Fastrax Fastrax Coil Rear Shock Older Rear Shocks

3.38/5 (16 Reviews)


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Fastrax Fastrax Coil Rear Shock


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stacy Triplett a Cross Country Rider from Katy, Texas USA

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2007

Strengths:    This thing awesome! It has unbelieveable travel and is extra soft on the areas! Wish I would have bought it years ago.

Weaknesses:    Trying to fit it to my TREK Y26! I did some engineering to fit it to the frame with the frame bolts but what a mess. The ones that come with it do not fit the frame so use your old one's.

Bottom Line:   
This is an awesome addition to your bike for those long hard rides! I ride hard and long and don't have to worry if it will stick to the bottom. It doesn't!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   anthills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Bike Barn

Similar Products Used:   Fox

Bike Setup:   TREK Y26, Duke Front Shocks, Acera Shimano gear, Salsa, Easton

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shaun Hensher a Weekend Warrior from Sudbury, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

Strengths:    Good travel, good rebound

Weaknesses:    Structuraly weak

Bottom Line:   
It was good while it lasted, but after one season of not-that-rough riding, the top seal broke and I lost all my damping. Now it bounces like a pogo-stick.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Bike Setup:   Brody Reactor with dual-crown Judy XL fork, Shimano XT derailers and brakes, Shimano LX crankset, Mavic 221 rims, Axiom Amoeba riser and handlebar.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Tucker a Racer from Winter Park Colorado

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2002

Strengths:    Climbs like a champ. Takes this 8ft drop I do all the time. This shock is six years old has no problem and I punish it every day.

Weaknesses:    you have to prelode the spring to much. I wish it had more tavle.

Bottom Line:   
It make for a good trale bike. I would recomend this to a light weight rider who is on there game. If you are over 160lbs replace the ciol spring with one out your car. If the shock is to heavy for you, you must be a pro xc racer. If you are Joe Blow free rider the extra grams just do not matter.

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   friend

Bike Setup:   Diamondback V-link. with custom made billet extentions for more travle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jonathan Hartman a Downhiller from San diego

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2002

Strengths:    Good damping control and good travel. It is good on climbing up hills without taking all your energy.

Weaknesses:    To short of a spring. If it had a bigger spring it could get a lot more travle for your money.

Bottom Line:   
A really good shock that doesent need very meany fix ups. It could do better on spring size dut that it. Overall it performs really good up hill.

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Favorite Trail:   Noble cyn

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bernie's Bike Shop


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hank Chinaski a Cross Country Rider from Hank, Chinaski, Hank

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2001

Strengths:    Plush, adjustable rebound

Weaknesses:    OEM setup was bad - see below

Bottom Line:   
My bike always sounded like it was coming apart on bumpy downhills & it was nearly bucking me off on large hits - until I figured out the shock was topping out. I replaced the very thin (like water) fluid in the shock w/ some 10 w motorcycle shock oil, & now the bike is quiet & the shock is very plush & consistent through its travel.
I can't imagine that the more expensive "upgrades" to this shock are much better, because this shock really works well for XC riding. I've hit a lot of big bumps with this thing, & it keeps on asking for more.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came w/bike

Similar Products Used:   Risse air/oil

Bike Setup:   Mongoose NX 8.3

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Cross Country Rider from Rotorua New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2001

Strengths:    I have the 2000 model its very stiff but can be easily softened, easy to adjust, good for cross country riding, good rebound. I can do climb hills without it bouncing around
then go down hill and get an exellent ride


Weaknesses:    None for the type of riding I do except that would like a lockout but you can't have everything.

Bottom Line:   
I think this shock is exellent value for money, you can get better shocks than this but you also pay a lot more

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Favorite Trail:   Rotorua

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Rock shock delux rear shock which I think is not that good as it's to soft.

Bike Setup:   Moongoose NX 8.3

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Al a Downhiller from Oxnard, CA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2001

Strengths:    well.. it came on my V-link back in '96. It has never leaked oil, though it's heavy as all get out. rebound and compression suck.. have to run a lot of preload to keep from bottoming out

Weaknesses:    umm well.. it's not dampened very well.. i'm gonna get either a fox air vanilla RC or a stratos helix shortly..

Bottom Line:   
well it's good as a OEM el cheapo shock.. a step up from the POS on the murray FS bikes you see at walmart. after 4,000 miles offroad with decent use the nut on the link finally snapped off the piston rod.. 3 flamin chilis as indestructible POS

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Favorite Trail:   Emma Long MX Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Cycle Scene

Similar Products Used:   RST Delta HL, speed springs, slick honey

Bike Setup:   '96 vlink, 5" travel linkage (custom - email me for one if ya want it)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by CAMERON ALLEN from north carolina

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2001

Strengths:    ITS GOT GOOD TRAVEL ITS STIFF

Weaknesses:    HAVENT RIDDEN IT ENOUGH TO FIND A WEAKNESS

Bottom Line:   
ITS A GOOD SHOCK FOR SINGLE TRACK TRAILS AND A BIT OF FREE RIDING. It want brake i know that much

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Favorite Trail:   pee wees mountain bike park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   dicks sports store

Similar Products Used:   RST CANE CREEK SID

Bike Setup:   MONGOOSE PRO ZERO G3 JETTS IN THE FRONT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adry Alauddin a Weekend Warrior from Subang Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2001

Strengths:    Durable, rebound damping, cheap..it was free( for me )

Weaknesses:    Don't know yet

Bottom Line:   
Great shock if it comes OEM. Good replacement shock if you're looking for a cheap and reliable one.

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Favorite Trail:   Kiara.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   a friend gave his to me when he got a newer one

Similar Products Used:   undamped rear shocks on my freeride bike

Bike Setup:   dual sus bike with 4 inch read travel. rock shox judy XL up front, grip shift plasma , FSA afterburner cranks

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Vince a Weekend Warrior from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2001

Strengths:    The unit is simple and performs it's intended function for a shock in it's class.

Weaknesses:    I weigh over 200 lbs and the shock has 2 problems:
1. The spring tension has to be set extremely tight that --
2. it overcomes the stock unadjustable rebound valve dampening.


Bottom Line:   
OK shock to use in a light duty situation or if you're light in weight (130-170 lbs). Sharp impacts rebound with abrupt force almost throwing me on a few occasions.

However, I do note that this IS an entry level shock and cannot be compared to the expensive units.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mika a Weekend Warrior from Finland

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000

Strengths:    A basic rear shock with very effective rebound adjustement (from no rebound at all to almost lockout). Affordable. Spring rate was suitable for me. Works as promised.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy, but so are all coil shocks. Check that you have the coil centered around the shock body if you have carried your bike and moved coil by unintentionally - it might not be centered and will rub your shock body and scratch it (if that happens, you'll hear it).

Bottom Line:   
Replaced the original shock of my bike because it blew with this Fastrax RL rear shock. A good basic rear shock comparable to basic coil shocks from RockShox and other brands with rebound adjustement.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Stratos, Cane Creek

Bike Setup:   Orange X-1 Pro (Pace in front, XT&LX parts)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Alexandre Johnson-Chalifour a Weekend Warrior from Montreal, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2000

Strengths:    I guess it is cheap...no maintenance

Weaknesses:    No adjustments, heavy, weak and NAME

Bottom Line:   
I don't know if you can buy that aftermarket. If you can, DON'T! If it came stock on your bike, change it before it blows up!

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla R, Cana Creek AD-10

Bike Setup:   Mongoose 8.1, modified to make a bomb out of it...

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Josh Pelland a Cross-Country Rider from Williamsburg MA

Date Reviewed: August 6, 1999

Strengths:    
Quick (good when going fast)
Light for a coil
Reliable


Weaknesses:    
Way underdamped
No damping adjustability


Bottom Line:   
Not good for riders over 135 pounds, since it is way underdamped it will bottom out on big hits. It works pretty well on fast DH but bottoms on drops. Its hard to find a point on the preload that is plush but won't bottom out alot.I'm replacing it with a Stratos Strada Pro in a couple days, along with an XMO up front.Since this shock probably only costs about $75 to buy new, and it is reliable and, dispite its lack of advanced features, not THAT bad... I'll give it three well-done enchiladas.

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Favorite Trail:   
Amethyst Brook

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Fox Vanilla
Fox Alps 5r
Fox Air Vanilla
Stratos Strada Pro
Stratos Helix
Rock Shox Deluxe
Girvin/GT ODS


Bike Setup:   
Diamondback V-Link 3.0 (same exact frame as Jm reviewed, I bought it from him)

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Jm a Cross-Country Rider from Ok

Date Reviewed: May 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Light.....um...light?


Weaknesses:    
Not enough rebound damping, not ajustable.


Bottom Line:   
Fairly lame shock overall. No ajustability, the damnping sucked for me, cause I'm heavier, so on low speed impacts it tended to rebound pretty wildly, threatening to throw me from my bike. It was ok at fast speed and climbing. Two starts, one for lightness, one for high speed preformance. Needs ajustablility, more rebound damping, Any ajustable shock is an upgrade from this.

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Favorite Trail:   
12MOH

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Fox Vanilla R, Rockshox Superdelux, Risse Terminator a few others I can't think of right now.


Bike Setup:   
Diamondback Vlink 3.0

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Jeff wu a Downhiller from Hsin Chu

Date Reviewed: May 2, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap.
Compression damping adjuster is effective.
Replacement was free.


Weaknesses:    
No rebound damping adjuster.


Bottom Line:   
Great Shock for the price. I blew the shock once after two years of use. Wish the adjuster was for rebound rather than compression.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
RS Super Deluxe


Bike Setup:   
Fastrax F-1, RS Judy SL

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