RockShox Psylo XC 2002 Front Shocks

3.72/5 (97 Reviews)
Weight : Weight: 4.11 lb. (1.85 kg)


Product Description

U-Turn "tool-free" external travel adjustment // 30 mm aluminum upper tubes // External rebound adjustment // Tullio 20 mm through-axle available // Optional brake boss-free lowers // Travel: 80 - 125 mm // Spring/Damping System: Hydra Coil


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Terence a Downhiller from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2004

Strengths:    Travel is supple and plush, well.....comparing it to my crappy 04' judy TT's they were. U-Turn is nice, damping it pretty good aswell. Also, the torsional rigidity was great.

Weaknesses:    The fork has a minimal amount of play between the lowers and uppers, but it DOES flex a bit. Ah....and the bloody seals, they are so gay. Also, the creaky crowns that develope.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are good if ur on a budget, I got them cheap from a friend who upgraded to vanillas. If you've got some money to spend, spend it on something else, cuz the seals and crowns really let the fork down. If the seals and crowns were better, i'd give it 5 chillis, but since they suck, they deserve 3.5, round that to 3.....

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Friend sold it to me

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla's, Psylo SL 04', ummmm.....crappy judy?

Bike Setup:   Diamondback BSX sport, stock except for bashguard, fork, and cranks.......and tires....

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rob birk a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2004

Strengths:    Very plus travel and no need to wear in much. Nice look and good travel for long descents.

Weaknesses:    The fork is very weak and flexi. I'm only 140lb (8 stone) but after a year and a half the fork just gave up. They are very weak and can't stand up to much. Can't rely on them holding you up.

Bottom Line:   
Stay away from Rockshox as they have built some very weak and dlexible forks.

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Favorite Trail:   hmm

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Woolly hat Shop (UK)

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi forks.

Bike Setup:   Trek Bruiser.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ryan a Weekend Warrior from Banff, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2004

Strengths:    Unfortunately I havn't found any.

Weaknesses:    Already I have had to upgrade to a firm spring kit approx. $80, After a very short period of riding I now have to change my seals, Paint chips easily

Bottom Line:   
The promise of 5 inches of travel sounded appealing but in no way makes up for the overall poor quality of this fork. I expect that an "aggressive" fork like the Psylo should be able to stand up to way more use that than I have got out of it in the last couple of months without dumping all sorts of money in to a fork that already costs upward of $500.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   2002 Devinci Magma

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Stinkywiz a Weekend Warrior from SB CA

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2003

Strengths:    5 inches good

Weaknesses:    Seals & Flex

Bottom Line:   
I was introduced to 5 inch travel with this fork. I liked that alot. In two months the damper spewed, after I had already taken steps & purchased the extra firm spring for my 220lb frame (don't even think of installing it yourself $$). It is now on my old hardtail, which has been resigned to road & horsepath duty.

The damping was clumsy & primative feeling from the start & as the fork wore I could detect a noticible "funkiness" in its feel while leaning in. "Funk" is not a good thing in this dept.

I'm actually riding my old Z-1's now 'cause the quality of the travel is that much better. I did like the runs I took down some scary sections when those 5 inches came in handy though.....enough to scrimp & buy either a new z-1 or fox 125r...both running at close to the price I bought this "pedestrian" fork for (w/new spring etc).

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Superjokes

Similar Products Used:   Old 4 inch z-1 etc

Bike Setup:   03Heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jared Johnson a Cross Country Rider from Huntington Beach

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2003

Strengths:    Decent weight, U-Turn is AWESOME, SUPER DUPER PLUSH, 20mm thru axle feels better

Weaknesses:    Its not a Marzocchi

Bottom Line:   
I have to admit, that the whole time that I was looking for a new fork, I was shopping Marzocchi the whole way. I happened upong this for $130 on eBay, and thought, "Hmmm, what they heck, I could get this a come in well under budget." So with like 5 seconds left I placed my bid not knowing what to expect . . . And so here I am with $15 shipping I ended up with this, a bit of an impulse buy.

Talk about the luck of the draw. This fork is lightyears beyond my 2000 Judy Racer. Some people might say, "Duh," but I am talking about plushness that I have never known before. I have tried the Black Elite and Duke XC, but this takes a cake or TWO. First of all, the U-Turn is incredibly easy AND effective. I am a light weight, so I have had no problems with bottoming out, but I can see that if you weigh more than say 170lbs you may want to invest a few extra dollars on a stiffer coil.

You just can't beat the level of adjustability. The difference from riding one moment at 80mm and then cranking it up to 125mm is dramatic. My Judy went from 2.5in. to 4in, but it doesn't even compare. This fork has restored my faith in Rock Shox.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocket

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eBay (never used)

Similar Products Used:   Judy Race, Black Super (2003), Duke XC (2002)

Bike Setup:   2000 GT Avalanche (before GT tanked), XT and LX components, Hayes HMX-1 disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dazza from Somerset

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2003

Strengths:    looks great, very plush, the u-turn adjuster is great to have and 125mm of travel is a great feature! great runner!

Weaknesses:    it dusnt take the hard jumps to well but then its an XC fork!

Bottom Line:   
I would say these forks are great for average weight person, where the travel is great. The springs could be a bit harder but thats affordable to get. i found them very reliable!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Judy SL on a Gt i-drive Marzocchi MXR

Bike Setup:   Azonic Evolution. Tioga DH stem and handlebars, Hayes Hydraulic discs, Shimano XT/XTR groupset.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by seto a Cross Country Rider from boise

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2003

Strengths:    has been a farily good all around fork. u-turn.

Weaknesses:    seals are blown and the revive kit has been discontinued.

Bottom Line:   
i've completely lost faith in this company since they've discontinued a much needed part only after one year since the product was released. i think i'll take my business elswhere... uh, marzochi?

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   marzochi z.2

Bike Setup:   gaint ac2, stumpy m4

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marcos Tarazona a Weekend Warrior from Bogotá, Colombia

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2003

Strengths:    5 inches of travel, U-turn adjustment. Excelent for Xc riding and little enduro riding

Weaknesses:    A little noise whit the first jums, but dissapears for the rest.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good fork for XC and enduro if you´re not weight worried. It´s not intended for Down Hill use or Abuse. I´ve used in some pretty bad situations (very rocky terrain and jumps) and some technical trials. I have no problem of oil leaking, nothing is borken, just some scratches on the paint that are logical for the use. PLEASE NOTE, EVEN THE BEST PRODUCT COULD BE LIKE CRAP IF YOU USED IT FOR SOMETHING IT WASN´T DESIGNED FOR. If you do XC or enduro and don´t matter weight, this fork is for you; otherwise, don´t buy it

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Favorite Trail:   Top secret, it´s a private one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $195.00

Purchased At:   www.pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   RST and IN-SYNC crap

Bike Setup:   jamis hardtail, Deore´s shifters, Thomson stem and seat post, XT derailleurs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Glenn Meyer a Weekend Warrior from hell

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2003

Strengths:    2.7 tire clearance, look cool, rock shox name

Weaknesses:    sanction tubes blow, seals blow oil, not strong enough to run large rotor sizes. these forks suck.....need i say more

Bottom Line:   
if u decide to get this fork you had better plan on wearing a full face helmet cause you go on your face from braking the tubes. but i suppose you would be ok if you weigh approx. 50 lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   anytjing with dirt jumps or drops

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   manitou (better than rock shox)

Bike Setup:   nx 8.1 w avid disc brake race face crank (had psylos) now looking into marzocchi dirt jumper, lx , and gazzoldi tire

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by matt a Downhiller from new york

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2003

Strengths:    um.... hum after what i have seen and experanced ...... NONE

Weaknesses:    the seals blow oil out after about 6 months of riding then about a year af riding, snap the so called big 30 mm "upper tubs" are like paper thin. of and on the 125 setting with disk the fork will flex

Bottom Line:   
dont buy these a swift kick in the ass will feel better than falling on your face after broken sanction. they are fine if you dont do; downhill, freeride, or any single track riding. dont buy rock shox dont buy rock shox dont buy rock shox dont buy rock shox dont buy rock shox dont buy rock shox dont buy rock shox dont buy rock shox

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   i wish i didnt buy them

Similar Products Used:   um. better forks


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BIG Matt Freestone a Cross Country Rider from Carlisle, Cumbria, England

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2003

Strengths:    Super plush, very reliable! Will take a lot of stick. Very rigid too, none of the flex that you get with SIDs. VERY nice forks

Weaknesses:    The paint marks very easily. U-turn would be nice, mine are OE so didn't come with it. Weight is a little high, but it makes a stiff fork.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are very stiff, and super plush!!! Don't listen to anyone else (why would you use these forks for anything else but XC/ Enduro style riding??). Very good fork. Could do with being a tad lighter, but then they would suffer from flex (think SIDs). Worth while buying over any fork. Opt for the U-Turn ones though, then you can fiddle to your hearts content!

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Favorite Trail:   The Lakes in general

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   OE on 02 Stumpjumper

Similar Products Used:   Judy SL's (the classic 1996 ones!), Psylo XC's, Pace, Manitou, White Bros etc...

Bike Setup:   2002 Specialized Stumpjumper. XC mean machine! Carbon, and more light bits to come.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by fhk fhk a Downhiller from fhk

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2003

Strengths:    nothing

Weaknesses:    everthing replaced stanchions crown steerer tube rebound stock springs bushings basically these forks are f#*ked

Bottom Line:   
go marzocchi

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Favorite Trail:   toms x ing

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   fhk

Similar Products Used:   bombers verygood

Bike Setup:   khs b*tch

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a d a Racer from d

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Strengths:    It is good for up to ten foot drops on to landings. It sucks for 10 foot drops onto flat. Unless u are unusually flaming u shouldnt have a problem doing a drop with this fork.

Weaknesses:    its too good

Bottom Line:   
every one else who uses this forak is a homo but me

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Favorite Trail:   down your mother

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   a dumpser

Similar Products Used:   downhill unicycle

Bike Setup:   a liitle tricycle with training wheels

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex a Downhiller from colorado

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2003

Strengths:    can absorb small bumps well

Weaknesses:    bottoms on 2 footers, blows seals real easy, you can watch it flex back and forth, for little girls under 100 lbs.

Bottom Line:   
these forks are super crap. my friends and i all got them thinking they were so cool, untill we discovered how flexy these things are. then after about a month it started bottoming out off any drop over 2 ft, and off jumps, spraying oil all over the place.

THEY SAID THESE THINGS WERE FREERIDE FORKS!!! WHAT CRAP!

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Favorite Trail:   pipeline

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   supercrap.com

Similar Products Used:   tons


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Panu a Downhiller from Äänekoski, Finland

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2003

Strengths:    U-Turn travel adjustment, smooth

Weaknesses:    Squirts oil too much and gets flexy. Damping system does not work in big hits.

Bottom Line:   
Good fork to light freeride/enduro use. You can broke it if you really want. It is not hard to do it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1 Wedge

Bike Setup:   Giant AC2, Marzocchi Super T Pro, D321, XT

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