RockShox Shox Disc Brakes Older Disc Brakes

2.63/5 (43 Reviews)
MSRP : $299.00


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Rock Shox Disc Brakes


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave Walkerden a Weekend Warrior from Sydney

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2006

Strengths:    Different

Weaknesses:    Different

Bottom Line:   
Further to my review in the last post. Many sets of these brakes are coming up on ebay etc and folks are getting a set of brakes they can't use from people who bought them and are offloading them for the same reason. If you find yourself stuck with a set then hey, I'm looking for a spare set of these calipers. If the set up is too much for you and you want to move 'em out of the garage, I'll might buy them off you. Remember they cost $38 a set before icyclesUSA.com ran out of stock so be sensible about your asking price.

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Favorite Trail:   RNP

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   38

Similar Products Used:   AMP Research D1

Bike Setup:   As listed in previous post

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave Walkerden a Cross Country Rider from Sydney

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2005

Strengths:    Light(ish), cable operation means easier to fix, floating caliper

Weaknesses:    Parts availability, a litle tricky to set up. Not child-proof.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes get a lot of negative reviews, probably because they're old skool and require a bit of old skool knowledge. I worked on the AMP D1 discs on our race team in 1999 and got the hot set-up back then. I knew what to expect and how to fit these RockShox disc brakes before I bought them.

I fitted the front caliper and mount to the rear (yes, rear) of my bike by cutting 4mm off the caliper carrier mount with the dremel tool. I then fitted the 145mm dia rear disc onto the standard 6 bolt disc hub (used only three holes of course). The front caliper was fitted to my AMP forks. I ordered a caliper bracket from Brion at AMP Research for my 165mm AMP disc (fitted to my AMP front hub) and it works perfectly.

For players fitting the kit to their standard bikes, you'll need to buy two RockShox disc brake kits (at $38 it's as cheap as a second set of pads). Ditch the funky caliper from the rear caliper as it needs a special hub. Use the front ones on both ends. The problem with fitting comes from the fact that the disc rotors have very little clearance between the disc and the spokes. Hayes etc won't fit in there. The early days of discs used standard spacing hub flanges and the inboard side of the caliper was much slimmer. So, to fit these on your standard IS mount disc brake ready bike with your standard disc wheels, you have to mill or cut 4mm (measure first) off the caliper carrier.

Next, because the calipers are floating on sliding mounts (this is a good thing, self centering) you need to have fairly straight cable routing above the caliper. If you cable tie the cable to the fork, make sure you have about 10" running directly vertical from the caliper. This will ensure that there's no sideways pressure causing the caliper to slide on it's sliders and rub on the disc. Same at the rear.

Use special cable outers that don't allow compression. Use the best cables that you can afford and find an old bike mechanic who knows a few of the old tricks.

Maintain them by undoing that small screw on the slider pin and cleaning the slider pins regularly. The secret to their performance is their ability to find center and apply even pressure along a longer swept area. This means they need to slide freely.

Rotors. These are punched out of a sheet and the rears have a sharp side like a cheese grater. The front has sharp edges like a wood planer. This eats away the first two sets of pads and will drive you nuts. Get out the dremel tool and gently chamfer the sharp edges wherever the pad contacts the rotor. Go easy and try not to bend the rotor. This will help the pads last as long as Hayes. EBC make harder (gold) pads, but they're a bit harsh on rotors.

Levers, follow the instructions and use the canti setting on V levers, or better yet, get a set of Shimano 440 flat bar levers for road bikes. They have the correct leverage for these brakes.

They're not as good or as easy to fit as a set of Hayes dual piston or Avid juicys, so maybe, if you don't have a dremel (you should get one anyway), you would be better off with the popular new brands.

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Favorite Trail:   Royal National Park (Sydney)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   icyclesUSA.com

Similar Products Used:   Hayes, AMP, coda

Bike Setup:   KHS alite, AMP F4-BLT forks, lightweight bits etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by DEAN DAVIES a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2005

Strengths:    LOOK NICE

Weaknesses:    IMPOSSIBLE TO GET PARTS, REPLACING WITH NEW DISCS COST TOO MUCH AS THE SET UP IS NON STANDARD, AND IT MEANS YOU HAVE TO REPLACE ALL YOU REAR SET UP AS GETTING A FULL HYDROLIC SYSTEM MEAN REPLACING THE GEAR SHIFTER AND THEY DONT MAKE 8 SPEED SHIFTERS ANY MORE + 3 BOLT DISC ROTOR IS NOT STANDARD

Bottom Line:   
WHEN I BOUGHT THE BIKE IT WORKED FINE FOR AGES EVEN THOUGH I GOT THROUGH NUMEROUS SETS OF ORGANIC PADS.THE H CLIP BROKE SEVERAL TIMES. IN THE UK GETTING PARTS IS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE.ESPECIALLY AS ROCKSHOX GOT BOUGHT OUT AND DONT DO PARTS ANYMORE. BUGGER, AND THE NON STANDARD FITTING OF THE ROTOR(3 BOLT)REPLACING FOR A DIFFERENT SET UP MEANS THAT YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE REAR SHIFTER AND DERALIER AS THE SYSTEM USES THE STANDARD BRAKE LEVER WHICH IS ATTACHED TO THE GEAR SHIFTER, AND NOW YOU CANT GET 8 SPEED SHIFTERS ON THEIR OWN. AN EVPENSIVE UPGRADE AS THE KNOCK ON EFFECT IS REPLACEMENT OF HUB TOO. SHAME COZ IT LOOKS NICE!AND DID WORK WELL FOR A WHILE.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Bike Setup:   GT LTS 1000 DS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dick from WY

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2001

Strengths:    Well...Better (longerlasting) than any V in wet.

Weaknesses:    Odd pattern, Its mechanical...

Bottom Line:   
Get the metallic pads, lasts forever. If buying a used bike with those, tell him they are junk, cut the prize, get metallic pads,(and NEW brake wires), ride happy...

Value is for this brake NOW, not then.

Overall-good brake if you can set it up and know what it is made for. If you can get them for "nothing" and it always rain where you live,go get them.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Never disks in summer

Bike Setup:   Freeride Winter trasher, all kinda junk...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Josh a Cross Country Rider from NH

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2000

Strengths:    None too many. They work better than v-brakes in the wet, but not by much and only when set up right.

Weaknesses:    Weak. A pain to get working correctly. Expensive pads. Heavy (I guess).

Bottom Line:   
Avoid these brakes unless you get them for free, can't get anything else, and it rains every day where you live. These brakes are far weaker than V-brakes, even when they're set up correctly. Their only strength is wet weather, and they don't even do that very well. Oh yeah, one other thing. RockShox is says they are unservicable at home. THAT IS TOTAL BULLSH*T!! They are exactly the same as the amp research brakes. Go to find the instructions for maintaining the brakes yourself http://amp-research.com/products/Mountain_Bikes/mountain_bikes.htm it's the D1 disc brake. It voids the warranty but that doesn't matter anyways.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   V brakes

Bike Setup:   Marin Indian Fire Trail w/ front disk.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian a Racer from Northern California

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This brake sucked... I struggled to adjust this thing time after time.... then on my last ride the rotor snapped in 2 (no there were no rocks on this trail) and I endoed big time! Avoid these discs like the plague!

Tried to contact R/S to talk over the problem and I got the big blow off.

Weak product weak support! Not a nice combo!

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville

Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Josh a Cross Country Rider from NH

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2000

Strengths:    It's a disk brake....works better than V-brakes in wet conditions

Weaknesses:    Extremely difficult to service. RockShox says that it is impossible but they lie.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes work pretty well in rim deem water and mud but the advantages stop there. I had to get an AMP research disk brake manual (RS bought the patent for the brake from AMP, so they're actually identical to AMP brakes) in order to service them. The process is incredibly different and even required submerging the brakes in oil. Uggh! The pads are heinously expensive, like $50. And you have to buy them from AMP BTW. There is a long break in period, and the stopping power was never that great. It's no wonder that RS only made this brake. Don't pay more than $30 for this brake, and be prepared to pay much more on pads. Or better yet get another disk system or V-brakes. 2 chilis for wet performance.

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Favorite Trail:   Bear Brook

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   MArin Indian Fire Trail, LX/XTR, RS front disk only

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Craig Murphy a Cross Country Rider from Santa Rosa, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2000

Strengths:    Looks, set-up, wet weather performance

Weaknesses:    Drag, squeak, v-brake (or less) stopping performance in dry or dusty conditions, rotor & hub adaptability.

Bottom Line:   
Like the others, I was stoked to get a front disc set-up on my new bike. Shortly after my first ride however, the brakes began dragging and squeaking constantly. I would remove and clean them, but the problem persisted. Also, the stopping power leaves much to be desired in most conditions. The only time I appreciate them is in the mud, when my rear xtr-v will hardly slow down the rim. Pads are expensive, and it takes the hands of a gerbil surgion to avoid braking the spring clip.

My biggest gripe about Rock Shox came today when I went down to my LBS to pick up a front Shimano XT-Disc brake and get rid of this peice-o-crap RS Disc. Wouldn't you know it, Rock shox' rotor is thicker and a bit smaller than Shimanos, so I couldn't do a quick swap install of the XT on my existing rotor. Worse than that, R.S. seems to be the only crappy company making disc brakes that has a 3-bolt pattern holding the rotor to the front hub. So on top of replacing the rotor (comes with the XT disc anyhow), I have to buy a new hub with the STANDARD 8-bolt rotor mount.

Bottom line is this: Rock shox makes a poor product and they lock you into using a hub and rotor that is specially compatable with their product. Thanks a lot for wasting my time and money, R.S.

The worst value for the money - especially if you might want to upgrade someday = 1 chili. Stops better than Vs in the wet & mud = 2 chilis

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Favorite Trail:   Upper Steves

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   XTR-v, Hayes

Bike Setup:   LTS1000 ds/ GT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Johnny Boy a Cross Country Rider from Whittier, CA USA

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2000

Strengths:    Looked very cool on a new bike - for someone with no disc experience.

Weaknesses:    Diffuculty finding pads. Drag.

Bottom Line:   
This brake was spec'd on the GT I purchased last summer. The bike shop didn't provide a manual, so I rode the brake without maintenance through the winter. I was able to keep the drag from getting to bad by fiddling with the pistons, but finally lost the battle (and the pads).

Now - as many of you using this brake already know - pads are becoming scarce since Rock Shox stopped producing this brake.

I found a manual at the Rock Shox website and discovered that regular lubing of the pistons is required. Well, I hope the brake was downwind of the overspray of the triflow on my derailers...

My new pads are on back order at my local bike shop...They're selling brand new Rock Shox discs at $99 and the pads for $30. Hmmmm.

Sitting right next to the new Rock Shox disc is a hydraulic XT disc. Bring on Shimano.

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Favorite Trail:   Leatham Hollow - Logan, Ut

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   LTS 1000

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Grant AAdler a Downhiller from Holsworthy

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2000

Strengths:    Looks good

Weaknesses:    Where do I start? They have never really felt like performing!

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line dudes is that these bad boys look good but that is about it! The stopping power and feel of the system were not what I would call adequate at best. I was very dissapointed in my jump to discs. I just bought another bike as a Freeride bike and alternative to the 9.7 and that immediately was fitted with Hayes Disc, RS did not even Cross my mind. These are unfortunately as I have stated, a great dissapointment as anything else I have used with the RockShox name has been outstanding value. C'mon guys at RS lets get it right.

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Favorite Trail:   Minjin ,Cairns

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Avid Arch Rival , Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Mongoose 9.7Pro 1998

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ROBB from Ottawa Canada

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2000

Strengths:    The discs looked cool in the store

Weaknesses:    everything

Bottom Line:   
When I got my bike, I was excited that I had disc brakes. For the first ride, I went away to Bromont to do some downhilling on the world cup course, and other excellent trails that they have there. It was pouring rain, and the ground was very slick and muddy. I had ideal conditions to test and see if these brakes were all that they were suposed to be. On the first run, i did find that they worked a little better than the v-brakes that a friend was riding with. After about the third run, my rear brake stoped working well. The pistons jammed, and the brake was in locked position, greatly slowing down the wheel rotation. After the second day, my rear pad was gone, the spring was broken, and ever since my rear has hardly worked.

When they are working perfectly, they do work better than v- brakes when the conditions are very wet and muddy. In dry conditions, v-brakes actually stop faster. My advice would be definately do not use these for downhill. They would alright if you often ride wet muddy trails, but with all of the hassle that I as well as other reviewers have had, I would suggest looking into a different disc system.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   GT LOBO DH

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Shockee a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2000

Strengths:    It's a disc brake - braking power in muck and snow. Reasonably powerful

Weaknesses:    Cable activation leads to sponginess - poor modulation. Drag doesn't bother me too much, but sometimes it gets real noisy. Just lacks the beautiful feel of my Hayes discs ro even my HS33s.

Bottom Line:   
Keep away from this brake (unless you can by a functional one for $30 and can't afford anything better). Shimano, Hayes, even Hope, Avid and Magura fully-hydraulic disc prices are all falling. Go fully-hydraulic if you can!

2 chilis for the wet weather performance over rim brakes - if you get em cheap!

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Favorite Trail:   Ned's

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Hayes Hydro discs, Magura HS33 rim brakes

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mtn DHRace, Z1, Mavic 321, Hayes&Rockshox discs

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by joe ma a Weekend Warrior from hong kong

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2000

Weaknesses:    
adapter hard to find for spinergy wheel, then i use spin ,hard to get spring & pad, when heat up have noise, rotor touch caliber at rear need modify


Bottom Line:   
stop power compare with v brake is better but compare with other disk , reaction is slow or can call it smooth , cause me many trouble when first install it, i also got one spare pad for future, can't find the information for the rs wet page now, next time i will buy hope or hayes , when i use spinergy i need to make the front adapter myself, it look funny !

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
xtr v


Bike Setup:   
cannondale super v freeride, spin wheel , moto dh(try spinergy before)

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by carlos marcantoni a Weekend Warrior from caracas

Date Reviewed: December 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Easy setup


Weaknesses:    
Difficult to find parts in Venezuela


Bottom Line:   
I have two months waiting for parts of my disk brake. The dealer here in Venezuela of Rock Shock products doesn´t have the minimun stock to delivery service and mantenaince.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
V-brake xtr Shimano


Bike Setup:   
STS1000-ds GT

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Den a Weekend Warrior from CA

Date Reviewed: November 10, 1999

Strengths:    
easy to set up


Weaknesses:    
pads worn out fast and H spring broke


Bottom Line:   
bought the disc last april and after 6(SIX)months the pads were already worn out and the H spring broke. Worst is no LBS have this parts in stock you have to special order it to RS through your LBS which is a hassle coz RS don't sell parts directly to consumer (which sucks). anyway i'll try HAYES next time.

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Favorite Trail:   
all of them

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
pro stop although heavier


Bike Setup:   
GT and LT SID

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