unknown SID SL 00 Front Shock

3.52/5 (58 Reviews)
Weight : 2.8 lbs MSRP : $547.95


Product Description

  • Dual Air, All Travel System, XXX Sealing System
  • Travel: 63/80mm
  • Aluminum Steerer and Upper Tubes


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Ryan D a Cross Country Rider from Bethany, Oklahoma

    Date Reviewed: November 21, 2003

    Strengths:    Lightweight, doesn't weigh much, opposite of heavy.

    Weaknesses:    Flex's like a mother, Lots of creaking and popping noises, a little too rigid for me...supposed to be 80mm but feels like 40mm.

    Bottom Line:   
    Hmm...probably won't ever buy another SID...unless I can get under 180 pounds and that would force me to starve myself. I'm kinda scared to ride it...you can actually see it flex when I pop it over a root or rock. It would be a good fork for a light person. I'm gonna go to a Psylo SL...they're a little stronger.

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    Favorite Trail:   Roman Nose

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   used from friend

    Similar Products Used:   RS Pilot C

    Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Isis, soon to have a RS Psylo SL, Bontrager race discs, avid mech's, LX/XT/XTR.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Ogden, UT USA

    Date Reviewed: September 29, 2003

    Strengths:    Super light weight-

    Weaknesses:    a little flexy

    Bottom Line:   
    I am an above average cross country rider who refuses to ride full suspension (even though I owned and sold a homegrown full suspension bike) I weigh between 155lbs and 167 depending on time of year and excercise level, but this shock hasn't dissapointed me yet. Yes, it is flexy as almost every review that I have read stated, but I love the shock, it soaks up everything that I have thrown at it with no problems to date, and I have logged over 800 miles on it, which isn't much, but I also have two kids, a dog and a family to tend to. I have taken three foot drop-offs, tree roots, loose gravel, hard pack, and everything else that I could find to ride over and never had a problem with the shock. From reading some of the lower articles, I am a lucky one, but I will continue to buy rs products.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anywhere that cars are not

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Came on bike-price is approximate

    Similar Products Used:   judy xc, sid xc, mag 21

    Bike Setup:   01' S-works hardtail with several upgrades

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Shadowlands from Zion National Park

    Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

    Strengths:    Light, cush, lockout!

    Weaknesses:    None yet

    Bottom Line:   
    No problems yet. I've ridden the hell out of it and 0 problems. The lockout is awesome. A friend of mine races extensively with this fork and has 0 problems. It matches up nicely with the Float RL. No weight penalty!

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    Favorite Trail:   Mary's Loop

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Last ride was a headshock so no similar comparison.

    Bike Setup:   Superlight, Float RL, XTR, Easton Carbonfiber

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Richard a Cross Country Rider from Shakopee, MN, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2002

    Strengths:    Lots of adjustability options. Pretty smooth travel. Lightweight. No reliability problems thus far.

    Weaknesses:    Bushing play.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the 2001 model that came stock on my Specialized. First noticed what appeared to be a loose headset about 6 months after purchase. After some further investigation, I determined that the play was coming from the fork. Eriks confirmed that this was a common occurance. Guess I just have to get used to it. Otherwise, this is a pretty sweet shock. Am putting together a new hardtail race bike and was considering another SID until I read the review of the Marathon vs SID carbon on the Mountain Bike Magazine website. The review actually didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know about the SID, but the Rock Shox reply told me something about their company. The old line of "it's within our factory tolerances" may sound relevant to most, but as a manufacturing engineer, I can assure you that it may or may not tell you a thing about how the end product performs. Sun used the same bogus line about tires blowing off their rims and I still have not-so-fond memories of their product's performance (the resulting scars are still there). Sorry about the dissertation, but, in any case, my new bike will have a Marathon fork.

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    Favorite Trail:   Moab Slickrock

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Eriks Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy, Mag 21.

    Bike Setup:   2001 Specialized S-Works FSR.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Barry from Edmond,Okla.

    Date Reviewed: July 10, 2002

    Strengths:    Lightweight

    Weaknesses:    Leaks air, leaks oil, too much flex

    Bottom Line:   
    If your a racer with a sponsered ride this fork would be ok. But if your a week end warrior dont waste your money, Buy a bomber, once its dialed in, your set.

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    Favorite Trail:   South boundry taos N.M.

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   manitou sxr(very nice fork),manitou spider R,Bomberz-3,judy

    Bike Setup:   stumpjumperpro fsr,xt,xtr,thomson stem and seat post, king 517wheels,time

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by jason from houston,tx

    Date Reviewed: May 11, 2002

    Strengths:    light weight and very adjustable

    Weaknesses:    leaked oil but had it fixed

    Bottom Line:   

    i weigh 150 and it works perfect for me
    if you do your own maintenance then get it. i really dont mind any maintenance when it works this well and weighs next to nothing.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   marzzochi z.2, sid xc

    Bike Setup:   gary fisher supercaliber, full xtr, crossmax

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, ON, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Looks good. Lockout feature.

    Weaknesses:    Lockout feature.

    Bottom Line:   
    I just bought the 2002 Giant NRS 1 about a month ago. The fork was upgraded from the Judy to the SL. I thought I was getting a great deal as the SL looks better than the Judy and has the lockout feature.

    My second time out (3rd hour of riding), the lockout feature became non-existent. Then I remembered the lockout feature non working on a brand new Giant I looked at in Calgary about a month before I bought mine. I became concerned that mine was a dud too.

    So then I go to this mtbr.com and begin reading the reviews, which now makes me very concerned. It looks like I can begin to expect red rum to begin leaking from the neg. air valve(I've just looked and it is) and other persistent problems. Not only that, but it seems Rockshox service history is not great either (probably because they're dealing with thousands of returned SLs).

    It bugs me that I spent C$3300 (US$2000) on my new Giant and am getting problems already.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bell Line

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Fresh Air Experience

    Bike Setup:   Standard fork on Giant NRS 1.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Rufus a Cross Country Rider from Yorkshire, England

    Date Reviewed: January 18, 2002

    Strengths:    Very plush if you are lucky enough to have a working pair, lock out, light weight.

    Weaknesses:    just about everything, but especially Rock Shox quality control.
    Don't ride them in the winter, road salt lifts even previously undamaged paint.


    Bottom Line:   
    *Less than 50 miles, damper assembly fell off skewer stranding me in the Alps. RockShox France had a very unhelpful 3 week turn around.
    *150 miles, air piston retaining pin came loose scoring grooves in the stantion wall - no compression.
    *Replacement SID Race crown and Stations had a big dent on sliding surface which managed to get through quality control before anodising and again before teflon coating.

    Who is this RockShox quality control monkey?

    Finally:
    Buy these forks if you like to bore people with tales of how light your bike is.

    Don't buy these forks if you ever ride your bike.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Similar Products Used:   Pace EVO III, Manitou, Psylos

    Bike Setup:   Hei Hei, lots of Hope

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Mossy a Cross Country Rider from Santa Cruz

    Date Reviewed: January 16, 2002

    Strengths:    light, full 80 mm of travel, adjustability, plush stroke

    Weaknesses:    fragile

    Bottom Line:   
    I really want to like this fork, considering I got a great deal on it. (A friend wanted something else on his Fuel 100). When operating as it should, it works great and I didnt notice undue flexiness. It certainly didnt feel as stiff as my old Z2, but it holds a line well enough.

    After about 4 months of normal/light use, I noticed I was only getting about 60 mm of travel. Turns out I had a "air bypass" problem where air was leaking from the positive to negative chamber. As the negative pressure built up, it wouldnt allow the fork to return to its fully extended position. It still rode ok, but it was a situation I couldnt ignore, so back to RS it went last week. They're promising 3-day turnaround at this time, so Im anxious to see if they can remedy the problem.

    Can I heartily recommend the fork? Because of my reliability issued, not for someone who has to pay MSRP or close to it. That said, a friend has the identical fork for a longer period and has had no problems.

    Wondering if the weight savings of air technology is worth it....

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Z2 alloy, Mag 20, SX-R, Judys

    Bike Setup:   Klein Adept

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jon Matthews a Weekend Warrior from Bolton UK

    Date Reviewed: November 14, 2001

    Strengths:    Weight, adjustability, lockout, looks, plushness

    Weaknesses:    Slightly flexy when cornering and braking hard

    Bottom Line:   
    After reading these reviews I feel v.lucky. Ive hammered these forks downhill, duel hard cross country. Spent alot of time on South Downs which is sandy component munching terrain. No shock boots and the forks are super plush (although I have maintained them well) The lockout has failed to work once but then started working again. The adjustability is amazing. I am no expert but the seals must be great as there is no evidence of crap affecting the forks internals. Some oil came out of the -ve bottom air chamber when I first attatched the shock pump. Ive been told that this is normal and nothing has escaped since. Fingers crossed the fork will still cary on performing. Could have done with a little more travel and stiffness to match the rear end of the Santa Cruz but you pays your money...and hindsight is a great thing. Overall very impressive but not perfect ( is there a perfect single crown fork? )

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere big

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes Manchester

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz superlight anodised blue

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by frag from SoCal

    Date Reviewed: October 6, 2001

    Strengths:    Weight, infinite adjustability

    Weaknesses:    There is no simple setup, you have to understand it to set it up

    Bottom Line:   
    I have owned this since the y2K version was released, and it has been on my HT ever since, I ride 2-3 times/week, and have raced a few time on this rig.

    1) Experiment with the pressures. I weigh close to 200lbs, and at the moment 60+ 50- seems the ideal setup for recreational riding, increasing to 65+/55- for race days.

    2) The Oil blow-back. Turn the fork up-side down to change the -ve pressure.

    3) Servicing/travel adjustment - its a pain - but its better to get the LBS to sort it out, I spilt a seal trying to service mine, and eventually realised that the LBS would sort it out for me for very little cash.

    This is not a downhill fork, its a weight watchers XC weapon, it has way more adjustment than anything I have ever ridden.

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    Favorite Trail:   fireroads and Singletrack

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Marx CL, X-Fly

    Bike Setup:   High-end HT

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Quebec

    Date Reviewed: October 4, 2001

    Weaknesses:    Bad desing and poor construction ,not reliable ar all.

    Bottom Line:   
    This shock worked fine for about one month and then everything started fall a part, Lock out stoped working, fork travel became stiff and now all kinds of oil are coming out of the air valve! This is unacceptable in a product, especially at this price level and Rock shox have not been very responsive about it either. Never had this problem with old Judy XC or any of the Manitou shocks just put them on and with mininmal maintenance they just keep on going strong. Forget this overpriced under acheiving piece
    of SH** !

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou Xvert super and Mars

    Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Peter Fusco a Racer from Elmira, NY, US

    Date Reviewed: September 16, 2001

    Strengths:    light weight fork

    Weaknesses:    I weigh 185 and this fork is squirrelly as Hell. I ride some rough terrain and it flexes all over the place. Last bike had a Manitou xvert, which was a much smoother ride and more responsive than this.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fork sucks, Seals popped out, leaks oil, can't wait to get rid of it. It would be a good fork for a lighter rider, or one who is less aggressive, but for me, very disappointed.

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    Favorite Trail:   back yard

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   came stock

    Similar Products Used:   manitou

    Bike Setup:   trek 9.9 pro, xtr, ralf dolomite wheelset

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by ian stacey a Racer from uk

    Date Reviewed: August 22, 2001

    Strengths:    Very nice ride when set up correctly

    Weaknesses:    After 1 ride fork was knocking and had no damping ajustment, black adjuster knob just turned and nothing happened. Forks returned to local bike shop who intern sent them back to the importer Madison, 1 week later forks arrived back allegedly fixed. Next ride I tried to ajust the rebound and the black adjuster just turned nothing happened, so another trip to the bike shop. They intern sent the forks back to Madison in the UK who then allegedly fixed them and sent them back to the bike shop.

    Guess what the forks were the same as they were when they sent back. Madison were contacted and asked why they had not repaired the forks, the bike shop and I were told that we had damaged the forks by taking out the front wheel and bouncing up and down on the forks this has pushed up the adjuster mechanism.

    No mention of the fact that these forks are brand new and hardly used not only that but Madison dont even want to give the local bike dealer any support.

    So that leaves me relying on the dealer to sort me out.

    Now who says that big companies like Microsoft bury there head in the sand, it seems like rockshox have a problem with these forks not only that they dont want to support the customer by hassling importers like Madison in giving some customer service.

    My advice, nice fork but I will never buy another rockshox product again and I have just blown 5k on a superlight so It looks like its going to have Z1 on, Forget the extra weight and that lock out rubbish I am not buying a product that the local disty cant give service on.


    Bottom Line:   
    DONT EVEN BUY IT YOU WILL SPEND MORE TIME OFF YOUR BIKE THAN OUT, TRUST ME I KNOW AFTER HAVING SPENT 5K ON A DREAM SUPERLIGHT ITS BEEN OFF THE ROAD MORE THAN ON AND THE PROBLEM YES SID SL.

    Must say top marks to the guys at Hope Now they know something about customer service Maybe Madison could learn a thing or three.


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    Favorite Trail:   Anything in Moab

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   2 Wheels Stourbridge

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou,rockshox


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Cackle a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA

    Date Reviewed: August 17, 2001

    Strengths:    Light, Lock out feature(when it worked)

    Weaknesses:    Quality, Broke after 2 months, missing parts

    Bottom Line:   
    2001 SID SL, The fork started out well very smooth and the 80mm of travel was plenty for me as a XC rider. I used the lock-out feature on fire road climbs testing the functionality and it worked fine. After the first few rides I noticed a little oil leak on both legs but it did not seam to lose pressure so I attributed it to the design and not bad seals. I always kept the tubes clean and lubricated per the manual. The air spring was easy to make adjustments per the manual and I was just starting to get it dialed when the "clank" happened coming down the driveway. Returned the bike back to the shop I purchased it at. The technician said the rebound/compression assembly came apart inside the fork! He also said the fork was missing parts of the oil seal assembly! What kind of quality control does Rockshox use? I am really dissapointed as this is my first suspension bike with higher end XC fork. I am still waiting for Rockshox to fix the problem. I can't recommend this fork to anyone based on the quality issues.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Bike Setup:   Superlight loaded

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    I have a 2000 SID Sl that I modified, disc mounts sanded off, new longer bushings, and repainted. The steerer tube is uncut (I'm tall). It has a lockout also. If anybodys interested shoot me an email at [email]gregmtbr@yahoo.com[/email]. I'll post an ad if I have too.Read More »

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