K2 Bike Noleen Mega Air Fork 2002 Front Shocks

3.78/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 1365 grams

Product Description

This year the super plush, laterally stiff Noleen Mega air is back with a couple of significant upgrades. Most noticeable are the WTB Grease Gun Serviceable lubrication ports that provide quick and easy maintenance. Another cool new feature is Variable Travel Option – VTO. VTO allows you to remove the stanchions and switch the spacers around to set the fork up with either 75mm or 100mm of travel.

  • MEGA STIFF - Nobody has a stiffer single crown fork. In fact, the Noleen Mega air is stiffer than many of the dual crown forks currently on the market. How do we do it? Simple...32 mm oversized Nickelcel plated 7000 series aluminum stanchions mated to a forged and CNC’d 6061 hollow, aluminum crown; mated to a butted 7075 steerer tube. All of this working in concert with a one-piece cast magnesium slider, with a matched set of Teflon coated aluminum bushings.
  • MEGA CHOICE - Noleen Mega Air offers 75 or 100mm of travel out of the box with the new VTO - Variable Travel Option
  • MEGA LIGHT - At 1365 grams with a 240mm steer tube and steel hardware, the Mega Air is light.

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    Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: March 24, 2013

    Strengths:    Great stiff, lightweight front shock that has held up solidly over the years and remains one of the better circa "2000-2010" buys when compared to other competitive XC options. No leak problems for me and has been a responsive XC performer. Easy to service and maintain. Manufactured by a true leader in suspension technologies.

    Weaknesses:    Not many. 100mm of travel, but keep in mind this is a 10 year-old shock that was way ahead of its time. Not a good option for people who have no interest or ability to problem solve minor mechanical issues.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you bought this shock for under $200 than you got an amazing deal on a shock that will provide several years of XC enjoyment.

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    Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods

    Duration Product Used:   10 years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Similar Products Used:   Rock-Shox Reba RL Solo, Manitou Minute Pro, Fox Float

    Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude Race, Noleen Mege Air 100mm, XTR M970 shifters, XTR M972/M970 derailleurs, XT CSM750 cassette, XT Hollowtech FC-M571 cranks, SRAM Avid SL brakes, 26" Mavic D571 w/ CK hubs, Panaracer Dart (front), WTB Weirwolf Comp 2.3 (rear) FSA carbon headset, stem, bars & seat post. 19lbs XC ripper!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by bigtahoe6 a Weekend Warrior from Garland, Texas

    Date Reviewed: August 11, 2009

    Strengths:    Very robust prowness, no superficial dressings, can support a Clydesdale and run with him, too... 3.73 lbs? 100mms? and 3 moving parts? sign me up!

    Weaknesses:    The leaks are EASILY plugged if you actually WORK ON YOUR OWN BIKE

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork is awesome if you don't wanna spend time reaching to the crown to adjust something cuz you cannot adapt to your own ride. I'd say about 50% of the members on this site DO NOT WORK ON THEIR BIKES... I do not understand WHY they care not to LEARN something. But this fork was, and still IS, the easiest fork to maintain. Pull the Schrader housings out and Loctite them back in. Get a shock pump and stop WHINING! You're on an extinct fork that has NO PARTS available from it's manufacture, but that's the cost of having an older product that is desperately being mimicked to this day. This is not a throw away fork like any RockShox or lower end Manitou... But if you by chance see a guy riding on one of these obscure forks, give him a nod and know inside that this guy actually does NOT depend on the flimsy advice of a LBS.
    This fork is so stiff, front to back, that it vibrated the top cap lose!

    Seriously, $50 fork that can last 10-15 years beats buying a Fox brand every 3 years...

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    Favorite Trail:   anything Tacky

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Pawn shop

    Similar Products Used:   RockShox Judy's, RST crap, Mars C, Manitou Splice and Axel

    Bike Setup:   2004 Giant XTC powder coated, Shimano XT everywhere, Avid bb7 185mm, Ryno Lite,

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by lionelds69 a Cross Country Rider from Great Falls, Montana

    Date Reviewed: May 10, 2009

    Strengths:    Light weight

    Weaknesses:    no adjustabilty

    Bottom Line:   
    I read the reviews but no problems with the seals. there are alot of place to get them but did purchase spares at a local hardware store. didn't like the non adjuttabilty but over all work pretty good. I use these as a spare when just playing around but nothing compared to the sid

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    Favorite Trail:   Souther Helena

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $59.00

    Purchased At:   e-bay

    Similar Products Used:   rock shoc xc and variants sid

    Bike Setup:   Gt team i drive 4.0

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by DeeEight a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, Ont, Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2003

    Strengths:    Very stiff, easily adjusted air spring, good rebound damping adjustment range, lightweight, lots of tire clearance (2.4s fit with room to spare), easily overhauled and maintained.

    Weaknesses:    Only one is that its been discontinued and its hard to find more of them.

    Bottom Line:   
    If they still made the fork I'd buy more of them. Wish they'd offered a 5" travel version too.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   RST XMO, Englund Total Air equipped Judy's, Manitou XVert, too many other forks to list.

    Bike Setup:   Giant WarpDS3 frame, Sid XC rear shock, Rockshox discs, XTR BB, DX derailleurs, AC cranks, Bebop pedals, XC-Pro thumbies, 26.5 pounds of fun trail bike.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Phil a Cross Country Rider from Orlando, FL, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 24, 2003

    Strengths:    Worked okay for a few weeks

    Weaknesses:    Leaked air from day one. Impossible to get parts to fix it.

    Bottom Line:   
    The Noleen Mega Air 100 comes standard on K2 bikes. It's an average XC fork, rather light and not too flexy, but nothing that comes even close to a Marzocchi.

    Mine leaked air from day one and kept getting worse to the point that it would need air before every ride.

    When I decided to fix it, I called my dealer... they tried to get the parts from K2 for a month... without success.

    Tried through another dealer... same story.

    I then contacted K2. They told me they had the parts and would call my dealer to arrange that... nothing happened... contacted them again... and again... and again...and... I bought a Marzocchi...

    The bottom line is: their product sucks. I could forgive that if they had any kind of customer service but the latter stinks even more than the former.

    It is NOT normal to be unable to get a few O-rings and plastic parts for a 2 year old fork through a dealer.

    If you buy any K2 or Noleen product plan to junk it once the 1 year warranty expires...

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    Favorite Trail:   It's in the french Alps...

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Lotsa Rockshox and Marzocchi

    Bike Setup:   K2 EVO 3.0

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Ron a Cross Country Rider from Glen Allen, Virginia, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 26, 2002

    Strengths:    Light. Adjustable and plush

    Weaknesses:    Slow air leaks made it necessary to check air pressure before every ride

    Bottom Line:   
    Here's the obiturary...

    I have been riding my Zed team for about 6 months and I like it. It is a pretty light reliable hardtail with a good set of components. The Mega Air fork came with the bike.

    I hit a rock pretty hard and hit the bottom of the fork's travel for the first time. Got a pinch flat too :-( I think the suspension bottomed out because because of the air leak on the spring side. The leak had been getting worse over the last few weeks and I had planned to bring it in to my LBS to see if they could do something about it.

    Anyway, I didn't notice until the next day that the right stanchion was pushed through the crown about .375". RIP. The shop told me that K2 would replace it under warranty with another non-K2 fork.

    Two flamin' chilis because it broke.

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    Favorite Trail:   Poor Farm

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Bike Setup:   2001 K2 Zed team - stock

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Portland, Oregon, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 3, 2002

    Strengths:    It is very stiff and will go wherever you point it. It is pretty light. the internal rebound adjuster is easy to use on the trail with a small 2.5mm allen wrench.

    Weaknesses:    Too much plastic. I would gladly take more weight for more durable parts. The threads on the part that reveices the schrader valve stripped out, and now the fork loses all of it's air in the 5 minutes. The VTO advertised is expensive ($50 at my local shop) to switch, and if you don't like the new setting you have to pay the money to have it reversed.

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork is a great, stiff, adjustable XC fork, but if you're an even light-duty downhiller or freerider, forget it.

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    Favorite Trail:   the one I haven't ridden

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   purchased as a one-ride complete bike (used)

    Similar Products Used:   RST 321CL, Rockshox Quadra 21 w/Englund Air conversions

    Bike Setup:   K2 Zed Team frame, Deore shifters and ft derailler, XT rear derailler, Truvativ Firex cranks (non-splined), Avid brakes and levers with Koolstop pads, kevlar reinforced braided Jagwire cables and housing, WTB Wheels

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jason from marietta

    Date Reviewed: May 21, 2002

    Strengths:    plush travel-100mm of travel

    Weaknesses:    chatter when shock tops out

    Bottom Line:   
    i have rode this fork on 2 different bikes and have had great luck on both a hard-tail, and also on full suspension. I am extremely happy with the lateral stiffness, and the fork allows me to make very accurate turns. Over all this shock has been put to my test and passed with flying colors...don't just take my word for it...one of the top riders in the state has won many races with it. Enjoy.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   bike connection

    Similar Products Used:   rock shox judy xc

    Bike Setup:   orbea full suspension

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Adam Morse a Weekend Warrior from Needham MA

    Date Reviewed: November 25, 2001

    Strengths:    nice plush travel

    Weaknesses:    air shock loses air when you break it in

    Bottom Line:   
    it's nice for people who do cross country riding and racing. It will give you a nice smooth ride. I happen to be more of a freeride biker and the fork has held up alright but it will cuase problems later on, i'd recomend this to intermediate riders but not to anyone interested in doing drops over 10ft.

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    Favorite Trail:   construction sites

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Dedham Bike

    Similar Products Used:   none

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