    suspension peformance fades after long downhills


    Bottom Line:   
    these forks never worked too good. when i got a new frame, i got some fox forx. their action was so much better, unfortunitely they brake twice...
    so than i got the 2004 marz dj's - probably the worst forks ever, after 3 weeks i got some 2004 psylo sl's,. These are the best forks ever period

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    Favorite Trail:   extreme

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   2004 psylo sl's- the best, you wouldnt think they were the same fork, just shows 3 years makes one hell of a difference.
    Fox forx vannila r- good while they worked, but snapped
    2004 dj's - horrible is the only word to descible them


    Bike Setup:   on-onew gimp

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jacob O'Neall a Downhiller from Eubank, KY, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2003

    Strengths:    Light weight(for the type of fork) versatility, adjustability(preload, reboung, compression)

    Weaknesses:    rigidity, durability

    Bottom Line:   
    I haven't heard of this happening before, but on my Psylo SL, the steerer tube loosed up, and would let the fork spin when I hit a rock or bump. The steerer didn't pull out of the fork, it just would move, and other than that it was functionally sound. I fixed it by drilling a hole through the steerer & crown, and running a small bolt though the steerer. Since the bolt only stops the steerer from twisting, it has held up just fine. I just wanted to let anyone know how to fix this problem if it ever occurs to anyone else. I like the fork otherwise, and it has performed very well. I got mine cheap to replace a 2002 Psylo XC that failed. The SL is a good fork, but there are better forks(marzocchi) availible for the same retail price.

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    Favorite Trail:   any that's rough & technical

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz cycling center

    Similar Products Used:   2002 Psylo XC w/U-turn, Marzocchi Z-5 100 air, RS Judy's, RST's, Manitou SX-E (don't ever buy)

    Bike Setup:   2001 Mongoose Pro Valient: 2001 Psylo SL, Syntace VRO bar & stem combo, Kore seatpost, WTB SSTXR 2K saddle, WTB Motoraptor 2.4 tires, Sun Mammoth rims, WTB speedisk hubs, Formula Activa mechanical disks, Avid SD-3 levers, Deore shifters, LX E-type front derailler & LX rear, Truvativ 5D cranks, Cane Creek headset, Mongoose Pro dual-density grips

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by brad a Weekend Warrior from labrador city, canada

    Date Reviewed: March 3, 2003

    Strengths:    strong, good smooth travel, very adjustable

    Weaknesses:    bushings suck, causes the fork to flex and start to chatter

    Bottom Line:   
    its a very good fork, it would be much better if they put in some better bushings, the bushings started to get sloppy after the first week that i had the fork. that sucks!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   x-vert, bombers

    Bike Setup:   marin nail trail, lx and xt, disc brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ken Mcdowell a Cross Country Rider from Squamish,British Columbia

    Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003

    Strengths:    I've only got 3 hours of riding on this shock but freakin WOW!! my last shocks were sacked though,the shock is plush'n stiff at the same time and the lock out works great something I never had before.For the money I could'nt go wrong.Very responsive.

    Weaknesses:    None so far I'll let you know.

    Bottom Line:   
    So far so good made an awesome feeling bike out of my DeKerf once again (96 frame)I love it!.I added a headbanger headset at the same time I would recommend that as well if you are in the market.Happy trails got to get back to work!

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    Favorite Trail:   crouching squirrel

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Corsa Cycles Squamish B.c Canada

    Similar Products Used:   Marz. bomber Z2,they were great in there time.

    Bike Setup:   Typical midrange and upper stuff don't want to bore anybody

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by matt voss a Cross Country Rider from brisbane qld Australia

    Date Reviewed: December 12, 2002

    Strengths:    looks good, great travel, compression works great and the u-turn is awesome

    Weaknesses:    none that I have found

    Bottom Line:   
    I have been riding 6 days a week since I bought these 6 months ago and found that out of all the shox I have used are the best they allow good travel when racing cross country and are awesome if you want to go freeriding with your mates. They the best drops and are fun to play with and have absolutly no flex. If you want a light fork and a strong fork with lots of travel this is the best fork on the market.

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    Favorite Trail:   Gap Creek

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $310.00

    Purchased At:   Kenmore Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Boxxer, Judy tt, judy c, z5's,sid blackbox

    Bike Setup:   Raceline enduro, full xt components, 317 rims(mavic) titec bars etc xt hydrolic brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from Concord, MA

    Date Reviewed: December 3, 2002

    Strengths:    Good adjustment. Long travel

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    It great for XC and freeriding. It can handle a 5 foot drop no problem. I haven't encountered any problem with this fork.

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    Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou X-Vert Super


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nate James a Weekend Warrior from Denver, CO, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 5, 2002

    Strengths:    Light
    Strong
    Adjustability
    Lockout


    Weaknesses:    None that I have found

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great fork for anyone who wants good performance with a great deal of adjustability. I have used the lockout many times and it always works great. The compression damping adjustment is nice for fine tuning on a long ride. This thing is very forgiving especially on the serious downhills!! The only thing it lacks is the U-Turn external travel adjuster but Rock Shox has a kit that allows for an upgrade. Great value for the money

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    Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim :)

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $260.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   Other Rock Shox stuff

    Bike Setup:   2000 Viking Thor LS :), XT Drivetrain, Raceface stem, bar, seatpost, Stratos Helix Pro Shock, Mavic 517's, Selle Italia Flite Gel Ti

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Greg a Weekend Warrior from Sacramento,CA

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2002

    Strengths:    Adjustability,
    Plush,
    Pioneer purchase program


    Weaknesses:    Bushings again! first set went at about a year, rebuilt at Rockshox and Bushings went in 2 weeks...

    Bottom Line:   
    This would be a great fork for a single crown freeride "IF" rockshox can figure out how to permanently get rid of the bushing play problems...Till then stay away from it..

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $265.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Mag 21

    Bike Setup:   Cove G-Spot, Fox vanilla RC, atomic labs and ACS Z-rim rims, Raceface XS isis bottom bracket, raceface next LP isis cranks, Crupi pedals

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Roland Cadrin a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2002

    Strengths:    Very plush, easy to adjust and looks good.

    Weaknesses:    I blew the compression and the rebound on this fork within 600 miles (1000 KMs) of riding. This fork might be better for lighter riders.

    There was also a bushing issue with some of these forks, but Rock Shox has made a free upgrade available to correct this problem.


    Bottom Line:   
    It seemed like a reasonably light fork with good travel, perfect for someone who does a mix of cross country, light downhill and freestyle riding. And it is all this, when it's working!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   400

    Bike Setup:   2001 Santa Cruz Superlight.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Drew from Saskatoon,Sask.Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 28, 2002

    Strengths:    Travel, Climb-it control with the lock out. Cool looks. very agressive

    Weaknesses:    none yet but i'll keep ya posted.

    Bottom Line:   
    i've only owned these for a few days know but i love them. ride a lot of agressive x-country and they seem to suck up everything. even drops are awesome. don't have alot to compare to though cause i'm upgrading from zokes xcr from 7 years ago. they only had 1.5in travel. i just wanna get out and ride instead of going to work!! LOL

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Doctor

    Similar Products Used:   marzocchi z5 and xcr, judy tt

    Bike Setup:   1996 Norco Sasquatch with upgraded front and back rims. Ryhno Lites Rokko front tire, continental back tire, accera v-brakes

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    2001 Psylo SL bushing slop???

    Hi all, Question for all you suspension gurus. My son's GT i-Drive has a RockShox Psylo SL. There's noticable slop between the stanchions and the sliders. Not like they're going to fall off, but definitely more than, say, the Marzocchis on my bike. I had the fork serviced, including new bus ... Read More »

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